Moles are a common type of skin blemish which are caused when a certain type of skin cell clumps together. These skin cells are called melanocytes, and they produce melanin, the naturally occurring substance that is responsible for the color of your skin.
Most moles are harmless, but there are abnormal changes that can happen to moles. These abnormal moles could be an early sign of skin cancer and should be checked out by your dermatologist. The dermatologists at North County Dermatology Center in Encinitas, California Dr. David Thomas, Dr. Margaret Hobson Dupree, or Dr. William Burrows offer a full range of skincare services, including examining your moles.
You should do regular self-checks of your moles and look for any abnormalities. Abnormal moles often show these characteristics:
- A diameter greater than 6 millimeters
- Irregular, poorly-defined borders
- An asymmetrical shape
- A change in color, size, height, or shape
You should visit your dermatologist if you notice any of the signs listed above. There are also some symptoms you may experience that should be checked out. See your dermatologist right away if you have a mole that is:
- Causing pain
- Burning or itching
- Bleeding or oozing
- Growing back after previous removal
If you have an abnormal mole, your doctor may suggest having all or a portion of it removed for biopsy. During a biopsy, layers of tissue are examined to look for abnormal cellular-level changes which could signal precancer or cancer. There are several different ways your doctor can remove an abnormal mole, including:
Shaving the mole; the area is numbed and then small areas are shaved away underneath and around the mole. Shaving is great for small moles and doesn’t require suturing.
Excising the mole; after the area has been numbed, the mole is removed with a punching instrument. Excision is used for larger moles and requires a small amount of suturing.
Checking your moles is an important way to diagnose early skin cancer. Early diagnosis leads to early treatment and a better outcome for you. To find out more about moles and other skincare topics, call the dermatologists at North County Dermatology Center in Encinitas, California today!
Your skin, particularly the skin on your face, is very delicate and one of the first things people notice when looking at your appearance. Ideally, it should be soft, supple, free from lines, fresh, and youthful—a standard that is often difficult to maintain. Fortunately, modern dermatology offers a number of treatments that are able to help you restore and renew beauty to your skin. Read on to explore the various treatment possibilities available at North County Dermatology Center, PC in Encinitas, CA.
Common Skin Problems
There is a long list of skin problems that dermatologists treat, some of which are:
- Skin wrinkles and deep/fine lines.
- Sun damage.
- Discoloration and hyperpigmentation.
- Age and liver spots.
- Acne sores and bumps.
- Tough skin (leathery texture).
Skin Treatment Options
At North County Dermatology Center, PC in Encinitas, CA, the skin treatment options available include:
- Botox injections to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
- Chemical peels to remove a layer of old skin cells and allow the skin to regenerate.
- Dermabrasion to exfoliate the skin and eliminate signs of sun damage.
- Retinoids for patients who struggle with acne.
- Laser resurfacing, which helps get rid of skin blemishes and scars.
- Dermal fillers, which plump and soften the skin.
- Oral and topical antibiotics or vaccinations that control skin infections.
Skin Care Ideas
You can make strides in ensuring that your skin continues to look good after treatment. Here are a few tips for how to care for your skin each day:
- Stay out direct sunlight, as damage from UV rays is a top reason for skin wrinkling, discoloration, and blotchiness.
- Avoid picking at acne pimples and sores—see your dermatologist instead for an effective course of treatment.
- Eat more foods that promote skin health, including omega-3 fatty acids, polyphenols (green tea and olive oil), vitamin B-12, green leafy vegetables, and anything that contains sufficient antioxidants.
- Drink plenty of water. About four to six 8-ounce cups per day is sufficient (ask your dermatologist).
Love Your Skin
By seeking out skin treatment, you are both showing love for yourself and preserving the long-term health of your skin. Call (760) 230-2805 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. David Thomas, Dr. Margaret Hobson Dupree, or Dr. William Burrows at their office in Encinitas, CA.
Mohs surgery is a procedure for removing cancerous cells from the skin for patients diagnosed with various types of skin cancer. Mohs surgery relies on a micrographic technique, which is a highly effective method for removing cancerous cells while sparing as much healthy tissue as possible. Mohs surgery has a cure rate of nearly 99 percent for most skin cancers when caught early. At North County Dermatology Center, Dr. David Thomas, Dr. Margaret Hobson Dupree, and Dr. William Burrows are your dermatologists for Mohs surgery in Encinitas.
Benefits of Mohs Surgery
There are several benefits to choosing Mohs surgery as a method for treating skin cancer. At almost 99 percent, Mohs surgery has one of the highest cure rates of the different methods for treating skin cancer. Additionally, due to its advanced micrographic technique for removing cancerous cells, Mohs surgery conserves more healthy tissue than other similar treatment methods. In Encinitas, Mohs surgery is performed at North County Dermatology Center.
Mohs surgery utilizes a micrographic technique to remove cancerous tissue while sparing healthy tissue. Local anesthesia is administered to the surgery site and patients remain awake during the procedure. Any visible tumor is removed from the skin and examined under a microscope to determine if the tumor is malignant or benign. If the tumor is malignant, the area around the tumor site will be mapped out.
Once the affected area is mapped, small portions of surrounding tissue will be removed and examined under the microscope to check for cancerous cells. This process of removing and examining small samples of skin tissue at a time continues until all the cancer has been eliminated. If a large area of skin had to be removed during the procedure, a skin graft or tissue flap is performed to cover the area back up. If the area is small, it will be stitched closed.
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer to affect individuals in the U.S. Mohs surgery is one of the most effective methods for treating most types of skin cancer. To learn more about Mohs surgery in Encinitas, CA, schedule a consultation with Dr. Thomas, Dr. Hobson Dupree, or Dr. Burrows by calling North County Dermatology Center at (760) 230-2805.
How your dermatologists in Encinitas, CA, can help with acne
Acne is unsightly and often quite uncomfortable. Although regularly associated with adolescence, adults can still get bad acne. It can affect many areas of your body, showing up on your skin as blackheads, whiteheads, pustules, or large, painful cystic acne. Read below to learn how Drs. David Thomas, Margaret Hobson Dupree, and William Burrows, at North County Dermatology in Encinitas, CA, can help get rid of your acne and give you back your clear, beautiful skin.
More on Acne and Its Treatments
If you are suffering from acne, you may be tempted to leave it alone and see if it goes away on its own. However, doing this might end up with acne scarring. Another common choice is to use over-the-counter acne treatments, which may end with irritated skin. A better solution is to seek out the expert help of your local dermatologists.
At North County Dermatology, we offer several acne treatment options to help heal your acne. We may recommend:
- Benzoyl peroxide products, which are a great choice for mild acne; they help reduce blockages in pores
- Oral and topical antibiotics, which eliminate bacteria causing infection in your pores
- Hormonal treatments, to address acne caused by fluctuations in hormone levels
- Tretinoin products, which unplug any material blocking your pores, thus eliminating blackheads and whiteheads
- Extraction treatment, to completely remove whiteheads and blackheads by extracting them with an instrument
North County Dermatology also offers several options to treat acne scarring and give you clear, smooth skin. Effective treatments for acne scarring include chemical peels and microdermabrasion which help to resurface your skin, reduce or eliminate scars, and give you smooth, dewy skin.
Interested? Give Us a Call!
Don’t let acne affect your life, It’s time to discover your acne treatment options and be on your way to smooth, clear, beautiful skin. Just pick up the phone and call (760) 230-2805 for North County Dermatology in Encinitas, California today!
It's hard to feel confident when you're not happy with the condition of your skin. Luckily, your Encinitas, CA, dermatologists Dr. David Thomas, Dr. Margaret Dupree, and Dr. William Burrows of North County Dermatology Center offer a variety of skin treatments that will improve your appearance and reduce blemishes and signs of aging.
Dermal fillers restore lost volume
As you age, your cheeks, lips and the areas under your eyes may begin to look a little hollow. As volume decreases, the skin sags, making fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable. Injectable dermal fillers restore volume and help you look more youthful. The effects of fillers last a few months to several years, depending on the type used. Fillers can:
- Fill in vertical lines around the lips
- Plump depressed acne scars
- Add volume to cheeks, lips and undereye areas
- Smooth chin creases
- Soft nasolabial fold lines
Don't like your lines and wrinkles? Botox treatment can help
Botox injections temporarily prevent your muscles from contracting when you squint or make other dynamic facial expressions. The injections contain a purified form of the botulinum toxin and work by preventing nerve impulses from reaching the facial muscles. The injections can minimize the appearance of vertical lines between your eyes, make crow's feet less noticeable and smooth forehead furrows, neck bands, nasolabial fold lines and lines around the mouth.
Chemical peels remove outer skin layers
A few days after a chemical peel, the top layers of your skin will begin to peel off, revealing smoother skin underneath. The treatment reduces fine lines and wrinkles and removes dark spots, freckles and age spots caused by years of sun damage. Do you have acne? Chemical peels not only remove blemishes but may also be helpful in minimizing acne scars.
Laser treatment offers the newest way to treat signs of aging
Your Encinitas dermatologist offers several types of laser treatments that can improve your appearance with little or no downtime. Exposing your skin to laser light can firm your skin, spur production of collagen, eliminate red or brown spots, remove spider veins and smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
Could your skin use a little help? Call your Encinitas, CA, dermatologists Dr. David Thomas, Dr. Margaret Dupree, and Dr. William Burrows of North County Dermatology Center at (760) 230-2805 to schedule an appointment.
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