Mohs Surgery

What is Mohs Surgery?

Mohs micrographic surgery is a specialized technique used for the removal of certain skin cancers, most often basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas. It is often the preferred treatment for certain areas on the body, such as the face, where precision is key to preserve as much healthy skin tissue as possible.

During the procedure, a thin layer of tissue is removed and then examined under a microscope; this process is repeated until the tissue is free of cancer. It has the highest rate of success in treating basal and squamous cell carcinomas.


Conditions treated with Mohs Surgery

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Skin cancers located in critical areas such as the hands, ears, or face

What are the benefits of Mohs Surgery?

  • Preserving Tissue: Mohs surgery preserves as much healthy skin as possible by only removing the cancerous tissue, and therefore can provide better cosmetic outcomes.
  • Immediate Results: As the cancerous cells are removed, the Mohs surgeon examines the skin under a microscope, and the process is repeated until all visible cancer cells are removed.
  • High Cure Rates: Particularly for basal and squamous cell carcinomas.

Your dermatologist and skin care team will determine whether Mohs is the best treatment option for you. To learn more about Mohs Surgery, or to make an appointment, call 312.996.8666.