Mohs Surgery in New York, NY

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About Mohs Surgery

Named after Frederic E. Mohs, M.D. in the late 1930s, Mohs surgery or Mohs micrographic surgery is considered one of the most effective methods for treating and removing basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas. Mohs micrographic surgery was further developed by Perry Robins, M.D., a dermatology student of Dr. Mohs into the procedure we know today. At the Klausner Institute in New York, NY, we specialize in performing Mohs surgery. Lee Ann M. Klausner, M.D. is one of the city's most sought-after medical specialists for this procedure because of her expertise in maintaining the patient's facial composition and identity while safely removing dangerous growths.

Who performs Mohs surgery?

Mohs surgery is typically performed by a team that is specially trained to fulfill three roles:

  1. The surgeon who removes the cancer tissue
  2. The pathologist who analyzes the removed tissue
  3. The surgeon who closes or reconstructs the wound

How does Mohs surgery work?

The team will work in stages, in one visit, to remove all the cancer cells. One surgeon, typically a dermatologist, will systematically remove a layer of tissue. The pathologist then analyzes the tissue for cancer. Based on the pathology results, the surgeon will then leave an area alone having removed enough tissue, or remove more tissue in the specific area/areas where cancer cells remain. Once 100% of the tumor margins have been examined and all cancer cells have been removed, then typically a facial plastic surgeon and ENT finish the procedure as they’re intimate with the facial structure and natural aesthetics. This combined treatment between specialists is most often preferred and brings the most desirable results from a functional and cosmetic perspective.

What areas have great visual success?

Mohs surgery has great visual success in the nose, ear, cheek, areas of the face forehead, and lips. Surgeons can use a variety of techniques to barrow skin from other areas often rotating tissue with an artistic hand. Dr. Klausner specializes in areas that are deeper and larger while doing everything she can to maintain facial aesthetics.

Advantages of Mohs Surgery?

The best course of treatment for head and neck Mohs cancer is seeing a dermatological specialist ensure proper removal, then work with a facial plastic surgeon and ENT who are intimate with the facial structure and natural aesthetics. This combined treatment between specialists is most often preferred and brings the most desirable results from a functional and cosmetic perspective.

Additionally, due to the high cure rate of skin cancer, the least amount of good tissue removed (sparing healthy tissue) and the convenience of procedure being done in a day are all advantages of Mohs surgery.

Mohs surgery FAQs

What can I expect during my consultation for Mohs surgery?

Dr. Klausner takes time with each patient, so they understand what will happen during Mohs surgery. We may review topics such as what the surgery entails and what is anticipated afterward. Patients are also encouraged to ask questions about the process. Our goal is to give our patients peace of mind and provide the best possible care.

Will I have a scar from Mohs surgery?

There may be some scarring after Mohs surgery that should fade away over time. As we mentioned, our facial plastic surgeon has an intimate knowledge of facial aesthetics and can create a scar that is less obvious after surgery. We do our best to minimize scar visibility and provide simple aftercare instructions — so patients in New York know how to take care of the treated area at home.

Is Mohs surgery painful?

Mohs surgery is not considered to be painful, especially when compared to more invasive procedures. It is usually done on an outpatient basis, meaning patients can go home after surgery. Most patients require mild pain medication, but it’s possible to have the surgery completed without over-the-counter drugs. We can provide tips and advice for pain management if you are concerned about discomfort.

Ask More About Mohs Surgery

If you notice a growth on your skin, it is highly important to consult with an expert doctor about having it looked at. Lee Ann M. Klausner, M.D. can help you determine the best strategy for dealing with abnormal skin tissue and whether Mohs surgery is a necessary solution. Take a proactive approach to your health. Please reach out today to the Klausner Institute located in Upper East Side, Manhattan, New York, NY for a consultation.

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