Dermatology in New York
Dermatologists and dermatology offices offer skin care and treat a whole range skin diseases such as psoriasis, skin cancer, eczema, skin infections and other skin disorders.
Many non-medical practitioners offer Skin Care Services in New York City as well. Most offer personal cosmetics lines as well as treatments such as Botox and Collagen injections for smoothing wrinkles. Many have licensed laser hair removal specialists, attending to the needs of men and women alike. Other non-surgical procedures found at Skin Care salons throughout Manhattan include chemical peels to remove the skinâ€™s outer layers for a more youthful appearance. Other treatments include hair transplantation and laser skin resurfacing, which is similar to a chemical peel.
More and more Dermatologists in New York City are offering Cosmetic skin care services, which were once the sole province of beauty salon owners. Chief among these is the care of both adolescent and aging skin, for non-life threatening, but disfiguring diseases such as acne and roseacea. Laser light pulses are used to treat age spots, facial and varicose veins, ruddy complexions and to remove unwanted hair from any part of the body. Light impulses are also used to maintain youthful jaw lines through a cosmetic process called photo facial rejuvenation.
Manhattanâ€™s Dermatologists, as physicians, also remove suspect moles and skin lesions, sending these to laboratories for analysis. Many cases of melanoma, or skin cancer are first diagnosed in Dermatologistâ€™s offices through this procedure, called a biopsy. Once diagnosed, the Dermatologist can prescribe a course of treatment that may include another specialist, an Oncologist.
Melanoma is a very serious form of skin cancer. It begins in melanocytesâ€” cells that make the skin pigment called melanin. Although melanoma accounts for only about 4% of all skin cancer cases, it causes most skin cancer-related deaths. The good news is that melanoma is often curable if it is detected and treated in its early stages. For more information, see skin cancer section.
In men, melanoma is found most often on the area between the shoulders and hips or on the head and neck. In women, melanoma often develops on the lower legs. It may also appear under the fingernails or toenails or on the palms or soles. The chance of developing melanoma increases with age, but it affects all age groups and is one of the most common cancers in young adults.
It is important to detect melanoma as early as possible. The American Cancer Society
recommends that people aged 20-40 have a skin check-up every 3 years and people age 40 and older have one every year. Self-examination of the skin is also important to detect new growths or other changes. If an odd-looking mole or marking is found, an appointment with a local Dermatologist is a must.
The Dermatologist will determine if the mole or marking looks unusual, then a procedure known as a biopsy will be performed. To perform a biopsy, a local anesthetic will be injected under the skin to numb the area. The entire mole, or a small sample of the mole, will be removed and examined in a laboratory to determine if the mole is cancerous.
Living in New York City it is easy to forget that the sun is causing skin damage everyday. Skin cancer prevention in Manhattan begins with daily application of a sunscreen (preferably one that doesnâ€™t wash off and has a high sunscreen number). The fair complexioned and natural redheads should wear a protective head covering and not expose arms or upper chest areas to sunlight if at all possible.