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By Florida Dermatology Associates
October 22, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Eczema  

How your dermatologists in Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, and Melbourne, FL, can help your Eczema

Affecting people of all ages, eczema is a chronic skin condition that plagues people with its characteristic symptoms of itchy, scaly patches Eczemaand oozing, even bleeding, sores. If you suffer from this issue, you will need the proper education to control and improve it. Fortunately, here at Florida Dermatology Associates in Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, and Melbourne, FL, your dermatologists, Dr. Ruben Antenor Moreno and Dr. Frank Lee, help people navigate their flare-ups with care that is compassionate, targeted, and effective.


FAQs about eczema

Just what is eczema?

Also known as atopic dermatitis, eczema is a chronic skin condition known for its red/orange patches that itch, ooze, and flake. Appearing virtually anywhere on the body, eczema may begin in infancy and flare up periodically due to stress, medications, heat, allergens, and more.


Are there different kinds?

There are several different kinds of eczema and even the same type of eczema may express itself in different ways and vary in severity. Unfortunately, some varieties are so aggressive that the skin becomes permanently damaged in terms of color, thickness, and scarring.

One of the most common kinds of eczema is contact dermatitis, a condition that creates red, intensely itchy skin patches after exposure to laundry soap, certain fabrics (such as wool), or a separate irritant. This kind of eczema differs from atopic dermatitis, which flares in response to an allergen such as animal dander.

Another very noticeable type of eczema is seborrheic dermatitis, which is known for causing flaky dandruff that increases in intensity during hot weather. Stasis dermatitis is related to vascular problems in the extremities.


How many people have eczema?

The National Eczema Association says that 30 million Americans of all ages, skin colors, and walks of life suffer from eczema. Most of the time, it expresses itself in infancy.


Is it contagious?

No, it is not contagious. However, when skin lesions flare up and remain open, they may be infiltrated with bacteria and become infected.


Do genetics play a role in eczema?

Much scientific and anecdotal evidence strongly suggests that eczema runs in families.


Is there hope?

Yes, there is hope. The American Academy of Dermatology says that skin doctors constantly explore new ways to control eczema and reduce its inflammation, itching, and spread around the body. There are many over-the-counter and prescription medications, including antihistamines, steroidal creams, and ointments. Additionally, Dr. Lee and Dr. Moreno often advise careful personal hygiene and daily shampooing.


Find out more

Here at Florida Dermatology Associates, our professional team can help you with your eczema. We will help you identify your triggers and compose a treatment plan that works for you and your skin long-term. For more information or to arrange a consultation, phone (321) 768-1600. We have five locations to serve you: Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, and Melbourne, FL,

By Florida Dermatology Associates
June 12, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Cosmetic Surgery  

Your mind says you're youthful, but the mirror reflects something a bit different. Here at Florida Dermatology Associates in Cocoa, Beautiful GirlTitusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, and Melbourne, FL, our cosmetic surgeons—Dr. Frank Lee and Dr. Ruben Antenor Moreno—perform state-of-the-art procedures that rejuvenate both facial appearance and self-confidence. Read on to get the information you need to decide how we can help you best!


FAQs about Cosmetic Surgery

What are the goals of cosmetic facial surgery?

People seek cosmetic facial surgery because they want to refresh their appearance and feel more confident and self-assured. Whether facial flaws originate in the aging process or result from trauma, congenital defect, acne scarring, or any other circumstance, your physicians at Florida Dermatology Associates can give you the help you need!


What kinds of procedures does Florida Dermatology Associates offer?

Dr. Lee and Dr. Moreno and their team offer several leading-edge procedures which can:

  • Reduce areas of hyper-pigmentation, remove scars, and smooth lines and wrinkles (both static and dynamic)
  • Remove unwanted hair from shoulders, chest, legs, face, underarms and bikini line
  • Resurface aging skin
  • Eliminate areas of redness
  • Treat small, but obvious, spider veins


Do I qualify for these procedures?

Because you'll be seeing a board-certified dermatologist when you come to Florida Dermatology Associates, you're assured of a complete skin examination and review of your medical and surgical history. Your doctor will recommend only the procedures appropriate to your skin type, age, aesthetic goals, and overall health. Treatment plans are tailored to you and no one else!


Will I need special care after I have my procedure?

Many procedures, such as laser hair removal and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatments, cause no, or very little, downtime. Surgical facelifts, on the other hand, do carry a recovery period. Your doctor will outline what you must do both before and after your procedure to ensure your safety, best results, and complete recovery.


How many people get cosmetic surgeries?

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons says these procedures increase in number every year. In 2018 alone, American adults expended $16.5 billion on cosmetic surgeries and less invasive treatments (such as laser resurfacing or BOTOX injections). The procedures themselves number in the millions.


Find out more by calling one of our offices in Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, and Melbourne, FL!

Please call Florida Dermatology Associates at (321) 768-1800 to arrange a consultation with Dr. Lee or Dr. Moreno. We have five locations to serve all your medical and aesthetic dermatology needs: Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, and Melbourne, FL,

By Florida Dermatology Associates
April 11, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Cosmetic Procedure  

Your Cocoa Beach, Palm Bay, Cocoa, Suntree and Titusville, FL, dermatologists offer patients several cosmetic procedures. These Youthful_Skinprocedures help patients obtain the youthful look you want.


Botox is an FDA-approved treatment. It is used to eliminate and/or reduce wrinkles and creases on your face. It paralyzes the muscles that contract and the create wrinkles and creases. The muscles are contracted due to the release of a chemical called acetylcholine. When the patient is injected with Botox, the production of acetylcholine is blocked, therefore stopping the contraction of the muscles.

Botox is a unique cosmetic procedure. It has almost no downtime and doesn't take long to be done or completed; you can actually go back to work right after the treatment. Botox doesn't cause patients to lose their capability to show facial expression and, although it is a simple process, a licensed professional will administer the Botox treatment. A doctor who understands the sensitivity of the treatment and is an expert when it comes to the facial anatomy should be the only one to conduct this treatment.

Botox is almost painless. Previous patients say the injections feel like pinches, but doctors use ice to help alleviate that slight nip. The procedure lasts 3 to 4 months.

Laser Skin Rejuvenation

Laser skin also rejuvenates your skin. Laser therapy removes the outermost layer of damaged skin. Here are a few laser skin rejuvenation procedures offered by your Cocoa Beach, Palm Bay, Cocoa, Suntree and Titusville doctors:

  • Forever Young BBL
  • ProFractional Resurfacing
  • Contour TRL
  • MicroLaserPeel

It results in resurfacing and smoothing away wrinkles and superficial blemishes like:

  • Age spots
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Enlarged pores
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Sun damage
  • Liver spots
  • Superficial scars
  • A dull complexion
  • Birthmark

Laser skin rejuvenation takes about 30 to 45 minutes to treat the whole face. It removes the outermost layer stimulates collagen production, which improves skin elasticity.

The procedure consists of:

  1. You'll need to consult with your doctor so they can determine if laser skin rejuvenation is the right cosmetic treatment for you.
  2. If this is the right procedure for you, your doctor will set an appointment for you to come in.
  3. The procedure will begin by numbing the area and provide you with the agreed upon local anesthesia, complete sedation, or no anesthesia at all.
  4. A light beam is used to sends short pulses of light over the skin to enable removing the outermost layers of the skin.
  5. Your doctor will bandage up the area and provide instructions on post-procedural skin care.

If you have any questions, be sure to contact your dermatologists Dr. Ruben Antenor Moreno and Dr. Frank G. Lee at Florida Dermatology, with offices in Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach and Melbourne, FL.

By Florida Dermatology Associates
March 28, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: mohs surgery  

How Mohs Surgery from your dermatologists in Melbourne, FL, can help your skin

You may have heard about Mohs surgery to treat skin cancer. The truth is, Mohs surgery is the newest, most revolutionary way to treat dermatologistskin cancer because it is conservative, effective, and leaves little to no scarring.

Your dermatologists, Dr. Ruben Antenor Moreno and Dr. Frank G. Lee, at Florida Dermatology offer Mohs surgery to help your skin. They have several convenient office locations in Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach and Melbourne, FL.

Mohs surgery works by treating the skin, one layer at a time. A thin layer of tissue is removed and examined under a microscope to determine the presence of abnormal or cancerous cells. If abnormalities are present, the next layer is removed and examined. Tissue is removed layer-by-layer so that only cancerous tissue is removed, not healthy tissue.

The Mohs system boasts a cure rate of 99% for initial cases of skin cancer, and 94% for recurrent cases. It works especially well for squamous cell and basal cell carcinomas. There are many reasons why Mohs surgery is an excellent way to treat skin cancers. Mohs Surgery is:

  • Convenient, because Mohs surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, with no hospital stay
  • Comfortable, because Mohs surgery typically requires only local anesthetic and is far less invasive than conventional surgery
  • Cosmetically pleasing, because during Mohs surgery, minimal tissue is removed, so you will have little to no scarring

You can do a lot to prevent skin cancer by limiting your sun exposure and applying daily sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher if you plan to spend a lot of time out in the sun. You should also check your moles regularly and pay attention to moles that have changed size, color, or shape.

A diagnosis of skin cancer can be scary, but Mohs micrographic surgery can help. You deserve the best skin care treatment available, so call the experts, Dr. Ruben Antenor Moreno and Dr. Frank G. Lee at Florida Dermatology, with offices in Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach and Melbourne, FL. Call today!

By Florida Dermatology Associates
October 08, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: skin cancer  

Did you know that skin cancer occurs in more Americans than all other kinds of cancers put together? Statistics from the Skin Cancer Foundation prove it, and that's why your dermatologists, Dr. Ruben Antenor Moreno and Dr. Frank Lee at Florida Dermatology in Melbourne, Cocoa Beach, Palm Bay, Cocoa, Suntree, and Titusville, FL, want their patients to be vigilant about this deadly condition. With routine screening, diagnosis and cure rates are high.

What you can look for

If you receive an annual skin cancer screening as the American Academy of Dermatology advises, that's great. But, did you know that in between visits to your dermatologist, you can looks for signs of skin cancer yourself in the privacy of your own home?

While skin cancers (basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma, the most virulent) mostly appear on areas exposed to the sun, your dermatologist encourages his patients to inspect the entire body. If necessary, use a mirror or get a spouse to help.

Look for:

  • Crusty, scaly patches which do not heal
  • Raised bumps which bleed
  • Bumps that are waxy in texture and have visible blood vessels and/or dimples

Also, your dermatologist says to inspect any existing moles for changes. Use this mnemonic to recall how to examine your skin:

A is for assymmetry. A benign mole, bisected with a straight line down the middle, will be evenly shaped and sized in both halves.

B is for border. Cancerous moles, unlike their benign counterparts, are irregular or notched, not smooth.

C is for color. It should be the same throughout.

D stands for diameter. Picture the pink eraser at the top of a standard pencil. No benign mole will be larger than this eraser (6mm).

E means evolving. A mole you've had for a long time should look the same year after year, not growing or changing in shape, texture or color.

Your bottom line caution from your dermatologist is: if you see a concerning change, come to Florida Dermatology Associates for a check-up.

Preventing skin cancer

Remember the old sayings, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." and " A stitch in time saves nine?" Well, these adages remind us that keeping ahead of dangerous health conditions is worth the time and effort. Typically, preventive measures are simple lifestyle habits which add up to a healthier, happier you.

So, to help prevent skin cancer, remember to:

  • Stay in the shade between 10 am and 2 pm when the sun's rays are at their peak.
  • Cover up poolside and at the beach. Long sleeves and long pants, in light colors, reflect the sun.
  • Use SPF 30 sun screen or higher on exposed areas, and re-apply it every 2 hours or whenever it sweats or washes off.
  • Avoid tanning booths.

Find out more

If you are concerned about a skin rash, spot, mole or lesion, please contact Florida Dermatology Associates in Melbourne, Cocoa Beach, Palm Bay, Cocoa, Suntree, and Titusville, FL. This professional team helps scores of people annually have their healthiest, most attractive skin. Reach us at (321) 768-1600.

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