The most advanced treatment for skin cancer, Mohs Micrographic Surgery (MMS) was developed by Dr. Frederick Mohs in the 1930’s. Mohs Surgery allows the specially trained surgeon to excise and examine thin layers of fresh tissue immediately, reducing treatment time, and allowing immediate reconstruction of the wound.
To remove cancerous skin, your Dermatology physician will begin by outlining the area with a skin-marking pen. A margin of normal appearing skin will be included because there is no way to determine with the naked eye how far the cancer cells have spread.
During a shave biopsy, a doctor uses a tool similar to a razor to scrape the surface of the skin. The result is a slightly indented area of your skin. Stitches usually aren’t necessary after this procedure.
During a punch biopsy, a doctor uses a special circular blade to remove deeper layers of skin for testing. Depending on the size, stitches may be necessary to close the wound.