Mohs Surgery Overview
Mohs micrographic surgery is an advanced surgical technique that precisely removes skin cancers, specifically basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. The procedure is done under local anesthetic in our office, using our in house lab.
What Can Mohs Surgery Treat?
Initially, Mohs surgery was developed for basal cell carcinoma (BCC) skin cancer. However, it’s since been adopted for other skin cancers such as squamous cell carcinoma (SCC).
How Does Mohs Surgery Work?
Dr. Gina Dillig, our Mohs surgeon, will remove one layer of damaged tissue at a time until the lesion is completely removed. The procedure leaves as much healthy tissue as possible. For skin cancer removal, your Mohs surgeon will send each layer to our lab where it will be checked for malignant cells under a microscope. Mohs Surgery can take anywhere from 2-4 hours depending on the cancer.
Results and Recovery*
Mohs surgery has the best cosmetic results of any skin cancer removal surgery. The procedure has a very high cure rate with a low risk of recurrence. After your surgery, you’re able to go home immediately. Stitches are removed in 7-14 days, and post-op healing will be complete in just 4-6 weeks.