Mohs surgery is the most precise, effective technique for treating several types of skin cancers, including basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). At Aspen Center for Cosmetic Medicine & Dermatology in Aspen, Colorado, Brooke Walls, DO, is a Harvard-fellowship-trained certified Mohs micrographic surgeon. Dr. Walls specializes in performing Mohs surgery and takes a holistic approach to helping you manage skin cancer and your overall wellness. For a comprehensive treatment plan, call the office today or use the convenient online booking tool to make an appointment.
What is Mohs surgery?
Mohs micrographic surgery is a highly effective surgical technique for treating many types of BCCs and SCCs. Dr. Walls is a certified Mohs surgeon who performs the procedure in stages, including lab work, while you wait. The goal of Mohs surgery is to carefully remove all cancerous cells from your skin while keeping the surrounding healthy tissue unharmed.
As a result of this precise technique in which Dr. Walls removes one layer of cancerous tissue at a time, there is an extremely high success rate. With her advanced training and fellowship in Mohs surgery, Dr. Walls can perform this technique on even the most challenging skin cancer cases. She is proficient in the three steps of Mohs micrographic surgery:
- Surgical removal of all cancerous tissue
- Microscopic evaluation and pathology to analyze the tissue
- Surgery to close and reconstruct the wound for minimal scarring and a favorable aesthetic outcome
Mohs surgery takes just a single visit to complete each of these stages of surgery, pathology, and reconstruction.
What happens during Mohs surgery?
During Mohs surgery to remove a cancerous lesion from your skin, Dr. Walls first uses a local anesthetic to numb the area so you won’t feel any pain. She uses a scalpel to remove a thin layer of cancerous tissue and then closely analyzes the layer under a microscope. She repeats this process as many times as needed to ensure that she carefully removes every layer of cancerous tissue, however deep the lesion is.
Once she is positive all the cancerous cells are gone from your skin, Dr. Walls closes the wound and reconstructs it for aesthetic appearance, if necessary. The entire process may take several hours, but once it’s over, rest assured there’s up to a 99% cure rate for a first-time skin cancer area, and up to 94% cure rate if it’s a recurrent location on your skin.
Am I a good candidate for Mohs surgery?
Because of its high success rate, Mohs surgery is considered the gold standard for treating BCCs and SCCs, especially when the skin cancer is on your face or other areas of cosmetic concern. You may be an ideal candidate for Mohs surgery if you’ve been diagnosed with skin cancer on areas including:
- Eyes or nose
- Fingers or toes
Additionally, if you have a large, rapidly growing area of skin cancer or you have recurring skin cancer after a previous treatment, Mohs surgery may be the solution you need to prevent it from coming back again.
Dr. Walls diagnoses and treats each patient individually. When you schedule an appointment online or by phone, she takes time to speak with you and recommend the best course of action. Call or request an appointment online today.