Skin Cancers | Moles | Cysts | Acne
Why Dermatology is Important to MedHealth 360
Dermatology is a very important part of your health and wellness. Dr. Phillip Chang, MD specializes in cosmetic and medical skincare ranging from acne, rashes, and wellness checks to skin cancers and reconstruction. Here at MedHealth 360, we have made dermatology a priority, and have obtained the state of the art skin care lasers and treatment options to keep your skin healthy and vibrant.
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Eczema is the name given to a group of skin conditions that cause red, itchy, inflamed rashes to appear on different areas of the body, particularly behind the knees and legs, the inner elbows, or on the neck and face. It usually appears in babies and can go away as they age or stay with them into adulthood. The rashes are very itchy and the urge to relieve that itch by scratchy is sometimes overwhelming.
Eczema is a chronic condition that can flare up due to a variety of triggers. Triggers such as dry skin, irritants like soaps and household cleaners, certain foods, warm weather and sweating, hormones, and stress can all make eczema worse.
Treatments can involve topical creams, regular bathing and moisturizing, trying to minimize triggers, improving diet and lifestyle, and for more severe eczema photo-therapy and prescribed medication such as antibiotics and corticosteroid medicine.
Our MedHealth 360 dermatologist will help determine what kind of treatment you need.
Hyperpigmentation is typically a harmless darkening of certain spots of the skin due to excess melanin. A common form of hyperpigmentation is ‘liver spots’ which are common on the hands, decolletage, and back. They usually occur because of skin damage from sun exposure.
Melasma is another form of hyperpigmentation, which is common in women and a result of hormonal changes and usually found on the face. Pregnant women, those taking hormonal replacement therapy, and women taking birth control pills have a higher chance of getting melasma.
MedHealth 360 can help with a number of treatments. Our store has creams, serums, and special foundations that can help. Sun protection is vital in helping prevent and reduce hyperpigmentation. Laser treatments, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels are also available.
Alopecia, also known as hair loss is a common condition affecting both men and women. It is a natural response to aging, hormonal changes, when undergoing certain treatments, and can manifest itself due to an underlying medical condition. For many people, it is a temporary situation that can be alleviated by hairpieces and headscarves. Cancer treatments generally cause hair loss but once the treatment is over, the hair will regrow.
Hair loss also includes thinning, receding, and patching as well as complete loss of hair. It can be extremely distressing and have a significant effect on self-esteem and confidence.
MedHealth 360 can help with a number of treatments for hair regrowth. Hair stimulating treatments using platelet-rich plasma (PRP Therapy) using the patient’s own blood can stimulate hair growth.
Skin infections are extremely common and are usually considered to be either a bacterial or fungal infection.
Bacterial infections, also called cellulitis, occur when bacteria enter the body through a break in the skin usually caused by a graze, an incision, an animal or insect bite, or ulcers. This bacteria can then infect the area and cause inflammation, redness, swelling, fever, and pain. Treatment usually involves antibiotics. In extreme cases when left untreated sepsis, gangrene, shock, and more serious inflammations can occur.
Fungal infections occur in various areas of the body and are due to the skin reacting to the fungi that have come into contact with it. Common fungal infections include athlete’s foot, yeast infections, ringworm, and diaper rash. Treatments include topical ointments, and medications but fungal infections can reoccur.
Some skin infections can lead to scarring and pitting. MedHealth 360 can help with these through light therapy and microdermabrasion.
Cysts and Lipomas are different kinds of lumps under the skin.
Cysts are semi-solid or liquidy, can be found anywhere on the body, range in size, usually grow slowly, and are fairly common and harmless. They tend to have a dark opening at the top which makes people think they are large blackheads. If they become red and tender and bothersome they should be removed by a trained professional to avoid excessive scarring and infection.
Lipomas are fatty lumps that grow under the skin, they also grow slowly and look different to a cyst as there is no visible ‘head’. They should move slightly when pressed and are mostly harmless.
The main reason people wish to have them removed is that they have grown large, are unsightly and uncomfortable under clothing. These should only be removed by a professional.
At MedHealth 360 we want you to feel good on the outside as well as the inside. If cysts or lipomas are causing you stress or have become painful, book a consultation and we can discuss a treatment plan with you.
Acne is not just a teenager issue. Anyone can become affected by it. Acne is the broader term for blocked pores, (think blackheads and whiteheads), pimples, and cysts. They can appear anywhere on the body but typically they affect the face, back, chest, and neck. It can cause immense amounts of stress in sufferers. Managing and improving acne can have a huge effect on improving self-confidence and mood.
Acne occurs when pores become blocked and the oily substance called sebum gets trapped trying to reach the surface of the skin. Bacteria grow and produce chemicals and enzymes which attract white blood cells, causing inflammation and eventually a pimple/blackhead/whitehead.
There are many types of treatment and here at MedHealth 360 we encourage sufferers to try creams and cleansers first. If that doesn’t improve skin or for more severe acne, then treatments such as laser resurfacing and broadband laser therapy, chemical peels, microneedling, and dermabrasion.
Rosacea is a skin condition that affects your face. It is very common, particularly in women with fair skin over the age of 30. It is a chronic condition that can flare-up and become worse for a number of weeks or months, then go away. There are different types of Rosacea ranging from redness, flushing and visible blood vessels, to acne breakouts, and the thickening of the skin around the nose. It can have a significant effect on the sufferer’s confidence and self-esteem.
Although it can’t be cured there are many treatments that can reduce and alleviate the symptoms. MedHealth 360 will work with sufferers to find their flare-up triggers and help with nutritional advice. The MedHealth 360 store has creams and serums to help manage the redness and pimples. Sun protection is a must.
Laser treatments are also effective at reducing the redness and visible blood vessels.
Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes red, itchy, scaly, dry patches to form on any part of the body. It can be an extremely uncomfortable disease for sufferers causing intense itching and burning of the skin and the dead skin falls off on clothing and furniture causing embarrassment. It can affect the scalp, elbows, knees, hands, feet, and genitals. It is considered to be an immune system problem that causes the skin to regenerate faster than normal.
It is a skin condition that can’t be cured but it can be managed and treated. Learning what triggers psoriasis can help keep symptoms at bay and is different for each person.
At MedHealth 360 we will work with our psoriasis patients to find ways to alleviate their condition through treatment and lifestyle changes. Treatment may include topical creams, oral or injected medicines, and light therapy.
Vitiligo is a skin condition that causes some areas of the skin to lose its natural color. Patches of lightened skin appear anywhere on the body but most common on areas that are exposed to the sun: the face, arms, and legs and is very common around the mouth and nose. It can also affect the hair, turning it white and can change eye color and the inside skin of the mouth. It is more noticeable in darker-skinned people.
People who suffer from vitiligo are at higher risk of developing hearing loss, sight problems, thyroid, and autoimmune diseases. They may also suffer from anxiety and depression because of the reactions of other people to their condition.
There is no cure but there are ways to live with it and improve the appearance of the skin. Make-up and self-tanners can camouflage the skin, topical medicine (corticosteroid) can be used in small areas but does have side effects, light treatment can restore some lost color, surgery can replace the lighter skin with darker skin taken from other areas of the body. Many people with vitiligo chose to do nothing and may have therapy to help them deal with it.
Contact dermatitis is a rash-like skin condition that is caused by an allergic reaction due to something the skin has come into contact with. The skin can become red, itchy, burns, swollen, and in severe cases cause blisters, hives and cracking.
People who are sensitive to allergens are more likely to suffer from contact dermatitis. Certain metals, household cleaners, perfumes, latex gloves, and poison ivy are classic materials that can cause rashes to appear.
It is a temporary skin condition and can usually be treated at home. Working out the triggers and allergies can also stop contact dermatitis reoccurring.
If the rash doesn’t improve, covers a large area of your body, or is close to your eyes or mouth you should seek medical advice. Due to the itching, people can sometimes get infections which can lead to fever, aches, and redness of the skin. This definitely requires medical intervention. Treatment may include steroid creams, antibiotics, antifungal medication, or corticosteroid cream. Working with a dermatologist at MedHealth 360 can help you find your allergic triggers to stop future rashes.
There are three types of skin cancer: Basal Cell Carcinoma which is the most common, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, and Melanoma. People with fair skin, moles, a weakened immune system, the elderly, sun damage, or who have family members with skin cancer are at a higher risk of getting it.
It is important to check your skin regularly for new or changed growths on the skin. Here are a few things to look out for:
- Pearly or waxy bump
- Flesh-colored or brown scar-like lesion
- Firm, red nodule
- Crusted, flat lesion
- Large brown spot with darker speckles
- Shiny, firm bumps
- A mole that changes shape or color can also indicate skin cancer.
If you are concerned by any new skin symptoms, book a consultation with our MedHealth 360 dermatologist. She will be able to diagnose and either start you on a treatment program or refer you to a skin cancer surgeon.
Consider an annual skin check with a dermatologist to ensure early detection for skin cancer and always wear sunscreen when outside at least SPF 15 and cover up as much as possible.
Skin tags are common skin growth and are generally harmless and painless. They are often found on the neck, upper chest, underarms, folds of the groin, and eyelids. It is more common in older and obese people. They are not contagious and will not spread or become larger if left.
If skin tags are causing problems, they can easily be removed by a trained dermatologist. They can become irritated by clothing or get snagged by jewelry or people which can cause pain and bleeding.
MedHealth 360 can help with the removal of skin tags. It can be done in our office, with local anesthetic, and is a simple, quick procedure.
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Dr. Phillip Chang, MD
Dr. Phillip Chang is a leading plastic surgeon in Loudoun County who specializes in surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures for the breast, body, face, and skin. He is board certified in plastic surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is the founder of Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Leesburg, VA. Dr. Chang is dedicated to providing high-quality service that concentrates on the unique needs and concerns of his patients. He believes combining attentive care and minimally invasive techniques is the best avenue for achieving beautiful, natural-looking results.
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Dermatology Can Help With The Following:
- Skin Cancers
- Contact Dermatitis
- Skin Tags
- Hair Loss
- Skin Cancers
- Contact Dermatitis
- Skin Tags
- Hair Loss