What is Medical Dermatology?
Dermatology is the branch of medicine dealing with skin, hair, and nails. A dermatologist is an expert in skin health and the treatment of diseases and conditions related to skin, hair, and nails.
While cosmetic dermatology deals with aesthetic appearance and treatments that are generally not medically necessary, medical dermatology involves diagnosing and treating skin disorders and diseases, from warts and acne to psoriasis and eczema to skin cancer. Medical dermatology can also contribute to healthier skin and appearance.
Medical Dermatology Treatments
Though non-cancerous, warts can be troublesome for adults and children. They can appear almost anywhere on the body but are most common on the hands and feet. We offer multiple types of treatments for wart removal.
A lipoma is a benign lump or tumor composed of fatty tissue most commonly found on the upper back, shoulder, or abdomen. Though generally not harmful or painful, they can be annoying and can be removed surgically. It is also important with a lipoma to rule out liposarcoma, a type of cancer that can develop in the fat cells of soft tissue.
A cyst is a closed sac that can develop in the skin and soft tissue that contains air, fluids, or semi-solid material. While generally benign and often resolving themselves, they can be uncomfortable. Under certain circumstances, they can also go from benign to cancerous. We offer simple surgical procedures to remove cysts.
Everyone suffers from acne at some point in their life, though some conditions are more severe than others. Acne occurs when hair follicles become clogged with dead skin cells and oil, resulting in bumps and inflammation. We offer a variety of treatments to deal with acne breakouts and scarring. See our acne treatments page for more details.
Psoriasis is a range of chronic, noncontagious autoimmune diseases that causes skin to become red, dry, and itchy. There are many causes and types of psoriasis necessitating a proper diagnosis to properly treat the condition. Our expert dermatologist can identify the type and cause and provide the needed therapies and treatments for long-lasting relief.
Eczema, or dermatitis, is inflammation of the skin, usually. accompanied by itchiness, redness, and a rash. There are many types of dermatitis, resulting from a variety of genetic and environmental factors. There are treatments and therapies available for the management of eczema, which can reduce or eliminate its effects.
Rosacea is a long-term skin condition that most often affects the face, resulting in redness, pimples, and swelling. Rosacea tends to get progressively worse and can spread; ocular rosacea, which affects the eyes and eyelids, can even result in blurry vision and loss of vision. We offer long-lasting treatment for all types of rosacea.
Vitiligo, or leucoderma, is a skin condition where patches of skin losing their pigment and becoming pale white. Phototherapy with narrow band ultraviolet B (UVB) has been shown to stop or slow the progression of active vitiligo. It might be more effective when used with corticosteroids or calcineurin inhibitors. You’ll need therapy two to three times a week.
Skin Cancer Screening
The largest organ of the human body, skin is susceptible to cancer. Often appearing as hard lump in nonmelanoma skin cancers or developing from a mole or spot on the skin in melanoma, it is important to screen for skin cancer in order to catch it early and develop an effective treatment. Melanoma in particular can be very aggressive, but early diagnosis results in excellent long-term prognosis if the skin cancer is caught before it has a chance to spread or metastasize.
Skin Cancer Surgery