It refers to the examination of the skin using a skin surface microscope. Mole mapping is mainly used to evaluate pigmented skin lesions. In trained and experienced hands it can make it easier to diagnose melanoma and separate between malignant and benign skin lesions.
Biopsy – Shaving or excision
This is the choice method to remove any suspicious skin lesion for histology sampling. After a local anesthetic injection, a wide edged sample of the lesion is taken, most times not even requiring suturing. These biopsies heal very well within 1-2 weeks with minimal scarring.
Male circumcision in the first 2 weeks of life is a family and parental choice. We offer the Plastibell® method. Dr. van der Vyver has completed over 500 circumcisions with this tested approach and had very few complications with positive results.
Cautery with electro-coagulation and fulguration
Milia, skin tags, sebaceous cysts and hyperplasia, keratosis, cherry hemangioma’s and warts that are superficial, benign and resistant or contra-indicated to other treatment options, can be destroyed by low-voltage cautery with a fine surgical needle. For patients on blood thinners; during an excision excessive bleeding can be controlled with cautery of blood vessels with minimal damage to the tissue and surrounding skin.
Scars, moles, cysts, ganglions and fibroma’s are the most common benign lesions requested for removal. Direct excision with sutures is the norm. As there are very few medical indications for these lesion removals, procedures are usually an out-of-pocket expense. Excisions of smaller tattoos and re-shaping of torn ear lobes have been completed with consistent outcomes. Great caution and care is taken to obtain excellent results with minimal risks for scarring, infection or complications. Visit our Olds location today to have your consultation, so we can see what treatment is right for you.
A one-time steroid injection can resolve ganglions, acne cysts, tendonitis and arthritis. Alopecia Areata (Localized hair loss) can successfully be treated with micro-injections of a steroid and Vitamin-complex mixture.
This method offers the least invasive virtually scar free and permanent option for lesions such as keratosis, fibromas, warts and the so-called senile wart (seborrheic keratosis), a very annoying problem in the mature population. Usually 2 treatments are needed, however warts need up to 4 treatments to eradicate the more stubborn lesions.
Micro-Needling with PRP/MicroPen®
MicroPen®, although non-ablative, can be another tool comparing it with Fractional Laser, IPL and Chemical Peels. MicroPen® uses multiple needles that vertically pierce the skin. This enhances rejuvenation results and is far safer than laser resurfacing due to less epidermal damage. The automated vibrating function of the MicroPen® increases the effectiveness of treatment through increased absorption of products and stimulating collagen production. Read more about microneedling with the MicroPen® here.
During Microdermabrasion treatments our estheticians use a minimally abrasive instrument to gently sand your skin, removing the thicker, uneven outer layer. This kind of treatment or procedure makes way for a new, smoother layer of skin to replace the outer older skin layer. This skin rejuvenation procedure is used to treat light scarring, discoloration, sun damage and improves lymphatic drainage of the skin. Microdermabrasion works on a wide variety of skin types and colours. It makes subtle changes, causing no skin colour change or scarring. It is not effective for deeper problems such as scars, stretch marks, wrinkles or deep acne scars. The procedure is less aggressive than dermabrasion so numbing medicine won’t be needed. After the procedure is complete, there is less down time compared to dermabrasion. Your skin will be temporarily pink, but fully recovers within 24 hours. To ensure your skin is cared for after the procedure, use recommended moisturizers and sunscreens. Avoid sun exposure for a few days immediately after the procedure.
This cryogenic fluid, at -170°C freezes cells at a very low temperature. The damaged cells are removed and replaced by healthier cells. Sun damaged and pre-cancerous, as well as warts are commonly treated with this method. An irritating tender spot after treatment takes 2-3 weeks to heal.
This highly concentrated acidic solution is carefully applied to lesions such as warts, it is less painful than liquid nitrogen but in experienced hands can lead to the elimination of warts in a similar time frame.