Mohs Surgery

To diagnose skin cancer, your Radiant Complexions dermatology expert, will perform an exam and if necessary take a biopsy of any suspicious moles or cells. If you are diagnosed with skin cancer, your dermatology provider will work with you on a plan that may include excision, Mohs surgery, or another course of treatment.

What is Mohs surgery?

Mohs surgery is a very advanced specialized treatment for the removal of skin cancer. It is different than other methods since it uses a microscopic examination of the tissues removed as well as very detailed mapping to allow the surgeon to remove any cancerous roots and extensions.  With the highest success rate of all treatments for skin cancer, Mohs is a precise an effective way to identify and remove the entire tumor, while leaving your surrounding healthy tissue intact. 

Does your clinic offer mohs?

The Mohs surgeries for Radiant Complexions patients are done at our West Des Moines, Iowa and Mesa, Arizona locations. Should you need Mohs, our staff will assist you in scheduling a time at these locations that will work best for you.  


Does Mohs surgery leave a scar?

Any form of surgery can leave a scar. However, because Mohs surgery does remove as little tissue as possible, scarring is minimized and it is our goal to make it as undetectable as possible. You will want to allow for a few months for the surgical site to completely heal.

Is hospitalization necessary?

Mohs surgery is performed in our office and you may return home the same day.

Does Insurance Cover Mohs Surgery?

Yes. Most insurance policies will cover the cost of Mohs surgery, however, you should check with your carrier to determine your exact coverage as plans do vary and you may require a referral or authorization prior to surgery. On your first visit please bring a copy of your insurance card as well as your photo ID. 

How long will the MOHS surgery last?

While the length of your surgery will vary depending on the extent of your skin cancer, will likely take between 2 and 4 hours for your operation. It can occasionally be more lengthy, so please be prepared to spend the day. Most of your time will be spent waiting for your tissue to be processed in our lab. To make the time go faster we recommend you bring reading material, music or other items to help you stay comfortable during your visit. 

How can I help prevent skin cancer in the future?

The best protection from the sun is to avoid it! Take care to avoid the harmful UV rays and minimize your exposure by wearing sunscreen with a SPF of at least 30, broad-brimmed hats and minimizing your exposure during the peak daylight hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Even on cloudy days the ultraviolet light can penetrate the clouds, so sunscreen is important 365 days a year. Be sure to also visit your dermatology provider for an annual mole check, perform regular self-checks and schedule an appointment if you notice anything is different or changing.  

Ask your Radiant Complexions Dermatology expert to perform a skin cancer screening and be sure to schedule an appointment as soon as you notice any differences or changes in your skin’s appearance. For more information on Mohs and skin cancer, contact us today to schedule an appointment.