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By Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center
October 03, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Anti-Aging  

Learn more about anti-aging treatments from your Panama City dermatologists.anti-aging

Want to look younger? Anti-aging treatments make it easier to turn back the clock. Dr. Robert Siragusa and Dr. Charles Kovaleski at Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center in Panama City, FL, offer anti-aging treatments to their patients. Read on to learn more about these four anti-aging treatments.

1. Dermal Fillers- Dermal fillers such as Sculptra, Juvederm, and Restylane are used as an effective treatment for fine lines and wrinkles. Dermal fillers will smooth wrinkles by replacing the collagen lost due to skin damage or natural aging. Dermal fillers can also be injected above the soft tissue of the cheeks, lifting the area to correct a sunken or aged appearance.

2. Chemical Peels- Chemical peels can be used to treat fine lines and wrinkles, improve the appearance of scars, treat acne, and reduce spots, freckles and dark patches. In this treatment, an acid solution is applied to the skin, which causes it to peel off. The new skin is smooth and less wrinkled than the old skin.

3. Dermabrasion- Dermabrasion is used to treat defects and damage in the upper layers of the skin, such as fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, scars caused by surgery, and color changes in the skin. This procedure involves removing the superficial layers of skin with a rapidly revolving abrasive tool. This process wounds the skin, causing it to bleed. As the wound heals, new skin cells grow to replace the old cells.

4. Laser Resurfacing- Lasers are more effective than ever—for nearly every skin problem under the sun. Laser resurfacing treatments utilize an intense light beam to treat your skin. This procedure is commonly used to treat scars, blemishes, age spots, fine lines, wrinkles, stretch marks, sun damage, and hyper-pigmentation.

If you want to watch your skin issues disappear from your eyes, call Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center at 850-769-SKIN (7546) now to schedule an appointment in Panama City, FL. Our anti-aging treatments will make you look even more beautiful tomorrow than you do today.

By Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center
May 11, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: skin care   mole  

Moles are growths that can appear anywhere on the surface of the skin. These moles can be flat, raised, rough, smooth, single or in molemultiples. They usually happen when cells that are responsible for skin pigments grow in clusters instead of spreading out. These moles generally are small in size, at just one-quarter inch. While most moles are harmless, it’s important to be regularly examined by a Panama City, Florida, dermatologist from Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center to make sure you remain healthy.

More about Moles

Any changes in color, shape, size or texture can indicate cancer growth. Moles that have a higher chance of becoming cancerous are those irregularly-shaped ones that are larger than average and have dark brown centers and light uneven borders are risks. Also, individuals with 50 or more moles are at a higher risk for skin cancer too. This makes it that much more important to have a yearly skin check with a Panama City, Florida, dermatologist from Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center.

Abnormal moles can become scaly, painful or even bleed. Keep an eye on your moles in order to detect any changes early. A visual check of the body once a month is important. By following the American Academy of Dermatology’s guidelines, you can determine whether or not a mole is becoming cancerous:

  • Asymmetry: Does the mole match the other half in shape, size or color?
  • Border: Are the edges scalloped, poorly defined or irregular?
  • Color: Is the mole the same color throughout it?
  • Diameter: Is the mole greater than 6 millimeters?
  • Evolving: Is the mole different from others on the skin?

If any of these things occur, make an appointment immediately with a professional dermatologist to be examined. A biopsy can be done to determine whether or not the mole is cancerous and it can be surgically removed quickly.

For more information on moles and knowing when you should be checked out, schedule an appointment with a Panama City, Florida, dermatologist from Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center today by calling 850-769-7546.

By Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center
March 22, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne   Dermatitis   Psoriasis   Sun Damage  

Let us help you achieve glowing, radiant and healthy-looking skin.dermatology

There is nothing more beautiful than gorgeous skin. It’s the largest organ of our body, and also the most noticeable. Our Panama City, FL, dermatologists Dr. Robert Siragusa, Dr. Charles Kovaleski and Dr. Bret Johnson want you to be comfortable in your own skin, which is why they provide an array of services to nip skin problems in the bud:

Acne

While there are certainly some lifestyle changes we can recommend for reducing acne outbreaks, in many cases people have tried a lot of different over-the-counter treatments and cleansers without getting the relief they had hoped for. If this sounds like you then our Panama City skin doctors may have some answers. Through medications like antibiotics, retinoids, oral contraceptive (for hormonal acne) or isotretinoin we can tackle everything from mild to severe acne problems. It may take some time to find the treatment that is right for you, but we are dedicated to getting you clearer skin.

Dermatitis

PUVA is a UV treatment that may be a good course of action if you have severe dermatitis or a case that is more difficult to treat. Medication is taken a few hours before standing inside the UVA booth. Treatment sessions often occur a couple times a week. Over time, the amount of light that we use to treat your dermatitis will increase.

Psoriasis

We are thrilled to be able to offer the Xtrac laser treatment to treat mild-to-moderate forms of psoriasis. If topical treatments haven’t provided you with the results you’ve been hoping for then this laser therapy could. The laser is directed over individual plaques and the procedure only lasts up to 20 minutes. Plus, it’s non-invasive and completely painless.

Sun Damage

If years of basking in the sun have taken its toll then our photodynamic therapy system may be a great way to treat the earliest signs of skin cancer, also known as Actinic Keratosis. First, a special topical treatment is placed over the areas. By applying a photosensitizer over the skin and then directing the light source over the area, the light can effectively kill off these damaged skin cells. This procedure can be performed just about anywhere on the body.

Whether you have skin imperfections or just want to give your skin a little cosmetic enhancement, the experts at Dermatology Associates Skin & Cancer Center in Panama City, FL, are here to help.

By Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center
September 19, 2016
Category: Skin Care

Proper care is the key to healthy skin. Robert Siragusa, M.D.; Charles Kovaleski, M.D. your Panama City, FL dermatologists at skin type careDermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center share a few skin care tips that will help you keep your skin looking and feeling good.

Normal Skin

Normal skin simply means that your skin isn't overly dry, oily or sensitive. Caring for normal skin is uncomplicated and involves using a mild cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen daily. To keep your skin looking great, wash off makeup before you go to sleep and avoid harsh products that can irritate skin.

Dry Skin

Flaky, patchy skin cannot only be unsightly, but also uncomfortable. Dry skin can be caused by cold or windy weather, changes related to aging and taking hot showers and baths. In addition to lowering the temperature when you bathe, you can also improve the condition of your skin if you:

  • Decrease the time you spend in the tub or shower: Avoiding long soaks can reduce dry, tight skin.
  • Avoid scrubbing your skin: Instead use gentle motions and a mild cleanser.
  • Use creams and ointments: Lotion may not remain on your skin long enough to offer real benefits.

Oily Skin

Shiny patches on your face or enlarged pores can be signs that you have oily skin. You may also experience problems with acne if excess oil clogs your pores. Using acne products that contain benzoyl peroxide or retinols, or trying a topical prescriptions medication that contains tretinoin can help minimize breakouts. Keep your skin oil free by washing it with a mild cleanser twice a day and dabbing it gently with blotting papers to remove excess oil. Look for oil-free moisturizers and sunscreens to avoid making the problems worse.

Combination Skin

Managing combination skin can be difficult since parts of your skin are oily, while other areas are dry. Gentle cleansers are also best for this skin type. Spot treatments can help even out your skin. Apply topical acne medications if pimples appear on the oilier parts of your skin and use thicker creams and ointments to add moisture to dry patches.

Do you have concerns about your skin? Call Drs. Siragusa and Johnson, your Panama City, FL, dermatologists at Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center at (850) 769-7546 to schedule an appointment.

By Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center
March 14, 2016
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Mohs Surgery   Skin Cancer  

Removing every trace of skin cancer is the key to preventing recurrences of this deadly disease. The Mohs surgical technique allows mohs surgerydermatologists to precisely target only the areas of the skin affected by skin cancer. Robert Siragusa, MD, Charles Kovaleski, MD, and Bret Johnson, MD, your Panama City dermatologists at Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center, answer a few questions about the surgery.

What's different about Mohs surgery?

Traditional surgery for skin cancer involves removing not only the cancerous skin but a significant area of healthy skin surrounding it. During a Moh's surgical procedure, your dermatologist removes cancerous skin one layer at a time and uses a microscope to confirm that every trace of the cancer has been removed. This innovative technique not only improves the cure rate but also results in a smaller scar.

When is Mohs surgery recommended?

Mohs surgery is commonly used to treat basal and squamous cell skin cancer your head, face, necks, hands, feet or genitals.

What happens during surgery?

After you receive a local anesthetic to numb your skin, your doctor will remove small areas of the tumor layer by layer and examine each layer under a microscope before removing the next layer. When he no longer sees any evidence of cancer, surgery will be over. If the surgical site was small, no stitches may be needed. Larger sites may require stitches or skin grafts.

How long does recovery from Mohs surgery take?

Most people don't experience much pain after Mohs surgery. If you do experience pain, acetaminophen can help you feel more comfortable. Some scarring is inevitable, although thanks to the skin-sparing techniques used in Mohs surgery, your scar will be smaller and less noticeable.

Are you concerned about a mole or spot on your skin? Call your Panama City Dermatologists Drs. Siragusa, Kovaleski and Johnson at Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center in Panama City at (850) 769-7546 and schedule an appointment today.