New Technology in Port Wine Stain Removal

New Technology in Port Wine Stain Removal

A port wine stain is a benign birthmark that is caused by enlarged capillaries under the skin’s surface. These swollen capillaries produce a light pink to dark-red- violet discoloration of the skin.

Port wine stains can be found anywhere on the body, however, it is common for them to present on the head and neck. Often the biggest problem people with port wine stains experience is low self esteem, and psychological issues due to their negative cosmetic appearance.

The cause of port wine stains is not completely understood by medical professionals. What doctors believe is that port wine stains develop as a result of deficient or absent neurons that would normally regulate blood flow through the skin’s capillaries. As a result, the blood vessels are unable to constrict normally and remain permanently enlarged giving off a pink to red appearance.

In the past, port wine stains have been treated by freezing, surgery, tattooing, and radiation. These treatment options have shown limited success and have been replaced by pulse dye laser (PDL) technology. The laser targets the vessels, and, over time and multiple treatments, causes the birthmark to lighten and diminish in size. Usually a combination of different lasers is needed to significantly reduce the appearance of a port wine stain.

After a PDL session, the skin may look darker or bruised, but this typically lasts only 7 to 14 days. This treatment has also been found to be safe for infants, toddlers, and children.

Call Windsor Dermatology today to schedule your stain-removal consultation.

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Skin Cancer Cure can be done Outpatient with Mohs Surgery

Skin Cancer Cure can be done Outpatient with Mohs Surgery

A cancer diagnosis, in any form, can be a scary moment. Fortunately, for many with the most common forms of skin cancer, treatment can often be done outpatient and without significant side effects via Mohs micrographic surgery. The Mohs procedure (named for the doctor who developed the procedure in the 1930s) offers the highest cure rate for basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma skin cancers, even if a cancer has come back after previous treatment. In fact, Mohs surgery cures 99 percent of new cancers and 95 percent of recurrent cancers.

Because the roots of a skin cancer may extend beyond the visible portion of the tumor, the roots need to be removed to prevent recurrence.

Mohs Surgery is effective because it removes the diseased area in stages, layer by layer, and the tissue is examined by a Mohs-trained surgeon along the way. This type of treatment helps the physician determine if the tumor is completely removed after the surgery has been performed.

  • The surgeon removes the visible portion of the tumor using careful surgical techniques.
  • The surgeon next removes a deeper layer of skin and divides it into sections. With the help of technicians, the surgeon then color-codes each of these sections with dyes and makes reference marks on the skin to show the source of the sections. A map of the surgical site is then drawn to track exactly where each small portion of tissue originated.
  • In a laboratory, the surgeon uses a microscope to examine the undersurface and edges of each section of tissue in search of evidence of remaining cancer.
  • If the surgeon finds cancer cells under the microscope, he or she marks their location on the “map” and returns to the patient to remove another deeper layer of skin — but only from precisely where the cancer cells originated. This method ensures that the Mohs surgery results in the smallest scar possible.
  • Once the cancer has been removed, the surgeon repairs the wound using reconstructive procedures

Local anesthesia permits faster patient recovery and a lower risk of complications, especially for older patients.

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5 Ways to Settle your Eczema Flare-Up

5 Ways to Settle your Eczema Flare-Up

If you have been diagnosed with eczema, you’re in good company. Nearly a third of Americans experience the condition at some point in their lives. While there is no cure for eczema, there are a number of things you can do to help calm the itchy, dry and/or scaly patches during a flare-up.

  1. Wear clothing made of cotton and other soft fabrics. They should be loose-fitting to avoid rubbing and scratching the irritated areas.
  2. Apply prescribed creams and/or moisturizers daily. Always apply a moisturizer within three minutes of washing your hands or taking a bath to help lock in the moisture. (By the way, that bath or shower should be in lukewarm water, avoiding hot water whenever possible. Adding baking soda or bathtub-safe oatmeal to the water also helps.)
  3. Use a humidifier. Dry air leads to dry skin. Adding moisture to your home or work areas with a portable humidifier can make a significant difference in treating your eczema and helping prevent flare-ups.
  4. Apply cool, wet compresses. Cover the infected area with bandages to help sooth itching. And covering it with bandages will keep you from scratching.
  5. Talk to a dermatologist. Expert advice based on your specific needs will help you have the right medications and plan of action at hand when flare-ups occur. The team at Windsor Dermatology is ready to help you create a personalized treatment plan. Call today to schedule your consultation.
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Regular Body Checks go a Long Way to Catching Skin Cancer Early

Regular Body Checks go a Long Way to Catching Skin Cancer Early

If you or a family member has a history of skin cancer, you are well acquainted with a regular body check done by a professional – a head-to-toe examination in search of suspicious moles or other spots that could indicateother areas of concern. The healthcare provider will examine all areas of your body, including your scalp, face,neck, chest, abdomen, back, buttocks, and extremities. He or she will also check between your fingers andtoes, behind your ears, and possibly inside your lips. This is a painless exam without needles or lab tests. And while it may be a little embarrassing to expose so much of your body, it truly can save your life.

It’s a good idea, though, for everyone to do regular self checks so you can note if anything changes over time.What are you looking for?

  • New spots not seen during your last exam
  • Raised spots, especially if abnormal in color
  • Dry scaly areas
  • Spots that are asymmetrical and with an irregular edge
  • Moles that itch or tingle
  • Moles that weep or bleed

And, if you fall into one of these categories, even without a history of skin cancer, it’s probably best to let a professional take a look.

  • Fair skin or other skin that burns easily
  • Blue or Green eyes
  • Blond or Red hair
  • Many moles

Windsor Dermatology is available for body checks. Call today to schedule your consultation

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