Medical Dermatology includes any skin disease that affects the skin, hair or nails. The skin is the largest organ of the body and dermatology professionals including our Doctors, Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners treat common diseases that many people get, such as acne, rashes and warts; however, we treat rare diseases, too.
Skin Cancer Surveillance
At Ahwatukee Skin & Laser, we pride ourselves on providing a full and complete exam for skin cancer screening and surveillance. With the soaring rates of skin cancer in Arizona, a cursory “please take your shirt off” approach does not work for us. Because skin cancer can form anywhere on the skin, even where the sun does not shine, it is imperative that a complete exam be performed by a trained dermatology professional at least once each year in the land of the sun, often times more frequently depending on your risk factors.
Our staff will perform the exam and then discuss how to complete a self-exam monthly, review the ABCDE’s of skin cancer and how to spot it, as well as review your choice of sunscreen and SPF and application guidelines.
If a skin cancer is found, we provide a full complement of treatment methods including surgery (excisions), Mohs surgery (used for cosmetically sensitive areas and or invasive cancers), Levulan or ALA PDT therapy (amino levulanic acid with blu light therapy), topical immune modulators (Aldara, Zyclara, Imiquimod and Picato), topical Chemotherapy (Efudex, 5 FU, Carac, Fluoroplex), and Electrodessication and Curettage (ED & C). See our Skin Cancer Section for more details.
With more cases of non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) diagnosed in the U.S. each year, it is now considered an epidemic. If caught early, skin cancer is highly treatable. Click here for an infographic to educate yourself on prevention methods and learn how to check your skin regularly. You can print this tool to record important details about your skin.
We know that acne can be difficult to treat and that is why we provide a full spectrum of traditional and non-traditional therapeutic options. Many of us here at Ahwatukee Skin & Laser have battled severe acne and are committed to helping others to feel the best they can each and every day. While we offer traditional therapies including topical and oral medications including antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, retinoids and Vitamin A derivatives including Accutane therapy; we are also are skilled in utilizing non-traditional and or alternative modalities including deep pore cleansing, liquid nitrogen therapy, Blu Light, chemical peels, topical anti- inflammatories, immune support and probiotic/herbal therapies. We look forward to working together to create a treatment plan that is highly effective and fits your lifestyle. We do not practice one size fits all medicine.
No matter what the reason for loss of hair – hormone change including pregnancy, breastfeeding, thyroid disease and or stress induced, surgery, weight loss and/or auto immune(alopecia areata, totalis, universalis) – we offer a full array of treatment options. We offer anti-androgen therapy, topical and oral spironolactone, SADBE sensitization, intralesional injections, hair prosthetic prescriptions. We understand that hair loss is always personal and distressing, we will work diligently to find the cause and reduce the impact on your daily quality of life.
Hyperhyidrosis – Excessive Sweating
1 in 5 Americans suffer from excessive sweat. Increased perspiration in excess of what is needed to regulate body temperature can be debilitating and cause mental anguish for an individual. Treatments are available, such as Botox injections.
Onychomycosis/Fungal Infection of the Nails/Disease of Nail
Did you know that nails are part of your skin? Any discoloration, thickening, peeling, lifting or “disease” of nail syndrome, we are here to help. We offer topical, oral and surgical interventions for your nail disease.
Warts/Molluscum Contagiosum/Viral Infections of the Skin
The skin can be affected by many viral diseases, including human papilloma virus and pox 6 virus and this can be quite distressing to the patient and parent. We offer liquid nitrogen therapy, intralesional injections, immune modulation (using your body’s own defense mechanisms to treat the virus), cantharone (beetle juice) and alternative therapies for the treatment of these infections. We offer painless alternatives to the typical wart treatment for children.
7.5 million Americans suffer from this disease that affects daily quality of life, mentally and physically. It is an immune system disorder that is far more than just skin deep. Ahwatukee Skin & Laser is considered a psoriasis treatment center and we are thought leaders in the treatment of this chronic inflammatory disease. We can provide education on your disease and lifestyle modification, identify your triggers and provide conventional treatments including light therapy, oral and topical medications as well as the newer class of drugs known as biologic medications including Enbrel, Humira, Remicaide and Stelara. Sarah Neumann, MMS, PA-C is a National Speaker for Amgen, is a national psoriasis foundation member and is currently doing research on this disease, ask about our clinical trials and if you qualify.
It it itches, scratch it… the dry Arizona weather can be harmful to our skin in many ways. For the chronic dry skin caused by weather, allergies and or related to asthma we are here to help. We offer patch testing, sublingual immunotherapy for skin allergies, topical barrier creams and light therapy as well as much more.