We understand that being diagnosed with skin cancer can be scary. However, there are a number of effective treatment options available today! If you have basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma or have skin cancer in a sensitive area such as between the fingers or near the eyes or nose, Mohs surgery may be a good option. Our team of skilled dermatologists is highly knowledgeable regarding skin cancer and the appropriate treatment options, so you can feel confident that you are in good hands.
After completing dermatology residency at George Washington University Medical Center, your Mohs surgeon with Dermatology + Plastics Surgery, Dr. Marchell, completed her Mohs Surgery and Laser Fellowship with world-renowned dermatologist Drs. Fitzpatrick and Goldman in La Jolla, California. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Marchell has worked both as a clinical surgeon, as well as a national and international guest lecturer. Her research is published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and Archives of Dermatology. Dr. Marchell was born and raised in Hawaii and now calls the Space Coast home. She has a love of being near the ocean and is passionate about diagnosing and treating skin cancer with the best possible results for each patient. Dr. Marchell is accepting patients in March for Mohs surgery and skin checks.
Years of experience treating skin cancer and thousands of Mohs surgeries performed.
Mohs surgery is the gold standard for treating squamous cell carcinomas and basal cell carcinomas, the two most common forms of skin cancer. The goal of this procedure is to remove as much of the skin cancer as possible while doing minimal damage to healthy, surrounding tissue.
This procedure is particularly effective against skin cancers that:
Individuals with squamous cell carcinoma or basal cell carcinoma in a sensitive area can benefit from Mohs surgery. The best way to determine if Mohs surgery is right for you is to schedule a consultation appointment at our office today.
The Mohs procedure is performed in stages which include lab work while the patient waits. This allows for the removal of all cancerous cells while sparing healthy tissue intact. During this surgery, a local anesthetic is administered, and the surgeon will remove a layer of tissue using a scalpel and examine it under a microscope. If cancer cells remain, the surgeon will remove another layer of tissue. This is repeated until all cancer cells are removed.
Once no cancer cells remain, the wound site may be left open to heal, or it may be closed with stitches. This will depend on the size and location of the wound. In some cases, the area may require reconstruction with a skin flap. This involves moving neighboring tissue into the wound, or the use of a skin graft.
Following your Mohs procedure, you will receive your results right away. We recommend that you limit vigorous exercise, including bending over, for one week to allow your Mohs surgery site to heal. Sutures are commonly removed 5-10 days after surgery. You may require a follow-up visit with your doctor to monitor recovery. Our team will provide you with specific aftercare instructions customized to your surgery site to ensure you heal properly.
To learn more about Mohs surgery in Melbourne, FL, contact Dermatology + Plastic Surgery today! Led by board-certified dermatologist Anita Saluja, MD, and double board-certified plastic surgeon Rebecca Novo, we are dedicated to providing each of our patients with outstanding results.
My initial procedure done was a MOH’s repair on my chin and chest by Dr. Renee Gasgarth. She is an exceptional surgeon and human being. She, and nurses Kim and Julie, made me feel comfortable in a very uncomfortable situation. The doctor spoke to me with kindness and a friendly manner as did the nurses. She explained the process to me thoroughly leaving me as relaxed as possible. The follow-up appointments have been equally exceptional. And the front office people are very sweet and informative as well. Thanks Dr. Gasgarth!
“Went in for a spot check with Brittany today and it was simple and quick. She was very knowledgeable and informative. The biopsy was painless and Brittany made me feel very comfortable throughout. Highly recommended.”
“The best dermatologist office! I love all the staff at Dermatology + Plastic Surgery! They are all so nice and helpful! I have seen Beth, PA for my skin scan for 5 years now. I trust her medical judgement and thoroughness. I recommended friends and family to this practice. Long time patient!”
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