Many skin treatment techniques have been introduced and have evolved over the years. Dr. Fredrick Mohs developed the one surgical procedure that has stood the test of time over the years in the 1930s; the Mohs micrographic surgery has been embraced for the past decade, with a bit of refinement, of course. Surgeons use this operating technique to treat the growing variety of skin cancers that seem to plague people nowadays.
Now, Mohs micrographic surgery has been accepted as the most effective technique for extracting Basal Cell Carcinomas and Squamous Cell Carcinomas, also known as, BCCs and SCCs; they are the two most common variants of skin cancer. Micrographic surgery has accomplished the trick of keeping healthy cells intact and only extracting the parts of the skin that is affected by cancer. The cure rates for BCC and SCC skin cancer is 98% higher with Mohs, and it’s better than the prices for the standard excision.
The reason for the operation’s success is due to the simple grace. The reason Mohs is different from other skin extraction techniques is that all the excised tissues happen during the surgery rather than after. Hence, this eliminates the need to guess how far and deep the roots of the cancer cells have spread. This allows the Mohs surgeon to extract all the cancer cells and leave behind as many healthy cells as possible.
The process includes removing a thin layer of skin at a time; after each layer that is extracted,it’s examined under a microscope to search for any presence of cancerous cells. If the skin layers do not have any cancer cells, then the surgery is done; if not, then the operation continues until the final sample has no cancer cells. Hence, the Mohs surgery eliminates any guesswork and results in the best therapeutic and cosmetic results.
Mohs was rarely chosen for any Melanoma surgeries in the past because of the fear that some melanoma cells may be missed out or spread more rapidly within the body. Recently, the Mohs surgery techniques have improved the ability to notice melanoma cells by highlighting them. This makes them more identifiable under the microscope.
In the future, with various skin issues like variants of skin cancer and skin melanoma on the rise, Mohs will play a significant role in eradicating or reducing these skin issues.