Anya Bandt, MD

Mohs Surgery

Dermatology & Mohs Surgery located in San Rafael, CA
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Mohs Surgery services offered in San Rafael, CA

Anya Bandt, MD, FAAD, FACMS is a leading dermatologist who is dedicated to enhancing skin health and beauty at all stages of life.

What is Mohs surgery?

Mohs surgery is a specialized procedure to treat skin cancer. It involves removing cancerous lesions in layers until there is no trace of cancer cells. After extracting each layer, Dr. Bandt examines the tissue under a microscope. She continues this process until only cancer-free tissue is left.

This technique effectively removes skin cancer while preserving the healthy surrounding tissue. When performed by a board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Bandt, Mohs surgery is 99% successful. It’s especially effective at treating skin cancer with a high recurrence rate.

Can any doctor perform Mohs surgery?

Only dermatologists with specialized training can perform Mohs surgery. Most Mohs surgeons undergo rigorous training with an accredited American College of Mohs Surgery program for 1-2 years. This extensive training ensures they have the expertise to perform this complex procedure, accurately interpret microscopic findings, and effectively treat skin cancer.

Do I need to prepare for Mohs surgery?

Taking preparatory steps before Mohs surgery can ensure a successful treatment and fast recovery.

Two weeks before Mohs surgery

Stop smoking at least a couple of weeks before surgery to ensure proper healing. You should also stop taking medications that can thin the blood, like aspirin and ibuprofen.

One week before Mohs surgery

Dr. Bandt also recommends that you stop taking supplements that can cause blood thinning. You should avoid Ginseng, Ginkgo Biloba, garlic, and vitamin E supplements.

The day before surgery

Avoid drinking alcohol for 24 hours before Mohs surgery to prevent increased blood pressure and bleeding.

The day of surgery

Make sure to get a good night’s sleep and eat a healthy breakfast before the procedure. Take a shower and cleanse the treatment area to help prevent infection. You should wear loose-fitting clothes and bring snacks and entertainment (book, phone, newspaper, etc.) to keep you occupied. Mohs surgery can take up to 3-4 hours.

Don’t forget to take any prescribed medications you need for your appointment and coordinate a ride home.

What can I expect after Mohs surgery?

Your skin may be tender, swollen, and bruised after Mohs surgery. Swelling typically peaks within the first weeks of surgery. Dr. Bandt removes your sutures about 5-10 days after surgery and examines the skin to ensure you’re healing as expected. Depending on the treatment area, Dr. Bandt may recommend scar revision laser treatments to minimize scarring after surgery.

Call Anya Bandt, MD today or schedule an appointment online to connect with a skilled and experienced Mohs surgeon.