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Mohs Surgery

Come in with a cancerous tumor or lesion & leave with a clean bill of health.

The highest cure rate of all treatments.

Leading Skin Cancer Treatment with Mohs Surgery in Chicago, IL

By rough estimates, one out of every five people will experience skin cancer at some point in their lives. Naturally, our first response will be doing whatever it takes to remove the cancerous tumor. But as we learn more about skin cancer treatments, we may encounter another concern—preserving the largest amount of healthy skin so we can recover better. While surgical excision excels at treating numerous forms of skin cancer, Mohs surgery is the gold standard because it leaves as much healthy skin as possible.

At Skin MD in Chicago, IL, our double board-certified surgeons use Mohs surgery for the treatment of numerous skin cancers. The procedure has the highest cure rate of all treatments, especially for basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with skin cancer, Mohs surgery may be the best course of action. Come to Skin MD with skin cancer and walk out with peace of mind and a long future ahead of you.

Schedule Your Mohs Surgery Today.

Mohs surgery leads the way in quick, effective, and comfortable skin cancer treatments. If you’ve been diagnosed with carcinoma, don’t wait. Call Skin MD in Chicago today.

How Does Mohs Surgery Work?

Topical treatments and oral medications have a place in skin care, but sometimes a tumor or lesion becomes too dangerous to leave in place. Surgical methods are certainly effective, but some patients worry about scarring or recovering after the fact. This is where Mohs surgery leads the way.

By removing tissue in stages, your surgeon is able to define the cancer’s spread and hunt for affected cells while leaving the surrounding skin in place. Here’s how it works, step by step.

Mohs Surgery Steps:

  • Preparation: After cleaning the area, your surgeon will numb the tumor with a local anesthetic. You will be awake for the procedure, which should be comfortable and pain-free from start to finish.
  • Visible Tumor is Removed: The visible or raised section of the tumor will be cut away. Your surgeon may examine the removed tissue to determine if more tissue removal is necessary.
  • Layers: If the cancer has spread beyond the visible lesion, your surgeon will cut away one thin layer of tissue at a time. After each excision, the layer will be checked under a microscope to determine if cancerous cells remain.
  • Repeat: If more cancerous cells are found, another layer will be removed until only healthy cells are detected in the microscope.
  • Wound Care: In most cases, the wounds left after Mohs surgery heal on their own. In other instances, stitches or skin grafting may be required.
  • Follow-Up Appointments: For the utmost peace of mind, you may schedule a follow-up appointment with your dermatologist to check on your progress, healing, and health.

How to Prepare for Your Mohs Surgery Appointment

With a 99% success rate and a relatively quick procedure time, Mohs surgery has become the gold-standard skin cancer treatment throughout the discipline of dermatology. For the treatment of squamous and basal cell carcinoma (among other forms), Mohs surgery removes only as much skin as necessary and delivers results straight away. Here’s how you can prepare.

How to Prepare for Mohs Surgery:

  • Take the Day: The exploratory aspect of Mohs surgery means that the total procedure time can be hard to estimate. You’ll probably want to take the day off for a procedure that can last as long as 4 hours.
  • Medicate Sparingly: Blood thinners, some supplements, and other prescription medications can complicate Mohs surgery. Your surgeon will speak to you about your routine and make recommendations.
  • Eat Beforehand: Unlike other surgeries, it’s entirely safe and acceptable to eat a little something before your appointment. Mohs surgery uses local anesthesia (usually an injection) rather than general anesthesia.
  • Get & Stay Comfortable: It’s best to expect your Mohs surgery to last several hours at a minimum. Wear comfortable clothing and bring something to keep your mind occupied (a book, tablet, or puzzle).

To schedule your Mohs surgery, contact the double board-certified skin cancer surgeons at Skin MD by calling 708-636-3767. You can also contact us online or head over to our patient information page to learn more.


Hear From Mohs Surgery Patients

A Caring, Human Touch

Dr. Sergeyenko is fantastic. He’s very detailed and attentive and seems to really care about patients. The office is very well run and uses the right amount of technology to execute their business…but you can always get a human on the line if you need to. Flexible hours, too.

T. Huestis
Rating: 5

Always Welcoming New Patients

It was my first appt at the Evergreen location and I was very pleased with the service and staff. I saw Dr. Chris Krippinger. He knew right away what was happening to my skin and provided a treatment plan. It’s been two weeks and I am seeing the results. I recommend Skin MD.

Rita B.
Rating: 5

Listening to Patients of All Ages

Me and my son love the excellent customer service, and care that we get here. From the front desk all the way down to the physician, they take their time to listen and provide the best care. We really appreciate everyone here.

Latisha D.
Rating: 5


Why Choose Skin MD For Mohs Surgery?

Family Dermatology

At Skin MD, we serve everyone. From pediatric dermatology to teens & adults, our providers treat patients of all ages with respect & expertise.

Skin Care Versatility

From acne treatments and Mohs Surgery to 21st-century cosmetic solutions like microneedling & lip fillers, we have you covered.

World-Class Providers

Our providers are leaders in their field with numerous fellowships, publications, professional memberships, & academic achievements to their names.

Multiple Locations

We serve several Chicago communities, including Orland Park, Skokie, and Evergreen Park. Find a Skin MD office near you!

Financing & Promotions

We make getting the care you need affordable with expert financing options, frequently updated promotions, & so much more.

Your Questions Answered

Mohs Surgery FAQs

Contrary to popular opinion, the “Mohs” in “Mohs surgery” is not an acronym. Instead, the procedure is named after Frederic E. Mohs—an American physician who developed and used this technique during his studies in the 1930s. Now, nearly a century later, the surgical technique has become the gold standard of skin cancer treatments.

To schedule your Mohs surgery, call Skin MD in Chicago, IL, at 708-636-3767.

At its quickest, Mohs surgery may last half an hour. This, however, is not the average experience. At most, it may take up to 4 hours to complete. During your Mohs surgery, skin is removed one thin layer at a time. Afterward, your surgeon will examine the layer under a microscope to check for cancerous and healthy cells. By removing tissue this way, surgeons are able to map and define the spread of cancerous cells while leaving healthy skin in place.
Mohs surgery is one highly effective approach for treating basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma (among other forms of skin cancer). There are, however, other treatments that may suit your circumstances best. Mohs surgery is recommended when the basal cell carcinoma develops in sensitive areas (such as the face) or has a higher chance of recurring later on. To speak to an expert dermatologist about your options, contact Skin MD in Chicago, IL.

Choose Mohs Surgery & Walk Out With Your Health

Mohs surgery has saved countless lives in Chicago and throughout the world. Famous for its conservative approach to tissue removal, Mohs surgery is also the most effective treatment for certain types of skin cancers with a 99% success rate. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with basal or squamous cell carcinoma (among other skin cancers), Mohs surgery may be your best way forward.

To learn more about leading-edge skin cancer treatments, or to schedule your Mohs surgery appointment today, contact the double board-certified dermatologists at Skin MD today!