Mohs surgery

What is Mohs surgery?

Mohs micrographic surgery combines surgical excision and pathologic analysis to remove skin cancers while minimizing scarring.

Why have Mohs surgery?

Mohs surgery is a very effective method to treat certain types of skin cancers, with clearance rates up to 99%. It also produces less scarring than other surgical techniques. Mohs surgery is most commonly used to treat basal and squamous cell carcinomas on sensitive areas like the face, or large, recurrent, or ill-defined cancers.

How is Mohs surgery performed at DTLA Derm?

Dr. Joanna Chan , a fellowship-trained dermatologist and a member of the American College of Mohs Surgeons, performs Mohs surgery for our patients at DTLA Derm. She will remove a small rim of tissue around the visible tumor and analyze the tissue under the microscope. This process is repeated until the tumor is clear. Once the margins are clear, the excision site is repaired. The patient remains in the clinic during the analysis phase of treatment and the excision site is typically repaired on the day the cancer is excised. Thus, patients should plan on remaining in the clinic for 4-5 hours.

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