Mohs Surgery

Silicon Valley Dermatology

Mychael Luu, M.D.

General & Surgical Dermatology located in San Jose, CA

Skin cancer is very common. In fact, more Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer than all other types of cancer combined. Nevertheless, a diagnosis can leave you confused and distraught. At Silicon Valley Dermatology, Mychael Luu, MD, offers Mohs surgery to delicately remove skin cancer without damaging the rest of your skin. To find out more about this innovative procedure known for its precision and effectiveness, call the office in San Jose, California, or book your appointment online today.

Mohs Surgery Q & A

What is Mohs surgery?

Mohs surgery is a specialized surgical method to remove and cure skin cancer that hasn’t metastasized or spread throughout your body.  

It allows for the removal of the entire skin cancer while preserving the healthy and normal surrounding skin. The surgery has the highest cure rate, the lowest rate of recurrence, and because it only removes cancerous tissue, the smallest amount of scarring. An evaluation is required prior to scheduling Mohs surgery.

Your dermatologist confirms the complete removal of cancerous tissue while you wait in the office. Once the cancer is completely excised, they discuss repair options, like suturing the wound together or allowing it to heal.

Why do I need Mohs surgery?

At Silicon Valley Dermatology, Dr. Luu can perform Mohs surgery for several types of skin cancer. He may recommend it for the treatment of skin cancers that:

  • Cover a large area
  • Are located on thin or delicate skin (e.g., eyelids, ears)
  • Were already treated and came back
  • Have blurred borders

Mohs surgery often treats the two most common types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. When you come in for a consultation, Dr. Luu thoroughly examines your skin to make sure that Mohs surgery is the right choice for treatment.

What can I expect during Mohs surgery?

The length of your Mohs surgery varies, so be prepared to stay at the office for as long as necessary. 

When you arrive at your appointment, your dermatologist cleans your skin before injecting a local anesthetic to the area around your skin cancer. Then, your dermatologist uses a sharp scalpel to cut off part of the skin cancer and test it. 

They cut the sample into sections before examining them under a microscope to find out which portions contain cancerous cells. This shows where to cut the next sample if they need to continue. This process repeats until you have no more cancerous tissue.

How should I prepare for Mohs surgery?

You can make your procedure and healing process a little more comfortable by preparing beforehand.

Surgery duration is unpredictable and can vary. Block out the entire day, wear comfortable clothing, and bring something with you to pass the time. 

Discuss any medication you're currently taking with Dr. Luu — it may affect your healing time after surgery, so he likes to know about this in advance.

To find out if you’re a good candidate for Mohs surgery, call Silicon Valley Dermatology or book an appointment online.