The Mohs procedure enables the physician to closely examine each layer of tissue and detect the presence and
proliferation of cancerous cells. This process allows the physician to remove the minimal amount of tissue necessary in
their quest to eliminate the cancer. The affected area is injected with a local anesthetic, and the
doctor removes the skin cancer along with a miniscule amount of healthy tissue. The removed tissue is examined, and the
doctor continues to remove layers of tissue in the affected area until cancer cells are no longer detected.
Mohs micrographic surgery is most effective for the removal of specific types of skin cancer. It's often used in cases
where the cancer has a high likelihood of returning, is located in the eyelids, nose, ears or other visible areas, is growing
rapidly, is at high risk for spreading or if the cancer is detected in a child. Should any or all of these conditions be met,
the skin cancer specialist determines if the patient is a good candidate for the Mohs surgical procedure. Recovery from
micrographic surgery takes two to four weeks.