We place great emphasis on preventative skin care. With our holistic approach, we encourage full skin exams for all patients for early detection of skin cancers, precancerous lesions and atypical moles.
Pimples on the face, neck, chest and back are the result of skin pores becoming clogged with oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria. Most teenagers are affected by this skin disease in varying degrees, but adults may also battle with breakouts. Getting acne under control can prevent scarring of the skin and improve self-image. Let the experts at Signature Dermatology develop an effective acne treatment regimen for you.
Do you flush or blush easily? Do have redness, pimples, or swelling of your nose and cheeks? Rosacea surprisingly affects an estimated 14million Americans. The exact cause is still unknown but there are often times triggers that can cause a ‘flare-up’. The Dermatologists at Signature Dermatology can assist you in stopping the progression of rosacea, thus preventing permanent facial damage.
‘The rash that itches’ is often used to describe eczema or atopic dermatitis. This skin condition can present with irritated, swollen skin that may be scaly or leather-like. It is common in infants and toddlers. Eczema is caused by a hypersensitive reaction in the skin and is sometimes associated with seasonal allergies and asthma. While there is currently no cure for eczema, Drs. Cassandra and Costanza can accurately diagnose and treat this skin condition.
There are different kinds of warts but the most common usually grow on the hands. These not only look unsightly but they can spread on your skin and to others with whom you come in contact. Warts on the feet (plantar warts) can be especially painful. Warts are non-cancerous but are caused by a viral infection. Sometimes your own immune system or home remedy may cure your wart but often times assistance from a dermatologist is needed to help expedite the wart removal process. If you don’t want to wait for your warts to disappear call us at 614-777-1200 to schedule an appointment.
Almost 7.5million Americans suffer from psoriasis, a skin condition in which the immune system signals the skin to produce more skin too quickly. There are different types of psoriasis but it most commonly presents with thick, scaly skin that may be red, silvery or white. It typically occurs on the elbows, knees, lower back, scalp, or nails. Some types of psoriasis can progress and become associated with debilitating joint pain known as psoriatic arthritis. Psoriasis is unpredictable and chronic but fortunately there are many new exciting psoriasis treatments available. Drs Cassandra and Costanza are experts in effectively managing this lifelong condition.
These flesh-colored projections of skin occur on the body in areas of friction such as the neck, underarms, and groin but they can also occur on the eyelids. Luckily they are benign, but they can cause problems if irritated repeatedly by skin or clothing. If you have irritated skin tags and want them safely removed call us and schedule an appointment.
Actinic Keratoses, commonly called ‘AKs’, are precancerous lesions that commonly occur in sun exposed areas like the face, backs of hands, arms and scalp. They are caused by exposure to the sun over many years. They are rough, scaling areas and are sometimes tender. If left untreated, they have the potential to evolve into squamous cell carcinoma. Some treatments include cryosurgery (freezing with liquid nitrogen), chemical peels, curettage, topical chemotherapy, and photodynamic therapy. Our dermatologists will customize a treatment plan specific to your needs and lifestyle.
Squamous Cell Skin Cancer typically occurs in areas exposed to the sun like the face, scalp, chest and arms. It can present itself in many forms: a scaling area that will not heal, a dome shaped bump with a central core, a wart-like growth, or even an ulceration. If left alone, it will destroy the surrounding tissue like a cavity in a tooth. However, a small percentage can metastasize (spread to distant organs) and can be fatal. Treatment usually involves curettage, excision, or Moh’s Micrographic Surgery.
Basal Cell Skin Cancer (BCC) is the most common type of skin cancer. It typically occurs in areas of sun burn like the nose, neck, shoulders, and forehead. Commonly, it looks like either a shiny, scaling patch of skin, an irritated bump, or even an ulceration. BCCs act like a cavities in a tooth and invade the surrounding structures. Treatment usually involves curettage, excision, or Moh’s Micrographic Surgery.
Melanoma is a very serious type of skin cancer that can present itself as a new growth or from an existing mole that has changed. Melanoma can show up anywhere on the skin, and not just sun exposed areas. Common signs of melanoma include a growth that is asymmetric, has irregular borders, is multi-colored, and is growing or rapidly changing. Melanoma can be cured at early stages with excision. However, melanoma has the potential to be fatal. Self skin exams and annual full body skin exams here at Signature Dermatology are imperative to preventative skin care.
Atypical Moles (Dysplastic Nevi) are benign moles that resemble melanoma and are often removed. The more atypical moles one has, increases that person’s risk of melanoma. Patients who have these moles are discouraged to tan and to perform self skin examinations regularly. Any evolving or changing moles should be presented to your dermatologist here at Signature Dermatology immediately.
Cysts are benign growths that present under the skin and can become large, irritated, and sometimes infected. They often express a malodorous substance. Cyst removal can safely be performed with excision in the office by one of our dermatologists.