Mohs Micrographic and Dermatologic Surgery

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Dermatologic surgery is a unique specialty within dermatology. Performing procedures ranging from biopsies and cosmetic surgery to Mohs Micrographic and flap surgery, this discipline offers and advanced approach to treating all skin disorders including cancerous and pre-cancerous lesions.

Mohs Micrographic Surgery, an advanced treatment procedure for skin cancer, offers the highest potential for recovery; even if the skin cancer has been previously treated. This procedure is state-of-the-art treatment in which the physician serves as surgeon, pathologist and reconstructive surgeon. It relies on the accuracy of a microscope to trace and ensure removal of skin cancer down to its roots. This procedure allows dermatologists trained in Mohs Surgery to see beyond the visible disease, and to precisely identify and remove the entire tumor, leaving healthy tissue unharmed. This procedure is most often used in treating two of the most common forms of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.