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3 Things to Know About Mohs Micrographic Surgery

A skin cancer diagnosis might sound scary, but more effective treatments are available than ever. The experienced team at Greater Miami Skin & Laser Center has successfully treated countless skin cancer patients. Our board-certified dermatologists use many methods for skin cancer removal, including Mohs micrographic surgery. Read on to learn why this advanced procedure is the gold standard in skin cancer treatment.

1. Mohs Surgery Has a Massive Success Rate

When it comes to skin cancer cure rates, removal with Mohs micrographic surgery is unparalleled. This procedure has a 99% five-year cure rate for the most common type of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma (BCC), when it’s your first occurrence. For recurrent BCC, the cure rate is 94.4%. Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) has a similarly high primary five-year cure rate of 92-99% and a recurrent cure rate of 90%.

Mohs surgery is also a highly effective treatment for melanoma, the most aggressive form of skin cancer. A 2019 study found that of 123 participants who had the procedure to remove invasive melanomas, there was a 100% disease-specific survival rate after three and a half years.

2. Mohs Surgery Produces Better Cosmetic Results

In addition to being the preferred treatment for astounding cure rates, Mohs micrographic surgery produces fantastic cosmetic outcomes. Minimizing scarring may be a priority if you have skin cancer in a visible place like your face or neck. Mohs surgery is a skin-sparing procedure where we remove thin layers until there isn’t any more cancerous tissue. This means most patients are left with fainter, less noticeable surgical scars when compared to other procedures.

3. Mohs Surgery Is an Outpatient Procedure

When we think of surgery, we usually think of “going under” or a lengthy recovery period. This isn’t the case with Mohs surgery. We typically perform this procedure with a local anesthetic, so you won’t feel any pain but you will be awake. Many patients bring a book to stay entertained while the removed cancerous tissue is analyzed. Most patients also return to work the next day.

Schedule Your Miami Beach Mohs Surgery Consultation

Whether you’ve been diagnosed with skin cancer or have a suspicious lesion, the highly qualified providers at Greater Miami Skin & Laser Center can help. Our board-certified dermatologists, Dr. Martin Zaiac, have extensive experience in mole monitoring, skin cancer screenings, diagnosis, and treatment. If you’re ready to move forward with peace of mind, call 305-532-4478 to book a Mohs micrographic surgery consultation in Miami Beach, Florida.

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