Dermatologic Services:

  • Diagnosis, surgery and therapy of skin disease
  • Psoriasis specialists (PUVA, narrow and broad band UVB therapy)
  • Consultation for facial rejuvenation (Glycolic and TCA skin peels, long term retinoid therapy)
  • Skin cancer screening
  • Skin allergy testing
  • Hypertonic saline sclerotherapy for superficial leg veins
  • Botox injections

Frequent Dermatologic Problems:

Acne

  • The most common skin disorder in the United States affecting 40-50 million Americans
  • 40% of adolescents have acne which should receive dermatologic treatment
  • Exact cause of acne is unknown. Heredity, hormones and stress all play a role
  • No scientific support that certain foods cause acne
  • Our goal in acne treatment is to minimize blemishing and prevent scarring. We have many options to help achieve this.

Aging Skin

  • Sun exposure is the main cause of premature aging of the skin.
  • Wrinkling and dark spots( freckling) are the most annoying consequences of aging skin.
  • Treatments may include: prescription medicines, freezing, chemical peels or laser therapy.

MRSA (methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus)

  • Recent data indicates the incidence of MRSA infections in the community setting is rising.
  • 85% of MRSA infections involve the skin and adjacent tissue.
  • The majority of severe infections occur in people with weakened immune systems or recent significant surgery.
  • MRSA most often begins as a pimple or boil which rapidly enlarges and is painful.
  • Proper diagnosis requires a culture. Treatment may require surgical drainage as well as appropriate antibiotic.

Psoriasis

  • Nearly 7 million people in the United States have psoriasis.
  • 1 million of these patients may have arthritis as a consequence of their psoriasis.
  • Subtypes of psoriasis include plaque-type, inverted, erythrodermic, pustular, guttate and nail disease.
  • Treatment may include topical therapy, phototherapy or biological agents. Traditional therapy has also included chemotherapy agents.
  • You can find more information about Psoriasis at the National Psoriasis Foundation Website

Skin Cancer

  • 1 in 5 Americans will have skin cancer in their lifetime.
  • More than 1 million cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year.
  • Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form.
  • Basal cell and squamous cell have cure rates exceeding 95% if treated promptly.
  • Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer.
  • There will be about 122,000 new cases of melanoma this year. Early detection is essential for cure.
  • Melanoma has a 99% cure rate if detected and removed before it spreads to the lymph nodes.
  • Find out more at the Skin Cancer Foundation Website

Warts

  • Warts are a benign tumor caused by infection of the skin with HPV (human papilloma virus).
  • There are many different types of HPV, each causing a different type of wart such as common, plantar, flat and venereal.
  • Treatments may include freezing, electrodesiccation, acids, lasers or immunomodulating medicines. Warts may spontaneously resolve making no therapy a reasonable alternative in some cases.
  • The risk of contracting warts by contact with an infected person is small with common warts.