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.
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!
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 and 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,
Your mind says you're youthful, but the mirror reflects something a bit different. Here at Florida Dermatology Associates in Cocoa, Titusville, 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,
Your Cocoa Beach, Palm Bay, Cocoa, Suntree and Titusville, FL, dermatologists offer patients several cosmetic procedures. These procedures 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
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
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:
- You'll need to consult with your doctor so they can determine if laser skin rejuvenation is the right cosmetic treatment for you.
- If this is the right procedure for you, your doctor will set an appointment for you to come in.
- The procedure will begin by numbing the area and provide you with the agreed upon local anesthesia, complete sedation, or no anesthesia at all.
- A light beam is used to sends short pulses of light over the skin to enable removing the outermost layers of the skin.
- 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.
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