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MOHS MICROGRAPHIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY FOR TREATMENT OF SKIN CANCER
Mohs surgery is a highly specialized surgical technique for the complete removal of skin cancer. A microscope is used to determine the extent of the tumor and its location. Mohs surgery has the highest cure rate for treatment of basal and squamous cell skin cancers, the two most common types of skin cancer.

A COMBINATION OF ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY, PRECISION AND SURGICAL TECHNIQUES
Dr. Tse is highly regarded among both physicians and patients for her expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. As a Fellow of the American College of Mohs Surgery, Dr. Tse has extensive training in this specialized surgery. She is proficient in all aspects of this procedure, including anesthesia, anatomy, surgery, pathology and reconstruction. SkinCare Physicians & Surgeons is equipped with an "arsenal" of 11 of the most advanced lasers, allowing Dr. Tse the liberty of pairing numerous treatment options for her patients. Each reconstruction is highly individualized - Dr. Tse applies precision and surgical techniques to remove the least amount of normal tissue in order to achieve the most aesthetic outcome.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF MOHS SUGERY?
By microscopically pinpointing areas involved with cancer and selectively removing only these areas, normal tissue is preserved to the greatest extent possible. This procedure results in the smallest possible skin tissue defect and therefore the smallest possible scar. In addition, the cure rates for skin cancers treated with Mohs technique are very high, often 97-99%, even if other forms of treatment have failed.

HOW IS THE MOHS PROCEDURE PERFORMED?

  • The skin suspicious for cancer cells is treated with a local anesthetic so that there is no feeling of pain in the area.
  • The visible skin cancer is scraped with a sharp instrument to determine the initial tumor borders.
  • A thin piece of tissue around the scraped skin is removed surgically.
  • The physician examines the tissue under the microscope and draws a careful map of where skin cancer cells remain.

If cancer is still present, another layer of tissue is surgically removed and the procedure is repeated - the physician is only satisfied when the entire base and sides of the wound have no cancer cells remaining. With this careful and accurate surgical technique, the complete removal of the skin cancer is achieved with minimal removal of normal surrounding skin.

Yardy Tse, MD is Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. Practicing in San Diego for over 23 years, Dr Tse is recognized by physicians and patients alike for her expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. Dr. Tse is also highly regarded for her proficiency in laser surgery and cosmetic medicine.

Experience, Knowledge and Surgical Judgement. As a Fellow of the American College of Mohs Surgery, Dr. Yardy Tse has extensive training in this specialized surgery. Since the onset of her career, Dr. Tse has performed many thousands of Mohs treatments and is proficient in all aspects of this procedure includeing anesthesia, anatomy, surgery, pathology and reconstruction.

"Each reconstruction is highly individualized - my patients are seeking the best possible cosmetic result and require guidance through the healing process."

Yardy Tse, MD