Mohs Surgery Chicago
Dr. Memar, Board Certified Dermatologist
Skin Cancer Treatment Chicago, IL
A cancer diagnosis is a scary thing, but when you’re diagnosed with skin cancer, the Dermatologic Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery staff is here to help you. Mohs surgery, named for Dr. Frederick Mohs who developed the procedure in the 1930s, is reserved for the more severe skin cancers: those with a high risk of recurrence or those that have reoccurred already; are in areas where the most skin as possible needs to be preserved; have borders that are hard to define; or those that are large and/or aggressive.
During a Mohs surgery, the obvious mole is removed and then an extra layer of skin is taken and immediately examined under a microscope. If this extra layer of skin is clear of cancer cells, the surgery ends. If there are still cancer cells in that layer of skin, another layer is taken off and then examined. This continues until a layer of skin is removed and declared cancer free.
The goal of a Mohs surgery is to get all signs of cancer out of the skin without taking out extra skin that is not infected. Therefore, the smallest possible amount of skin can be taken, with the assurance that the cancer has been removed. It increases the chances of a cure and reduces the need for additional surgeries or treatments with minimal cosmetic effects.
Mohs surgery is usually done under local anesthetic and on an outpatient basis so patients can return to normal activities fairly quickly, depending on where the cancer is located. As with any surgeries, there are risks and potential complications with Mohs surgery, but they are limited compared to more complex operations. Bleeding, pain or tenderness around the wound, and infection are some of the most common complications. Over the counter pain relievers are adequate in controlling any pain associated with a Mohs surgery.
Dr. Memar at Dermatologic Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery is a board certified dermatologist and has extensive experience performing Mohs surgery. If after a dermatological consultation it is determined that you are a candidate for Mohs surgery, we will be happy to schedule your surgery as soon as possible.