- Patients will notice some redness and swelling for a few days following their procedure, and this is normal. However, patients who are experiencing swelling for an extended period and are not seeing results with cold packs should contact the doctor, as this may be a sign of an infection.
- Redness and itching may be present, and this is normal. It can take up to six months for redness from the procedure to fade, depending on the size of the wound.
- Patients should take great care in watching for signs of infection around the wound. This may include green or yellow drainage, redness that forms threadlike patterns, enlarged lymph nodes, high fever, or increasing pain.
- Patients can minimize the risk of scars by taking great care in protecting their skin following their treatment. Patients should closely follow their doctor’s instructions regarding wound care and should avoid sun exposure, which can cause scarring to become noticeable.
What should patients do to ensure skin cancer does not recur?
Proactive care for the skin is highly recommended for patients who have had a diagnosis of skin cancer. Though Mohs micrographic can greatly reduce the risk of the cancer recurring in the same area, it doesn’t mean that skin cancer cannot develop elsewhere on the body. It is highly recommended that all patients, regardless of whether they have had a skin cancer diagnosis, visit a dermatologist every year for an annual skin cancer screening. These screenings allow the dermatologist to evaluate the patient’s skin from head to toe to look for any moles, skin tags, or growths that may be indicative of skin cancer. Our team will then provide a biopsy, which is the removal of a thin portion of the growth, to send off to a lab to check for cancerous skin cells. If patients have a diagnosis of skin cancer, the type and stage will help the dermatologist determine what treatment is best for removal and to bring the patient’s skin back to its original health.
Schedule an appointment with the team of Khrom Dermatology and Aesthetics today to discuss Mohs and other skin cancer services available
When facing the frightening possibility of cancer, Brooklyn residents trust their skin to the skilled and compassionate hands of Dr. Tatiana Khrom and her professionals. Call 718-751-0674 for a consultation. Khrom Dermatology and Aesthetics has three locations in the area of Brooklyn for the convenience of our patients.