Mohs micrographic surgery is the gold standard for treating many of the most common and dangerous forms of skin cancer. Dermatologist and founder of Skin Cancer Specialists, Tarek M. Fakhouri, MD, is a fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon who’s performed thousands of successful Mohs procedures. To learn more about Mohs surgery, call Skin Cancer Specialists in Sugar Land, Texas, or book an appointment online.
Mohs micrographic surgery, also called Mohs surgery, is a skin cancer treatment that improves upon standard skin cancer surgery. This procedure was pioneered by Dr. Frederic Mohs and has since become well-established as a successful skin cancer treatment.
During Mohs surgery, Dr. Fakhouri uses precise surgical techniques to completely remove cancer-containing skin with minimal damage to healthy surrounding tissues. He removes very small pieces of skin and examines them under a microscope to check for cancer.
Standard skin cancer surgery involves removing visible cancer and a small margin of surrounding healthy skin. What sets Mohs surgery apart is the focus on preserving healthy tissue and microscopically examining the area to ensure there are no remaining cancer cells.
Dr. Fakhouri uses Mohs surgery to remove the most common types of skin cancer, including:
Mohs surgery offers superior cosmetic outcomes, which makes this procedure particularly useful for removing skin cancer from difficult areas, such as the face.
Because Dr. Fakhouri takes great care to preserve as much healthy tissue as possible while removing all cancer cells, Mohs surgery offers the following benefits over standard procedures:
This technique allows Dr. Fakhouri to verify that all cancer cells have been removed, which increases the cure rate and reduces the need for additional skin cancer treatments or surgeries.
It’s common to feel nervous about skin cancer surgery, but you can rest assured knowing that Dr. Fakhouri is one of the leading Mohs surgeons in the U.S. He strives to make you feel comfortable by practicing patient-centric medicine and developing a personalized care plan to achieve the best possible outcome.
Mohs surgery takes place in the office and requires only a local anesthetic, so you’re awake while Dr. Fakhouri checks to make sure he removed all the cancer cells. If he sees remaining cancer cells, he lets you know and proceeds to remove small pieces of skin until the cancer is completely gone.
Following your procedure, Dr. Fakhouri personally calls to check on you. He also sees you for a follow-up visit to ensure optimal healing.
To find out if Mohs surgery is right for you, call Skin Cancer Specialists, or book an appointment online.