Have you recently found out that you have skin cancer and are interested in exploring your treatment options? If you’re looking for a treatment is extremely successful at removing skin cancer while leaving as much healthy skin intact as possible, you may want to consider Mohs micrographic surgery. This method is particularly well suited to treating skin cancer in sensitive areas of the body like the face, hands, genitals, and neck.
RidgeView Dermatology is dedicated to providing our clients with a broad range of medical dermatology treatments that can help them live the happiest, healthiest lives possible. Our Lynchburg, Virginia office is specially equipped to administer Mohs micrographic surgery. Contact us today for more information, or to set up a consultation appointment.
What is Mohs Micrographic Surgery?
Mohs micrographic surgery is nearly universally accepted as the most effective and precise method for removing the two most common types of skin cancer — basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Developed in the 1930s by Dr. Frederic Mohs, it is one of the few cancer surgery methods that has stood the test of time. It has a 98% rate of successfully removing skin cancer for good because of how careful, precise, and methodical the surgical process is.
How Does it Work?
While other skin cancer removal treatments can end up damaging an excessive amount of healthy cells, Mohs micrographic surgery results in as little healthy tissue being removed as possible.
During surgery, skin cancer is removed layer by layer. As each layer is removed, it is carefully examined under a microscope by a trained Mohs micrographic surgery technician. If a layer reveals more skin cancer, surgery continues until each sample collected is filled only with healthy, non-cancerous tissue. While this procedure can take as long as four hours to complete, it usually only has to be done once to completely removed skin cancer from an area.
Am I a Candidate for Mohs Micrographic Surgery?
Mohs micrographic surgery can be performed on nearly any patient suffering from basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma. However, this surgery is particularly beneficial for patients that have skin cancer is sensitive areas of the body, like the nose, ears, eyelids, lips, hairline, hands, feet, and genitals. Because Mohs micrographic surgery preserves the largest amount of healthy tissue, it helps ensure that these delicate areas are left in the best condition possible after surgery.
Before undergoing a Mohs micrographic surgery treatment, patients have to schedule a consultation appointment with one of our practice’s board-certified dermatologists. During this appointment, one of these doctors will examine your skin and help you decide if this skin cancer removal treatment is right for you.
Interested in learning more about the benefits that Mohs micrographic surgery can bring you or someone you love? Contact RidgeView Dermatology today for more information, or to schedule a consultation appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!