Believe it or not, your skin is a functioning organ — and it’s the biggest organ in your entire body. Our doctors at Vitality Primary Care can help you diagnose, manage, and treat skin conditions using various medical procedures. Whether you need a skin tag removed or you have a child with acne problems, the solution to your dermal troubles are here at our office in McKinney, TX — we invite individuals and families living near Allen, Frisco, Lucas, Melissa, Plano, Prosper, and Weston, to visit Vitality Primary Care for any dermatology procedures they may need now or in the future.
Common Skin Conditions & Treatment Procedures
Our doctors can diagnose and treat the following skin conditions (and more) for you:
Almost everyone has experienced an acne breakout at some point in their life, but there are many different causes of acne, and the extremely common skin condition takes on several different forms. In a literal sense, acne is caused by overactive sebaceous (oil) glands clogging up hair follicles. Hormones are the main cause of this, and stress can aggravate cases of acne. But other impurities can cause acne as well, and there are many reasons — from genetics to dietary choices — why someone may have overactive sebaceous glands.
A large pore that is clogged with oil becomes a blackhead, and a clogged pore with a small opening is what’s known as a whitehead. There’s also cystic acne, which is more severe and can potentially lead to infection if left untreated.
Dermatology Procedures for Acne: There are myriad treatments for acne, so instead of listing each of them, we’ll break them into categories and list a few examples of each category:
- Benzoyl Peroxide
- Antibiotic Ointment
- Salicylic Acid
- Birth Control
- Isotretinoin (Accutane)
- Laser/Light Therapy
- Chemical Peels
- Drainage and Extraction
Topical solutions typically don’t require any recovery time, and they are unlikely to leave any scarring because they work by killing bacteria and making skin less oily.
The same can be said for most orally-administered acne medications, aside from Isotretinoin, which has a reputation for both its effectiveness and the side effects it can cause (dry skin, chap lips, itchiness, etc.). Isotretinoin is often a last resort for individuals dealing with cystic acne, which means some scarring may occur.
Surgical procedures can also result in scarring, and patients may require some downtime for recovery. But most people only resort to surgery when topical solutions and medications fail to produce the desired results.
Psoriasis is a skin disease that is connected to the immune system and genetics. The condition causes red, scaly patches or bumps to appear on the outer layer of skin — typically the elbows, knees, and scalp, though any part of the skin can become affected by psoriasis. Outbreaks are usually triggered by factors such as stress, injuries to the skin, and certain medications.
Dermatology Procedures for Psoriasis:
- Topical Creams & Ointments
- Light Therapy
- Oral or Injected Medications
Atopic dermatitis (eczema) is a common disease that causes the skin to become dry, red, and itchy. Many eczema patients also deal with thick, scaly skin in the affected areas. It tends to be more common in children, but eczema can affect people of all ages. The skin disease causes periodic flare-ups and can be accompanied by other illnesses such as asthma or hay fever.
Dermatology Procedures for Eczema: There is no known “cure” for eczema, but you can manage the itchiness and discomfort with medications, light therapy, and self-care measures. The goals of treating eczema are to manage itchiness, heal damaged skin, prevent flare-ups, and to avoid infections. Contact us for more information about our eczema treatment options.
Skin Biopsy & Skin Tag Removal
Skin Biopsies are a dermatology procedure where skin cells are removed from suspicious growths on the epidermis and examined by a doctor who will diagnose or rule out any conditions that could be associated with the skin growth(s). A skin biopsy will help the doctor determine if you have psoriasis, eczema, fungal or bacterial infections, or skin cancer. Before you start thinking about mole removal procedures, ask a dermatologist to perform a skin biopsy.
How to Tell if a Mole Is Cancerous: If you want to be absolutely certain that a mole or other growth on your skin is not cancerous, schedule an appointment with a doctor to perform a skin biopsy. However, if you have a mole that is asymmetrical, rough around the edges, inconsistent in color, or gradually changing in shape/size, these may be warning signs of skin cancer or melanoma. Before a skin growth or mole can be removed, doctors must be sure that it’s not cancerous.
Skin tags are little flaps of tissue that are more of an annoyance than a danger to your health. The small flaps of skin are more common in women than men, and when someone gets a skin tag, it’s usually on their neck, back, chest, armpits, under the breasts, or near the groin.
How to Get Rid of Skin Tags: A skin tag can be removed using a few different dermatology procedures — it can be cut off with scissors or a scalpel, frozen off with liquid nitrogen, or burned off with a controlled electrical current.
An abscess is a puss-filled bump that forms when bacteria gets below the top layer of skin. They cause swelling, redness, and a lot of pain in many cases. When the skin is broken via cuts, scrapes, bug bites, and so on, a pathway is created for bacteria to penetrate the skin and enter your body, which is what ultimately leads to an abscess. The doctors at Vitality Primary Care can perform abscess drainage, which involves surgical incision, for any patients who need it.
Keep Your Biggest Organ Healthy With Vitality Primary Care
Need a new primary? Register with us at Vitality Primary Care for access to qualified doctors who can fulfill all of your routine health needs, and more — from dermatology procedures and preventive care to behavioral health management. We welcome all families and individuals who reside near our office in McKinney, TX, to fill out a new patient registration form, including (but not limited to) the following communities:
Contact us today for more information about our dermatology procedures and other services!