Mohs surgery, also known as Mohs micrographic surgery, is considered the most effective treatment for both basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). The first is the world’s most common form of skin cancer, and skin cancer, in turn, is the most common type of cancer. Mohs surgery is named after Dr. Frederic Mohs, who developed an early version of the technique back in the 1930s.
Mohs surgery has an impressive cure rate of 99 percent for a new cancer and 94 percent for a recurring cancer. It also has the advantage of being a single-visit procedure. The samples are analyzed while the patient waits, and they are given the results as soon as the procedure is finished. All of the cancer is removed in one visit.
What Does Mohs Surgery Involve?
Mohs surgery is an outpatient procedure, during which the surgeon surgically removes the visible part of the cancer along with a margin of seemingly healthy tissue. The tissue is then taken to be analyzed.
If there are no cancer cells in the borders, the procedure can be concluded. If cancer cells are found in the borders, the surgeon will excise more tissue. The process is repeated until we get samples that are cancer-free.
Another advantage to Mohs surgery is that the surgeon removes as little healthy tissue as possible. Consequently, the patient will have a smaller scar than somebody who underwent conventional surgery.
Who is a Good Candidate?
This procedure is generally recommended for patients with basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma. Since it leaves a smaller scar than other procedures, it is often recommended for removing skin cancers from the face. It is also often recommended for treating other areas.
If you are interested in learning more about this procedure, or if you are looking to undergo the surgery, please reach out to the professionals at SKC Dermatology in Paramus to learn more. We are proud to offer medical dermatology services, as well as cosmetic and pediatric dermatology services. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!