Panama City, Florida –
Dermatology Specialists of Florida is pleased to report that Michael A. Stickler, MD has passed the American Board of Dermatology’s 2021 Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery Subspecialty Certification Examination. Already an experienced and skilled skin cancer surgeon, Dr. Stickler is now among some of the first in the nation to be double board-certified in dermatology as well as Mohs micrographic surgery.
Prior to joining Dermatology Specialists of Florida, Dr. Stickler served as Chief Resident at the University of Florida Department of Dermatology Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. His strong academic career led him to receive the John L. Lewis scholarship for medical school at West Virginia University, where he graduated at the top of his class. There, he also received the Outstanding Graduate Award (valedictorian) and was inducted into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.
In addition to being double certified in both dermatology and Mohs Micrographic surgery by the American Board of Dermatology, his extensive experience in the field includes cosmetic dermatology treatments, the administration of injectable products (such as Botox®, Dysport®, Juvéderm®, Restylane®, Voluma®) and so on. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, as well as the American Society for Mohs Surgery.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, but it is also highly curable when detected and treated early. This is one of the primary reasons why Dr. Stickler encourages patients to have their skin checked by a board-certified dermatologist at least once a year. If a skin cancer is found and Mohs micrographic surgery is recommended, it is also advised that the patient find a board-certified Mohs surgeon for treatment. Dr. Stickler has performed over 20,000 Mohs micrographic surgeries to successfully treat skin cancer in patients under his care. He is proud to have earned a certification in this subspecialty, demonstrating a high standard of knowledge and skill in Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery — along with a dedication to life-long learning in the field.
Mohs surgery is known to have a high success rate in removing skin cancers, and it is generally recommended for sites located on the face, neck, ears, scalp, hands, ankles, feet and breasts. While Basal Cell Carcinomas and Squamous Cell Carcinomas are the most common types of skin cancer that are treated by this procedure, Dermatology Specialists may also use it for certain types of malignant melanoma. The advantages of Mohs surgery are remarkable in that they offer cure rates between 95% and 99% for most skin cancers, as well as the dual bonus of minimal scarring and faster recovery times.
Named for Frederick E. Mohs, the surgeon who developed the technique, Mohs surgery is a highly specialized surgery that targets only the cancerous area of skin. This minimizes damage to healthy skin (especially compared to older techniques), thereby improving the cosmetic outcome by a wide margin.
According to Dermatology Specialists, Mohs surgery begins with the team marking the spot in question and then removing a thin layer of skin around the patient’s skin cancer. This layer is examined under a microscope for any remaining cancer, based on which they will determine whether a second thin layer of skin will be removed for the same purpose. This process is repeated until all of the skin cancer is removed. Skin cancers that have not been treated will have a 98% likelihood of being cured, but even cancers that return after treatment have a high chance of being cured (95%).
The entire procedure takes between 60-90 minutes if only a single layer of skin needs to be removed. However, should the removal of multiple layers be deemed necessary, the procedure may take a few hours. Notably, there is very little pain or discomfort for the patient at this time since a local anesthetic is used to numb the incision site.
The incision site is typically repaired during the initial cancer removal. In rare or sensitive cases (such as procedures involving the eyelids), Dermatology Specialists explains that a plastic or oculoplastic surgeon may perform the repair immediately following the Mohs procedure. If necessary, it may be performed on the following day.
Patients are welcome to contact Dermatology Specialists of Florida today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Michael A. Stickler or any of their other experts. All their Mohs surgeons are board-certified and fellowship-trained in Mohs surgery, and they look forward to helping keep their community free of skin cancer. Dr. Stickler performs Mohs at the Panama City Beach, Fort Walton Beach and the Santa Rosa Beach location which can be found at 82 Mack Byu Lp, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459.
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