Our office provides comprehensive dermatologic diagnostic and treatment programs from common to complex medical skin conditions. We treat all skin types, ages, and levels of complexity, from acne, eczema, contact dermatitis, to acute and chronic rashes and skin cancer.
Skin Cancer Screenings
We provide extensive full-body skin cancer screening exams, and all of our providers have received advanced training at the national level in dermoscopy. Dermoscopy is a noninvasive method that allows the evaluation of colors and microstructures of the epidermis, the dermoepidermal junction, and the papillary dermis not visible to the naked eye. The identification of specific diagnostic patterns related to the distribution of colors and dermoscopy structures can better suggest a malignant or benign pigmented skin lesion. The use of this technique provides a valuable aid in diagnosing pigmented skin lesions. Because of the complexity involved, this methodology is reserved for experienced clinicians.
We provide diagnostic workup and treatment programs for mild, moderate and severe acne vulgaris and the various acne subtypes. A treatment regimen may include a review of skin care techniques, topical and/or oral therapy. We also offer photodynamic therapy (www.dusapharma.com), acne surgery (extraction) and chemical peels to augment treatment. For those interested in isotretinoin (Accutane) therapy, we refer you to www.ipledgeprogram.com. We are members of the I-Pledge registry.
We are the one of the very few dermatology practices in the region to offer extended patch testing, as recommended by the American Contact Dermatitis Society. Patch testing involves the application of diluted samples of the most commonly encountered allergens that come into contact with the skin, such as nickel, fragrance, and preservatives, followed at 48 and 72 hours by readings of positive reactions. We are members of the American Contact Dermatitis Society (www.contactderm.org) and have access to the Contact Allergen Management Program, which is the most up-to-date online contact dermatitis resource. We also have access to the SkinSafe Products Database. We can patch test to additional trays including plants, sunscreens, preservatives, cosmetics, hairdressings, corticosteroids, shoes, perfumes/flavors, dental, textile & leather dyes, metals, and oil & cooling fluids.
We offer both topical PUVA and Narrowband UVB therapies in our office.
Topical PUVA provides a treatment option for those with chronic, refractory hand-foot dermatoses such as psoriasis, dyshidrotic eczema, and contact dermatitis. Narrowband UVB provides specialized treatment for those with psoriasis, vitiligo, polymorphous eruption of pregnancy (PUPP), pruritus (chronic generalized itching), contact and atopic dermatitis, and cutaneous T cell lymphoma, among other conditions.
Our office offers photodynamic Blu-U (www.dusapharma.com) therapy for the treatment of actinic keratoses (precancerous skin lesions), acne vulgaris, hidradenitis supprativa, and photodamage. Performed in our office, the procedure is a blue light-based treatment which involves the application of a light-sensitizing chemical, followed by an incubation period and subsequent Blu-U light treatment. For many acne patients, the Blu-U light treatment alone may provide improvement.
There is a rise in the number of cases of skin cancer, which include basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma. In many cases we will treat skin cancer with local excision, which is done under local anesthesia in our office. We also offer referrals for plastic surgery, Mohs surgery, and surgical oncology excision with sentinal lymph node biopsy when indicated.