Medical & Surgical Dermatology
ABCDEs of Melanoma -
Early detection is key when it comes to treating and curing Melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer. That's why it is very important to inspect your entire body EVERY MONTH for pigmented lesions that could spell trouble. …
WHAT IS ACNE?
Acne is the term for plugged pores (blackheads and whiteheads), pimples, and even deeper lumps (cysts or nodules) that occur on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and even the upper arms. Acne affects most teenagers to some degree. …
Actinic Keratosis -
Actinic keratoses (AKs) are so common today that treatment for these lesions ranks as one of the most frequent reasons that people consult a dermatologist. Most people simply want the lesion removed for cosmetic reasons and are unaware that they have…
An Angioma is a growth on the skin made up of blood vessels. It is a benign (non-cancerous) mass, but sometimes unsightly. Treatment is not required unless you find its appearance unattractive, or if…
Eczema is a general term encompassing various inflamed skin conditions. One of the most common forms of eczema is atopic dermatitis (or "atopic eczema"). Approximately 10 percent to 20 percent of the world population is affected by this chronic,…
Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating) -
Sweating is the body's natural way of staying cool, but for some people excessive sweating-- or Hyperhidrosis-- can be a life-altering condition. It can disrupt all aspects of a person's life, from career choices and recreational activities to relationships,…
Lack of Sun and Vitamin D -
Vitamin D is critical to healthy bones. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that an adequate amount of vitamin D should be obtained from a healthy diet that includes foods naturally rich in vitamin D, foods/beverages fortified with vitamin…
Melanoma Facts and Statistics -
• Melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, is characterized by uncontrolled growth of pigment-producing cells.
• An irregular mole is a mole that has a least one characteristic in common with melanoma.
• Scientists have…
Mohs Micrographic Surgery -
More than two million Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer this year and about one in five will develop a skin cancer in their lifetime. The other bad news, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, is that most skin cancers occur on the…
Molluscum Contagiosum is a common skin condition caused by a poxvirus that infects only the skin. The virus enters the skin through small breaks in the skin barrier. After an incubation period, growths can appear anywhere on the skin. …
Photo Dynamic Therapy (PDT) -
Photodynamic therapy combines the use of a topical agent known as aminolevulinic acid (ALA) and light energy to take skin rejuvenation to a new level.
What does it treat?
PDT can be used to treat severely sun damaged skin (redness, brown spots or…
Psoriasis (sore-EYE-ah-sis) is a medical condition that occurs when skin cells grow too quickly. Faulty signals in the immune system cause new skin cells to form in days rather than weeks. The body does not shed these excess skin cells, so the cells pile…
Rosacea (rose-AY-sha) is a chronic (long-term) skin disease that causes redness and swelling, primarily on the face. Other areas that can be affected are the scalp, neck, ears, chest and back. Sometimes, rosacea affects the eyes.
Those afflicted with…
Skin Cancer -
Cancer develops when DNA, the molecule found in cells that encodes genetic information, becomes damaged and the body cannot repair the damage. These damaged cells begin to grow and divide uncontrollably. When this occurs in the skin, skin cancer develops.…
Telangiectasias (Broken Blood Vessels) -
Telangiectasias are dilated blood vessels near the surface of the skin. They can be found anywhere on the body but are more commonly seen on the face (nose, cheeks and chin) and legs (particularily the thighs, below the knees and ankles). …
Warts are non-cancerous skin growths caused by a viral infection in the top layer of the skin. Viruses that cause warts are called human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts are usually skin-colored and feel rough to the touch, but they can be dark, flat and smooth.…