Skin health is sometimes overlooked and/or taken for granted by many. However, with greater exposure to the rays of the sun and increasingly popular cases of skin cancers (including a 1 in 5 chance of developing nonmelanoma skin cancers), skin care and health need to be more of a priority for all of us. This is especially true for people who spend a lot of time outdoors being exposed to the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun or who are exposed to the same by way of tanning beds. It helps to both know which precautionary/preventative skin care methods you should take to keep your skin healthy, as well as know what your options are should you develop cancers or other conditions of the skin. Below, we take a closer look at the reality of the latter.
Skin Cancers and Skin Care Treatment Options
Skin care treatments are not what they used to be a few years ago. There are lots of new treatments coming to the fore thanks to rapidly evolving technology and scientific breakthroughs. These groundbreaking new treatments are used to treat conditions such as Melanoma and other kinds of skin cancers. In some cases, old treatments such as Mohs Surgery in the cases of nonmelanoma skin cancers like Basal cell carcinoma and Squamous cell carcinoma are proving to be the most effective options.
What is Mohs Surgery?
Mohs Micrographic Surgery is a surgical procedure used for removal of cancerous skin cell. The procedure was created by Dr. Fredrick Mohs at the University of Wisconsin in the 1930’s and has come to be known as the most successful treatment for Basal cell and Squamous cell carcinomas. This surgical technique has become extensively utilized since it has the exceptional ability to remove the cancerous skin cells while conserving the largest amount of healthy skin tissue achievable and it has tremendously high cure rates at 98% or higher. Mohs Surgery is recommended for high-risk cancers located on the eyes, lips, genitals, feet, face, nose, hands, and ears.
How does Mohs Surgery work?
Mohs Surgery is performed under local anesthesia. The surgery is achieved by removing thin layers of diseased tissue and examining each layer under a microscope to check if the margins of the skin cells present have any malignant cells. If so, the surgery goes on and the process is continued until the margins reveal no malignant skin cells. While this operation can be lengthy, this technique eliminates the issue of excising large amounts of healthy skin in an effort to eradicate all of the cancerous mass. Excising large amounts of tissue can create unwanted scarring and can take a longer amount of time to heal; thus, with Mohs Surgery, the amount of removed tissue is usually less and the scarring as well as the recovery time can also be minimized.
Here is a great video from our friends at the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery that walks through Mohs surgery in more detail:
Contact us today for more information about Mohs surgery options offered here at Universal Dermatology and Vein Care, and how the procedure may benefit you.