Review and reappraisal of assessment parameters of second intention healing after Mohs micrographic surgery

Gabrielle Schwartzman, Alexander M Cartron, Amor Khachemoune
Archives of Dermatological Research 2021 February 20
Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS) is used to remove cutaneous tumors in cosmetically sensitive anatomic areas. Surgeons can provide several reconstructive options to patients following tumor removal, including primary closure, skin grafts, local, regional or free flaps, and secondary intention healing (SIH). Notably, with the advancement of surgical and reconstructive techniques, the use of second intention healing has declined and may be underutilized. This review aims to critically evaluate the literature regarding indications, anatomical considerations, advantages, and complications of second intention wound healing following Mohs surgery. We also offer reappraisal of SIH following MMS to promote evidence-based postoperative care.

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