If you’ve been diagnosed with basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma, Mohs surgery most likely has been mentioned as a treatment option. For those who still aren’t completely sure what that entails: “What we do is go around and under, essentially scooping out the skin cancer,” explains Kira Minkis, a board-certified dermatologist and associate professor of clinical dermatology at Weill Cornell Medical College. 

Chances are high you’ll end up having a hole where the carcinoma once was. Doctors call this area of missing skin a “defect,” even though the actual irregularity of your skin was removed. However, it’s not a defect at all. It’s a sign that you are on your way to healthier skin. 

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