The Procedure That Cures Skin Cancer
What is Mohs Micrographic Surgery?
Mohs micrographic surgery is a technique used by specially trained dermatologic surgeons to treat high-risk skin cancers. Invented in the 1930s by Dr. Frederic Mohs, it has become the gold standard of treatment for high-risk skin cancers, particularly for those on the head and neck, because of its very high cure rates. While small low-risk basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas can be effectively treated with excision or local destruction, Mohs surgery is recommended for skin cancers in critical areas such as the central face and ears, as well as for large or deep tumors, recurrent tumors, and tumors with aggressive features under the microscope.
Dr. Ratner completed a two-year fellowship training program in Mohs micrographic surgery and reconstruction, and has nearly 25 years of experience. She has performed over 15,000 Mohs surgery cases over the course of her career, and she and her staff are committed to providing excellent, compassionate care to all of their patients.
Micrographic Surgery FAQs
Mohs surgery is recommended for skin cancers in critical areas such as the central face and ears, as well as for large or deep tumors, recurrent tumors, and tumors with aggressive features under the microscope. Mohs surgery provides a 95-99% cure rate for the vast majority of basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas and has the advantage of maximum preservation of healthy tissue while leaving the smallest possible scar.