Mohs Surgery Specialist

Glendale Dermatology

Dermatologists located in Glendale, CA

Patients at Glendale Dermatology, located in Glendale, California, benefit from the physician’s expert training and experience in skin cancer removal procedures including the delicate and effective Mohs surgery.

Mohs Surgery Q & A

What Is Mohs Surgery?

Mohs surgery is a delicate and precise technique for the surgical removal of skin cancer and is the treatment of choice for skin cancers on the cosmetic or functionally sensitive areas of the body such as the head and neck or hands. Dr. Salar Hazany exclusively provides this service to the patients of Glendale Dermatology. Mohs surgery uses detailed mapping and microscopic examination of the cancerous tissue and surrounding margins to ensure that all cancerous cells are removed during one procedure without removing too much healthy tissue. This procedure is carried out in repeated steps, where the surgeon cuts away cancerous tissue and then the surrounding area is examined. If any cancerous cells are found, the removal process is repeated, then checked again, and repeated as necessary until the area is completely cancer free. This close review of the progress and success of the surgery is a precise method to pinpoint the cancerous cells and remove them without having to estimate the outer edges of the tumor or cut away more healthy tissue than is necessary.

What Are the Benefits of the Mohs Surgery?

Mohs surgery is very precise, making it an excellent procedure choice for removing cancerous skin cells from the face or other frequently exposed parts of the body. The Mohs technique has a 99% success rate for most skin cancers. It is more thorough because every piece of tissue is closely examined and assessed for cancer. It allows the surgeon to keep the incision as small as possible and to avoid having to reopen the wound if further cancer cells are found in follow-up appointments after the surgery. The constant microscopic observation also allows the surgeon greater control over the size and depth of the surgery. For example, if the cancer is thin and non-invasive, the surgeon can make very shallow incisions, then review, only cutting deeper if necessary. This allows for reduced recovery times as well. Dr. Hazany is fully accredited by the American College of Mohs Surgery. He trained directly under Dr. Leonard Goldberg, who received the 2016 Frederic E. Mohs Award for Career Achievement.

What Is Expected During Recovery?

Most patients are able to return to work within a few days of Mohs surgery, although it is suggested to rest as much as possible in the first few days following the procedure. Due to the minimally invasive nature of the procedure, most patients report little discomfort. Dr. Hazany will suggest the best painkiller for your condition, like acetaminophen, which does not cause bleeding. Any stitches will be removed in the surgeon’s office between 4-14 days after surgery. The surgical site should be kept clean and dry. Patients usually will need to wear a bulky pressure bandage for the first day or two after the procedure.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Glendale Dermatology, we accept PPO plans of the following insurances. We do not accept any EPO plans, HMO, or Covered California plans at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience. We gladly accommodate patients without insurance who wish to pay out of pocket with discounted prices.

Anthem Blue Cross
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