Medical Dermatology Services
Our experts help you heal your skin.
We understand how frustrating skin maladies can be. Whether it’s itchy bumps, acne, warts, rashes or an autoimmune condition like psoriasis or eczema, you can rest assured the physicians in the Platinum Dermatology Network can help. Our physicians are board-certified dermatologists trained at the most prestigious dermatology schools in the nation. When you select a physician in the Platinum Network, you put the health of your skin in the hands of the experts.
Physicians in the Platinum Network have specialty training in rare and hard to treat conditions. Many also have strong academic and research backgrounds, as well as specialty training in Mohs surgery, laser therapy, peels, and more. Plus, our physicians collaborate with each other, so you can get the expert care you need without having to travel far.
Acne is a common skin condition typically affecting teens to young 20s; yet can appear in people of all ages. Caused by genetics and hormonal changes, acne can appear when pores become clogged with dead skin cells. Bacteria and excess oil from the sebaceous glands can gather in the clogged pore forming whiteheads, blackheads, pustules (pimples), papules (small red, tender bumps), nodules (large, solid lumps beneath the skin) and cysts (pus-filled lumps beneath the skin). Sweating and friction can cause additional redness, which can lead to scarring. Early, mild cases of acne may respond to over-the-counter medications. People with ongoing acne or more severe cases should seek help from one of our dermatology providers.
Psoriasis is a chronic, non-contagious, skin disease that usually causes red scaly patches to appear on the skin. There are several types of psoriasis. The most common type is Plaque Psoriasis, which appears most often on the scalp, knees, elbows, and lower back. Guttate Psoriasis appears as small red spots on the skin and can be triggered by a streptococcal infection. Psoriasis on the palms and soles may cause white pustules. These pustules are not infected and are not contagious but can make the patient feel self-conscious. Psoriasis may be mild to severe and treatment depends on the type and severity. Excellent treatments are available through your dermatologist.
Eczema is dry itchy skin that can appear red, cracked, and sometimes bumpy. Scratching can lead to spreading and infection, though eczema is non-contagious. The exact cause of eczema is unknown, but it often runs in families. Patients may also have asthma and allergies. All but the mildest cases of eczema should be cared for by your dermatologist. New immunotherapies are now on the market to help combat symptoms.
Rosacea is a flushing or reddening of the face, often accompanied by small visible blood vessels and red acnes-like bumps. Stinging, burning, and swelling may also occur. The exact cause of Rosacea is unknown. Women between ages of 30 and 50 typically have higher risk than men, as do people with lighter skin.
Warts, Moles & Cysts
Lumps, bumps and moles are common skin conditions; some can be dangerous, most are not. Most warts (called common warts) appear on the hands or face. Foot warts, known as plantar warts, appear on the feet and can be painful. Genital warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). We recommend medical attention by one of our providers for best treatment of any type of warts. Moles and cysts, on the other hand, can either be benign or malignant. Most are non-threatening, but to ensure your moles and cysts are not life-threatening, we recommend every person receive a skin exam yearly.
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. It is also the easiest to cancer cure as long as it's caught and treated early. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. We recommend every person receive an annual skin exam by a trained dermatology provider to check for skin cancer. People with light skin tend to be more susceptible, but any skin type can develop skin cancer, particularly melanoma—the most life-threatening type of skin cancer.
Hair & Nails
Dermatologists are experts in skin, hair, nails and mucous membranes, and can treat patients for every condition from an in-grown nail or foot fungus to alopecia, where hair follicles shrink and hair-growth stops. There are many reasons for hair loss. Some are temporary, and some are permanent. Depending on the type of hair loss, treatment may be available.