Medical Dermatology

 

  • Skin cancer
  • Mohs surgery
  • Acne
  • Hair Loss
  • Chemical Peels
  • Eczema
  • Infections of the skin & nails
  • Psoriasis
  • Rosacea
  • Vein treatment
  • Warts
  • Varicose vein removal

Treatments & Procedures

Skin cancer is now the most common form of cancer, affecting one in five people, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Skin cancers are generally referred to as non-melanoma or melanoma, an aggressive, malignant growth that can spread without proper treatment. If you are concerned about a suspicious area of your skin or want to learn more about preventing/treating skin cancer, the Silverton Skin Institute should be your first stop.

Mohs surgery is a very precise skin cancer removal procedure with a 99% cure rate. The tumor and a slight amount of surrounding tissue are removed and then examined under a microscope at an on-site lab. An inking and mapping method is used to mark the skin and eliminate tissue so the surgeon knows where cancer remains and needs removing. Because the cancer is removed layer by layer down to its roots, Mohs surgery has a much higher cure rate than other skin cancer treatments. The process is repeated until 100% of the cancer is gone. The site is then repaired with reconstructive surgery to obtain the best cosmetic results.

Acne occurs when oil glands become plugged by sebum, oil and dead skin cells. A variety of factors contribute to this condition ranging from make-up, hormones, heredity, bacteria, stress and other causes. While acne may not be life-threatening, the condition can certainly be devastating to those that suffer from it, causing poor performance in school, at work and in social situations. There is no need to suffer from acne, and possible scarring, as there are numerous treatments available. Talk with the providers at the Silverton Skin Institute to discuss how to best treat your acne.

It is natural to lose up to 100 hairs a day, but if your hair loss seems excessive, you may suffer from alopecia, the medical term for baldness or thinning of the hair. Many factors can contribute to hair loss including mental and/or physical stress, heredity, poor nutrition, disease and hormonal changes. Your dermatologist can address this condition by examining your scalp and hair along with other appropriate tests that can determine possible causes of hair loss. The Silverton Skin Institute offers customized treatments which could determine if you're a candidate for prescription medication or possibly hair transplantation.

Eczema is an itchy, patchy condition that causes inflammation of the skin. The skins barrier is often impaired causing further irritation. Eczema can be caused by heredity, allergies or by irritants. Treatment can range from improved cleansing of the area to oral or topical medications to phototherapy treatment.

There are a variety of causative factors for developing skin and nail infections. Causes may be improper skin care or simply, coming into contact with an active bacteria and/or virus. Some skin infections can be dangerous and lead to significant scarring. Early detection, isolation and appropriate treatment is, by far, the best approach to success. Treatments can range from topical as well as oral therapies. Nail infections are extremely common and usually are not a medical cause for concern, they can, however; be unsightly. We offer a variety of the latest therapies for controlling and/or resolving nail infections.

Moles are pigmented skin spots that are usually round in shape and can be raised or flat. Generally, moles do not present a problem but there are few scenarios that can be of concern.

  • You may be uncomfortable with the location and appearance of the mole.
  • The mole may be in an awkward place causing discomfort if it rubs on clothing.
  • If the mole changes shape, color or bleeds, this could be an indication of a skin cancer and needs to be examined by a dermatologist.
Mole removal is a simple in-office procedure. The area is numbed to ensure your comfort. The mole is then removed either by a shaving technique or by excision and stitched up. If there is any concern regarding a possible cancer, a tissue sample will be biopsied (sent to a lab for evaluation).

Introducing the new EXCIMER laser for treatment of Psoriasis. Psoriasis is caused by inflammation of the skin and often runs in families. Patients suffering from psoriasis often exhibit patchy areas of the skin that are roundish in size, red, thickened and often have a silver-white scale on top of the area. The most common areas are the elbows, knees, scalp and lower back although other areas may be effected. Some patients also experience joint pain and/or arthritis. A variety of treatments are available including topical, oral, phototherapy and biologic agent therapy. The EXCIMER could be for you, just two to three treatments a week for approximately two months and covered by most insurance companies.
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Do you suffer from red, flushing of the skin accompanied by bumps and broken blood vessels? You may have a skin condition called, Rosacea. Dermatologists recommend avoiding skincare products that contain solvents along with avoiding sun exposure, and foods that make you flush such as red wine, anything spicy and caffeine. Treatments can include oral or topical medications or laser therapy.

Varicose veins are the large, rope-looking veins, often present on legs. Not only do many patients feel varicose veins are unsightly, many patients experience pain from this condition as well. Ambulatory phlebectomy is a common and successful procedure to eliminate this condition. The patient is treated with a numbing medication before small incision sites are made to remove the vein. The patient can resume normal activity shortly after this procedure.

Warts are growths, typically rough in texture that can occur anywhere on the body. Over time your body may absorb the virus that causes warts and shed the resulting growth but this can be a slow process. It’s often recommended that warts be removed as they can be contagious or spread. Warts are typically removed either by freezing with a treatment called, cryotherapy or with the use of a topical medication.

Vitaligo is a skin pigmentation disorder in which cells that make pigment are destroyed. White patches appear on the skin and often time, hair that grows in the patch areas is also white. Experts don’t know the exact cause of Vitaligo but it’s believed, in some cases, the condition can be hereditary or associated with some autoimmune diseases. Treatment can include the use of topical medications and/or PUVA light therapy with the goal of evening out the skin discoloration.

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