Moh’s Surgery

Moh's Surgery

Moh’s involves immediate microscopic examination of the skin specimen and if cancer cells are still present, more skin is removed.


Mohs surgery is a special type of excision surgery that serves to completely remove skin cancer. The main difference between Mohs surgery and conventional excision surgery is that Moh’s involves immediate microscopic examination of the skin specimen and if cancer cells are still present, more skin is removed. The process is repeated until the skin specimen does not contain any skin cancer.

As Mohs surgery reveals to the surgeon where the skin cancer cells are still present, further skin excision can be precisely performed thereby preserving normal skin. Once the skin cancer has been fully removed, Mr Karri will reconstruct the wound with the most appropriate plastic surgery technique.

Mohs surgery is currently one of the most precise and effective surgical techniques to remove skin cancer. The technique combines a very high cure rate with good preservation of normal skin.

Mohs surgery can be used for skin cancer on any part of the body but is predominantly used for basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) on the head and neck. It is particularly indicated for skin cancer around the eyes, nose, lips and recurrent skin cancers.

Advantages of Mohs Surgery

Mohs Surgery is considered to be the highest standard when it comes to dealing with skin cancer. The main advantages of Mohs surgery include, a very low risk of the skin cancer recurring, maximum preservation of healthy skin, the skin cancer can be usually be treated with a single session and Mohs can be performed under local anaesthetic.


The area to be treated is first injected with local anaesthetic, which renders the area numb. After the local anaesthetic starts working patients do not feel pain and remain awake throughout the procedure.

Mr Karri will surgically excise the skin cancer with a narrow margin of normal skin. He will then excise a further layer of tissue from the wound bed, which is sectioned and colour-coded for orientation.

The tumor sections are then placed on a slide and analyzed under a microscope.

If skin cancer is found in a particular section Mr Karri will remove more tissue from the corresponding wound bed. This process is repeated until all the wound bed sections are clear of the cancer. As Mohs sugery is a ‘tissue-sparing’ technique, the defect is kept to a minimum.

Once finished Mr Karri will discuss with you the options for reconstruction. Depending on the size and complexity of the defect, reconstruction may be performed the same day.

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Possible Risks

Complications following an arm lift depend on numerous factors such as general health, smoking history and medications. Mr Karri will explain how risks apply to you and will send you detailed pre-operative instructions to minimise these risks. Risks include;

Scar / poor scarring – in some patients the scar may remain red and raised for a number of weeks

Over-correction / under-correction – although every effort is made to remove the correct amount of skin, one cannot predict the healing process. Skin may remain tight or excessively relax after surgery giving rise to the appearance of over-correction or under-correction.

Asymmetry – this could occur as a result of the normal healing process. Many patients have pre-existing asymmetry which an arm lift may not be able to completely correct.

Bruising and swelling

Numbness – an arm lift can affect superficial sensory nerves resulting in temporary numbness. This may take several weeks to resolve.

Bleeding & haematoma – excessive bleeding can ocur after surgery and rarely, may require surgical drainage.

Infection – antibiotics will be given at the time of surgery and afterwards to reduce the risk of infection

Delayed wound healing – as in any cosmetic surgery procedure, the quality of healing cannot be predicted. In some patients, the incision may take longer than expected to heal.

Risks of general anaesthesia

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Pricing & Finance

When you’re considering a cosmetic procedure, there’s a lot to think about – the choice of treatments available, the results you want to achieve, the recovery time, any potential risks and, of course, the cost.

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