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By Florida Dermatology Associates
September 16, 2021
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Cosmetic Surgery  

Florida Dermatology Associates have convenient locations in Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, and Melbourne, FL, for all your skincare needs. If you are considering cosmetic surgery in Melbourne, FL, you don't have to wonder about what procedures are available and what results you can expect. Come see us for a consultation with Dr. Ruben Moreno or Dr. Frank Lee and find out what service would be best for you!

Cosmetic Surgery

If you want to improve your appearance and are considering cosmetic surgery, it's normal to feel timid about the different procedures and what results you can expect. If you've never had cosmetic surgery before, there are many safe and effective procedures that are minimally invasive. Give yourself a boost of confidence by improving the appearance of scars, wrinkles, fine lines, and more. Talk to your doctor about what you want to improve, what level of procedure you're comfortable with, and the results you can expect.

Cosmetic procedures

To find the right cosmetic procedure for you, discuss with your doctor what you want to improve the appearance of. These are some of the most popular services we offer

  • Laser hair removal takes several treatments but results in permanent hair removal
  • Botox improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Dermal fillers improve the appearance of wrinkles
  • Laser resurfacing can improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, scars, sagging skin, and sun and age spots.
  • Intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments use a broader spectrum of light than laser procedures. IPL treatments stimulate the production of elastin and collagen to reduce the appearance of spider veins and sunspots.
  • PDO threads are a relatively new treatment, a non-invasive alternative to a facelift

We also offer aesthetic skin services including dermabrasion, dermaplaning, chemical peels, and facials. When you are looking for cosmetic surgery in Melbourne, FL, we can design a treatment plan to address whatever issues are your concern.

At Florida Dermatology Associates, Dr. Ruben Moreno and Dr. Frank Lee can help you determine what cosmetic procedure can give you the results you desire. Contact us for an appointment at our locations in Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, and Melbourne, FL, at (321) 768-1600.

By Florida Dermatology Associates
September 01, 2021
Category: Dermatology
Tags: mohs surgery  

Worried about skin cancer? Consult immediately with a reputable dermatologist, such as those from Florida Dermatology, catering to various areas including Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach and Melbourne, FL, and others. 

About Mohs Surgery

Otherwise known as Mohs micrographic surgery, Mohs is a  procedure specifically for skin cancer treatment. What makes it unique from all other treatments and methods is that it enables the surgeon to see up to where the cancer has spread and at what point it stops. Apart from that, this high precision procedure is mostly preferred because of its high cure rate, making it the most effective treatment for skin cancer. 

Mohs surgery is especially helpful in cases where the cancer cells affect areas with very little tissue underneath, such as the hands, ears, or eyelids.

Getting Mohs Surgery

Mohs surgery is conducted by a dermatologist. To be able to handle this kind of procedure, they must first undergo extensive training. That’s why it’s important that you only consult with reputable practices such as Florida Dermatology, which covers areas such as Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, and Melbourne, FL.

Depending on the extent of the skin cancer, Mohs surgery can be done simply in the doctor’s office or surgical suite for outpatients. This is typically the case unless more extensive surgery is required.

To determine the extent of the procedure, the dermatologist will first have to conduct a thorough examination of the patient’s condition. Anesthesia will have to be used to numb the surgical area, but it’s not the general anesthesia type that puts you to sleep. Therefore, you will be awake during the procedure. 

The dermatologist will begin taking out layer by layer of skin until no more cancer cells are visible. Typically, smaller procedures only need a day to get their surgical wounds treated, but in some cases where a bigger area was involved, it may require more stitches or even a skin graft. If the wound is big, then it’s also possible that the dermatologist may refer the patient to another surgeon to properly close and treat the wound. 

When to Get Mohs Surgery

Candidates for Mohs surgery typically include those who have basal cell carcinoma (BCC) or squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Specifically, Mohs surgery becomes warranted when the cancer cells are aggressive or are impacting a large area. It’s also recommended for those afflicted with cancer cells in specific areas such as the hand, foot, scalp, genitals, eyelid, or nose. 

Also, if the patient has already received previous treatment for the skin cancer, but then it still returned, then Mohs surgery is the next best step to take in order to finally get it treated once and for all.

Consult with a dermatologist from Florida Dermatology for areas such as Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach and Melbourne, FL, and others. You may also call at (321) 768-1600 for more details.

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
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.