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Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer among adults in the U.S, with about one out of every five adult Americans developing some form of it each year. Early detection of skin cancer offers the best prognosis for overcoming it, which is why it is so important to regularly check your skin for unusual changes and visit a dermatologist annually for a skin cancer screening. At Magnolia Dermatology in Charleston, SC, Dr. Joseph Myers is your dermatologist for skin cancer screenings and treatment.
Types of Skin Cancer
There are many different types of skin cancer. Two of the most common types to affect adult Americans are basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas. Both types can develop due to chronic exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Another type of skin cancer is melanoma, which is actually the least common form but also the most deadly. In fact, it causes more deaths than any other type of skin cancer. Melanoma tends to be most prevalent among young adults in their mid to late twenties and develops as a result of extensive exposure to the sun or tanning beds.
Signs of Skin Cancer
Skin cancer signs can vary slightly among the different types of skin cancer. In general, though, any type of change in the skin is a potential skin cancer warning. Accordingly, anyone who observes a warning sign or change in the appearance of the skin should visit a dermatologist office such as Magnolia Dermatology. There, a dermatologist can perform a biopsy to determine if cancer cells are present. Some of the common signs of skin cancer include:
- Changes in the appearance of existing moles
- Sudden bleeding or itching of existing moles
- Speckled brown spots on the skin
- Patches of red or pink scaly lesions
- Waxy and translucent come-shaped growths
- Black or brown streaks under the nails
Skin Cancer Treatment Options
Several options are available for treating skin cancer, with each particular treatment being chosen on a basis of the type of skin cancer affecting a patient. At Magnolia Dermatology's Charleston office, skin cancer treatment options include:
- Mohs micrographic surgery — This method involves mapping the affected skin tissue in order to minimize the removal of healthy skin tissue.
- Radiation therapy — This method involves using radiation to target the affected area and kill cancer cells.
- Surgical excision — This method involves surgically removing a tumor from the skin.
- Cryosurgery — This is a method revolving around the action of freezing off a tumor using liquid nitrogen.
- Curettage and desiccation — This method involves scraping out a tumor, then applying an electric current to eliminate any remaining cancer cells.
- Prescription medicated creams — This option involves applying a cream to the skin to help stimulate the body’s immune system to target the cancer cells.
Concerned? Call our Charleston Office Today!
See a dermatologist for a skin cancer screening if you observe any of the common signs of skin cancer. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Myers, call Magnolia Dermatology at (843) 769-2100.
According to statistics published by the American Academy of Dermatology, over 14 million American patients struggle with a chronic skin condition called rosacea. The cause of this skin problem isn’t clear, but dermatologists are still finding ways to treat this often-embarrassing and chronic skin problem. Find out what solutions your dermatologist in Charleston, SC, Dr. Joseph Myers can offer you.
What Is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a skin condition that causes patches of the skin to become red, irritated, and itchy. Symptoms include pimples that resemble acne, swelling, flushing, the appearance of tiny blood vessels on the skin, burning sensation, and eye irritation. The rash can persist for many days or even weeks, and patients are distressed by rosacea because the flare-ups are unpredictable and often happen at some of the most inconvenient moments. Rosacea is most common in patients over the age of 30 who have fair skin and a family history of this skin problem.
Can Rosacea Be Treated?
While there may be no cure for rosacea there are ways to manage this condition to reduce symptoms. These are some of the ways that your Charleston dermatologist will help you handle flare-ups:
- Oral antibiotics (to keep bad bacteria on the skin at bay and reduce inflammation).
- Topical medication to calm inflammation and redness.
- Vascular laser therapy (to reduce the appearance of blood vessels and redness).
Managing this Skin Condition
Medical experts do not have a definitive cause for rosacea, but many believe it may be related to stress, diet, and sun-exposure. Here are some tips on how to protect your skin:
- Avoid overexposure to the sun and climates with extreme weather (very hot or very cold). Wear sunscreen when outside.
- Eat a healthier diet. Reduce your consumption of spicy foods and alcohol.
- Keep a rosacea diary, noting the foods you eat, and any notable life factors that occur in advance of a flare-up.
- Do what you can to de-stress and relax.
- Examine the products you’ve been using to determine if they might be causing skin irritations. Use a mild skin cleanser and moisturizer recommended by your dermatologist.
Help for Your Skin
Instead of hiding in your home when you have a rosacea flare-up, seek help from Dr. Joseph Myers, Jr., a dermatologist serving patients in Charleston, SC. Get in touch with a friendly staff member at Magnolia Dermatology for an appointment by calling (843) 769-2100 today.
Oh, no. You see another acne breakout starting. The American Academy of Dermatology says up to 85 percent of teens suffer from routine episodes of whiteheads, blackheads and red, inflamed pustules. Though smaller in numbers, adult breakouts happen, too. Dr. Joseph Myers, Jr., your dermatologist in Charleston, SC, treats this all too common and disconcerting skin condition. He's determined to help his patients achieve the healthy, blemish-free skin they long for.
Whether you nickname them zits, pimples or blemishes, acne comedones start in your hair follicles. The oil, or sebum, in hair follicles oozes out of skin pores throughout the day, but unfortunately, dead skin cells often block their exit off your face, back and chest. The result are blackheads as the surrounding air actually makes the skin cells change color. Whiteheads, those less visible acne bumps, happen when the follicles remains closed.
In addition, acne lesions often become infected and inflamed pustules. Large and red, pustules leave acne's characteristic scarring, especially as they increase in size and become hard, discolored cysts. Cystic acne is a severe form of this skin problem, but it, too, can be controlled and treated.
When you come to Magnolia Dermatology in Charleston to see board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Myers, he'll carefully evaluate your acne to determine its type and severity. Then, he'll present you a treatment plan tailored to reduce the appearance of your lesions, heal infection if necessary and assist you in controlling and even preventing future episodes of acne.
Dr. Myers may suggest one or more of the following, depending on your particular needs:
- Benzoyl peroxide, a topical medication which helps clear acne lesions
- In-office extraction of whiteheads and blackheads (sometimes called punch excision)
- Antibiotic therapy to quell infection
- Hormone therapy for female patients whose acne appears linked to certain hormones
- Topical Tretinoin, a prescription Vitamin A medicine applied directly to the skin
To obviate the appearance of acne scarring, your dermatologist in Charleston offers technologically advanced and reliable laser treatments, and chemical peels.
Acne is not your fault, but there are common sense strategies you can employ to prevent, or lessen the severity of, your breakouts. First, avoid harsh soaps. Keep your face clean, but do not wash it too frequently. Once in the morning and once at bedtime should suffice.
Additionally, avoiding picking or rubbing your existing acne lesions so they don't become inflamed and infected. Use oil-free make-up, and apply a quality sunscreen when you're outside on summer days.
Finally, do what you can to manage stress. Yes, researchers at the International Dermal Institute do say acne and stress are linked, possibly because stress chemicals such as adrenaline cause the body to release more oil to hair follicles.
Let us help you
Your dermatologist in Charleston, SC, can assist you in managing acne. Why not contact Dr. Myers at Magnolia Dermatology today for your personal consultation? Call (843) 769-2100.
Find out how you can protect your skin from cancer and when to visit us for a screening.
The minute the sun comes out and the weather is nice, people flock outside to bask in the sun and soak up a little vitamin D; however, how many people do you think actually put on sunscreen before going outside? Better yet, how many people do you think bring sunscreen with them to reapply it? Chances are—not a lot of people. If you want to truly protect your skin from cancer, our Charleston, SC, dermatologist Dr. Joseph Myers, Jr., weighs in on what you should be doing.
Find Some Shade: While the purpose may be to go outside and enjoy the sun, you can still do that while also seeking refuge under a beach umbrella or a restaurant awning to protect your skin. And if you are concerned about getting enough vitamin D, you really don’t need to spend much time soaking up the sun’s rays to get what you need.
Wear Tightly Woven Clothes: If you are looking for clothes that will protect you from the sun then you’ll want to look for tightly woven materials. A good way to tell how protective your clothing is to hold it up and see how much light shines through.
Sport a Hat: Whether you are gardening or just going for a jaunt around the neighborhood it’s a good idea to wear a hat before you go outside. A wide-brimmed hat is the best choice because it will be able to protect your face, ears and neck from the sun’s rays.
Don’t Forget Sunscreen: Wearing sunscreen is one of the easiest and most effective ways to protect against skin cancer. Look for a sunscreen that will provide protection against both UVA and UVB rays and has an SPF of at least 15 or higher. Remember to reapply every two hours, or immediately after sweating or swimming.
What Does Skin Cancer Look Like?
It’s a good idea to schedule a skin cancer screening with our Charleston, SC, skin doctor at least once a year, even if you don’t notice any changes to your skin. Of course, be sure to examine your skin from head to toe regularly and look for moles that are asymmetrical, contain multiple colors, have undefined borders or are larger than the eraser end of a pencil. If you notice any of these changes, it’s time to visit us right away.
Magnolia Dermatology in Charleston, SC, is dedicated to the health of your skin. Whether you are concerned about skin cancer or you just want to schedule a routine visit, we are here to assist you with whatever you need.
It is well known that wrinkles and fine lines are simply a byproduct of normal aging. However, Botox can help you regain a more youthful appearance, prevent your lines and wrinkles from becoming worse, and help you look and feel great. Learn more about Botox from Dr. Joseph Myers at Magnolia Dermatology in Charleston, SC.
What is Botox?
Botox is an injectable treatment which helps prevent and smooth the appearance of unwanted fine lines and wrinkles. Botox's results last three to four months, after which most patients schedule touch-up sessions to keep their fine lines and wrinkles at bay. Botox works by essentially relaxing the muscles which lie under the skin, allowing the skin to relax and smooth out. This relaxing action also stops the muscles from moving, preventing new wrinkles from forming. Botox was FDA approved in 2002 and has been in use by doctors for about 20 years.
How can I benefit from Botox?
Botox provides a more youthful appearance, boosting your confidence and giving you a complexion you can be proud of. This confidence boost makes face-to-face social interactions easier and first impressions stronger. Additionally, Botox works well in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures like dermal fillers, lasers, or chemical peels.
Botox in Charleston
Botox procedures last only around 15 minutes. While you sit in a comfortable chair, Dr. Myers uses a super-thin needle to inject Botox into the skin. Most patients report that the injections feel like small pinches, but are generally not painful. There is no downtime after a session, allowing you to go back to your daily activities as soon as you finish your appointment. After the procedure, some patients may experience some irritation or bruising at the injection sites, which generally resolves within a day or two.
For more information on Botox or other cosmetic procedures, please contact Dr. Myers at Magnolia Dermatology in Charleston, SC. Call (843) 769-2100 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your appointment for Botox today!