What exactly is Mohs micrographic surgery?

Oncologist examining female patient with magnifier in clinic

While the diagnosis of skin cancer may be scary news, many patients who catch skin cancer in its earliest stages will fare better than those who ignore the signs. Certain types of skin cancer can be easily removed with surgical excision with a trained and experienced dermatologist in the Boca Raton, Florida area. At the Rendon Center Dermatology and Aesthetic Medicine, our providers can assist patients with their cancer by removing with various methods, including a popular option such as Mohs micrographic surgery.

Understanding the process of Mohs micrographic surgery

Our Boca Raton, Florida area team can help patients in understanding the purpose of Mohs micrographic surgery and how it works. The process is a specialized, advanced technique that is designed to remove skin cancer while keeping as much remaining surrounding, healthy tissue as possible. In doing so, this reduces the scarring and disfigurement as much as possible. Because it is extremely precise, it is best for cancers that might be visible on the face where scarring and disfigurement will want to be avoided if possible.

During this procedure, the doctor will start by numbing the area with a topical anesthetic. Then, skin is removed layer by layer. Each thin layer removed from the treatment is evaluated under a microscope to look for cancerous cells and to determine how much needs to be removed from the next layer. Deep cancers may require more layers than others, but unlike traditional excision, healthy tissue remains.

Do all doctors offer Mohs micrographic surgery?

This method of removal for skin cancer requires continued education, training, and specialized equipment to perform, and is not an available option at all dermatology practices. This is what sets the Rendon Center Dermatology and Aesthetic Medicine apart from other local providers in the community of Boca Raton and beyond.

Discuss Mohs micrographic surgery with our team today

If you are experiencing skin cancer that has reoccurred or is on a highly visible area of the face or body, you may be a good candidate for Mohs micrographic surgery as a treatment. Call the Rendon Center Dermatology and Aesthetic Medicine of Boca Raton, FL today to learn more! We are conveniently located at 1001 NW 13th Street, Suite #100 and can be reached for an appointment at (561) 750-0544.

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