Mohs surgery differs from other surgical techniques in that the excised skin cancer is examined microscopically while the patient is still in the office. The out patient procedure involves numbing the skin cancer site using local anesthetic, removing the skin cancer tissue and then examining it under the microscope to determine if any cancerous cells remain. If any skin cancer cells remain, the process is repeated. Throughout the procedure, the Mohs surgeon “maps” the cancerous tissue thereby knowing exactly where and how deep the cancer extends. This allows the Mohs surgeon to spare the most amount of normal tissue while removing the cancerous tissue.
Once the skin cancer is removed, the repair can begin. For most patients, this is usually done the same day by your Mohs surgeon who is also highly experienced in cosmetic reconstruction. If the skin cancer removal site is more extensive, your Mohs surgeon may seek the assistance of a plastic surgeon. Your surgeon will discuss these or any other recommendations with you as the procedure progresses. Achieving the most optimal cosmetic results is a top priority for your surgical team.
Dr. Payal Patel is a Board-certified Dermatologist, and is Fellowship-trained in Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Procedural Dermatology (advanced dermatologic surgery, cosmetic and laser procedures).
Dr. Patel is from Houston, Texas and graduated from the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center with her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her Internship at University Hospitals Richmond Medical Center in Ohio and Dermatology Residency at Michigan State University-Genesys Regional Medical Center, where Dr. Patel was chosen to serve as Chief Resident in Dermatology. Dr. Patel then went on to complete a competitive and prestigious ACGME Fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Procedural Dermatology at Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons in New Jersey.
Dr. Patel is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American College of Mohs Surgery, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, Texas Medical Association, Texas Dermatological Society, Houston Dermatological Society, and Harris County Medical Society. Dr. Patel is a staff member at St. Luke’s Hospital at The Vintage. She has published numerous articles in well-known journals and presented many lectures on various dermatology topics, including her specialty, Mohs Micrographic Surgery.
Dr. Patel looks forward to serving you for years to come.