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Dermatology

Welcome to NOVA Dermatology — the premier dermatology practice in Loudon County. We are a division of NOVA Plastic Surgery, serving the residents of Northern Virginia and providing our patients with comprehensive treatment plans that are customized to meet their needs.

It’s never too early to start taking proper care of your skin. Of all the parts of your body, your skin is not only the most visible but also one of the most important to your health. The better you are at protecting and enhancing this vital organ, the easier it is to avoid infection, prevent scarring, and stay happy with your appearance.

Despite the critical importance of skin for health and beauty, many people fail to take skin issues seriously. While preventative forms of care, such as washing and moisturizing your face and wearing sunscreen, are common, when these measures fail, medical attention is often necessary. Yet people often hesitate to seek such professional care, assuming that it is a luxury service they have no real need for. As a result, cysts, tags, scars, severe acne, and even signs of skin cancer are allowed to fester until they get out of hand.

We seek to provide your skin the attention it needs. As an expert dermatology practice operating in Northern Virginia, we offer patients throughout the DMV area quick, effective treatments for acne, cancer, cysts, and a wide range of other problems. We also provide advice on daily steps you can take to prevent these problems on your own. By addressing serious skin issues and arming you with information, we give you a solid foundation for enduring health and beauty.

From revising scars to correcting cysts to getting rid of tags and acne, we take the time to understand your specific needs and background as a patient. This lets us determine the exact source of any skin issue you have, coming up with solutions that not only solve the current problem but also prevent similar ones from arising in the future. Our treatments are thus an investment in the long-term protection of your skin. The sooner you take advantage of them, the greater the benefits for your health and appearance.

The qualified and experienced staff at our dermatology division specializes in the following services:

Skin Cancer Screening and Treatment

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Given the fact that 1 in 5 people will be diagnosed with skin cancer during their lifetime, and there are many different types of skin cancer, it’s imperative that everyone is screened regularly for this disease which can be deadly. Early detection often leads to a higher success rate with treatment.

Our dermatology providers work with patients on an individual basis in order to provide them with the specific treatment that they need. Depending on the type of skin cancer, depth, and location treatment options vary and include:

  • Cryosurgery
  • Prescription Creams
  • Electrodesiccation and Curettage
  • Surgical Excision
  • In the case of more severe skin cancers, we may need to refer out for more extensive treatments including chemotherapy or radiation

Acne Treatments

Many patients seek the help of a dermatology provider when it comes to treating acne and acne scars. Acne is a common skin condition that impacts people of all ages. By working with a qualified dermatology center, a patient can receive effective treatment that can minimize acne breakouts, prevent scarring and improve their self-confidence. We provide customized treatment plans for our patients who are suffering from frequent bouts of acne.

Rash Evaluations

A rash is an area of irritated skin that is often itchy, red, swollen, or painful. Rashes may also present with blisters or welts. Common rashes include eczema, psoriasis, ring worm, impetigo, hand foot mouth disease, hives, drug allergies, lupus, shingles, poison ivy, insect bites and more.

Rashes may result from many different causes whether that be an external environmental factor or internal medical concern. Because it can be very difficult to pinpoint a cause of the rash on your own, it is very important to see a medical dermatology provider for a thorough evaluation and proper treatment plan.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease that can cause rashes on your skin and arthritis. It is similar to eczema in that it causes itchy red patches, but it also can cause silvery scales. Sometimes psoriasis is misdiagnosed because it can look very similar to eczema, especially early on. Depending on the type of psoriasis, we have multiple treatment options to help you manage your symptoms.

Rosacea and Perioral Dermatitis

Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory condition that usually appears between the ages of 30-50, although it can show up earlier in life. Over time, it typically gets worse but can have periods of remission too. Symptoms often include facial flushing (from heat, stress, exercise, etc.,), acne bumps, facial swelling, burning and itching, rhinophyma (a bulbous nose growth) and/or ropey blood vessels around their nose or on their cheeks called telangiectasia.

Another rash that is very common and often mistaken for acne or eczema is periorificial dermatitis. This rash does not tend to be chronic and eventually goes away, especially with treatment. It typically appears as small pink bumps that almost look like pimples around the corners of the mouth, nose or eyes. It is seen in both adults and children.

Hair Loss Evaluations

There are many types of hair loss and they can all be a great source of stress for someone. Stress also happens to make most types of hair loss worse. The two main categories of hair loss (alopecia) are non-scarring and scarring alopecia. There are many different causes for hair loss so a thorough evaluation by a dermatology specialist is essential. We have multiple approaches to help you improve your hair loss.

Mole Removal

Normal moles are quite common, and the average adult has several moles on their body. However, when a mole begins to develop an abnormal shape or change over time, it may be necessary to remove it. Our team can successfully remove your mole and provide you with additional treatment if necessary.

Skin Imperfections

While acne and moles are the most widely recognizable skin marks, they are by no means the only features that can develop on your face and body. Of all the other skin growths you can develop, cysts and skin tags are among the most common. These features often start out small and localized, and many people do not at first realize that they have them. While they are usually benign, they can sometimes threaten your health or quality of life. We are thus happy to offer inspections and treatments for your skin spots and bumps including:

  • Skin tags
  • Warts
  • Cysts
  • Seborrheic Keratosis
  • Cherry Angiomas
  • Telangectasia
  • Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra
  • And more!

Scar Revisions

Permanent scarring can be frustrating for an individual, especially if the scar is large or if it is located in a prominent place. We provide a variety of scar revision treatments designed to minimize or eliminate scars. Topical treatments, injectable treatments and surface treatments are available, depending on the size, color and location of the scar.

Laser Treatments

Whether due to acne, burns, injuries, or past surgeries, scars are among the most difficult forms of skin damage to live with. These marks affect your appearance continuously, forcing you to relive the incident that caused them. Scars are particularly harmful when they appear on your face or other prominent parts of your body. Many people who have scars assume that they cannot do anything about them other than to get used to them. Although there is nothing wrong with learning to love your new appearance, it is simply not true that you cannot improve the look of a scar. By using advanced laser techniques, we may be able to improve the size, color and overall appearance of the scar . These safe, simple procedures eliminate the damage at its source, giving your skin a new beginning.

At NOVA Plastic Surgery and Dermatology, our patients benefit from the fact that we have a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in our office who works alongside our Dermatology Physician Assistant to provide the best results possible. In many cases, a patient who needs a lesion removed may also need a cosmetic procedure to achieve the look that they desire after treatment. At our practice, you will be treated by both a dermatology provider and plastic surgeon who work together in a cooperative manner, ultimately providing you with the best possible care in one convenient location.

For more information on the services that we offer at the NOVA Dermatology division, book a consultation appointment today.

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