Skin Cancer Screening
Early detection is valuable in successfully treating skin cancer. Regular full body screening is recommended as well. A biopsy is performed to properly diagnose suspected cancerous growths.
Skin cancer can often be identified as a new or changed growth on the skin that may often occur on the scalp, face, lips, ears, neck, chest, arms, hands or legs. The appearance of the growth depends on the type of cancer, but can appear as:
- Pearly or waxy bump
- Flesh-colored or brown scar-like lesion
- Firm, red nodule
- Crusted, flat lesion
- Large brown spot with darker speckles
- Mole that changes shape or color
- Shiny, firm bumps
Mohs Micrographic Surgery is a safe and effective treatment for skin cancer that thoroughly excises the tumor while only mildly disturbing surrounding tissue. It is the only skin cancer treatment available that targets only cancerous tissue through comprehensive microscopic examination of the affected area.
Designed by Frederic E. Mohs, M.D., in the 1930s, Mohs Surgery excises not only the visible tumor but also any “roots” that may have extended beneath the surface of the skin. Five-year cure rates have been demonstrated up to 99 percent for first-treatment cancers and 95 percent for recurring cancers.
This procedure is most commonly used for the treatment of basal and squamous cell carcinomas, the two most common types of skin cancer, although it can also be used to treat melanoma and other types of cancer. Mohs surgery is often recommended for recurring cancer because its results are so thorough. It is also ideal for treating cancer in cosmetically and functionally prominent areas such as the nose, eyelids, lips, hairline, hands, feet and genitals.
ClearLight™ Acne Therapy
Traditionally, acne has been considered a necessary evil of adolescence-and for some adults as well. But new advanced treatments can treat mild to moderate acne without the side effects of oral or topical antibiotics, so you don’t have to suffer from this embarrassing and potentially disfiguring condition. The ClearLight™ system by Lumenis™ uses pulses of blue-wavelength light to destroy acne-causing bacteria in the skin and reduce blemishes. Treatment consists of eight treatments in one month. Each session takes only 15 minutes as the patient lies beneath the special blue light wearing protective glasses. The procedure is painless, and normal activities can be resumed immediately. A significant improvement in appearance should be visible by the end of the four-week treatment period.
Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure used to treat varicose and spider veins. These unsightly veins are treated by injecting a sclerosant solution into the damaged veins, causing irritation and eventual collapse of the affected veins. Sclerotherapy has been used throughout the world since the 1930s and remains the primary effective treatment for varicose and spider veins.
Sclerotherapy is performed with the aid of ultrasound imaging to ensure precise results that relieve the painful symptoms and the unsightly appearance of varicose and spider veins. The affected veins are injected with a sclerosant solution, which causes the veins to eventually collapse and become absorbed into the bloodstream. This safe procedure can be performed in your doctor’s office and takes less than an hour.
Anesthesia is not needed for sclerotherapy, during which patients only experience a mild burning sensation. After the skin is cleaned with an antiseptic solution, the sclerosant is injected into the affected veins with a very fine needle. The number of injections per session varies based on the number and length of the damaged veins. After the sclerotherapy procedure, cotton balls and compression tape are applied to the injection site(s).
After sclerotherapy, most patients can immediately return work and other day-to-day activities the very same day. Exercise and other strenuous activities, however, should be avoided for 7 to 10 days. Compression bandages may need to be worn for a few days after the procedure, and some patients may experience mild bruising and pigmentation following sclerotherapy; these side effects usually subside within a few days.
The results of sclerotherapy are usually fully visible after 3 to 6 weeks. Most patients are satisfied with the results. To preserve the results of sclerotherapy, patients should maintain an active, healthy life after the procedure.
While sclerotherapy is a safe procedure, there are certain risks associated with any procedure. These may include lumpy veins, raised red areas, brown lines or spots, swelling, allergic reactions, or infection. Your doctor will discuss all these risks with you and address any other concerns you may have about the sclerotherapy procedure.