Dermatologists diagnose and treat more than 3,000 different diseases. The Skin Wellness Dermatology of Alabama is equipped to handle any dermatological need you may have. Our medical professionals are dedicated to educating and caring for patients of all ages. By staying highly aware of the latest, most effective medical and dermatologic developments and utilizing state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, our physicians expertly apply the science of skincare to the art of patient care on a daily basis.
At the Skin Wellness Dermatology of Alabama, we are committed to helping you to achieve healthy, glowing skin, hair and nails. But before your skin can shine its brightest, it must be fresh and disorder-free. Our goal is to give you the building blocks to maintain healthy, lasting skin that will carry you through life. Here you can learn about the most common skin conditions, their causes and how we can help you manage them.
The goal at Skin Wellness Dermatology is to provide dermatological care based on specific needs. Each patient is different and is best served by treatment plans devised accordingly. Because we see the individual, we have assembled a number of dermatology services to help our patients handle their skin concerns.
Cryosurgery has been used in the medical field for the past century. In dermatology, this type of treatment can address a variety of benign skin concerns. The medical professionals at Skin Wellness Dermatology have mastered the techniques of cryosurgery, assuring our patients’ safety and comfort throughout treatment. Originally, cryosurgery was performed with a dip and touch method, using a sterile cotton tip. Today, dermatologists may apply this type of therapy using a paintbrush method, the spiral or rotary pattern, or the spot freeze technique.
A quick, convenient treatment, cryosurgery may be used in the treatment of:
Molluscum contagiosum, or warts
There are advantages to cryosurgery for the treatment of benign skin lesions, such as the length of time needed for treatment. Because there is no need for local anesthesia or special equipment, cryosurgery can be completed in … read more
Most of us believe that acne is a disorder that affects only teenagers. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Controlled by oil glands and hormones, acne can also be influenced by other factors including stress, diet and makeup. After an evaluation and discussion, we’ll classify your acne and start you on a regimen tailored specifically for you. Once a regimen has been chosen, it’s important to note that treating acne is more like a marathon instead of a sprint.
Actinic Keratoses, or AKs, are better classified as precancers. If left alone to grow without treatment, these lesions have the ability to develop into destructive skin cancers that have a small chance of spreading to other parts of the body. The primary cause of AKs is the sun.
Alopecia means hair loss. The word is used to describe any condition that leads to loss of hair on any part of the body. Three of the most common forms are:
Alopecia Areata | Localized hair loss in round or oval areas with an exact cause that is not known, but may be reversible.
Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (CCCA) | Seen … read more
The field of electrosurgery is evolving, and the applications for this technique are rapidly expanding. Incisions done with this technology have less post treatment pain, even when it is used in deep tissue procedures. Reduced blood loss and faster incision times have contributed to a rapid rise in the popularity of this technology.
Dermatologists who stay at the forefront of technological advances have recognized the value of electrosurgery in the treatment of skin conditions. It can destroy skin growths or stop bleeding. It has replaced the use of a scalpel in many procedures including the removal of both malignant and benign skin lesions.
Electrosurgery is frequently used to treat a number of conditions including, but not limited to:
Milia – small white bumps that develop when skin flakes collect in tiny pockets near the skin’s surface
Seborrheic keratosis – common, small benign skin growths that resemble a wart
Actinic keratosis – pre-malignant lesions
Syringoma – firm, translucent or yellowish, papules typically found around the eyes
Comedones – small dark, white, or flesh colored bumps caused by acne
Angiomas – benign growths that consist of small blood vessels
Xanthomas – a buildup of certain fats under the skin
Skin conditions can affect even the most youthful skin, including infants and small children. Skin Wellness Dermatology of Alabama caters to the dermatology needs of the entire family, including children of all ages. As a child grows and experiences change, so does their skin.
Good skin care begins at an early age with simple sun protection, however sometimes the skin may need extra attention. Many skin conditions are unique to childhood, including molluscum, pityriasis alba, eczema, acne, and many others.
Some of these conditions can be alarming or worrisome, and can not only impact a child’s skin, but also their self-esteem. The medical providers at Skin Wellness Center of Alabama understand the concerns related to these conditions and are dedicated to providing compassionate care and the most innovative treatments for your child.
Education is the first step to initiate a successful treatment. Therefore, we not only know the importance of patient education, but parent education as well. We will ensure that your child’s skin condition, as well as the treatment plan is outlined clearly and a proper follow-up appointment is scheduled before leaving our office.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is an exciting non-surgical therapeutic option for patients who require stimulation of hair growth for hair loss conditions.
Recent scientific research and technology recognize PRP as an all-natural medical procedure that uses a patient’s own cells and performed in physician offices for scalp, skin and hair stimulation.
While the efficacy of the therapy has not been firmly established, many studies are slowly being published on the success of PRP. The safety data, however, are well established.
PRP works by taking advantage of the mesenchymal stem cells, rich in essential and specific growth factors, contained in human blood. It has been used as medical adjunct therapy for over two decades for wound healing and has been used in the fields of oral surgery, neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery. While PRP is in the early stages of scientific research in hair restoration, the results are promising but should not be used to replace traditionally therapies. Rather, PRP is thought to enhance the effects seen with DHT blockers (finasteride) and Minoxidil. In addition to hair restoration, PRP is widely used to stimulate facial rejuvenation through collagen production that … read more
Skin Cancer Surgery
Skin lesions do not have to be malignant to be concerning. If you have a skin tag, cyst, or other lesion that is causing you distress, the medical professionals at Skin Wellness Dermatology of Alabama can help you with the appropriate method of removal. Our patients are treated with plans tailored to fit their specific needs. In some situations, the surgical excision of skin lesions will be recommended.
To remove a problematic skin lesion, your board certified dermatologist begins making an outline of the treatment area with a skin-appropriate pen. A small amount of healthy skin is typically included within the margins of a treatment area. This is done to ensure that all affected tissue is removed. In cancerous lesions, it is difficult to visualize the extent of cancer cells. Taking a bit of normal-appearing skin is a way of obtaining predictable results.
Surgical excision is a procedure performed under local anesthesia. Following an injection of numbing medication, there should be no sensations of pain throughout the procedure, in which a precise incision is made around the lesion. Our incisions are made in such a way as … read more