Dermatology is an area of medical practice that focuses on caring for your skin. The team at Desert Wells Family Medicine in Queen Creek, Arizona, offers a wide range of dermatology services and can help you find relief from numerous skin conditions or simply improve the appearance of your skin. Learn more during a one-on-one consultation, which you can book online or by phone.
Did you know that your skin makes up around 16% of your total body weight? As the largest organ of your body, your skin performs numerous functions, many of which you may never consider. It regenerates new skin cells, grows hair, helps you sense touch and pain, and protects your internal organs.
Skin is also vulnerable to many different types of injury and disease. Some of the more common dermatological skin conditions include:
Desert Wells Family Medicine can create a customized treatment plan for all these conditions. Your skin can also develop growths, some of which are painful and others that are simply aesthetically unappealing. Examples include:
Allergic reactions can also affect your skin, causing a rash, itching, or swelling. Even conscientious skin care won’t have an impact on an allergic reaction.
Like all forms of cancer, abnormally rapid cell growth characterizes skin cancer. There are many different types of skin cancer, but the most common types are basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma.
Most skin cancers develop due to damage from ultraviolet rays. Having fair skin, multiple moles, a weakened immune system, or a personal or family history of skin cancer all increase your risk of developing the disease.
Incorporating routine dermatology skin checks at Desert Wells Family Medicine into your health care routine is the best way to detect changes that might indicate cancer.
Look for new moles or changes in the size, color, or shape of existing moles. Even areas of skin that change texture need professional evaluation.
Skin cancer detection is an area of specialty at Desert Wells Family Medicine. The practice offers skin biopsies and skin cancer removal and other forms of treatment.
Your practitioner can remove skin growths like warts, skin tags, and moles. The first step is a professional skin check to determine if the growth is dangerous.
If cancerous cells are present, lesion removal focuses on clearing all of those cells. If the skin growth is benign, removal efforts focus on creating an aesthetically pleasing outcome.
Excision with a scalpel is one approach. After numbing the area, your practitioner carefully cuts away the skin growth before gluing or stitching the skin together.
Another option is called a surgical shave and works by carefully shaving off thin layers of skin until the growth is completely removed.
Some skin growths can also be frozen off with liquid nitrogen. An electric current is yet another option.
To learn more about these and other dermatology services, schedule an appointment online or by phone today at Desert Wells Family Medicine.