Skin cancer is scary. When you have that spot on your skin that looks different from all of the others or that sore that will never heal, you know that you’re dealing with something serious. If it begins to change even more or grows larger, fear sets in. You don’t want it to get out of control. If you don’t take care of skin cancer, it can disfigure you or turn into something much more serious as it affects other parts of your body. You can’t ignore any skin cancer spots. When they are minor, a simple removal is possible with lasers, creams or a scalpel. However, if they keep coming back or you have skin cancer that is more complex, you need to consider other options. Mohs surgery could be the best option for you.
Understanding Mohs Surgery
Mohs surgery is a procedure that is often performed when skin cancer strikes on the neck, the scalp, the face, the ears and the nose, although it can be performed in other areas. It is typically performed for basal cell skin cancer and squamous cell skin cancer. It involves freezing the skin, removing a very thin layer and having it tested immediately for the presence of cancer cells. The procedure is repeated until there are no more cancer cells in the tissue samples.
Are You a Candidate for Mohs Surgery?
This surgery could be right for you if you have skin cancer that keeps coming back even though you have undergone other forms of treatment. If it is not clear where your skin cancer ends, our doctor may recommend Mohs surgery to make sure all of the cancer cells are removed. If you are dealing with larger tumors or lesions, Mohs surgery may be the best alternative. It is highly effective in eliminating cancer cells. It also gives you peace of mind knowing immediately that the cancer cells have been removed. You don’t have to wait for a biopsy report to come back. You’ll know that day while you are undergoing your procedure. Mohs surgery has a high success rate, and it is rare for skin cancer to come back in the area that has been treated with this procedure.
Learn More During a Consultation
The sooner you take care of your skin cancer, the better. Make an appointment to see our doctor at Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery to discuss the possibility of Mohs surgery for you. Take charge of your body and your treatment plan. If you have undergone other forms of treatment and your skin cancer keeps coming back, it’s time to choose a more effective technique. With Mohs surgery, you will get to the root of the problem, eliminating cancer cells in the lower layers of your skin until only healthy skin cells remain. We have locations in Newport Beach, Beverly Hills, Santa Rosa and Indianapolis. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more.