Mohs micrographic surgery is a procedure that Deerfield Beach area patients may need to undergo if they have received an official diagnosis of skin cancer.
Skin cancer is one of the leading types of cancer on the body, and the number of cases is continuing to rise. Patients are urged to understand the importance of reducing UV exposure from extended time outdoors and even tanning beds. Dr. Marta Rendon at the Rendon Center for Dermatology and Aesthetic Medicine educates her patients on how sun exposure without skin protection can greatly increase one’s risk for skin cancer. When it has been detected, some patients may benefit from treatments such as Mohs micrographic surgery.
Mohs micrographic surgery is a specific method of extracting cancerous skin cells. It is highly recommended for patients who have recurring cancer or cancer that has developed in a highly noticeable area of the body such as the face. Areas such as this may require conservative methods of treatment that will cause less damage to the surrounding skin than conventional excision.
Dr. Marta Rendon performs Mohs micrographic surgery, which is done as a process. An area of affected skin is removed, layer by layer, and examined under a microscope to check for cancerous cells. The area removed becomes smaller and smaller though deeper until all checks out okay. Dr. Marta Rendon will then stitch up the treatment area and the healing process begins. Reconstructive surgery can be done later if necessary, but Mohs micrographic surgery often leaves little disfiguration.
Patients who have been diagnosed with skin cancer may want to ask their dermatologist about Mohs micrographic surgery for removal. It is less invasive but is known for having a high success rate and can keep the condition from recurring. Dr. Marta Rendon encourages patients to contact her practice to book a consultation appointment and examination to determine if they are appropriate candidates for this method of treatment for skin cancer.