Mohs Micrographic Surgery

If you have been diagnosed with cancer, you may be scared and unsure of what to do, but the team at Kleydman Dermatology wants you to know that Mohs Micrographic Surgery in Brooklyn may be the right option. This procedure is safe and very effective when it comes to the treatment of skin cancer. The procedure will remover the tumor while only causing a mild disturbance to the tissues nearby. We know that you may not know what your options are as far as treatment and we are here to educate you and help you choose the best treatment for your condition. Call our office today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Kleydman.


What is Mohs Micrographic Surgery?

The Mohs Micrographic Surgery procedure in Brooklyn is the only skin cancer treatment method available that will solely target the cancerous tissues through a complete microscopic exam of the area. The procedure is known to remove the tumor including all the roots associated with it as well. The result rates have been phenomenal with a five-year cure rate of 99 percent for those patients who are first-time skin cancer patients and 95 percent success for those patients who have recurring skin cancer.

This procedure is most commonly used to treat both squamous cell carcinomas and basal cell carcinomas. While not common, it can also be used to treat melanoma.

Why Choose This Cancer Treatment?

Mohs Micrographic Surgery in Brooklyn is beneficial for those patients who have skin cancer located on the eyelids, nose, hairline, lips, feet, hands, and genitals. Since it specifically targets the tumor and causes little problems to the skin surrounding the area, it is ideal for delicate and small places.
In addition, this procedure is considered state-of-the-art and has a high rate of success in both first-time cancer patients and reoccurring cancer patients. The best part about this procedure is that trained dermatologists can look closely at the cancer and identify all the cells and roots to properly and completely remove them from your skin.

The Mohs Microscopic Surgery procedure also has the lowest possibility of recurrence or regrowth once the tumor is removed from the skin. Also, there is little chance of scarring.

Patients who are the best candidate for this procedure will have cancer that:

  • Is located near a scar on the body
  • Is large and is aggressive
  • Previously received treatment, but recurred
  • Edges of the cancer cannot be identified or are not clear
  • Is growing quickly and uncontrollably
  • Is in a sensitive area of the body such as the nose, lips, face, etc.

Call Our Office Today

If you would like to learn more about the Mohs Microscopic Surgery process in Brooklyn or to learn whether you would be a good candidate, call the team at Kleydman Dermatology today. Dr. Kleydman would love to meet with you and help you determine how we can best eliminate any cancer tumors that you may have. Call our office today to schedule an appointment with us.


Mohs Micrographic Surgery is a safe and effective treatment for skin cancer that thoroughly excises the tumor while only mildly disturbing surrounding tissue. It is the only skin cancer treatment available that targets only cancerous tissue through comprehensive microscopic examination of the affected area. Designed by Frederic E. Mohs, M.D., in the 1930s, Mohs Surgery excises not only the visible tumor but also any "roots" that may have extended beneath the surface of the skin. Five-year cure rates have been demonstrated up to 99 percent for first-treatment cancers and 95 percent for recurring cancers.


This procedure is most commonly used for the treatment of basal and squamous cell carcinomas, the two most common types of skin cancer, although it can also be used to treat melanoma and other types of cancer. Mohs surgery is often recommended for recurring cancer because its results are so thorough. It is also ideal for treating cancer in cosmetically and functionally prominent areas such as the nose, eyelids, lips, hairline, hands, feet and genitals.


• Mohs surgery is the state-of-the-art treatment for skin cancer in which the physician serves as a surgeon, pathologist and reconstructive surgeon. Mohs surgery has the highest cure rate (up to 99%) for non-melanoma skin cancers, such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.

• Mohs surgery allows dermatologist trained in Mohs surgery to see beyond the visible disease and precisely identify and remove the tumor.

• Mohs surgery has the lowest chance for regrowth or recurrence.

• Mohs surgery minimizes the potential for scarring or disfigurement.


• The cancer is in the area of the body where it is important to preserve healthy. tissue for best functional and cosmetic results (eyelids, nose, ears, lips, etc).

• The cancer was treated previously and recurred.

• The cancer is located near a scar.

• The edges of the cancer cannot be clearly defined.

• The cancer is growing rapidly or uncontrollably.

• The cancer is large.

• The cancer is of an aggressive subtype.

• Develops in an organ transplant or lymphoma patient.


Mohs Micrographic Surgery, named for Dr. Frederic Mohs who developed the technique, is a highly specialized and precise treatment for skin cancer in which the cancer is removed in stages, one tissue layer at a time. It is an outpatient procedure, performed under local anesthesia, and is distinguished by a specific technique of tissue examination that is unique to Mohs surgery.


The Mohs technique involves removing the cancer containing tissue and marking the edges with colored dyes, to create a map of the specimen. The tissue is then processed onto microscope slides by a Mohs histotechnician in our on-site lab. These slides are carefully examined under the microscope by the Mohs surgeon so that any microscopic roots of the cancer can be precisely identified and mapped. If any of the sections contain cancer cells, the Mohs surgeon returns to the specific area of the tumor site as indicated by the map and removes another thin layer of tissue only from specific area within each section where cancer cells were detected, leaving normal skin intact. This saves as much normal, healthy skin as possible.

Once the removed tissue shows no significant sign of disease, the removal process stops and the Mohs surgeon will explain options for repair of the wound, including natural healing (granulation), stitching the wound together using a side-to-side closure, or using a skin flap or graft.


You want your skin cancer treatment to be performed with the highest standards of quality and competency. The American College of MOHs Surgery is the only organization that requires its members to have successfully completed an extensive fellowship that requires at least one full year of training and hands-on experience provided by highly qualified instructors after completing their years of residency training.


Mohs surgery is performed on an outpatient basis in your doctor's office. It may be performed by a team of highly trained specialists who each focus on different parts of treatment, or one experienced Mohs surgeon well-equipped to perform the entire procedure. During the Mohs surgery procedure, the affected area is numbed with a local anesthetic. Small layers of skin are removed and then the area is closely examined to see if the cancer has been thoroughly eradicated. This process significantly reduces damage to surrounding tissue while effectively removing all traces of cancer.


Most Mohs procedures can be performed in three or less stages, which usually takes less than four hours to perform. Some cases may take longer, as there is no way of predicting the extent of cancer growth before treatment begins. Patients should arrange for someone to take them home following surgery.