Mohs micrographic surgery, an innovative surgical technique used to treat skin cancer, produces less scarring and helps your dermatologist ensure that no cancerous cells are left behind. Encinitas, CA, dermatologists Dr. David Thomas, Dr. Margaret Dupree, and Dr. William Burrows offer Mohs surgery at North County Dermatology Center.
How is Mohs micrographic surgery performed?
In the past, dermatologists needed to remove a large margin of healthy skin in an attempt to clear all of the cancerous cells. The technique often caused significant scarring that was quite noticeable.
Moh's micrographic surgery not only reduces scarring but also helps your Encinitas dermatologist ensure that he or she has removed all of the skin cancer. Your doctor begins the procedure by removing a single layer of the skin, then examining it under a microscope. If he or she sees cancerous cells, another layer will be removed and examined under the microscope. The process continues until there are no longer any signs of skin cancer. Removing the skin layer by layer minimizes the amount of scarring and also improves the cure rate for skin cancers.
Your skin will be numbed with a local anesthetic before the surgery begins to ensure that you feel no pain during the procedure. Small surgical sites usually don't require stitches, although you may need a few sutures if the site was large. Skin grafts may also be needed to improve the appearance of large sites.
Is Mohs surgery right for me?
Mohs surgery is frequently used to treat skin cancer of the hands, feet, head, face, neck, or genitals. It's most often recommended for squamous and basal cell skin cancers, although it can also be used to treat melanoma in some cases.
What can I expect during the recovery period?
Pain is minimal after Mohs surgery and can usually be controlled by taking over-the-counter pain medications. You may notice swelling, redness or itching following surgery. Your doctor may ask you to avoid showering or bathing for 24 hours after the procedure, as it's important to keep the wound dry. He or she will provide instructions that will help you care for your wound and minimize scarring.
Mohs micrographic surgery is an effective alternative to traditional skin cancer surgery. If you're concerned about a suspicious spot or a change in a mole, call Encinitas, CA, dermatologists Drs. David Thomas, Margaret Hobson Dupree, and William Burrows of North County Dermatology Center at (760) 230-2805 to schedule an appointment.
Discover the best solution for getting rid of your wart.
While warts aren’t a cause for concern, we know that sometimes they can be a bit unsightly or grow in a spot that makes it rather uncomfortable or annoying. If this is the case, you may be wondering the best approach for getting rid of it. Our Encinitas, CA, dermatologists - Dr. David Thomas, Dr. Margaret Dupree, and Dr. William Burrows - have the answers you’ve been looking for regarding warts.
As you may be able to see from your local drugstore, there are quite a few over-the-counter wart removal products. You may find medicated patches, freezing products and salicylic acid solutions to help freeze or peel away the wart. Make sure to follow the directions completely. Those with diabetes or nerve damage may want to forgo these over-the-counter products, as they could irritate the skin and make the issue worse, and instead schedule an immediate appointment with a dermatologist to have the wart safely removed.
So, when should you visit a dermatologist about a wart? First and foremost, it’s important that you know that the growth is actually a wart and not something else. By coming in for a consultation we will be able to tell you definitively if you are dealing with a wart. If you’ve never had a wart before it can be difficult to figure out on your own and you’ll need a professional to diagnose it so that you know the best treatment options.
If the wart is in an awful spot, such as under your feet (plantar warts) or on your eyelid, chances are good that you want to get rid of this growth as soon as possible. We completely understand. Plus, since it’s in such as delicate area you may not want to try to treat the issue on your own. This is when you should come in for professional and safe wart removal treatment.
Here are some of the most common treatment options for removing a wart:
- Liquid nitrogen (Cryotherapy)
- Acid peel
- Surgical removal
- Laser therapy
Are you ready to turn to our Encinitas, CA, dermatology team to handle your wart problem? If so, we are happy to help. Turn to the skin care specialists here at North County Dermatology Center.
Acne is the most common skin problem for teenagers and young adults (ages 12 through 24), but adults are not entirely immune. According to statistics, approximately 20 percent of the 60 million Americans dealing with acne are adults. There are many myths and misconceptions about the causes and potential treatment options for chronic acne and breakouts, but the truth is that anyone can develop acne regardless of skin type or lifestyle factors like diet. Dr. David Thomas and Dr. Margaret Hobson Dupree, the dermatologists at North County Dermatology Center offer personalized skin care and acne treatment in Encinitas, CA.
Acne Prevention and Treatment in Encinitas, CA
Like most people, you've probably heard a long list of different things that lead to acne, from dairy products to your favorite chocolate bar. And while a healthy diet and thorough skin cleansing routine are important, there are no guarantees that you will not develop acne or suffer the occasional breakout, even if you do everything "right."
Properly cleaning your skin every day to prevent clogged and blocked pores is the most important step in lowering your risk of breakouts. Because everyone's skin is different, finding a skincare routine that works for you is key to maintaining clear, healthy skin. Other factors that can lead to acne include hormones and bacteria. In many cases, self-care and over the counter treatments are enough to handle mild to moderate and occasional acne breakouts and flare-ups. But if conservative treatments don't work or you suffer from chronic and severe acne, it is best to see a dermatologist to figure out the underlying cause, and to find the best treatment option for your situation.
Because acne can lead to scarring, dermatologists recommend that you avoid picking at or "popping" pimples in order to minimize the risk of permanent acne scars.
Find a Dermatologist in Encinitas, CA
The first step to a clear, healthy, beautiful complexion is the right skincare routine for your needs. For more information about acne treatment and other skin problems, contact North County Dermatology Center by calling (760) 230-2805 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Thomas or Dr. Hobson Dupree today.
Whether you're concerned about acne, wrinkles or thinning lips, skin treatments can help you look your best. Dr. David Thomas and Dr. Margaret Hobson Dupree of North County Dermatology in Encinitas, CA, discuss a few treatments designed to improve your appearance.
Botox is very effective in reducing wrinkles that occur when you make dynamic expressions, such as frowning or laughing. Botox injections temporarily block nerve impulses to the muscles under your skin, making it impossible for them to contract. As a result, the lines in your skin smooth out and are less noticeable. Botox treatment is a good option if you're concerned about forehead furrows, vertical lines between your eyes, crow's feet or lines around your mouth.
Fillers not only plump thin lips but also add volume to your face. As you grow older, your skin loses elasticity and begins to sag, causing lines and wrinkles. Injecting collagen, hyaluronic acid, poly-l-lactic acid or other fillers into your skin restores the natural volume of your face, making wrinkles less visible. Fillers plump cheeks and lips, smooth wrinkles and crow's feet, soften chin creases and lip lines, and make nasolabial fold lines less prominent.
Topical prescription medications called retinoids treat acne, reduce fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin texture. The vitamin A derivative works by speeding skin cell turnover and boosting the production of collagen, the protein that gives the skin its elasticity.
Chemical peels remove the outer layers of skin that contain wrinkles, pimples, discolorations and shallow acne scars. You won't see any changes the moment the peel solution is applied to your skin in our Encinitas office, as it usually takes a few days for peeling to start. When peeling is complete, your skin will be clearer, smoother and less wrinkled.
Laser skin resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing precisely targets problem areas of your skin, exposing it to short bursts of light which removes the outer layers and stimulates collagen growth. The skin treatment is recommended if you have fine lines and wrinkles, scars, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, age spots, sallow skin tone, birthmarks or acne.
Enhance your appearance with skin treatments. Call Dr. Thomas and Dr. Hobson Dupree of North County Dermatology in Encinitas, CA, at (760) 230-2805 to schedule your appointment.
What your dermatologists in Encinitas want you to know
If you’ve had a skin infection, you know how difficult it was to get rid of. Skin infections like chicken pox, shingles and ringworm are best treated by your dermatologist. Dr. David Thomas and Dr. Margaret Hobson Dupree at North County Dermatology Center in Encinitas, CA want to share their knowledge about a few common skin infections and their treatment.
Chickenpox is most common in children, and can be prevented by vaccination. It is caused by a virus and can be spread easily by coughing, sharing food, or by touching the infected area. Chicken pox forms as small red blisters which can itch. It’s important not to scratch or pick at the blisters because they can break open and spread the virus. The blisters should crust over in about 10 days. Soaking in a cool bath can be helpful.
Shingles is caused by a variant of the virus that causes chickenpox. It can form on one side of your body and wrap around from your spine to your chest. It can also appear on your forehead, nose and neck. Shingles is very painful and may itch. The blisters that form will break open and then form a crust as they heal. Shingles can cause systemic symptoms including fever and a headache. If you think you may have shingles, it’s important to visit your dermatologist who can prescribe antiviral and pain medications to reduce and relieve symptoms. There is also a vaccination to prevent shingles.
Ringworm is another common skin infection, occurring most frequently in children. It’s caused by a fungus, so it thrives in moist, warm places on the body including the scalp, groin, and feet. Ringworm appears as ring-shaped, scaly patches on your skin that can blister and eventually ooze liquid. It can be spread by sharing linens, clothing or personal products, or coming into contact with infected animals. Over-the-counter anti-fungal products and antibiotics can be helpful.
These are just a few of the skin infections your dermatologist can treat. For a complete list of skin infections and their treatments, please visit the skin infections page on the North County Dermatology Center website at http://www.northcountyderm.com/library/4251/SkinInfections.html
You don’t have to suffer the uncomfortable, unsightly effects of skin infections when help is just a phone call away. Get some relief by calling Dr. Thomas and Dr. Hobson Dupree at North County Dermatology Center in Encinitas, CA today!
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