Surgical Dermatology

At UT Southwestern Medical Center, our dermatology surgeons are leaders in the use of Mohs surgery as well as other surgical techniques for cancerous and noncancerous conditions.

The treatments we offer are highly effective in removing common skin cancers, including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, some forms of melanoma, and a range of other more rare skin cancers.

About the Name

Mohs surgery is named after the late Frederick Mohs, M.D., the general surgeon who developed the technique in the 1930s.

We specialize in Mohs surgery, a form of excisional surgery that can effectively remove most skin cancers one layer at a time. After removal, each layer is examined under a microscope to determine whether cancer remains in the patient’s skin and where, if present. Mohs surgery can be performed on an outpatient basis.

This technique is a highly effective way to treat common skin cancers. The success rate for the treatment of primary (never treated) basal cell carcinomas with this technique approaches 99 percent. When used to treat basal cell carcinomas that have recurred, the success rate averages about 95 percent compared to an average cure rate of 80 percent among other methods.

At UT Southwestern, our surgeons also provide immediate local tissue reconstruction after Mohs surgery. Our dermatologic surgeons use advanced reconstructive techniques to diminish or remove scars, repair any damaged tissue, and achieve excellent cosmetic results.

We also specialize in the removal of skin cysts, moles, and keratoses as well as a variety of surgeries in cosmetic dermatology.

In addition to Mohs surgery, dermatologic surgery offered at UT Southwestern includes:

  • Cryosurgery
  • Laser surgery
  • Standard excisional surgery