Mohs Surgery Overview
On average, one out of every five Americans develops skin cancer at some point in their lives. While many treatments for skin cancer exist, cure rates vary. Mohs surgery offers an effective method for extracting all of the cancer while minimizing removal of healthy skin, thus leading to the best repair and least scarring.
Anyone can develop skin cancer, regardless of age, but individuals aged 60 and over face a high risk. Other risk factors may also place you at risk such as increased sun exposure. Getting regular skin checks offers the best way to catch early signs of skin cancer and treat existing cancers early on.
What Is Mohs Surgery?
The Mohs surgery technique enables our Mohs surgeon, Dr. Suzanne Mosher, to remove skin cancer completely. After the skin cancer is removed, it is frozen, stained, sectioned and examined under the microscope by Dr. Mosher to check all margins.
If areas along the edge still house cancerous cells, Dr. Mosher will extract additional tissue slices. In total, it takes approximately one to three rounds before all of the cancer is removed. Once the skin cancer is removed and all edges have been examined and are free of tumor, Dr. Mosher can then reconstruct the area in the most effective way possible, utilizing a variety of techniques including flaps and grafts as needed to get the most superb healing and cosmetically advantageous scar placement.
The Mohs procedure works particularly well in treating basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers.
Dr. Mosher was voted Best of Boston for three years, Dr. Mosher takes a thorough and comprehensive approach to diagnosing and treating skin cancer.
A Mohs procedure takes place in an outpatient, in-office setting, using local anesthesia.
From there, Dr. Mosher will reconstruct the area to minimize the appearance of scarring.