Measuring aesthetic results after facial skin cancer surgery by means of the FACE-Q

S.B. Kant*, K. Mosterd, N.W.J. Kelleners-Smeets, R.R.W.J. Van der Hulst, A. Piatkowski

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Background Skin cancer is the most commonly occurring type of cancer. However, the influence of facial skin cancer surgery on patients' perceived aesthetic appearance is poorly understood. The objective of this study was to provide an insight into how patients perceive the aesthetic outcome of facial skin cancer surgery by means of a specialised patient-reported outcome measure designed for the aesthetic evaluation of the face: the FACE-Q. Methods A total of 47 patients with non-melanoma skin cancer who were scheduled for Mohs's micrographic surgery (MMS) or standard surgical excision (SE) were included. These patients filled out three different FACE-Q questionnaires: satisfaction with facial appearance, social function, and satisfaction with outcome. Follow-up was conducted after baseline at 1 month and 3 months post-surgery. Results No significant differences were detected between baseline and follow-up regarding social function and satisfaction with facial appearance. However, after 3 months, patients were significantly more satisfied with the result of surgery when compared with the 1-month post-surgery follow-up. Conclusions The perceived aesthetic appreciation of patients does not seem to be significantly influenced by facial skin cancer SE or MMS surgery in this 3-month follow-up study. Level of evidence: Not ratable.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)541-548
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Plastic Surgery
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2020


  • basal-cell carcinoma
  • face-q
  • facial skin cancer
  • facial surgery
  • impact
  • patient-reported outcomes
  • quality-of-life
  • reconstructive surgery
  • scar assessment scale
  • trends
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • FACE-Q
  • Facial surgery
  • Facial skin cancer

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