From treatment of skin conditions such as eczema, acne, psoriasis and rosacea to removal of warts, moles and benign and malignant lesions, Lubbock Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center provides a full range of general dermatological services so patients of all ages can enjoy the healthy skin they deserve.
We also provide dermatology consultations for many of the surrounding physicians who refer patients to our center. Working in conjunction with other physicians, we can provide the optimal health for our patients with skin problems that may relate to other health problems.
For the improved appearance and health of the skin, we make prescription and non-prescription products available for our patients. We carry the Obagi and MD Forte lines of skin care products to improve the tone and texture of the skin.
Dermatology services are offered for infants, children and teenagers suffering from eczema, acne or other skin problems.
We work with many of the surrounding physicians including pediatricians and family practice physicians to help keep the skin of young patients healthy. We evaluate birthmarks on a regular basis for diagnosis and any needed treatment. We treatment chronic and acute skin conditions in newborns, infants, children and teenagers as well as adult patients.
At Lubbock Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center, skin cancer is one of the major focuses of our practice. We specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, follow-up, and prevention of skin cancer and its related disorders. An on-site laboratory facilitates the quick diagnosis and treatment of the most common types of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Mohs micrographic surgery (described below) is used to remove these two types of skin cancers in appropriate patients. This allows for precise removal of the tumor thus sparing the normal skin. This procedure then allows for smaller scars from the surgery. Many physicians refer us patients for this skin cancer treatment.
Follow-up of skin cancer patients is very important to help identify new or recurrent skin cancers at the very earliest sign. Skin cancers are easier to treat when found early. Also, education of patient for prevention is important to help reduce the number of skin cancers.
Mohs surgery involves the systematic removal and microscopic analysis of thin layers of skin at the tumor site until the last traces of cancerous tissue have been eliminated. The immediate and complete microscopic examination and evaluation of excised tissue is what differentiates Mohs surgery from other cancer removal procedures. Only cancerous tissue is removed, minimizing both post-operative wound size and the chance of regrowth. Five-year cure rates have been demonstrated up to 99 percent for first-treatment cancers and 95 percent for recurring cancers.
Mohs surgery is most commonly used for basal and squamous cell carcinomas, although it can be recommended for the eradication of other cancers such as melanoma. High precision makes Mohs surgery ideal for the elimination of cancers in areas such as the face (nose, eyelids, lips, hairline), hands, feet and genitals.
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Psoriasis is a term that encompasses a group of chronic skin disorders that affect any part of the body from the scalp to the toenails, but most frequently affect the scalp, elbows, knees, hands, feet and genitals. Over seven million men and women in the U.S. of all ages have some form of psoriasis, which may be mild, moderate or severe. In addition it may be categorized into different types: plaque, pustular, erythrodermic, guttate or inverse psoriasis. Most forms involve an itching and/or burning sensation, scaling and crusting of the skin.
Psoriasis cannot be cured but it can be treated successfully, sometimes for months or years and occasionally even permanently. Treatment depends on the type, severity and location of psoriasis; the patient's age, medical history and lifestyle; and the effect the disease has on the patient's general mental health. The most common treatments are topical medications, phototherapy, photochemotherapy (PUVA), and oral or injectable medication (for severe symptoms).
Lubbock Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center also offers phototherapy (light treatment) for appropriate patients. We have stand-up units and well as a hand/foot unit. The newer injectable biological agents are also used for patients with more severe psoriasis.
Acne is the term for the blocked pores (blackheads and whiteheads), pimples, and deeper lumps (cysts or nodules) that can appear typically on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and upper arms. Seventeen million Americans currently have acne, making it the most common skin disease in the country. While it affects mostly teenagers, and almost all teenagers have some form of acne, adults of any age can have it. Acne is not life-threatening, but it can cause physical disfigurement (scarring) and emotional distress. Treatment varies depending on the type and severity of lesions, skin type and the patient's age and lifestyle, but on average results are visible in six to eight weeks with medical treatment. Options other than medications include:
- Laser Treatment (Smoothbeam and V-beam)
- Blue Light Phototherapy
These procedures are performed routinely for our acne patients in our on-site laser center, Laser Dynamics.
Rosacea is a chronic skin disease affecting about 14 million Americans that causes redness and swelling on the face and also occasionally the scalp, neck, ears, chest, back and/or eyes. Although it can affect anyone, rosacea typically appears in light-skinned, light-haired adults aged 30-50. Symptoms range from red pimples, lines and visible blood vessels to dry or burning skin and a tendency to flush easily, but many people find that the emotional effects of rosacea - i.e. low self-confidence and avoidance of social situations - are more difficult to handle than the physical ones. It is not yet known what causes rosacea and the disease is not curable, although it can be treated in many ways, including topical and oral medications, laser therapy and laser surgery. Early detection and intervention are essential to achieve the most effective results, or to reduce the severity of symptoms if rosacea has already progressed.
V-beam laser is excellent in improving the redness and removing the visible veins associated with rosacea. We have many patients who were able to reduce or eliminate their medications for rosacea after a few sessions of V-beam laser treatment.
||V-beam laser is performed in our on-site laser clinic, Laser Dynamics.