Skin care, cancer screening, patient education and community outreach are very important parts of the Delaware Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Center. Within the Center is the Delaware Skin Cancer Institute which specializes in the prevention and treatment of skin cancer. As a skin cancer treatment center of excellence, the Institute's goal is to elevate the standard of care and to unify the prevention and treatment of skin cancer for our patients. We provide comprehensive skin cancer care in a setting that is reassuring, comfortable and convenient.
Moh's surgery is a highly effective treatment for certain types of skin cancer. It is an exacting procedure during which both surgical excision of the skin cancer and microscopic examination of the surgical margins are performed to ensure that all skin cancer cells have been removed.
Intense pulsed light, commonly abbreviated as IPL, is a new technology, used to treat conditions that traditionally have been treated by lasers. Lasers use a strong beam of energy to treat lesions, tattoos, wrinkles, unwanted hair. Almost all laser treatments involve injury to the outer layer of skin as well as to the area being treated.
For example, CO2 lasers have been used for a long time to treat aging skin, uneven pigmentation, and wrinkles. But this type of laser treatment causes an injury to the outer layer of skin, which takes many weeks to heal.
IPL, in contrast, utilizes a broad spectrum of light energy to penetrate the skin. Targets for IPL include hair follicles, pigment, collagen, and small blood vessels.
The outer layer of the skin remains intact with IPL, and there is no downtime. Patients may return to work/social activities without a lengthy recuperation and without complicated skin care regimens.
Microdermabrasion treatments use a minimally abrasive instrument to gently sand your skin, removing the thicker, uneven outer layer. This type of skin rejuvenation is used to treat light scarring, discoloration, sun damage, and stretch marks.
Microdermabrasion helps to thicken your collagen, which results in a younger looking complexion. Collagen is a protein in your skin that’s abundant when you’re a child and makes skin appear taut and smooth. Collagen production declines as we age, resulting in looser, uneven skin.
Glycolic peels can improve the skin's appearance. In this treatment, a chemical solution is applied to the skin, which makes it "blister" and eventually peel off. The new skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.
Acne treatment depends on whether you have a mild, moderate, or severe type of acne. Sometimes a combination of treatments is necessary to get the best results and to avoid developing drug-resistant bacteria. Treatments could include lotions or gels you put on blemishes or sometimes entire areas of skin, such as the chest or back (topical medicines). You might also take oral medicines.
Treating Rosacea varies depending on severity and subtypes. A subtype-directed approach to treating rosacea patients is recommended. Mild cases are often not treated at all, or are simply covered up with normal cosmetics. Therapy for the treatment of Rosacea is not curative, and is best measured in terms of reduction in the amount of inflammatory lesions, decrease in the number, duration, and intensity of flares, and concomitant symptoms of itching, burning, and tenderness. The two primary modalities of Rosacea treatment are topical and oral antibiotic agents. Laser therapy is also used as a form of treatment.
Photodynamic therapy (PDT), sometimes called photochemotherapy, is a form of phototherapy using nontoxic light-sensitive compounds that are exposed selectively to light, whereupon they become toxic to targeted malignant and other diseased cells. PDT has proven ability to kill microbial cells, including bacteria, fungi and viruses. PDT is popularly used in treating acne. It is used clinically to treat a wide range of medical conditions, including wet age-related macular degeneration and malignant cancers, and is recognized as a treatment strategy which is both minimally invasive and minimally toxic.
Dr. Schmidt offers a wide variety of skin care and anti-aging products including: Jan Marini, Obaji, and Topix Pharmaceuticals. The exact product(s) for your skin will be determined during your consultation.
The Delaware Skin Cancer Institute specializes in the prevention and treatment of skin cancer. Treatments include surgical and minimally invasive procedures for pre-malignant lesions and non-pigmented and pigmented cancers. Prevention, screening, patient education and community outreach are also a part of the mission of the Institute. Click Here to Learn More.