Our dermatology team is experienced in treating common skin problems affecting people of all ages, including acne, rosacea, warts, eczema, and moles. Additionally, we are well equipped in the diagnosis and treatment of more complex skin conditions including vitiligo, psoriasis, and cutaneous lupus. The treatments we provide are safe, effective and state-of-art. We specialize in the detection and treatment of all forms of skin cancer, including melanoma.
TREATMENT METHODS INCLUDE:
Cryotherapy – This involves using liquid nitrogen to freeze and destroy skin growths, like warts, and pre-cancerous lesions called actinic keratoses
Curettage and electrodessication – This involves scraping and burning off skin growths such as skin cancers and other skin growths
Excision – This involves using sterile technique and local anesthesia to completely remove skin cancers or other lesions and then closing the wound with stitches in way that minimizes scarring and functional impairment.
Mohs Micrographic surgery (see below)
Narrow band UVB therapy (both whole-body and localized hand and foot unit) – This involves using a special machine to expose skin to wavelengths of light that are most effective at treating skin disease. Narrow band UVB is used to treat many conditions, including psoriasis, eczema, and vitiligo.
Blue light photodynamic therapy – A treatment for precancerous actinic keratoses. It involves the application of a special topical medication that is absorbed by precancerous skin cells. The medication is activated by the blue light, destroying the precancerous cells.
Pulse dye laser therapy – This involves using a concentrated beam of light to target blood vessels in the skin. Pulse dye laser therapy is used to improve the appearance of rosacea, birthmarks, scars and other unwanted blood vessels.
Mohs surgery is the most thorough and effective treatment for the most common forms of skin cancer. This extremely precise method allows us to remove a very thin layer of tissue and examine the excised tissue under a microscope during surgery – not after – so just the right amount of tissue is removed. This allows us to ensure that no healthy tissue is removed unnecessarily and helps contribute to the best cosmetic outcome.
Patients can also learn more about Mohs surgery and get answer to the most-asked questions about the prodecure.
We have two Mohs fellowship-trained dermatologist on our staff and we are happy to make this advanced technique available in Southwest Virginia.