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Mohs Surgery

Manhattan Dermatology

General, Surgical, & Cosmetic Dermatology & Mohs Surgery located in Midtown East, New York, NY

If you’re diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma, the most effective treatment technique with the highest success rate is through Mohs micrographic surgery. As a board-certified physician and fellowship-trained Mohs micrographic surgeon, Dr. Wendy Long, MD, FAAD, FACMS, is a leader in her field, and she performs Mohs surgery at Manhattan Dermatology in New York City’s Murray Hill and Midtown East. This precise surgical technique is typically done in-office on an outpatient basis in the team’s state-of-the-art facility, including an on-site lab. To learn more about treating skin cancer with Mohs surgery, call for an appointment or schedule online.

Mohs Surgery Q & A

What is Mohs surgery?

Mohs micrographic surgery is the most precise and highly effective surgery that most commonly treats basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). It’s also effective for other skin cancer variations, and it has a very high success rate of curing skin cancer. Only dermatologists like Dr. Wendy Long, who are specially trained in Mohs surgery, can perform it.

As a Mohs surgeon, Dr. Wendy Long is proficient in three areas:

  • Removing cancerous tissue
  • Analyzing the cells in the on-site lab
  • Surgery to close and reconstruct the wound so there’s minimal scarring


Dr. Wendy Long meticulously performs Mohs surgery while you wait, to ensure that she thoroughly accomplishes each part of the process.

What is the procedure for Mohs surgery?

You come to Manhattan Dermatology’s state-of-the-art facility for Mohs surgery on an outpatient basis. While under local anesthetic, Dr. Wendy Long removes a layer of cancerous tissue from your skin and examines it under a microscope. If you still have cancerous cells in the treatment area, she removes another layer of tissue and analyzes that as well.

She repeats this process of tissue removal and analysis until there are no additional cancerous cells in your skin. The procedure is so precise, the area around the cancerous cells remains intact, as there’s no need to remove the healthy tissue that surrounds the cancerous lesion. When Dr. Wendy Long has removed all the cancerous cells, she then surgically closes and reconstructs the wound so you can heal with minimal scarring.

What are the advantages of Mohs surgery?

The biggest advantage of Mohs surgery to treat BCC and SCC is the success rate. Mohs surgery’s cure rate is up to 99% for previously untreated skin cancer and up to 94% for an area in which the cancer recurred after previous treatment. In addition, you won’t have to stay at the hospital, since Mohs surgery takes place in the comfort of Manhattan Dermatology’s offices.

And, since Dr. Wendy Long analyzes each layer of tissue immediately upon removing it, you can be sure the results are accurate. By the time the procedure is over, Dr. Wendy Long has thoroughly examined and analyzed the treatment area and removed every abnormal cell.

If you’re diagnosed with basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma and want the best possible treatment by a leader in the field, book an appointment at Manhattan Dermatology. You can call the office that’s most conveniently located to you or schedule a visit online. It could save your life.

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