The Most Comprehensive and Compassionate
Dermatological Care for the entire family
We listen to you and offer treatment options that are right for your specific needs. Dr. Smith and his team understand the impact that healthy skin can have on every aspect of patients’ lives.
Mohs micrographic surgery is considered the most effective technique for treating many basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) and squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs), the two most common types of skin cancer. The procedure is done in stages, including lab work, while the patient waits. This allows the removal of all cancerous cells for the highest cure rate while sparing healthy tissue and leaving the smallest possible scar.
Skin Cancer Evaluations, Treatments, Procedures
Skin Cancer is the most common cancer in this country. 1 in 5 Americans will develop a skin cancer at some point in their life. The key to melanoma is finding it early. If melanoma is found before it spreads to the lymph nodes the 5 year survival rate is 99%.
Actinic Keratosis: Actinic keratoses are considered a precancerous condition. We recommend having these treated before they turn into a basal cell carcinoma or a squamous cell carcinoma. These are easily treated by freezing them or treating them with topical medicines.
Basal Cell Carcinoma: Basal cell carcinoma is the most common skin cancer in this country. It often presents as a spot that does not heal. There are a number of different ways to remove basal cells some of which in include an excision or Mohs surgery.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma: Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common skin cancer in this country. These can also be treated by excision or Mohs surgery.
Melanoma: Melanoma can be a very deadly cancer however if it is found early it is very treatable. The ABCDE’s of melanoma are important criteria for people to use in evaluating their own skin.
A: Asymmetry: one half is different than the other, B: Borders: Irregular Borders, C: Color: Very dark or irregular Colors, D: Diameter: 6mm (about the size of a pencil eraser) in Diameter or larger, E: Evolving: If it changes size, shape, color, or symptoms.
Excisions: Excisions are performed with local anesthetic to numb the area. The tumor is then removed with a scalpel. The skin is then carefully closed with stitches.
Biopsy: A biopsy is performed by removing a small amount of tissue which allows for the skin to be viewed under a microscope to help to make a diagnosis.
Warts are growths that are caused by Human Papilloma Virus that is contagious and they can often be difficult to get rid of.
Patch testing is a process to detect allergic contact dermatitis to something a person has contacted at home, leisure or at work. It involves applying patches with test substances in small chambers or discs to a person's back. The patches are secured with hypoallergenic tapes. Offering North American 70, Cosmetic, Steroid and Metal Series. No needle pricking is involved.
Acne is an inflammatory response to plug pores. There are number of methods of treating acne that can involve topical medicines and/or oral medicines.
Psoriasis is an inflammatory condition in which the skin turns over faster than it normally would which can result in thick, scaly plaques. Treatment options can include topical medicines, oral medications, light therapy, or injections.
Seborrheic Dermatitis (Dandruff)
Seborrheic dermatitis often presents as irritated skin and scaling and can involve the scalp, face, and ears.