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

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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's area of specialization is MOHS-micrographic surgery. She has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Dozier is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Dozier has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Seton Medical Center Austin, Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, and the University Medical Center Brackenridge.

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

Dr. Stephen Houston works as a mohs skin cancer surgeon in Austin, TX. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Houston accepts. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family.

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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 specialist in vein disease (phlebology) and MOHS-micrographic surgery. He works in Austin, TX. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. His areas of expertise consist of chin implants, dysport injection, and chemical peels. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Graves takes. His professional affiliations include the University Medical Center Brackenridge, Private Practice, and Seton Southwest Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Nicholas Snavely is a MOHS-micrographic surgery specialist in Austin, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: birthmark removal, dermabrasion, and lipoma excision. Dr. Snavely is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Private Practice and Seton Healthcare Family.

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

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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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