According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer. One of the most effective treatments for common skin cancers is Mohs surgery, and even though it’s less invasive than traditional excisions, I think it’s important that people know it’s no walk in the park.

A highly effective treatment option for common skin cancers, Mohs is best used to treat cancers on and around the face, because it removes cancerous cells layer-by-layer. The process takes approximately 1 to 3 hours for each layer, with most patients requiring 1 to 3 stages for complete removal. Even despite early detection and treatment, trust me when I say it ain’t pretty. Here are 3 actual DPSAMed patients, immediately following their Mohs surgeries.

Mohs surgery patient photos from Naperville dermatology practice.

I may be a little biased, but I can confidently say that patients in and around Naperville, have a true dermatology expert in Dr. Lapinski. She has achieved the highest degree of Mohs surgery qualification by completing an American College of Mohs Surgery approved fellowship, and her work is impeccable. Still, when tissue has to be excised, there will be some damage left behind.

Rest assured, these patients were not left with lesions or “holes” in their faces; each completed reparative surgery to restore both function and a normal appearance. In some cases Dr. Lapinski performs the reconstruction, and as a board-certified plastic surgeon, I am here to consult when needed.

These photos are not meant to frighten you (okay, maybe a little bit), but instead to reiterate the importance of preventing skin cancer in the first place. How? By habitually practicing “sun safe” techniques in your day-to-day life (check out this blog post).

If and when you need to discuss options for skin cancer treatment, for yourself or a loved one, our expert team will be right by your side, with the knowledge and advanced techniques necessary for both a safe removal and an aesthetically pleasing result. In the meantime, let’s try to avoid that as much as possible, okay?

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