Koch Facial Plastic Surgery
R. James Koch, M.D.
Facial Plastic Surgeon located in San Mateo, CA
If you have skin cancer removed, finding a specialist to minimize scarring is important. At Koch Facial Plastic Surgery in San Mateo, California, R. James Koch, MD, offers Mohs closures to provide an aesthetically pleasing result after skin cancer removal. Call the office to book an appointment or schedule one online today.
Mohs Closures Q & A
What are Mohs closures?
Mohs closures are procedures in which Dr. Koch closes incisions (after skin cancer removal) in a way that minimizes scarring. During Mohs surgery, a specialist removes cancer-containing tissues, one thin layer at a time, until all of the cancer is gone.
The surgery is often for cancer with a high risk of recurrence, skin cancer on the face, or skin cancer that is large in size and has irregular borders. Closing incisions on your face or neck with Dr. Koch makes scarring much less noticeable.
What are the benefits of Mohs closures from a plastic surgeon?
Some of the many benefits you can experience with having Dr. Koch, a talented plastic surgeon, perform your Mohs closures include:
- Minimal scarring
- Smoother skin
- Less raised tissue
- Less skin discoloration
- Aesthetically pleasing results
With Mohs closures, scarring from skin cancer is minimal and often fades away over time. Dr. Koch has many years of experience with facial plastic surgery, including scar revisions and Mohs closure procedures.
What happens during Mohs surgery?
To prepare for Mohs surgery, follow your surgeon’s instructions. Don’t smoke and stop taking certain medications or dietary supplements if they ask you to.
During the procedure, your skin cancer specialist numbs the area and removes cancerous tissue, one layer at a time, until all of the cancer is gone. During Mohs closures, which may happen the same day or a few days later, Dr. Koch closes or revises the incisions using advanced techniques that minimize scarring.
For example, he may use skin flaps from adjacent areas, skin grafts, stitches, or more than one of these methods to close wounds or revise the treatment area.
What should I expect after Mohs closures?
After Mohs closure surgery, follow all of Dr. Koch’s post-care instructions. Keep the treatment area clean and apply ointments or use bandages as needed. Attend follow-up visits with Dr. Koch to ensure your wound heals properly and protect your skin from the sun.
Over time, as your skin heals, visible scarring fades away. That might take a few weeks, months, or longer in some cases.
To learn more about Mohs closures with Koch Facial Plastic Surgery and find out if the procedure is right for you, call the office or book an appointment online today.