- Acne Scars
After acne has occurred, patients may experience acne scarring. Even after the condition has been treated, these “craters” and depressions in the skin can be unsightly. These deep, permanent scars can be addressed with a number of different treatments, including surgical and non-surgical methods. Patients who visit Dr. Sidhu of Foothill Dermatology Medical Center may learn about the various techniques used to treat active acne blemishes, and reduce and refine acne scars on the face. Below are just a few treatments used to address acne scars.
Using a special device that helps in removing the upper layer of the skin, the skin begins to heal. Before treatment, patients may be made comfortable with anesthetics or topical treatments that can “freeze” the skin.
- Fractional Resurfacing
Using a special laser treatment, patients can undergo fractional resurfacing. This helps in rejuvenating the skin by removing the damaged, old skin cells while also stimulating the skin’s natural healing process. This increases collagen production, which can replace these cells with fresh, youthful skin. Patients will experience significant results in both texture and tone of their skin after fractional laser resurfacing.
- Excision / Punch Replacement Graft
During excision and punch replacement graft, the dermatologist will surgically remove the depressed acne scar and close it with a fine suture. While this may leave a scar on the skin, it will be far less visible than the deep, permanent depression previously there.
- Fat Transfer
Using patients’ own fat cells removed from another part of the body, Dr. Sidhu can transfer them to the acne scars to add volume and reduce their appearance. This form of treatment allows patients to rest easy and not worry about allergic reactions, as the cells are taken from their own body.
Rosacea is a skin disorder that causes extreme redness and flushing of the face. It can range from mild to severe, and many patients who experience this find themselves avoiding social situations due to embarrassment. When cosmetics can no longer disguise rosacea flare-ups, it’s time to see a professional for effective treatment.
Eczema, also known as dermatitis, is a condition that causes a rash, itching, and overall discomfort. Many times, it is caused by a trigger that results in this allergic reaction. During an examination, a dermatologist can help patients determine what caused the eczema and find a way to control it.
Psoriasis is characterized by itchy, scaly patches of skin on areas such as the elbows, knees, and trunk. It can be embarrassing for many; yet can be controlled with proper care. Dermatological treatments including topicals and oral medications can address active areas of psoriasis and control flare-ups.
- Sun Damage
Many years of tanning booths and sun exposure can result in the development of sun damage on the skin. This can also increase one’s risk for skin cancer. Sun damage can be reduced with treatments such as chemical peels, laser therapies, and dermabrasion.
- Hair Loss
Hair loss, also known as alopecia, can occur due to genetics, stress, medications, or a variety of other triggers. At Foothill Dermatology Medical Center, we can help patients determine the problem resulting in hair loss and find a solution to restore and rejuvenate thinning or lost hair.
- Fungal Treatment
Fungus can affect areas such as underneath the fingernails and toenails. Our practice can provide an effective diagnosis and an appropriate treatment to help address the fungal infection and bring the area back to health.
- Wart Removal
Warts are caused by the HPV virus, and they can be unattractive and uncomfortable for many. Our practice can remove warts and help control them to keep the warts from spreading to other parts of the body.
- Cosmetic Mole Removal
Some patients visit our practice to remove an unsightly mole from their skin. After the mole is biopsied to check for cancerous tissues, it can be removed in a number of different ways, including basic excision.
During curettage, tissues affected with skin cancer are scraped off with a very sharp instrument. This treatment option is typically chosen for smaller, superficial cancers. It may be followed with electric needle treatment to destroy cancerous tissues.
- Surgical Excision
For pre-cancerous skin cells, a surgical excision may be done to remove a growth, followed by stitches.
In some instances, Dr. Sidhu may use liquid nitrogen to freeze the cancerous tissue. This is called cryosurgery.
- Topical Chemotherapy
Chemicals used for chemotherapy can be applied directly to the skin’s surface, which are capable of destroying pre-cancerous growths.
- MOHS Micrographic Surgery
This advanced method of excision leaves as much healthy tissue as possible while removing cancer deep within the skin. This method is typically chosen for cancer that has reoccurred, cancer that is known for returning, or for patients who are having skin removed from a visible area of the body where aesthetics may be a concern.