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Mohs Surgery Reconstruction

Mohs surgery is a precise surgical procedure for treating skin cancers integrating real time pathology and surgery. During the procedure, minute areas of cancer-involved skin are removed in a gradual and progressive fashion layer by layer until only cancer-free normal skin is left. This technique is typically performed by specialized dermatologists, and is especially effective for facial skin cancers, preserving as much normal tissue as possible.

While only specialized dermatologists perform the Mohs procedure, you as a patient have a choice when it comes to reconstruction of the area once the cancer has been removed. Dr. Paquet recommends that you only trust your facial reconstruction to a highly trained facial plastic surgeon.

Dr. Paquet, having trained in both Head & Neck Surgery and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, specializes in carefully reconstructing the facial tissue to restore you to as close to your natural appearance as possible.

If you have a skin cancer and are planning on having a Mohs procedure, Dr. Paquet recommends that you be seen and evaluated in our office. Let your dermatologist know that you prefer to have your reconstruction done by Dr. Paquet, and call the office to schedule a consultation. To schedule a consultation please call our Concierge Patient Coordinator at (602) 726-6310 or email us at

Frequently Asked Questions

Question - What is Mohs?

Mohs is a precise surgical procedure for removal of cancerous skin lesions. It offers both the lowest recurrence rate of malignant lesions, and maximum preservation of healthy tissue. It involves gradual and progressive removal of minute areas of cancerous tissue until there is only normal healthy skin and tissue remaining. The advantage of Mohs is that it preserves the maximal amount of normal tissue possible, facilitating reconstruction of cosmetically important areas of the face.

Question - Who performs Mohs surgery?

Mohs surgery is performed by specialized dermatologists who only perform skin cancer removal.

Question - Can’t the dermatologist who does the Mohs surgery also do the reconstruction?

Yes, there are some dermatologists who perform Mohs procedures and also reconstruct the defect or hole that results. While there are some very capable dermatologists, Dr. Paquet feels that when it comes to complex facial reconstruction, you should trust your face to an experienced facial plastic surgeon. He recommends that you call the office to schedule a consultation.

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