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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.
Mohs surgery is considered to be one of the most effective methods for removing several types of nonmelanoma skin cancers, such as basal 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.
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.
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? Basal 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.
How Can I Prevent Skin Cancer?
Summer is coming, and it’s important to guard against skin cancer. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, over 3.3 million people are treated each year for skin cancers other than melanoma. There are also more new cases of skin cancer each year than breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer combined. Your dermatologists at Integrated Dermatology in West Palm Beach and Boynton Beach, FL want you to know how to protect yourself against the damaging effects of sun exposure.
One in five people in the US will get skin cancer in their lifetime, but that doesn’t have to be you. When you establish good habits of protecting yourself and your skin, you can avoid skin cancer for life. Your West Palm Beach and Boynton Beach dermatologists want you to:
- Avoid getting sunburnt
- Avoid tanning booths
- Try to stay in the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM
- Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher daily and SPF 30 or higher during prolonged periods of outside activity
- Wear enough clothing including hats and sunglasses
You should also do a self-exam of your skin every month. Your dermatologists at Integrated Dermatology suggest you look for skin discolorations or moles which have:
- A: An asymmetrical shape
- B: An irregular border
- C: A change in color
- D: A diameter larger than 6 millimeters
- E: A change in shape, color, size or height
You should also see your dermatologists at Integrated Dermatology at least once per year for a comprehensive skin cancer examination. Early detection means a better chance of curing skin cancer. So enjoy the summer, but protect your skin. For more information on skin cancer and other dermatological treatments, call your dermatologists at Integrated Dermatology with three offices in Boynton Beach and West Palm Beach, Florida. Call today and protect your skin and your life!
It’s important to always be checking your skin for potential signs of skin cancer.
It’s estimated that about one in five Americans will actually develop skin cancer at some point in their lifetime. As you can see, skin cancer is fairly common, so it’s important to know what to look for so you can see your West Palm Beach dermatologists Dr. Barry Kuttner, Dr. Kathleen Herne and Dr. Heather Houck right away. Here are some helpful hints for determining whether a suspicious spot could be skin cancer.
Basal cell carcinoma can appear as:
- Raised red patches
- Flat pale or yellow spots that look similar to a scar
- Open sores that won’t heal (they may ooze or crust over)
- Small pink or red shiny bumps
- Pink growths with an indented center and raised edges
Squamous cell carcinomas can appear as:
- Rough, scaly red patches (these patches might bleed or crust over)
- Raised lumps or growths with a lower center
- Growths that look similar to warts
- Open sores that don’t heal or that come back (they may also ooze or crust)
Both of these common forms of skin cancer may show up first as a flat area and only produce minor skin changes, so it’s important to examine your skin thoroughly and often so that you can detect these changes early. Plus, it’s important to see your West Palm Beach dermatologist each year for skin cancer screenings.
Melanoma is a life-threatening form of skin cancer that you also need to detect right away. When it comes to pinpointing whether a growth is melanoma, it’s important to follow the ABCDE rule:
“A” for asymmetry: One half of a mole or birthmark is different from the other side.
“B” for border: The edges of a growth are ragged or irregular.
“C” for color: The growth isn’t one uniformed color and may contain different shades of brown or black or spots of pink, blue or white.
“D” for diameter: While melanoma can also be small, growths larger than 6 millimeters across (the size of a pencil eraser) need to be checked for melanoma.
“E” for evolving: Melanoma is often changing, whether in color, shape or size.
If you notice any changes in your skin then it’s time you saw your West Palm Beach dermatologist right away. The sooner we diagnose skin cancer the better the prognosis and treatment plan. Turn to Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach & of the Palm Beaches for all your skin care needs.