Our Dermatologist Blog
By Florida Dermatology Associates
May 21, 2021
Category: Skin Treatments

Florida Dermatology is proud to serve the communities of Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, and Melbourne, FL. We offer laser cosmetic procedures to help your skin look and feel better. Even when you take great care of your skin you may have cosmetic concerns that laser procedures can help with.

Laser cosmetic procedures can help give you a more youthful appearance. If you are curious about our cosmetic procedures but unsure of what would be best for you, consult with your dermatologist. Our doctors are uniquely qualified to evaluate your skin and can tell you what to expect from different treatments. These are the most common laser cosmetic procedures we offer our patients in Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, and Melbourne, FL:

  • Laser hair removal is the most popular cosmetic laser procedure. Utilizing a laser, your dermatologist can remove unwanted hair. The intense heat of the laser damages the hair follicle and prevents future hair growth. This is a process that takes several sessions but leaves you with smooth and hairless skin.
  • Skin laser resurfacing is a treatment that resurfaces and rejuvenates your skin. This treatment improves the texture and overall appearance of your skin. 
  • Photorejuvenation is a more gentle treatment than resurfacing. It works by targeting Intense Pulsed Light on tissue. The light's energy has a restoring effect. This treatment is recommended for pigmentation, light wrinkles, and redness, Even the appearance of some scars can be helped with photo rejuvenation.

If you are unsure what treatment would be best for the issues you are targeting, our doctors are happy to consult with you and walk you through what to expect with each procedure. Laser cosmetic treatments are a subtle way to improve your appearance without drastically changing it. If you're looking for a more youthful appearance that still looks like you, our laser cosmetic treatments can help.

Florida Dermatology is here for you with locations in Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, and Melbourne, FL. Contact us for an appointment at (321) 768-1600.

By Florida Dermatology Associates
February 08, 2021
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Eczema  

Eczema is a general term used to describe a group of unrelated skin diseases. Over 30 million Americans are affected by this condition, and though it's possible to only experience eczema once, most cases are chronic. Intermittent flare-ups can begin to disrupt a person's daily routine. For a proper diagnosis, our dermatologist will identify lifestyle, environmental, and physical triggers.

Dr. Ruben Moreno or Dr. Frank Lee will also carefully examine the skin during a body-check to rule out other abnormalities. Individuals of all ages and skin types can develop eczema. If you live near our Cocoa Beach, Palm Bay, Port St. John, Suntree, Titusville, or Melbourne, FL, office, give us a call for a more in-depth conversation about our treatment options.

Causes and Symptoms of Eczema

Eczema begins for several reasons. It often relates to stress, hormonal changes, a weakened immune system, and asthma, but can also be associated with insect bites, hay fever symptoms, or other health conditions. When you notice dry, cracked, or scaly skin that suddenly turns into intense itching, please schedule a consultation with a dermatologist for relief. Other signs of eczema may include painful lesions or fluid-filled blisters.

Helping You With Your Eczema

Eczema might be manageable with at-home care, but our dermatologist doesn't recommend playing the guessing game about which creams to apply or moisturizers to use. When you visit our Melbourne, FL office, Dr. Moreno or Dr. Lee will assess the problem area and prescribe the appropriate treatment method depending on the individual. These may include medications, such as steroids, antihistamines, or a topical antiseptic.

Eczema symptoms can be mild but often painful. As this condition progresses, we recommend visiting our dermatologist immediately to prevent open sores and skin lesions. For more information about eczema, other conditions we treat, and services provided by our Florida Dermatology Associates, visit our website. Please call (321) 768-1600 for appointment scheduling with Dr. Ruben Moreno and Dr. Frank Lee in our Cocoa Beach, Palm Bay, Port St. John, Suntree, Titusville, or Melbourne, FL, office.

By Florida Dermatology Associates
January 19, 2021
Category: Skin Treatments
Tags: Cosmetic Surgery  

Do you have any issues with your face or body? You can turn to cosmetic surgery treatments that are specifically developed to resolve cosmetic imperfections that make individuals feel less confident about their looks. Here at Florida Dermatology Associates in our Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, and Melbourne, FL, our dermatologists, Dr. Ruben Moreno and Dr. Frank Lee, offer a variety of cosmetic surgery solutions for all sorts of cosmetic skin concerns.

The Need for The Right Cosmetic Surgery Treatments

As we grow older, our physical appearance, most notably in the face, changes as well. This means that the cosmetic surgery procedures that will offer the best possible outcomes will likewise change. Depending on your personal physical attributes and cosmetic needs, which will certainly change as you age, certain treatments will be more appropriate than others to give you the specific results you desire.

With this in mind, a thorough evaluation by your dermatologist in our Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, or Melbourne, FL, office is necessary to pinpoint which particular cosmetic surgery options will be most effective and safest for you.

In Your 20s

Individuals in their 20s usually don’t have aesthetic concerns related to aging, so preventive treatments are key. These can include minimally-invasive treatments to improve skin texture and health, as well as minimize the look of sun damage, acne scars, and other concerns that contribute to premature aging.

In Your 30s

At this age, most individuals only require little, but consistent, maintenance to preserve their youthful look. This is when lines and wrinkles start to surface. Thankfully, these could be resolved with non-invasive cosmetic surgery procedures with limited downtime. These typically include Botox injections, chemical peels, laser therapy for skin tightening and resurfacing, photo facials, injectable fillers, and the like.

In Your 40s

Based on the severity of your skin concerns at this stage, say deeper wrinkles, excess fat on the face, or loose skin, your dermatologist may suggest less invasive treatments for more effective results.

In Your 50s and Beyond

Individuals who are 50 years old and older may require more potent and more regular skin rejuvenation treatments to combat existing concerns and prevent them from progressing further. Daily and diligent application of skincare items that your dermatologist recommended could likewise help you preserve all the results you’ve experienced with your cosmetic surgery treatments, regardless of your age.

Speak to Us to Learn More About Which Cosmetic Surgery Treatments Will Work For You

Book a visit with Dr. Ruben Moreno or Dr. Frank Lee here at Florida Dermatology Associates by calling (321) 768-1600 to reach our Cocoa, FL, Titusville, FL, Palm Bay, FL, Cocoa Beach, FL, or Melbourne, FL, office.

By Florida Dermatology Associates
November 23, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: mohs surgery  

Here’s what you should know about getting skin cancer surgery.

Whether you’re about to undergo Mohs surgery or you have a family member that is, dermatologists Dr. Ruben Moreno and Dr. Frank Lee understand that you may have questions or want to know about the procedure. Mohs surgery has become a common treatment option for many forms of skin cancer. Here are the steps involved in getting Mohs skin cancer surgery,

Step 1: We will examine the lesion and prep the skin for surgery

When you come into the office, expect to be here for several hours (typically around 2-4 hours), so wear comfortable clothes. Once you are here, the dermatologist will examine the lesion and mark the area with a pen. Your doctor will determine whether you should lie down or sit up during the procedure (based on your comfort). Once you are comfortable, a local anesthetic is administered to numb the area.

Step 2: We will remove the outermost layer of the lesion

The first step in the surgery is to remove the top layer of tissue from the cancerous lesion. Since some skin cancer lesions have roots that are not visible until we start to remove the lesion, Mohs surgery makes it possible to detect and remove these roots while preserving as much healthy tissue around the lesion as possible. Once the first layer is removed, you will be temporarily bandaged and the sample will be taken to the lab for testing.

Step 3: The lab will analyze your first tissue sample

Your dermatologist will separate the tissue and color code them. Then the lab will freeze and cut the tissue samples to place on slides. These slides are then studied under a microscope. If cancer cells are found, they will make a note of these areas to let the dermatologist know where to remove the next layer of tissue.

Step 4: Another layer of tissue is removed

Step 2 is repeated, removing another layer of skin and prepping it the same way for lab analysis. If necessary, we may need to use another local anesthetic to numb the area. This process of tissue removal and lab analysis will continue until the lab tech no longer sees cancer cells on the slides. Once that is complete, the wound can be stitched and bandaged.

The dermatologists at Florida Dermatology Associates are proud to provide comprehensive skin care to the Cocoa Beach, Titusville, Palm Bay, Port St. John, and Suntree, FL, areas.

If you are concerned about skin cancer or want to discuss the skin cancer treatments we offer, call our office at (321) 768-1600 to schedule an appointment.

By Florida Dermatology Associates
September 22, 2020
Category: Skin Treatments
Tags: Cosmetic Surgery  

Would you like to improve your appearance with cosmetic surgery? Minimally invasive cosmetic procedures can help you improve your appearance or look more youthful. If you live in Melbourne, FL, area, Dr. Frank Lee and Dr. Ruben Antenor Moreno of Florida Dermatology Associates can help you decide which type of cosmetic surgery is right for you.

What to think about if you're contemplating cosmetic surgery

It's important to consider:

  • Your Goals: Setting goals can help you decide which procedures you'll need. For example, if you want to look younger and more refreshed, you'll need to treat lines and wrinkles and replace lost volume in your face. Although treating either wrinkles or volume alone would be helpful, treating both issues would offer the most dramatic change to your appearance.
  • Your Budget: Refreshing your appearance may be less expensive than you think. Your dermatologist offers a range of treatments with varying costs.
  • Recovery Time: As recovery times vary depending on the procedure, it's important to think about average recovery times. Some procedures may leave your face a little red for a few days or weeks, while others may only cause mild redness or bruising for a day or two.

What types of cosmetic procedures are available

One or more of these procedures may help you achieve your goals:

  • Injectables: Injectable treatments are a good choice to treat visible signs of aging. Botox treatment smooths frown lines, forehead furrows, crow's feet and lip lines. Fillers replace volume lost in your cheeks, lips, under your eyes and in other areas.
  • Chemical Peels: Peeling away the outer layers of your skin with a chemical solution removes fine lines and wrinkles and can also help minimize acne scars.
  • Dermabrasion: Dermabrasion also removes the top layers of the skin to reveal smoother, more youthful skin underneath.
  • Laser Treatments: A variety of laser treatments reduce sagging, smooth lines and wrinkles, fade age and sun spots, and eliminate unwanted hair and spider veins.
  • Facials: Facials offer a simple, inexpensive way to renew your appearance by exfoliating your skin and infusing it with antioxidants that help combat the signs of aging. Facials are often combined with other treatments.

Are you ready to enhance and revitalize your appearance with cosmetic surgery? Schedule an appointment with Melbourne, FL, area dermatologists, Drs. Moreno and Lee of Florida Dermatology Associates by calling (321) 768-1600 for the Cocoa Beach, Palm Bay, Port St. John, Suntree and Titusville offices.

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