Face Swollen After MOHS?

I had MOHS done to basal cell that was just off of the left side nose. I have lot of stitches from upper side of nose down the natural seam to above the lip. The first day just a little swelling but this second morning after lett side of face is prertty swollen and even my upper lip which feel sort of numb is puffed up too. Is Saturday so Dr. offcie is closed but he is a MOHS fellowship and reconstruction surgeon. Is this swelling and numb lip normal and what can I do to help it. Ice?

Doctor Answers 5

Post Mohs Surgery Swelling

Thank you for your question. Numbness can sometimes last for months after a surgery while new cutaneous nerves are growing after excision of a tumor, and may even last up to a year. However, since this is impossible to be sure of in terms of normal healing unless an examination is performed, I would follow up in the ER if this is a weekend, and if no surgeon on call is available. Most MD's have back up plans for the weekend, for emergencies, just in case. I hope this helps.

Bay Area Dermatologist
3.9 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Swelling after MOHS

Swelling is normal after any kind of surgery. This is the normal process of healing. Head elevation or just staying in a sitting position will help. You can also apply some ice to the area.

Norman Bakshandeh, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Swelling after mohs surgery

Swelling after reconstruction for mohs surgery is very common around the lips and nose.  Keeping you head elevated on a couple of pillows and icing the area can be helpful. IT should improve over the next few days.  If it does not, please contact your surgeon.

Ritu Saini, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

Swelling and bruising after Mohs is normal

For most patients, swelling and bruising after Mohs surgery peaks 2-3 days after the Mohs procedure, and is totally normal. After that, the swelling should improve. If it worsens beyond that window, notify your surgeon.

Lisa Chipps, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

Face swollen after Mohs

It is absolutely normal to swell after a procedure like Mohs. Remember there were a lot of cuts and levels and frankly, bleeding. All of this will lead to swelling and bruising. Ice is fine and you should also avoid Advil and NSAIDs - take Tylenol instead for a few days if you need it.

F. Victor Rueckl, MD
Las Vegas Dermatologist
4.6 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

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