Dermatology Treatment in Gainesville, FL
Cosmetic dermatology can help to improve the appearance of the skin through a number of specific procedures such as vein treatment, filler injection, laser re-surfacing and surgical procedures. Dr. Poser can also treat skin conditions such as moles and skin tags, as well as providing treatment for both non-malignant and malignant skin cancers.
Most people have moles somewhere on their bodies. These are growths of skin cells that form in a cluster instead of being spread out across the surface of the body. Moles are generally black or brownish. They get their color from the melanin pigment that occurs in skin. Most moles are harmless unless they begin to change shape or texture. Some moles may itch or bleed, which means something is occurring in the cell renewal process that should be checked by a physician.
Skin tags are another type of skin problem that often occurs with aging, but young children can also develop these small tabs. They are overgrowths of skin tissue that can occur anywhere on the face, neck or other parts of the body. These are generally benign growths that sometimes occur on clusters that can become a problem to the person’s comfort or appearance. Skin tags tend to occur more frequently in people who are overweight. They do not require removal unless they are in the way of clothing or fasteners and become irritated from constant rubbing. Skin tags can be easily removed by a qualified physician using a number of techniques.
Atypical moles, called dysplastic nevi, resemble melanomas but are benign growths. They are unusual in size, shape or texture and require regular monitoring to ensure that they do not become malignant. In many cases, it is advisable to remove atypical moles before they develop cancerous cell growth. Your physician can advise you on the best way to remove these moles to provide the best appearance for your skin. Using sun protection is important for anyone diagnosed with atypical moles.
Malignant melanoma is a serious condition that often is first diagnosed by changes in the appearance of moles on the skin. It is caused by DNA damage caused by exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun. Some people are genetically more susceptible to developing malignant melanoma. Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer because it can spread to other parts of the body and can even cause death. A physician trained in dermatology in Gainesville, FL can make an early diagnosis of this condition so that the patient can be treated quickly for a full recovery.
Dermatologist in Gainesville, FL
Moles should be examined by the individual on a regular basis to ensure that any changes in size or texture can be brought to the attention of a Gainesville dermatologist. Because moles can occur anywhere on the body, many may be in areas that are not easily examined, such as on the shoulders or back. Patients should use a small mirror to help them see these hidden moles or employ the help of a friend, spouse or partner to examine the moles and note any changes. Any itching, redness, swelling, softening, hardening or tenderness should be seen by our Gainesville plastic surgery center or your doctor.