What Happens After Surgery?
Once the cancer is removed, there is an open wound in the treated area. We will guide you in the repair and care of the wound to produce the best functional and cosmetic outcome.
Often, the wound closure warrants stitches to improve healing. Sometimes, your surgeon will recommend a skin flap, in which nearby skin is used to cover the wound. On occasion, the wound may need to be closed with a skin graft, in which skin is obtained from another part of the body and applied to cover the wound.
It is common to develop swelling and bruising 24-48 hours after Mohs procedures on the upper part of the face and lips. It is usually worse during the first week but markedly improves by the time any stitches are removed. Patients are typically surprised by how little discomfort they experience following surgery.
Your post-operative care instructions will contain recommendations for managing any discomfort you may experience.
All surgical procedures produce scarring. Every effort will be made to produce the best possible cosmetic result. However, the extent of scarring depends on the size, depth, and location of the cancer and your post-procedure care. Using ointment to prevent scabs from forming will help to minimize scarring.
POST PROCEDURE CARE VIDEO