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A Dermatologist is a medical doctor who specializes, in very specific fields, involving the skin, the hair, and nails, among other things. Patients usually see a dermatologist for more serious problems than skin related. Skin cancer, for instance, is an extremely serious condition that must be treated as soon as possible. Some skin cancers are also potentially fatal. The problem with this kind of cancer is that it frequently develops slowly over many years, and the symptoms often go unnoticed until they are too late to treat successfully. People have begun to turn toward dermatology for a variety of different reasons, ranging from simple irritation to more serious concerns. Many people are embarrassed by acne or other skin conditions, which can cause social anxiety and make working in the public eye difficult. 



The concern for beautiful skin and smooth hair has prompted people to seek out qualified doctors, increasing the need for dermatology professionals everywhere. The increase in people seeking care at a pediatric clinic has also meant an increase in doctors trained in the field of dermatology. A dermatologist can be called upon to diagnose, treat, and prevent a variety of different ailments, such as acne, dry skin, keratosis pilaris, impetigo, ringworm, psoriasis, rosacea, varicose veins, and more. Dermatology can lead to surgical procedures, as well, including everything from a mini face-lift to a major surgery like a breast reduction or heart bypass. People interested in seeing a dermatologist should make sure they choose a practitioner with the proper credentials, and they should feel comfortable letting the doctor into their private life.




Dermatology is an area of medicine dealing specifically with the skin. It's a very speciality with both surgical and medical aspects involved. A dermatology professional is a professional doctor who deals specifically with hair, nail and skin disorders. These issues are of vital importance as they affect the look and feel of our skin and the health of our bodies in general. There are many subspecialties within dermatology. General dermatology includes such areas as urology, pathology, medical dermatology and family practice dermatology. These are further subdivided into elective, specialty, public health and clinical dermatology. Elective dermatology usually deals with non-surgical procedures. Public health dermatology addresses topical treatment and prevention while specialty dermatology usually deals with very specific types of disorders.




Skin Cancer Clinic


High-Risk non-melanoma Skin Cancer Clinic offers highly specialized and comprehensive care for patients at very high risk of developing skin cancer. This includes patients on prolonged drug-based or organ-based immunosuppressive therapy, patients who are at a high risk of developing skin cancer, and patients with an increased likelihood of developing skin cancer, including patients with a family history of skin cancer. Skilled staff including fully trained and experienced dermatologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, dermatological nurses and related clinical support staff provide top quality care for skin cancer patients. This type of cancer often begins in the upper layer of skin. Melanoma is the most common type of skin cancer in men and women. It accounts for more than 90% of all skin cancer cases. Early detection through a regular visit to your skin cancer clinic's dermatologist can make the difference between a cure and a life of discomfort or even amputation from your skin. Your dermatologist will be able to determine if you have melanoma by performing certain tests like a skin biopsy or a self-exam, or by taking a sample of skin tissue from suspicious areas of moles using a technique called immunohistochemistry. 



The treatment options available for melanoma depend on many factors including the severity of your case and your doctor's opinion. Treatment options include: surgery (breast reconstruction, removal of cancerous areas, or melanoma surgery), chemical drugs, laser surgery, cryosurgery, radiofrequency ablation, electrosurgery and surgical oncology. Many types of skin cancer are not life-threatening or treatable with these modern methods, but you should consult your doctor if these treatments do not improve your symptoms or if you are having further difficulties with your skin condition. Medical oncology clinics offer highly skilled physicians who work closely with you to assess your condition and recommend the best course of treatment. They can perform a variety of medical tests like blood tests, skin biopsy, CT scans and MRI scans, help you understand your condition, and prepare for a surgical procedure or evaluation. They will discuss with you all aspects of your care including management of side effects and follow-up care.


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West Dermatology Moats Skin Specialists
525 East Plaza Dr. #200, Santa Maria, CA 93454
(805) 491-4128