Mohs Micrographic Surgery
Mohs micrographic surgery is one of the most effective procedures to treat skin cancer, while preserving as much surrounding healthy tissue as possible. It is a delicate, intricate surgical procedure that requires removing the cancerous tumor one layer at a time, to minimize any damage or impact to nearby healthy cells. Each layer is examined under the microscope to confirm the presence of cancer cells: the surgeon will continue to remove and examine additional layers until no more cancer cells can be detected.
This procedure is generally recommended when:
- The tumor is located in a cosmetically sensitive area, such as the face.
- The tumor has borders that are hard to define
- The tumor is large or aggressive
- The tumor has a high risk of recurrence or has recurred after previous surgery
Though Mohs Micrographic Surgery is a safe and effective procedure, we continue to stress the importance of preventative care. Early detection means more treatment options, which can make all the difference in preserving your health.