As you’re probably already aware, too much unprotected sun exposure is detrimental to your skin. Skin cancer is obviously something to be concerned about, and sun exposure significantly increases the risk of this disease. Ultraviolet radiation burns the skin and alters the DNA itself, leading to mutations in the skin that can result in cancer.
One of the most effective treatments for the most common types of skin cancer is Mohs micrographic surgery. During the procedure, thin layers of tissue are removed and closely examined. This process continues until no cancer cells are detected, making it highly efficient and effective. Another great thing about Mohs surgery is that it produces results right away, so patients ideally leave their appointment with every trace of the skin cancer removed.
While patients have many questions about micrographic surgery, one that comes up often is: “How do you prevent scarring after Mohs surgery?” Our Naples-based team at Skin Wellness Physicians can explain more about how to take care of your skin and heal well after you have had this treatment, but know that one of the potential risks of Mohs surgery is scarring at the surgical site—and some signs of tissue removal is unavoidable.
Nevertheless, there are some strategies that can be employed to reduce scarring after this type of skin cancer treatment.
Some patients who have this surgery don’t care about scars, while others are worried about how lasting marks may affect their appearance. Either way, scars are a normal part of the body’s healing process.
After Mohs surgery, there will be numbness, redness, and swelling around the surgical site. Follow your surgeon’s advice for aftercare as closely as possible. A scar will eventually develop as the wound heals, but the mark will become smoother, softer, and less red as time goes on and it continues to heal.
Even though scars don’t go away completely, you can take steps at home to improve their appearance and reduce any discomfort. One of the most important strategies is avoiding exposure to sunlight, since ultraviolet radiation can cause the mark to darken and become more noticeable. Keep it covered if possible, and be sure to apply sunscreen to all exposed skin—and especially scars if they can’t be hidden under clothing—when heading outdoors.
Massaging your scar can also help to reduce its severity. Many topical products can also help. Consider antioxidants for reducing the appearance of scar tissue or silicone gel to soften and flatten scars.
It is also very important to comply with all wound care instructions. The directions provided by your team are designed to minimize any signs of surgery as much as possible.
For more advice, contact our team at Skin Wellness Physicians. We will guide you on everything you can expect from this treatment. Call us at (239) 732-0044 or submit a contact form to request a consultation if you would like to learn more.