Dr. Zugerman is an expert in scientific dermatology. He is an associate clinical professor of dermatology and long time faculty member at Northwestern University. He can be helpful with many dermatologic problems including, but not limited to the following:
Many people are at risk for developing skin cancer especially those with a family history, those with light skin and those with excessive sun exposure especially as a child. Three types of skin cancer are often diagnosed during a routine check-up at our office including malignant melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.
Regular check-up's should be performed to detect any changes to the skin as soon as possible. Dr. Zugerman utilizes advanced techniques such as dermatoscopy to detect certain cancers.
Treatment for skin cancer may vary depending on the type, size and location of the lesion. Most treatment options involve removing the entire growth through a minimally invasive procedure that requires only local anesthesia. Some of these procedures may include:
Most skin cancer treatments are effective in thoroughly removing the malignant lesion and the affected cells. Although these procedures are usually successful, there is still a chance that new tumors may form. Patients should practice preventive measures and perform self skin checks on a regular basis to detect any changes as soon as possible. Dr. Zugerman performs detailed skin checks frequently in his office.
Depending on the type of procedure performed, patients may desire additional treatment to improve the appearance of the treated area and minimize scarring. Reconstructive procedures are safe and easy to perform, and can be performed at the time of the initial procedure or later on.
Most skin cancer treatment procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, with patients able to return home the same day. Traditional cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy are rarely necessary in most skin cancers that we see. Recovery times can vary depending on the type of treatment performed, but most patients are able to return to regular activities shortly after treatment.
A mole is a cluster of pigmented cells that appears on the skin as a small, dark spot. While most moles are harmless, many patients choose to have them removed for preventive or cosmetic purposes. There are several different mole removal treatments currently available, including shave excision, punch biopsy, excision surgery and laser removal. Dr. Zugerman will decide which treatment option is best for you, based on the type, size, location and color of your mole.
All of these procedures are considered minimally invasive and can be performed with local anesthesia. Laser removal, while the least invasive, should not be used on deeper moles since the laser light cannot penetrate deep layers of the skin.
Patients can enjoy smooth, clear skin after temporary redness subsides. Skin cancer patients can be assured that the entire malignant mole is effectively removed so that only healthy tissue remains. Surgical procedures may leave scarring at the site of the mole, but laser removal if appropriate removes the mole with no scarring left behind.
The duration and recovery time for a mole removal procedure can vary depending on the type of procedure performed, but most removals take less than a half hour to perform in Dr. Zugerman's office. Most removed moles will develop a scab over the treated, area, which will heal on its own within a week or two. Patients can return to work and regular activities as soon as they feel up to it.
Acne and rosacea are common skin conditions that affect millions of people each year, causing inflammation, redness, pimples, pustules and other blemishes on the skin. These conditions can be treated through several different methods, depending on each patient’s individual condition. Treatment may include topical ointments, oral antibiotics or Accutane® (isotretinoin), a powerful oral medication that limits oil production by the sebaceous glands.
These conditions can usually be effectively managed through long-term treatment, although there is no cure for acne or rosacea. Some patients may have to try a few different treatment methods before finding the one that works best for them. Patients can once again enjoy smooth, clear skin and no longer be embarrassed by their appearance.
It is important for patients to realize that successful treatment for acne and rosacea cannot happen overnight. It may take up to two months before results are noticeable, and symptoms may worsen before they improve.