According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in the United States. Like many types of cancer, prevention and early detection are the best ways to protect yourself and your family. Dr. Karen Maffei, a dermatologist in Athens, GA, recommends regular skin cancer screenings and awareness of the signs and symptoms of the different forms of skin cancer.
Skin Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment in Athens, GA
Despite everything we know about the dangers of overexposure to the sun's harmful UV rays over time, skin cancer cases have continued to rise over the last few decades, especially among younger adults.
What to Look For
Monitoring new growths or changes to existing moles and freckles is the most important step in detecting skin cancer early, especially for melanoma (the most serious and potentially fatal type of skin cancer). If you notice new moles or growths/sores that don't heal within a week, see a dermatologist for a skin check. Because skin cancer can develop anywhere on the body and frequently affects areas that are difficult to see during a self-exam like the back and scalp, dermatologists recommend regular professional screenings.
How to Spot Melanoma
Moles that are asymmetrical, don't have clear and well-defined borders, are inconsistent in color (or a color other than black or brown), are larger than 1/4 inch or are changing in size, shape or color can be a sign of melanoma and should be examined by a dermatologist as soon as possible.
What You Can Do to Protect Yourself from Sun Damage
While avoiding tanning beds and prolonged exposure to the midday sun are at the top of the list of sun damage prevention, there are a number of precautions that everyone can take in order to continue enjoying time in the outdoors. Here's what you can do:
- Wear sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) every time you go outside and reapply regularly, especially after swimming or sweating (even on cloudy days)
- Wear protective clothing
- Avoid prolonged sun exposure during peak exposure hours (10 AM to 4 PM)
Find a Dermatologist in Athens, GA
To learn more about the signs and symptoms of skin cancer and what you can do to protect yourself and your family from harmful sun exposure, contact Athens Dermatology Group today by calling 706-769-1550 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Maffei.
Redness, rosacea, brown spots--how has all this happened to your skin? Well, aging plus sun exposure often cause the problems you're experiencing. They're not your fault, and there is something you can do about them. Dr. Karen Maffei offers state-of-the-art diagnostics and services, such as IPL photofacial treatments. Learn more about what you can do about your unevenly pigmented skin.
Smooth, evenly colored skin
Frankly, few of us have it, particularly as we age. However, even young people experience frustrating skin issues such as:
- Acne scarring
- Deep pores
- Rosacea (increased circulation near the surface of the epidermis, resulting in stubborn redness in people between the ages of 30 and 50, according to the American Academy of Dermatology)
What you can do
At Athens Dermatology, Dr. Maffei and her team deliver a wide range of dermatologic services which improve the health and appearance of the human body's largest organ--the skin. Among one of the easiest and most innovative is IPL, or Intense Pulsated Light.
Also called photorejuvenation, IPL delivers short bursts of highly-focused light energy to areas in the epidermis which are highly pigmented. The light causes capillaries and elastic collagen to constrict within the epidermis or topmost skin layer, thus allowing the hyper-pigmented areas to slough off.
Your cosmetic dermatologist in the Watkinsville and Athens, GA, area
Treatment from Dr. Maffei is your safest and most effective way to have the smoothest, clearest skin possible. If you're bothered by spots and other skin imperfections, why not consult with Dr. Maffei? IPL just may be the service you need. Call the office today at (706) 769-1550.
Treating acne isn't always quite as simple as commercials for over-the-counter products promise. If you have severe or stubborn acne, your pimples and cysts may not disappear, even if you use the acne medication as directed. Our Watkinsville and Athens, GA, area dermatologist, Dr. Karen Maffei, shares some information on several acne treatment options that are more effective than drugstore pimple creams.
When you visit our Watkinsville and Athens area office, we may recommend that you try a prescription topical medication that encourages more rapid skin cell turnover. Medications like tretinoin, adapalene, and tazarotene prevent skin oils from blocking your pores, resulting in fewer pimples and flare-ups.
Topical and oral antibiotics
When topical medications aren't effective alone, combining them with topical or oral antibiotics may be helpful. Antibiotics kill the p. acnes bacteria on your skin that inflame your pores and create red, painful pimples.
Chemical peels and microdermabrasion
Removing the outer layers of your skin with a chemical peel or microdermabrasion gets rids of active and developing acne lesions. The treatments also remove shallow acne scars and pits. During the microdermabrasion treatment, a handheld device will be used to spray tiny exfoliating crystals on your skin. You'll notice an immediate improvement in your skin, although you'll need to receive all of the recommended treatments for best results. Results take a little longer to appear if you have a chemical peel. The top layers of your skin will begin to slough off, taking pimples with it a few days after the peel.
Isotretinoin, is a powerful oral medication, is only prescribed if you have severe cystic acne or stubborn acne that doesn't respond to other treatments. Because the medication can affect the liver, frequent blood tests will be needed while you take it. You'll also need to use a reliable method of birth control if you're female, as isotretinoin can cause birth defects.
Are you interested in learning if one or more of these acne treatment options can help you? Call our Watkinsville and Athens, GA, area dermatologist, Dr. Maffei, at (706) 769-1550 to schedule an appointment.
Find out how we can improve the look and health of your skin.
We know how important it is to have healthy, radiant skin. After all, we know that issues such as acne or wrinkles can affect not just your appearance but also your self-esteem. Our Watkinsville, GA, cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Karen Maffei is here to tell you the many ways in which you can refresh and enhance the look and feel of your skin based on your needs and goals.
If you are fighting the effects of sun damage, uneven skin tone, rosacea, or fine lines and wrinkles, our Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) photofacial treatment might be just the thing to refresh your skin’s tone, texture and appearance. In just 30 minutes the laser therapy penetrates deep within the skin to constrict blood vessels and to restructure collagen production to increase skin’s firmness and texture while reducing facial redness. There is also no downtime associated with this procedure, making it a great option for those who are looking to improve the look of blotchy, red and uneven skin but without the recovery process.
There are a variety of different chemical peels in which to choose from in Watkinsville, GA, and the type you get will depend on several factors including the type of skin problems you are looking to address and how severe they are. By applying a special formula to your face, we can remove the outer layers of the skin to reveal new, healthier skin underneath. Chemical peels won’t just give your skin a healthy glow but will also:
- Make skin softer
- Reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles
- Increase collagen production to improve skin’s firmness and elasticity
- Unclog pores and reduce the appearance of enlarged pores
- Improve skin tone and texture
- Reduce superficial scarring (e.g. acne scars)
If you aren’t quite ready to take the plunge when it comes to chemical peels you can still reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles without the side effects and downtime. With Radiesse, this dermal filler injects a special formula into areas of the face to stimulate the production of collagen, which improves skin’s firmness and texture. This treatment will temporarily eliminate forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet and lines around the nose and mouth. Restylane and Restylane Lyft are dermal fillers that are used to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles. They can also be used to smooth lines around the lips, and to add volume to the cheeks and lips.
Athens Dermatology in Watkinsville, GA, is dedicated to helping you feel confident in your skin. Call our office today to schedule a consultation with us and to find out what treatment options might be right for you.
Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer according to the American Cancer Society. If you are diagnosed with cancer, Dr. Karen Maffei, in Watkinsville, GA, can tell you type you have and supply you with the necessary treatment options.
Types of Skin Cancer:
Skin cancer is the abnormal growth of skin cells and often develops on the parts of the skin most exposed to the sun’s rays. Skin cancer affects people of all colors and races, but people with light skin and who sunburn easily have a higher risk.
Here are a few types of skin cancers according to the American Cancer Society:
- Basal and Squamous Cell Skin Cancer: They are found in areas exposed to the sun, like your head, neck, and arms, as well as other areas. Although common, basal and squamous cell skin cancer is treatable. While light-skinned individuals are most likely to develop Squamous Cell Skin Cancer, darker-skinned people can too.
- Merkel Cell Skin Cancer: If you have Merkel cell carcinoma, you need to know what to expect and can help you cope. This cancer usually appears on your face, head or neck as a flesh-colored or bluish-red nodule.
- Melanoma Skin Cancer: Melanoma develops in a mole or appears as a new dark spot on your skin. It doesn't develop as commonly as other types of cancers, Melanoma is more likely to grow and spread, and is one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer.
- Lymphoma of the Skin: Rare lymphomas that start in the skin are called skin lymphomas (or cutaneous lymphomas). The main types are Hodgkin's lymphoma and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Lymphoma starts in the immune system's cells.
Mohs Micrographic Surgery:
The cancerous area is examined and removed under the microscope. Mohs surgery is performed in the office and takes only a day. Doctors map diseased skin layers to pinpoint the areas that need treatment. Mohs surgery is a skin cancer treatment with a high success rate.
For more information about skin cancer and to speak to Dr. Karen Maffei in regards to any worries you may have, call Athens Dermatology in Watkinsville, GA.
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