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By Central Wyoming Skin Clinic
February 19, 2020
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Are you tired of hair removal treatments that just don't work or last? Here at Central Wyoming Skin Clinic in the areas of Gillette, Laramie, and Casper, our unique team of professionals helps patients with a variety of medical and cosmetic skin issues—including unwanted hair. Led by Dr. Scott Bennion and Dr. Matthew Green, we offer effective laser skin treatments that remove hair virtually anywhere you don't want it, and they do it safely.

 

Oh, that unwanted hair!

You've tried all kinds of products and treatments, included repeated shaving, too. Still, the hair on your bikini line, upper lip, face, shoulders, neck, or back reappears quickly. Plus, there are those unsightly and uncomfortable razor bumps and other irritations.

 

Come to Central Wyoming Skin Clinic

You'll get a professional skin exam and discuss your aesthetic skin goals with your dermatologist. Often, the doctor recommends laser hair removal performed right at one of our Gillette, Laramie, or Casper area clinics.

 

Best for people with dark hair, laser hair removal sends a focused-beam of light directly to the hair follicles. The laser deactivates the hair follicle and vaporizes the hair itself. Meanwhile, all that you will feel is a mild sensation of heat.

 

Other details on laser hair removal

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) says that human hair grows cyclically. As such, you'll undergo several laser hair removal treatments at our clinic, each one targeting a specific area. Most patients require several treatments—up to six—for optimize results. When hair does regrow, it is much lighter in color and finer in texture. The AAD says most people have smooth, hair-free skin for years.

 

When you come in for your treatments, expect to spend about an hour or so in the chair. You'll be prepared with a skin numbing cream, and you'll wear eye protection as the doctor uses the laser on your skin.

 

Find out more

 

Look and feel your best with laser hair removal from the experts at Central Wyoming Skin Clinic. We have several locations serving the Gillette, Laramie, and Casper area. Phone us at (307) 234-0003 for an appointment.

By contactus@wyoskindoc.com
April 30, 2019
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What is Mohs surgery?

    Mohs surgery is a specialized, highly effective technique for removing skin cancers. It was developed in the 1930s by Dr. Frederic Mohs at the University of Wisconsin and is now practiced throughout the world. Mohs surgery differs from other skin cancer treatments in that it permits the immediate and complete microscopic examination of the removed cancer tissue so that all roots and extensions of the cancer can be eliminated. Mohs surgery has the highest reported cure rate of all treatments for skin cancer. 

    While Mohs surgery is an effective option, treating all skin cancers with Mohs surgery is not necessary. Mohs surgery is reserved for skin cancers that grow back after previous treatment, cancers that are at high risk of reoccurring, or cancers that are located in cosmetic areas where preservation of the maximum amount of normal skin is important. 

 

How is Mohs surgery done?

1. The skin is numbed using local anesthetic. The visible cancer is removed with a thin layer of additional tissue. This takes only a few minutes. 

2. The specimen is color coded to distinguish top from bottom and left from right.  A technician freezes the tissue and removes very thin slices from the entire edge and undersurface. These slices are placed on microscope slides and stained for examination under a microscope. This is the most time consuming part of the procedure, often requiring an hour or more to complete. 

3. Dr. Bennion then carefully examines these slides under the microscope. This allows examination of the entire surgical margin of the removed tissue. That is, the entire undersurface and the complete edge of the specimen is examined. All microscopic roots of the cancer can thus be precisely identified and pinpointed.

 

Why remove skin cancer with Mohs surgery?

Some skin cancers are deceptively large-far bigger under the skin than they appear to be from the surface. These cancers may have "roots" in the skin or along blood vessels, nerves, or cartilage. Also, skin cancers that recur after previous treatments may send out extensions deep under the scar tissue that has formed. Mohs surgery is specifically designed to remove these cancers by tracking and removing these cancerous "roots." 

 

 

 

 

By contactus@wyoskindoc.com
March 28, 2019
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Recently there has been a surge of anti-screen rants on the internet.  Multiple websites suggest that sunscreens can cause cancer, affect your hormonal balance and even kill coral reefs. Here are some facts: 

  1. Broad spectrum sunscreens prevent premature skin aging and cancer caused by the ultraviolet rays (UVR) of the sun.  There are literally hundreds of scientific studies demonstrating the protective effects of sunscreens.

  2. There are many studies suggesting that UV sunscreens are very safe but the ultimate test of safety for any product is the widespread use without ill effects in the general population.  When drugs and medical products safety studies are evaluated by the FDA, there typically are thousands of study test subjects.  Even though the drugs are determined “safe” by the FDA, the ultimate test of the drug occurs when it is released to the public and tens of thousands of patients start using it.  Only then can doctors determine the real safety of a drug.  The safety of sunscreens is a case in point.  Sun screens have been used by millions of individuals over decades without evidence of their use causing any serious problems such as cancer or other diseases.

  3. Recently Hawaii has banned oxybenzone, a very effective sun screen component, because of lab studies demonstrating it is toxic to coral and may cause “coral bleaching." Recent studies of the actual concentrations of this sunscreen in beaches where it is used demonstrate very low concentrations incapable of causing coral damage.

By contactus@wyoskindoc.com
August 06, 2018
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It appears that there is a mini-epidemic of hand-foot and mouth disease in Casper.  The cause of this illness is viral usually involving coxsackie or enteroviruses.  It begins with tender vesicles on the tongue, gingiva and the lining of the mouth.  Usually it occurs in children under 15 but it can occur in anyone. There is a mild fever and as the disease progresses small grey vesicles develop on the hands and feet.  The eruption can occur on the buttocks especially in infants and small children who wear diapers.  The treatment is supportive with no medication found to be curative.  There have been reports of acyclovir helping but no formal studies have been done to determine if acyclovir has an effect on this disease.  It is contagious and appears to be spread via the oral fecal route,  wash your hands after coming in contact with an infected person.  

By contactus@wyoskindoc.com
January 31, 2018
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There has been an ongoing mythical campaign against the use of vaccines.  Experience with all vaccines over the many decades of use have demonstrated that the protective effects of vaccines far outweighs any possible risks of getting vaccinated against an infectious agent.  This winter this years flu type, H3N2, has killed 30 kids and more adults.  Typically the deaths from flu in the US number in the tens of thousands. The most recent story was of a teenage boy who was healthy who started coughing and died within a week--he hadn't been vaccinated.  This year's vaccine has protective effects on both H1N1 and H3N2 influenza.  Each year the vaccine is produced to cover the virus that is most prevalent in that year.  Usually the types change so if one gets vaccinated each year there will be more protection than if you only get vaccinated occasionally.  There are some super bad flu types waiting in the wings; a bird flu(H7N9) in Asia which is resistant to tamiflu and very deadly has been recently identified.  Vaccination over years will probably give you some protection against these very virulent flu viruses.  And getting vaccinated not only protects you but those around you such as family members.  So get vaccinated--its safe and effective and protects you and those you love from a potentially lethal disease.  More about vaccines for warts and shingles later.