As your body’s largest and most rapidly changing organ, your skin deserves specialized medical care. Medical and surgical dermatology services are available at Skin Concierge. Here, Dr. Rachel Schacht blends modern medical technology and techniques with her personable, patient-centered approach. Dermatology is a diverse field that includes diagnostics and therapeutic interventions for the following conditions:
At any given time, millions of Americans are experiencing an active acne breakout. Acne occurs when bacteria multiply within a clogged pore in the skin, causing inflammation. Dermatologists can prescribe oral or topical medications, or perform in-office treatments to treat acne.
The body’s healing response to the damage caused by acne triggers the production of collagen. If insufficient collagen is made, depression scars result. Raised acne scars develop when too much collagen is produced. Treatment options are available for both types of acne scars, including laser therapy, skin resurfacing, and injections.
An actinic keratosis is a pre-cancerous skin lesion. It looks like a scaly or crusty patch. Dermatologists recommend removing actinic keratoses to prevent them from becoming cancerous.
Basal Cell, Squamous Cell, and Melanoma Skin Cancers
Basal cell carcinoma is a slow-growing skin cancer that may look like a poorly healing sore. Squamous cell carcinomas usually look like red, scaly, thickened spots that may bleed or crust. Melanomas are the deadliest type, and may develop as a changing or abnormal mole.
There are many different kinds of birthmarks, or skin abnormalities present from birth. Some birthmarks are flat areas of discoloration, while others are raised growths. Your dermatologist may be able to offer treatments to reduce the appearance of a birthmark.
Dermatologists can use cryosurgery to treat actinic keratosis, warts, skin cancer, and scars. It involves the application of liquid nitrogen to the treatment area. This intentionally causes peeling, blistering, and scabbing.
Dandruff refers to flakes of dead skin cells that shed from the scalp. Dandruff can be embarrassing, but it’s easily controlled. Since dandruff can be caused by underlying issues, like contact dermatitis, see a dermatologist for a full evaluation.
Dry skin can be itchy and irritating. If you have persistent or severe dry skin, your dermatologist may prescribe a topical medication. Otherwise, moisturizers and lifestyle changes can help.
Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is an itchy skin condition characterized by small, raised bumps, scaly and cracked skin, and reddish patches. It’s possible for eczema to lead to a skin infection if the scratching becomes so severe that cuts in the skin develop. Medications, light therapy, and lifestyle adjustments can help.
A hand rash causes inflammation of the skin on the hand. This results in itching, swelling, and redness. Hand rashes usually occur in response to an environmental irritant, but may also be linked to allergies.
Hyperpigmentation is an area of skin that looks darker than the surrounding skin. It occurs when there is an overproduction of melanin, which is the pigment in skin. Sun spots and age spots are examples of hyperpigmentation.
Hairs normally grow up and out of the skin. Sometimes, however, a hair follicle becomes clogged, causing the hair to grow back into the skin. The ingrown hair can cause a raised, red bump that may become painful.
Isotretinoin is a prescription medication that may be appropriate for some people with severe acne. This medication can be highly effective when no other acne treatments have produced results.
Moles are small, round, pigmented growths. They are quite common, and rarely indicate cancer. Consult a dermatologist right away if a mole changes in appearance, or begins to itch or bleed.
Psoriasis accelerates the accumulation of skin cells, causing scales and red patches to form on the surface of the skin. Other symptoms of psoriasis include stiff joints and thickened nails. Dermatologists can provide oral or injected medications, topical applications, and light therapy to treat psoriasis.
Dermatologists diagnose and treat many types of rashes, some of which occur as a result of allergies or skin irritation. Rashes may make the skin look swollen and red, and they can feel painful and itchy.
Rosacea is a highly visible skin disease. It causes redness, flushing, swelling, and visible blood vessels, usually on the face. Your dermatologist can recommend lifestyle changes to help manage this condition.
Scars are the result of the body’s normal healing response to damage. Collagen fibers are produced in the injured area, resulting in the accumulation of fibrous tissue. Dermatologists can treat scars with cryosurgery or topical applications.
Seborrheic dermatitis is a skin disease. It results in a rash that may look reddish, with lighter crusty scales. In infants, this disease is known as cradle cap.
Skin Cancer Screenings
Skin cancer screenings are full-body, visual examinations. During a screening, the dermatologist checks for signs of abnormalities that may indicate pre-cancer or cancer. It’s recommended that all adults have a skin cancer screening yearly.
Skin lesions are any area of the skin that appears abnormal. These include lumps, ulcers, sores, discoloration, and bumps. Actinic keratosis and moles are examples of skin lesions.
Sun Damage and Exposure
Dermatologists strongly encourage everyone to protect themselves from sun exposure, as unprotected sun exposure causes damage to the DNA that may result in skin cancer. Indoor tanning beds pose the same risk of UV damage.
Warts are skin growths, but they are not cancerous. They are the result of a viral infection called human papillomavirus (HPV). Some warts go away by themselves, but stubborn warts may require professional care.
Dr. Rachel Schacht at Skin Concierge invites new and current patients to schedule a consultation at our modern dermatology clinic in Tucson, AZ. Call (520) 333-5973 or use our convenient online contact form.
Dr. Schacht provides topical numbing medicine, utilizes cold to help with anesthesia and will even perform local anesthesia and/or nerve blocks depending on the client's desires and pain tolerance.
Dr. Schacht truly caters to each individual's needs, combines different techniques and approaches accordingly.