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By Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center
July 18, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Mohs Surgery   Skin Cancer  

If you’ve been diagnosed with skin cancer, find out why surgery may be the number one treatment option.mohs surgery

If one of our Panama City, FL, dermatologists, Dr. Robert Siragusa or Dr. Charles Kovaleski, has recently diagnosed you with skin cancer, then you may be feeling on edge and concerned about how to treat your skin cancer effectively. If we’ve mentioned Mohs surgery you may be wondering more about this surgery and how it can benefit your skin.

What is Mohs surgery and why do I need it?

This procedure is one of the most effective ways to treat different kinds of skin cancer. While there are other skin cancer treatments out there, Mohs surgery offers a high efficiency rate and also preserves more healthy tissue than other treatments. Mohs surgery may be recommended if:

  • The cancer is widespread
  • The cancer is in a delicate or difficult-to-treat area that requires as much skin preservation as possible
  • The cancer has returned after undergoing other skin cancer treatment
  • The cancer is growing quickly

What should you expect from the procedure?

Before you undergo this procedure it’s always a good idea to familiarize yourself with what will go on when you come in for treatment. This way, you can address any questions or concerns with our Panama City skin doctor before we even get started.

While this is considered a surgery, it’s performed right here in our office under local anesthesia. This means the skin will be completely numb and you won’t feel anything but you will be awake. Once the area is fully numb, we will remove the first layer of the tumor. The sample will be examined under the microscope to check for the presence of cancer cells.

We will continue to remove one small layer of the tumor after another until there are no cancer cells present in the sample we collect. While Mohs surgery can take a bit longer than other skin cancer treatments, it’s a great way to preserve as much healthy tissue as possible, which also means a less extensive recovery period.

What should I expect after surgery?

Once the tumor has been removed, we will talk to you about reconstructive options for repairing the area to make sure that the skin looks as normal as possible. We will also discuss the best ways to care for your skin as it heals and when you’ll need to come in for a follow-up.

Do you have questions about Mohs surgery? Need to schedule your annual skin cancer screening? Then call Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center in Panama City, FL, today.

By Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center
January 30, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: skin products  

Learn about which products are best for your skin from your Panama City dermatologists.

The best skin care products clean and enhance your skin without irritating it. Dr. Robert Siragusa, Dr. Charles Kovaleski and Dr. Bret body washJohnson, your Panama City, FL dermatologists at Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center, explain what products you should avoid.

Products that contain oil

Oily skin care products are more likely to clog pores, which can cause or worsen acne. Look for moisturizers, cleansers, makeup remover, foundation and sunscreen labeled "oil-free" or "non-comedogenic" to prevent the problem.


Do you wash your face and your hands with the same product? Although using soap for all your cleaning needs certainly saves space in the bathroom, it's not a good idea if you want to keep your skin smooth and supple. Soap is very effective at cleaning the skin, but it's too strong for the sensitive skin on your face. Soap washes away nutrients, dries skin and makes it less elastic. Choose a gentle skin cleanser instead.

Products that feature fragrances

Fragrances make a product smell good, but they aren't the best choice for your skin. In fact, you may regret buying that jasmine-scented moisturizer when your face breaks out in a rash. Skin care products that contain fragrances can also make rosacea worse. If a product stings or burns when you apply it, even if it claims to be hypoallergenic and fragrance-free, stop using it.

Harsh exfoliants

Is "the stronger the better" your motto when it comes to exfoliating your skin? Although exfoliation is an excellent way to remove dead skin cells from your face, you don't have to use rough exfoliating pads or harsh products to see results. If you like products that contain exfoliating beads, look for options that contain smooth beads that won't irritate your skin.

Products that contain alcohol

Read the list of ingredients on the labels of products and skip those that contain alcohol. The substance can irritate and dry out skin and can make acne, rosacea and eczema worse.

Protect your skin by avoiding harsh products that can cause breakouts and rashes. Need a little help with your skin? Drs. Siragusa, Kovaleski and Johnson, your Panama City, FL dermatologists at Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center, can offer tips, products, treatments and medications that will help you look your best. Call them at (850) 769-7546 to schedule your appointment.

By Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center
December 02, 2016
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Skin Cancer   nutrition   skin care  

According to the National Cancer Institute, doctors diagnosed almost 1.7 million new cases of cancer just during the year 2016. Knowingnutrition your skin cancer risk factors and actively taking charge of reducing them can help prevent your risk of skin cancer. One way to do this is through your diet. Learn more about reducing the risk of cancer through your diet with Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center in Panama City, FL.

Your Diet and Your Skin
The condition of your skin tends to reflect the condition of your body. Similarly to your body, taking care of your skin often begins from the inside out with the foods you eat. Some foods like carrot, pumpkin and cantaloupe contain carotenoids, which help protect the skin against sunburn and wrinkling. The high levels of antioxidants found in tea can also help slow the breakdown of the skin’s chemicals like elastin and collagen.

Protecting Your Skin
The best way to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays is to know which precautions to take before stepping foot outside. Always wear a broad-spectrum sunblock with at least 30 SPF on exposed skin and reapply every two hours. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses helps protect your facial skin and eyes while wearing long-sleeved, tightly-knitted clothing helps keep the sun off of the rest of the body. See your dermatologist regularly for skin checks. This gives your doctor the opportunity to spot pre-cancerous or cancerous symptoms in their earliest and most treatable stages.

Skin Cancer Treatment in Panama City, FL 
Skin cancer treatment almost always involves a procedure to remove the cancerous cells from the skin. Depending on the size and severity of the cancerous area, your doctor may remove it after using a simple local anesthetic. More advanced cases will require surgery and, if necessary, chemotherapy to eliminate the cancerous cells.

For more information on skin cancer prevention or treatment, please contact Dr. Robert Siragusa and Dr. Charles Kovaleski at Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center in the Panama City, FL area. Call (850) 769-7546 to schedule your appointment with your dermatologist today!

By Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center
July 15, 2016
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Skin Cancer  

Are you concerned that a change in a mole or a new spot may be an indication of skin cancer? Robert Siragusa, M.D. and Bret Johnson, M.D., your Panama City, FL, dermatologists at Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center, are here to share several common skin cancer signs.Skin Cancer

Skin cancer signs

If you have skin cancer, you may have one of three types: melanoma, basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma. You'll find common signs for each type below.

Squamous cell carcinoma

Signs of squamous cell carcinoma may include a small, rough, red knot or lump on your skin, or a scaly, crusty patch of reddened skin. These cancers often develop on the hands, face or ears.

Basal cell carcinoma

You may also notice a bump on your skin if you have basal cell carcinoma, but the bump will be waxy or pearly. Other possible signs of basal cell carcinoma include a brown lesion that looks like a scar or a flat lesion that is the same color as your skin. These cancers may bleed if you bump them or may eventually begin to ooze. Basal cell carcinomas are common on the head, neck and chest.


Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and can develop anywhere on your body. Melanoma signs include:

  • Moles that develop irregular, rough or blurred borders
  • Moles that are irregularly shaped instead of round
  • A change in mole color
  • Moles that are larger than the eraser at the end of a pencil
  • Sores that don't heal
  • Itchiness or pain in a mole
  • Change in the texture of a mole
  • Bleeding or oozing
  • Redness or swelling surround a mole

When should I see my dermatologist?

If you notice any of these potential skin cancer signs, make an appointment with your Panama City, FL dermatologists. If they think the spot or mole is suspicious, your dermatologist will perform a biopsy to determine if it is cancerous. Skin cancer is treated by removing the mole or lesion and any surrounding cancerous tissue. In some cases, chemotherapy, radiation, photodynamic, biologic or targeted treatments may also be needed.

Contact Your Panama City, FL Dermatologist

A visit to your dermatologist is the best way to determine if a mole or lesion is cancerous. Call Drs. Siragusa and Johnson, your Panama City, FL, dermatologists at Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center, at (850) 769-7546 to schedule a skin cancer examination.


By Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center
May 18, 2016
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Healthy Skin  

Do you have trouble keeping your skin healthy and bright? If so, it may be time to schedule an appointment with your dermatologist. But how can you maintain your healthy skin between visits? Learn more about keeping your skin healthy with these tips from your Panama City, FL dermatologist at Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center.Healthy Skin

Hydrate Your Skin
Your skin is an organ made up of cells which are, in turn, made up of water. Keeping your skin hydrated is crucial to a healthy, glowing complexion. You can do this from the inside out by drinking at least eight glasses of water daily. Since your skin is the last organ to receive the water you drink, it is important to hydrate the skin from the outside as well. Use a moisturizer twice every day, preferably right after you get out of the shower and the pores are still open. Without sufficient hydration, the skin becomes tight, dry and flaky and is more prone to damage.

Protect Yourself From The Sun’s Harmful UV Rays
The sun has countless ill effects on your skin. You should wear a broad-spectrum sunblock of at least SPF 30 on all exposed parts of your skin, reapplying the sunblock at least every two hours. Reapply even more often if you are swimming or perspiring heavily. Additionally, wear a wide-brimmed hat and long sleeves and pants to keep the sun’s rays from reaching your skin. Protecting your skin from the sun helps prevent the chance of serious conditions such as skin cancer and severe sunburn.

Treat Your Skin Right
Take measures to treat your skin right. Try to limit the amount of time you are in a hot bath or shower as the hot water strips the skin of its natural oils. Make sure you are not rubbing your skin to dry off after your shower, but gently patting it dry. Additionally, avoid using heavily scented soaps and replace your razor regularly. Moisturize your facial skin daily using a moisturizer with an SPF.

See Your Panama City Dermatologist Regularly
Your dermatologist is the best tool you have to help you in your journey to healthy skin. Regular examinations allow your doctor to inspect your skin and monitor or test irregularities which could be skin cancer. Additionally, your doctor can work with you to determine the best way to keep your skin healthy.

For more information on maintaining your healthy skin, please contact your doctor at Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center in Panama City, FL. Healthy skin could be just a phone call away. Call (850) 769-7546 to schedule your appointment for a regular examination today!