At Associated Plastic Surgeons, we're dedicated to helping our patients have healthy, beautiful skin. That's why we offer medical dermatology services at our Kansas City-area office. Dermatologist Dr. Nahid Shahrooz is board-certified and specializes in the early detection and treatment of skin cancer, along with other suspicious moles and skin growths. Getting a skin condition examined is important because changes to the skin can be early indicators of underlying health concerns.
Our office in Leawood, Kansas serves the skin care needs of Kansas City, Overland Park and surrounding communities. You can request a consultation online, or call us at (913) 451-3722 to schedule an appointment.
Skin Conditions We Treat
The skin is the body's largest organ, and skin health is key to overall wellbeing. Chronic skin conditions affect millions of Americans, and skin cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed each year. It's important to find a skin care specialist, such as Dr. Shahrooz, with the experience and expertise to diagnose and treat a range of conditions.
Early detection and treatment is the focus of our care. We conduct meticulous full-body examinations to detect suspicious moles and pre-cancerous lesions. Surgery to remove growths is performed when necessary. There are essentially 3 types of skin cancer:
- Basal cell carcinoma: These are the most common skin cancers for Caucasians. They can appear as a small, shiny bumps, open sores, or red patches. They rarely spread but if untreated can become disfiguring.
- Squamous cell carcinoma: This is the second-most common form of skin cancer. Sometimes they look like scaly red patches, open sores, or growths with a hollow area in the middle. Warts may sometimes be squamous cell cancers. Although it is highly treatable, squamous cell carcinoma can be fatal if left untreated.
- Melanoma: This is the rarest and most serious form of skin cancer. Malignant (cancerous) melanoma makes up about 5% of all skin cancers diagnosed annually. They often resemble moles and usually are black or brown, but they can also be skin-colored, pink, red, purple, blue or white. Surgical removal is the first step in treating melanoma. Advanced surgical techniques are improving the success rate of treatment.
Although technically not skin cancer, actinic keratoses (AK) are extremely common pre-cancerous growths. The lesions are caused by excessive sun exposure, so they typically appear on skin that is normally exposed. That can be the face, lips, ears, bald or balding heads, and the back of the hands. Treatments range from prescription topical creams, liquid nitrogen to surgical excision.
Moles, Warts, & Other Growths
People with numerous moles have an increased chance of developing skin cancer, so they should closely monitor their moles. Moles may appear at birth (congenital nevi) or develop later in life. Congenital moles are suspected to be more likely to become cancerous. Large, or unusually shaped moles (dysplastic nevi) have uneven edges and should be monitored by a dermatologist. Other growths include:
Warts: Certain people are more likely to get warts, which occur when a common virus penetrates the skin, causing an infection in the top layer. They may disappear on their own, but usually treatment is necessary to remove warts.
Skin tags: These hanging pieces of skin tissue are almost always harmless. Like any unusual skin growth, regular body exams should note any changes in shape, size, or color.
Acne & Rosacea
Two of the most common skin conditions we treat, acne and rosacea share some symptoms but are otherwise very different. Acne is a common condition caused by blocked pores, excessive oil production, and bacteria. It is common in teens, but people of all ages can suffer from acne. Rosacea is a condition of the facial skin, and is characterized by redness, small visible blood vessels, and bumps or pimples. Rosacea can be a lifelong condition marked by occasional or frequent flare-ups. A board-certified dermatologist such as Dr. Shahrooz can diagnose whether you have acne or rosacea.
Rashes & Irritation
Rashes occur for various reasons, such as contact with an irritating substance or a fungal or viral infection. The most common type of rash is called dermatitis, such as seborrheic dermatitis, which appears as a scaly eruption on the face, ears, and head.
A chronic condition that in its milder form causes a rash, psoriasis can cause significant discomfort in moderate to severe cases. Mild cases can be treated with creams and lotions to keep skin moist. In more severe cases, in which inflamed skin is covered with loose, silvery skin that is itchy and tender, systemic treatment such as injections or pills may be needed.
Common fungal infections include athlete's foot, ringworm, and those affecting the finger and toenails. The cause and treatment of fungal infections vary depending on the type. Although the causes are different, there are some common risk factors for developing a fungal infection, including:
- Damp and humid conditions: Fungi thrive in warm and moist environments, including locker rooms.
- Poor blood circulation: Conditions that affect healthy blood circulation compromise immunity to fungal infections.
- Nail or skin injury or infection: Fungi penetrate the skin through injuries and infect deeper tissues.
Hair & Scalp
Chronic dandruff, thinning hair, and psoriasis are all conditions that affect the hair and scalp. It's important to have a scalp condition diagnosed, because hair loss or a scalp infection could indicate an underlying illness. Men and women concerned about thinning hair can also consider hair restoration treatment.
Aging & Sun Damage
Genetics and environmental factors are the 2 primary causes of premature skin aging. Medical and technological advances have made reversing the effects of aging safe and reliable. Our extensive menu of skin care products and treatments can help boost your skin's health and improve its appearance.