Mohs surgery is an innovative technique to remove some skin cancers. The Mohs procedure process involves the most minimal tissue removal of any other form of skin cancer treatment. And, for cases in which it is recommended, the success rate is over 95%. Our doctors are board-certified in general dermatology and fellowship-trained in Mohs surgery.
The procedure can be very effective on facial skin cancers and other sensitive skin since the minimal tissue removal required for the process leaves low damage. It also is very successful in re-current skin cancers. Although skin cancer tumors are usually visible, tumor cells can remain undetected and eventually cause a tumor to reappear. Mohs can effectively remove these cells with a high degree of accuracy and prevent a re-occurrence with a 95% effectiveness rate.
However, a dermatologist can best judge whether Mohs is the most effective treatment option for a patient over many other skin cancer treatment options.
The procedure was pioneered over 50 years ago by Dr. Frederick Mohs. It involves "mapping" the skin area and removing layers in a grid pattern that are then checked microscopically for cancer cells. Further layers are taken from the site until traces of the cancer cells are not evident.
While very effective, the treatment is time-consuming and exacting. But because of the precision of the Mohs technique, the majority of the cases can be handled in one treatment session. The "wound" is bandaged and dressed. The dermatologist will consult with the patient on the appropriate aesthetic procedure to address any skin damage. Because the wound is small, the results of aesthetic operations following Mohs are very successful.