ABOUT US

 

The Virginia Dermatology and Skin Surgery Center is a comprehensive dermatology practice specializing in Mohs Micrographic Surgery. We are dedicated to achieving excellence in patient care.

Our core values are

  • Comprehensive Services
  • Clinical Excellence
  • Compassionate Care
  • Being Technologically Advanced

Services we specialize in include:

  • Biopsy and Excision of Lesions
  • General Skin Care
  • Skin Cancer Treatment
  • Reconstruction

Conditions treated include, but are not limited to:

  • Acne
  • Actinic Keratosis
  • Angiomas/Hemangiomas
  • Broken Blood Vessels
  • Brown Spots (Pigmented Lesions)
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Melanoma
  • Melasma and Freckles
  • Moles
  • Psoriasis
  • Rashes and Eczema
  • Scars and Stretch Marks
  • Skin Cancer 
  • Sun Damage
  • Skin Discoloration
  • Sun Protection
  • Warts
  • Wrinkles

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Acne - Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting approximately 80 percent of adolescents. Acne can take different forms  -- blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pustules (i.e. pimples), cysts, or nodules. This condition arises when a pore in the skin becomes clogged, and modern dermatology offers a variety of effective treatments to combat it, such as lasers and other light therapies, chemical peels, or acne removal via drainage and extraction. (Source: American Academy of Dermatology)

Actinic Keratosis - Actinic Keratosis is a rough, scaly, dry patch or growth that forms on the skin and is caused by severe, extended ultraviolet radiation exposure. Once an individual has this condition, there is a strong likelihood that more AKs will develop over time. It is important to know that AKs are considered precancerous and that, when left untreated, they can develop into a type of skin cancer known as Squamous Cell Carcinoma. (Source: American Academy of Dermatology)

Angiomas/Hemangiomas - An angioma is a growth on the skin comprised of blood vessels which can occur anywhere on the body with aging, during pregnancy, or during childhood.  Angiomas are non-cancerous; however, there are treatments which can be administered if you should choose to take further action. The typical treatment for an angioma is laser therapy. A hemangioma is a tumor or lesion comprised of blood or lymph vessels which usually appears at or near birth. Hemangiomas can grow rapidly, then revert back and even disappear. The typical location for hemangiomas is on the face and neck. Like angiomas, hemangiomas are also most often treated with laser therapy. (Source: Premier Dermatology)

Broken Blood Vessels - Broken Blood vessels are visible, enlarged blood vessels which can appear on various parts of the body. Common locations include the nose, cheeks, and chin. The appearance of this condition is best described as fine, red veins at the surface of the skin. Some known causes include sun damage, aging, pregnancy, childbirth, birth control pills, Rosacea, and estrogen replacement therapy. The most effective treatment of this condition is laser therapy because lasers allow for treatment of the actual broken blood vessels without causing damage to surrounding healthy skin tissue. (Source: Advanced Dermatology, P.C.)

Brown Spots (Pigmented Lesions) - Pigmented Lesions are visible skin lesions caused by such melanin, blood, or exogenous pigments (such as a tattoo). Pigmented lesions are typically melanocytic. Examples of melanocytic lesions include moles, sunspots, keratoses, and malignant melanoma. It is important to have routine skin checks to examine pigmented skin lesions for potential malignancy.         (Source: DermNet New Zealand)

Hyperhidrosis - Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that causes excessive sweating. There are two kinds of hyperhidrosis: (1) Focal Hyperhidrosis and (2) Secondary Hyperhydrosis. Focal Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating that occurs at least once a week in one or a few areas of the body. This type of hyperhidrosis typically begins during childhood or adolescence, but it is noteworthy that most people with this form of hyperhidrosis are otherwise healthy. The other form, Secondary Hyperhidrosis, refers to a situation where excessive sweating has an underlying cause. Typically, the underlying cause is either a medical condition or a side effect of taking a medicine or food supplement. Medical conditions which may lead to Secondary Hyperhidrosis include Diabetes, Frostbite, Gout, Menopause, Obesity, Hyperthyroidism, or Tumor. (Source: American Academy of Dermatology)

Melanoma - Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer. It is characterized by the uncontrolled growth of pigment-producing cells. Melanomas can develop on the skin without warning or from an existing mole. A noteworthy statistic is that from 1982 to 2011, melanoma rates doubled. It is much easier to treat melanoma when it is detected early, because if left untreated it can spread to lymph nodes and internal organs. Research has shown that UV light from the sun and tanning beds can both cause melanoma as well as increase the risk of a benign mole progressing to melanoma. It is true, though, that not all instances of melanoma result from UV exposure. Indeed, other possible influences include genetic factors and immune system deficiencies. (Source: American Academy of Dermatology)

Melasma and Freckles – Melasma is a common skin condition which causes brown to grey-brown patches. These patches usually occur on the face, on sites such as the cheek, bridge of the nose, forehead, chin, and above the upper lip. While the face is the most common location, it is also possible to get melasma on any part of the body that sustains prolonged sun exposure, such as the forearms and neck. The common treatment for melasma is sun protection by wearing sunscreen every day and reapplying the sunscreen in regular intervals. Further protection, such as wide-brimmed hats, are also typically recommended to augment sunscreen in the effort to combat sun exposure. Freckles are small brown flat marks arising on the face and other sun exposed areas. While often seen in fairer skinned individuals, freckles are an inherited characteristic that sometimes affect darker skinned individuals as well. Like with melasma, the treatment for freckles is sun protection. (Sources: American Academy of Dermatology [Melasma] and DermNet New Zealand [Freckles])

Moles – Moles are a very common occurrence. A mole is a common benign skin lesion due to a local proliferation of pigment cells. Moles can either be present at birth or appear later on in life. It is important to document the appearance of new moles in adulthood and to monitor existing moles for changes. It is possible, when left untreated, for some moles to develop into melanoma.                       (Source: DermNet New Zealand)

Psoriasis – Psoriasis is a chronic condition that develops when a person's immune system sends faulty signals that tell skin cells to grow too quickly. The body does not shed these excess skin cells, so they pile up on the surface of the skin. Psoriasis is not contagious, but must be inherited genetically. There are many treatments which can reduce signs and symptoms of psoriasis, so it is important to work with a dermatology professional to determine which course of action best suits your lifestyle and needs.                                                     (Source: American Academy of Dermatology)

Rashes and Eczema – Rashes (also known as dermatitis or eczema) are typically characterized by itchy patches of dry, red skin. There are two general forms of eczema, one due to contact with an allergen and another referred to as atopic dermatitits. The first kind is brought about by coming into contact with a substance which produces an allergic reaction such as poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, as well as metals, rubber, dyes, cosmetics, preservatives, and fragrances. Atopic dermatitis is the more common form of dermatitis and is characterized by a strong itching sensation. There are a variety of treatment options you can discuss with a trusted dermatology professional, such as moisturizers and corticosteroids, depending upon your exact situation. (Source: American Academy of Dermatology)

Scars and Stretch Marks - Scars are areas of fibrous tissue that replace healthy skin tissue after injury. There are different treatment options available to help reduce scarring. It is important that individuals protect scars from sun exposure as much as possible, because ultraviolet radiation causes scars to become discolored and more noticeable. (Source: American Academy of Dermatology)

Skin Cancer – Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. It is estimated that one in every five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point during their lifetime. The foremost precaution which should be taken to protect against skin cancer is to limit ultraviolet radiation exposure as much as possible. It is highly recommended that individuals routinely visit a dermatology professional for full body skin checks so that suspicious spots can be closely examined. It is better to identify skin cancers early on in their development so that they can be removed before they cause more extensive damage. (Source: American Academy of Dermatology)

Sun Damage – The skin can be damaged in a variety of different ways when subjected to prolonged sun exposure. Uneven pigmentation, solar lentigines, solar elastosis, melasma, poikiloderma, and actinic keratosis are all examples of conditions that can arise. Dermatology professionals can work closely with you to determine what the exact nature of your sun damage is, and thereby recommend you the most appropriate course of action to confront it. (Source: Mayo Clinic)

Skin Discoloration – Skin discoloration is the result of excess melanin. This is often caused by chronic UV exposure, pollution, hormonal fluctuations, past acne blemishes, or natural aging. If you have experienced skin discoloration, it is recommended that you speak with dermatology professionals so that you can collaborate together to devise the best course of action to meet your needs.   (Source: Skin Ceuticals)

Sun Protection – Sun protection is an excellent means of guarding yourself against many of the conditions listed above. When you take specific measures to protect yourself from harmful UV rays, many dermatologic issues can be avoided or mitigated. Recommended means of sun protection include the use of sunscreen (see the “protect yourself” section of the patient portal tab of our website to learn more about exactly what to look for when selecting a sunscreen), garments and accessories which shield your skin from excessive sun exposure, as well as abstinence from activities such as the use of tanning beds and unprotected outdoor sun tanning.

Warts – Warts are benign, non-cancerous skin growths that appear when a virus infects the top layer of skin. They are often skin-colored and feel rough, however they can also be dark, flat, and smooth. Viruses which cause warts are called human papillomavirus (HPV) and you are more likely to get such a virus if your skin is cut or damaged in some way. These viruses are contagious and can be spread by contact with the wart directly or through contact with something that touched the wart. Treatment for warts can include cantharidin, cryotherapy, electrosurgery and curettage, or excision. To determine the exact treatment needed in a specific circumstance, please consult a dermatology professional. (Source: American Academy of Dermatology)

Wrinkles – Wrinkles are folds, ridges, or creases in the skin. Possible treatments include the everyday use of sunscreen, the avoidance of tanning, the use of moisturizers, the use of products exactly as directed, and to limit the number of skin products that one uses. For more possible courses of action to deal with unwanted wrinkles, you should seek the advice of dermatology professionals.                       (Source: American Academy of Dermatology)