Edmonton Dermatology & Skin Surgery Centre has compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions we receive. This information is for reference only. Please consult with Dr. Taher if you have any questions related to your specific condition.
Q. What areas of dermatology is Dr. Muba Taher accredited to practice?
A. Dr. Muba Taher specializes in Cutaneous Oncology (the treatment of skin cancer) using two primary surgical procedures: Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Wide Local Excision. Part of his practice involves general dermatology concerning skin diseases and cosmetic procedures.
Q. What is dermatology?
A. Dermatology is the branch of medicine concerned with the diagnosis & treatment of diseases of the skin. Dermatologists are doctors who specialize in the treatment of skin and associated medical conditions.
Learn more about the medical field of dermatology and the doctors who practice it. Visit the Canadian Dermatology Association website. http://www.dermatology.ca/about/about-dermatology/
Q. What is Mohs Micrographic Surgery?
A. Mohs Micrographic surgery is an exceptionally precise and advanced surgical procedure, considered to be the most effective treatment for specific skin cancers. A microscopic examination is conducted to map the affected area. Skin is removed in extremely thin layers until no cancerous cells remain. To learn more, visit www.mohscollege.org.
Q. What is Wide Local Excision?
A. This is a surgical procedure primarily used to treat early stage melanoma, yet is also used to treat basal and squamous cell carcinomas on the body, arms and legs. The affected tissue is removed along with a margin of healthy tissue. The resulting defect is reconstructed as necessary. For more info, visit https://www.asds.net/Wide-local-Excision-for-Skin-Cancer/.
Q. How long does Mohs Surgery take?
A. Mohs surgery is considered a day surgery, taking anywhere from 3 to 8 hours depending on the complexity of closure and the number of layers taken.
Q. Does Mohs surgery hurt?
A. The anesthetic may cause discomfort; however, no pain should be felt during the procedure. Post-operative pain can usually be managed with over the counter pain medication.
Q. Will it leave a scar?
A. Any time the skin is interrupted or altered through surgery or trauma a mark will be left. The degree to which each person scars can vary. With the experience and technical skill of a qualified dermatologic surgeon along with excellent wound care, you maximize your chances of a terrific post-surgical result.
Q. Can the scar be hidden?
A. Techniques for scar revision include use of specialized skin care products, minor surgical procedures, and laser treatment. These options are offered at Reverra Skin Care Centre. Reverra
Q. Will I need to make a follow-up appointment with Dr. Taher after my surgery?
A. Following surgery, an appointment for post op assessment and suture removal is made. Any subsequent follow-up visits will be determined at that point.
Q. If I have a mole or skin blemish should I go to a doctor or to an aesthetician?
A. While some moles or blemishes are benign, others can be cancerous in nature and warrant a medical assessment. Ensure you have a physician involved in your cosmetic care plans.
Q. I’ve tried over the counter medications for acne with no luck. What do I do?
A. We advise you visit your family doctor. In many cases he or she can write a prescription – or may refer you to a specialist such as Dr. Muba Taher.