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If you’ve planned Mohs surgery in Phoenix to remove skin cancer, Dr. Randall Craft provides reconstructive surgery to restore both the functionality and the appearance of your skin to help you feel like yourself again.

What is Mohs skin reconstruction?

Mohs surgery is often a life-saving procedure; however, it can also sometimes leave an individual with a wound. This is why Dr. Craft offers Mohs skin cancer reconstruction surgery. This procedure restores the skin to give patients back the appearance they had before Mohs surgery.

Benefits of Mohs reconstruction surgery 

Many individuals who have undergone Mohs surgery and then, later on Mohs reconstruction surgery, say that they didn’t feel fully healed until the reconstruction procedure. This is because the lesion left behind from Mohs surgery is a constant reminder of the disease. Because of this, Mohs reconstruction surgery is extremely important. It can restore self-esteem and confidence to patients, and improve their quality of life. They can move forward emotionally and feel more like themselves.

Mohs Reconstruction

Mohs reconstruction techniques 

There are different techniques for Mohs reconstruction surgery. During your consultation with Dr. Craft, he will determine which technique is ideal for you based on the severity and location of your skin damage, as well as your personal aesthetic goals. These techniques include:

Primary closure

Primary closure allows the damaged skin to heal on its own, or may also utilize sutures to help. This method is for patients who have only very minor damage.

Local flap closure

The local flap technique uses healthy skin and tissue that are nearby the wound to close it.

Structural grafting

Structural grafting is an option for patients whose cancer damaged an area with underlying cartilage (most typically seen in the nose or ear).

Skin grafting

The skin grafting technique is like a Band-Aid made from healthy skin. It can be taken from other areas of the body to cover the wound.

Mohs reconstruction candidates

If you’re seeking Mohs surgery reconstruction in Phoenix, you may be an excellent candidate. The best candidates are those who have had Mohs surgery and have been left with a wound that they would like to improve.

Mohs reconstruction surgery details

Mohs reconstruction surgery is performed under light sedation, local anesthesia, or general anesthesia, depending on the severity of the skin damage. During your consultation with Dr. Craft, he will let you know what type of sedation will be used.

The procedure takes anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours—again, depending on the severity of your specific areas of concern.

Occasionally, Mohs reconstruction surgery requires the patient to be treated in stages. This means the patient will need to come back multiple times to continue the procedure.

During your consultation with Dr. Craft, he will take you step-by-step through the procedure process, and will let you know exactly what to expect.

Recovery

Before you are sent home from your Mohs reconstruction surgery, we will provide you with detailed home care instructions to help your recovery go smoothly.

Dr. Craft may also prescribe or recommend pain medication or antibiotics for you. If you have any questions or concerns during your recovery, our staff will be available to help.

Why choose Dr. Craft?

Dr. Randall O. Craft at the Arizona Center for Advanced Reconstruction and Aesthetics in Phoenix is an expert in the field of reconstructive surgery. As a double board-certified, Harvard-trained surgeon, Dr. Craft has the credentials, the experience, and the artistry to carry out safe reconstructive surgeries that achieve beautiful, life-changing results. Dr. Craft provides patient-centric, compassionate care with an emphasis on safety and patient wellbeing. To schedule a consultation, please call (602)899-6444 or contact us online.

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