As an actress and a public figure, Melanie Griffith is acutely aware that appearance plays a critical role in her profession.
In fact, she admits that securing work as she gets older is a challenge and has undergone cosmetic treatments to help turn back the hands of time.
However, Melanie recently had a different type of surgery to treat skin cancer on her nose.
While she was worried about the impact that this procedure may have on her face, she was relieved that the only side effect she endured was wearing a Band-Aid post-operatively.
Keep reading to learn why many dermatologists and patients prefer Mohs micrographic surgery as a safe and effective treatment for skin cancer.
What Is Mohs Micrographic Surgery?
When patients are diagnosed with skin cancer, especially on their face, they are concerned about their health as well as the permanent mark it may leave on their skin.
Fortunately, Mohs micrographic surgery allows dermatologists to evaluate and treat skin cancer, while repairing any aesthetic damage to the face. It’s especially useful in cases of basil cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.
What to Expect From a Mohs Surgery?
Patients with skin cancer or suspicious lesions can undergo Mohs surgery for faster and more physically attractive outcomes.
Prior to the procedure, the treatment area in numbed with a local anesthetic. The dermatologist then scrapes a very thin layer of cells from the growth and the surrounding skin (margins).
He or she will view this specimen underneath a microscope and look for the presence of malignant cells.
This process is repeated over and over until the margins are determined to be free of cancer. As a result, patients leave the procedure knowing that all skin cancer has been successfully eliminated, rather than waiting for the pathology lab to return biopsy results.
What Is Recovery Like After Mohs Surgery?
As Melanie reported, Mohs surgery requires minimal recovery. The treatment area is often covered with a gauze dressing, and any discomfort can be managed with OTC pain medication.
Additionally, patients may experience redness, itchiness, numbness, bruising, and swelling for approximately five days. The use of ice is recommended for two days after surgery to help minimize inflammation.
To learn more about Mohs surgery, contact a trusted physician in your area.