MOHS Micrographic Surgery

MOHS surgery is performed by our Board Certified Dermatologists who specializes in MOHS surgery. Mohs surgery has come to be accepted as the single most effective technique for removing Basal Cell Carcinomas and Squamous Cell Carcinomas (BCCs and SCCs), the two most common skin cancers. It accomplishes the nifty trick of sparing the greatest amount of healthy tissue while also most completely expunging cancer cells; cure rates for BCC and SCC are an unparalleled 98 percent or higher with Mohs, significantly better than the rates for standard excision or any other accepted method.

The reason for the technique's success is its simple elegance. Mohs differs from other techniques in that microscopic examination of all excised tissues occurs during rather than after the surgery, thereby eliminating the need to "estimate" how far out or deep the roots of the skin cancer go. This allows the Mohs surgeon to remove all of the cancer cells while sparing as much normal tissue as possible. The procedure entails removing one thin layer of tissue at a time; as each layer is removed, its margins are studied under a microscope for the presence of cancer cells. If the margins are cancer-free, the surgery is ended. If not, more tissue is removed from the margin where the cancer cells were found, and the procedure is repeated until all the margins of the final tissue sample examined are clear of cancer. In this way, Mohs surgery eliminates the guesswork in skin cancer removal, producing the best therapeutic and cosmetic results.

Treatments We Offer

  • Skin Cancers
  • Melanoma

Our Providers

Matteo C. LoPiccolo, M.D.

Dr. Matteo C. LoPiccolo is a board certified dermatologist and a fellowship trained dermatologic surgeon. He specializes in Mohs surgery and facial reconstruction for the treatment of skin cancer. He is also an expert in numerous cosmetic procedures including neuromodulators (Botox, Dysport), dermal fillers, blepharoplasty, hair transplantation, cutaneous lasers, and other energy-based devices.

Dr. LoPiccolo graduated first in his class from Alma College with a Bachelor of Science degree. He earned his Medical Doctorate from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry with Alpha Omega Alpha honors, the highest academic distinction awarded. He completed his post-graduate training at Henry Ford Hospital where he was Chief Resident of Dermatology. He finished his training with a fellowship in Mohs and Dermatologic Surgery at SkinCare Physicians in Boston, one of the nation’s leading programs, taught by world renowned faculty with appointments at Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth and Brown Medical Schools.

Dr. LoPiccolo continues to maintain a passion for academics and education. He serves as a staff physician for The Henry Ford Health System Department of Dermatology where he instructs residents and medical students in cutaneous surgery, lasers, and cosmetic treatments. He gives frequent lectures at local and national dermatology meetings, and has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters in dermatologic surgery. He is also active in medical research investigating the latest in device technology and surgical techniques.

Dr. LoPiccolo is certified by the American Board of Dermatology, and is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American College of Mohs Surgery, and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.

You can make an appointment to see Dr. LoPiccolo for a surgical or cosmetic consultation at our Shelby, Canton, or Brighton offices.

 

Fasahat Hamzavi, M.D.

Dr. Fasahat Hamzavi, M.D., is board-certified in dermatology and pediatric dermatology and has worked with us since 2005.

His clinical interests include atopic dermatitis (eczema), acne, pediatric dermatology, vascular lesions (hemangiomas, port wine stains), skin cancers (basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma), psoriasis, rosacea, moles and many other disorders of the skin, hair and nails.

Dr. Hamzavi was honored as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society during medical school at Wayne State University. He went on to act as Chief Resident during his residency in Dermatology at Wayne State University. Dr. Hamzavi was one of only four physicians in the country who received a Pediatric Procedural Dermatology fellowship during his training at Northwestern University Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

In addition to his pediatric procedural training Dr. Fasahat Hamzavi practices Mohs surgeries and has completed thousands of successful cases. You can learn more of this important treatment option for skin cancer by visiting http://www.mohssurgery.org.

Dr. Hamzavi is currently a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and a member of the Society of Pediatric Dermatology.

You can make an appointment to see Dr. Hamzavi for a surgical or cosmetic consultation at our Fort Gratiot office.