At San Diego Family Dermatology we offer many services to benefit the different medical conditions our patients.
Phototherapy with Narrow-Band Ultraviolet B Light (nb-UVB):
Our National City office has a Daavlin UV Series Full Body Narrow-Band Ultraviolet B Light Box.
We also have a M series Narrow-Band Ultraviolet B Hand Box and Foot Box.
What is Phototherapy?
Phototherapy is the use of light to treat psoriasis, vitiligo, eczema, itch, lichen planus, and other skin disorders. In treatments, the skin is exposed to a special type of light which comes from a medical device commonly referred to as a phototherapy unit. The medical lamps in these phototherapy units emit ultraviolet (UV) light in a wavelength that creates changes within the skin cells. The cells in most patients then begin to behave normally, which reduces or eliminates the symptoms of the skin disease.
Dermatologists apply patch tests in patients with dermatitis, to find out whether their skin condition may be caused or aggravated by a contact allergy. Patch tests are not the same as skin prick tests, which are used by allergists to diagnose hay fever allergy .
A range of substances can be used for patch testing. A baseline series such as the T.R.U.E. (Thin-layer Rapid Use Epicutaneous) Patch Test is applied to the patient, together with specific tests appropriate to the individual.
Mohs micrographic surgery is a highly specialized form of skin cancer surgery. With the Mohs technique, physicians are able to see beyond the visible disease, to precisely identify and remove the entire tumor layer by layer while leaving the surrounding healthy tissue intact and unharmed.
Mohs surgery has two main advantages over other skin cancer treatments. First, for most skin cancer, Mohs surgery offers the highest cure rate possible, approximately 99% for primary tumors. Second, as Mohs surgery is guided by what is found under the microscope, it removes the least possible amount of healthy skin, while still removing all of the cancer. This is especially important on areas, such as the face, ear, or hands.
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Botox for Hyperhidrosis
In 2004, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved BOTOX (onabotulinumtoxinA) for the treatment of severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating of the underarms) in patients unable to obtain relief using antiperspirants.
OnabotulinumtoxinA is a natural, purified protein with the ability to temporarily block the secretion of the chemical that is responsible for "turning on" the body's sweat glands. By blocking, or interrupting, this chemical messenger, botulinum toxin "turns off" sweating at the area where it has been injected. Botox injections are very shallow, meaning that the medicine is injected just below the surface of the skin, where it remains.
Full Body Skin Exams
Every patient is offered a full body skin exam. During an exam we throughly examine your skin looking for any signs of pre-cancer, cancer, or atypical lesions.
Dr. Nick Celano is a board certified Pediatric Dermatologist. To learn more about his services click here.
If you have any questions about the above services, please do not hesitate to contact us.