Our Dermatologist Blog
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.

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.

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