How to Save Face: Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Mohs micrographic surgery can effectively treat skin cancer on the face

/ Author:  / Reviewed by: Beth Bolt, RPh

Many skin cancers occur on the face. Removing them is vital, but it can be disfiguring. That's where Mohs micrographic surgery could step in.

Mohs micrographic surgery is a technique that allows doctors to remove skin cancer with minimal scarring. In the 1930s, Dr. Frederick Mohs started work on a treatment to not only remove cancer, but to also remove the smallest amount of healthy tissue possible.

With many refinements over the years, the Mohs micrographic surgical technique is now the most precise and effective way to treat skin cancer, according to Dominic J. Ricci, MD, a board-certified dermatologist specializing in the surgical treatment of skin cancer at Baylor Scott & White - Round Rock, TX

The Skin Cancer Foundation reports that the popularity of Mohs surgery is soaring. Experts say it is likely to keep increasing as the number of skin cancer cases continues to rise. Check out the RxWiki feature video to watch health reporter Rachelle Grossman get a closer look at Mohs surgery.

Review Date: 
October 6, 2015