Your skin is the largest organ of your body; with a surface area of about two square yards, it makes up approximately 16% of your body weight. Your skin is made up of several different components, including water, protein, lipids, and different minerals and other organic compounds. Your skin has several crucial jobs: to protect you from bacteria and viruses which can cause infections, to regulate your body temperature, to help you sense the outside world such as temperature or climate, and to protect you from the environment.
Providing Healthy Skin with Medical Dermatology in Pasadena
Each of our dermatologists bring a unique expertise and skill set to our Pasadena practice, and each is passionate about protecting your skin through medical dermatology. As a team, we have the extensive training and experience to diagnose and treat any skin disease or concern. Unlike many other dermatology practices in Pasadena, we provide specialized treatment options for patients of every age. From acne to skin cancer, we provide the compassionate care and medical dermatology expertise necessary to perform outstanding treatments.
Conditions that irritate, clog or inflame your skin can cause symptoms such as redness, swelling, burning, and itching. Allergies, irritants, genetic makeup, certain diseases, and immune system problems can cause many skin conditions that require treatment with medical dermatology. Skin problems that affect a patient’s appearance are also common for people of all ages. Whether you suffer from a rash, itchy skin, skin fungus, infection, skin bumps, or skin tags, there is a medical dermatology treatment available. Call today and talk to one of our qualified dermatologists at Comprehensive Dermatology Center of Pasadena; together we will learn about your particular skin concerns and discuss the best methods to treat them.
Despite our skin’s resiliency, it can be affected by countless conditions; in fact, ten percent of all doctor visits in our country are skin-related. Our skin is can be susceptible to issues related to the production of too little or too much oil, melanin, or skin cells. Since our skin mirrors our general health, systemic conditions may be accompanied by dermatologic manifestations. Because skin disorders are so readily visible, dermatologic complaints are often the first step to many patient hospital visits. Many skin diseases can be chronic or reoccurring, and some skin conditions can even be debilitating.
Some of the most common skin diseases are:
- Skin cancer
- Atopic eczema
- Viral warts
- Infective skin disorders
- Benign and malignant neoplasms
- Vascular lesions
- Leg ulcers
- Contact dermatitis and other forms of eczema
- Scabies and Pediculosis
- Herpes Zoster (Shingles)
- Nail fungus
- Birth marks
- Vascular lesions
- Contact dermatitis
- Skin tags and growths
- Sebaceous cyst
- Excessive sweating
Our skin is continuously exposed to the environment and may be affected by a wide range of disorders including congenital diseases, inflammation, allergic reactions, infections, and tumors. Medical dermatology divides these skin disorders into primary and secondary lesions. Primary lesions are those that appear immediately like: macules, papules, plaques, nodules, cysts, wheals, and pustules. Secondary lesions never appear originally but are the result of alterations in a primary lesion. Examples of secondary lesions are scales, crusts, fissures, erosions, ulcerations, and scars.
Medical Dermatology Treatments for Skin Conditions
The future of skin disease prevention and treatment is promising. With a better understanding of the genetics of disease, researchers have discovered the causes of many common ailments. Continued technological developments will also ensure even better treatments in the future.
Some of the major advances in dermatology over the last decade include:
- Revolutionary anti-acne medication and drugs that combat immune diseases
- Advances in skin cancer awareness
- New lasers and light sources engineered to improve skin appearance, texture, and tone
- The development of Botulinum Exotoxin A and other fillers to decrease facial lines and creases
- The crucial discovery of isotretinoin for the treatment of acne
- Topical Immunomodulators
- Systemic Biologics
- Antifungal agents
- Surgical updates such as Mohs Surgery
Compassionate Medical Dermatology Care
We pride ourselves on our thorough, compassionate consultations; during your consultation, we’ll discuss our treatment plans for your skin condition and answer any questions you might have about medical dermatology. We’re passionate about helping our patients understand our treatments, and do our best to make sure every patient is educated and informed about their options. We strive to make our patients comfortable and safe.
We aim to gain your trust; we want you to feel secure that your skin is in capable hands. Our dermatologists are experts in their field, and they have the skill set and experience to treat a wide range of skin disorders. Our staff will also take the time to address any concerns you might have about your medical dermatology procedures.
We understand that some patients ignore annoying skin conditions or are simply unsure of what skin problems they have, but we stress that patients shouldn’t wait long to get help. What looks like a minor skin problem could be more serious, or even worse: dangerous or pre-cancerous. Don’t wait to get treatment, call us today at Comprehensive Dermatology Center of Pasadena, and our skilled dermatologists can provide the latest and most advanced skin care treatments for patients of all ages. Medical dermatology’s modalities continue to improve every day, and problems that resisted treatment in the years past may now respond to new therapies. If you don’t like what you see in the mirror, you can achieve peace of mind by contacting us for a consultation.
FAQs About Medical Dermatology
Who is Qualified to Administer Medical Dermatology?
A dermatologist is the only physician specifically trained for expertise in the diagnosing and treatment of skin conditions and disorders. A Dermatologist is a Medical Doctor who has completed a minimum of:
- Four years of medical school
- One year of internship
- Three years of specialized training to become an expert in diagnosing and treating conditions specific to your skin.
How Often Should I See a Dermatologist?
Patients should be examined by a doctor specializing in medical dermatology at least once a year. Patients who have a history of skin cancer or other skin conditions should get the appropriate amount of treatments in addition to a yearly exam. Full body medical dermatology exams are a great way to catch potential problems before they worsen.
Is Medical Dermatology Necessary?
From newborns to older patients, medical dermatology can help patients of all ages. Children typically require medical dermatology to manage common conditions like rashes, warts, eczema, and birthmarks. Teenagers require medical dermatology for acne and other cosmetic skin disorders. Adults and the elderly often require medical dermatology for treating skin conditions related to age and sun damage, like pre-cancerous lesions, sun damage, and moles. Adult patients also tend to get medical dermatology care for skin cancers. Again, cosmetic concerns like skin pigmentation changes, excessive hair growth, facial volume loss, and wrinkles can still benefit from medical dermatology.
Is a Referral Necessary to See a Dermatologist?
Most of our patients do not require a referral. So, if you would like to schedule an appointment, please call our office, and we will schedule a consultation for you. Keep in mind your health insurance policy may require a referral for certain treatments. We encourage all our patients to confirm their coverage by communicating with their insurance company.
Is an Expert in Medical Dermatology Necessary for Non-surgical Procedures like Botox®, Dermal Fillers, and Laser Treatments?
Dermatologists are physicians who have extensive training in the use of dermal fillers, Botox®, and laser procedures. Medical professionals like nurses or physician assistants who are experienced in medical dermatology protocols and practice alongside dermatologists are also capable of providing these cosmetic procedures. Some patients may elect to seek convenience or take advantage of a discount; however, we feel your skin health requires consistent training, special knowledge, and long-term experience in optimal medical dermatology care, cosmetic or otherwise.
Do All Skin Spots Require Medical Dermatology?
Not all lesions require immediate treatment with medical dermatology, but it’s essential to learn the signs of the possibility of a more serious skin condition. If you have an area or spot on your skin that bleeds for no reason, is constantly irritated, or has changed in shape, size, or color, then you should have it checked by a dermatologist within a month. Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancers in existence.
Is It OK for Me to See a Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner for Medical Dermatology Care?
A dermatology nurse practitioner or a physician assistant (PA) is a medical professional who practices under the supervision of a dermatologist. They will have extensive knowledge and experience when it comes to medical dermatology.
Medical Dermatology Facility
We equip our treatment suites with the latest dermatological lasers for a safe and comfortable treatment of your skin’s medical and cosmetic needs. Our in-house Acne Treatment Center offers complete care for all types of acne and for all kinds of patients. We offer a full line of skin care products designed to suit your unique skin profile.
Medical dermatology is more than maintaining the health of your skin—it’s a way for you to treat serious skin conditions and to prevent serious skin problems from occurring. For a consultation on medical dermatology, contact the Comprehensive Dermatology Center of Pasadena.
Call Comprehensive Dermatology Center of Pasadena today for an examination of your skin or to consult with us if you have been diagnosed with skin cancer.
If you have been ignoring an annoying skin condition or if you are unsure of what skin problem you have, why wait any longer to get help? Your skin problem at worst could be dangerous or pre-cancerous so call us today at Comprehensive Dermatology Center of Pasadena and our skilled dermatologists can provide the latest and best curative skin care treatments for people of all ages. Treatment modalities change and improve and problems that resisted treatment in years past may now respond to new therapies. If your do not like what you see when you look in your mirror, ease your mind and call us for an appointment today.
Our treatment suites are equipped with the latest dermatological lasers, for advanced, safe, comfortable treatment of your skin's medical and cosmetic needs. Our in-house Acne Treatment Center offers complete care for all ages and acne stages. We offer a full line of skin care products designed to suit your unique...View More