Proven Cancer Treatment

Typically, during skin cancer surgery, the surgeon removes the cancerous tissue as well as some healthy tissue where cancer cells may be present. During Mohs surgery, with each precise, microscopically controlled removal of tissue, the tissue is frozen, dyed and carefully examined for cancer cells while the patient waits.

This examination helps the surgeon determine whether additional tissue needs to be removed. Mohs surgery enables the surgeon to remove the cancerous tissue while minimizing removal of healthy tissue. By mostly removing only cancerous tissue, Mohs surgery spares healthy skin and results in a high cure rate.

What to Expect from Mohs Surgery

The procedure can take several hours, due to the wait for tissue to be processed and examined, and is typically performed using a local anesthetic. Recovery time varies depending on the location and size of the cancer, and the reconstruction performed.

Patients often experience tenderness, swelling and bruising following the procedure. A bandage may be required for up to 7 days, and some wound care may be necessary for 2-3 weeks.

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Best in Class Skin Care

Your skin is too important to leave to chance. Unlike most skin care clinics, we conduct our own research internally to ensure the products and services we provide have been scientifically proven to improve the health and appearance of your skin.

Dr. Karl Vance, one of two Mohs surgeons for Zel Skin and Laser Specialists, is a board certified dermatologist. He is specially trained in Mohs surgery for the treatment of skin cancers, including advanced surgical reconstruction techniques. Dr. Vance is also a member of the American College of Mohs Surgery and has received two awards from the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery.

Dr. Adam Schmitt is a board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon.  He is specially trained to perform Mohs micrographic surgery for both common and rare skin cancers, and has undergone extensive training in advanced surgical reconstruction.  Dr. Schmitt is currently accepting both clinical and surgical patients at the Plymouth location.

Contact Zel Skin today at 952-473-1286 to schedule your consultation.


*Results may vary per patient. Services vary by location.