At Bluegrass Dermatology, traditional surgical treatment is available for a variety of skin conditions, including removal of skin cancers, cysts, and moles. In addition, Bluegrass Dermatology offers the most advanced treatment for skin cancer, Mohs micrographic surgery.
Originally developed in the 1930s by Dr. Frederic Mohs, Mohs micrographic surgery has been refined into the most advanced, precise, and effective treatment for a variety of skin cancer types, including basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. With the Mohs technique, physicians can precisely identify and remove an entire tumor while leaving the surrounding healthy tissue intact and unharmed. Mohs surgery is very effective for skin cancers that are located in cosmetically sensitive areas (for example, around the ears, nose, lips, and scalp), recurrent skin cancers, or skin cancers that are large and difficult to treat.
The Mohs procedure involves surgically removing skin cancer layer by layer and examining the tissue under a microscope until healthy, cancer-free tissue around the tumor is reached (called clear margins). Because the Mohs surgeon is specially trained as a cancer surgeon, pathologist, and reconstructive surgeon, Mohs surgery has the highest success rate of all treatments for skin cancer – up to 99%. Dr. Carol Buker Thompson has completed extensive fellowship training in the Mohs procedure, and is board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology in both the specialty of Dermatology and the sub-specialty of Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery (Mohs). She is a member of the American College of Mohs Surgery. Mohs Surgery is performed here in our office at 3475 Richmond Road Suite 200 Lexington, KY 40509. Same day results and treatment resolution for your convenience.