Find out the best options for treating your skin cancer.
Millions of Americans each year will find out that they have skin cancer. Regardless of whether our northeast Philadelphia dermatologist Dr. Deirdre Wood has found melanoma or basal cell carcinoma, you will require immediate treatment to remove the cancerous lesion. Of course, the type of treatment that is right for you will depend on several factors including,
- The type of skin cancer
- The stage of the skin cancer
- The location of the lesion
- Your current health status
As you might imagine, our Philadelphia skin doctor offers different treatment options to tackle everything from basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma to actinic keratosis and melanoma. The most standard skin cancer treatments include,
Surgery: This includes a traditional excision, in which the tumor is cut out of the skin, and Mohs surgery, which involves removing the tumor in thin layers to preserve as much healthy tissue as possible. Mohs is a great treatment option for those who have a cancerous lesion located on a very delicate or sensitive area of the body. In some cases, cryotherapy can also be used to freeze and destroy the cancer cells.
Radiation: During radiation therapy x-rays and other forms of radiation are directed over the skin cancer to kill the cells and to prevent them from multiplying. There are two types of radiation: External and internal. With external radiation a machine sends radiation through the body, while with internal radiation a catheter or needle will be placed near the cancer to deliver radiation.
Chemotherapy: This is another common type of cancer treatment that stops the development of cancer cells through the use of powerful medication. When most people think of chemotherapy they think of medication being administered through an IV but when it comes to treating certain skin cancers, topical chemotherapy is the most common method.
Phototherapy: During phototherapy, a drug is administered into the skin. Then a special light is directed over the lesion, where it will activate the drug to seek out and destroy the cancer cells while leaving healthy tissue intact.
Immunotherapy: During this treatment, we put your immune system to work to help fight the cancer. We do this by creating a special substance that is designed to help bolster your body’s own defense mechanisms. Immunotherapy can be administered topically or through an injection.
If you are noticing any changes to the health of your skin, or if there is a suspicious growth that you want checked out, then it’s time to call Boulevard Dermatology in Philadelphia, PA, today. We would be happy to schedule your next skin cancer screening.
How your dermatologist in North Philadelphia can help you turn back the hands of time
The skin on your face handles all kinds of stress. Environmental pollution, sun exposure, wind, and other factors can all leave a lasting mark on your face. One of the most damaging things to happen to your skin is the normal aging process.
Fortunately, your dermatologist can help using several effective techniques and materials to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Dr. Deirdre Wood at Boulevard Dermatology in North Philadelphia, PA, wants to help you turn back the hands of time, and take back your beautiful young face.
Aging causes loss of moisture and elasticity, so your skin can sag. When you show expressions like laughing, smiling, frowning, or squinting, your skin doesn’t “snap back” the way it did when you were young. The result is WRINKLES!
For early signs of wrinkles and fine lines, sometimes a non-invasive treatment is the right choice. Consider these options to treat tiny, shallow wrinkles and fine lines:
- Creams containing anti-oxidants and vitamins to smooth out wrinkles
- Vitamin A acid products to reduce wrinkles and even out skin tone
- Alpha-hydroxy acids to reduce the appearance of wrinkles
For larger, deeper wrinkles, a cosmetic procedure can be very helpful. Consider these additional treatment options to help your skin look more vibrant and youthful:
- A chemical peel to remove the top layer of dead skin and reveal the young, dewy skin underneath
- A dermal filler like Juvederm to smooth out wrinkles by filling them in, making your skin look smooth, plump and youthful
- A wrinkle relaxer like Botox to temporarily freeze muscles and nerves at the injection site, making your skin look smooth and wrinkle-free
This is just a sample of the many procedures available to help you look younger. For a complete list of available treatments to reduce wrinkles, please visit the Wrinkle Treatment page on the website at http://www.boulevardderm.com/wrinkle-treatment.html
It is possible to take back what the years have done to your face. Find out more about how wrinkle treatment can help you by calling Dr. Wood at Boulevard Dermatology in North Philadelphia, PA. Improve your skin by calling today!
Tired of acne? Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States. Blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, cysts, and nodules are all types of acne. Dermatologists are able to provide customized advice and treatment options for acne sufferers. Dr. Deirdre Wood at Boulevard Dermatology, in Philadelphia, PA, offers several acne treatment options. Here are five acne treatment options that you should know about.
Oral or topical antibiotics may be prescribed by your dermatologist for the treatment of acne. Antibiotics are an effective treatment for stubborn acne. Antibiotics work by destroying skin bacteria and reducing redness. Topical antibiotics are often combined with benzoyl peroxide to prevent antibiotic resistance.
Tretinoin solution, cream, and gel is a medication prescribed to treat acne. Tretinoin unclogs pores and promotes peeling of affected skin areas. It promotes healing of pimples that develop and prevents new pimples from forming. Tretinoin is usually used daily at bedtime or once every 2 or 3 days. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully. Use tretinoin exactly as directed.
Blackheads and whiteheads can be successfully treated with acne extraction. Acne extraction is a procedure that is done in a doctor's office, using sterile tools to get rid of blackheads and whiteheads. The procedure involves extracting whiteheads or blackheads using a blade and an instrument, such as a comedone extractor. This allows the medication to be applied to the opened pores to encourage healing.
4. Salicylic Acid
Topical salicylic acid is used to help clear blemishes and prevent future breakouts. Salicylic acid is also sometimes used to for warts, dandruff, psoriasis, corns, and other skin conditions. Salicylic acid is a keratolytic. It helps to unclog pores and causes shedding of the outer layer of skin. It must be used continuously because its effects stop when you stop using it. Use salicylic acid exactly as directed.
5. Benzoyl Peroxide
Benzoyl peroxide is a medicine that is used to treat mild to moderate acne. Benzoyl peroxide decreases the skin's oil production and destroys the bacteria that cause acne breakouts. Benzoyl peroxide is a powerful ingredient that is effective against all kinds of acne lesions (whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples). Benzoyl peroxide comes in a cleansing bar or liquid, cream, gel, and lotion for use on the skin. You'll work with your Philadelphia, PA, dermatologist to figure out which treatment is best for you.
Zits, pimples, whiteheads, blackheads —you don't have to live with them! Call Boulevard Dermatology in Philadelphia, PA at 267-731-1333 today to schedule an appointment.
Psoriasis is a common but frustrating condition which causes the skin cells to reproduce too quickly. The resulting skin abnormalities can be frustrating, painful, or even embarrassing for many people. However, your dermatologist can help you manage your psoriasis symptoms to clear your skin and avoid itching and discomfort. Find out more about psoriasis and managing its symptoms with Dr. Deirdre Wood at Boulevard Dermatology in Philadelphia, PA.
What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a skin condition causing skin cells to go through their life cycles faster than normal. This causes the skin to develop red, scaly patches which may hurt, itch, or bleed. Psoriasis can affect small or large areas of skin and range in severity from small, mild dandruff-like patches to a breakout which could cover an entire portion of the body. Doctors categorize psoriasis into different types, including plaque, guttate, nail, pustular, inverse, erythrodermic, and psoriatic arthritis.
Do I have psoriasis?
Since it has different types, the symptoms of psoriasis may vary. However, some tell-tale signs of psoriasis include:
- red patches of skin
- thick, scaly areas of silvery skin within the red patches
- thickened nails
- swollen, stiff joints
- dry or cracked skin
- bleeding skin due to dryness
- itching or burning skin
If you think you may have psoriasis, you should contact your doctor to receive a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
Psoriasis Treatments in Philadelphia, PA
If your psoriasis begins hindering your daily activities or causing pain and discomfort, your doctor can help you come up with the best treatment options for you and your condition. Treating psoriasis depends on the type, location, and severity of the condition. Topical treatments applied to the affected skin frequently help patients manage their psoriasis symptoms. These include corticosteroid creams or retinoid ointments. A solution containing synthetic vitamin D can also help slow skin growth and manage symptoms. Your doctor may also recommend moisturizers, salicylic acid, and calcineurin inhibitors.
For more information on psoriasis or managing its symptoms, please contact Dr. Wood at Boulevard Dermatology in Philadelphia, PA. Call (267) 731-1333 to schedule your appointment for a consultation today!
Let’s find out the many ways we can take years off your skin.
You welcomed the New Year, now isn’t it time that you welcomed a new you? While we would all like to turn the clock back to our younger years, it doesn’t mean that aging has to be a source of stress. Yes, lines and wrinkles happen, but our Philadelphia, PA, cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Deirdre Wood, offers several solutions for treating these signs of aging and giving you more youthful, radiant appearance.
What is it? This treatment uses a specialized chemical to remove the damaged, outermost layers of the skin to reveal fresh new skin underneath.
What can it do? It can reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, superficial scars, age spots and freckles, sun damage and dark patches.
Procedure: During this procedure, the skin is cleaned before a chemical solution is applied to the face. You may feel a slight stinging or burning when the chemical is applied. The length of the procedure will depend upon the depth of the chemical peel (superficial to deep).
Recovery time: The recovery period can last anywhere from two weeks to a couple of months, depending on the type of chemical peel you get.
What is it? This handheld device uses microcrystals rather than a chemical to buff away the outer layers of the surface.
What can it do? Similar to chemical peels, microdermabrasion also reduces the appearance of lines, wrinkles, minor scars and pigmentations, as well as some types of acne. It also stimulates the production of collagen to help improve elasticity and skin’s natural firmness.
Procedure: During microdermabrasion, our Philadelphia dermatologist will run a small device over your face to remove the outer layers, which are the most damaged. The length of treatment will depend on the type of microdermabrasion you choose (deep vs. superficial).
Recovery time: You may require multiple microdermabrasion sessions over the course of several weeks. While you might experience some redness after treatment, there is no recovery period associated with microdermabrasion.
What is it? This minimally invasive therapy is used to stimulate the production of collagen using a series of small needles.
What can it do? It can reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles while also improving skin’s tone and texture.
Procedure: A handheld device containing tiny needles is rolled across the skin. These needles, while relatively painless, will create microscopic tears in the skin that stimulate the body’s natural healing process while also increasing collagen and elastin.
Recovery time: There is no recovery period; however, some sensitivity or redness is possible. These side effects are minimal and will go away in a couple of days.
Are you interested in any of these treatments? Are you ready to find out if you are an ideal candidate for cosmetic dermatology? Then it’s time to consult the skin care experts at Boulevard Dermatology in Northeast Philadelphia, PA. Call us today.
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