Mohs surgery offers the highest cure rates available today and is considered the gold standard of treatment for skin cancers involving the head, face, neck, hands, feet and cosmetically sensitive areas.
All anesthesia is local and surgeries are performed in an office setting.
It takes 5 to 30 minutes to remove each layer of tissue and 1 to 2 hours to process and examine it.
Most tumors require the removal of one or two layers, but since this is not known until surgery has begun, we ask patients to put aside 2 to 6 hours of time when they schedule their surgical appointment.
To optimize wound healing, we recommend keeping the wound as moist as possible. We usually recommend applying an ample amount of Vaseline to the wound two or more times a day.
The chances of getting another skin cancer, such as a basal cell carcinoma or a squamous cell carcinoma, are greater after you have already had one. It can appear anywhere on the body, but most commonly on sun-exposed areas.
About Mohs Surgery
Mohs surgery is a procedure recommended for the treatment of select cases of skin cancer, particularly basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma.
Mohs Micrographic Surgery is a highly precise and highly effective surgical technique that removes the visible tumor from the skin surface and any “roots” that may have extended beneath the skin surface.
Five-year cure rates have been demonstrated up to 99% for first-treatment cancers and 95% for recurring cancers.
The procedure is performed by “Mohs surgeons”, dermatologists who have received additional training in surgery, pathology, and reconstructive surgery to provide the best possible cosmetic outcome and the highest quality of treatment for skin cancer.