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Dermatology Experts in Covington

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is dermatology?
Dermatology is the branch of medicine that treats the skin, its structure, functions and diseases.
If you are coming in for a dermatologic procedure, please print and complete the consent form on the Patient Forms page of our website.
What are the most common types of skin cancer?
  • Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer. It occurs most frequently on sun-exposed areas of the body. This cancer can devastate surrounding tissue but rarely spreads to other organs. Signs of this type of cancer are an open sore, a reddish patch, a growth with a raised edge and dimple in the center, a bump or a scar-like area.
  • Melanoma is a very serious form of skin cancer that invades the pigment cells of the skin that produce melanin. These areas may appear as a dark brown, black or multicolored growth, with irregularly shaped borders that may become crusty and bleed.
  • Squamous cell carcinoma is a major type of cancer that comes from the top layers of the skin. It may penetrate and destroy tissues underneath. Signs include scaly red patches, raised growths with a dimple in the center, wart-like growths and open sores. All of these may develop a crusty surface or bleed.
If you are coming in for this procedure, please print and complete the consent form on the Patient Forms page of our website.
What is Botox®/Dysport treatment? Is it right for me?
It seems like everyone is talking about Botox®/Dysport, the highly effective, nonsurgical procedure that can dramatically reduce your toughest wrinkle within seven days and lasts up to four months.
Botox®/Dysport is a simple, nonsurgical treatment that smooths the deep, persistent lines between your brows that develop over time. One 10-minute treatment with a few tiny injections relaxes the muscles that cause those lines to form and keeps them relaxed up to four months. This procedure has been widely tested, and has been approved by the FDA.
The results are dramatic and apparent within days. In clinical trials, nearly 90% of the men and women surveyed rated the improvement in their brow lines as moderate to better. For many, Botox®/Dysport virtually “erases” these lines.
Unlike surgery, Botox®/Dysport is fast, simple and minimally invasive, with no downtime or recovery. Most people return directly to work or normal activity following treatment. Within days, they report looking more natural and relaxed.
If you are between the ages of 18 and 65 and believe in doing all you can to look your best, Botox®/Dysport may be for you.
If you are coming in for this procedure, please print and complete the consent form on the Patient Forms page of our website.
What are Perlane and Restylane®?
Perlane and Restylane® are natural and safe cosmetic skin fillers that restore volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as the ones around your nose and mouth. The difference between the two fillers is the gel particle size. Perlane gel particles are larger and designed for deeper injection than Restylane®.
These treatments are often the perfect complement to Botox®/Dysport injections. Botox®/Dysport helps eliminate the wrinkles in your upper face, while Perlane and Restylane® decrease the deep lines around your nose and mouth, creating more youthful and plumper lips.
Studies show that the average Perlane and Restylane® treatments last about six months – twice as long as collagen.
Radiesse results may last up to a year or more.
If you are coming in for this procedure, please print and complete the consent form on the Patient Forms page of our website.
What is sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy involves using a very fine needle to inject a solution directly into your spider or varicose veins. The solution either eliminates or minimizes blood within these veins, for an improved appearance.
Spider veins – a telangiectasis, or chronic dilation of the capillaries in the legs – is a common problem that particularly affects women. These small purple, blue or red veins can form anywhere in the leg. Varicose veins are larger, sometimes raised and most often blue in color. They can be painful, producing a burning or throbbing sensation.
If you are coming in for this procedure, please print and complete the consent form on the Patient Forms page of our website.