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Mohs Surgery

General Dermatology & Aesthetic Dermatology located in Slidell, Madisonville and Hammond, LA and Picayune, MS

Mohs Surgery

Mohs Surgery services offered in Slidell, Madisonville and Hammond, LA and Picayune, MS

Mohs micrographic surgery treats skin cancers in sensitive areas of the body, particularly the face. Mohs surgery is also used for complex, high-risk, and recurrent cancers. Compared to any other modality available for skin cancer removal, Mohs surgery offers the highest success rate. With their very own Mohs surgeon and lab, you can count on the team at Northshore Dermatology. The practice has four locations in Slidell, Madisonville, Hammond, Louisiana, and Picayune, Mississippi. Dr. Pate sees patients at the Slidell and Picayune offices. Call the office to schedule your Mohs surgery consultation, or request one online today.

Mohs Surgery Q&A

What is Mohs surgery?

Mohs surgery is the only skin cancer removal method that evaluates 100% of the surgical margin. Mohs is considered the most effective technique for treating many squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs) and basal cell carcinomas (BCCs).

At Northshore Dermatology, Dr. Pate uses a microscope to trace cancer down to its roots. This technique allows him to identify and remove the entire cancer and leave only normal, healthy tissue behind.

Mohs is an advanced surgical procedure where Dr. Pate functions as the oncologic surgeon, the pathologist, and the reconstructive surgeon.

Why should I have Mohs surgery?

Mohs surgery offers patients the following benefits:

  • Superior success rate
  • Maximal tissue conservation
  • Smaller scars
  • No need for general anesthesia
  • Minimal pain and bleeding after surgery

Mohs surgery provides you with the highest success rate and lowest recurrence rate compared to any skin cancer treatment.

Who is a candidate for Mohs surgery?

No matter what type of skin cancer you have, Mohs is only recommended for certain patients. Book a consultation at Northshore Dermatology with Dr. Pate and the team to find out if you're a good candidate.

How long is recovery after Mohs surgery?

Mohs surgery recovery is typically completed within two weeks post-procedure. Patients are required to rest and avoid heavy activity. Most patients don’t need pain medication. However, experiencing sensitivity around the affected area is to be expected.

It’s very common to have bruised and swollen eyelids after Mohs, mainly if the treatment area includes the forehead, nose, or scalp. Bruising typically lasts between 7-12 days. Sleep elevated with multiple pillows, so your head is above the level of your heart. You’ll want to ice the treated area for the first 24 hours.

Major complications are rarely seen after Mohs surgery. Allergic reactions to adhesive tape covering the wound may occur, usually after day two, and are easily controlled with topical steroid creams.

Dr. Pate and the team will discuss in-depth wound care instructions with you. You will also receive written instructions prior to leaving. Make sure to follow their instructions for optimal results.

If you have skin cancer and need to have it removed, call Northshore Dermatology to schedule your consultation with Dr. Pate and learn more about your options. You can also request a Mohs surgery consultation online, which is fast and easy.