Dermatology: Expert Skin Care
Your skin is one of the most durable and hard-working parts of your body. It protects your other organs from disease and injury and regenerates in a way few other parts of your body can.
But as tough as it is, your skin requires a lot of care. UVA’s doctors are experts in treating skin diseases, and in short-term and preventive care that will help keep your skin healthy and strong.
Your Skin: Your First Line of Defense
Preserve Your Skin
Take steps to protect your skin:
- Avoid prolonged sun and ultraviolet (UV) light exposure
- Use sunscreen effectively
- Wear preventive gear (like gloves) when doing tasks that are demanding on your skin
- Stop smoking
- Properly clean your skin
- Regularly examine your skin for lesions and possible melanoma
Learn more about good health for your skin.
Tanning Beds: No Safe Tan
Did you know? Research indicates that indoor tanning before age 35 increases your chance of developing melanoma by 59-75 percent.
Not only that, but tanning beds can cause your skin to age faster than normal.
Make sure you know the regulations and latest research on the dangers of tanning to your skin.
Are You at Risk for Skin Cancer?
Know the ABCDs of Moles
Melanomas vary in appearance but here are things to look for:
- Asymmetry: Irregular shape; one half does not match the other
- Border: Ragged, notched, blurred, or irregular in outline; the pigment may spread to surrounding skin.
- Color: Uneven color. Shades of black, brown and tan may be present; areas of white, grey, red, pink or blue may also be seen.
- Diameter: Increasing size; melanomas are usually larger than the eraser of a pencil.
Could You Get Skin Cancer?
Your risk increases if you:
- Are fair skinned
- Have a history of intense sun exposure, especially in childhood
- Have more than 100 moles or large, irregular or unusual moles;
- Have close blood relatives — parents, siblings, children — with melanoma.
Find out more about your risk and what you can do to prevent skin cancer.
Surgery for Skin Cancer
If you’re diagnosed with skin cancer, you’re probably wondering if the tumor can be completely removed and if your skin will heal without major damage. We use Mohs micrographic surgery to address both of these issues and treat many skin cancers.
What is Mohs?
Mohs surgery offers a high cure rate and minimal scarring or damage to the surrounding tissue. It’s usually performed with a local anesthetic, which means you won’t be put to sleep.
All of our Mohs surgeons received their specialized training through fellowships, the best and most thorough method of training surgical professionals. Find out more about Mohs surgery (PDF).
Pulse Dye Laser Clinic
Doctors at our Pulse Dye Laser Clinic use a beam of light to treat skin conditions, such as rosacea, port wine stains and birthmarks, which are made up of blood and blood vessels. It’s safe to use on all patients, including infants, and usually doesn’t cause scarring.
Ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun can be harmful to your skin. But when it’s controlled and applied by a medical professional, UV and narrow band UVB light can have substantial health benefits. We use it to treat conditions like psoriasis, eczema, vitiligo and mycosis fungoides. We have experience with two types of light therapy, both of which involve applying monitored doses directly to the skin.