Choosing a dermatologist can be a difficult decision to make. Some dermatologists are primarily focused on cosmetic issues, while others treat some dermatological medical conditions. Your ideal skin physician should focus on both. And, because your dermatologist will be examining your entire body during your annual skin evaluation, he should be someone with whom you’re comfortable.
If you’re looking for a dermatologist you can trust, look no further than Texas raised and Texas trained Dr. Perri. With X years experience in dermatology, exclusively treating residents for both cosmetic and medical issues, Dr. Perri has the knowledge needed to treat any skin concern you may have. Dr. Perri’s interest in dermatology all started when his father’s life was saved by a routine skin examination where skin cancer was detected. Because of this, you can rest assured that Dr. Perri will also take special care to examine any skin cancer concerns you may have.
When many residents think of seeing a dermatologist, they often think of treating acne or other unsightly skin issues. While these skin conditions are certainly in Dr. Perri’s wheelhouse, he also provides a variety of other services, including:
- Performing annual skin examinations for cancer detection;
- Suspected skin cancer biopsies;
- Skin cancer treatment;
- Treatment of irritated moles;
- Cyst removal;
- Treatment of rashes such as eczema; and
- Wart treatment.
Acne can be an embarrassing skin condition for both teenagers and adults. Dr. Perri understands the humiliation that a bad case of acne can bring to an individual, and works diligently with his acne patients to come up with a personalized treatment plan to address their specific case. Potential acne treatments that might work for you include gentle cleansers, topical ointments, antibiotic gels, oral anti-inflammatory medications or Accutane.
Skin Cancer Screening
Many area residents don’t realize it, but everyone, regardless of your skin tone or family history, should have an annual skin examination to detect any signs of skin cancer. Skin cancer can occur anywhere on your body – even the bottoms of your feet or under your fingernails or toenails – and everyone, even dark skin toned individuals – are susceptible.
Skin Cancer Biopsy
If you have a mole or skin tag that appears to be showing the telltale signs of melanoma, basal, squamous or any other type of skin cancer, Dr. Perri will perform an immediate biopsy of the area under local anesthesia. Often, during this skin cancer biopsy, an entire mole is removed. Once the affected area is removed, it will be tested in a lab to see if any skin cancer cells are detected.
Skin Cancer Treatment
If a lab report determines that a mole or lesion on your body is, in fact, skin cancer, Dr. Perri will take immediate action to prevent the spread of the cancerous cells. Depending on your particular case, Dr. Perri may offer the following skin cancer treatments:
- Remove the mole, if it wasn’t removed entirely during your biopsy;
- Remove a skin margin ranging anywhere from 5mm to 1cm, depending on your specific case of skin cancer;
- Refer for outpatient surgery under general anesthesia to remove larger areas of affected skin;
- Refer for a lymph node biopsy, if needed;
- For sensitive areas including the lips, ears, and nose, he may refer for Moh’s surgery, in which the cancer is carefully removed, layer by layer until it is entirely gone;
- Curettage/electrodesiccation, for small cancers, which includes scraping it away; and
- Medications, including creams that are applied for 1-2 months.
Irritated Mole Treatment
Sometimes, moles are benign, meaning non-cancerous, but they still bother Dr. Perri’s patients. Perhaps they itch or are otherwise irritated, are raised and rub against clothing, or are undesirable. For these patients, Dr. Perri can remove irritated moles, leaving you more satisfied with your skin.
Cysts are benign skin conditions that are often caused when pores become clogged with the oils that they naturally secrete. Although harmless, cysts can become irritating and unsightly, causing you to seek medical intervention to remove them. In his offices, Dr. Perri treats the following types of cysts:
- Sebaceous cysts, which affect deeper layers of skin near the oil-producing sebaceous gland; and
- Epidermoid cysts, which occur on damaged skin typically on the face or chest, and often accompany cases of acne.
Cysts don’t always need to be treated and will often go away on their own, but should be addressed by a dermatologist if they have become infected. When Dr. Perri treats cysts, he numbs the area with a local anesthetic, drains and then removes the cyst, and then places a bandage over the area to prevent bacteria from entering the incision site. Cyst removal is a quick, outpatient procedure that you can have done and return to work or school the same day.
If you have a rash that has lasted for over a week and is not responding to over-the-counter treatment options, you should see Dr. Perri right away. Skin rashes can cause your skin to become infected, especially if you scratch your skin – which is, after all, a natural reaction when your skin is severely itching. When you see Dr. Perri for a skin rash, whether it be a case of eczema, contact dermatitis, heat rash, or hives, he will prepare an individualized treatment plan for you, which may include the use of antihistamines and topical corticosteroids.
Warts, which are caused by a virus, often appear on the hands, feet, and fingers and can spread or become infected. Not only that, they are often a skin condition that many Texas residents want removed as soon as they discover them. To treat warts, Dr. Perri typically performs outpatient cryosurgery, which includes applying liquid nitrogen to the affected area.
If You Need to See a Dermatologist, Contact Dr. Perri Today!
If you have one of the skin conditions mentioned above or are due for an annual skin evaluation, it’s time to call board certified dermatologist Dr. Perri at his offices in the area.
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