Mohs Micrographic Surgery
in Los Angeles
Mohs micrographic surgery is the most effective and state-of-the-art procedure for treating skin cancer today. It offers the highest potential for recovery, even if the skin cancer has been previously treated by another method and recurred. A Mohs physician, such as Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills' Dr. Naissan Wesley, is specially trained in surgery, pathology, and reconstruction.
Dr. Wesley completed an intense post-doctoral fellowship approved by the American College of Mohs Surgery, which requires its members to participate in at least a full year of training and hands-on experience after their residency training. She is an expert in all aspects of skin cancer and skin cancer surgery. She specializes in the diagnosis and repair of skin lesions, including cosmetic reconstruction following skin cancer removal, skin grafts, and skin flaps.
Before starting Mohs surgery at Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills, you will first have a consultation that includes an assessment to ensure you are a good candidate for the procedure.
Why Choose Mohs Surgery?
Mohs surgery has the highest success rate of all treatments for skin cancer: up to 99 percent.
With the Mohs technique, physicians are able to see beyond the visible disease to precisely identify and remove the entire tumor layer by layer while leaving the surrounding healthy tissue intact and unharmed. As the most exact and precise method of tumor removal, it minimizes the chance of re-growth and lessens the potential for scarring or disfigurement.
Most patients who choose this technique require only a single surgery. It is ideal for skin cancer patients in Los Angeles looking for a procedure that maximizes results and minimizes impact.
What Types of Skin Cancer Does Mohs Treat?
Mohs micrographic surgery is primarily used to treat basal and squamous cell carcinomas, but can be used to treat less common tumors including melanoma.
Mohs Surgery is appropriate when:
- The cancer is in an area where it is important to preserve healthy tissue for maximum functional and cosmetic result, such as eyelids, nose, ears, lips, fingers, toes, genitals;
- The cancer was treated previously and recurred;
- Scar tissue exists in the area of the cancer;
- The cancer is large;
- The edges of the cancer cannot be clearly defined;
- The cancer is growing rapidly or uncontrollably.
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Minimal Signs of Surgery
The Mohs technique is also the treatment of choice for cancers of the face and other sensitive areas as it relies on the accuracy of a microscopic surgical procedure to trace the edges of the cancer and ensure complete removal of all tumors down to the roots during the initial surgery.
This practice, used at Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills, results in a minimal amount of healthy tissue removal, reducing impact to the surrounding skin. Its benefits make it a preferred choice for optimizing the aesthetic outcome of skin cancer surgery.
More Details on Mohs
Mohs surgery is performed under local anesthesia and will typically last up to several hours. Since no two patients are the same, the estimated time frame and scope of the surgery will be determined at a consultation at Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills.
Once the cancer has been fully removed, you can talk with your physician about any potential reconstruction options, if they are necessary or desired.
After the successful surgery, you will also want to talk about and schedule some post-surgical visits and check-ups to be sure you are recovering as best as possible and that there are no recurrences of cancer. While Mohs surgery is highly effective at removing various cancers down to their roots, follow-up appointments are one more way to make sure that your skin stays healthy, and the rest of you does, too.
Our Los Angeles dermatology team prides itself on its professionalism and accessibility. To learn more about Mohs micrographic surgery, and to find out if it is the best choice for you, contact Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills.