Mohs surgery is an advanced treatment for skin cancer that is typically reserved for cancerous lesions on the face and neck. This procedure allows dermatologists to see beyond the visible disease and to precisely identify and remove the entire tumor, leaving healthy tissue unharmed. This procedure is most often used in treating two of the most common forms of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States; more than two million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with it annually. Because skin cancers are increasing, we recommend having a skin check from a qualified dermatologist at least once a year.
How does Mohs skin cancer surgery work?
With Mohs surgery, the physician serves as pathologist and reconstructive surgeon. The procedure relies on the accuracy of a microscope to trace and ensure removal of skin cancer down to its roots. The surgeon removes thin sections of the skin surrounding the cancerous or precancerous lesion. This tissue is immediately examined under a microscope. If evidence of cancer is found, another thin section is removed, continuing until the margins of the area are free of suspicious cells.
Why ask for Mohs surgery?
Using the Mohs surgery technique ensures that all cancerous and diseased tissue is completely removed while the maximum amount of healthy tissue is preserved. Because Mohs surgery has the lowest recurrence rate of malignancies, it is the preferred technique for removal of aggressive or recurrent carcinomas. It also has the least effect on your appearance.
As a dermatologic surgeon, I can give you the best possible aesthetic outcome. Lesions can typically be removed without a conspicuous scar, making Mohs surgery the treatment of choice when a lesion is prominently placed.
SkinSmart Dermatology is the only practice between Tampa and Ft. Myers to offer two fellowship-trained Mohs skin cancer surgeons. Mohs surgeons complete and additional one- to two-years of advanced fellowship training in Mohs micrographic surgery, and have learned to precisely identify the tumor, remove it with minimal damage to the surrounding healthy tissue, and reconstruct the wound.