Our Treatment Services » Dermatology in Akron, OH
A dermatologist is a physician with specialized training in the treatment of the skin, hair and nails. Our dermatologists are certified by the American Board of Dermatology and actively participate in continuing medical education. We are trained to diagnose many conditions that share similar appearances or symptoms to provide more specific evidence-based treatments when possible. Our certified physician assistants are highly trained and help to provide the quality care that we strive to deliver.
Some of the conditions we diagnose and treat include:
- Bed Bugs
- Birthmarks/Pigmented Skin
- Eczema (Dermatitis)
- Hair Loss
- Lice and scabies
- Hidradenitis Suppurativa
- Keratosis Pilaris
- Lichen Simplex Chronicus
- Poison Ivy
- Chicken Pox (Herpes Varicella Zoster)
- Herpes Simples Virus
- Lyme Disease
- Ringworm (Tinea Corporis)
- Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
- Lice and scabies
Skin Growths & Cancers
- Basal Cell Carcinoma
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma
- Maligant Melonoma
- Actinic Keratosis
- Seborrheic Keratosis
- Moles (Nevi)
- Lumps, Bumps, & Cysts
MOHS MICROGRAPHIC SURGERY
Mohs micrographic surgery is a type of cutaneous oncology (cancer) surgery that is most effective in removing primarily basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas and melanoma-in-situ. Mohs surgery is a tissue sparing procedure that offers cure rates of skin cancer superior to that of other treatment options. It has evolved as the most reliable and cost-effective treatment modality, offering maximal preservation of normal tissue and therefore the lowest functional and cosmetic morbidity.
The procedure was developed by Frederick Mohs in the 1930’s and was appropriately named chemosurgery by its inventor because of the chemical interaction between zinc chloride and human tissue. In the 1980’s the American College of Chemosurgery changed its name to the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery.
Mohs’ micrographic surgery (MMS) technique is best described through illustration and photography. This method identifies close to 100% of the peripheral and deep margins as opposed to a standard excision that looks at 3-5% of the margin. The most important concept to grasp is this: Mohs surgery is a specialized way of processing the tissue to look at close to 100% of tumor margin; it is the way we process and look at tissue that defines Mohs surgery.
The technique involves not only a fellowship trained Mohs surgeon, but also a well-equipped Mohs lab complete with a cryostat and tissue staining abilities.
Areas of cancer found with the microscopic examination are located on maps, drawn both on paper and the tissue itself. This way a re-excision is performed only where residual tumor is located and spares normal tissue. The excised tissue is frozen and sectioned horizontally, then read along with the graphical mapping to assure correct orientation.
Please watch the informative patient video at www.mohscollege.org. The Mohs college website is a good resource for questions about the procedure. Answers to questions regarding specific skin cancers can be found at skincarephysicians.com and www.aad.org.
Akron Dermatology offers a variety of cosmetic treatments for acne scars, wrinkles, spots, veins and other strictly appearance related skin conditions. Our team will provide a thorough examination of your skin to determine the best methods of treatment. The cost is determined per patient by the clinician. Ours include:
- Botulinum toxin –Botox® / Xeomin®
- Microdermabrasion for skin rejuvenation and uneven pigment
- Chemical Peels for skin rejuvenation and uneven pigment
- Laser treatments for reds spots, broken blood vessels, spider veins, rosacea, acne scars, & skin resurfacing
- Removal of benign skin lesions
- Treatment of facial discoloration
- Treatment of scars including steroid injections, excisions, and laser therapy as appropriate
- Photodynamic therapy (PDT) for acne & photorejuvenation
- Omnilux red and blue lights for acne and photorejuvenation
Some treatments can be done the same day you are evaluated, but others will require an additional appointment. Contact our office to schedule an appointment and learn more about how these treatments can improve or remove age spots, wrinkles, moles, spider veins, nasolabial folds, rough skin surface, scars, and uneven pigmentation.