Surgery for skin cancer involves wide resection of the tumor, often with the aid of a histopathologists and frozen section. You may require reconstruction with the use of a graft or flap of adjacent skin, in order to ensure coverage and minimize visible scarring.
You may engage in light activity the day after your surgery. A return to more normal activity may take 1-2 weeks. Your appearance will gradually refine over the following 6-8 weeks as the scar heals; secondary procedures may be recommended to further improve your results. Proper skincare and sun protection are essential during healing, to maintain your results and skin health. The final result of your scarring will only be evident at 9 months to 1 year.