Skin and Soft Tissue Procedures
With years of experience treating all types of skin and soft tissue disorders, we can help you better understand your condition. Whether you are looking for a second opinion or you are pursuing treatments for a current diagnosis, we are here to help.
Common skin and soft tissue disorders
The common skin disorders that we treat include:
- Malignant melanoma: Particular cells called melanocytes create a neoplasm on the skin, causing malignant melanoma, which is a type of skin cancer. If caught in the early stages, malignant melanoma is generally easy to treat with surgery. It’s important to watch moles for changes and to get checked frequently if you think you are at risk.
- Squamous cell carcinoma: Squamous cell carcinoma generally affects those who have spent a lot of time in the sun or in tanning beds. Over time, the damaging UV rays impact the health of the skin on the areas most exposed to sunlight. Though squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer, it is slow growing and may take years to detect. Early detection is key for successful treatment.
- Basal cell carcinoma: Basal cells are a type of cell within our skin that produces new skin cells as the old ones die off. This type of skin cancer affects those cells—often showing up as transparent bump on the skin. Like other skin cancers, basal cell carcinoma occurs most often on sun exposed areas of the body.
- Suspicious nevi: One of the most common reasons to visit a doctor specializing in skin disorders is due to a suspicious mole or mark found on your skin. For many skin and soft tissue disorders, early detection is key for treatment success.
- Lymph node biopsy: Our lymph nodes are a vast network of small organs located throughout our bodies. If your doctor suspects that you may have a particular disease, they will order a lymph node biopsy. They will take a small piece of your lymph node and send it to a specialist who will determine if the tissue is cancerous. If you are currently being treated for cancer, your doctor may order a lymph node biopsy to measure if the disease has spread further.
- Lipomas: A lipoma is a non-cancerous (benign) tumor consisting of fatty tissue. Generally, these are painless, soft, moveable, and less than five centimeters in size. They are located just under the skin and commonly found on the upper back, shoulders, and abdomen. While the cause of a lipoma is generally unclear, obesity and family history can play a role. Your doctor may request surgery or simply keep an eye on the lipoma over time.
- Cysts: A cyst is usually a benign (non-cancerous) pocket of tissue that may contain fluid, air, or other substances found under the skin. There are many different types of cysts and they can develop nearly anywhere on the body. Many cysts will go away on their own, while others may require minor surgery.
- Cellulitis: Though cellulitis is common, this bacterial skin infection can become serious if left untreated. Cellulitis generally causes skin to look swollen and red and can be painful or warm to the touch. The most common area to experience cellulitis is on the legs, arms, and face. Your physician will most likely treat cellulitis with medication.
- Abscess and complex wounds: Abscesses and complex wounds can develop for a variety of different reasons, and present in many ways. If you have a growth, abscess, or wound that isn’t getting better with at-home care, it may be time to see a doctor. We can help determine the cause of your skin issues and work with you to determine the best treatment option available.
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