Medical & Surgical Dermatology
Skin cancer removal: Skin cancer is a condition where one type of cell grows uncontrolled in a disorganized fashion, disrupting and replacing normal tissues and their functions. There are three main forms of skin cancer -- Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Melanoma. The first two are curable. Melanoma is curable if detected early, but can be fatal if it spreads. Moles that have irregular borders, varied colors, and recent enlargement should be examined by a dermatologist.
Mole screenings: Mole screenings are critical for early detection of skin cancer and other conditions. It is a quick, painless procedure where the physician fully inspects the skin for suspicious growths. If you find a mole exhibiting any of the following characteristics, call this Knoxville dermatology practice to see a trained medical professional immediately:
· Changes in color, shape or size
· Causes itching or bleeding
· Rapidly changes in color, size or shape
· Located in a place that is difficult to monitor (i.e. scalp)
· Greater than 6 millimeters in size
Psoriasis: Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease which presents itself as thickened, red areas of skin covered with silvery scales. It can occur in concentrated areas or all over the body and may affect joints, nails, and mucous membranes. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, two out of every hundred people have psoriasis (4-5 million people) and 150,000 new cases occur each year.
Acne: Acne can occur in any age group. It occurs when pores become clogged, resulting in blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and cysts or nodules. These can occur anywhere on the body, including the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and upper arms. Early treatment of acne is critical to prevent long term scarring.
Wart Treatment: Warts are raised, rough bumps that are usually flesh-colored and can occur in multiple areas of the body. Warts are caused by the papilloma virus. Treatments includes freezing (liquid nitrogen therapy) and application of topical substances such salicylic acid, lactic acid or cantharidin. This dermatologist will examine the wart and determine the optimal treatment.
Skin Growths: There are multiple types of skin growths. We examine and treat all skin growths including seborrheic keratoses, which are benign flesh-colored or tan waxy patches that may become dark brown or black, greasy, rough and unsightly. These can easily be removed with liquid nitrogen, curettage, electrosurgery and laser surgery. We also remove skin tags which are small protrusions of the skin often on the sides of the neck, in the armpits, or on upper trunk. These skin tags are benign and often occur in middle-aged and elderly people. We can remove these with liquid nitrogen, electrosurgery or simple surgical procedures, depending on what is optimal for the patient’s condition.
Rosacea: Rosacea causes redness and bumps on the face that often looks like acne. A person who has rosacea may think they suddenly have a tendency to flush or blush easily. This blushing may turn into persistent redness in the center of the face. As rosacea intensifies, small blood vessels and small pimples appear around the reddened area which may need to be treated with lasers.
Nail Conditions: Dermatology Specialists treat a variety of nail conditions including nail fungus, ingrown toe nails, white spots, bacterial infections, tumors/warts, etc.
Hair: Dermatology Specialists treat all forms of conditions affecting the hair including loss of hair in both males and females, alopecia areata, etc.
Evaluation of Birthmarks: Including laser treatment of vascular lesions if indicated
Other Skin Issues: Dermatology Specialists is trained to treat all skin issues.
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