DERMATOLOGY

Medical Dermatology

Our facility offers a full array of dermatological services to help you maintain healthy skin. In many cases this can be effective treatment for inflammatory skin disease or infectious disease processes. These problems problem often require a solution in terms of a medicated cream or oral medicine by mouth. These can be facilitated by a local pharmacy.

Provider-Patient Relationship

A dermatology evaluation from one of our providers is the first step in receiving personal individualized care for your existing skin concern or symptoms. The provider-patient relationship is a good foundation upon which your skin type will be evaluated and you may elect to explore options that involve our aesthetic procedures and skin care products.  

Skin Conditions

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Acne

Acne is a common problem experienced by a majority of adolescents and adults at some point during life. While not a serious health condition, the cosmetic symptoms of acne can be troublesome and untreated acne can also lead to physical scarring.

Age & Sun Spots

Also known as sun spots, solar lentigines, liver spots or freckles, age spots occur in response to cumulative sun exposure. However, they get the name “age spots” because they usually start becoming more visible with age (commonly in the 40′s). Not to be confused with ephelides (the tan freckles that appear in the summer and disappear by winter), age spots are permanent dark areas that do not fade over time.

Allergy Testing And Therapy

It is common to observe a patient in need of Allergy Testing or Allergy Therapy when patients are seen in the setting of full service dermatology. There are several risk factor that we encounter in our everyday environment. As well, there are also several dietary risk factors for food allergies that we perform diagnostic tests for also.

Birthmarks

Birth marks are extremely common and usually harmless skin abnormalities present when a baby is born. Our providers will often examine the birth mark to determine whether further treatment is necessary or if the mark should be monitored. Usually no treatment is required unless the birth mark takes the form of a mole. While most birth marks are nothing to worry about, it’s common to have them removed, especially if they are particularly large or otherwise noticeable. Our  Signature Licensed Skin Therapists at Belle Lumiere know that even when a birth mark does not pose a health risk, it may still be aesthetically preferable to have it diminished or removed altogether.

Dermatitis

There are a number of growths that can appear on different surfaces of the skin. Some are perfectly benign (normal) and others require removal due to risk of infection, skin disease, or skin cancer. There are many moles that lend themselves to medical reassurance and cosmetic mole removal. 

Dermatitis encompasses a wide variety of skin conditions, all of which are characterized by an inflammation of the skin. Symptoms can include (but are not limited to) blistered, oozing, flaky, itchy, swollen, or reddened skin. Dermatitis is extremely common and generally not serious, but it can make you feel self-conscious and uncomfortable. We have extensive experience diagnosing and treating dermatitis and can work with you to determine the best course of treatment for your symptoms.

Eczema

Eczema is a very common, chronic skin condition that’s distinguished by irritated, inflamed, and itchy patches of skin. Eczema is not life-threatening but can cause itching, which typically induces scratching that can produce infection—making the condition more serious than a regular rash.  Eczema is believed to occur because of an overactive immune system response while other theories state that it’s caused by an overly sensitive epidermis; however, the most common theories include genetics, household products, beauty products, chemicals, certain foods, living organisms (mold, dust mites, etc.), fabrics and the environment.  If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer, you are not alone. More than 3.5 million people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the United States. A diagnosis of skin cancer is cause for concern, but is not necessarily life threatening if treated appropriately nor does it need to be disfiguring. There are several different types of skin cancer as well as different types of treatment for skin cancer. One of the major aims for our patients that visit our facility include skin cancer screening, biopsy testing, and skin cancer treatment if needed.

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Hair Loss

Hair loss conditions can be frustrating for anyone who encounters such issues, including men, women, and even children. Therefore, our Signature Licensed Skin Therapists strive to ensure that every patient leaves the practice fully informed about their hair loss prevention and hair loss treatment options. Sudden, temporary hair loss may occur due to flu, pneumonia, stress, systemic disorders of pituitary gland, low thyroid activity, diabetes, nutritional deficiencies, tuberculosis, or cancer. Sudden hair loss is frightening, but in most cases, hair returns once the illness is gone or managed.

Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation is a harmless skin condition in which the body over-produces the pigment melanin causing the appearance of dark, blotchy patches of skin. Hyperpigmentation occurs most commonly on areas of the face including the forehead, cheeks, upper lip and chin. Typically after the age of 30, hyperpigmentation becomes more visible on areas of the body in the form of age spots. Often the result of overexposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, hyperpigmentation has no other symptoms but is often the cause of cosmetic anxiety.

Hypopigmentation

Hypopigmentation is frequently diagnosed when a patient’s skin cells lose pigment as a result of reduced melanin production. Loss of pigment results in a lightening, or whitening, of the skin, and can occur in patches of widely varying sizes. One patient’s entire face or back may be affected, while another patient may experience only small coin-sized patches of hypopigmentation.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic disease of immune dysregulation that causes a dry, reddish and scaly rash that is characterized by increased speed of cell production.  Originating from the Greek word psora, meaning “being itchy,” psoriasis is a common skin condition that affects nearly 7.5 million people in the United States.  Normally, skin cells reproduce every 21-28 days.  With psoriasis, skin cells reproduce at a much faster rate of two to six days.  The accelerated cell production then causes constant shedding of the skin as the older skin cells are replaced with new skin cells.  There are various types of psoriasis that can develop from various triggering agents in all parts of the body and require specific treatment based on the severity of the psoriasis.  While psoriasis is a non-contagious skin disorder, many people experience social anxiety as the effects of psoriasis are generally noticeable.

Rosacea

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition characterized by the appearance of redness or inflammation, broken blood vessels and acne-like pimples on the central face including the cheeks, chin, nose and forehead. In rare cases, the symptoms of rosacea are visible on the neck, ears, chest and scalp. Rosacea typically manifests itself in Caucasian adults over the age of 30, most commonly among women, but it can be present in people of any race, ethnicity, sex or age. Certain triggers, which vary by individual, are known to aggravate the symptoms of rosacea. These triggers can include sun exposure, food, stress, heavy exercise and extreme temperatures.

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Skin Cancer

 

Skin Cancer According to the American Academy of Dermatology, “Skin cancer is the most prevalent of all types of cancers. It is estimated that more than one million Americans develop skin cancer every year.” The sooner preventative measures are taken the better your chances are it won’t spread. Skin cancer is not reserved just for those who spend weeks in tanning salons. In fact, many types of skin cancers develop as a result of cumulative sun exposure. Even those times when you were barely sun burned can be damaging.

Shingles

Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus – the same virus that causes chickenpox. Because viral infections cannot be cured, the virus simply lies dormant after recovery from chickenpox and may or may not reactivate during adulthood as shingles. Shingles is frequently characterized by a large stripe or band of painful blisters around one side of the torso, though it can also show up in patches of varying size on other parts of the body, such as the face or even the scalp.

Spider Veins

Spider Veins are the small, dilated veins found frequently on the thighs, around the knees, on the calves, and around the ankles. Caused by the backup of blood circulation, spider veins are easily visible through the skin of the legs and face because of its close proximity to the skin’s surface, and appear as small, red, purple and blue vessels that resemble jagged tree branches or spider webs.

Sunburn

Sunburn occurs when the skin is exposed to too much sun without the protection of clothing or sunscreen. Sunburn is the result of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun damaging the skin because it cannot produce its defensive pigment, melanin, fast enough to protect itself from the damaging rays. Though it is more frequently seen in persons who have less pigment in their skin, even patients with darker skin tones can get sunburned.

Varicose Veins

Varicose Veins are generally painless black or blue swollen, twisted veins that are visible under the surface of the skin. Occurring mainly in the leg, calf, ankle and foot, varicose veins are caused by faulty valves within the veins due to increased pressure of the lower body from walking or standing upright for extended periods of time.

Wart Removal

Warts are skin growths spread by direct contact with types of human papillomavirus (HPV). The virus infects the outermost layer of the skin, causing skin cells to over grow rapidly. Because HPV can infect only the top layer of skin, it can live on without causing infection. However, once it infects skin cells beneath the surface by entering the body in an area of broken skin, such as cut or scrape, a wart begins to grow.