Princeton Dermatology Associates now offers Mohs Micrographic in Princeton.
The newest “old” technology for treating skin cancer now is available in Princeton, providing cure rates up to 99 percent, according to a noted dermatologist.
“The Mohs Micrographic surgical procedure is very precise, which is why the cure rate can be so high,” said Dr. David Wrone. “And, the Mohs technique is ideal from an appearance standpoint, since the site of many skin cancers is the face. Cosmetically elegant reconstruction can be performed immediately, so patients have fewer reminders of their cancer.”
Developed in the 1930s by Frederic E. Mohs, M.D., the Mohs Micrographic Surgical procedure has been refined and perfected for more than half a century, gaining prominence again in the 1980s. Dr. Wrone is trained specifically in the Mohs Micrographic technique, and specializes in that surgery.
Dr. Wrone earned his medical degree at Stanford University, and trained in dermatology at Harvard. He then did a fellowship at UCLA under the direction of Dr. Ron Moy. He spent a year doing cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, while perfecting the Mohs technique. He is a member of the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology. He has been an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University in Chicago, and currently is a Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Director of Dermatologic Surgery. Mohs is same-day surgery. According to Dr. Wrone, it’s patient-focused, results in minimal pain and heals well. An additional benefit of this type of surgery – “clearing” the margins all at once – is restorative or reconstructive surgery can be done at the same time.
Princeton Dermatology Associates offers many patient-focused procedures. For example, now that summer is over, Dr. Wrone is starting to see patients interested in easing wrinkles. He notes there are several new “fillers” available to reduce facial wrinkling.
“Sculptra works well filling deep facial folds,” he explained. “It’s a series of three or four injections done a month apart. What’s interesting is many patients find they are seeing a bit of a lift with Sculptra. When placed correctly, it can delay or help patients avoid a face lift.” Sculptra’s results generally last for approximately 18 months.
Medium lines are handled with Radiesse. This single injection’s results last about a year, filling less-deep lines and wrinkles. Dr. Wrone notes the Radiesse injection creates very little pain, and its swelling dissipates quickly – one to three days. Many of his patients have Radiesse on a Friday, and are ready for work on Monday.
Another popular post-summer procedure is sclerotherapy, injections to remove unsightly spider and smaller veins. Patients tend to opt for this series of three injections when shorts no longer are in season, as the procedure generally causes bruising, and requires support stocking. The results, however, are “spectacular,” according to Dr. Wrone, who used to co-run a vein center at Northwestern University, and holds an expertise in this area. Roughly 70 to 90 percent of targeted visible veins disappear with scherotherapy.
Dr. Wrone invites those interested in patient-centered dermatology to contact him for a consult at Princeton Dermatology Associates: (609) 683-4999.
Princeton Dermatology Associates, Princeton Shopping Center, Suite 1E, Princeton. 609-683-4999, Fax: 609-683-0298; and 1543 Highway 27, Somerset. 732-821-0626.