How is Mohs Micrographic Surgery different?
Mohs Micrographic surgery uses a special technique where the skin cancer is removed one layer at a time and the tissue is meticulously examined to ensure all of the cancer cells are removed. While this may be a slower process than other methods, it is extremely effective, and preserves the largest amount of healthy skin possible.
Due to the fact that this procedure is highly specialized, it is vital that your dermatologist be formally trained in a one- or two-year program and is accredited by the American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS).
Mohs Micrographic Surgery procedure
To ensure comfort and reduce pain, a local anesthesia is given which numbs the area. First, the visible tumor is removed. Then, a thin layer of skin is removed with a scalpel, where it is then examined underneath a microscope. If cancer cells are noticed, then another layer is removed and inspected. This process continues until no further cancer cells are seen.
Once all cancer cells are removed, the dermatologist will determine the best plan for reconstructing and closing the wound based on the shape, size, depth, and location. While there may be a small scar, the special nature of the Mohs technique typically results in less noticeable scars than other skin cancer removal methods.