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."
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:
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.
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.
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.
Learn more about our laser hair removal system in Casper, WY, and how it works.
Are you tired of constantly having to shave or schedule another waxing appointment? If so, then you may be wondering whether or not laser hair removal may be able to finally give you the permanent and smoother results you want. Our Casper, WY, cosmetic dermatologists Dr. Scott Bennion and Dr. Matthew Green and our DNP Dr. Brandon Bennion are pleased to offer laser hair removal. Find out more about this popular cosmetic treatment.
What areas of the body can laser hair removal treat?
Laser hair removal is safe to use on just about anywhere on the body. The most popular treatment areas tend to be:
- Bikini area
- Upper lip
How many hair removal sessions will I need?
This will depend on the thickness and the amount of hair that we have to treat. In most cases, patients will need anywhere from 5 to 10 sessions performed over the course of several weeks in order to get the best results. Since hair grows cyclically, it’s important to give it time for hair to grow out between treatments so that the laser is able to target and permanently destroy more hair follicles.
Is laser hair removal painful?
As the laser is passed over the area you may feel a sensation similar to a rubbing band being snapped against the skin. This is a non-invasive cosmetic treatment; therefore, discomfort is minimal and well tolerated by patients. Some say that waxing is far more uncomfortable than laser hair removal.
Is laser hair removal different from electrolysis?
There are some differences between electrolysis and getting laser hair removal. For one, electrolysis takes much longer because it focuses on treating only one hair at a time, while laser hair removal can target multiple hair follicles at once. Treatment sessions can range from 10-20 minutes for smaller areas like the upper lip, chin, or underarms to one hour for larger areas like the back or legs.
Do you want to enjoy permanently smoother skin? If so, then it’s time to call Central Wyoming Skin Clinic in Casper, WY, to let us know that you are interested in getting laser hair removal treatment. We’d be happy to schedule your next appointment.
Do you have an issue with a rash appearing on your skin out of nowhere and for no apparent reason? You’re not alone—skin conditions like acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis all can cause rashes and affect millions of Americans according to the American Academy of Dermatology. A dermatologist at Central Wyoming Skin Clinic in Casper, Laramie, and Gillette, Wyoming can help you diagnose, treat, and manage your skin problem.
Do You Have a Rash?
A rash is an inflamed area of the skin that causes it to redden in color. It may also cause the skin surface to look bumpy and cause incessant itching. A case of inflammation is usually the body’s natural reaction to what it may assume is a threat, such as a skin infection or contact with an irritant. A rash will usually go away on its own after a short period of time, but some people struggle with them more than usual and need the help of a skin doctor.
Possible Causes of Rashes
One of the reasons why rashes can be so frustrating for patients to deal with is that they often develop at inopportune times and for unknown reasons. There are numerous possible causes for a rash including:
- An allergic reaction due to contact with chemicals or allergens in the air (skin hives or contact dermatitis).
- Psoriasis, rosacea, acne, or eczema, which have generally unknown causes.
- Contact with poison ivy.
- A skin infection (viral or fungal).
Treatments for Rashes
The way your dermatologist chooses to treat your skin rash will depend on the most likely cause. If it’s due to a skin allergy, an antihistamine cream could help ease the symptoms. For a rash that’s related to an infection, antibiotic or anti-fungal therapy is needed. Medications are available that can help patients with recurrent skin rashes due to psoriasis, rosacea, and similar conditions. Your doctor may also recommend dietary and environmental changes to rectify problems with chronic rashes.
Clearer, Healthier Skin
If you’re having problems with frequent rashes or one persistent rash, it can be treated and managed with the help of a skin doctor at Central Wyoming Skin Clinic in Laramie, Gillette, or Casper, WY. Call (307) 234-0003 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Scott Bennion or Dr. Matthew Green.
If you have unwanted hair and are tired of plucking, waxing, and shaving, laser hair removal is right for you! If you want state-of-the-art treatment to produce smooth skin, laser hair removal is right for you too! Drs. Scott Bennion and Matthew R. Green at Central Wyoming Skin Clinic can help you remove unwanted hair through this state-of-the-art procedure. They have several convenient office locations in Casper, Laramie, and Gillette, Wyoming, to help you and your skin.
More about Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is the permanent solution to remove unwanted hair. You’ve probably noticed that after you’ve plucked, waxed, and shaved, hair grows back quickly. If you want a permanent hair removal solution, laser hair removal is the right choice because it works by heating and destroying the hair follicle., ensuring that the hair won’t grow back.
Laser hair removal is right for you if you want to remove hair from your:
- Upper lip and chin
- Face and sideburns
- Legs and underarms
- Back and bikini line
There are many advantages of laser hair removal which can’t be matched by other hair removal methods. Consider that laser hair removal treatment is:
- Comfortable, as it targets only the hair follicle and doesn’t damage the skin around it
- Quick, as small areas only take between 2 and 5 minutes, underarms 5 to 15 minutes, and your bikini line about 30 minutes. Larger areas like your legs and back can require 60 to 90 minutes.
- Effective, because unlike other hair removal methods, you can remove hair from large areas of your body, like your legs and back, in one treatment.
Interested? Call One of our Offices in Casper, Laramie, or Gillette Today!
You deserve to find out for yourself why laser hair removal is the right choice for you. Don’t put up with unwanted hair covering up your beautiful skin. It’s time to look your best, so just pick up your phone and call Drs. Scott Bennion and Matthew R. Green at Central Wyoming Skin Clinic, with offices in Casper, Laramie, and Gillette, Wyoming. The number is (307) 234-0003.
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