Mohs Micrographic Surgery is an advanced treatment for facial skin cancer, offering both the greatest potential for cure as well as the optimum opportunity for cosmesis.
This technique is not necessary for most skin cancers but is a powerful tool to enable complete eradication of facial skin cancer where the clinical margins of the cancer are often indistinct.
The power of this procedure to treat skin cancer comes from its ability to remove the guesswork and uncertainty in the treatment of skin cancer. Even those cancers that have been previously treated unsuccessfully by other methods are often curable by Mohs Micrographic Surgery.
The key element of the procedure is that the Dermatologist not only removes the tumour, but is also responsible for examining the pathological specimens in a detailed and fastidious technique. Microscopic examination of the cancer tissue in specially designed segments by the operating Dermatologist allows the tracing and entire removal of a skin cancer including its roots with great accuracy. Using the Mohs technique, appropriately trained Dermatologists can see beyond the visible extent of a tumour and precisely identify and remove the entire tumour leaving the healthy tissue unharmed. The Mohs technique ensures the best possible cosmetic result following the removal of the tumour.
This procedure is most commonly used to treat two of the most common types of skin cancer; basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma, but may also be used to treat melanoma and other rarer types of skin cancer.