Treat skin cancer with the Fellowship-trained Mohs surgeons at Brentwood Dermatology.
What is Mohs Surgery?
A specialized type of skin cancer treatment, Mohs surgery uses a precise mapping technique to identify and target cancerous cells. This technique involves going into each layer of skin and microscopically examining the skin tissue to create a detailed map of what cells are healthy and which are cancerous. Using this detailed map, the Mohs surgeon will carefully remove the cancer cells and roots, while preserving as much healthy skin as possible.
Mohs Surgery FAQs
Are you interested in learning more about Mohs surgery in Franklin, Tennessee? Our dermatologists answer frequently asked questions, such as the benefits of Mohs surgery, how this procedure is performed, and the type of skin cancers we treat with Mohs surgery.
While many believe Mohs is an acronym, this highly specialized skin cancer treatment is named after its founder, Dr. Frederick Mohs.
During Mohs surgery, Brentwood Dermatology’s Mohs surgeon will remove cancerous tissue one layer at a time. After the removal of each layer, the surgeon will take the tissue to an on-site lab and examine it for cancerous cells. If any remain, the surgeon will map them out and remove a little more tissue only in the locations indicated on the map, thereby preserving the surrounding healthy cells.
This process—removing cancerous tissue layer by layer, sending the tissue to the lab for examination, and then either removing more tissue or closing up the incision—may require multiple rounds to ensure the cancer is completely eliminated.
Mohs micrographic surgery is one of the best skin cancer treatments. Often referred to as “The Gold Standard” of skin cancer treatment, Mohs surgeons use this procedure to treat advanced forms of basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and malignant melanoma.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, Mohs surgery has a 99% cure rate for skin cancer that has not been treated before and a 94% cure rate for cancer that has come back after previous treatment.
There are several Mohs surgery benefits to consider when researching skin cancer treatment options. These benefits include:
- Highest cure rate of all skin cancer surgeries
- Lower cost than hospital or outpatient facility surgeries
- Optimal preservation of healthy skin for minimal scarring
- Reconstruction done in-office, when necessary
- Well-tolerated by most patients
- Local anesthesia is used, rather than general
- Suitable for the majority of skin cancer locations
- Easier aftercare than hospital surgeries
For more information on the benefits of Mohs surgery in Franklin, Tennessee, get in touch with Brentwood Dermatology. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this advanced skin cancer treatment!
Yes. As with any other type of surgery, you will likely have a scar the size of the incision site. However, one of the benefits of Mohs surgery is that your Mohs surgeon specifically identifies and targets cancerous cells with the unique Mohs micrographic mapping technique. This technique maximizes the preservation of surrounding healthy tissue to reduce the incision site size and any potential scarring.
Mohs surgery in Franklin is performed by one of the exceptionally-trained Mohs surgeons at Brentwood Dermatology. In most cases, our Mohs surgery procedures are performed by Dr. Kira Mayo, M.D. Dr. Mayo is a Fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon with specialized training and expertise in treating high-risk skin cancer.
To learn more about our Mohs surgeons and their experience, we encourage you to reach out to our practice! We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about Mohs surgery.
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Are you interested in treating a specific skin cancer with Mohs micrographic surgery? The team of board-certified dermatologists at Brentwood Dermatology are experienced in performing Mohs surgery to treat and address several different types of skin cancer.