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Dermatology

As the largest organ in the body and the most vulnerable to harmful exposure, the skin is subject to disease and imperfections, and also serves as an indicator of systemic disease within the body.

The diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions and their relationship to the rest of the body is a highly skilled specialty involving years of experience on behalf of the dermatologist.  Dermatology requires the physician to be both a general physician with extensive knowledge of all organ systems and a specialized physician with particular knowledge of skin problems and treatments.

Warts

Warts can be treated in many ways ranging from “acid” plasters and drops, to liquid nitrogen and even surgery in some instances.  The pulsed dye laser has been effective in removing warts, especially those which have not responded to these other more conventional treatments.  This laser, unlike its predecessors, does not break the skin thus minimizing pain, the risk of infection, as well as scar formation during the healing process. 

 

 
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Telangiectasia/Broken Capillaries

These are enlarged blood vessels that are often accompanied by surrounding blotchy redness of the skin.  Broken capillaries are caused by a variety of factors, the most common being over-exposure to the sun.  Vascular-specific lasers can easily remove the majority of these vessels.

 

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Angiomata

An angioma, also known as “spider angioma,” “cherry angioma,” or “senile angioma,” is a benign tumor consisting of small blood vessels in the skin.  They can occur anywhere on the body in individuals of any age.These respond well to laser treatment(s).

Laser Hair Removal

Hair can be successfully removed using lasers. The laser beam, a concentrated beam of light energy, passes through the skin to the hair follicle where it is absorbed as heat, damaging the follicle.  There are several types of lasers being used to remove hair.  The type of laser used and response of the treatments depends on a patients’ skin and hair color combination.

Pigmented Lesions

Pigmented lesions, sometimes called moles, result from increased brown pigmentation (melanin) in the skin, and often appear later in life.  Because these lesions are potentially malignant, it is important that all pigmented lesions be examined by a dermatologist.  Some pigmented lesions can be removed by  laser. 

 

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Lentigines/Liver Spots

Lentigines are commonly found on the face and exposed parts of the body in fair skinned individuals.  They tend to increase in number and color with sun exposure later in life. Liver spots,  commonly found on the face, back of hands and forearms have responded well to laser treatments.

 

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