Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer affecting millions of people worldwide. Among the various types of skin cancer, Mohs surgery is considered a highly effective treatment option for certain types of skin cancer.
What is Mohs Skin Cancer Surgery?
Mohs surgery, also known as Mohs micrographic surgery, is a surgical technique to remove skin cancer. The procedure is named after Dr. Frederic Mohs, who developed the technique in the 1930s. Mohs surgery is a precise and highly effective method of removing skin cancer while preserving healthy tissue. It is beneficial for treating skin cancers that are large, aggressive or located on sensitive areas of the body such as the face.
How Does Mohs Skin Cancer Surgery Work?
Mohs surgery is performed under local anesthesia in a surgical suite. During the procedure, the surgeon removes the visible portion of the skin cancer and a thin layer of surrounding tissue. The removed tissue is then examined under a microscope to determine if any cancer cells remain. If cancer cells are still present, the surgeon will remove another layer of tissue and repeat the process until no cancer cells are found. The process continues until the entire cancer is removed, and only healthy tissue remains.
Why Come to Be That Beautiful Plastic Surgery for Mohs Skin Cancer Surgery?
Dr. Obaid Chaudhry at Be That Beautiful™ Plastic Surgery is a skin cancer plastic surgeon who performs Mohs surgery and skin repair at our clinic in Los Angeles. Many dermatologists perform Mohs surgery, but they lack the skills and expertise of a plastic surgeon to preserve your appearance. While removing the skin cancer is the primary goal, another worthy goal is to restore a normal appearance to the surgical area.
Many skin cancer growths occur on the face, head, neck, chest or other exposed areas. Dr. Chaudhry has expertise in reconstructive and cosmetic surgery that ensures a beautiful aesthetic restoration and complete cancer removal. Plus, he is exceptionally skilled at minimizing scarring and disfigurement from Mohs procedures.
Mohs surgery is considered a superior treatment option for several reasons:
- A high success rate: Over 99% for certain types of skin cancer.
- It spares tissue: Mohs surgery only removes the cancerous tissue while preserving healthy tissue.
- One surgery only: Mohs removes and tests tissue until the cancer is completely gone, and any reconstruction follows in the same surgery.
Mohs skin cancer surgery is a highly effective treatment option for certain types of skin cancer. It is a tissue-sparing technique that removes only the cancerous tissue while preserving healthy tissue, making it particularly useful for skin cancers located on sensitive body areas. If you are concerned about skin cancer or have been diagnosed with skin cancer, contact Be That Beautiful™ Plastic Surgery in Los Angeles and schedule a consultation with Dr. Chaudhry to learn whether Mohs surgery might be a suitable treatment option for you.