Mohs Surgery

Mohs surgery Your dermatologist called with your biopsy results, and it did come back as a skin cancer. She is recommending Mohs surgery. But what is Mohs surgery, and why do you need it?

Pioneered by Frederic Mohs in the 1930s, Mohs surgery is a specialized type of skin cancer surgery that takes the smallest amount of skin necessary in order to get a patient clear of their skin cancer in one day. It gives verification that all cancer cells have been removed, in an outpatient setting (avoiding the risks that come with general anesthesia/ sedation and the expense of a hospital admission), with the smallest scar possible.

Mohs surgery is indicated for certain types of skin cancer, depending on the size, location and risk or history of recurrence.

This is the gold standard treatment for cosmetically or functionally important areas, such as the eyelids, ears, nose and lips. It is an efficient, cost effective treatment with the highest cure rate, up to 99 percent for a skin cancer that has not been treated before.

This procedure is performed by specially trained Mohs surgeons, who remove the cancerous tissue, analyze the specimen and close the wound.

Hamzavi Dermatology Grosse Pointe is the only place in Grosse Pointe offering Mohs surgery, with our board-certified fellowship trained Mohs surgeon, Dr. Matteo LoPiccolo. If you need Mohs surgery, discover your options in your hometown.

Meredith Price MD FAAD heads Hamzavi Dermatology Grosse Pointe. Online at HamzaviDerm.com; on Instagram @gpdermdoc; on Facebook @HamzaviDermGrossePointe.

Credit: Grosse Pointe Magazine