You wouldn’t think that a formal study was needed to learn that facial scarring “tends to have a negative impact on patients’ psychosocial functioning.” Facial scars can do a number on our self-esteem.
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The first article excerpted and linked confirms what we all know intuitively. Facial scarring has a negative impact on us. More importantly, if you are about to undergo facial surgery please understand that your doctor may “underestimated the importance of physical appearance for skin cancer patients.”
The second article excerpted and linked below confirms Mohs Surgery benefits and risks and the link and excerpt below that is a link to a basic explanation of Mohs Surgery from Wikipedia.
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“The researchers found scars, particularly those located on the head and neck that change physical appearance, tended to have a negative impact on patients’ psychosocial functioning….”
“Mohs micrographic surgery can be an effective treatment. This technique preserves as much nearby healthy skin as possible. It is recommended for squamous cell carcinoma when the highest cure rate is desired while sparing as much healthy tissue as possible.1 And for basal cell carcinoma, Mohs surgery is the best treatment for sparing healthy tissue and preventing recurrence.2“
“Mohs surgery, also known as chemosurgery, developed in 1938 by a general surgeon, Frederic E. Mohs, is microscopically controlled surgery. During the surgery, after each removal of tissue, while the patient waits, the tissue is examined for cancer cells, and that examination informs the decision for additional tissue removal. Mohs surgery is one of the many methods of obtaining complete margin control during removal of a skin cancer…
The cure rate with Mohs surgery cited by most studies is between 97% and 99.8% for primary basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer. Mohs procedure is also used for squamous cell carcinoma, but with a lower cure rate…”