Mohs micrographic surgery is a specialized, highly effective method for the complete removal of skin cancer. This procedure is named in honor of Dr. Frederic Mohs who created the technique. Mohs surgery is the treatment of choice for many skin cancers, including basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, because it offers the following advantages:
- Highest cure rate. Because all surgical margins are examined microscopically in the office, this procedure has the highest cure rate of all skin cancer treatments.
- Best cosmetic result. Because there is no need to take a margin of healthy skin in Mohs surgery, the size of the wound left after tumor removal is minimized. Keeping the defect small optimizes the surgical repair, and produces a superior cosmetic result.