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Is Mohs Surgery Safe and Effective for Skin Cancer Removal?

Mohs micrographic surgery is a highly effective treatment in the removal of cancerous skin cells. A board-certified dermatologist performs the surgical excision of the skin cancer to progressively remove and examine each individual layer to ensure all skin cancer cells have been removed. The overall goal of Mohs surgery is to remove as much of the cancerous skin cells as possible, while doing minimal damage to the surrounding healthy tissue.

Mohs surgery is also known as chemosurgery and was developed by general surgeon, Dr. Frederic E. Mohs in 1938. Before Mohs surgery was used as a common practice, a standard surgery using local excisions was performed. The visible cancer and a small margin of healthy tissue were removed all at once. Mohs surgery is a great improvement from that antiqued surgery, because it allows surgeons to verify that all cancer cells have been removed at the time of surgery, which increases the chances of a cancer-free skin zone, reduces the need for additional surgeries, and eliminates a patient sacrificing healthy skin cells.

Dr. Rokhsar is a special, fellowship-trained dermatologist who has had extensive experience in Mohs micrographic surgery. A fellowship is a medical training program that offers in-depth advanced training. A dermatologist considers many factors before determining the type of treatment a patient should undergo when they are tested positive for skin cancer. Factors to take into consideration include, the type of skin cancer, whether or not the cancer has spread and how quickly, and where the cancerous cells are located on the body.

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About author - Dr. Cameron Rokhsar

Dr. Cameron Rokhsar

Dr. Cameron Rokhsar, MD, FAAD, FAACS, is the founder and medical director of the New York Cosmetic, Skin, & Laser Surgery Center. Dr. Rokhsar is a graduate of Harvard College and NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Rokhsar is double board certified in dermatology and micrographic dermatologic surgery, being one of the few select dermatologists in the country who is also fellowship trained in laser surgery. A researcher and innovator, Dr. Rokhsar is the creator of the non-surgical nose job and has been instrumental in the research and development of laser systems such as the Fraxel, CO2, Mirady, Vbeam, Themitight, and Ulthera devices. An Associate Professor of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC, Dr. Rokhsar actively teaches the cosmetic dermatology clinic to the resident at Mount Sinai. An expert injector of fillers, and a trainer for many companies, patients fly in from around the world to see Dr. Rokhsar in his Garden City and Manhattan offices in New York.

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