Cosmetic, Medical & Laser Dermatology Services for the Northshore

Opening Hours : Monday to Friday - 8:30am to 4:30pm
  Contact : 1 (985) 400-2756

Are skin cancers genetic?

There are rare forms of inherited skin cancers, but we see more correlation to inheriting traits that increase the risk of developing skin cancers; like fair skin for example.  If your family member has a history of skin cancer- genetic or not- you are at a higher risk and would benefit from increased surveillance and screenings.

How do I prevent sun spots, or “age” spots?

Sun spots or “age” spots are caused from sun damage.  The only way to prevent these spots is to wear a daily sunscreen, and wear sun protective clothing.  Daily sunscreen does not have to be limited to just face- it should be applied to chest, arms, etc.  Once they are there, you have several options to help diminish the appearance of them.  Find out which is best for your skin with a complimentary consultation.

What are good skin care products?

Skin care products can get expensive.  Our goal at Soine Dermatology is to focus on healthy skin.  In order to achieve healthy skin, every individual should be using a retinoid and sunscreen daily.  Retinoids are an integral component of antiaging routines.  Retinoids help reverse damage caused by the sun.  In addition to their antiaging effects, they help reduce pore size, even texture and tone to the skin, and diminish unwanted dark spots or dyspigmentation.  In addition to a retinoid and sunscreen, moisturizers, eye creams, and anti-oxidants will also help improve the overall quality of the skin.  We offer many different products in our practice and make over the counter recommendations.

I have a spot that is red, flakey, and will not heal. What does this mean?

If you have a spot that red, scaly, bleeds, or itches- and most importantly does not heal- you should see your dermatologist immediately.  It may be a precancerous lesion, known as an actinic keratosis which can be treated in the office.

How often should I see a dermatologist?

It is recommended that each individual visit their dermatologist at least once a year for a full body skin exam.

What is a good sunscreen to use daily?

Everyone should use a daily sunscreen.  We recommend two types of sunscreens- a daily sunscreen and a sporting sunscreen.  Your day to day sunscreen should feel comfortable on the skin.  Your daily sunscreen should feel nice, be hardly noticeable to you or others, and should not leave a noticeable film.   The majority of sun exposure is on a daily basis doing normal daily activities. On the other hand, your sporting sunscreen MUST be water resistant.  The best sunscreens only last 80 minutes, so frequent applications, especially when sweating or after water play is a must.

I have a few warts and have tried over the counter treatments can you treat this?

Yes, we can treat warts many different ways.  Warts are caused by a virus (human papillomavirus) which causes top layer of skin to grow rapidly and is spread by direct contact. There are many different options to test warts. Some include cryosurgery (cold substance applied to the skin), topical medications, surgery, etc.  We customize our treatments to each individual’s needs.

I have deep wrinkles on my face, will Botox fix this?

Yes, Botox will certainly help when addressing facial wrinkles.  Botox works by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles, reducing muscle activity that causes moderate to severe lines to form. However, depending on the deepness of the wrinkle, fillers or laser treatments may be the route to take.

What does Board Certified mean?

Board Certified means the physician has taken and passed a written exam pertaining to their specialty. A physician is eligible to take the Board examination after successfully completing a university and/or “residency” program or a “fellowship” program paired with letters of recommendation attesting the individual’s suitability to that specialty.  I am actually certified by the American Board of Dermatology.