Mohs Micrographic Surgery
Mohs Micrographic surgery is considered the most effective treatment to remove many types of skin cancer, including basal and squamous cell carcinomas. The Mohs technique has the highest cure rate of any treatment for these types of skin cancer. The procedure includes a microscopic examination of tissue to identify and ensure all cancerous cells are removed. The microscopic examination also ensures that as little non-cancerous skin is removed as possible, thus allowing a more cosmetically acceptable repair than traditional surgery.
Ventura County Dermatology’s Dr. Ryan Wells is the only fellowship-trained Mohs Micrographic Surgeon practicing in West Ventura County. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Mohs Surgery and attended one of the most prestigious Mohs training programs in the nation at Emory University.
The American Academy of Dermatology considers Mohs Surgery to be a first line of treatment if the cancer is:
- Located in a cosmetically sensitive area such as the scalp, face, neck, hands, feet, genitals or shins;
- Larger than 2 cm on the trunk, arms or legs;
- Of a more aggressive cancer type, which is more likely to return or has already recurred after a previous excision;
- In an area where recurrence is common; or
- Growing rapidly.
The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia in a safe, sterile and comfortable environment. For additional information, please visit: More about Mohs.