General Dermatology

Full-Body Skin Exams

Full-body skin exams are an important tool in screening patients for benign or cancerous lesions that one may not detect or recognize on self-examination. We will inspect your skin from head to toe for any suspicious growths. This quick and painless preventive measure is an invaluable tool in the early detection of skin cancer, abnormal moles, as well as many other dermatologic conditions.

Skin Cancer Screening Treatment

The incidence of skin cancer is on the rise. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. Annual skin exams and skin cancer screenings can help detect suspicious moles,abnormal growths, precancerous spots, and skin cancer. Due to extensive sun (UV) exposure most of us have had, we are at an increased risk for skin cancer. Early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of skin cancer will improve cure rates and ensure the best outcome. Skin cancers found and removed early are almost always curable. We, at Westport Dermatology, will perform a step-by-step skin exam and educate you on what to look out for.

Moles/Dysplastic Nevi

A common mole is called a nevus. A small, well circumscribed, pink, tan, or brown bump on the skin. Most people have them, and most are benign. If a mole begins to change color, shape, size, or become symptomatic (i.e. itchy, painful, bleeding) it needs to be evaluated.

A Dysplastic Nevus is a mole with unusual features. It is usually larger, has irregular colors and borders, and is asymmetrical. People who have had multiple dysplastic nevi are at a higher risk for developing melanoma skin cancer.

At this time, the only way to diagnose melanoma is with a thorough skin exam and removal of suspicious lesions for laboratory examination.

Please schedule your full body skin check/mole check today!

Rosacea

Rosacea is a common, acne-like condition that causes redness and pimples on the face.  Although rosacea can occur in anyone, it most commonly affects middle-aged women who have fair skin.

Left untreated, rosacea tends to worsen over time. Rosacea signs and symptoms may flare up for a period of weeks to months and then diminish before flaring up again. Rosacea can be mistaken for acne, an allergic reaction or other skin problems.

While there’s no cure for rosacea, treatments can control and reduce the signs and symptoms. If you experience persistent redness of your face, see your doctor for a diagnosis and proper treatment.

Signs and symptoms:

  • Flushing and redness of the face
  • Broken blood vessels (spider veins/ capillaries)
  • Burning and sensitive skin
  • Ocular symptoms (irritated or
    swollen eyes)

Treatments include topical and oral medications, as well as laser therapy

Acne

Acne is the term for blocked pores (blackheads and whiteheads), pimples, and deeper lumps (cysts or nodules) that can appear typically on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders, and upper arms.

  • 17 million Americans currently have acne, making it the most common skin condition in the country
  • Teenagers and adults can get acne
  • Untreated acne can cause physical disfigurement (scarring) and emotional distress
Treatment for acne varies depending on the type and severity of lesions, as well as the patient’s skin type, age, and lifestyle. Options include:
  • Patient education
  • Latest topical and oral prescription medications
  • Accutane
  • Laser and light treatments
  • Personalized Skin Care Regimen
  • Chemical peels
  • Medical facials/extractions
  • Scar Management
  • Oral hormone therapy

Various Laser and light treatments for Acne

We partner with our patients to create a unique treatment plan.

Molluscum Contagiosum

Pink bumps similar to warts caused by the pox virus.  Molluscum bumps are common in children, spread easily on the skin, and are contagious to others.

Multiple simple treatments are available, similar to wart treatments.

Warts

Warts are skin growths caused by viruses. HPV, or humanpapillomavirus, and its subtype are responsible for most warts.  You are more likely to get one of these viruses if you cut or damage your skin.  Wart viruses are contagious, but not dangerous.

The following treatments are available for children and adults:
  • Cryotherapy –  (freezing procedure)
  • “Painting” – a mild acid or a blistering agent on the wart
  • Topical creams -which augment the local immune response
For hard-to-treat warts, we can explore other treatment modalities.

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