Premier Dermatology is proud to be one of only a few practices in Atlanta offering true Mohs micrographic surgery for melanoma.
Why choose Premier Dermatology and Mohs Surgery of Atlanta for Mohs on melanoma?
Few Mohs laboratories have the special stains and expertise needed to perform the Mohs micrographic technique for melanoma. It is commonplace for a Mohs surgeon to send a melanoma specimen to an outside laboratory for examination of the margins, causing the patient to return the following day for an additional layer (if needed) or closure. This is because the immunohistochemistry (IHC) needed to stain and diagnose melanoma is more specialized and requires further expertise and a more advanced laboratory than the industry standard. True Mohs micrographic surgery entails while-you-wait analysis of a specimen, and the same physician acts as both surgeon and pathologist.
When alternatives to true Mohs surgery are used for melanoma, a patient often waits one to three days each time tissue is removed for results. If multiple sessions of tissue removal are needed, removal of the cancer can take a week or more, and the patient typically has an open wound until clear results are received, creating inconvenience, expense and discomfort for patients. At Premier Dermatology and Mohs Surgery of Atlanta, we offer faster results and treatment with minimal disruption to your schedule.
Premier Dermatology and Mohs Surgery of Atlanta’s specialized Mohs lab offers the immunohistochemistry testing (IHC) necessary for on-site melanoma testing, same-day treatment and same-day repair for most melanomas.
The availability of Mohs surgery for melanoma is particularly important if a melanoma is present on the face or other areas of the head and neck, hands or feet, or areas where saving as much healthy tissue as possible is critical. Moreover, Mohs surgery for melanoma has published cure rates exceeding those of alternative procedures such as wide local excision, with some studies documenting up to 10% higher cure rate with Mohs surgery. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a melanoma, contact Premier Dermatology for a consultation with Dr. Taylor.
Why choose Mohs surgery for melanoma?
The advantages of Mohs micrographic surgery for melanoma:
- Provides the highest possible cure rate
- Unlike surgical excision, Mohs minimizes healthy tissue loss
- Minimizes cosmetic impact of tumor removal
- Minimizes functional impact of tumor removal
- Generally same day tumor clearance and repair
- As everything is completed in one day, reduces time, expense and anxiety for the patient
Dr. Taylor’s extensive training and expertise with melanoma diagnosis and treatment make him one of the leaders in melanoma care in the Atlanta area. Premier Dermatology’s convenient location in Alpharetta (off of GA400 on North Point Parkway near Avalon) makes it easily and quickly accessible from Cumming, Milton, Roswell, Crabapple, Johns Creek, Dunwoody, Buckhead and Atlanta. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a melanoma, contact Premier Dermatology and Mohs Surgery of Atlanta for a consultation.