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The largest dermatology practice in America, Advanced Dermatology provides complete clinical and cosmetic skin care. Immediate appointments available at one of our 180+ locations.

Why Schedule Regular Dermatology Appointments?

Skin cancer

Dentists recommend that you visit their office every six months for cleaning and a checkup. If left untreated, gum disease and cavities can cause tooth loss and even contribute to cardiovascular disease. Similarly, serious skin problems that go undetected can be fatal without medical attention.

Malignant melanoma is a serious form of skin cancer that may first appear as an ordinary mole on the body. In actuality, it is a tumor formed by the rapid, uncontrolled growth of melanocytes, the cells that produce the brown pigment melanin which gives skin its color. Sun exposure increases the risk of melanoma, as ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight is capable of penetrating skin, mutating the melanocytes and making them cancerous. That’s why it’s important to visit a dermatologist or skin care doctor at least once or twice a year for a full body mole check.

Melanoma can usually be identified by using the ABCD system:

  • Asymmetry: A common distinguishing trait of melanoma is an asymmetrical appearance the symmetrical round borders of benign moles.
  • Border: Ordinary moles should have an even, continuous border. Melanoma will have an irregular border with the mole appearing to have peaks and valleys.
  • Color: Melanoma is unusual in its coloration, often mixing dark and light colors in a single patch of skin.
  • Diameter: Most moles with a diameter of six millimeters or smaller (about the size of a pencil eraser) are benign. Anything larger than this could potentially be cancerous and

For more information about identifying melanoma or to schedule a full body mole check, 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 50+ Florida offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Preventing Cold Sores

Cold sores, also called fever blisters, are lesions on the lips or mouth caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). These are different from genital herpes, which is caused by HSV-2, but can be equally contagious. Watch the video below to learn more about basic precautions and treatment options you can take to avoid catching and spreading cold sores.

Having a healthy immune system can help your body protect and defend itself against the virus. Take care to wash your hands frequently with antibacterial soap, and avoid sharing personal items like drink glasses and towels. Because they are very contagious, avoid direct contact with those who currently suffer from cold sores.

For more information about preventing and treating cold sores or fever blisters, 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 50+ Florida offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Red with Rosacea? Tips for Keeping This Skin Disorder in Check

Characterized by facial redness, rosacea affects millions of Americans and can often be mistaken for blushing, acne pimples, or other skin conditions. Most people are able to live rich, full lives with rosacea, but for those suffering from severe cases of the condition, there is relief. Medical options range from behavioral changes to creams and laser skin treatments. Talk to your dermatologist or doctor before trying any new skin care regimen.

  • Avoid Triggers: Rosacea varies in type and severity. In some people, certain foods and drinks, like red wine, can cause flare-ups, so monitor your diet for trigger foods. Keeping a journal can help you identify problematic foods and beverages and avoid them. Sun exposure is also a common trigger, so limit your daily exposure to the sun and wear sunscreen or a wide-brimmed hat when you leave the house.
  • Use Medication: Oral antibiotics such as tetracycline or doxycycline and topical antibiotics like metronidazole (Flagyl) are usually recommended to treat the eruption of pimples on inflamed skin. A chemical skin peel using an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) may offer some relief from redness but should only be applied under the supervision of a dermatologist. The antidepressant drug mirtazapine (Remeron) has been shown to reduce facial flushing in some patients.
  • Laser Treatment: Laser skin treatment is currently one of the most effective treatments for skin redness in people with rosacea. Skin redness (erythema) can be caused by the dilation of capillaries, the tiny blood vessels in the skin. Laser treatment works to penetrate the epidermis and heat the capillaries up to 70 ?C (158 ?F), damaging the capillary walls and causing the body’s tissues to reabsorb them. Multiple treatments may be necessary, but laser therapy often offers the longest-lasting redness relief.

For more information about rosacea and available treatment options, 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 50+ Florida offices.

To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Sun Protection and Skin Cancer: Dermatology Resources for Further Reading

Sun Protection on a Beach

While few things say summer like enjoying the sunshine poolside or on the beach, those activities can also lead to damaging health concerns like sun damage, heat exhaustion and skin cancer. Taking extra precautions in the summer sun can help you maintain beautiful, healthy skin year-round. Talk with your dermatologist about  preventing sun damage and skin cancer, and use the resources below to equip yourself with more information about protecting your skin.

  • Particularly in Florida, the summer sun can be harsh and cause premature aging, sun damage, and skin cancer. For tips on how to protect your skin this summer, read more on the SunAware blog.
  • Between free time spent outdoors and beach trips with friends, kids can be exposed to harmful UV rays throughout the summer. Teenagers can be especially adamant about tanning during the summer months, despite its dangers. Learn how to safeguard your family this summer with these suggestions from SkinCancer.org.
  • If you are particularly sensitive to sunburn, applying sunscreen may not do enough to protect you throughout the day. Read about sun protection clothing and learn more about how it works and what it can do.

For more information about sun protection and skin cancer prevention and treatment, 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 50+ Florida offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Dermatology Definitions: Eczema and Atopic Dermatitis

A chronic skin condition that causes the skin to become scaly, itchy, or inflamed, eczema is a term that can be confusing to some. Although persistent and recurrent rashes may display some of the same symptoms as the condition, eczema refers to a skin disorder called atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis often appears in infancy or early childhood and is usually hereditary. Those with eczema often inherit allergic tendencies towards asthma and hay fever as well.

In the video below, learn to distinguish eczema from other recurrent skin rashes and recognize signs of the condition.

For more information about eczema and other chronic 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 50+ Florida 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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