Our Dermatologist Blog
By Florida Dermatology Associates
July 22, 2020
Category: Skin Treatments

Do you dislike signs of aging on your skin? Freckles, unwanted hair, sagging, loose skin, scars, broken blood vessels, fine lines and wrinkles may be inevitable, but they can be well-managed for a totally refreshed look. At Florida Dermatology Associates in Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, and Melbourne, FL, board-certified dermatologists, Dr. Ruben Antenor Moreno and Dr. Frank Lee, offer many aesthetic and medical skin services, including cosmetic laser treatments. Achieve your skin goals safely, predictably and comfortably.

Why would a skin doctor use a laser?

In dermatology applications, a laser is a small hand-held tool that delivers highly-focused light energy to the skin. The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery explains that these innovative instruments have gained tremendous popularity and usefulness over the past two decades. Applied directly to the skin, they stimulate collagen, the skin's elastic protein, improving skin color and texture.

Your dermatologists actually remove fine layers of skin or unwanted hair follicles with their laser tools. The procedure requires varying amounts of downtime and produces side effects such as redness, puffiness, scabbing and tenderness at the treated sites.

What laser treatments are available at Florida Dermatology Associates?

Dr. Moreno and Dr. Lee offer these laser services:

  • Laser resurfacing softens the appearance of scars, wrinkles, sun spots. This in-office treatment feels like a small elastic band snapping against the skin, but in general, it is far more comfortable than traditional surgical procedures. Most patients require more than one treatment for best and longer-lasting results.
  • IPL, or Intense Pulsed Light, is a gentler cosmetic laser treatment suitable for sun damage, rosacea rashes, fine lines and vascular issues, such as spider veins. Dermatologists call IPL non-ablative because it removes no skin layers, but it does help stimulate collagen.
  • Laser hair removal actually heats individual hair follicles on the upper lip, cheeks, chest, bikini lines and other areas of unwanted hair. As hair grows cyclically, you may need several treatments for optimal removal. This service is performed in just minutes at Florida Dermatology Associates.

Innovation with results

If you're tired of trying to cover unwanted signs of aging, or want unwanted hair controlled, arrange a consultation at Florida Dermatology Associates. Dr. Moreno and Dr. Lee have the experience, expertise and tools to give you the results you desire for healthier, younger-looking and flawless skin. We have offices in Melbourne, Cocoa Beach, Palm Bay, Port St. John and Suntree. Phone us at (321) 768-1600.

By Florida Dermatology Associates
May 28, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: skin cancer  

Who doesn't think about skin cancer these days? After all, about 9,500 Americans receive the diagnosis every day, says the CDC. At Florida Dermatology Associates in Melbourne, FL, your dermatologists, Dr. Frank Lee and Dr. Ruben Antenor Moreno, help patients with the identification and treatment of skin cancer and promote life-saving prevention.

Kinds of skin cancer

People of all ages and walks of life may experience skin cancer. The CDC reports that 20 percent of Americans will develop this condition by age 70.

There are three basic types of skin cancer. They can heal well when detected and treated early by your Melbourne dermatologist. Types include:

  • Basal cell carcinoma, the most frequently-occurring kind
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Malignant melanoma, deadly because of its rapid spread to other body organs

Malignant melanoma is directly linked to sun exposure, states the Skin Cancer Foundation. Skin type (fair to dark) really doesn't protect anyone from harmful UV radiation. So, people must take intentional steps to protect their skin and to track changes in texture and color, particularly regarding moles, small circumscribed areas of increased pigmentation.

Preventing skin cancer

Dr. Moreno and Dr. Lee recommend these skin cancer preventives:

  1. Wear SPF 30 or higher sunscreen. Apply liberally to all exposed areas. Reapply after two hours or if you are sweating excessively. Make sure to treat your ears.
  2. Stay in the shade or indoors during peak sun times--10 am to 4 pm.
  3. Wear a broad-brimmed hat and long sleeves in the sun.
  4. Avoid artificial tanning.
  5. Examine your skin once a month after the age of 40. Look for changes in color and texture. Come to Florida Dermatology Associates once a year for a full-body skin examination.
  6. Use the ABCDE method of checking your moles.

Here's how the ABCDE tool works:

A means asymmetry. If you divided a mole in half, each side should be the same size and shape.

B means border. Healthy moles have smooth borders with no scallops or notches.

C means color. It should be even throughout the surface of the mole. Differing shades may indicate cancerous changes.

D equals diameter. A noncancerous mole is no larger than a pencil top eraser.

E is evolving. Itching, growth, lumps or bleeding are definite danger signs.

Be aware, and be safe

At Florida Dermatology Associates in Melbourne, Dr. Moreno and Dr. Lee help patients understand the dangers of skin cancer. For an exam and more tips on prevention and detection, contact one of our five convenient locations in Cocoa Beach, Palm Bay, Port St. John, Suntree and Titusville. Call (321) 768-1600.

By Florida Dermatology Associates
April 13, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: skin cancer  

If you are worried that you may have some type of skin cancer, Florida Dermatology Associates can help. Skin cancers comes in various different types, and our dermatologists, Dr. Ruben Moreno and Dr. Frank Lee, are experts in diagnosing and treating them. In most cases, the key to curing skin cancer is early detection and treatment. Here in our Cocoa Beach, Palm Bay, Port St. John, Suntree, and Titusville, FL, offices, we use the most advanced diagnostic tools for identifying all kinds of skin cancers. With that said, here are FAQs on skin cancer that you should know.

Which Skin Cancers are The Most Common?

The most common skin cancer types include melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. The latter two are classified as non-melanoma cancers.

What Skin Cancer Symptoms Should I Watch Out For?

Consult one of our dermatologists in our Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, Port St. John, Titusville, or Suntree FL, locations if you notice any of these skin cancer symptoms:

  • Melanoma: A mole that grows bigger with changes in shape or color, a painful or bleeding mole, a new mole that seems to grow very rapidly, and/or black or dark discoloration on the fingernail.
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma: Red and crusted nodules on skin that’s usually exposed to the sun, but can likewise develop in the genitalia or mouth.
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma: A sore that doesn’t heal, a shiny pimple or nodule, red rough patches, and/or scar-like skin patches.

What are Skin Cancer Risk Factors?

Melanoma risk factors include:

  • Having many irregular moles
  • Having green or blue eyes and blonde or red hair
  • A previous skin cancer diagnosis
  • A family history of skin cancer

Non-Melanoma risk factors include:

  • Having fair skin
  • Arsenic exposure
  • Heavy sun exposure
  • Having a compromised immune system
  • Previous radiation therapy
  • Multiple blistering sunburns
  • Using tanning beds
  • A previous skin cancer diagnosis
  • Northern European ancestry
  • Certain HPV virus forms

How is Skin Cancer Treated?

The most treatable types of skin cancers are non-melanoma types. However, if melanoma is diagnosed and treated before it has had a chance to spread to your lymph nodes, there’s a chance that it can also be cured. The primary goal of skin cancer treatments is to remove all the cancerous cells. Usually, the gold standard treatments are surgical, but non-surgical procedures may likewise be recommended under specific circumstances.

Common surgeries used for treating skin cancer include standard excision, Mohs micrographic surgery, and electrodesiccation and curettage. Basically, the kind of surgical procedure used will significantly be dependent on the tumor’s type, location, and depth. Chemotherapy, radiation, and/or immunotherapy may also be recommended for advanced skin cancer cases or when the patient isn’t fit to undergo surgery.

For More In-Depth Information on Skin Cancer, Give Us a Call.

Contact Florida Dermatology Associates to arrange your appointment with Dr. Ruben Moreno or Dr. Frank Lee. You can reach our Cocoa Beach, Palm Bay, Suntree, and Titusville, FL, offices at (321) 768-1600 and reach our Port St. John office at (321) 264-6266.

By Florida Dermatology Associates
December 27, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Melanoma  

In 2019, approximately 97,000 new cases of melanoma were diagnosed - 57,000 men, 39,000 women. Although it is relatively rare (accounting for about 1% of skin cancers) melanoma has an extremely high mortality rate. Here at Florida Dermatology Associates, in Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, and Melbourne, FL, our dermatologists, Dr. Ruben Antenor Moreno and Dr. Frank G. Lee, want our patients to be as informed as possible about this condition and how to protect themselves against it. Read on to learn what you should know about melanoma to decrease your chances of developing this dangerous disease.

Melanoma Risk Factors

The most common cause of melanoma is overexposure to the sun that begins in childhood. Your chances also increase if you have a primary relative with the disease. According to the CDC, this kind of skin cancer has doubled in the past 30 years, and has been identified in adults over the age of 60 as well as in young adults around the age of 30. Melanoma can spread once it finds it's the way to your body, which is why early detection is critical to proper treatment.

Signs to Look For

If you notice any changes in your skin, visit your dermatologists in Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, and Melbourne, FL, as soon as possible. You should examine your body often, and contact our Florida Dermatology Associates if you notice:

  • Scaly pink or red lesions
  • Large brown spots with specks
  • Frequent sores that heal and re-open
  • Dark lesions on sensitive areas, such as fingertips, mouth, or nose
  • Existing moles that begin to hurt and bleed

How a Dermatologist Can Help

To identify melanoma, your dermatologists will perform a biopsy at one of their locations in Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, and Melbourne, FL. If the biopsy is negative, together we will discuss tips for prevention that include covering up your arms and legs with protective clothing and visiting our office for routine checkups. If the biopsy is positive, we may discuss tips for removal and create a treatment plan best suited for your needs.

Concerned? Give Us a Call

To further discuss melanoma, schedule a consultation with our Florida Dermatology Associates. We have five convenient locations in Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, and Melbourne, FL, for our patients to visit. For questions or appointment scheduling, please call (321) 768-1600.

By Florida Dermatology Associates
November 19, 2019
Category: Dermatology

Look your best with the help of your dermatologists in Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, and Melbourne, FL.

Are you tired of shaving, waxing, or other methods of hair removal? Would you like smooth, hair-free skin indefinitely? If so, you need to explore laser hair reduction from Florida Dermatology Associates! Experts in cosmetic surgery and aesthetic services, Dr. Ruben Antenor Moreno and Dr. Frank Lee deliver wonderful results to patients of all ages from their offices in Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, and Melbourne, FL. Learn more here:

Areas of unwanted hair

We all have them. For women, they're typically the upper lip, underarms, legs, and bikini line. Men often struggle with the chest, back, and shoulders. Where ever your problem hair is, your board-certified dermatologist can take care of it with innovative laser treatments.

The laser hair reduction treatment

Using a small, handheld laser tool, the doctor delivers short, focused bursts of light to the areas that you want to be treated. The laser actually vaporizes the hair and permanently de-activates the hair follicles.

Given that hair grows cyclically, most patients here at Florida Dermatology Associates require up to six treatments spaced a few weeks apart. Fortunately, unlike cosmetic surgery, laser hair treatments require little prep and no downtime. Side effects, such as redness and tenderness at the treatment sites, are minimal and resolve quickly.

Additionally, you should know that laser skin treatments, including hair reduction, are completely safe. You'll wear protective eyewear throughout the procedure. The treatments are relatively comfortable with patients only reporting a sensation similar to an insect sting or rubber band snapping on the skin.

Find out more about laser hair reduction

Do you desire a beautifully smooth look for all your troublesome skin areas? Explore laser hair reduction at Florida Dermatology Associates. We have five locations (Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, and Melbourne, FL) to serve all of your aesthetic dermatology and cosmetic surgery needs. Call us today at (321) 768-1600 to arrange your consultation with Dr. Moreno or Dr. Lee!

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