Mohs Surgery Specialist

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A to Z Dermatology

Dermatology serving Mesa, Sun City, Casa Grande, Gold Canyon, and Chandler, AZ

Mohs surgery offers one of the highest cure rates for common skin cancers, including basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. The skilled team at A to Z Dermatology performs Mohs surgery at five state-of-the-art facilities in Mesa, Gold Canyon, Chandler, Sun City, and Casa Grande, Arizona. To find out if you’re a candidate for Mohs surgery, call the nearest office today or request an appointment online.

Mohs Surgery Q&A

What is Mohs surgery?

Mohs surgery, also known as Mohs micrographic surgery, is a precise and highly effective technique for treating skin cancer. Mohs is considered an improvement on standard surgical techniques for skin cancer treatment because of its high cure rate and ability to preserve as much healthy skin as possible.

The trained Mohs surgeons at A to Z Dermatology perform this procedure as a single-visit outpatient surgery with local anesthesia and on-site lab work.

How does Mohs surgery work?

Mohs surgery occurs in stages during one visit. Your surgeon begins by removing the visible skin cancer lesion. Then, they remove a thin layer of surrounding skin and apply a bandage. You wait comfortably while your surgeon examines the removed skin under a microscope.

If they see any cancer cells, your surgeon removes another thin layer of skin and examines it. They repeat this process until no cancer cells remain. This process increases the likelihood of a cure, decreases the need for additional surgeries, and minimizes damage to healthy surrounding tissue.

Why would I need Mohs surgery?

You may be a candidate for Mohs surgery if you have a common type of skin cancer like basal cell carcinoma (BCC) or squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Together, these make up about 95% of skin cancers.

Mohs surgery is usually the preferred treatment for BCC or SCC that:

  • Is large or aggressive
  • Is located in an area with little tissue beneath, such as the eyelid, nose, scalp, or ear
  • Was previously treated and has returned

The team at A to Z Dermatology also uses Mohs to treat some rare skin cancers like Merkel cell carcinoma. Occasionally, they use Mohs to treat early-stage melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer.

What are the benefits of Mohs surgery?

Mohs surgery is highly efficient and cost-effective. It spares healthy tissue and minimizes scarring. However, the greatest advantage of Mohs surgery is its high cure rate. Skin cancer that hasn’t been treated before has a 99% cure rate with Mohs, and recurring skin cancer has up to a 94% cure rate.

To find out if Mohs surgery is right for you, call A to Z Dermatology today or request an appointment online.