We offer a variety of dermatologic procedures in a relaxing, friendly setting. Our office is located in Hilliard, Ohio at Mill Run in western Columbus, Ohio. Our two board certified Dermatologists perform skin biopsies, electrosurgery, cryosurgery, laser surgery, chemical peels, cyst removal, excision of atypical moles and skin cancers. Your Dermatologist will review your biopsy reports with you and educate you on of all of your surgical and non surgical options. Our physicians are experts at spotting skin cancers at an early stage, and they take pride in preventative skin care and full body skin exams. At Signature Dermatology, you can be assured that you will always be seen by board certified dermatologists, and no one else.
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
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
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 a 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.