Although skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer and can potentially lead to dangerous complications, it is also very treatable if caught in time. A specialized form of skin cancer treatment is called Mohs surgery, which can be used when skin cancer is found in especially sensitive areas of the body. You can learn a lot more about the benefits of Mohs surgery and when it may be necessary by reaching out to your local skin experts at South Nassau Dermatology serving the areas of Levittown, Long Beach, and Oceanside, NY.
Unlike what most would expect from the name, Mohs surgery is an outpatient procedure that can be performed right in your doctor's office, and usually, only local anesthetic is required.
Named after Dr. Frederic Mohs, who first developed the surgical technique, the procedure involves the layer-by-layer removal of cancerous tissue. These are very thin layers that are examined under a microscope as they are removed. This strategy allows your doctor to see precisely where the cancer stops, which is one of the most important benefits of Mohs surgery.
Because your doctor can be very accurate about removing only cancerous tissue, it allows you to keep as much of your skin as possible. Something especially important in areas such as the eyelids, ears, and hands, for example. Scarring is also reduced when compared to similar treatments.
Your dermatologist may recommend Mohs surgery when treating the above-mentioned areas, or if the cancer is particularly aggressive, large, or if it has been treated before by other means and has returned.
Mohs Surgery in Levittown, Long Beach, and Oceanside, NY
Schedule an appointment with your Levittown, Long Beach, and Oceanside, NY, dermatologists at South Nassau Dermatology to find out if you can benefit from Mohs surgery, you can dial (516) 520-5280 to reach the Levittown, NY, (516) 432-7124 for Long Beach, NY, and (516) 766-0345 for Oceanside, NY.