People often think of the skin only in terms of aesthetics. But there’s more to the skin than just good looks. It’s also a protective barrier that endures untold stressors every day, which eventually begins to take a toll visibly.
At West Dermatology, Healthy Skin is Our Passion™. Our staff of board-certified dermatologists is highly trained and skilled in a wide variety of skin treatments that can be customized to fit your needs. Let’s take a look at the most common skin problems we see.
Common Skin Issues We Treat
Acne / Acne Scarring
Acne and acne scarring can impact your appearance as a teenager and even as an adult, on any skin type or color, and on any part of the body. Mild cases include pimples, blackheads, and/or whiteheads, while severe cases can result in unsightly cysts and/or inflamed nodules, which often lead to scarring. Our range of solutions for acne and acne scarring include, but are not limited to the following:
- Topical medications can attack the acne-causing bacteria that causes breakouts, allowing the skin to heal
- Antibiotics can also kill acne-causing bacteria and reduce inflammation
- Injecting inflamed acne lesions with a mild corticosteroid to produce fast healing
- Photodynamic Therapy to treat all forms of acne by normalizing enlarged oil glands and killing harmful bacteria
- Facial peels remove the damaged top layer of skin for the smooth, fresh layer below to appear
- Laser skin resurfacing corrects acne scars and stimulates collagen production for clearer, healthier-looking skin
- Some minor surgical procedures include draining an inflamed nodule before extracting it.
Eczema does not always look consistent from person to person. It manifests as red, itchy patches that can be mild, moderate, or severe. The patches can change shape or colors and they can become crusty or scaly.
The causes of eczema are unknown and while there is no surefire cure, the condition can be managed. Several OTC medications reduce inflammation or itching, but prescription-strength medications with corticosteroids or antihistamines are often necessary.
Advanced treatments with lasers (Excimer laser therapy) are also useful in treating spot lesions.
Psoriasis develops as thick, inflamed patches of flaky, itchy skin, but it is not related to eczema. Instead, this autoimmune disease causes skin cells in some areas to grow faster than normal, which results in unsightly, painful patches of crusty skin.
There is no known psoriasis cure, but there are ways to manage it. A common method is to avoid known triggers such as stress, exposure to cold, or a skin injury. However, triggers vary from person to person, so consult your physician to determine yours.
Other ways to manage psoriasis include:
- Topical or oral medications
- UVB light therapy
- Controlled doses of sunlight
- Excimer laser treatment
Because sun exposure can subtly change the DNA of skin cells, too much sun can irreversibly damage skin cells and lead to one of the following types of cancer:
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common and appears superficially on areas most frequently exposed to the sun.
Squamous cell carcinoma starts at or near the surface of the skin but spreads deeper when left untreated.
Melanoma is the least common yet most deadly form of skin cancer because it is more likely to spread to other parts of the body. When diagnosed early, it is possible to effectively treat melanoma and prevent the spread of cancer cells.
So don’t dismiss a mole or other type of unusual skin growth. If you notice something similar, contact a skin specialist immediately. As the most preventable type of cancer, skin cancer can be diagnosed and treated early on with an annual exam.
West Dermatology offers, among others, the following skin cancer treatments:
- Mohs micrographic surgery
- Surgery excision
- Photodynamic therapy
- Electrodesiccation and curettage
- Radiation (including SRT, superficial radiation therapy)
Wrinkles form for many reasons, but aging and exposure to the sun are almost always at the top of the list. Wrinkles form anywhere on the face and body and can be superficial, moderate, or severe. West Dermatology offers a wide range of innovative, safe, and effective options for treating dynamic wrinkles, which form as a result of muscle movements and facial expressions, and static wrinkles, which develop over time as the skin gradually loses collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid.
Our treatment options for wrinkles include:
- Botox/Dysport/Xeomin address dynamic wrinkles safely and effectively by relaxing the muscle underlying the wrinkle for smoother skin
- Light therapy such as lasers or IPL correct shallow wrinkles and superficial lines
- Dermal fillers are injectable solutions for a variety of wrinkles. Both the Juvéderm, Restylane and Belotero lines address superficial wrinkles and deep skin folds. Read more about dermal fillers at WebMD.com.
To Learn More about These and Other Common Skin Problems, Contact West Dermatology
Although the above conditions are the most common skin problems we see, there are numerous other skin conditions that can adversely impact your life. If you have dermatologic issue that needs an effective solution, contact West Dermatology to schedule a consultation or call us at (702) 933-0225.
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