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By Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach
October 29, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Cancer   Mohs Surgery  

Find out how this procedure effectively removes cancerous lesions from the skin.

Skin CancerHas 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.

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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.

By Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach
March 21, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Skin Cancer   Mohs Surgery  

Mohs surgery is considered to be one of the most effective methods for removing several types of nonmelanoma skin cancers, such as mohs surgerybasal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. The procedure relies on a micrographic technique to remove cancerous tissue, while sparing surrounding healthy skin tissue. At Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach, FL, Dr. Kathleen Herne or Dr. Barry Kuttner can examine your skin for signs of skin cancer and can perform Mohs micrographic surgery.

Advantages of Mohs Surgery

There are different surgical procedures for removing cancerous skin cells. Mohs surgery (also known as Mohs micrographic surgery) offers several advantages over many other procedures. Mohs surgery is associated with both the highest cure rates for skin cancer and the lowest rates of recurrence. The procedure also produces the best cosmetic results by sparing as much healthy tissue as possible. A West Palm Beach dermatologist can help you determine if Mohs micrographic surgery is the right skin cancer removal procedure for your situation.

Surgery Overview

Mohs surgery is performed under local anesthesia so patients are awake during the procedure. Once the procedure begins, the doctor first removes any visible tumor and then examines it under a microscope to determine whether it is malignant. If cancerous, the doctor will then map out the area where the cancer is located and continue removing and examining small portions of skin or tissue until all the cancer is removed. The area is then stitched closed. Skin grafts or tissue flaps can be applied to areas where large portions of skin and tissue were removed.

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer among the U.S. population. Mohs surgery is a highly effective procedure for curing and preventing the recurrence of some of the most common nonmelanoma skin cancers, like basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. At Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach, Dr. Herne and Dr. Kuttner are your West Palm Beach dermatologists. Visit either of their West Palm Beach, FL locations at 1840 Forest Hill Boulevard or 110 North Century Boulevard.

By Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach
June 14, 2016
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Skin Cancer   Mohs Surgery  

Find out how skin cancer can be effectively eliminated through this thorough surgical procedure.

Did you know that almost half of American adults who live to be 65 years old will deal with some form of skin cancer during their lifetime? mohs surgeryBasal cell carcinoma is one of the most common types of skin cancer, with more than four million United States adults diagnosed each year. If one of our Boynton Beach dermatologists, Dr. Barry Kuttner, Dr. Kathleen Herne or Dr. Heather Houc,k has diagnosed you with skin cancer and recommended Mohs surgery, find out more about this treatment and how it can benefit you.

What is Mohs surgery?

During this procedure, your Boynton Beach skin doctor will remove skin cancer layer by layer, examining each layer under a microscope before removing more. Through microscopic examination, we can detect cancer cells, which reduces the amount of healthy tissue that might be removed during the procedure.

Before the surgery, a local anesthesia will be injected into the skin to alleviate discomfort. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, we will remove the first layer of skin cancer. This layer is then examined under a microscope to check for cancerous cells. Then another layer is removed and examined. We will continue to remove layers of tissue until there are no cancer cells present.

When is Mohs surgery recommended?

There are many instances in which this type of procedure is appropriate for removing skin cancer including,

  • Cancer that is growing rapidly
  • Cancer that is more than likely to return
  • Cancer that is in more visible areas such as the ears or nose
  • Childhood skin cancer
  • Cancer that is more likely to spread to other areas of the body

What is the recovery period after my surgery?

Everyone’s recovery time may be a bit different depending on how extensive your surgery is. The average recovery period can take anywhere from two to four weeks.

Concerned about a suspicious mole? Have questions about your upcoming surgery? Don’t hesitate to contact the Boynton Beach skin care experts at Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach & of the Palm Beaches to get the care you deserve.

By Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach
September 18, 2015
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Mohs Surgery  

Skin CancerFind out how this simple procedure can effectively treatment certain kinds of skin cancer.

Skin cancer can be a scary diagnosis for many of our patients, but it doesn’t have to be. With advancements in medical technology and procedures it’s now easier than ever to quickly detect skin cancer and get down to treating it. If you’ve recently been diagnosed with one of the two most common forms of skin cancers—basal cell carcinoma (BCC) or squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)—find out how your Boynton Beach dermatologists Dr. Barry Kuttner, Dr. Kathleen Herne and Dr. Heather Houck can safely and properly treat your condition with mohs surgery.

What is mohs surgery?

This surgical treatment is one of the most popular and most effective ways to treat both basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. This technique makes it easier for your Boynton Beach dermatologists to remove all cancer cells while also sparing as much healthy tissue as possible.

What should I expect from my mohs surgery?

This surgery is performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. Your Boynton Beach dermatologists will excise horizontal sections of tissue from the tumor and examine it under a microscope to look for cancer cells. We will continue to remove small sections of tissue and examine them under a microscope until skin cancer is no longer found in the tissue sample. By only removing tissue where cancer is present we are able to preserve more healthy skin tissue through this procedure.

Just be prepared to be in our office for several hours or even all day to complete this surgery. Every patient’s surgery time will vary depending on the size of the skin cancer.

What is the success rate for mohs surgery?

This surgical technique offers a 98 percent success rate when it comes to treating certain types of skin cancer. These rates are higher than other excision procedures.

What is the recovery process like?

Since this procedure is more conservative when it comes to removing tissue, the recovery period is fairly easy. As with any surgery you’ll want to take some time to rest immediately after. You will also need to come back for a follow-up within a week or so to have stitches removed.

Pain and discomfort is usually minor and often goes away quickly. Your Boynton Beach dermatologists will let you know if pain medications are recommended after your treatment.

Don’t let a skin cancer diagnosis scare you. Take charge by turning to mohs surgery to give you the results you want. Call your Boynton Beach dermatologists at Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach & of the Palm Beaches today.

When most of us think of dermatologists, we naturally tend to think of skin conditions like acne, blemishes, and rashes as the stuff they take care of.

But that's not all that the trusted skin care experts at Integrated Dermatology in West Palm Beach, FL, are certified for helping you mohs surgeryovercome. That's because expert dermatologist staff like physician assistant Kristen Hafner can help you beat just about any skin condition, ranging from warts to moles to psoriasis!

In fact, many of the skin specialists on site can even work with more serious skin conditions, as Mohs Micrographic Surgery is one of the leading procedures for battling certain kinds of common skin cancers and is often relied upon at Integrated Dermatology.

This technique is extremely safe, too, removing skin cancer cells exclusively with very miniscule surgical margins. The high success rate of Mohs surgery makes it even more attractive for patients suffering from such deadly skin maladies. It's also as painless as it is reliable, since Mohs is always conducted after patients have been administered local anesthesia.

During a typical Mohs procedure, dermatologists first remove the skin tumor. It is then examined with a microscope to uncover cancerous cells. Next, the site of the cells are mapped out and the technique is continued until there are no remaining cancerous cells.

After the area is deemed completely free of cancer cells, stitches are used to close the area back up in a way that so few dermatologists elsewhere can accomplish! It is this specialized training that allows the dermatologists on site to stitch up even large skin openings with minimal-at-most scarring.

If it's time you considered Mohs surgery for overcoming your persistent skin cancer symptoms, then give Integrated Dermatology a call today at (561) 964-6664 for all the answers you've been seeking for your skin cancer symptoms!