Advanced Skin Cancer Treatment

Mohs micrographic surgery removes cancerous tissue layer by layer until all the cancer cells have been removed. This technique is beneficial for skin cancers that are large or located in sensitive areas, as it allows for preserving healthy tissue. At The Dermatology Center, we proudly offer Mohs micrographic surgery and reconstruction as one of our many dermatological services.

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What is Mohs Surgery?

Mohs surgery is a highly effective and precise surgical technique used to treat skin cancer, particularly basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Named after its inventor, Dr. Frederic Mohs, this procedure is renowned for its accuracy in removing cancerous tissue while preserving healthy surrounding skin. It's often considered the gold standard for treating certain skin cancers due to its remarkable success rates.

How Does Mohs Surgery Work?

Mohs surgery is a meticulous, multistep process. Here's a simplified overview of how it works:

  • Local Anesthesia: To ensure your comfort, your provider will administer local anesthesia to numb the treatment area.
  • Tissue Removal: We carefully remove the visible tumor and a thin layer of surrounding tissue.
  • Tissue Examination: The excised tissue is immediately examined under a microscope in an on-site lab. This step is crucial for precise cancer detection.
  • Mapping and Analysis: Your provider marks those areas on a map if cancer cells are at the margins. This information guides the next steps.
  • Layer-by-Layer Removal: The process is repeated, layer by layer, focusing on the areas with cancer cells until no more cancerous tissue remains. This targeted approach minimizes the removal of healthy skin.
  • Closure: Once we confirm that all cancerous tissue has been removed, we’ll discuss the best method for closing the wound, which may involve sutures, grafts, or reconstructive techniques.
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What Are the Benefits of Mohs Surgery?

High cure rates

Mohs surgery has one of the highest cure rates for skin cancer, typically exceeding 95%. It ensures complete cancer removal while preserving healthy tissue.

Minimal scarring

The precise nature of the procedure results in smaller scars and a more cosmetically pleasing outcome compared to traditional excision methods.

Tissue preservation

Mohs surgery minimizes the removal of healthy tissue, making it an excellent choice for cancers in cosmetically sensitive areas like the face.

Immediate analysis

On-site microscopic examination ensures that all cancerous tissue is removed during the same appointment, reducing the need for additional procedures.

Customized treatment

The procedure is tailored to each patient's unique case, ensuring the best possible outcome.

Am I a Good Candidate for Mohs Surgery?

If you have been diagnosed with basal or squamous cell carcinoma, you may be an excellent candidate for Mohs surgery. Factors influencing candidacy include the size, location, and type of skin cancer. Additionally, your overall health and medical history will be considered. Consultation with the professionals at The Dermatology Center will provide a clear assessment of your eligibility and personalized treatment options.

Mohs Surgery Recovery

Recovery is a critical aspect of Mohs surgery, a highly effective treatment for skin cancer. Unlike other surgical procedures, recovery from Mohs surgery is generally faster and less uncomfortable. 

After the procedure, you may experience mild discomfort, swelling, bruising, and minor bleeding at the surgical site. However, all patients can return home on the same day. The initial healing process takes a few days to a couple of weeks, during which it's essential to follow your surgeon's post-operative care instructions.

Although Mohs surgery minimizes scarring, some patients may have a gradually improving scar. Regular follow-up appointments at The Dermatology Center will monitor your healing progress and ensure no complications.

You can resume normal daily activities relatively quickly but avoid strenuous activities for a short period after surgery. Protecting your skin from harmful UV rays is crucial to prevent future skin damage and cancer recurrence.

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Why Choose The Dermatology Center for Mohs Surgery

When selecting a healthcare provider for Mohs surgery, making an informed choice is essential. Our team is highly skilled and experienced in performing Mohs surgery, so you can trust that your care will be in the hands of experts. We understand the emotional aspects of a skin cancer diagnosis. Our compassionate and caring approach ensures you receive the support you need throughout your journey.

 The Dermatology Center has state-of-the-art facilities and an on-site laboratory, ensuring that your surgery and tissue examination are conducted seamlessly. We tailor every Mohs surgery to your unique case, ensuring the best possible outcome while considering your needs and preferences. Beyond Mohs surgery, we offer comprehensive skin care services, including prevention, early detection, and ongoing management.

Choosing The Dermatology Center for your Mohs surgery means selecting a partner in your recovery and skin health path. Rest assured that you will receive the highest standard of care in a supportive and professional environment. Your well-being and confidence in your treatment choices are our top priorities. Contact us today to learn more.

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