Treating skin cancer as soon as it’s diagnosed can be life-saving, and the most effective technique for removing cancerous cells can be accomplished in just one doctor’s visit.
Mohs surgery is a minimally-invasive, outpatient procedure that offers the highest cure rate of any skin cancer treatment and the best aesthetic outcomes. Because the surgery is so precise, and reconstruction can be performed the same day, most patients experience little to no scarring or downtime.
As a board-certified Mohs surgeon in Lynchburg, Dr. Alisa Ann Funke of Cobb Dermatology & Aesthetics specializes in the advanced treatment of basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, the two most common types of skin cancer. Her unwavering compassion for her patients helps ease the stress of an unexpected diagnosis while her extensive training in the state-of-the-art Mohs technique helps prevent recurrence of the disease.
Mohs surgery is performed under a local anesthetic so you are completely comfortable during your procedure. Once surgery begins, Dr. Funke will cut away visible cancerous tissue one layer at a time and analyze it under a microscope in our on-site lab. If evidence of cancer cells is detected, she’ll repeat the process step-by-step until the last sample is cancer-free.
In the majority of skin cancer cases, the Mohs technique is preferred over traditional procedures because it preserves the healthy tissue surrounding the affected area, minimizing the cosmetic impact of surgery. If the incision site requires additional treatment, Dr. Funke specializes in same-day wound repair and reconstruction for optimal results.
Mohs surgery is the gold standard in skin cancer treatment for several reasons, including:
Removing skin cancer in its early stages is key to preventing the spread of the disease. Please contact Cobb Dermatology & Aesthetics at 434-947-5321 for a skin cancer screening as soon as possible if you notice a suspect spot, mole, or lesion. If you are diagnosed with cancer following a skin biopsy, our dermatology team will work closely with Dr. Funke to ensure you’re cared for immediately and compassionately.