When it comes to treating skin cancer, choosing the right technique is crucial for achieving the best possible outcomes. At Babcock Dermatology, we take pride in offering the most advanced and effective approach for removing skin cancer: Mohs surgery. Led by Dr. Melissa Babcock, a board-certified dermatologist with subspecialty training in Dermatologic Surgery, our team is dedicated to providing the highest level of care. In this article, we’ll explore the key differences between Mohs surgery and traditional excision, highlighting why Mohs surgery is often the preferred choice.

What is Mohs Surgery?

Mohs surgery, named after Dr. Frederick Mohs who developed the technique in the 1940s, is a cutting-edge procedure that combines surgical excision with meticulous pathologic evaluation. This unique approach allows our team to track and remove the tumor along with its roots in a single procedure, leading to a remarkably high cure rate. The key advantage of Mohs surgery lies in its ability to minimize the removal of normal tissue, resulting in smaller scars and a lower recurrence rate compared to traditional treatments.

Dr. Melissa Babcock: Expertise in Mohs Surgery

At Babcock Dermatology, Dr. Melissa Babcock leads our specialized team trained in Mohs Microscopic Surgery. With her expertise in locating and removing skin cancers using the Mohs technique, you can rest assured that you are in the hands of a highly skilled professional. Dr. Babcock also received training in facial reconstruction techniques, ensuring that your skin is restored beautifully after cancer removal. Working alongside a dedicated team of physicians, nurses, and technicians, Dr. Babcock’s approach ensures comprehensive and meticulous care throughout the entire process.

The Mohs Surgery Procedure

Mohs surgery is a meticulous process that offers several distinct advantages over traditional excision. The surgery begins with the application of a local anesthetic to ensure a painless procedure. A thin piece of tissue surrounding the suspicious area is then surgically removed. The edges of the excised tissue are marked with colored dyes, and a detailed diagram is created.

Glass slides are prepared from the excised tissue by our skilled histotechnician. Dr. Babcock carefully examines these slides under a microscope, identifying the presence of any remaining cancer cells. If cancer cells are found, they are precisely located based on the diagram, and another layer of tissue is removed from the specific area. This process is repeated until no cancer cells are visible.

Benefits of Mohs Surgery over Traditional Excision

Higher Cure Rate: The meticulous nature of Mohs surgery ensures that cancer cells are removed with a high degree of accuracy, leading to an impressive cure rate.

Preservation of Healthy Tissue: By precisely tracking and removing only the cancerous cells, Mohs surgery preserves as much normal, healthy surrounding skin as possible.

Minimized Scarring: With Mohs surgery, the removal of minimal healthy tissue results in smaller scars and aesthetically pleasing outcomes, particularly when cancer occurs on cosmetically sensitive areas like the face.

Single-Day Procedure: In most cases, Mohs surgery is completed in a single day, streamlining the treatment process and reducing the number of visits required.

Why Choose Mohs Surgery at Babcock Dermatology?

Experience and Expertise: Dr. Melissa Babcock’s subspecialty training in Dermatologic Surgery and her recognition by the American College of Mohs Microscopic Surgery demonstrate her exceptional skills in performing Mohs surgery. Patients can trust that they are in the hands of a highly qualified and experienced professional.

Comprehensive Care: Our team of medical personnel, including physicians, nurses, and technicians, works collaboratively to ensure that each patient receives comprehensive care at every stage of the Mohs surgery process.

Facial Reconstruction: Dr. Babcock’s training in facial reconstruction techniques ensures that after cancer removal, patients can expect not only cancer-free skin but also natural and aesthetically pleasing results.

High Patient Satisfaction: Mohs surgery’s precision and success rate have led to high patient satisfaction, making it a preferred choice among individuals seeking the best possible outcome for their skin cancer treatment.

Personalized Treatment Plans: At Babcock Dermatology, we understand that each patient’s condition is unique. We develop personalized treatment plans tailored to the individual needs of our patients, ensuring the most effective and successful outcome possible.

Babcock Dermatology For Your Skin Cancer Treatment

When it comes to treating skin cancer, Mohs surgery stands out as the gold standard for its exceptional cure rate, preservation of healthy tissue, and minimal scarring. Under the expert care of Dr. Melissa Babcock and her specialized team at Babcock Dermatology, you can be confident that you are receiving the highest level of care available.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with skin cancer, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with Babcock Dermatology to discuss the best treatment options for your specific needs. Our commitment to your well-being and our expertise in Mohs surgery ensure that you will receive the best possible outcome in your skin cancer treatment journey.

Remember, early detection and treatment are key to successful outcomes in skin cancer cases. Take charge of your skin health today and let Babcock Dermatology be your partner in fighting skin cancer with the most advanced techniques available. Contact us to schedule your consultation and take the first step towards a healthier and cancer-free tomorrow.