Skin Cancer is the most common cancer in the world.  Over 3 million cases of skin cancer are  diagnosed in the United States each year. Skin cancer is broadly classified as non-melanoma skin cancer and melanoma. Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) account for about 90% of all skin cancer. The head and neck region is commonly affected due to significant sun exposure. Most forms of skin cancer can be treated effectively if discovered at an early stage. The risk of skin cancer can be reduced by avoiding excessive sun exposure and judicious use of sunscreen.


MOHS SURGERY – SAVING FACE speak The main treatment of skin cancer is complete excision of the involved skin. On the face, excision can result in disfiguring scars. It is important to completely remove the cancer without taking excess normal skin. Mohs surgery precisely removes cancer with minimal excision of normal skin. Mohs surgery is performed by a dermatologist with special training who is also the pathologist. The skin cancer is excised and margins are mapped and examined under a microscope. If the margins are free of cancer the procedure is completed. Otherwise more tissue is removed and examined until the entire tumor is removed. This allows precise removal of the tumor with minimal destruction of normal tissue.  Mohs surgery is associated with over 95% cure rate for the most common forms of skin cancer.


RECONSTRUCTION devote Meticulous repair of the facial defect following skin cancer excision is essential to reduce the disfiguring appearance of resulting scar. Options for reconstruction of facial defects include skin grafts, flaps and rearrangement of facial tissue. The reconstructive technique selected is based on several factors including the location and size of the defect. The goal of reconstruction is to restore form and function and minimize the appearance of scars.

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