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Mohs surgery has been proven to be the most effective technique for removing Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Carcinomas (the two most common types of skin cancer) as well as some melanomas and other more unusual skin cancers. This technique was developed by Dr. Frederick Mohs in the 1930’s.
The technique used in Mohs surgery results in the highest cure rate as well as the best cosmetic result because it spares healthy tissue more than traditional methods. The technique is a systematic approach of removing the skin cancer and examining the tissue samples immediately. The samples are cut in a unique method with detailed mapping to examine the margins. Only the margins that are not clear need further excision, thus preserving as much healthy tissue as possible.
Mohs Micrographic surgery results in a 98% cure rate which is superior to other approaches and spares healthy tissue resulting in better cosmetic results. This technique is especially useful on areas of the skin that benefit from tissue sparing, head and neck, genital areas, hands and feet and on lesions that have reoccurred. In addition, Mohs is done under local anesthesia in the comfort of the office as opposed to having to undergo general anesthesia in a hospital.
In summation, Mohs Micrographic surgery is highly regarded as a remediation technique: