When might I consider Mohs micrographic surgery for my skin cancer diagnosis?
- Posted on: Dec 15 2019
Hearing the diagnosis of skin cancer for the first time can be a scary event for most patients. However, skin cancer is one of the easier cancers to diagnose and treat. Because of this, many patients can go on to live normal, active, healthy lives following a diagnosis.
With skin cancer, there are various approaches that patients may consider for treatment. One of the most recommended options is removal through Mohs micrographic surgery. This is a surgical treatment that is used for the excision of skin cancer. It is the most thorough treatment of skin cancer for patients and continues to be the gold standard in removing recurring or high risk lesions from the body.
How does Mohs micrographic surgery work?
When a biopsy returns with a positive test for skin cancer, patients need to make a decision as to how they would like to proceed. Mohs micrographic surgery is a surgical excision that will remove the cancerous skin cells from the skin. This particular treatment is achieved by taking layer after layer of skin, and evaluating each one for cancerous cells before moving on to the removal of the layer. By performing excision in this manner, the doctor provides conservative removal of the cancerous cells while maintaining as much healthy tissue as possible.
When should I consider Mohs micrographic surgery?
Mohs micrographic surgery is not the right treatment for all types of skin cancers and all patients. Instead, it is often reserved for patients who have cancerous lesions that are long-standing. It may also be recommended for patients who are at a high risk of recurrence or metastasis. Dr. Homayoun Sasson of Sasson Plastic Surgery may also use Mohs micrographic surgery when the tumor is located in a cosmetically sensitive area such as the face. It leaves behind minimal scarring and disfigurement when completed on visible parts of the face or body.
Learn about Mohs micrographic surgery from the team at Sasson Plastic Surgery
Mohs micrographic surgery is just one of many medical and cosmetic surgical interventions available for patients in and around the Great Neck and Manhattan, NY area. If you are considering Mohs micrographic surgery for the treatment of skin cancer, we invite you to call our office to make an appointment with Dr. Homayoun Sasson. Our primary office is located in Great Neck, NY at 100 Northern Boulevard, Ste #370.
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