Mohs Surger FAQs
Advanced Skincare MedCenter
Dermatology Clinic & Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Center located in Newport Beach, CA & Fullerton, CA
It doesn’t matter if your skin condition is minor or severe; it can greatly impact how you feel about your skin. At Advanced Skincare MedCenter, the internationally renowned team understands how skin problems interfere with your life and can offer you a solution. With office locations in Los Angeles, Newport Beach, and Fullerton, California, the board-certified dermatologists address concerns from acne to skin cancer and everything in between. When you want the best care from a team of physicians you can trust, look no further than Advanced Skincare MedCenter. Call the office today to schedule your appointment or book online.
Dermatology/Mohs Surgery Q&A
What is dermatology?
Dermatology is a specific type of medicine that deals with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of skin, nail, and mucous membrane conditions. Doctors that practice dermatology, called dermatologists, work to prevent and treat multiple conditions like:
- Nail disorders
- Sun damage
In addition to these conditions, dermatologists can also identify skin cancer, reduce your risks, and provide treatment, including the effective Mohs surgery.
Who should see a dermatologist?
Anyone with a skin concern should see a dermatologist. The team at Advanced Skincare MedCenter can examine your skin or nails and determine the root cause of your ailment. They can even perform a skin allergy test to help you find out what’s causing your reaction.
If you already know that you have a skin condition, such as acne or psoriasis, the dermatology and skin care group can help you manage your condition and improve the look and feel of your skin. It doesn’t matter if your condition is mild, moderate, or severe. If you want your skin to improve, they can help.
When you’re at risk for skin cancer, seeing a dermatologist should be part of your regular health care routine. At Advanced Skincare MedCenter, the highly trained team includes skin cancer specialists and Mohs surgeons, ensuring you get the best and most comprehensive care possible in the Los Angeles area.
What treatments does a dermatologist offer?
The dermatologists at Advanced Skincare MedCenter offer a full range of dermatology services. Depending on your condition, they may recommend:
- Oral or topical medication
- Laser skin treatments
- Cyst or skin tag removal
- Lifestyle changes
- The elimination of certain toxins or chemicals
- Surgical procedures
The team also offer skin care treatments. Because early diagnosis and treatment are vital to success, Advanced Skincare MedCenter provides skin cancer screenings and schedule routine checkups for those with moles and sun damage. As far as skin cancer treatments, these dermatologists offer brachytherapy, photodynamic therapy (PDT), and Mohs surgery.
If you live in Los Angeles or Orange counties and are looking for a highly qualified dermatologist, find yours at Advanced Skincare MedCenter today. Call the office or go online to schedule your initial consultation.
What is Mohs surgery?
Named after its developer, Dr. Frederick Mohs, Mohs surgery is considered by many to be the most effective technique for removing certain types of skin cancer, specifically basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.
What happens during a Mohs procedure?
During a Mohs procedure at Advanced Skincare MedCenter, the surgeons remove one thin layer of tissue at a time. After each layer is removed, the tissue is examined under a microscope for the presence of cancer cells.
If cancer cells are detected, another layer of tissue is removed from the margin where cancer cells were present. This process is repeated until all of the margins in the final tissue sample are cancer-free. There is no guesswork in Mohs surgery for cancer removal; therefore, it produces excellent results.
Although nonsurgical options, such as photodynamic therapy or brachytherapy, are suitable for some skin cancers, surgery is still sometimes the preferred option.
Your doctor might recommend surgery for the following reasons:
- Type of skin cancer: All melanomas and most carcinomas are unsuitable for nonsurgical treatments, and almost always require surgery.
- Highest cure rate: Excision has a higher cure rate than nonsurgical treatments. Even when nonsurgical options are suitable for certain lower-risk skin cancers, many people still prefer the treatment with the highest cure rate, even with the scar and possible complications associated with surgery.
- Convenience: Most surgery can be done in a single appointment. Nonsurgical treatments often require multiple appointments.
Why would Mohs surgery be a good option for me?
Mohs surgery is the treatment of choice with the highest success rate for removing the most common skin cancers.
The simplicity of Mohs surgery is the reason for the technique’s success. Microscopic examination of excised tissue occurs during the procedure rather than after. This makes it possible for the Mohs surgeon to remove all the cancer cells and spare as much healthy tissue as possible.
How are patients screened for skin cancer?
Early detection of skin cancer enhances functional and cosmetic outcomes, and can even save lives.
The board-certified dermatologists at Advanced Skincare MedCenter are experts in early diagnosis. In addition to closely assessing any lesions of concern you might have, they will frequently recommend an optional full skin check. Small skin cancers are often inconspicuous, asymptomatic (not bothersome), or in areas, you can’t easily see yourself.
Your physician will take into consideration the history of any lesions of concern and any past skin cancers. The tools for early diagnosis include amplified lighting and close magnified examinations, including dermoscopy and skin biopsies.
According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S., with more cases diagnosed every year than all other cancer combined. This is largely due to too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. The sun is not the only culprit. Damage can also be caused by overexposure to tanning beds and sun lamps.
If you have been overexposed to UV rays in the past, there is a lot you can do to protect your skin from UV rays in the future. Frequent visits to your dermatologist can make early diagnosis and better outcomes possible.
How can my dermatologist detect skin cancer?
Fortunately, regular skin exams can detect most skin cancers early, when they are more likely to be treated successfully. This is particularly important for people with a higher risk of developing skin cancer, such as those who have had it before, have reduced immunity, or have a family history of skin cancer.
At Advanced Skin Care, the dermatologists perform clinical examinations using cutting-edge diagnostic tools for early diagnosis of skin cancer and better treatment outcomes and cosmetic results. If you are at risk for skin cancer, regular exams are important to help protect your health. Schedule a consultation today with the physicians at Advanced Skincare MedCenter.