Skin Cancer Surgery for Moles Leaves Smaller Scars

Dermatologists in Lebanon, Manchester and Keene offer Mohs micrographic surgery on squamous and basal cell carcinomas

Is Mohs right for you? D-H dermatologists talk about what is involved in this video. Learn what to expect and how to prepare for Mohs. Then talk to your doctor about your treatment options.

Surgery for skin cancer removes cancerous moles, but often leaves large, noticeable scars. An advanced surgical technique called Mohs Micrographic Surgery spares healthy tissue by precisely removing thin layers of skin.

Dermatologists recommend Mohs surgery for squamous and basal cell carcinomas on the face, head, neck, and shins. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S., with more than 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancers being diagnosed each year.

New surgery for skin cancer: greater precision in mole removal

Mohs surgeons are trained to understand how skin cancers appear and grow, how they are removed, and how they appear under a microscope. Very thin layers of skin are removed and tested in the lab while the patient waits. This allows surgeons to determine the least amount of tissue to be removed, which reduces scarring while efficiently removing the cancer.

D-H Dermatology offers mohs surgery in three NH locations

Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) offers the latest treatments for non-melanoma forms of skin cancer. "The advantage of Mohs surgery is that it produces a smaller scar, and at the same time the highest possible cure rate—98 to 99 percent," says Faramarz Samie, MD, PhD, a Mohs surgeon at D-H Heater Road and a member of the Melanoma/Skin Cancer Program at Norris Cotton Cancer Center. In addition to Lebanon, NH, D-H Dermatologists also offer Mohs Micrographic Surgery in Manchester, NH, and Keene, NH.

July 15, 2013