Our Approach

At the heart of our program is the cutting-edge Mohs technique. We have been offering Mohs surgery since 1998, making ours one of the oldest Mohs surgery programs in the country. Today, our physicians perform 3,500 Mohs surgeries each year.

Mohs surgery has been a game-changer in treating such skin cancers as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. In this procedure, the cancer is removed layer by layer, and the tissue is examined under a microscope after each step, so our dermatologists can confirm that all of the cancer cells have been eliminated as the surgery progresses. This maximizes the chances of removing all of the abnormal cells while still preserving as much of the normal skin tissue as possible. Mohs surgery can cure up to 99 percent of skin cancers, and the chances of lasting, disfiguring scars are minimized.  

At Yale Medicine, patients come first. During Mohs surgery, you can wait between each layer of cell removal in a designated, comfortable Mohs patient lounge area. After the surgery, an open, proactive conversation with your physician helps you deal with your postoperative care and prognosis.