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    What is a dermatologic surgeon?

    One of the most innovative and progressive medical subspecialties, these ASDS experts perform medically necessary and cosmetic treatment and procedures to improve skin health and beauty.

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    From aging skin to skin cancer...

    No one is more qualified to help than an ASDS member dermatologist. Each year, these skilled doctors perform 5 million cosmetic procedures and 2.6 million skin cancer treatments.

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    One American dies of melanoma almost every hour

    The good news: With early detection, melanoma has an almost 100 percent five-year survival rate. Schedule a free skin cancer screening today.

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    From crow's feet to spider veins...

    You'll look and feel your best when ASDS member dermatologists combine their training and expertise with the widest range of options available.

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There are a variety of skin conditions that cause people to seek the services of a dermatologic surgeon, but the most common causes are:

» Aging and its effects on appearance, such as lines and wrinkles, brown spots and resistant fat deposits.

» Skin damage from sun exposure, such as benign and malignant growths and tumors, broken capillaries, lines and pigmentation problems.

» Diseases and disorders of the skin such as skin cancer, acne, moles, birthmarks and rashes.

» Other diseases that visibly affect the skin, such as diabetes, HIV, hormonal imbalances and internal cancer.

» Trauma – injury and accidents that can cause relatively minor wounds and scars to more serious disfiguration.

» Genetic factors with skin manifestations – inherited tendencies toward certain disorders such as hair loss, varicose veins, dark shadows under the eyes and resistant fat deposits.

Learn more about specific conditions and their treatment options:

Acne Scars

Millions of people suffer the ravages of acne scars long after adolescence has passed and the acne condition has faded.

Aging Hands

As collagen and fat in the hands dissipates, veins and tendons can take on a pronounced appearance, making the hands look bony and unattractive.

Age Spots

Unsightly blemishes commonly called age spots frequently appear on the back of the hands and sometimes the face. They are typically sharply defined, rounded, brown or black, flat patches of skin.  

Aging Skin

The natural skin aging process generally produces lines and wrinkles, age spots, splotches and pigmentation problems, broken capillaries, dull skin texture and color, and other skin flaws.

Birthmarks

Birthmarks should always be checked by a dermatologist, and noticeable ones can be lightened and the appearance can be improved.

Burn Scars

Burn scars respond to treatment when performed soon rather than later, as evidence shows treating scars is more effective when done earlier.

Crow's Feet

Crow’s feet are the fine lines that form around the eyes, and there are several treatment options available from your dermatologic surgeon to smooth these lines and enhance the eye's appearance.

Droopy Eyelids

Upper and lower eyelids that have loose or excess skin and fat tissue can be improved with a surgical procedure that can restore a youthful appearance to the eye area.

Excess Fat

Sometimes diet and exercise aren't enough to get rid of those stubborn areas of fat. Dermatologic surgeons are experts at a variety of body sculpting techniques.   

Excessive Sweating

Facial redness can be caused by a number of conditions, including rosacea, broken blood vessels from sun damage, seborrhea and acne.

Facial Redness

The body can sometimes produce more sweat than is needed, but dermatologic surgeons are able to use new technologies to easily treat this condition. 

Frown Lines and Forehead Furrows

Frown lines are the result of gathering or knitting the tissue between the eyebrows into a fold. Neuromodulator or soft-tissue filler injections can treat these lines.

Hair Loss

Hair loss can be treated by dermatologic surgeons with a variety of methods to help fill in balding areas of the scalp.

Sagging Skin

Sagging skin in the lower part of the face is a natural part of the aging process, but there are many treatment options available to restore a more youthful appearance. 

Scars

Whether from injury, surgery or burns, scars are the body’s natural way of healing and replacing lost or damaged skin. Fortunately, there a number of dermatologic treatments that can improve the appearance of scars and even restore functionality.  

Skin Cancer

One out of every five Americans will develop some type of skin cancer over the course of their lifetime. However, with early detection and treatment, most skin cancers are completely curable.

Skin Growths

Most skin growths are benign and harmless, but differentiation from malignancy is essential. ASDS dermatologists are experts in techniques to remove skin growths. 

Spider Veins

Spider veins are formed by the dilation of a small group of blood vessels located close to the surface of the skin. Although they can appear anywhere on the body, spider veins are most commonly found on the face and legs. They usually pose no health hazard, but may produce a dull aching in the legs after prolonged standing and indicate more severe venous disease. 

Unwanted Hair

Laser technology is presently being utilized for efficient and long-lasting body hair removal. The laser energy causes thermal injury to the hair follicle, stunting hair growth.

Unwanted Tattoos

Tattoos are no longer considered permanent and irreversible designs or marks on the skin. Dermatologic surgeons can safely and effectively use different techniques to successfully remove unwanted tattoos.

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are abnormally swollen or enlarged blood vessels caused by a weakening in the vein's wall. They can be harmful to a patient's health for a variety of reasons. 

Wrinkled Skin

Wrinkle creases begin to appear as the underlying collagen and elastin fibers begin to break down and wear out. While this breakdown is part of the natural aging process, wrinkled skin also can result from sun exposure, excessive squinting, frowning, smoking and smiling.  

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