Why Didn't I Know Beforhand the Extent of the Scar? - Chicago, IL

I was told Mohs is minimally invasive. oh my, not...

i was told Mohs is minimally invasive. oh my, not my case at all. i had a one cm mole about 2 cm below my eyelid. i trust the derm/onc i went to, and am happy he got all the CA. however, what i wasn't prepared for, after reading all the pre-op material i could get m hands on, was the extent of the revision scar. most of the literature cited "a few sutures." i ended up with a 3.5cm scar in a chevron pattern with a 2cm scar on the bottom half of the chevron. what gives?
 

krunic, md

i found this derm/onc through my primary doc. he was amazingly courteous, and knowledgeable, as he's an MD/PHD in derm, with a great, well informed office staff of PAs and nurse practioners. the office's post op care was amazing, given other experiences with BCC or SCC with friends. basically, i just wasn't prepared for the extent of the revised scar, given it was a one cm dia. lesion. the literature online is inadequate to prepare PTs, i'm afraid. i have post op pics to share if you care to see them.

Updated on 19 Nov 2012:
i found this derm/onc through my primary doc. he was amazingly courteous, and knowledgeable, as he's an MD/PHD in derm, with a great, well informed office staff of PAs and nurse practioners. the office's post op care was amazing, given other experiences with BCC or SCC with friends. basically, i just wasn't prepared for the extent of the revised scar, given it was a one cm dia. lesion. the literature online is inadequate to prepare PTs, i'm afraid. i have post op pics to share if you care to see them.

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Thanks for your review, I hope you've healed well. Your review will help others, especially to make sure they are prepared for the appearance of the incision, I suppose it all depends how far the surgeon has to go to get healthy skin, what appears on the surface isn't always the full extent of the BCC or SCC.
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By now, I bet this is barely visible.
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Order silicone sheeting from Rejuveness and their skin tape and wear this every night for 3-5 months. Usually in 2.5 months you can't see the scar if you are faithful in wearing it for 8 hours daily. Don't use the cheap knock offs at the drug store.
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