Mohs Micrographic surgery is the gold standard for removing certain types of skin cancers, including basal cell carcinomas (BCC), squamous cell carcinomas (SCC), and even certain melanomas. Pioneered by Dr. Frederic Mohs the procedure has been continually improved and is performed on a daily basis worldwide.
What sets Mohs apart from other treatments is its high cure rate and better cosmetic outcomes, especially in difficult areas such as the face. Mohs surgery is comfortably performed with local anesthetic and the entire process usually takes a few hours.
The procedure involves removing very small pieces of skin and then examining them microscopically. Dr. Fakhouri will check to ensure that all cancer cells have been removed. If he sees that there are cancer cells remaining he will let you know and remove a small piece of skin only in the area where the cancer remains. Once the cancer has been cured, Dr. Fakhouri will utilize the most advanced reconstructive techniques to ensure that you heal quickly and with the best cosmetic outcome.
Because the greatest care is taken to preserve as much healthy tissue as possible while removing all of the cancerous cells, the cure rate for Mohs is over 98%. Scarring is also kept to a minimum and cosmetic outcomes are superior.
Following your procedure, Dr. Fakhouri will personally call to check on you. You will also follow up in the office with Dr. Fakhouri to ensure everything is healing as it should.