General Dermatology services include:
- Skin Tag Removal
- Seborrheic Keratosis
- Sun Damage
- Skin Cancer
- Mohs Surgery:
Overview of Mohs Micrographic Surgery
Originally developed in the 1930s, Mohs micrographic surgery has been refined into the most advanced, precise, and effective treatment for an increasing variety of skin cancer types. With the Mohs technique, physicians can precisely identify and remove an entire tumor while leaving the surrounding healthy tissue intact and unharmed.
Success Rate of Mohs Surgery
The Mohs procedure involves surgically removing skin cancer layer by layer and examining the tissue under a microscope until healthy, cancer-free tissue around the tumor is reached (called clear margins). Mohs surgery has the highest success rate of all treatments for skin cancer – up to 99%.
Advantages of Mohs Surgery
Mohs surgery is unique and so effective because of the way the removed tissue is microscopically examined, evaluating 100% of the surgical margins. The pathologic interpretation of the tissue margins is done on site by the Mohs surgeon, who is specially trained in the reading of these slides and is best able to correlate any microscopic findings with the surgical site on the patient. Advantages of Mohs surgery include:
1. Ensuring complete cancer removal during surgery, virtually eliminating the chance of the cancer growing back
2. Minimizing the amount of healthy tissue lost
3. Maximizing the functional and cosmetic outcome resulting from surgery
4. Repairing the site of the cancer the same day the cancer is removed, in most cases
5. Curing skin cancer when other methods have failed
6. Other skin cancer treatment methods blindly estimate the amount of tissue to treat, which can result in the unnecessary removal of healthy skin tissue and tumor re-growth if any cancer is missed.
Narrowband UVB Treatment for Psoriasis
Studies have shown that:
Narrow band UVB light treatment uses the optimal part of the UVB light spectrum which slows growth of psoriasis lesions or re-pigmentation of one’s natural skin coloring.
Exposure time of narrowband UVB lamps can be longer than with traditional broadband UVB yielding more effective results. Recent studies have shown 75% clearing (PASI 75) with narrowband UVB.
Erythemal response (similar to sunburn) is nearly eliminated with narrowband UVB light.
Risks and side effects of other treatments such as systemic drugs have not been found with narrowband UVB light therapy.
NB-UVB therapeutic advantages for your skin condition
Psoriasis – Narrowband UVB light treatment provide faster clearing, less sun burning, and more complete disease resolution than traditional UVB and is much safer than biologics.
For more information or to schedule a consultation please call 760.568.9300 (Palm Desert) or 949.276.8090 (San Clemente) today.