Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS) is a surgical technique in which minute layers of skin tissue are carefully removed millimeters at a time and examined under a microscope. By removing thin layers of tissue in this incremental manner, your surgeon can be sure that all involved tissue is excised and simultaneously can spare healthy tissue.
Of all the surgical techniques available today, Mohs surgery offers both the lowest recurrence rate of malignant lesions and maximum preservation of healthy tissue. Mohs surgery is performed by specialized surgeons who only perform skin cancer removal and then refer patients to reconstructive surgery.
Mohs surgery is more time consuming than traditional excision. However, the precision it offers is especially valuable for recurrent or aggressive carcinomas; for treatment of cosmetically important areas such as the nose, eyelids and lips; and for high-risk and invasive lesions (such as near a facial nerve). Mohs surgery now is frequently used to remove basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas and other lesions on the face.
After a malignant lesion is removed with Mohs surgery, a depression or hole in the skin remains. Such scars may be rather disfiguring, and reconstructive surgery may be performed immediately after Mohs surgery to repair the damaged site. Our elite surgeons specialize in carefully reconstructing the facial tissue, restoring patient’s natural appearance.