According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), more than 84.5 million—one in four—Americans have a skin disease.
Whether you’re a statistic or you just want to keep your skin blemish-free and radiant all year round, you will greatly benefit from the expertise of a dermatologist. Here’s how a dermatologist can help you with your skin concerns.
Providing Specialized Care for All Types of Skin Conditions
A dermatologist can do a comprehensive assessment to determine the type of skin condition you have. Based on the results, they will recommend the most suitable treatment option for you, which will likely be any or a combination of any of the following:
- Oral medications (e.g., antibiotics, antifungal drugs, corticosteroids, etc.)
- Laser treatments
- Topical solutions (e.g., creams, ointments, lotions, etc.)
- liquid nitrogen
- skin biopsy
Tackling Skin Cancer
Skin cancer most frequently develops on sun-exposed areas of the skin, such as the face, lips, ears, arms and chest. However, it can also occur on areas not exposed to sunlight.
Skin cancer has three main types, namely basal cell carcinoma, melanoma, and squamous cell carcinoma.
Symptoms of skin cancer include the following:
- New skin lesion that continues to grow, or does not heal or disappear in four to six weeks;
- Skin lesion that has an irregular border;
- Mole or birthmark that bleeds or changes in size, color or feel;
- Skin growth that continues to burn, itch, hurt, crust or scab over, becomes a sore, or bleeds for several weeks
A dermatologist can perform a skin biopsy to ascertain whether the skin changes you’re experiencing are those of skin cancer and the type you have. From there, the dermatologist will determine the appropriate treatment option for you.
If the dermatologist is fellowship-trained in Mohs micrographic surgery, they can help you tackle the disease with great success. Mohs micrographic surgery, which is a precise technique, offers the highest cure rate among all types of skin cancer treatment methods—up to 99 percent.
Addressing Cosmetic Problems
Aside from providing medical skin treatments, a dermatologist also offers a wide range of skincare products and aesthetic procedures (e.g., dermabrasion, microneedling, injectables, laser treatments, and chemical peels, etc.), designed to address the following issues:
- Acne scars
- Facial redness
- Freckles, melasma (brown or blue-gray patches), and other types of skin blemishes
- Rough skin
- Sagging skin on the face and neck
- Unsightly veins (spider veins)
- Unwanted hair
- Unwanted tattoos
Trusted Dermatologists in Georgia
Whatever type of skin problem you have, our board-certified dermatologists here at Georgia Skin Cancer & Aesthetic Dermatology can provide you with the effective solution you need. Our specialists are best known for their expertise and the unmatched treatment outcomes they deliver for all types of skin problems—both medical and aesthetic—helping you get literally comfortable in your own skin again.