Danbury
New Milford
Ridgefield
Southbury
Dermatology Associates of Western Connecticut, PC
Dermatology Associates of Western Connecticut, PC
Danbury
New Milford
Ridgefield
Southbury
General Dermatology Services Western Connecticut

General Dermatology

Skin Cancer

Skin cancers are the most common type of cancer can be highly curable with early detection and treatment. Our physicians are highly skilled in the detection and diagnosis of skin cancers and we offer a wide array of treatment options for our patients.The two most common types of skin cancer are Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) and Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) which can be treated in our office with procedures such as electrodessication and curettage (scraping and cauterization) or surgical excision. Depending on the size and location of the skin cancer, your dermatologist may recommend that you are treated with Mohs surgery in our office by our experienced Mohs surgeon, Dr. Kimberly Eickhorst. Learn more about this state of the art procedure by visiting our Mohs Surgery page.

Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer, that when detected early and treated has a cure rate of nearly 100%. It can develop from an existing mole or present as a new growth on normal skin. It can also appear under fingernails or toenails.

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Preventing, detecting, and treatment of any skin cancer begins with visiting our office for a skin examination. Our professional and qualified staff will guide you through your examination and discuss skin care and sun protection, evaluation and diagnosis of conditions, and treatment or procedure options. Your physician will discuss how often they suggest having routine skin examinations and can make recommendations for proper sun protection, including the right sunscreen for your skin type.

Acne

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions in the United States, most often affecting teenagers and young adults. We specialize in the treatment of acne, using multiple approaches to find the best combination of therapy to help our patients achieve clear skin. Acne treatments can include:


  • topical therapy using prescription or nonprescription medications

  • systemic therapy using oral antibiotics, isotretinoin, or corticosteroid injections

  • laser or light treatments to treat active acne lesions and acne scarring

  • microdermabrasion to stimulate cell turnover and treat scarring or chemical peels to rejuvenate skin and prevent new acne lesions


Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic, genetic condition that causes a build-up of rapidly generated skin cells on the skin’s surface. There are many types of psoriasis and none of them are contagious conditions. Psoriasis occurs when the immune system sends a faulty signal causing skin to grow too rapidly and collect on the surface of the skin in patches . Because of the many different types of psoriasis, it can present in a number of different ways and differently for each individual. Our dermatologists will examine the skin and order diagnostic tests to determine the type and how to properly treat psoriasis. They may even recommend phototherapy treatment in our office where we are equipped with light boxes that administer ultraviolet B (UVB) light, a proven and effective treatment for psoriasis.

Rosacea

Rosacea is a common skin condition that can cause redness or flushing around the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead or ears. It can also cause acne-like breakouts, oily skin, soreness or irritation of the skin, and thin red to purple veins to appear. Our physicians can determine the best treatment options for patients with rosacea which can include:


Precancerous Lesions: Actinic Keratosis

Actinic Keratoses (also known as “sun spots”) are common precancerous lesions that are caused by years of sun exposure. Because of this, they are most often found on skin that has the most sun exposure, such as the ears, face, neck, arms, hands, bald scalp, and lower legs. Actinic keratoses are considered precancerous lesions as if they are left untreated, they may develop into skin cancer later on. Common treatments that our physicians utilize for Actinic Keratoses depend on the number, area, and frequency of occurrence of the lesions. These treatments include:


  • cryosurgery or freezing of the lesion with liquid nitrogen

  • topical chemotherapy or immunotherapy

  • Photodynamic or BLU-U® Light & Levulan® Kerastick® therapy


For more information on these or other skin conditions, please call our office for an appointment with one of our clinicians.

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