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By Florida Dermatology Associates
March 17, 2022
Category: Dermatology

Laser therapy is a medical treatment that uses focused light tuned to specific wavelengths designed to perform specific cosmetic procedures. The light that is emitted is exceptionally powerful and can be used to cut steel or shape diamonds for jewelry. For a dermatologist, the use of lasers allows us to work with an exceptionally high level of accuracy and precision with pinpoint focus on a very specific area. Thus, laser therapy is preferred over more invasive procedures because a dermatologist can repair a damaged area without running the risk of impacting the adjacent and healthy skin. At Florida Dermatology, we offer a number of convenient office locations in Cocoa Beach, Palm Bay, Port St. John, Titusville, and Suntree, FL where you'll be treated by either Drs. Ruben Moreno or Betsy Cooduvalli. Keep reading to learn about the various cosmetic procedures that are possible with a laser.

Dermatologists use lasers because they can target damaged skin cells without impacting healthy areas. Additionally, the use of a laser is shown to increase collagen growth, which is needed to prevent the development of wrinkles and fine lines. Not only can laser therapy treat damaged skin cells, but it can also improve melasma, which are brown patches that frequently appear on the cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead. At Florida Dermatology our highly trained team of dermatology specialists will work together to assess your reasons for visiting and develop a treatment plan that can correct any skin problems that you are having. Laser therapy is most often associated with cosmetic procedures, but scientific evidence shows that they are effective in helping to treat other skin conditions, which include acne, psoriasis, eczema, and vitiligo.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Drs. Moreno or Cooduvalli, give Florida Dermatology serving the Melbourne, FL area a call at your preferred office location:

  • Cocoa Beach: 321-768-1600
  • Palm Bay: 321-768-1600
  • Port St. John: 321-264-6266
  • Suntree: 321-768-1600
  • Titusville: 321-768-1600

We look forward to helping you with all your dermatology needs.

By Florida Dermatology Associates
February 08, 2022
Category: Dermatology
Tags: mohs surgery  

How Mohs surgery from your dermatologists in Cocoa Beach, Palm Bay, Port St. John, Titusville, and Suntree, FL, can help you

Mohs surgery is revolutionary and offers many benefits when compared to conventional surgery. It’s especially effective for skin surgeries to remove abnormal, precancerous, or cancerous tissue, in squamous cell or basal cell carcinomas.

Dr. Ruben Antenor Moreno and Dr. Betsy Cooduvalli at Florida Dermatology Associates offer comprehensive medical and cosmetic dermatology services, including Mohs surgery. They have several convenient office locations in Cocoa Beach, Palm Bay, Port St. John, Titusville, and Suntree, FL, to help you.

During a Mohs surgery, your dermatologist will treat your skin by removing tissue layer-by-layer. The tissue is then viewed under a microscope to determine the health of the cells. This layer-by-layer approach offers several benefits, including:

Effectiveness; according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, the cure rate for initial cases of skin cancer is up to 99%, and up to 94% for recurrent skin cancer cases.

Increased comfort; in most cases you only need local anesthetic for Mohs surgery.

Enhanced results; Mohs surgery is much less invasive and results in minimal to no scarring.

Improved convenience; Mohs surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis.

Mohs surgery is an important tool to help in the fight against skin cancer, but prevention is key. Remember to:

  • Always wear a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15
  • Wear a sunscreen with SPF of at least 30 if you are outside for long periods
  • Wear a sunscreen with SPF of at least 50 if you are fair-skinned or burn easily
  • Wear protective clothing, including a hat and sunglasses
  • Try to stay out of direct sunlight between the hours of 10AM to 4PM, when UV rays are the most damaging

To learn more about Mohs surgery and how it can help you, call Dr. Ruben Antenor Moreno and Dr. Betsy Cooduvalli at Florida Dermatology Associates. You can reach them in any of their offices in Cocoa Beach, Palm Bay, Port St. John, Titusville, or Suntree, FL, by calling (321) 768-1600, so call today!

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.