Mohs Reconstructive Surgery

Mohs surgery is performed to help treat skin cancer when it affects the nose, lips or tissue around the eyes. Our goal is not only to cure the cancer but also to rebuild these facial features to help improve your comfort with your appearance.

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Our facial plastic surgeons have robust expertise in Mohs procedures as national educators, lecturers and authors in this field. We seek to understand each patient’s specific and unique goals and then create the best possible reconstructive plan for the affected part of the face.

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Our Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery subspecialists are double-board certified as head and neck surgeons, delivering patients the skills required for superior results in both cosmetic and functional procedures. Our physicians are national leaders in the most complex and innovative facial reconstruction techniques needed for traumatic injuries, cancer and other conditions.

To schedule an appointment, please call the UC Health Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery team at 513-475-8444.

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Answers to Your Mohs Reconstructive Surgery Questions

Mohs surgery is a procedure where skin cancer on the face is removed and facial features are reconstructed to help restore appearance.

Losing facial tissue can be frightening for patients diagnosed with skin cancer, especially when it affects the nose, lips or tissue around the eyes. Our dermatologic and facial plastic surgeons work together to remove the cancer and rebuild the facial features that were damaged by the cancer.  

The skin cancer is first removed by a dermatologic surgeon through Mohs surgery. This technique allows maximum preservation of normal surrounding tissues by using real-time microscopic evaluation of the removed cancer. Cure rates with this technique can be close to 99%.

After the cancer is removed fully, a facial plastic surgeon often rebuilds the affected facial features using complex and proven surgical techniques.

Mohs surgery is most often used to treat common types of skin cancer, such as basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and melanoma.

This type of surgery is typically used for cancers that:

  • Are large or fast-growing.
  • Are likely to spread.
  • Are likely to come back or have come back.
  • Are on an area where it's important to remove as little tissue as possible.
  • Have borders or edges aren't clear.

Mohs reconstruction is most often done in an office or surgery center as an outpatient procedure. This means you go home after the surgery is done. The surgery can take up to 4 hours or even longer.

It may take four to six weeks for the wound to heal completely, depending on the size of the area.

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Experience and Expertise

Leading-Edge Care

UC Health facial plastic surgeons advance the science of discovery and provide state-of-the-art surgical techniques by doing research, teaching the next generation of physicians and pioneering new procedures.

Multidisciplinary Team

Our facial plastic surgeons work closely with specialists from dermatology, head and neck surgical oncology, integrative and holistic medicine, and physical therapy and rehabilitation to deliver only the best care.

Cure Rates Close to 99%

We seek to understand each patient's unique goals and use complex and proven surgical techniques to provide only the best results.

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