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The medical specialty known as dermatology focuses on the benign and malignant disorders of the skin, nails and hair. The treating physician for this area is called a dermatologist. Dermatologists are extensively trained in the structure and physiology of the skin and are expert in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the skin. In order to be eligible for certification by the American Board of Dermatology, a physician must complete four years of postgraduate residency training (after the completion of college and medical school). These final four years typically include one year devoted to the practice of general medicine and three years intensively focused on dermatology. The physician’s diagnostic skills are enhanced by training in dermatopathology (the examination of tissue under a microscope). Treatment skills are bolstered by training in dermatologic surgery. A dermatologist may choose to become “board certified” by taking an exam administered by the American Board of Dermatology.
Mohs Micrographic Surgery is the most advanced and effective treatment for skin cancer available. Mohs Surgery provides the maximum potential for a cure, even if you have been previously treated by another method for your skin cancer. The Mohs Surgery technique allows Dr. Hodge to precisely isolate and excise the complete skin cancer while leaving the healthy surrounding tissue intact and undamaged. The Mohs Surgery option is often reserved for the treatment of tumors that have reoccurred following another treatment or for lesions in technically challenging locations such as your eyelid, nose or ear. What makes Mohs surgery so effective is the unique way excised tissue is microscopically examined while surgery is in progress, ensuring all surgical margins are clear prior to completing the procedure. The pathologic interpretation of your tissue is performed on site by Dr. Hodge who is specially trained to review the slides.
Aesthetic or cosmetic dermatology focuses on improving appearance. Whereas “medical dermatology” addresses disorders of the skin and emphasizes the cure or management of disease, “cosmetic dermatology” stresses appearance. These things often overlap. Many medical conditions such as acne, rosacea, and various pigmentary disorders can significantly affect appearance and require treatment plans which include cosmetic as well as medical objectives. Most surgeries have cosmetic considerations. But the term “cosmetic dermatology” usually refers to Anti-Aging Treatments, Anti-Aging Cosmeceuticals, and Appearance Enhancement Therapies.