“Let us be your go-to place for skin cancers on the face and body. If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer come in for a consult. We can manage your treatment from start to finish and coordinate with a Mohs dermatologist if they are needed. You can expect the best possible repair by trusting us for your care.” – Dr. Henry D Sandel IV, MD FACS
Many patients who are diagnosed with a skin cancer on the face, nose, eyelids, lips, or ears are referred (by their primary care physician) to local Annapolis dermatologists who perform Mohs surgery. Mohs surgery is a technique that allows skin cancers to be removed in micro-stages. A very small rim of tissue is removed and immediately looked at under the microscope. If cancer is shown to be present in that specimen then a little more tissue is removed. Thus, giving the smallest possible area that completely removes the cancer.
If the cancer defect is in a difficult place to close or if patients are concerned about the scarring, then those patients are referred to facial plastic surgeons for repair. That is where we come in. The Sandel Duggal Center is proud to be a referral center for either simple or complex skin cancer reconstructions. We work with local dermatologists to help you achieve the most optimal outcome…both from the cancer resection to the reconstruction.
If you have been diagnosed with a skin cancer and are concerned about having it removed, contact our office. We will be happy to discuss your options for treatment, and coordinate with a Mohs surgeon if needed.
Before & After
What is Mohs Surgery?
- Mohs surgery is a way of removing skin cancer by serial excisions. The smallest area of visible cancer is taken first. The skin margins are then tested while you wait. If an area is still positive for cancer, then a little more skin is removed. This process is repeated until all of the cancer is gone… leaving as much normal skin surrounding the cancer intact.
- This is important because only the cancer is removed, leaving normal skin behind. No longer do we have to make large incisions and wait a week for testing to make sure the cancer is gone.
Do You Perform Mohs Surgery?
- Mohs surgery is performed by specialized dermatologist, who are also trained in pathology. They have a lab set up in their office to process the specimens on site.
- Dr. Sandel and Dr. Duggal may coordinate your cancer treatment with a Mohs dermatologist. They typically do the excision of the cancer, and you come back to our office the same day to have the wound repaired.
- It is beneficial for us to see patients first, before the cancer is removed. This allows us to review the repair options once the cancer is removed. We can anticipate what defect may be present after Mohs surgery and plan accordingly. This results is the best possible outcomes with minimal scars.