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.

Steps to treating skin cancer with Mohs surgery

Outline the visible tumor or biopsy scar.

  1. Infiltrate the site with a local anesthetic.
  2. Debulk – remove the obvious tumor or scar tissue.
  3. Make a narrow incision circumferentially around the cancer. Make small marks on 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 it 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, the 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.
Steps to treating skin cancer with Mohs surgery

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.


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Precision Dermatology by Skilled ExpertsBraun Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center

Dr. Alicia Braun is Board-certified in dermatology
Martin Braun, MD is Board-certified in dermatology
Marisa A Braun, MD is Board-certified in dermatology
Zetta Hester, MD is Board-certified in dermatology
Braun Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center is a highly respected dermatology practice with offices in Washington, DC, and Alexandria, VA. With over 30 years of experience in the community, the practice provides comprehensive dermatology services, including cutting-edge skin cancer diagnosis and treatment and advanced cosmetic and medical dermatology services.

Braun Dermatology is home to a team of highly qualified, experienced providers, including board-certified dermatologists, physician assistants, and master estheticians. Every team member relies on advanced training and expertise to provide optimal care. Patients in and around Washington, DC, and Alexandria, VA, trust Braun Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center for their reliable, evidence-based approach to dermatology.