Medical Dermatology Services

At Tamjidi Skin Institute in Chevy Chase and Vienna, we offer a variety of medical skincare services that can address a number of skin concerns. Our medical treatments can ensure that your skin is as healthy as possible. Learn more about our medical dermatology services below and contact Tamjidi to schedule an appointment!

  • A skin cancer screening, also known as a full-body skin evaluation, is a visual inspection of your skin by a medical professional looking for cancer before a person has any symptoms. This can help find cancer at an early stage. When abnormal tissue or cancer is found early, it may be easier to treat. By the time symptoms appear, cancer may have begun to spread.
  • Skin cancer screenings are recommended at least annually. If you or your family has a history of skin cancer and/or melanoma, your medical provider may suggest more frequent skin cancer screenings.

 

 

 

 

  • Mohs surgery, also known as Mohs micrographic surgery, is a precise surgical technique used to treat skin cancer. During Mohs surgery, thin layers of cancer-containing skin are progressively removed and examined until only cancer-free tissue remains.
  • The goal of Mohs surgery is to remove as much of the skin cancer as possible, while doing minimal damage to surrounding healthy tissue. Mohs surgery is usually done on an outpatient basis using a local anesthetic.
  • Mohs surgery allows surgeons to verify that all cancerous cells have been removed at the time of surgery. This increases the chance of a cure and reduces the need for additional treatments or additional surgery.
  • Please visit Dr. Soonyou Kwon, our Mohs surgeon’s website to learn more about Mohs Surgery at kwonmd.com
  • Dermatoscopy, or ELM (epiluminescence microscopy), allows for inspection of skin lesions unobstructed by skin surface reflections.
  • The procedure allows for the visualization of subsurface skin structures in the epidermis, at the dermo-epidermal junction, and in the upper dermis; these structures are usually not visible to the naked eye.
  • This procedure can be used to determine if a lesion is cancerous or not.
  • It can be used to find many other conditions as well.

 

 

  • Acne is a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. It often causes whiteheads, blackheads, or pimples, and usually appears on the face, forehead, chest, upper back and shoulders.
  • Acne is common and affects people of all ages.
  • There are many different ways to treat acne and our skincare specialists can determine the best way to treat yours.

 

 

  • Acne scars are stubborn, and no single treatment is best for everyone.
  • If acne scars bother you, safe and effective treatment is available. Treatment can diminish acne scars that cause depressions in the skin. Treatment can also safely reduce raised acne scars.
  • As we age, acne scars often become more noticeable because our skin loses collagen. The key to effective treatment is to select the best one for each scar type. Treatments include laser treatments, minor skin surgeries, chemical peels, and fillers.
  • An actinic keratosis, also known as solar keratosis, is a rough, scaly patch on your skin that develops from years of exposure to the sun. It is most commonly found on your face, lips, ears, back of your hands, forearms, scalp and/or neck.
  • An actinic keratosis enlarges slowly and usually causes no signs or symptoms other than a patch or small spot on your skin. These patches take years to develop, usually first appearing in people over 40 years old.
  • A small percentage of actinic keratosis lesions can eventually become skin cancer. You can reduce your risk of actinic keratoses by minimizing your sun exposure and protecting your skin from ultraviolet (UV) rays.
  • Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes redness and visible blood vessels in your face. It may also produce small, red, pus-filled bumps. These signs and symptoms may flare up for a period of weeks to months and then diminish for a while.
  • Rosacea can occur in anyone. While there's no cure for rosacea, treatments can control and reduce the signs and symptoms.

 

 

 

 

  • Melasma is a common skin problem. It causes brown to gray-brown patches, usually on the face. Most people get it on their cheeks, bridge of their nose, forehead, chin, and above their upper lip. It also can appear on other parts of the body that get a lot of sun, such as the forearms and neck.
  • Women are far more likely than men to get melasma. It is so common during pregnancy that melasma is sometimes called "the mask of pregnancy." Hormones seem to trigger melasma.
  • One of the most common treatments for melasma is sun protection. This means wearing sunscreen every day and reapplying the sunscreen every 2 hours. Dermatologists also recommend wearing a wide-brimmed hat when you are outside. Sunscreen alone may not give you the protection you need.
  • Generally, the term rash refers to an outbreak of bumps that appears anywhere on your body that changes the way the skin looks and feels. Rashes can be localized to one specific area or widespread. Rashes can refer to many different skin conditions.
  • Common rashes include patchy, scaly skin areas that are not caused by infection, scaly patches of skin caused by bacteria or fungal infections, and itchy red bumps or patches found all over the body.

 

 

  • Atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, is a condition that makes your skin red and itchy. It's common in children but can occur at any age. Atopic dermatitis is chronic and tends to flare periodically.
  • No cure has been found for atopic dermatitis. However, some treatments and self-care measures can relieve itching and prevent new outbreaks.
  • Psoriasis is a common skin condition that speeds up the life cycle of skin cells. It causes cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin. The extra skin cells form scales and red patches that are itchy and sometimes painful.
  • Psoriasis is a chronic disease that often comes and goes. The main goal of treatment is to stop the skin cells from growing so quickly.
  • There are two forms of this skin condition — hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation.
  • Hyperpigmentation occurs when the body produces too much melanin (the naturally occurring pigment in the body that is responsible for the color of our eyes, hair, and skin) and can create patches of darker skin over the body.
  • Hypopigmentation presents itself when your body creates too little melanin and results in portions of lighter skin.
  • Hair loss can affect just your scalp or your entire body. It can be the result of heredity, hormonal changes, medical conditions, or medications. Anyone can experience hair loss, but it's more common in men.
  • Hair loss can appear in many different ways, depending on what is causing it. It can come on suddenly or gradually and affect just your scalp or your whole body. Some types of hair loss are temporary, and others are permanent.
  • Scars are areas of fibrosis that replace normal skin after injury. Some scars become hypertrophic or thickened and raised.
  • Keloids are hypertrophic scars that extend beyond the original wound margin. When the injured skin is repaired, the scab dries up and falls off. In its place, there may or may not be a scar. If there is a scar, it can be pale pink, brown, or silver.
  • There are many scar treatments that can help.
  • Stretch marks occur in the middle layer of the skin, which is the layer that helps skin keep its shape. They develop when the skin’s middle layer is constantly stretched, resulting in the skin becoming less elastic by the thinning or tearing of connective fibers.
  • Stretch marks often start off looking reddish or purplish and then become glossy, making the skin appear to be streaked in silver or white.
  • Spider veins are a common type of leg vein problem. They are small, superficial blood vessels that can develop at any age. Spider veins can cause some local burning, itching, or aching.
  • Unlike varicose veins, they do not typically cause severe symptoms.

 

 

 

  • Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that causes excessive sweating. The word “hyperhidrosis” means too much (hyper) sweating (hidrosis). Excessive sweating happens when a person sweats more than is necessary.
  • Many people who have hyperhidrosis sweat from one or two areas of the body. Most often, they sweat from their palms, feet, underarms, or head. While the rest of the body remains dry, one or two areas may drip with sweat.
  • Benign lesions include skin lesions such as skin tags and/or mole removal.
  • A skin tag is a soft, skin-colored growth that hangs from the surface of the skin on a thin piece of tissue called a stalk. Skin tags are not skin cancers and cannot turn into skin cancers.
  • The removal process is simple and can help you feel more confident in your skin.
  • Warts are benign skin growths that appear when a virus infects the top layer of the skin. Viruses that cause warts are called human papillomavirus (HPV).
  • Warts are often skin-colored and feel rough, but they can be dark (brown or gray-black), flat, and smooth.
  • Wart viruses are contagious. Warts can spread by contact with the wart or something that touched the wart. Warts can grow on any part of your body.
  • Onychomycosis, also known as nail fungus, is a common condition that begins as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your fingernail or toenail. As the fungal infection goes deeper, nail fungus may cause your nail to discolor, thicken, and crumble at the edge. It can affect several nails.
  • When fungus infects the areas between your toes and the skin of your feet, it's called athlete's foot (tinea pedis).
  • Urticaria, also known as wheals or hives, is characterized by elevated lesions caused by localized edema.

 

 

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