Due to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, our office is physically closed. Appointments scheduled during our closure will be rescheduled upon reopening. We are currently scheduling teledermatology appointments. If you are interested in scheduling a virtual appointment, please send a request through our online request system or by calling our office at 202-293-7618 . Please continue to check our websites for updates in the coming days.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this has caused you. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Braun Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center
Washington, DC
202-816-7557 (New Patients)
202-293-7618 (Existing Patients)
Alexandria, VA
571-449-2555 (New Patients)
571-302-5377 (Existing Patients)

Outlined Procedure

Braun Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center wants you to know what to expect during your Mohs surgery. Please read through the detailed outline below to understand the steps of the procedure.

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If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer, call us at

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Steps to treating skin cancer with Mohs surgery

 Outline the visible tumor or biopsy scar.

  1. Infiltrate the site with local anesthetic.
  2. Debulk – remove the obvious tumor or scar tissue.
  3. Make a narrow incision circumferentially around the cancer. Make small marks in the skin to help maintain orientation.
  4. Remove the area of tissue in a thin layer.
  5. Divide the specimen, and code each portion with different color dyes.
  6. Process the specimen, place on slides, stain, and examine microscopically.
  7. Mark the areas positive for cancer.
  8. Bring the patient back to the operating room.
  9. Make an incision around the positive area. Remove this tissue and examine it microscopically.
  10. Repeat steps 7, 8, 9, and 10 until the section of tissue is negative for any residual cancer cells. At this point, removal of the cancer is considered complete. Attention now turns to repairing the wound.
  11. Evaluate the wound and choose the method of repair. Allow superficial wounds to heal on their own, but most wounds are sutured.
  12. Remove small triangles of skin from either end of the oval wound, and suture the wound edges together. The eversion or bumpiness of the wound is temporary.
  13. Observe after nine months. There may be a scar, but it will be subtle.

The team at Braun Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center is here to help you get through a diagnosis of skin cancer. Call 202-816-7557 in Washington, DC or 571-449-2555 in Alexandria, VA.

Braun Dermatology Team

Braun Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center

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Dr. Marisa Braun is a board-certified specialist in Dermatology and has a specific interest in skin cancer. She graduated from Princeton University, University of Maryland and completed her residency at George Washington University.

She is skilled in several dermatology related treatment procedures and Mohs Surgery whilst undertaking neurotoxins and fillers, micro-needling, laser and IPL treatment along with cosmetic mole removal procedures.

Dr. Braun is also a prestigious member of the Women's Dermatologic Society and American Academy of Dermatology amongst many others.
Washington, DC
202-816-7557 (New Patients)
202-293-7618 (Existing Patients)
Alexandria, VA
571-449-2555 (New Patients)
571-302-5377 (Existing Patients)

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