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What is Mohs surgery?

Mohs surgery is a specialized method of removing skin cancers primarily on the face with the highest possible cure rate and smallest possible scar. During the surgery, a patch of cancerous skin is removed and then examined under a microscope to determine if more skin needs to be removed. The method minimizes how much normal skin is removed.
Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
Moh's surgery involves dermatological microscopic excision of small tumor at a time with evaluation for free margins. Once the edges are clear, the defect can be closed with a flap reconstruction or primarily if small. 

Mohs micrographic surgery is the treatment of choice for the majority of high-risk basal cell and squamous cell cancers. The procedure involves the removal of a skin tumor one layer at a time. The layers are immediately examined under a microscope to detect cancer cells. The procedure ensures complete removal of all cancer cells while assuring optimal cosmetic results by minimizing tissue to be removed.

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