What Should Mohs Surgery Scar on Your Chin Look Like 1 Year After Having Plastic Surgery?

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Scar Appearance 1 year later

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The appearance of the scar one year after reconstruction is dependent upon multiple factors. The type of repair that was performed, any complications (e.g. infection, hematoma), your own predisposition towards keloids/hypertrophic scars, etc. etc  It's not dependent upon the Mohs surgery as the Mohs surgery creates the smallest wound possible (while giving the highest cure rate). It takes about 6-12 months after reconstyruction to reach the final "result" so if you're still concerned about the appearance of the scar, I would return to the doctor who performed the repair and discuss what your options are.

Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Scar appearances vary

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Scar appearances vary, depending up on the location, type of reconstruction, skin tone, exposure to UV light, and wound care.  But in general, as time passes, most scars improve in their appearance.

Jeffrey Ellis, MD
Long Island Dermatologic Surgeon

Scar 1 Year After Mohs Surgery

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The appearance of a scar will depend on how the incision was re-approximated, the orientation of the scar with relation to relaxed skin tension lines, the quality of the skin (very sebaceous skin heals less favorably), the degree of sun exposure to name a few variables.  As other posters have noted, there is no simple answer without a picture. However, at 1 year, the scar is probably not going to change or improve to any significant degree.

Stephen Prendiville, MD
Fort Myers Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Scar on chin after one year

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A picture would be helpful, as well as some information on the type of tumor removed, amount of stages for removal and type of closure. These things as well as the skin type and age of patient, as well as exact location on the chin- all determine what will happen in one year. In the hands of board certified physicians your scar should not be bad- and if you are not satisified with the results there are ways to revise the scar via surgery or laser. Speaking to your Mohs surgeon and plastic surgeon about your concerns would be helpful.

Scars after Mohs surgery

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Every patient may heal differently. Most often, scars following Mohs surgery on the face, heal excellent and with time are not very noticeable.

Steven Hacker, MD
West Palm Beach Dermatologic Surgeon

Mohs surgery and reconstruction scars can be treated by Fraxel

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There is no one right answer to your question as there are many different scars related to the type of skin and its texture of the patient undergoing surgery. Some people are prone to darkening of their pigment after surgery and others develop red blood vessels around the scar. Some can get overhealing where collagen of their body continues to be produced and deposited in the scar excessively which produces a raised, sometimes painful, scar which may be a hypertrophic scar or keloid. Some people's scars spread, possibly related to an inborn error of collagen  and some become inverted as a groove.  The scar may have a different shape depending on the shape, depth and diameter of the wound and its relationship to the location of cosmetic structures such as the lip and jaw. The scar may be a line, curve, zig-zag, L-shaped, T-shaped, S-shaped, Z-shaped, H-shaped and other unusual patterns are needed as well. The scar will usually be red for many months. Ultimately, after about 18 months, the body produces maximum maturity of the scar and in the best scenario, it becomes smoother, flatter, and a thin white line. Unsightly scars can be treated, often by Fraxel laser for resurfacing, massage, dressings, V-beam laser for long-standing redness so contact your doctor if you are unhappy.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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Ideally scars after Mohs surgery heal well but there are several variables

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Typically scars after surgery improve on their own in texture and color and sensation for a year after surgery.  After 1 year, improvement on its own is less likely.

The appearance of a scar is ideally "hard to see" or easily camouflaged but this is not always true and depends to a large degree on variables such as the size of the surgery, the type of surgery necessary to repair the defect after the cancer excision, the presence of complications such as infection or bleeding.

Occasionally patient variables including smoking history, tendency to scar can play a role as well.

If you have specific questions, I recommend you consult with your surgeon or another dermatologist (ideally Mohs surgeon) or plastic surgeon to see if any revision technique (including surgical revision or laser) may be helpful

Daniel Berg, MD
Seattle Dermatologic Surgeon

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