For tumors with a high risk of recurrence, we may perform a highly specialized technique called Mohs surgery.
Treatment for the most common skin cancers, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, as well as some kinds of unusual skin cancers.
Mohs surgery or Mohs micrographic surgery is the gold-standard and most precise technique available for removal of most skin cancers and has the highest cure rate (98-99%). It treats skin cancers on the face where it is critical to remove
the minimum amount of tissue for cosmetic and functional reasons and to ensure no tumor is left behind.
Mostly, it is a technique that allows the doctor to test the edges of the excision on the day of the surgery, while you wait. It will enable the doctor to remove the narrowest possible margin of healthy skin around the tumor, keeping the surgery site as small as possible.
Mohs micrographic surgery was named after its inventor, Dr. Frederick Mohs, an American dermatologist, and surgeon. A Mohs surgeon requires many years of medical and specialized training and, as such there is currently a shortage of Mohs surgeons in the Pacific Northwest, making Dr. Jenkin of Seattle Dermatology Associates of Seattle one of the top, leading, and the premier choice for personalized, full-service dermatology care.