Mohs Surgery is Highly Effective at Removing Skin Cancer

Help Remove Skin Cancer

The most successful treatment for the two most frequent kinds of skin cancer, squamous and basal cell carcinomas, is Mohs surgery. The treatment is performed in phases. This enables all malignant cells to be removed, while at the same time, conserving unaffected tissue. Also, incisions that are created during Mohs surgery are unnoticeable.

What Happens During a Mohs Surgical Procedure?

The treatment is carried out in phases over the course of one visit, with the patient waiting in between each phase. The surgeon evaluates a tissue layer beneath a microscope in a lab after removing it. If cancerous cells are still present, the surgeon can pinpoint their precise location and eliminate an additional tissue layer  from that area while preserving as much good tissue as feasible. This procedure is repeated until there are no cancer cells left.

Phase 1: Assessment and Preparation

 The surgeon will assess the biopsy site and may use a marker so they can easily pinpoint it during the procedure. The doctor will have you either sit or lie down, and a surgical drape will be used to cover the area. A local anesthetic will be injected, which means you will remain conscious throughout the entire procedure.   

Phase 2: Extraction of Superficial Layer

The surgeon will extract a thin layer of noticeable malignant tissue with a scalpel. Certain skin cancers have expansions beneath the top layer that aren’t apparent. That will be determined by the lab analysis that follows. The surgical site will then be immediately wrapped.

Phase 3: Analysis of the Cancerous Tissue

The surgeon will divide the cancerous tissue into parts and use dyes to color code the sections of tissue. From there, a map of the incision site will be created. The tissue will then be frozen   before slicing it into very narrow horizontal sections.  The slices will be dyed and covered before being placed on microscope slides.

Phase 4: Examination of Tissue Under Microscope

The surgeon will assess the margins and bottom part of the tissue on the slides, using a microscope. If any cancer is still present, the location will be marked on the map. The doctor will then inform you that an additional tissue layer needs to be removed.

Phase 5: Removal of Additional Cancerous Tissue

You will return to the operating room, so that any additional cancerous tissue can be extracted. Local anesthesia will be injected in the area to numb the area. This is done as many times as necessary until the cancerous cells are completely gone.

Phase 6: Repair of Surgical Site

 Once the area has been cleared of all cancerous cells, stitches will be used to seal the area. This is dependent on the size and position of the surgical site. The wound may require restoration by placing an adjacent tissue into the area. In most cases, the surgeon will treat the incision as soon as clear margins are obtained.

You may wish to have a facelift after Mohs surgery to improve the overall appearance of your face. If you have fine lines, wrinkles, or jowls, a facelift is a great option. Not only will it enhance your look, but also your self-esteem. 

What Kind of Results Should I Expect?

Mohs surgery is so beneficial that you will be able to see the results immediately. This is because the surgeon will make sure all the cancer is eliminated before leaving your appointment.  A follow-up appointment may be necessary to monitor your progress and ensure that your incision heals properly.

Conclusion

Cosmetic surgery can help enhance your overall appearance and, in some cases, improve your health. Mohs surgery, for instance, will benefit your health by removing cancerous cells from your skin. This technique is highly effective since all of the unhealthy tissues are removed prior to the end of your appointment. Consult a Mohs surgeon to see if you’re a good candidate for this life-changing procedure.