General Dermatology

Acne and Acne Scarring

Acne is a common skin condition, especially among teenagers. However, acne breakouts may also occur in adult patients who may have never had trouble in their teen years. At Dermatology Associates, our providers can provide an individualized solution tailored to your needs that will help improve and clear your complexion.

Not everyone develops the scarring that may come after acne outbreaks, and it can be almost impossible to predict which patients will scar. Because there are many ways to treat acne scarring, it is important to choose a dermatology practice that will offer a variety of options for treatment. Many patients may require a combination of treatments to obtain the best results. At Dermatology Associates, our providers have a unique set of skills and access to cutting edge technologies to help you obtain the best results possible. Contact our office to schedule your consultation.

 

Skin Check/Mole Removal

The skin is the largest organ in the body. Age, genetics, and sun exposure contribute to the development of growths on the skin. Examination of the skin by a dermatologic expert to detect any cancerous lesions can be life-saving. It is recommended that you schedule a consultation with one of our providers for a skin cancer check/full body skin examination regularly if you notice such growths. If any moles or suspicious lesions require removal, a simple in-office procedure with local anesthesia can easily accomplish this task

 

Scar Revision and Treatment of Acne Scars

Acne is a common skin condition, especially among teenagers. However, not everyone develops the scarring
that can occur after outbreaks, and it can be almost impossible to predict which patients will scar. Because there are many ways to treat acne scarring, it is important that patients choose a cosmetic surgeon who will offer them a variety of options. In addition, other forms of scars can be very difficult to manage and improve, and choosing the right physician is an important step towards clinical success.

There are many different types of acne scars. Deep pits that develop following an acne lesion are called “ice pick scars”, and are a classic sign of acne scarring. Angular scars (boxcar scars) usually occur on the temple and cheeks, and can be either superficial or deep. Scars that give the skin an undulating appearance are known as “rolling scars”. Many patients require a combination of treatments for the best results.

Because each patient is unique, a special set of skills is required to properly evaluate and manage patients with scars. Our providers have access to the most recent and innovative techniques and equipment needed to treat our patients. Contact our office to schedule your consultation.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a persistent skin disorder in which there are red, thickened areas with silvery scales, most often on the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back. Psoriasis is not contagious and cannot be passed from one person to another, but it is most likely to occur in members of the same family.

Normally, the skin replaces itself in about 30 days, but in psoriasis, the process speeds up and replaces the skin in three to four days, and the signs of psoriasis develop. The cause is unknown.

The goal of treatment is to reduce inflammation and to control shedding of the skin. Moisturizing creams and lotions loosen scales and help control itching. Treatment is based on a patient’s health, age, lifestyle, and the severity of the psoriasis. Your dermatologist may prescribe medications to apply on the skin. These may be used in combination with natural sunlight or ultraviolet light (phototherapy). The more severe forms of psoriasis may require oral medication or injectable medication.

Rosacea

Rosacea is a common skin disease that causes redness and swelling on the face. Often referred to as “adult acne”, rosacea may begin as a tendency to flush or blush easily, and progress to persistent redness in the center of the face that may gradually involve the cheeks, forehead, chin and nose. It also may involve the ears, chest and back. As the disease progresses, small blood vessels and tiny pimples begin to appear on and around the reddened area; however, unlike acne, there are no blackheads.

The exact cause of rosacea is still unknown. The best prevention may be to avoid things that make the face red or flushed. Hot drinks, spicy foods, caffeine, cheese and alcoholic beverages should be avoided. Limit sun exposure and practice good sun protection when you are in the sun. Avoid rubbing, scrubbing or massaging the face. Try not to get overheated and avoid irritating cosmetics and facial products.

A combination of treatments can stop the progress of rosacea and sometimes reverse it. Gels, creams, and oral antibiotics may be prescribed by your dermatologist. Persistent redness may be treated with laser surgery (V-Beam) to close off the dilated blood vessels. The key to successful management of rosacea is early diagnosis and treatment. When left untreated, rosacea will get worse and may be more difficult to treat. Come in and let our doctors determine the best treatment for you.

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