Mohs surgery is a specialized technique for removing commonly occurring skin cancers while sparing the greatest amount of normal, healthy tissue.
While surgical procedures have some degree of visible scarring, the Mohs technique results in a smaller, less noticeable scar. Mohs surgery differs from other techniques in that cancerous cells are removed in layers and examined during surgery rather than afterward. As the surgery gradually proceeds, each layer is removed and examined microscopically until the skin cancer is completely excised.
These during-surgery microscopic examinations allow the surgeon to target and remove the offending cells while sparing normal tissue and minimizing scarring for better cosmetic results.
Mohs surgery also helps provide better therapeutic results with a lower risk for cancer recurrence and is completed on an outpatient basis with local anesthesia. For most cases, actual time for surgically removing a layer of tissue usually takes five to 10 minutes. Processing results may take another 30 minutes to an hour. At Kelsey-Seybold, all Mohs surgeries are performed in a dedicated suite at our Tanglewood Clinic.
Our board-certified dermatologist and Mohs surgery specialist, Dr. Mohsin Mir, MD, completed 10,000 Mohs procedures in 2021.
For more information, call Kelsey-Seybold’s Mohs Surgery Suite at 713-442-MOHS (6647).