At Center For Sight, we are dedicated to our patients’ overall well-being; not only how well you see but we feel it is important to offer additional healthcare solutions that will help you look better, feel better and live longer. Our dermatology services are an extension of our commitment to delivering advanced care to improve our patients’ lives.
As Floridians, we are blessed with many beautiful lakes, beaches, and warm sunny days that beckon us to ‘love life’ to the fullest. Excessive exposure to the sun increases the risk of developing cataracts and skin cancer, exacerbates wrinkles and age spots, and can alter the skin’s texture, making us look older than we feel.
Because we see so many sun lovers for their vision needs, our physicians are often the first to recognize skin issues that should be evaluated by a board-certified dermatologist. Dr. Joshua Newman, assisted by his experienced dermatology team at Center For Sight, offers full-service medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology to treat the entire body. Dr. Newman provides treatment for all skin conditions in adults, teens and children, as well as diagnosing and treating skin cancers. Dr. Newman has been consistently honored as a “Top Doctor” by Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd., and recently named “Best Dermatologist” in Venice by the readers of the Sarasota Herald Tribune.
There are more than 1.3 million cases of skin cancer diagnosed each year and an estimated 10,000 people in the US will die from skin cancer this year. Living in Florida increases this risk since sunlight and ultraviolet (UV) rays are primary causes of skin cancer. Other causes include genetics and immune system problems.
Types of Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is formed by cells that grow uncontrollably in an aggressive and disorganized fashion, disrupting and damaging normal tissue. There are three main forms of skin cancer:
- Basal Cell Carcinoma
This is the most common form of skin cancer. It starts as a non-healing pink or red bump, spot or sore, usually on chronically sun exposed skin. It can become very aggressive but is usually successfully managed by a variety of in-office procedures.
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Squamous Cell is the second most common form of skin cancer. It starts as a red scaly or crusty bump or patch on sun exposed skin such as the face, scalp and hands. It can be aggressive and can eventually spread to other parts of the body.
This is the most serious form of skin cancer. If the tumor is not found early, the cancer can metastasize and become fatal. Melanomas may begin as a mole on previously normal skin, so look for warning signs for melanoma when the moles begins to change in color, shape or size.
Who Is At Risk For Skin Cancer?
People living in warm climates, those that have a history of sunburn or sun exposure and family history all play a role in the risks associated with this disease.
Unless you’re a trained specialist, it may be impossible to tell the difference between a healthy mole or spot, and something that is potentially skin cancer. Because early diagnosis is so important, there is no substitute for a comprehensive dermatological examination, which is covered by Medicare and commercial insurance.
Ultraviolet (UV) rays are a form of invisible energy given off by the sun and are primarily responsible for the damaging effects of the sun on the skin. Unfortunately, most people only think to wear sun protection at the pool or beach. The truth is, solar damage adds up every day, and every time your skin is exposed to sunlight. Take precautions to avoid the sun’s harmful rays by limiting direct sun exposure during midday, sitting in the shade and using an umbrella. When in the sun, wear a hat with a 2 inch brim and sunglasses that block 99% of UV rays. And of course the most important preventative measure is applying broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15.
FotoFacial RF ™ treatments are a full face, neck, hands or body treatment using Intense Pulsed Light and radio frequency energy. This is a safe, gentle, non-invasive treatment used to improve the following skin concerns:
- Pink vascular conditions
Rosacea, flushing, redness, ruddy complexion, broken capillaries and spider veins of the face.
- Brown melanin conditions
Sun spots, age spots, hyperpigmentation, melasma, cholasma, mask of pregnancy and multiple freckles.
- Chronic sun damage
Treatments are simple for the conditions listed above. The patient is covered in a thin layer of cooling gel and then a 30-minute treatment is given to the face, chest, hands or arms. Patients will see a gradual and persistent improvement of their skin over the 12-20 week program, which are about three to five FotoFacial treatments.
Sclerotherapy is an out-patient procedure that eliminates varicose veins and spider veins. A solution is injected into the vein, which causes the lining of the blood vessel to swell and stick together. Eventually, the vessel fades from view.
Hair & Nail Disorders
A fungus infection of the nail is one of the most common of all skin infections. Toenails are often affected because shoes increase the warmth and moisture and create an ideal environment for fungus growth. Taking oral medication for a few months is usually the most effective cure.