The following are a few of the more common skin conditions we treat at the Advanced Dermatology Center of Columbus, Georgia...
Psoriasis can be frustrating and embarrassing. We are now offering the XTRAC Excimer laser treatment for this common skin condition. This is a new, very effective treatment. This FDA approved laser emits a super-narrowband UVB phototherapy that treats the plaques of Psoriasis and is very safe. We also use the XTRAC laser to help patients with Vitiligo to re-pigment the areas. Ours is the only such specialized laser in the area and we at the Advanced Dermatology Center are happy to offer this effective new treatment to the Columbus, GA area.
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that causes redness and swelling on the face. The eyes, scalp, neck, and chest may also be affected. Symptoms range from red pimples, lines and visible blood vessels to dry or burning skin and a tendency to flush easily. Many people find that the emotional effects of Rosacea – such as low self-confidence and avoidance of social situations – are more difficult to handle than the physical ones. Although it can affect anyone, Rosacea typically appears in light-skinned, light-haired adults aged 30-50. See our Photo Gallery to view photos of rosacea and other common skin conditions. It is not yet known what causes Rosacea and the disease is not curable. But we treat Rosacea with topical and oral medications, and usually are able to dramatically improve it. We offer laser procedures to further improve the redness and soreness associated with Rosacea.
Acne is the term for the blocked pores (blackheads and whiteheads), pimples, and deeper lumps (cysts or nodules) that can appear typically on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and upper arms. Seventeen million Americans currently have Acne, making it the most common skin disease in the country. While it affects mostly teenagers, adults of any age can have it. Acne is not a life-threatening condition, but it can cause physical disfigurement and emotional distress.
Sebaceous glands are attached to hair follicles in the skin on the face, neck, back and chest. They produce an oily substance called sebum, which normally reaches the skin surface through the opening of the follicle (pore). When follicles become plugged, sebum cannot reach the surface of the skin. This blocked sebum promotes the growth of bacteria (Propionibacterium acnes, or P. acnes) beneath the skin, which in turn produce chemicals and enzymes that attract white blood cells, causing inflammation. Eventually the follicle wall breaks down and the sebum, skin cells and bacteria erupt to form lesions or pimples. These are the visible effects of Acne. Visit our Photo Gallery for photos of acne and other common skin conditions.
To treat Acne, we often use oral antibiotics, topical antibiotics, salicylic acid, topical retinoids, cryotherapy, laser therapies, microdermabrasion and other therapies.
These treatments vary depending on the type and severity of lesions, skin type and the patient’s age and lifestyle.
Options for Acne Scarring include: