Skin

Photodynamic Therapy

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is an extremely  effective treatment used to treat sun damaged skin in our patients. This treatment involves applying a photosensitizing medication to the skin and then using a light source to activate it.  We have perfected the procedure and prefer to perform it with a laser. Our protocol involves applying one of the FDA approved photosensitizers (Levulan or methyl aminolevulinate) to the to the entire face or affected areas for 1-3 hours. Then, the Candela laser beam is precisely pulsed onto on the areas where the medication was applied. The laser allows Dr. Woods to tailor the treatment more precisely. After the laser procedure, the medicine is washed off the face and patients may return home. It is important to avoid the sun for 48-72 hours after the procedure. Patients will experience redness for 1-3 days after the procedure and then the areas will peel for a

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Injections for Eczema and Psoriasis

Biologic drugs have transformed the lives of patients with severe eczema and psoriasis. In the case of psoriasis, these drugs also help arthritis as well.  Biologics represent a class of medications that is distinct from conventional drugs. .A biologic is a protein-based drug derived from living cells cultured in a laboratory.  Biologics are different from traditional systemic drugs that impact the entire immune system. Biologics, instead, target specific parts of the immune system. The biologics used to treat psoriatic disease block the action of a specific type of immune cell called a T cell, or block proteins in the immune system, such as tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), interleukin 17-A, or interleukins 12 and 23. These cells and proteins all play a major role in developing psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. There is now a Biologic drug available for patients with severe eczema. Some of these biologic drugs are given as injections in

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Patch Testing

Patch testing is a common diagnostic tool used to identify the specific agent that triggers allergic contact dermatitis. This testing does not involve needles or injections. Common substances to cause allergic skin rashes include preservatives in cosmetics, cleaning solutions, detergents, and fragrance. Common symptoms of allergic contact dermatitis include redness, blisters, itching, rash, and hives. These symptoms can last for up to four weeks, and can usually be treated at home through medications and topical creams. The best protection against contact dermatitis is to identify the specific triggers that cause reactions, so that patients can avoid these substances as often as possible. A patch test may help identify the trigger. It does not require the use of any needles or injections. Most dermatologists use the TRUE Test. In order to identify specific triggers, your doctor will tape several patches that contain various potential chemicals to the skin on the back.

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Botox For Sweating

BOTOX® is injected into the skin to treat the symptoms of severe underarm sweating (severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis) when medicines used on the skin (topical) do not work well enough in people 18 years and older. It is not known whether BOTOX® is safe or effective for severe sweating anywhere other than your armpits.

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Skin Biopsy

Your skin is the largest and most visible organ in your body, working hard to protect you from your environment. Though it may not be treated with as much attention as other major organs, such as the heart and liver, the skin plays an essential role in overall health. It is important to be vigilant in caring for the skin, carefully inspecting it for signs of potential health problems. When a lesion or suspicious growth threatens the body, a skin biopsy may be necessary to diagnose the lesion either as malignant or benign. Skin biopsies are most commonly requested to evaluate skin discoloration, growths, or even simple moles that have recently changed in shape, texture, size or color. During a biopsy, a doctor will take a small sampling of the suspicious tissues and send them to a lab for microbiological analysis. The results of a skin biopsy help doctors determine

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Skin Cancer

Extensive training in Dermatology residency is required in order to identify suspicious spots, growths and moles that need to be biopsied or removed. Most people are familiar with the Common types of skin cancer such as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. However, there are more rare forms of cancer that are serious and need to be diagnosed such as Merkel cell carcinoma, dermatofibroma sarcoma, and desmoplastic melanoma. Surgical removal of skin cancer such as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma are daily procedures at our office. Dermatologist have the surgical training and equipment to remove these cancerous skin growths in the office with local anesthesia.  Dr. Woods and her medical assistants are highly skilled in surgical procedures, and they have removed more than 5000 skin cancers.  They take pride in their work, not only finding skin cancer but in removing it in a complete, safe and cosmetic fashion. 

Read More »

Photodynamic Therapy

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is an extremely  effective treatment used to treat sun damaged skin in our patients. This treatment involves applying a photosensitizing medication to the skin and then using a light source to activate it.  We have perfected the procedure and prefer to perform it with a laser. Our protocol involves applying one of the FDA approved photosensitizers (Levulan or methyl aminolevulinate) to the to the entire face or affected areas for 1-3 hours. Then, the Candela laser beam is precisely pulsed onto on the areas where the medication was applied. The laser allows Dr. Woods to tailor the treatment more precisely. After the laser procedure, the medicine is washed off the face and patients may return home. It is important to avoid the sun for 48-72 hours after the procedure. Patients will experience redness for 1-3 days after the procedure and then the areas will peel for a

Read More »

Injections for Eczema and Psoriasis

Biologic drugs have transformed the lives of patients with severe eczema and psoriasis. In the case of psoriasis, these drugs also help arthritis as well.  Biologics represent a class of medications that is distinct from conventional drugs. .A biologic is a protein-based drug derived from living cells cultured in a laboratory.  Biologics are different from traditional systemic drugs that impact the entire immune system. Biologics, instead, target specific parts of the immune system. The biologics used to treat psoriatic disease block the action of a specific type of immune cell called a T cell, or block proteins in the immune system, such as tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), interleukin 17-A, or interleukins 12 and 23. These cells and proteins all play a major role in developing psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. There is now a Biologic drug available for patients with severe eczema. Some of these biologic drugs are given as injections in

Read More »

Patch Testing

Patch testing is a common diagnostic tool used to identify the specific agent that triggers allergic contact dermatitis. This testing does not involve needles or injections. Common substances to cause allergic skin rashes include preservatives in cosmetics, cleaning solutions, detergents, and fragrance. Common symptoms of allergic contact dermatitis include redness, blisters, itching, rash, and hives. These symptoms can last for up to four weeks, and can usually be treated at home through medications and topical creams. The best protection against contact dermatitis is to identify the specific triggers that cause reactions, so that patients can avoid these substances as often as possible. A patch test may help identify the trigger. It does not require the use of any needles or injections. Most dermatologists use the TRUE Test. In order to identify specific triggers, your doctor will tape several patches that contain various potential chemicals to the skin on the back.

Read More »

Botox For Sweating

BOTOX® is injected into the skin to treat the symptoms of severe underarm sweating (severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis) when medicines used on the skin (topical) do not work well enough in people 18 years and older. It is not known whether BOTOX® is safe or effective for severe sweating anywhere other than your armpits.

Read More »

Skin Biopsy

Your skin is the largest and most visible organ in your body, working hard to protect you from your environment. Though it may not be treated with as much attention as other major organs, such as the heart and liver, the skin plays an essential role in overall health. It is important to be vigilant in caring for the skin, carefully inspecting it for signs of potential health problems. When a lesion or suspicious growth threatens the body, a skin biopsy may be necessary to diagnose the lesion either as malignant or benign. Skin biopsies are most commonly requested to evaluate skin discoloration, growths, or even simple moles that have recently changed in shape, texture, size or color. During a biopsy, a doctor will take a small sampling of the suspicious tissues and send them to a lab for microbiological analysis. The results of a skin biopsy help doctors determine

Read More »

Skin Cancer

Extensive training in Dermatology residency is required in order to identify suspicious spots, growths and moles that need to be biopsied or removed. Most people are familiar with the Common types of skin cancer such as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. However, there are more rare forms of cancer that are serious and need to be diagnosed such as Merkel cell carcinoma, dermatofibroma sarcoma, and desmoplastic melanoma. Surgical removal of skin cancer such as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma are daily procedures at our office. Dermatologist have the surgical training and equipment to remove these cancerous skin growths in the office with local anesthesia.  Dr. Woods and her medical assistants are highly skilled in surgical procedures, and they have removed more than 5000 skin cancers.  They take pride in their work, not only finding skin cancer but in removing it in a complete, safe and cosmetic fashion. 

Read More »
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