Best-In-Class Surgical Dermatology
Our physicians are experts in the area of skin cancer and reconstructive surgery. Skin cancers are removed with the utmost care and with consideration for cosmetic results.
We preform all surgeries in the office to ease the anxiety of patients and to reduce the stress of traveling to a new facility. Our physicians perform on average 25 surgical procedures a day, so you can rest assured knowing you are in experienced, capable and caring hands.
Experts in Mohs Surgery
Main Line Dermatology has a Mohs surgeon on staff to perform complicated skin cancer removals. Mohs is a microscopically controlled surgery used to treat common types of skin cancer. It is considered the most effective technique for treating many basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) and squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs), the two most common types of skin cancer. Mohs surgery is one of the methods of obtaining complete margin control during removal a skin cancer.
meet our mohs surgeon
Tanya R. Humphreys, MD
Dr. Tanya Humphreys is a Fellow of the American College of Mohs Surgery as well as a member of the International Transplant Skin Cancer Cooperative. As a nationally recognized expert in dermatologic surgery, she has lectured at numerous national and international professional meetings. In addition to publishing many articles and book chapters on skin cancer, Mohs micrographic surgery, and aesthetic reconstruction, she serves on the editorial review board of the major journals in the field of dermatology and dermatologic surgery.
How Does Mohs Surgery Work?
First, you receive local anesthesia around the area of the tumor. Once the anesthetic has taken effect, our ACMS surgeon removes the visible tumor, along with a thin layer of surrounding tissue. This takes only a few minutes.
While the patient waits, the pathologist examines the tissue specimen for cancer cells, and that examination informs the surgeon where to removed tissue next. The surgeon performing the procedure is also the pathologist reading the specimen slides.
If their is evidence of cancer around the outer edges of the removed tissue, another layer of tissue is taken from the area where the cancer was detected. Your surgeon repeats these steps until all samples are free of cancer.
Schedule An Appointment Today
Skin cancers are generally curable if caught early. However, people who have had skin cancer are at a higher risk of developing a new skin cancer, which is why regular self-examination and doctor visits are imperative. Don’t Wait! Schedule you’re appointment to day.