Mohs surgery (or Mohs micrographic surgery) is named for Dr. Frederic Mohs, who first developed the technique. It is the most precise and effective way to treat certain types of skin cancer. The procedure is most frequently used to treat basal cell skin cancer and squamous cell skin cancer, which occur on the head and neck. Additionally, Mohs surgery is also performed in other areas of the body where there is little excess skin and where removing large areas of skin can cause negative aesthetic/cosmetic effects. Mohs surgery is usually not used to treat melanoma. Other elements of Mohs surgery to be aware of are:
- During Mohs surgery, the greatest possible amount of healthy skin tissue is spared while the cancerous tissue is removed in stages—one tissue layer at a time.
- Mohs surgery is an outpatient procedure done under local anesthesia here in Dermatology Consultants’ Lynchburg, VA office. We have a special Mohs skin cancer surgical suite just for the procedure.
- Our Mohs surgeon uses specialized surgical instruments and personally evaluates each specimen under a microscope to identify and map any cancerous tissue.
- Additional tissue layers are removed only where cancer cells are present, leaving normal skin intact.
Timing & Same-Day Service Philosophy
Although Mohs surgery can take longer than other skin cancer procedures to perform, today’s advances in technology have made it a much faster, more comfortable process. While it is impossible to predict the exact amount of time each Mohs surgery will take, the procedure generally lasts several hours. We advise our patients to plan on spending all day with us, but they are often pleasantly surprised with an earlier completion than expected.
Our dermatologists do their best to complete every part of the procedure (skin cancer removal and site repair) on the same day. This prevents patients from having to return for multiple visits to treat the same cancerous spot.
Our Skin Cancer Surgical Suite
Dermatology Consultants is equipped with the newest, most state-of-the-art Mohs surgical center in Central Virginia. Our private Mohs reception and waiting area is modern and comfortable with features to enhance your overall experience. Each of our four surgical rooms has a top of the line MidMark 630 procedure table with ultra-premium leather and a best-in-class Ritter 255 LED procedure light that gives the surgeon the best possible environment in which to perform your surgical procedure.
Mohs Surgery Recovery
We are pleased to report that most people are able to return to their normal activities within a few days after Mohs surgery.
Contact Your Lynchburg, VA Dermatologists Today
At Dermatology Consultants we are dedicated to keeping our patients’ skin healthy and beautiful. If you have questions about skin cancer or are exhibiting symptoms and would like to schedule a consultation with one of our dermatologists, please contact us directly or fill out our online appointment request form. You can also call us at to speak with one of our team members.