Our Dermatologist Blog
By Florida Dermatology Associates
July 23, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Skin Fungus   Nail Fungus  

Treating FungusThough they do not often become serious, fungal skin and nail infections can prove to be rather frustrating and annoying conditions. Luckily, your dermatologist can help you get to the bottom of your fungus issue and find the treatment you need to successfully get rid of it for good. Find out more about treating fungus of the skin and nails with Dr. Ruben Antenor Moreno and Dr. Frank Lee at Florida Dermatology in Melbourne, Cocoa Beach, Palm Bay, Cocoa, Suntree, and Titusville, FL.

What causes fungus in skin and nails? 
A fungal infection comes from microscopic fungal spores entering the skin through a tiny cut or scrape and coming to rest under your dead skin tissue. Often, this fungus, called Candida albicans, does not cause any symptoms and simply lives on your skin. However, sometimes it begins to multiply, creating an infection and causing the symptoms related to a fungal infection.

Do I have a fungal skin or nail infection? 
Your dermatologist will use a physical examination to visually inspect your infection and will most often find a patch of itchy, red, and scaly skin. Sometimes, the rash will leak fluids and have pustules around the outer border. If you have a nail fungus, you will probably notice a yellowed or brittle nail which may become misshapen or thickened. Severe cases cause the nail to separate from the nail bed.

Treating Fungus of Skin and Nails in Melbourne, Cocoa Beach, Palm Bay, Cocoa, Suntree, and Titusville, FL
Treating your fungal infection will depend on the type of infection you have and its severity. Often, over-the-counter antifungal medications can clear up your condition. Prescription-strength varieties of these medications help more severe infections. Oral medications and antifungal lacquer for nails also treat fungal infections.

For more information on skin and nail fungal infections, please contact your dermatologists, Dr. Ruben Antenor Moreno and Dr. Frank Lee at Florida Dermatology serving Melbourne, Cocoa Beach, Palm Bay, Cocoa, Suntree, and Titusville, FL. Call (321) 264-6266 to schedule your appointment in Cocoa, FL, or (321) 768-1600 to schedule your appointment at the Cocoa Beach, Palm Bay, Suntree, or Titusville locations today!

By Florida Dermatology Associates
June 12, 2018
Category: Dermatology

IPL TreatmentsSkin cleansers and creams can provide favorable results with regular use, but sometimes you need to consult a dermatologist to get the more youthful and healthy skin you want. You may find that Laser IPL (intense pulsed light) treatments at Florida Dermatology Associates in Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, Titusville, Melbourne, and Cocoa, FL, can improve the appearance of your skin significantly. 

What Are Laser IPL Treatments?
Lasers have many different applications in the medical field. In dermatology, they are used to heal scars and reduce the appearance of skin imperfections. Laser IPL uses a technology called intense pulsed light to rejuvenate the skin. It helps decrease the appearance of wrinkles by stimulating the collagen in the skin. It can lighten marks due to hyperpigmentation, sun spots, and age spots. Patients who are struggling with rosacea and similar skin conditions may see an improvement after an IPL treatment. The technology behind IPL is also used in hair removal procedures.

IPL Benefits
IPL is an alternative to more invasive procedures like facelifts and Botox injections. There’s no need to go under anesthesia for this treatment. If there’s any discomfort at the first session as skin imperfections are being lasered away, many patients find it very tolerable. IPL appointments only require about an hour of your time.

Your IPL Dermatology Appointment
You’ll first attend a skin consultation so that your Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, Titusville, Melbourne, and Cocoa dermatologist can examine you and talk to you about your skin issues. In order to qualify for IPL treatments, your dermatologist must first check your medical history, including any allergies and skin reactions. You’ll wear a pair of protective glasses and a cooling gel will be applied to the skin. The laser wand is placed over the areas of concern, sending bright pulses of light to the skin. When the procedure is over, your doctor will apply a moisturizer. It may take a few days for the redness to go away, and up to five sessions to see the full results you want.

Talk to Your Dermatologist
Many patients don’t get treatments that would greatly improve their skin simply because they don’t ask. A laser IPL treatment could make all the difference. Call (321) 768-1600 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ruben Moreno or Dr. Frank Lee at Florida Dermatology Associates in Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, Titusville, Melbourne, and Cocoa, FL.

By Florida Dermatology Associates
April 04, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: skin care  

Properly caring for your skin should be an important part of your daily routine. A few simple steps can help you avoid the effects of aging skin careand feel great about the way you look for years to come. With help from your dermatologist, you can choose the best skin care routine for you. Find out more about caring for your skin with Dr. Ruben Antenor Moreno and Dr. Frank Lee at Florida Dermatology Associates with locations in Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, Titusville, Melbourne, and Cocoa, FL.

How can I care for my skin daily?
A good daily skin care regimen can greatly reduce sun damage and the effects of aging. The most basic skin care routine begins with washing your face using a gentle face wash in the morning and at night. A toner used morning and night helps keep the pores clean and minimizes the appearance of large pores. Use a moisturizer in the morning and before bed at night to keep the skin hydrated. Always wear a sunblock with an SPF of at least 30 on the face, even if your moisturizer contains an SPF to help avoid sun damage and related issues like skin cancer.

What can I do to care for my skin long-term? 
Your dermatologist is your key to opening the world of long-term skin care. From microdermabrasion to help even skin tone and slough off dead skin cells to skin examinations which help spot the earliest signs of skin cancer, your dermatologist can take your skin care to the next level. Yearly appointments with your doctor allow you both to assess your skin’s health and reevaluate your skin care routine to adjust it as necessary.

Skin Care in Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, Titusville, Melbourne, and Cocoa
Taking good care of your skin can help prevent the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and avoid issues like skin cancer. Taking your skin’s health seriously can ensure that you look great and feel great, too. Consult with your dermatologist to find the best course of action for you and your skin.

For more information on proper skin care, please contact Dr. Moreno and Dr. Lee at Florida Dermatology Associates. To schedule an appointment in Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, Titusville, or Melbourne, FL, please call (321) 768-1600. To schedule an appointment in Cocoa, FL, please call (321) 264-6266.

By Florida Dermatology Associates
January 22, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: mohs surgery  

What your dermatologists in Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach and Melbourne want you to knowmohs surgery

Skin cancer can be a worrisome diagnosis, but the good news is there is a highly effective type of surgery to treat skin cancer. It’s called Mohs surgery, and it can help make skin cancer a distant memory. Your dermatologists at Florida Dermatology Associates want to share the facts about Mohs surgery, the state-of-the-art way to treat skin cancer. They have several convenient office locations in Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach and Melbourne, FL to help you.

Mohs surgery is a revolutionary type of surgery to effectively treat different forms of skin cancer including squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma. During a Mohs surgery, thin layers of tissue are removed one-by-one and examined for cancerous or abnormal cells under a microscope. Surgery continues until all of the cancerous cells are removed.

Skin cancer treatment has benefited dramatically from the Mohs technique. That’s because Mohs surgery has the highest rate of curing skin cancer, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. The Skin Cancer Foundation states that up to 99% of initial skin cancers are cured, with up to 94% of recurring skin cancers cured.

You will benefit from Mohs surgery in many ways. With Mohs surgical treatment, you can count on:

  • Increased comfort because treatment is less invasive and only requires local anesthetic
  • Increased convenience because treatment is performed in an outpatient setting
  • Minimal scarring because minimal tissue is removed during treatment
  • Minimal skin damage because only cancerous cells are removed; your healthy tissue remains undamaged

Mohs surgery can help treat skin cancer, but the most important step you can take is to remember to use a sunscreen of at least SPF 15 daily, and SPF 30 if you are out in the sun for a long period of time. Also remember to check your moles for any changes in size, color, or shape.

If you’ve been diagnosed with skin cancer, it’s time to seek out the help of the experts. It’s time to call your dermatologists at Florida Dermatology Associates, with offices in Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach and Melbourne, FL. Don’t wait, call today!

By Florida Dermatology Associates
November 27, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Cosmetic Surgery  

Are you unhappy with some aspect of your appearance? Cosmetic surgery and other procedures can correct issues that keep you from cosmetic surgerylooking your best and reduce the signs of aging. The dermatologists at Florida Dermatology Associates in Melbourne, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, Titusville and Cocoa, FL, discuss a few procedures you may want to consider.

Laser hair removal

Laser hair removal is an excellent solution if you want to get rid of hairs on your upper lip or give up shaving your legs for good. When the pigments in hair are exposed to the heat of laser light, the follicle becomes damaged and slows or stops growing completely. Because the laser light is precisely targeted, it won't hurt your skin. You may need several treatments in our Melbourne, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, Titusville, and Cocoa offices to completely eliminate the hair in an area.

Intense pulsed light (IPL)

IPL treatment is very effective in reducing signs of aging caused by sun exposure, such as dark spots and fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment breaks down pigments that cause age spots, freckles, broken capillaries, spider veins and rosacea and also increases your body's production of collagen, a natural protein that gives the skin its elasticity. Boosting your collagen level makes lines and wrinkles less noticeable. IPL treatment is also a good choice if you have acne, as the laser light decreases redness and reduces oil production.

Dermal Fillers

Injectable dermal fillers offer a simple way to treat lines and wrinkles without surgery. Collagen, hyaluronic acid and other fillers plump up the volume in your face and are used to minimize crow's feet, improve the appearance of undereye areas, thicken lips, lift your cheeks and fill wrinkles. Fillers may improve your appearance for several months to several years, depending on which type is used.

Dermabrasion and chemical peels

Dermabrasion and chemical peels remove the layers of your skin that contain fine lines and wrinkles, acne, growths, sun damage and scars. Chemical peels target the outer layers of your skin, while dermabrasion removes deeper layers.

Would you like to find out if cosmetic surgery is a good choice for you? Schedule an appointment with the dermatologists at Florida Dermatology Associates by calling (321) 768-1600 for the Melbourne, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach and Titusville, FL, offices or (321) 264-6266 for the Cocoa office.





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