Mohs Micrographic Surgery & Repair

Jennifer A Baron, M.D. -  - Board Certified Dermatologist

Jennifer A Baron, M.D.

Board Certified Dermatologist & Mohs Micrographic Surgeon located in The Rose Garden, San Jose, CA

Mohs surgery has the highest success rate and best overal outcome for treating skin cancers. In her specialized outpatient medical and surgical clinic in San Jose, California, Dr. Baron offers comprehensive care for different types of skin cancer.  She is trained and board-certified in both Dermatology and Mohs Micrographic Surgery by the American Board of Dermatology (abderm.org) and has over 16 years and 6,000 cases of Mohs experience. Dr. Baron will remove all evidence of skin cancer and use her reconstructive surgery skills to allow your wounds to heal with minimal scars.  Call us today for a consultation or set up a surgery day with our team. We are here for you.

Mohs Surgery Q & A

What is Mohs surgery?

In the 1950's, Dr. Frederick Mohs pioneered a method to ensure close to 100% clearance of skin cancer from the face and other crtiical areas of the body. With advanced reconstructive training, Mohs surgeons are now able to successfully remove skin cancers and also repair the wound so that healing is optimized. The most common skin cancers treated are basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, but melanoma in situ and other cancers are also successfully removed. Mohs surgery is established as the gold standard treatment for skin cancers that occur in certain high-risk areas of the body, including:

  • lips, nose, eyelids, ears, face, neck, scalp
  • hands, arms, chest, shins
  • genital areas

During surgery, Dr. Baron carefully removes layers of cancer-affected skin tissue under local anesthetic (no pain after initial numbing is set). Her expert technical team then prepares these tissue layers with special stains allowing Dr Baron to examine the entire perimeter and base of each under a microscope. The entire process occurs in real-time at her Mohs surgery clinic, while you wait.

If she detects any cancerous cells at the margin, Dr. Baron will continue to remove small layers of skin and evaluate them until no cancer cells remain. At that time, she will design and perform a plastic surgery repair of the area so that scarring is minimized. Her team of highly-trained staff will provide after-care instructions and change bandages if needed before taking out your stitches, usually 5 - 7 days later.

Dr. Baron is highly skilled in performing Mohs surgery. She completed a competitive Mohs Micrographic Surgery Fellowship at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC,, where she trained with a plastic surgeon and dermatologic surgeons. She is an active member of the American College of Mohs Surgery and has achieved Board Certification in both Dermatology and Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery through the American Board of Dermatology.

What are the benefits of Mohs surgery?

By carefully removing layers of skin tissue until the area is free of cancerous cells, Dr. Baron can clear the cancer without damaging surrounding tissue.

The high level of precision Dr. Baron can achieve with the microscopic examination of all surgical margins during your surgery allows for the highest cure success with the least amount of tissue damage. Alternative skin cancer treatments require large areas of normal skin to be removed or radiated, leading to larger and more complicated wounds. The Mohs technique is precise and tissue-sparing for the most crtiical areas of the face and body.

In addition, the entire process is completed in one visit, from tumor removal to full reconstructive repair. The process takes a few hours--not weeks or months.

How long does it take to recover from Mohs surgery?

Swelling and/or bruising can occur around the wound, but this usually resolves in a few days. The skin surface is usually completely healed in one to two weeks, and full scar remodeling and deep suture absorption usually take 6 - 9 months.

Most wound repairs involve stitches and some can be advanced reconstructions, flaps, or grafts to minimize scarring. On rare occasion, some areas of the wound may be encouraged to heal naturally to ensure the best final scar. Dr. Baron performs 99.9% of her reconstructive repairs on the day of surgery, but may involve her esteemed plastic surgery colleagues to ensure your best outcome.

If you’re looking for an experienced, highly-skilled and board-certified Mohs surgeon to treat your skin cancer, call to schedule a consultation or surgery with Jennifer Baron, M.D. today. The Aloha team welcomes you!

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