Due to its daily sun exposure, the face is a common area to have skin cancers arise. Treatment of these cancers (e.g., basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma) often requires having a specialized dermatologist perform Mohs surgery, a precise surgical technique used to treat skin cancer and carefully remove it while sparing as much normal surrounding skin as possible. During Mohs surgery, thin layers of cancer-containing skin are removed and examined until only cancer-free tissue remains. This is particularly important in cosmetically sensitive areas of the face such as the nose, eyelids, lips, and ears.
Mohs surgery is effective for skin cancers that:
- Have a high risk of recurrence or that have recurred after previous treatment
- Located in areas where you want to preserve as much healthy tissue as possible, such as around the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, hands, feet, and genitals.
- Have borders that are hard to define
- Are large or aggressive
Dr. Bryan Ambro has extensive experience with skin cancer reconstruction and has worked in tandem with many of Annapolis’ dermatologists to assist in the closure of simple and complex skin cancer deficits.
Patient 1Skin cancer reconstruction surgery. This patient underwent a paramedian forehead flap for reconstruction of her total nasal tip skin cancer defect.*Disclaimer: results may vary
In February 2015, I had extensive MOHS surgery by a dermatologist on my nose to remove a basel cell cancerous growth. The surgery removed the better part of the right side of my nose. Faced with rebuilding the cartilage and tissue , let alone the obvious aesthetic concerns, Dr. Ambro worked with me to create a near perfect reconstruction. One year later, it is very hard to discern where the surgery occurred. Dr. Ambro's extensive... Read more*Disclaimer: results may varyRia J.