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:
- The surgeon who removes the cancer tissue
- The pathologist who analyzes the removed tissue
- The surgeon who closes or reconstructs the wound
Mohs Surgery Reviews
"My experience with Dr. Klausner has exceeded all expectations. I first came to Dr. Klausner for a consultant on an upper eyelid lift, which I ultimately proceeded with. Her counsel was balanced, and objective and felt very much like receiving advice from a trusted family member. Since then I have gone to Dr. Klausner for injectables. It's important to me to feel I look natural and she has always offered the best advice and approach to help me achieve that. I also came to Dr. Klausner to do the closure for a Mohs surgery I needed on my face in a delicate area above my mouth. The experience of having to have the skin cancer surgery was upsetting and I was very concerned about scarring. She was the only doctor I would have seen to help with the closure because I trusted her implicitly and knew that while I would never be able to avoid a scar - she would help me achieve the best result possible. On a personal note - she's simply a delightful and warm person and regardless of the reason for your visit - she makes it a very positive experience. Her reception staff is lovely as well."- J. / RealSelf / Jun 26, 2017
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.
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.