Dermatology Services

Arizona Desert Dermatology evaluates, diagnoses, and treats numerous skin problems. Some of the more common are below. If you don't see your condition here, please contact us for an evaluation.

MOHS Surgery:

In Mohs surgery, the dermatologist performs the dual role of skin cancer surgeon and pathologist. The Mohs procedure involves the surgical removal of the visible portion of the skin cancer, along with a layer of the surrounding skin.

Clinical studies have demonstrated that Mohs surgery provides five-year cure rates approaching 99% for new cancers and 95% for recurrent cancers. Important advantages of the Mohs procedure are that it allows the greatest amount of surrounding healthy tissue to remain intact, potentially reducing the size of the final surgical defect and resulting scar; and that the methodical manner in which all lateral and deep tissue margins are examined enables the surgeon to detect and remove any “roots” of the skin cancer that may be present, which greatly reduces the likelihood of recurrence.

Superficial radiation therapy

We are proud to offer Superficial radiation therapy to patients with basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and Kaposi's sarcoma. SSuperficial radiation treatment offers excellent cosmetic results and is considerably less invasive than the traditional surgical approach. Some of the benefits are no cuttting, no pain, no downtime and no reconstructive plastic Surgery.

Skin Cancer

The best way to tell if you have skin cancer is to make an appointment and see our dermatologists. You should see us right away for a skin cancer check IF you see anything on your skin that lasts for two weeks or longer and is:

  • Growing
  • Changing shape
  • Bleeding or itching
The above are signs of skin cancer. If skin cancer is caught early and removed, it has a high cure rate.

Acne:

Why treat acne? Myths about acne are as common as the skin problem.

Dermatologists know that letting acne runs its course is not always the best advice. Here's why:

  • Without treatment, dark spots and permanent scars can appear on the skin as acne clears.
  • Treating acne often boosts a person’s self-esteem.
  • Many effective treatments are available.

Today, there are many effective acne treatments. This does not mean that every acne treatment works for everyone who has acne. But it does mean that virtually every case of acne can be controlled.

One common myth is that you have to let acne run its course.

You don't have to suffer with acne any longer. Call us today and let us help you.

Eczema:

How do dermatologists treat atopic dermatitis? Treatment cannot cure AD, but it can control AD. Treatment is important because it can:

  • Prevent the AD from getting worse
  • Calm the skin, relieving pain and itch
  • Reduce emotional stress
  • Prevent infections
  • Stop the skin from thickening. Thickened skin often itches all the time — even when the AD is not flaring.

A treatment plan often includes medicine, skin care, and lifestyle changes.

Genital Warts:

People can feel embarrassed by growths in their genital area and therefore do not see a doctor. But a dermatologist can provide peace of mind because you can get a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Some genital warts can clear without treatment. But removing warts as soon as possible has benefits because the treatment:

  • Lowers the risk of spreading the virus
  • Can relieve any pain and itching 
  • Lets a person know that the growths are genital warts, not cancer
  • Removes warts that can be hard to keep clean
If you want to treat genital warts, it is best to see one of our dermatologists.

Herpes:

Herpes simplex is a common viral infection. If you’ve ever had a cold sore or fever blister, you picked up the herpes simplex virus.

There is no cure for herpes simplex. The good news is that sores often clear without treatment. Many people choose to treat herpes simplex because treatment can relieve symptoms and shorten an outbreak.For immediate relief, call us to schedule a private and confidential appointment.

Hives:

When a patient has hives on the skin, we can often make the diagnosis by looking at the skin. Finding the cause of hives, however, can sometimes be hard. This is especially true for hives that have been around for more than six weeks.

In severe cases, the throat and airway can swell, making breathing or swallowing difficult.

To find out what is causing your hives, we will review your health history, ask questions, and do a physical exam. You may need the following tests in addition to medicines prescribed to treat hives:

  • Allergy tests (on the skin or blood tests)
  • Blood work (to rule out an illness or infection)
  • A skin biopsy

Melasma:

Melasma (muh-LAZ-muh) is a common skin problem. It causes brown to gray-brown patches on the face. Most people get it on their cheeks, bridge of their nose, forehead, chin, and above their upper lip. It also can appear on other parts of the body that get lots of sun, such as the forearms and neck.

Under our care, people with melasma have a good outcome. Melasma can be stubborn, though. It may take a few months of treatment to see improvement. If you suffer from Melasma, call us today. We can help.

Nevi/Moles:

If a mole starts to grow, itch, or bleed, make an appointment to see us right away.

Most moles do not require treatment. But we will remove a mole that:

  • Bothers a patient (rubs against clothing, etc.)
  • A patient finds unattractive
  • Could be skin cancer

Here’s why you should never try to shave off a mole at home:

  • If the mole contains skin cancer, some of the cancer cells can stay in the skin — and even spread.
  • You can disfigure your skin, causing a scar or other permanent reminder.
  • You can cause an infection.

Rosacea:

Rosacea is a common skin disease. It often begins with a tendency to blush or flush more easily than other people.

The redness can slowly spread beyond the nose and cheeks to the forehead and chin. Even the ears, chest, and back can be red all the time. With time, people who have rosacea often see permanent redness in the center of their face. If you think you have Rosacea, call our office and set an appointment. To treat rosacea, we first find all the signs and symptoms of rosacea. This is crucial because different signs and symptoms need different treatment.

Scabies:

Scabies is caused by a tiny mite that is often hard to detect and causes a fiercely, itchy skin condition. The most common symptom of scabies is itching, especially at night. Little red bumps like hives, tiny bites or pimples appear. In more advanced cases, the skin may be crusty or scaly. Many people seek treatment for the rash, itching, or infection. Treating these can bring  temporary relief. This relief will be short-lived without treatment for scabies.

Our treatment can get rid of the mites, eliminate symptoms such as itch, and treat any infection that has developed. For the first few days to a week, the rash and itch can worsen during treatment. Within 4 weeks, your skin should heal.

Shingles:

Also known as herpes zoster, shingles is a viral infection caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. Anyone who has had chicken pox can develop shingles. The first symptom of shingles is burning pain, tingling or extreme sensitivity in one area on the skin and is usually limited to one side of the body. A few days later a red rash will appear that will soon turn into a group of blisters that look similar to chicken pox. These blisters can last several weeks.

Shingles can be very painful and is most common on the mid-section and buttocks. It is best to get treatment immediately. Patients with shingles rarely need a hospital stay but shingles can cause serious problems so call today.

If shingles develops, dermatologists recommend treatment.

Skin Cancer:

Skin cancer can be found early, and both doctors and patients play important roles in finding skin cancer. If you have any of the following symptoms, contact our office right away.

  • Any change on your skin, especially in the size or color of a mole, growth, or spot, or a new growth (even if it has no color)
  • Scaliness, oozing, bleeding, or change in the appearance of a bump or nodule
  • The spread of pigmentation (color) beyond its border, such as dark coloring that spreads past the edge of a mole or mark
  • A change in sensation, such as itchiness, tenderness, or pain

Warts:

These non-cancerous skin growths are caused by a viral infection in the top layer of the skin. Viruses that cause warts are called human papilloma virus (HPV). There are three main types of warts. Common warts usually grow on the fingers, around the nails, and on the backs of hands.

Foot warts (plantar warts) are usually on the soles of the feet. Flat warts are smaller and smoother than other warts and can occur anywhere.

You should see us if you cannot get rid of the warts, the warts hurt, or you have many warts. We have many treatments for warts. The treatment used depends on the patient’s age and health as well as the type of wart.

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Every Doctor at Arizona Desert Dermatology is a Board Certified Dermatologist. We have practices in Lake Havasu City, Bullhead City and Kingman, AZ. Our passion for skin care and aesthetics, as well as our desire to treat and solve the problems people experience makes us the preferred Dermatology and Aesthetic clinic in northwest Arizona. Read More

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