The skin is the largest organ in the body. It is also the most exposed. However, we may forget how susceptible it is to disease and damage. Asarch Center for Dermatology, Laser & Mohs Surgery has three office locations in the Denver area in which we provide care that diagnoses and treats the various conditions that may develop on the skin.
What is general dermatology?
Dermatology is the branch of medicine in which the skin is our primary focus. Dermatologists have dedicated their learning to the study of skin disorders ranging from the normal aging process to autoimmune conditions to the various types of skin cancer. Dermatology encompasses the epidermis, the layer of skin that is visible, as well as underlying tissues (the dermis), fat, hair, nails, and veins.
Beyond the general diagnosis and treatment of skin rashes, breakouts, and diseases like psoriasis, dermatology may also extend into subspecialty areas such as Mohs micrographic surgery. The provision of medical and surgical treatments originates with a strong knowledge regarding the skin and the numerous conditions that may affect this organ.
We are pleased to offer personal dermatologic care to patients who visit any one of our comfortable offices.
Goal of General Dermatology
General dermatology seeks to accurately diagnose skin conditions based on reported and observed symptoms and, when necessary, laboratory screening. A dermatologist understands that conditions affecting the skin also impact the quality of life. The treatment of the skin revolves around easing existing symptoms and reducing the risk of recurrence, all while considering the patient’s unique skin type, tone, and needs.
What to Expect During a Visit with a Dermatologist
When you visit a dermatologist for the first time, one of the primary objectives will be to develop your record. This aspect of care involves getting to know your medical history as it pertains to dermatologic health – and just about every area of general health pertains to your skin. A dermatologist may ask what medications you are taking, what symptoms you are experiencing if any, and what your family history looks like in terms of dermatologic conditions.
Arrive at your visit with clean skin and, if possible, no makeup. This will allow the most complete observation of tissue. Your visit may revolve around your selected concerns. However, when you visit a dermatologist, you have the opportunity to undergo a complete and thorough checkup from head to toe. Dermatology exams may involve disrobing and your doctor observing your skin for irregularities such as abnormal growths and signs of skin cancer.
Depending on the reason for your visit, your dermatologist may recommend a skin biopsy (skin cancer) or treatment (acne or aging) or a prescription to reduce symptoms (psoriasis, eczema). In some cases, a follow-up visit will be scheduled to assess how the recommended treatment has improved dermatologic health.
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What skin concerns or conditions do dermatologists treat?
Your dermatologist is a healthcare professional with the knowledge of health conditions and how they may affect the skin, as well as diseases that develop in the dermis and epidermis. Some of the concerns we frequently diagnose and treat include:
- Acne. Breakouts can have a devastating effect on a person’s confidence. Clogged pores and bacteria may be brought under control with proper medical attention. Acne treatment can alleviate existing symptoms and decrease the risk of scarring.
- Aging. The signs of aging are a concern for many adults. Various non-surgical treatments have been developed to correct lines and wrinkles and even to slow the aging process. We offer a number of anti-aging treatments in our offices around Denver.
- Eczema and dermatitis. Skin inflammation may be temporary or chronic. Dermatologic care can identify the nature of dermatitis and develop an appropriate treatment to manage symptoms.
- Fungal infections. Fungus such as candida can cause a variety of symptoms in the hair, nails, and skin, leading to uncomfortable symptoms such as redness and itching. Athlete’s foot is an example of a fungal infection in the skin. Prescription medication may be needed to fully resolve fungal infection in the skin.
- Skin diseases. Conditions such as psoriasis and rosacea cause recurrent or chronic symptoms such as redness, swelling, and irritation. Treatment is prescribed based on the type and intensity of symptoms.
- Skin cancer. Cancerous growths on the skin affect millions of people in our country. Early treatment for basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, as well as melanoma, significantly improves the long-term prognosis for each patient.
- Viral infection. Conditions such as herpes zoster and shingles are caused by a viral infection that affects the nerves in the skin. Each of these conditions can cause uncomfortable and lasting symptoms, even after the initial infection has resolved. Dermatologic treatment is critical to the faster resolution of both infection and symptoms.
- Warts. Though benign, warts are a type of growth that is contagious and may require medical treatment for a fast and permanent resolution.
Who should go to the dermatologist?
Every adult can benefit from a thorough dermatologic evaluation. This area of medicine is beneficial for teens who are struggling with persistent acne and for people of all ages who frequently experience symptoms such as skin redness, dryness, itching, and other irritation. In the best case, a thorough dermatologic evaluation will find no serious or chronic skin condition and will provide a better understanding of one’s own skin. There are also significant benefits to diagnosing a skin condition that is causing symptoms; this provides the opportunity for proper care to eliminate dermatologic irritation.
How often should I visit a general dermatologist?
Annual dermatologic examinations are ideal. Each visit provides valuable information about the skin and its general health. Even if you are not troubled by ongoing symptoms, it is advantageous to see a dermatologist to monitor moles and other growths for potentially unhealthy changes.
Schedule a Consultation
Asarch Center for Dermatology, Laser & Mohs Surgery proudly serves patients in Englewood, Castle Rock, Lakewood, and surrounding areas. Call 303-761-7797 to schedule your visit to an office near you.