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Medical Dermatology

Medical Dermatology

At Academy Skin Physicians, our dermatologist is specialized in the diagnosis and  treatment of diseases that involve the skin, hair or nails.  We provide a comprehensive array of dermatologic care for our valued patients and their families.  We offer you our dedication to finding out your dermatologic concerns and will work with you in treating your conditions with the most appropriate, progressive therapies.

Our specialty is in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. However, a list of some of the more commonly treated conditions in our office include acne, rosacea, warts, moles, cysts, hair loss, scalp conditions, rashes, allergic skin disorders, nail diseases and pigment or discoloration of the skin. 


Skin Cancer Screenings and Skin Cancer Services

Skin Cancer

Many of our first meetings with patients occur as a result of their concern for the health of their skin.  For those with a family history of skin cancer, it is a good idea to have a thorough examination of your skin by our dermatologist.  This evaluation can give you some insight as to whether you have lesions that are at risk for developing future skin cancers or if you have existing skin cancers.  For precancerous spots, these areas can be treated to prevent the possibility that they may become skin cancers.  If you have an existing skin cancer, Dr. Truong can surgically remove these for you to prevent further destruction of your skin.  The most common type of cancer is basal cell carcinoma, which encompasses the majority of skin cancers found in the United States.  This is a very slowly growing skin cancer which may appear as a red bump on sun-exposed skin.  If treated promptly, this type of skin cancer rarely metastasizes.  Other types of skin cancers are squamous cell carcinoma, which has a little higher spread rate than basal cell carcinoma, but is not as worrisome as melanoma.  Early treatment of skin cancers is important because cancerous skin cells can invade and  destroy adjacent tissue.

For those who do not have skin cancers, Dr. Truong can counsel you on ways to minimize your risks and to prevent future skin cancers.

Rosacea

RosaceaApproximately 15 million Americans have rosacea.  This condition is associated with chronically red skin which is characterized by easy blushing or flushing due to situational, emotional or environmental stress.  Over time, the chronic blushing and flushing creates enlargement of the pores on the forehead, nose, cheeks and chin.   Thus, rosacea prone skin has an irregular texture with dilated pores and multiple "broken blood vessels" or telangiectasias. Risk factors for rosacea include heredity and fair skin.  Symptoms for rosacea are subtle in childhood and early adulthood, but usually manifest themselves in patients who are 30-50 years of age.  Fortunately, there are many modalities to minimize the appearance of rosacea including many topical medications as well as oral antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications.  Laser and light treatments are also available to minimize the redness, blood vessels and pores.  Thus, the early diagnosis and treatment of rosacea is important to lessen its impact on the appearance of your skin.


Acne

AcneMany teenagers as well as adults experience breakouts of undesired blemishes on their faces.  Our patients often arrive in our office after having tried many over-the-counter products without success. There are a wide range of options available to treat acne including countless prescription topical medications including creams, gels, foams, washes, pads as well as oral antibiotics, oral anti-inflammatory medications, hormonal acne therapy, as well as Accutane, which is reserved to treat severe recalcitrant acne. Laser and light treatments can also be used to improve acne-prone skin.  Our office is especially aware that many acne patients have sensitive skin, and will modify the treatment regimen to meet the needs of your skin.  We are also acutely cognizant of the ravages of acne on skin of color, and will work with you to develop a plan to combat acne.

Warts

Warts

Warts are caused by a common virus known as the human papilloma virus.  There are many subtypes of this virus, some causing the genital wart variety.  The more common warts occur on hands, feet, and even on arms, legs, and faces.  Treatment of this skin infection is important to prevent the spread of warts.  Rarely, common warts, if left on regions around the fingernail or toenails for long periods of time may cause a type of skin cancer.

 


Eczema/Atopic Dermatitis

Eczema/Atopic Dermatitis

This is a very common relapsing skin condition which is associated with dry, flaky, irritated skin. Triggers for eczema include low humidity such as during the wintertime when the Santa Ana wind conditions create low environmental humidity.  The rash may also worsen due to other external irritants such as fragrance, wool, detergents or chemicals.  The rash can affect any area of the body, but most patients experience the dry red scaly plaques on their arms, legs, hands and feet.  Our dermatologist is knowledgeable about the frustrations of this chronic skin condition and will work with you to formulate a treatment to combat this itchy skin disease.