Mohs surgery is an effective type of skin cancer treatment. In fact, it boasts a 99% cure rate for skin cancer that hasn’t been treated before. Find expert Mohs surgery at Elite Dermatology in the Greater Houston Area. Learn more about the benefits of Mohs surgery for skin cancer removal and find out if this treatment could be a good option for you. Call one of the convenient office locations or book your first appointment online.
Mohs surgery is a surgical technique that removes skin cancer layer by layer to eradicate cancer cells. First developed by Frederic E. Mohs, MD, in the late 1930s, it began gaining popularity in the 1960s.
During a Mohs procedure, the surgeon removes extremely thin layers of skin, examining each layer for signs of cancer as you wait. This strategy allows the surgeon to see where the cancer stops and completely remove it while saving as much healthy tissue as possible.
Mohs is a popular option to treat skin cancer because it has a high success rate. It’s a low-risk procedure that doesn’t require general anesthesia, and this technique has up to 99% success rate for skin cancer not previously treated.
Mohs surgery can be a good treatment option for basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), two of the most common types of skin cancer. The team at Elite Dermatology is highly trained in identifying and diagnosing many common types of skin cancer.
Mohs surgery is particularly effective for skin cancer removal in areas where there’s not a lot of extra tissue. Skin cancer on the hands, feet, or around the head and face can be effectively treated with Mohs surgery.
Mohs surgery is an outpatient procedure that can be performed in the office. It requires only local anesthesia, so you’ll remain awake throughout the procedure.
The team begins by examining the area, preparing you for surgery, and administering local anesthetic. Your surgeon first cuts out visible skin cancer, and then begins removing layers of tissue below it.
With each layer that’s removed, your surgeon examines it under a microscope, looking for cancer. The surgery continues until all the cancer cells have been removed.
Depending on the size and location of your Mohs surgery, the team may use stitches to close the area. You’ll know the results of your procedure before you leave the office.
Trust the dermatologists at Elite Dermatology when it comes to treating skin cancer. Learn more by calling the office nearest you or requesting an appointment online today.