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Removing a cancerous growth is often the best treatment approach, but conventional surgery may leave a scar. If you need to undergo skin cancer removal, board-certified dermatologists Navid Nami, DO, and Leila Ettefagh, MD, at Island Dermatology offer expert Mohs surgery to keep scarring to a minimum. Find out whether you're a good candidate for advanced Mohs surgery by calling the Island Dermatology office in Newport Beach, Glendora, Downey, Santa Ana, or Victorville, California, or book an appointment online today.
Mohs micrographic surgery is a state-of-the-art procedure in which your provider at Island Dermatology removes cancerous tissue from your skin. Its primary use is treating two of the most widespread forms of skin cancer – squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma.
Mohs surgery may be necessary to treat cancerous lesions on your face or other highly visible areas of your body, where it's desirable to preserve tissue as much as possible. Dermatologists with training in Mohs surgery can identify and remove an entire skin cancer with the utmost precision, leaving healthy tissue undamaged.
The cure rate for Mohs surgery is higher than any other skin cancer treatment and minimizes the risk of regrowth. It's the most precise method of removing skin cancers, too, which lessens the likelihood of scarring and disfigurement.
Mohs surgery is a complex procedure. It combines surgical excision of cancer with microscopic examination using frozen tissue processing techniques right in the Island Dermatology office.
During Mohs surgery, your dermatologist removes thin layers of cancerous tissue one by one, examining each under a microscope. They continue to remove these layers until no cancerous tissue remains.
The Mohs surgery technique enables your dermatologist to examine every part of the surgical margin (the area around the excised tissue). If any trace of the tumor is still present, they can pinpoint its precise location and select the exact area of skin for removal.
Mohs surgery may deal with skin cancers that require multiple repetitions of these stages to eradicate the cancerous tissue. Consequently, Mohs surgery could take up a large part of the day, and you should allow a whole day for your procedure.
The dermatologists at Island Dermatology individualize the reconstructive process to ensure the best results. They aim to preserve the area's functional capabilities and optimize the skin's appearance following your Mohs surgery.
Mohs surgeons have specialist training in reconstructive procedures. They may leave a small wound to heal on its own, or your surgeon may close it with stitches, a skin graft, or a flap. If your tumor proves to be larger than expected, the reconstruction may require input from a plastic surgeon.
Island Dermatology has multiple Mohs surgeons on staff who perform in-office Mohs surgery three days a week. Call to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.