Skin Cancer Screening
MOHS Micrographic Surgery
Living and working in high-altitude regions, such as Wyoming, increases ultraviolet light exposure and creates an increased risk for developing skin irregularities. Central Wyoming Skin Clinic regularly provides skin cancer screenings and treatment for sun related abnormalities. These diagnoses include actinic keratoses, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. All of these are routinely diagnosed and treated in our office.
Palomar Pulsed Light Systems offer an effective alternative acne treatment. Palomar Systems deliver concentrated light pulses which target the acne causing bacteria and inhibit future acne breakouts.
Dr. Bennion has chosen the Palomar System because it offers the most versatile, effective, and comfortable aesthetic treatment available.
Mohs surgery is a specialized, highly effective technique for removing skin cancers. It was developed in the 1930s by Dr. Frederick 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 cancer can be eliminated. Mohs surgery has the highest reported cure rate of all treatments for skin cancer. 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.
Zostavax: Shingles vaccine - Shingles is a painful skin rash, often with blisters. It is also called herpes zoster. Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chicken pox. Only someone who has had chicken pox, or received a chicken-pox vaccine, can get shingles. The virus stays in your body and can reappear several years later to cause a case of shingles. This is a rash that usually appears on one side of the face or body. The lingering symptom is pain which can be quite severe. For about 1 person in 5, severe pain can continue for months after the rash has cleared up. Other symptoms can include fever, headache, chills and upset stomach.
Shingles is far more common in people 50 and older than in younger people. It is also more common in people whose immune systems are weakened because of disease such as cancer, or drugs such as steroids or chemotherapy.
A vaccine for shingles was licensed in 2006. It can prevent shingles from occurring and also reduce the pain associated with shingles. This is a single dose vaccine recommended for adults 60 years of age and older.
Gardasil: HPV (human apillomavirus) vaccine - HPV is a common virus that affects both females and males. More than a million cases of genital HPV are diagnosed in the United States each year. Most types of HPV are harmless, do not cause any symptoms, and go away on their own.
Anyone who has any kind of sexual activity could get genital HPV. Because many people who have HPV may not show any signs and symptoms, they can transmit the virus without even knowing it.
Gardasil is a vaccine that helps protect against many diseases caused by the HPV virus. Some of these diseases include cervical cancer, abnormal and precancerous cervical lesions, vaginal lesions, and vulvar lesions, cancer of the penis and genital warts. Gardasil helps prevent these diseases. Gardasil is recommended for girls and women ages 9 through 26 years of age. Gardasil is given in 3 separate injections over a 6 month period.
Spider veins are small dilated blood vessels that have a red or bluish color. They appear mostly on the legs, occasionally on the face or elsewhere, and are often unwanted. They can be short, unconnected lines each about the size of a large hair or connected in a scraggly “sunburst” pattern. They may also look like a spider web or a tree with branches. Sometimes, they occur in a small area and are not very noticeable, or they can cover a large area of the skin and be quite unattractive.
Larger dilated blood vessels called varicose veins may be raised above the skin surface. They can occur along with spider veins. Some people with varicosities may experience pain ranging from a dull throbbing to a burning sensation. These larger veins are more likely to cause discomfort.
Sclerotherapy is a treatment for enlarged small vessels mainly of the lower extremities. The process consists of injecting small amounts of either hypertonic saline or Soltradecol into each site. This procedure has been used for large veins and spider veins since the 1930’s. The saline solution destroys the lining of the blood vessel, causing it to swell and stick together. Over a period of weeks, the vessel turns into scar tissue that fades and eventually becomes barely noticeable or invisible.
Although unwanted blood vessels carry blood, the great majority of spider veins are not necessary for blood flow. If they are unsightly or uncomfortable, they can be treated. After several treatments, most patients can expect a 50% to 90% improvement.
Warts are a common viral infection of the skin caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). There are over 100 types of HPV and more individuals will develop some type of wart during their lifetime. Spread of the virus occurs through direct skin contact with the wart virus. The most common areas to develop a wart are the hands and feet, though they can occur on any skin or mucosal surface.
At the Central Wyoming Skin Clinic we offer a number of treatments options for warts of all types including treatment with liquid nitrogen, cantherone (a.k.a "beetle juice"), injections of candida antigen, and various topical prescription medication such as Aldara.