Is Mohs Surgery Right For You?
Find out how this procedure effectively removes cancerous lesions from the skin.
Has one of our West Palm Beach, FL, dermatologists, Dr. Barry Kuttner or Dr. Kristen Hafner, discovered a basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma during your last checkup? If so, we are certainly glad you came in to have the suspicious growth checked out. After all, the sooner we are able to remove the cancerous lesion, the better. Of course, one of the most effective treatment options for removing these two common types of skin cancer is Mohs Surgery.
What is Mohs Surgery?
Mohs surgery is a procedure that is performed in several stages to successfully remove cancerous cells from the skin. One of the benefits of getting Mohs surgery is that it has a very high cure rate while preserving more healthy tissue than other traditional skin cancer removal techniques.
During your procedure, our West Palm Beach skin doctor will first administer anesthesia to the area. Once the area is numb, we will begin to remove the first layer of cancerous tissue. This tissue is examined under a microscope to check for cancerous cells. From there we will then remove another layer from the lesion.
We will continue the process of removing a thin layer of tissue, examining it under the microscope to make sure that cancer cells are still present, and then going back to remove more tissue if necessary. We will continue the process until no more cancer cells remain. While Mohs surgery is a lengthy process, it does result in a very small scar compared to other treatment options.
Who is a good candidate for Mohs surgery?
Mohs surgery tends to be the most popular treatment option for removing both basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas. Mohs surgery may also be a great option for someone whose cancerous lesion is in an area of the body that is visible and requires a very small scar. This includes areas of the face such as the nose, lips, and ears, as well as the toes, fingers, and genitals. Sometimes, Mohs surgery may also be used to remove melanoma.
Whether you are noticing changes to a growth or you just want to schedule a skin cancer screening, turn to the skincare experts at Integrated Dermatologist of West Palm Beach. Call (561) 964-6664 today to schedule your consultation.