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2 weeks post op Mohs on Scalp, why does the skin die? Will I have problems later?

It looks like a whole at the top of incision, and white skin that has died, Why does the skin die and will i have problems later?

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Keep the area moist!

Make sure you keep putting on an ointment such as Vaseline and Aquaphor. This helps the skin cells move better and heal faster. Keep a Band-aid on the area until it is fully healed. You can "test" the area by gently wiping it with a gauze soaked in hydrogen peroxide - look for fizzing, which means that it hasn't healed yet. Keep the area moistened until it is healed. 

After the area is healed, it might have a small divot. Give your body some time to heal the area on its own. There are some cosmetic procedures you can do to improve the divot - please discuss this with your dermatologist. Keep your regular follow-up appointments to make sure you are healing well!

Good luck!


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Mohs on scalp

Your site should be closing up. It sounds like your Mohs site was left to close by secondary intention. Meaning no stitches or flaps. This is common for a small site on the scalp. Keep the area clean and moist. If you have questions about how it is healing or any concerns, see your doctor to follow-up in person.

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