Skin treatments are important whether they are used cosmetically or medically. They range from simply keeping your freshest face forward to being potentially life-saving.
St. Mary’s Physician Associates board-certified physicians specialize in treating a wide range of skin problems. From more serious health-threatening issues like skin cancer to cosmetic procedures, we’re dedicated to ensuring skin care for all. We offer a range of skin procedures, including:
Acne Scar Treatment
Acne produces an infection that destroys the thin layer of fat under the skin and leaves a scar. Early acne treatment can help minimize permanent scarring. There are lots of different options to treat acne scars, and it varies from person to person.
At St. Mary’s Physician Associates, we create an individualized acne treatment plan for each patient based on skin type, gender, acne condition and severity of scarring.
BOTOX® Cosmetic Treatment
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a non-surgical treatment used to smooth out wrinkles to help create a more youthful appearance. BOTOX® cosmetic is an injectable dermal filler made from botulinum toxin Type A. Once it is introduced into the skin, this treatment stops the muscle from contracting. This enables cosmetic surgeons to target specific facial muscles.
BOTOX® Cosmetic can be used to treat the horizontal furrows in the forehead, the deep vertical creases found between the eyes and appearance of crow’s feet. Other uses include reducing lines on the side of the nose, as well as pursed lips and vertical cords in the neck.
Skin Cancer Surveillance and Treatment
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The majority of skin cancers are caused by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, such as the sun and tanning beds. Overexposure can cause sunburns as well as a change in skin texture, causing the skin to prematurely age.
The most common types of skin cancer are basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, both of which are highly curable but can be disfiguring and expensive to treat. The third most common skin cancer — melanoma — is the most dangerous and can result in death. These three skin cancers are largely a side effect of overexposure to UV light.
Treatment depends on the type, size and location of the cancer. Most options include the removal of the growth. This may include freezing, excision, laser therapy and Mohs surgery. Radiation or chemotherapy may also be used in some cases.
Skin rejuvenation involves improving the texture, pigmentation and appearance of your skin. At St. Mary’s Physician Associates, we provide a personalized rejuvenation plan for each patient based on their skin condition and desired result.
We utilize a variety of treatment options, including natural skin products, medical creams, chemical solution peels and laser technology. These treatments can help improve many types of skin conditions, such as sun damage, lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, color, texture, loss of elasticity, acne, acne scars, large pores, unwanted hair, rosacea and spider veins.
Spider veins usually appear as red or purple, thin, threadlike veins located just under the skin’s surface. While they can appear anywhere, spider veins are most common in the legs and face.
Spider veins can be caused by a wide range of factors, including heredity, pregnancy, hormonal imbalance, weight gain, activities that require you to stand or sit for prolonged periods and may be an early warning of restricted blood vessels or blood clots.
At St. Mary’s Physician Associates, facial spider veins are usually treated using advanced laser technology. Spider vein treatment on other parts of the body is commonly done with a procedure called sclerotherapy, which causes the vein to collapse and gradually fade.
Wrinkles are one of the most common reasons people seek cosmetic facial treatment. St. Mary’s Physician Associates offer surgical and non-surgical types of skin treatments for correcting wrinkles. Skin resurfacing techniques are used to remove the top layer of skin made up of dead and damaged skin cells.
These procedures work by smoothing the raised edge of a wrinkle. Another option is to elevate the depressed part of the wrinkle by placing a filler material beneath it. A third option is to tighten the skin with a lift procedure. Schedule a consultation to determine which method is best for you.