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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.

By Florida Dermatology Associates
September 26, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: skin cancer  

Have you or a family member recently been diagnosed with skin cancer? It's normal to feel a little overwhelmed about the next steps after skin cancera cancer diagnosis. The Melbourne, FL, dermatologists at Florida Dermatology Associates discuss what you can expect after your diagnosis and discuss treatment options, including Mohs surgery.

Staging

Information obtained from your skin biopsy and a skin examination will help your Melbourne dermatologist stage your cancer. The number assigned to your cancer will depend on its size and whether it has spread to organs, bones or lymph nodes. For example, stage zero cancer has only been found in your skin, while stage four cancer has spread to organs or bones. Staging is an important process that will help your doctor determine the best type of treatment for you.

Additional Tests

In some cases, you may need additional tests to determine if the cancer has spread. Blood tests, X-rays, fine needle aspiration biopsies, and CAT or MRI scans are often used to detect cancer in other parts of your body.

Skin Cancer Treatment

Skin cancer treatment depends on the type and stage of your cancer, but may include:

  • Topical Treatment: If your cancer is confined to the surface of your skin only, applying topical medications for about six weeks may eliminate the cancer.
  • Cryosurgery: Some cancers can be removed by freezing them off with liquid nitrogen.
  • Photodynamic Therapy: Blue light destroys skin cells after a medication that makes your skin sensitive to light is applied. Photodynamic therapy can be used to treat very early skin cancer or pre-cancerous changes.
  • Curettage and Electrodessication: If your cancer is small, it can be scraped off with a sharp curette. After the cancer is removed, an electrocautery needle is applied to the site to destroy any lingering cells.
  • Surgical Excision: Excision involves removing the cancerous area with a scalpel. It's also important to remove healthy skin around the cancer to ensure that no cancer remains.
  • Mohs Surgery: Although surgical incision is very effective, it tends to cause significant scarring. Moh's surgery doesn't require removal of healthy skin around the skin cancer. Skin is removed layer by layer, reducing scarring and pain after surgery. After one layer is removed, it's evaluated under a microscope. If cancer cells are still present, an additional layer is removed and then examined. The process continues until there are no longer any cancerous cells remaining in your skin.

Mohs surgery and other techniques offer effective treatments that help prevent skin cancer from spreading. If you're uncertain about your next step, call the Melbourne, FL, dermatologists at Florida Dermatology Associates at (321) 768-1600 to schedule an appointment.

By Florida Dermatology Associates
July 17, 2017
Category: Dermatology

Protecting yourself from skin cancer is particularly important when you live in a state as sunny as Florida. If you have plenty of outdoor skin protectionactivities planned this summer, you'll want to protect yourself from the harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays. The dermatologists at Florida Dermatology Associates in Melbourne, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, Titusville, and Cocoa, FL, share a few tips that will help you reduce your skin cancer risk.

Don't leave the house without applying sunscreen

You're exposed to the sun the moment you step outdoors, even if you're only making a quick trip to pick up a gallon of milk. Before you leave the house, apply sunscreen to every exposed area of your body. Apply the product to your skin at least 15 minutes before you go outside. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using products that offer a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30. Although sunscreen with higher SPF numbers increases protection, the difference is very slight.

Are you looking for a more natural, chemical-free sunscreen product? Our Melbourne, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, Titusville, and Cocoa doctors offer a mineral-based sunscreen that you may want to try. No matter what type of sunscreen you use, remember to reapply it often during the day, particularly if you sweat or spend the day at the beach or pool.

Plan your outdoor activities carefully

Avoid going outside when the sun's rays are the strongest. Instead, schedule activities before 10 a.m. or after 3 p.m.

Seek the shade

Take advantage of shady areas, beach umbrellas, and covered porches to decrease your exposure to the sun. Even if you do plan to spend most of the day in the shade, be sure to still wear sunscreen. Shade may lower sun exposure, but it doesn't eliminate it entirely.

Cover up

Hats, long-sleeve rashguards, and sunglasses help reduce your skin cancer risk. Wear them when you plan to be outdoors.

Examine your skin

Pay attention to moles that grow larger or change appearance, blemishes that never go away, or sores that don't heal. If you notice any of these symptoms, visit one of our offices. Prompt treatment is essential in treating skin cancer.

Are you concerned about a change in a mole or another skin problem? Call the dermatologists at Florida Dermatology Associates to schedule an appointment at any of our offices: Melbourne, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, Titusville, and Cocoa, FL.





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