A diagnosis of cancer of any type is concerning. However, many types of skin cancer can easily be beaten by having the cancerous tissues removed and the defect repaired. There are two different ways that this can be done. Mohs is a surgical technique that has been developed and used for decades to excise skin cancer, but it can leave substantial scarring if not repaired correctly.
We are able to repair defects from Mohs procedures, as well as remove the skin cancer ourselves. We work with a number of dermatologists in the area to repair the defects from Mohs. When you want to beat skin cancer and minimize scarring, we can help.
What Is Mohs?
Mohs is a skin cancer removal technique that was developed by Dr. Frederic Mohs, and it was originally called chemosurgery. This technique is generally performed by dermatologists. The dermatologist will remove small amounts of tissue, which are then examined on the spot to determine if all of the cancer has been removed. This process is repeated again and again until clean margins are obtained. It is one of the most effective treatments for many types of skin cancer.
Dermatologists typically go through an extra year of education to be able to offer this service. They are able to test the tissue that is removed to determine if they have achieved clean margins. Some dermatologists will not have the knowledge to perform Mohs surgery correctly without a pathologist.
The problem with Mohs surgery is that often, to obtain clean margins, a large area is affected. This can be difficult to repair without significant scarring. Many dermatologists recommend that patients see a plastic surgeon to repair the defect so that as little scarring is visible as possible. We provide this service for many dermatologists and patients in the area.
Some patients come to us directly for skin cancer removal. We work with a pathologist in the room so that they can determine if we have achieved clear margins. We then repair the defect at the same time as the skin cancer removal. This all-in-one approach can be beneficial because it promotes faster healing and reduced scarring.
If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer that has not spread significantly, Mohs and other skin cancer removal techniques can easily be used to cure the problem. Don’t hesitate to act. Contact us today for more information or to schedule your consultation.