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Mohs Surgery and General Dermatology: All Of Your Needs in One Place
Doctor visits are often fraught with stress, whether it’s for acne treatment or Mohs Surgery. At the Dermatology and Skin Surgery Center of Wilmington, we understand that skin disorders can affect your self-esteem and that a skin cancer diagnosis is the last thing anyone wants to receive. During trying times, you can trust in our expertise to help you achieve the best clinical outcome possible.
Fellowship Trained Mohs Surgeons
One of our specialties is Mohs surgery, an innovative, highly precise treatment for skin cancer. During the procedure, Dr. Landon Stigall will remove cancerous tissue in stages, minimizing the amount of tissue removed to keep the postoperative wound as small as possible. 100% of the tissue margin is evaluated by Dr. Stigall. This allows him to precisely track down any remaining tumor and achieve the highest surgical cure rates possible.
Dr. Stigall is an exceptionally skilled, fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon. Fellowship trained surgeons undergo 1 -2 years of additional training post-residency to receive in-depth, hands-on training from highly qualified instructors. During the fellowship, doctors practice a minimum of 500 Mohs surgeries, learn about rare tumor pathology to interpret slides of cancerous cells, and practice complex wound reconstruction.
Dermatopathologists are physicians specially trained in the surgical pathology of subcutaneous diseases, including cancer. These outstanding doctors examine biopsied skin to identify diseases at the microscopic level.
Skin cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in the United States, and dermatopathologists are a vital part of cancer detection and treatment. You may never meet our internationally-renowned dermatopathologist, Dr. Omar Sangüeza, but he works closely with our doctors and is indispensable in helping them diagnose and treat skin disorders.
Our skilled dermatologists, Dr. Kendall Egan and Dr. R. Erin Stigall, treat a variety of skin disorders from acne to hair loss. We know that people have skin concerns that are unrelated to disease, so our dermatologists also specialize in cosmetic procedures such as neurotoxins (Botox), fillers, chemical peels, and laser treatments.
Patients often have many questions about which cosmetic procedure can address their main concerns and how long the results last. Neurotoxins (Botox) work best on wrinkles that develop from repeated movements. Crow’s feet, glabellar lines (also called “11’s”), and the horizontal lines across the forehead are good Botox candidates. For most patients, neurotoxin treatments last 4 – 6 months.
Fillers can also be used to augment lips, soften static wrinkles on the face, and treat facial volume loss. Depending on the type of filler, the results can last between 9 and 24 months.
Many patients choose to use Botox and fillers together because they address different skin concerns. Our knowledgeable dermatologists will help you customize the perfect treatment plan to address all of your skin concerns.
Debunking Skincare Myths
There’s a lot of misinformation circulating on the internet, but our doctors are here to answer your questions and set the record straight about some common skincare misconceptions.
A base tan is healthy.
Spending enough time in the sun to get a tan damages the deepest layers of your skin. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US, so while you might see your tan as a sign of health, dermatologists see skin damage, premature aging, and a higher risk of cancer.
Only teenagers get acne.
Adult acne is common among women because of hormonal changes that occur throughout your 20’s and 30’s during menstruation and pregnancy. The root cause is the same in your 20’s as it is in your teens: excess oil production and bacteria.
Melanomas are raised, so if it’s flat, it’s not cancer.
Indeed, advanced melanomas are often raised, but early melanomas are usually flat. Both basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma can present as flat, scaly patches. On the other hand, many benign skin conditions protrude above the skin. Instead of trying to diagnose yourself, it’s best to see a dermatologist if you have a suspicious lesion or growth.
The Doctor Will See You Now
Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and sometimes you need expert advice to keep it healthy. If you have a question about your skin, or if you’re interested in a cosmetic procedure, schedule a visit with us.
About the Dermatology and Skin Surgery Center:
Contact the Dermatology and Skin Surgery Center of Wilmington for all of your Mohs surgery, cosmetic, and general dermatology needs. Since 2001, Skin Surgery Center’s fellowship-trained Mohs surgeons and board-certified dermatologists have provided patients with exceptional treatment outcomes. Our professional staff is ready to provide you with the thoughtful, competent care that you deserve in our state-of-the-art facilities. Book your appointment today.