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Skincare in the Sunshine State

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With plentiful sunshine and beaches abound, the sun seems an inescapable part of daily life for many Floridians. This constant exposure to sunshine, though, can also contribute to skin damage and even skin cancer. By understanding how the sun affects your skin, you can learn how to better protect it. Talk to your dermatologist about staying sun-smart, and consider some of the following safety suggestions.

  • Know the Sun: The sun’s rays are strongest between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Keep this in mind as you plan your schedule and activities in order to avoid direct sun exposure at peak hours. If being outdoors is unavoidable, protect your skin by taking preventative measures, outlined below.
  • Wear a Hat: Because it has the most contact with the sun and because of its delicate skin, your face is most at risk for the damaging effects of sun exposure. Wearing a hat, particularly if you are bald, can help to protect the sensitive skin on your face, head and neck. Casting a protective shade, a wide-brimmed hat offers the most protection from the sun’s harmful rays.
  • Protective Clothing: Covering up exposed skin with long-sleeved shirts and pants is one of the most effective protective measures against sun damage. While this may not be realistic during the state’s hot summers, consider special sun-protective clothing if you will be outdoors for prolonged periods of time. These garments are designed to block ultraviolet rays while keeping you cool and active.
  • Sunscreen: Even if you are planning on being outdoors for only a short time, apply (and reapply) sunscreen daily. Apply a generous amount at least 30 minutes before going outdoors and again every two hours, reapplying more frequently if you are sweating or active.

For more information about sun protection and skin care, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our Tampa offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Treating Skin Cancer with Mohs Surgery

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The most common form of cancer in the United States, skin cancer affects one in every five Americans, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Fortunately, with advancements in medicine and surgical techniques, skin cancer can be successfully treated. Ask your dermatologist about Mohs surgery for skin cancer treatment. Also known as chemosurgery, this technique can treat a variety of common skin cancers and enjoys a high rate of success.

Mohs Surgery: Background

Although the technique has existed for decades, recent advancements in technology and medical innovation have made Mohs surgery one of the most effective treatments for skin cancer available. Depending on the type of skin cancer being treated, the success rate for Mohs surgery approaches 99%. While the procedure may not be appropriate for all skin cancers, your dermatologist or Mohs surgeon will work with you to find the most effective treatment options.

Mohs Surgery: Procedure

Mohs surgery is designed to eliminate cancerous tissue while leaving healthy tissue untouched. Your Mohs surgeon performs the procedure in three stages:

  • Tumor Removal: Before the procedure begins, a local anesthesia is administered. Under microscopic analysis, your surgeon will remove the visible areas of the tumor along with a thin layer of the surrounding tissue.
  • Examination: The layer beneath the cancerous tissue is prepared on slides and examined with a microscope. If this tissue is found to be cancerous, your dermatologist will remove another layer of issue, repeating the process until the test layer is cancer-free.
  • Reconstruction: Your Mohs surgeon will determine the appropriate method for repairing the wound. Ideally, reconstruction will leave the affected area, its nerves, and blood vessels fully functional. In some cases and depending on the size of the tumor, reconstructive surgery may be necessary to close the wound

For more information about Mohs surgery, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our Tampa offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Visiting the Dermatologist: Resources for Further Reading

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As your body’s largest organ, your skin is susceptible to damage, disease and other medical conditions. By visiting your dermatologist regularly, you can learn more about what you can do to protect your skin and prevent diseases like skin cancer. Learn more about healthy skin habits and preventative behaviors below:

  • If you are visiting a dermatologist for the first time, be prepared to present a full medical history and to undergo a full body skin check, both of which can help your dermatologist achieve a fuller understanding of your skincare needs. Learn more about how a full body skin check is performed with this guide from EmpowHer.
  • Yearly visits for a full body examination can be important for monitoring potentially dangerous changes to the skin, but patients should alert their doctor immediately if they notice any abnormal skin developments. To help you protect your own skin, read more about how frequently you should visit your dermatologist.
  • Did you know that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States? Protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun and learn more with these skin cancer statistics from the Skin Cancer Foundation.

For more information about dermatology, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our Tampa offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

The Truth About Acne: Debunking Acne Myths

What is commonly thought to be a teenage problem, acne actually affects adults of all ages. If you suffer from the skin condition, talk to your dermatologist about what can be done to manage and improve your skin. Treating acne successfully often requires an accurate understanding of why the condition occurs, what can trigger it, and what can be done to address it. Learn more about acne in the video below as a dermatologist debunks a few popular acne myths.   

One common misconception about acne is that it can be outgrown after your teenage years. While acne is  prevalent among teenagers, the age spectrum of those affected by acne has shifted, with women even in their forties or fifties suffering from pimples. And while you may have heard otherwise, certain foods like chocolate, pizza, and soda do not cause acne. If you have not noticed a pattern between your eating habits and your breakouts, there is most likely no relationship between your diet and acne.

For more information about managing and treating acne, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our Tampa offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

The Doctor is In: What to Expect at your Dermatology Appointment

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As your body’s largest organ, your skin both protects you and needs protection from external elements. Take care of your skin by visiting your dermatologist regularly. He or she can treat you for cosmetic concerns like wrinkles, skin conditions like acne, and deadly diseases like skin cancer. If you are visiting your dermatologist for the first time, this is what you can expect during your first appointment.

  • Medical History Paperwork: While your lifestyle and habits can affect the state of your skin, genetics also plays a role in your skin’s health. Your doctor will examine and take notes about your skin, but be ready to share your medical history and other important information that may not be readily visible. Tell your dermatologist if someone in your family has or had skin cancer, for example, as this history can increase your own risk for the disease.  
  • Complete Examination: Even if your dermatology appointment is not one for skin cancer screening, your dermatologist may still perform a full body skin check. If you do not suffer from any visible skin conditions, your dermatologist will still thoroughly examine your skin for irregular moles or other signs of skin cancer. Taking notes on the current state of your skin can help both you and your doctor monitor for signs of changes over time. If you do have a skin condition like acne or eczema, your dermatologist will examine your skin and suggest appropriate treatment.
  • Medicine/Biopsy: Depending on your reasons for the appointment, your dermatologist may provide you with a prescription or treatment plan to address skin concerns. If your dermatologist detects an irregular mole, for example, he or she may have the mole biopsied and tested for skin cancer.

For more information about managing and treating a variety of skin conditions, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our Tampa offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

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