Mohs Micrographic Surgery for the Management of Cutaneous Malignancies

Facial Plast Surg Clin North Am. 2017 Aug;25(3):291-301. doi: 10.1016/j.fsc.2017.03.002. Epub 2017 May 20.


Mohs micrographic surgery is a specialized form of skin cancer surgery in which the Mohs surgeon acts as both surgeon and pathologist. The procedure is characterized by its histopathologic margin control and ability to spare tissue, particularly in cosmetically sensitive locations. Mohs surgery is known for both limiting the size of the final defect and its high cure rate. In this review, the authors highlight indications for the procedure, detail the technique itself, discuss cutaneous tumors for which Mohs micrographic surgery is indicated, and present the economic benefit of Mohs surgery.

Keywords: Appropriate use criteria; Mohs; Mohs micrographic surgery; Skin cancer.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Mohs Surgery / methods*
  • Preoperative Care / methods
  • Skin Neoplasms / surgery*