Mohs Surgery

Aesthetics and Dermatology located in Oakland Park, FL

Mohs Surgery services offered in Oakland Park, FL

Doctors diagnose around 9,500 cases of skin cancer each day. At Aesthetix Skin & Surgery in Oakland Park, Florida, Igor Chaplik, DO, and Nicole Chaplik, PA, perform Mohs surgery to carefully remove skin cancer without disrupting the surrounding tissue. Mohs surgery is the safest method to remove cancerous lesions while protecting your skin. Call the location nearest you today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.

Mohs Surgery Q & A

What is Mohs surgery?

Mohs surgery is a technique that removes skin cancer. Considered the gold standard for treating the two most common types of skin cancer, Mohs surgery involves removing cancerous lesions layer by layer. Your provider carefully extracts each layer until there is no trace of cancer cells left, which may reduce your need for additional treatment.

What are the uses for Mohs surgery?

Mohs surgery treats three of the most common types of skin cancer:

Basal cell carcinoma 
Basal cell carcinoma, or BCC, is a slow-growing type of skin cancer that usually doesn’t spread to other areas of the body. The most common type of skin cancer, BCCs appear as red sores, bumps, patches, or shiny growths.

Squamous cell carcinoma
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is more aggressive than BCC. It’s the second most common type of skin cancer and typically appears as scaly and crusty patches of skin that sometimes bleed. Unlike BCCs, SCCs can spread to other areas of the body.

Melanoma is an advanced form of skin cancer that typically forms in a mole. The most aggressive type of skin cancer, melanoma can spread quickly. Early intervention is the safest way to ensure melanoma is treatable. 

While Mohs surgery often treats BCCs and SCCs, it can only remove certain types of melanoma. Your provider at Aesthetix Skin & Surgery performs a comprehensive skin cancer screening to recommend the best treatment.

How does Mohs surgery work?

During Mohs surgery, your provider removes your lesion layer by layer until there is no trace of cancer cells. Your provider examines the skin under a microscope after each layer to ensure they remove every abnormal cell. This technique reduces cancer recurrences and preserves the surrounding tissue.

What can I expect from Mohs surgery?

Your provider applies an anesthetic before surgery to minimize discomfort. Next, the surgeon removes a thin layer of the lesion and examines it under a microscope. If there are any cancer cells, they take away another layer and repeat the process until they no longer see these cells. 

Call Aesthetix Skin & Surgery today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about Mohs surgery.

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