The Use of the Flexible Scalpel for MinimallyInvasive and Minimally Scarring Surgery: A CaseSeries of Four Patients With Large Scalp Tumors

October 2010 | Volume 9 | Issue 10 | Original Article | 1268 | Copyright © October 2010

Bahar F. Firoz, MD MPH, Leonard H. Goldberg MD, Tracy Katz MD, Arash Kimyai-Asadi MD, Paul M. Friedman MD

Abstract
Reconstruction of the scalp after Mohs surgery can pose dilemmas for the dermatologic surgeon, especially for extensive tumors. The authors present a unique technique for removing large in-situ epidermal tumors of the scalp during Mohs surgery in four patients. Although invasive tumor was removed with a standard No. 15 scalpel, the extensive epidermal component of the tumor was removed through the mid-dermis using the flexible scalpel. This technique allowed the superficial defect to heal by second intention. The results showed minimal scarring and hair regrowth in what could have been large defects requiring complex reconstruction.