How Long Does It Take To Heal From Mohs Surgery?

Date Published: August 19th, 2022
Blog Category: Moles, Skin Cancer

The Mohs procedure was developed by Frederic Mohs, M.D., in 1938, who is also credited with developing the diagnosis of Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma.

Mohs surgery has become globally renowned for being the “gold standard” for skin cancer removal of the face, scalp and neck

A Mohs procedure aims to remove the tumor completely while leaving all the healthy tissue intact for the best cosmetic outcome. Mohs surgery can be used alone or in conjunction with other treatments such as radiation, cryotherapy, and certain types of chemotherapy.

What Is Involved With A Mohs Procedure?

Mohs surgery is performed using a local anesthetic and can be performed in a doctor’s office.

During Mohs surgery, layers of the skin will be removed with a scalpel, and each layer will be examined under a microscope while you wait in the doctor’s office. This process will be repeated until there is no more cancerous tissue detected. The wound from skin cancer removal is typically smaller than from other procedures and will be closed with stitches and then covered with a pressure dressing for 48 hours after the surgery.

How Long Does It Take To Heal From A Mohs Procedure?

The Mohs surgical wound will likely be tender and sensitive the first few days, though cold compresses and over-the-counter pain medications can help to reduce swelling and pain.

The length of time it takes to heal from Mohs surgery may vary depending on the size and location of the wound. Stitches are typically removed after seven days, however, it usually takes about four weeks to heal completely. The treatment area will initially be red and may be slightly swollen for a week or more. It is normal to have redness, swelling, drainage, and possibly some oozing right after this procedure. Any oozing that does not improve in 2-3 days should be evaluated by your surgeon.

Activity After A Mohs Procedure

Strenuous activities should be avoided for up to two weeks for the best result. Our team will provide with you with specific post-op instructions to ensure that your wound heals properly.

Contact Us

For more information regarding Mohs surgery, contact Seattle Skin & Laser today. Our team of skin care experts will work with you to determine the treatment that is right for you and your skin goals.