Edmonton Dermatology treats a variety of dermatologic skin conditions and provides specialized surgical treatment procedures for skin cancers. Below is a partial list of common conditions. We require a referral from your family physician or other specialist.

 

Skin Cancers

This is the most prevalent form of skin cancer. Largely the result of exposure to the sun, it appears as a blemish that refuses to heal – and can have a pearly or shiny texture. The area may be prone to recurrent bleeding. If left untreated it can affect the surrounding tissue, nerves, and blood vessels. Fortunately Basal Cell Carcinoma rarely ever spreads to lymph nodes or other organs.

The second most common form of skin cancer, Squamous Cell Carcinoma is also caused by prolonged exposure to the sun. Affected skin patches can appear dry and scaly. A small number of SCC can be aggressive and can spread to the lymph nodes and other internal organs.

Often appearing as a non-uniform dark patch or a freckle of unusual colour, this is the most serious form of skin cancer. Fortunately, malignant Melanomas can be cured through surgery if diagnosed and treated at an early stage.

Common Dermatological Conditions

Acne is the most common skin disorder. While prevalent among teens, it can also affect adults. It is caused when hair follicles become plugged by the skin’s oils, dirt and dead skin cells. Edmonton Dermatology can provide effective skin care solutions for various presentations of acne.

Rosacea causes a persistent redness of the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead and eyes. It may appear as sporadic blushing at first, and become chronic over time. Symptoms vary. In some people it can lead to bumps, pimples, enlarged blood vessels and red eyes. Depending on the type of rosacea you have, treatment options include medical and/or laser therapy.

These are scaly and occasionally red lesions that can be caused by chronic exposure to the sun. It is important that patients seek early treatment, as this condition can develop into squamous cell skin cancer. There are a number of treatment options. Dr. Taher will recommend treatment depending on your clinical presentation.

Skin tags are small, soft, harmless (but annoying) skin growths that often appear on the eyelids, neck, armpits, groin or under the breasts. There are several treatment options available.

If a medical skin condition has resulted in scars or unwanted blemishes, Dr. Taher can advise patients on available cosmetic treatments to improve the appearance of acne, post-operative, and scarring caused by trauma. Reverra.ca.

Some patients endure the frustration of excessive sweating most commonly from the under arms. Special injections can provide effective control of this problem.