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Unfortunately, over the years many people have been told by poorly informed, non-dermatologist, healthcare providers (or, in my case, by an unethical dermatologist) that every mole or funky-looking lesion needs to be removed because it is pre-cancerous. This simply isn't the case.
In our office, it is common practice to photograph lesions and ask patients to come back periodically so that we can make sure there have been no dangerous changes. Sometimes a mole is just a mole and there are a host of other kinds of lesions that may be prominent or unsightly, but are completely benign. You may, of course, choose to have something removed for any number of reasons. Just know that good care does not mean getting everything cut-out and biopsied. We have seen patients covered in scars from excisions that may not have been necessary. That's a shame and not something we would want to do to someone who has put their trust in us
Could medical dermatology help you? Of course, it can! Your Wilmington dermatologist at Delaware Valley Dermatology Group can treat you for a wide variety of medical skin conditions, including acne, warts, skin cancer and more. Dr. Michael Saruk and his professional associates are known for their impressive credentials and skills, but also, they deliver compassionate care that works. That's why Delaware Valley Dermatology Group has received the Top Doctor designation from Delaware Today for two years in a row. Learn here what medical dermatology can do for you.
It's different from aesthetic dermatology
Aesthetic dermatology takes care of how your skin looks, particularly as it ages. Medical dermatology, however, deals with keeping your skin healthy and treating it if problems arise. Dr. Saruk calls this the Continuum of Care, and patients of all ages and lifestyles find it beneficial Delaware Valley Dermatology Group.
Specifically, medical dermatology involves keeping the largest organ of your body--your skin--intact, well-vascularized and innervated, and doing what it should do. Your skin is responsible for your personal appearance, provides a barrier to injury and infection, regulates your temperature and perceives things such as pain, pressure and more. In short, your skin interfaces with the outside world. So you need to keep it healthy.
Unfortunately, both acute and chronic problems interfere with your skin's optimal functioning and your overall health and well-being. So Dr. Saruk and his team examine for, diagnose and treat a wide variety of skin conditions, including:
- Rashes from allergies and insect/arthropod bites
- Vitiligo (a pigment disorder)
- Skin cancer
Treating skin problems
You know your skin best. As such, you should perform a self-exam at home every month after the age of 40, noting changes in color, mole shape and texture and more. Then, you should see Dr. Saruk and his team annually for a visual inspection of your skin. This vigilance helps keep ahead of skin cancer, a potentially deadly problem affecting tens of thousands of American adults annually.
If you do have a problem such as skin cancer, your dermatologist at Wilmington can take you from the diagnostic stages, including on-site biopsy and lab analysis, to removal and follow-up. Dr. Saruk is fully qualified on the Mohs Micrographic Surgery technique which is minimally invasive and tissue sparing.
For other skin conditions, such as warts and psoriasis, he offers treatment with the precise Xtrac laser. This innovative instrument removes lesions anywhere on the body, including difficult to access areas such as behind the knees. Quick and painless, these laser treatments produce amazing results quickly and painlessly in qualified patients.
How's your skin?
Find out at a routine examination with your medical dermatologist at Delaware Valley Dermatology Group. For more information or to set an appointment, call the office in Wilmington, DE, at (302) 478-8532.
Shaving, plucking and waxing aren't the only ways to deal with unwanted hair. Laser hair removal gets rid of hairs painlessly and offers long-term results. Our Wilmington, DE, dermatologist, Dr. Michael Saruk of Delaware Valley Dermatology Group, LLC, discusses the laser hair removal process.
How does laser hair removal work?
Pigments in your hair give it its color. Short bursts of laser light heat the pigment, which damages your hair follicles and prevents hair from growing. Because laser light precisely targets the hairs, it doesn't damage your skin. Laser treatments often permanently prevent hair from growing, although some regrowth may occur. Regrowth can be easily managed with follow-up treatments in our office.
Is laser hair removal treatment painful?
If you don't like the pain of plucking or waxing, laser hair removal may be a good option for you. Although you'll probably experience a slight stinging sensation as the light penetrates the hair pigments, most people don't consider treatments to be painful. Before your treatment begins, you'll be given a pair of goggles, and a cooling gel will be applied to protect your skin and increase your comfort. Your skin may look a little red after your hair removal session, but that sunburned appearance will only last a day or two. Cold compresses can help decrease redness and warmth.
How many sessions will I need?
Three to seven sessions are generally needed to remove all of the hair from a particular part of your body. The length of time you'll spend in our Wilmington office depends on the amount of hair to be removed. Larger, hairier areas will require longer appointments. You'll need to avoid plucking or waxing your hairs for at least six weeks before your treatment session.
Results won't be immediately noticeable, as it usually takes a few weeks for your hair to fall out after treatment. Once it's gone, new hairs won't replace it.
What areas can be treated with laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal can be used to remove hair from many areas of the body, including:
- The upper lip
- Bikini line
Interested in scheduling an appointment for a laser hair removal treatment? Call our Wilmington, DE, dermatologist, Dr. Saruk of Delaware Valley Dermatology, at (302) 478-8532 to schedule an appointment.
Dermatologists help people maintain good skin health, but at Delaware Valley Dermatology Group in Wilmington, DE, Dr. Michael Saruk and staff also help people achieve their best look! Below are a few of the cosmetic procedures that our patients use to keep their skin not only healthy but beautiful as well.
Shaving to remove unwanted body hair is time-consuming, inaccurate and temporary, not to mention all the various nicks and cuts that inevitably go along with it. With laser hair removal from your Wilmington dermatologist, the distracting hairs that grow under your arms, on your legs, on your stomach or anywhere else can be removed permanently. Using a specialized laser that targets the hair while leaving the surrounding skin untouched, we can make smooth, clear skin a reality!
Wrinkles are formed by repeated muscle movement after many years. Since the muscles around the eyes and between the forehead are constantly used when smiling, frowning, talking and squinting, deep, noticeable wrinkles can form in these areas. To combat these unwanted signs of aging, your Wilmington cosmetic dermatologist can inject Botox from a tiny, precise needle to these muscles, causing them to stop moving for a few months, allowing your skin to smooth out and leave a much more refreshed and youthful appearance behind.
Like Botox, dermal fillers are an injectable, minimally-invasive way to rejuvenate your facial features. However, fillers from your cosmetic dermatologist in Wilmington are used for different purposes in different areas of the face. When the skin ages and the fat beneath it starts to dissipate, it can leave you with unwanted contours, lines and hollow spaces. Fillers "plump" these areas up - most often the lips, lower eyelids, and lines that form between the corners of the nose and mouth - to give you a firmer and more youthful appearance.
If you'd like to learn more about these treatments or any other cosmetic or medical dermatological procedures we offer at Delaware Valley Dermatology Group, contact us in Wilmington, DE to make an appointment today!
DOT (Dermal Optical Thermolysis) Therapy
DOT is a new and exciting way of reversing the appearance of aged or sun-damaged skin. Wrinkles, skin discoloration, sun-spots, skin laxity, and scars all may be reduced or eliminated with DOT therapy. This innovative, new laser procedure takes less than one hour in our office and may restore a more youthful appearance. While the aging process cannot be stopped, with proper care you can maintain your rejuvenated skin's appearance for many years. Because DOT Therapy delivers the desired outcome with minimal downtime, it is rapidly replacing traditional laser skin resurfacing as the treatment of choice for mild to moderate signs of photoaging and damaged skin.
During the procedure, a pattern of tiny scanned pulses of laser energy will be applied to your skin. The DOT Therapy laser precisely creates thousands of microscopic holes (DOTs) in your skin, which induce immediate skin tightening and stimulate new collagen growth. DOT therapy is designed to improve the skin's texture and tone, and to fight fine lines, deep wrinkles, and acne scars.
Unlike older laser technology, DOT Therapy leaves islands of healthy tissue surrounding the microscopic dots This enables your skin to heal more rapidly. Immediately afterward, you will experience redness and some discomfort similar to a sunburn. You may also experince some peeling after about three to four days. In most cases, your skin will return to its normal appearance in five to seven days. You should be able to wear make-up after the third day post- procedure.
For your comfort, you will receive a topical and/or injected local anesthetic just prior to treatment. Maximizing your comfort is our highest priority. People with unusually low pain thresholds can ask for a sedative, but you will not be able to drive yourself. We will need to be assured that you have a friend, relative, or taxi available to get you home safely. Having said that, many people have no difficulty tolerating the procedure with minimal anesthetic. The procedure lasts less than an hour. Once the procedure is over, a cold compress will be applied. During your recovery you will apply a hydrating lotion to keep your skin moist and to promote rapid healing. In most cases, you may resume your normal make-up application after three days.
DOT Therapy can be performed safely on most skin types. Many people get excellent results after just one treatment. However, your specific needs may require two to six visits. You will discuss this with your provider at your cosmetic consultation visit. Multiple treatments are usually spaced approximately, one month apart. However, spacing treatments further apart will not negatively affect your results.
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