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Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Reconstruction

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Being the largest organ in the body, the skin is a major indicator of our general health. Current statistics indicate that skin cancer will affect as many as one in five people in our country at some point in their lives. The more UV exposure that occurs, the higher the risk is for concerning skin cancer. While the expert physicians in our comfortable Mid-town Manhattan medical practice often visit with patients who wish to improve the look of their skin, we also treat skin cancer using the latest proven techniques.

Mohs micrographic surgery is available for those who developed some types of skin cancer. Those who are facing a distressful diagnosis of non melanoma skin cancer such as Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Carcinomas have access to the latest state-of-the-art treatment performed by specifically trained physicians. Although results from Mohs micrographic surgery may vary from person to person, the technique through which skin cancer lesions are removed has the highest success rate of any alternative treatment and provides conservation or sparing of normal skin.

Physicians who have completed hundreds of hours of additional training in Mohs have the expertise to perform this delicate procedure with a great deal of precision, maximizing each patient's chances for a complete cure. With the technology utilized in the Mohs surgical procedure, the surgeon works to remove thin margins of skin around and under the tumor, one at a time, followed by immediate examination under a microscope. Skin cancers are treated without affecting or damaging the skin in the surrounding region.

The Mohs surgical procedure provides the greatest amount of precision for the removal of skin cancers, and is ideal for highly visible areas on the body, including the face. By examining 100 percent of frozen section perimeters and deep margins, this technique provides the smallest defect to the skin possible. Dr. Shelton has fellowship training in this sub-specialty along with reconstruction, is a member of the prestigious American College of Mohs Surgery. and has published articles regarding Mohs surgery.

Skin cancer can be a very frightening diagnosis. We understand the feelings of anxiety that may develop for the skin cancer patient, and we are happy to discuss the various forms of treatment that will best suit immediate and long-term needs, both for aesthetics and for health. Dr. Shelton and his colleagues encourage patients to gain familiarity with their skin so that unusual changes may be detected right away. With early detection and treatment, there are excellent chances for cure.

Content updated: May 2020

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To learn more about Mohs micrographic surgery or to schedule your skin cancer screening in Dr. Shelton's Manhattan medical practice, call (212) 593-1818.

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FAQ's on Mohs Surgery in NYC

  • Mohs Surgery Scar New York - I had Mohs surgery on my nose two months ago and had a flap done to close the hole. I am happy but the flap appears slightly lumpy. What can be done to improve this?
  • New York Mohs Surgery Recovery - I had a basal cell carcinoma removed from my nose, the tip, and my dermatologist only gave me a bandaid and ointment and said he would see me in four weeks. Should I not have had stitches?

Page updated: May 2020