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Mohs Micrographic Surgery

In The San Francisco Bay Area

Mohs Micrographic Surgery

In The San Francisco Bay Area

Mohs Micrographic Surgery Specialist in the San Francisco Bay Area

Dr. Potozkin specializes in Mohs Surgery and was in the first group of physicians to be officially board-certified in this revolutionary surgery.

What is Mohs Micrographic Surgery?

Mohs surgery is considered to be the most effective technique for treating and removing common types of skin cancer. Many types of both basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma (and some types of melanoma) can be removed by this revolutionary technique. 

This precise surgical technique involves Dr. Potozkin removing and examining thin layers of cancerous skin one by one until only healthy tissue remains. Between each layer, lab work and an examination will be completed while the patient stays in the office.

Completing this procedure in stages makes the Mohs technique advantageous for several reasons. The surgeon is able to confirm that all cancer cells have been removed at the time of surgery by getting a full view of the tumor and its margins. This increases the chance of a cure and reduces the need for any additional treatments or surgeries. 

What makes Mohs Surgery so effective?

Each Mohs surgical procedure will always have the same goals for our patients:

  • Remove the entire skin cancer 
  • Do minimal damage to the surrounding healthy tissue
  • Ensure the most minimal scarring possible

Mohs surgery has a high rate of effectiveness and is the trusted and preferred method when it comes to some of the more complex skin cancer cases:

  • Effective for cases that are high risk for recurrence or have previously not responded 100% fully to treatment
  • Effective for aggressive or large tumors
  • Ideal for skin cancers located in delicate areas where preserving the most amount of healthy tissue is imperative– genitals, eyes, noses, mouth, ears, etc
  • Removing cancers that have borders that are difficult to define

Unlike a standard excision in which a margin of healthy tissue is removed along with the skin cancer, Mohs targets the cancer directly and spares the surrounding skin. 

There are many advantages to choosing the Mohs surgery technique. These include:

  • Highest cure rate that ranges from 95-99% 
  • Less invasive than other methods
  • Only one outpatient appointment is usually needed
  • You receive real-time updates and results
  • The surgeon is able to ensure all margins are examined and the most healthy tissue is saved as possible
  • More cost-effective than some traditional surgeries
  • Local anesthesia ensures comfort to the patient
  • Lab work is done onsite during the entire procedure, so you will leave knowing results

Why should you choose PotozkinMD for Mohs Surgery?

Dr. Potozkin has performed Mohs surgery countless times since completing his Mohs Surgery Fellowship at UCSF and knows exactly what it takes to make you feel at ease during the procedure while ensuring the most successful results possible.

Mohs Surgery was recently recognized as a specialty unto itself by the American Board of Medical Specialties. In October of 2021, Dr. Potozkin joined the first group of physicians to take the board certification exam in Mohs Surgery. He is board-certified in both Dermatology and Mohs Micrographic Surgery.

At your initial Mohs surgery consultation, Dr. Potozkin and his team will discuss everything about the procedure with you—”the before, the during, and the after,” to make sure you feel at ease and know exactly what to expect. 

Our Philosophy

“Our practice philosophy is simple — to deliver the very best care we can in the very best way we can. To us, that means we make each and every patient feel welcomed from the moment that they walk in the door until they leave the office. It means that we listen to what the patient has to say and address those concerns. It means we give advice and recommend treatments based on our extensive training with leaders in the field, our wealth of personal experience, and our commitment to excellence. For our cosmetic patients, it means working with the patient to achieve results that look natural, not overdone or exaggerated. It means that we always strive to do the right thing for the patient, as we value very highly ethics, honesty, and integrity. It means we stand behind what we do and will do everything in our power to get the best results we can for the patient. It means we carefully select the highest quality staff to represent us and help us carry out these goals. Lastly and most importantly, it means that we treat the patient the way we would want ourselves to be treated, with respect and kindness. Because at the end of the day, without all of our loyal patients, we wouldn’t have a practice.”

Extremely caring

"He saved my life! Literally! I've been seeing Dr. Potozkin for over 20 years and I wouldn't trust anyone else with my skin. I had melanoma 20 years ago and he took care of me and just recently I had it again. And might have more, but I'm waiting on the results. But if I do, I am confident that Dr Potozkin and his highly trained staff will take care of me. He is the best in his field. Everyone on his staff is so caring and helpful. I feel so comfortable when I'm there. So please, if you have any skin concerns, make an appointment, don't delay, your life may depend on it."

Diane D.
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"Dr. Potozkin is an amiable, thoughtful provider.  His expertise is evidenced by his ability to diagnose and determine the appropriate treatment or options to address the issue at hand.  His staff is always welcoming, friendly and helpful which makes for an overall great experience at each visit.  I highly recommend POTOZKIN MD Skincare Center if you are seeking an outstanding specialist and staff."

Marian O.
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Efficient & Professional

"Dr. Potozkin and his team are the best! My skin issues/problems have drastically improved since I have been coming to this Doctor-over 5, maybe even 10 years. His staff is knowledgeable and friendly. The office is a flagship store that sells my favorite skin repair and healing products- by SkinCeuticals. I don’t live near this office, but I would never go anywhere else even if it’s closer. Absolutely worth the trip. The results are real!"

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