We found 4 mohs skin cancer surgeons who accept United Healthcare Gold near Austin, TX.

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Dr. Nicholas Richard Snavely, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
10815 Rr 2222 Building 3a; Suite 200
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Nicholas Snavely is a physician who specializes in MOHS-micrographic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: birthmark removal, dermabrasion, and lipoma excision. Dr. Snavely's professional affiliations include Private Practice and Seton Healthcare Family. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia.

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Clinical interests: Dermabrasion, Botox Injection, Dysport Injection, Laser Resurfacing, Sclerotherapy, Birthmark ... (Read more)

Dr. Stephen Douglas Houston, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
4419 Frontier Trail; Suite 110
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Stephen Houston is a mohs skin cancer surgeon in Austin, TX. Patients gave Dr. Houston an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Houston has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family.

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Dr. Susan Elizabeth Dozier, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
8240 North Mopac Expressway; Suite 355
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Susan Dozier works as a mohs skin cancer surgeon. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Private Practice and Seton Healthcare Family. Dr. Dozier is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for her residency. Her average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Dozier is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. She has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Dr. Michael Stephen Graves, MD
Specializes in Vein Disease, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
4419 Frontier Trail; Suite 110
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Michael Graves is a vein disease (phlebology) and MOHS-micrographic surgery specialist. He has indicated that his clinical interests include chin implants, dysport injection, and chemical peels. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Graves studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.

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Clinical interests: Dermabrasion, Dysport Injection, Chin Implants, Chemical Peels, Ear Surgery, Ear Lobe Surgery

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What is MOHS-Micrographic Surgery?

Mohs micrographic surgery is a surgical treatment for skin cancer that was developed by Dr. Frederick Mohs in the 1930’s. It is the most effective technique for removing the most common types of skin cancer. For the two most common types of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, Mohs has a 98-99% cure rate. The remarkable thing about Mohs is that it manages to be extremely good at removing all of the cancer cells while at the same time leaving behind most of the healthy tissue, so there is a smaller wound. This makes the procedure safer, speeds up the the recovery time, and minimizes scarring.

During Mohs surgery, skin around the cancer site is mapped out and removed in thin layers. Then each layer is examined under a microscope for cancer cells, while the surgery is in progress. If cancer cells are detected, the surgery continues and another layer is removed. If the skin is clear, the surgery can be stopped. This eliminates the guesswork for surgeons. There is no need to estimate the borders or roots of the cancer and no need to remove a margin of healthy tissue to ensure that all of the cancer is removed.

Even though Mohs has a high cure rate, is safer than other treatments, and takes less tissue, not every skin cancer is treated with Mohs. First, Mohs takes quite a bit longer than traditional surgery because each layer of skin must be carefully cut, prepped, and examined. It is also more expensive and may not always be covered by insurance. In addition, for smaller or less aggressive cancers that are easier to treat, the cure rate for non-Mohs treatments is close to that of Mohs; thus, the extra time and cost of Mohs might not be justified. Other kinds of skin cancer, such as melanoma, are hard to see under a microscope. Since melanoma is so dangerous, Mohs has traditionally not been used to treat it, as there is too much risk for missed cancer cells being left behind in the body. However, recent developments in stains (which make cancer cells more visible under a microscope) may change the role of Mohs in melanoma treatment.

Mohs microsurgery has changed the way doctors treat skin cancer in the past 80 years, and it continues to gain in popularity as it increases the effectiveness and safety of skin cancer treatment.
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