Developed in 1941 by Frederic E. Mohs, M.D, Mohs surgery is a less invasive procedure that is used to remove cancer cells in the skin layer by layer. It only removes the cancerous tissues on a specific region thus saving the surrounding skin. This is a highly regarded approach as it removes skin cancer deeply down from the roots which clears the cancer completely.
Mohs surgery allows complete removal of cancerous tissue in a step by step meticulous way. During the process, a thin layer of the cancerous tissue is removed while ensuring that the normal skin is preserved. Marking is done on the tissue and on the patient’s map to identify the top, bottom, right, and left. The removed tissue is then frozen and stained for at least an hour but it could take more depending on the case. It is then examined under a microscope. When cancer cells are seen, another layer of skin is removed and examined. This process continues until the cancer cells are completely removed.
What Areas are Treatable?
Mohs surgery is commonly used to treat skin cancers on the aesthetically critical areas like the face, scalp, genitals, and fingers. This is because Mohs surgery is less invasive which will result in fewer scars. This route is recommended in cases where skin cancers have recurred, are likely to occur, and those whose margins cannot be clearly defined making it hard to know the real extent.
What are the Advantages?
- High cure rates: According to data from the American College of Mohs Surgery, Mohs surgery has the highest rates of curation for skin cancers.
- Increased accuracy of removing skin cancer: Tissue margin analysis allows the surgeon to check whether the cancer is completely gone after the surgery. Moreover, horizontal sectioning that is used in Mohs surgery allows a full view of the margins.
- Less healthy tissue is lost: Because of the accuracy of Mohs in skin surgery detection, healthy tissues are spared. Microscopic mapping allows the surgeon to focus on the exact location. This reduces the surgical risks of the process and minimizes scarring.
- Quick recovery time: Because the surgery is not as intrusive, full recovery can take a few weeks. Additionally, it is done under local anesthesia and much of the healthy tissue is left meaning it will take less time to heal.
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If you would like to learn more about the benefits of Mohs surgery, we warmly invite you to reach out and make an appointment with Dr. Usal Cosmetic Center. At our convenient locations in Paramus and Istanbul, we have highly qualified and friendly staff who are ready to help and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to set up your consultation!