What is Mohs Surgery?

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, effectively eradicating cancerous moles. 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

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Healthy Skin Ahead: The Benefits of Mohs Surgery

Mohs surgery at the Klausner Institute in Manhattan helps you achieve clearer, healthier skin with several great benefits, including:

  • 95 – 99% cure rate for most skin cancers
  • Only requires one office visit
  • More precise and accurate than other treatments
  • Less risk of cancer returning
  • Does not require general anesthesia
  • Quick and easy process
  • Cost-effective
  • Preserves more healthy tissue
  • Less scarring
  • Faster recovery

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The Procedure: How Does Mohs Surgery Work?

The team will work in stages, in one visit, to remove all the cancerous 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 they may remove more tissue in the areas where cancer cells remain. Once 100% of the tumor margins have been examined and all cancer cells removed, a facial plastic surgeon and ear, nose, and throat doctor finish the procedure as they’re intimate with the structure and natural aesthetics of the face. This combined treatment between specialists is often the preferred method for optimal results from a functional and cosmetic perspective.

In What Areas Is Mohs Surgery Most Effective?

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

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Some of the Many Benefits of Mohs Surgery

Our Mohs surgery in New York City and Manhattan combines aesthetics with function to provide a host of benefits, such as:

  • Precise Removal: Mohs surgery is renowned for its precision in removing cancerous cells while preserving healthy tissue, making it an ideal choice for treating skin cancer in sensitive or visible areas.
  • High Cure Rate: Mohs surgery boasts one of the highest cure rates for skin cancer, effectively removing cancerous tissue and reducing the risk of recurrence.
  • Minimal Scarring: The technique's meticulous approach often results in smaller, less noticeable scars compared to traditional excision methods, particularly crucial for sensitive areas like the face.
  • Same-Day Evaluation: The process allows for real-time assessment of the removed tissue, enabling immediate re-excision if cancerous cells persist, ensuring thorough removal in a single session.
  • Optimal Cosmetic Outcome: Mohs surgery's ability to preserve healthy tissue contributes to better cosmetic results, making it a preferred choice for cosmetic and functional reasons.
  • Reduced Need for Reconstructive Surgery: By minimizing tissue loss, Mohs surgery can reduce the need for extensive reconstructive procedures, enhancing post-operative comfort and recovery.
  • Customized Treatment: Mohs surgery tailors treatment to the individual, providing a tailored approach that maximizes effectiveness and minimizes invasiveness.
  • Outpatient Procedure: Mohs surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis, allowing patients to return home the same day and resume normal activities sooner.

These benefits collectively contribute to Mohs surgery's reputation as a highly effective and patient-friendly approach to skin cancer treatment.

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. We aim to give our patients peace of mind and provide the best possible care. During your Mohs surgery consultation, Dr. Klausner will examine your moles and carefully review your case to ensure appropriate treatment. She will outline the procedure in detail so you'll know exactly what to expect. Patients are encouraged to ask questions about the prices—we aim 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 over time. Dr. Klausner has intimate knowledge of facial aesthetics and can create a minimally visible scar after surgery. We do our best to camouflage or hide imperfections completely while providing simple aftercare instructions so patients know how to care for the treated area at home.

Is Mohs surgery painful?

Mohs surgery is not considered painful, especially compared to more invasive procedures. It is usually done on an outpatient basis, meaning patients can go home right 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.

Contact Us to Find Out if Mohs Surgery is Right For You

If you notice a growth on your skin, it is urgent to consult with an expert doctor to have 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—reach out today to the Klausner Institute in the Upper East Side of Manhattan for a consultation.

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Mohs Surgery Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of our most frequently asked questions if you still have concerns regarding Mohs Surgery:

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