La Peau Dermatology
Zaina Rashid, DO, FAOCD, FAAD
Mohs Skin Cancer Surgeon & Dermatologist located in Mesa, AZ
Mohs surgery is the most effective and cosmetically desirable treatment for common types of skin cancer. Dr. Zaina Rashid of La Peau Dermatology in Mesa, Arizona, has the required advanced training and clinical experience to expertly perform Mohs surgery to patients from Phoenix, Mesa, Chandler, Glendale, Gilbert Scottsdale, Peoria, and Tempe.
Mohs Surgery Q & A
What is Mohs Surgery?
Mohs surgery is a highly-effective surgical technique used to remove the least possible amount of tissue while completely excising skin cancer lesions. This advanced micrographic procedure reduces damage to healthy surrounding tissue and also minimizes scarring. Developed in the 1930’s by Dr. Frederic Mohs, the procedure is now practiced throughout the world. It entails meticulously removing cancerous tissue one thin layer at a time, and examining it under a microscope, so that all roots and branches of the cancer are excised underneath the skin, similar to removing the the roots of a tree.
What are the Advantages of Mohs Surgery
The advantages of this surgery include:
- Ensuring the complete removal of cancer cells, virtually eliminating the chance of cancer growing back
- Minimizing the amount of healthy tissue lost
- Offers the best cosmetic outcome, including reduced scarring
- Curing skin cancer when other methods have failed
What Types of Skin Cancer Can Be Treated With Mohs Surgery?
Moh’s surgery has an unparalleled 98% cure rate for basal cell carcinoma and sqauamous cancers, the two most common types of skin cancers. More recently, the surgery has also been used to treat certain melanomas.
What Does the Procedure Entail?
Mohs surgery as an outpatient procedure performed with the use of a local anesthetic to numb the skin. During the procedure, the abnormal tissue or lesion is removed bit by bit, to include all the visible edges. The tissue is carefully mapped and color-coded and then examined under a microscope for the presence of cancer cells. Layers continue to be removed and examined until the final tissue sample studied is cancer free, also called “margins clear.” With this precise process, Dr. Rashid expunges all cancer cells while preserving as much of the healthy surrounding tissue as possible. Microscopic evaluations of excised tissue are performed on site and completed in a single visit.
Can Any Dermatologist Perform Mohs Surgery?
No. Mohs surgery is a highly-specialized technique, that can only be performed by dermatologists who have undergone advanced training in Mohs micrographic surgery.
How Should I Prepare for My Mohs Surgery?
- Plan to stay the entire day at our office, as we don't know how long it will take to fully clear the cancer
- Eat breakfast on the morning of your surgery
- Take any regularly used medications in the morning, and also bring them along since you may be in the office for an extended period of time
- We will provide snacks, coffee and soda throughout the day
What Does Aftercare Entail?
- Avoid physical activity (no yard work, working out, etc.) to avoid bleeding, infection, or poor cosmetic outcomes
- Follow post-operative wound care written in the instructions given to you
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to give Dr. Rashid a call - she is always here to help.
To learn more about Moh's Surgery, click here to visit the American Society for Moh's Surgery.
Accepted Insurance Providers
Our medical practice works closely with numerous insurance carriers to ensure that our patients get the care that they need and deserve. Our office staff is highly experienced in navigating the pitfalls of insurance forms and are only too happy to use their expertise on our patients' behalf. Click here for more information on accepted insurance. If you have any questions or do not see your insurance carrier listed, you can contact our office directly.
Words from our patients
"Despite hearing the word cancer thinking it's the end of the world, this doctor truly soothed things down and we are very appreciative of her and the staff."
"Never felt nervous, superior service by the doctor, took the time to answer questions before and after procedure. Scar healed great, very pleased. Thank you."
"The surgery was successful. Dr. Rashid impressed me as highly competent, thorough and pleasant in her interactions."