Detecting and removing skin cancer early is extremely important to a person’s recovery. While most patients are familiar with traditional skin cancer removal methods, many are not aware of Mohs Micrographic Surgery.
Mohs Micrographic Surgery involves removing the cancer one layer at a time. This allows a surgeon to see where the cancer ends and preserve the remaining tissue. By removing the cancer one layer at a time, Mohs allows a patient to keep as much healthy skin as possible and has an extremely high cure rate.
Mohs Micrographic Surgery is more labor intensive and takes much longer than traditional skin cancer removal and so is typically used only in certain situations. Most Mohs patients have a common type of skin cancer such as basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma.
Candidates for Mohs surgery include:
- Those with recurrent cancers that have not been cured by traditional surgery.
- Those with cancer in an area of the body with little tissue beneath it such as the eyelid, nose, ear, scalp, genitals, hand, or foot.
- Those with large, aggressive types of skin cancer.
Those who are not good candidates for Mohs surgery includes those unable to tolerate local anesthesia, have surgical phobias or anxieties (as Mohs takes a longer amount of time than other skin cancer removals), or are in poor health. Mohs surgery is a great option for patients who qualify. It has the highest cure rate, lowest chance of regrowth, minimal potential for scarring, and offers the most precise means of removal.
If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer or spot a suspicious mole, contact the Board-Certified Mohs Micrographic Surgery experts, Dr. Allan Levy & Dr. John Huber, at Levy Dermatology in Memphis, Tennessee right away by filling out the form on this page or by calling (901) 624-3333.
Levy Dermatology serves patients in the Memphis, Germantown, & Collierville, TN areas.