Medical Services

From rashes to melanoma, Dermatology at MidTowne, PC is equipped to handle all your dermatological needs. To help you understand your options, we've included descriptions of some of the most common conditions we treat as well as the leading medical services we provide on this page.

Acne is the most frequent skin condition seen by medical professionals. It consists of pimples that appear on the face, back and chest. About 80% of adolescents have some form of acne and about 5% of adults experience acne. In normal skin, oil glands under the skin, known as sebaceous glands, produce an oily substance called sebum.
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Actinic Keratosis (ak-ti-nik ker-ah-TOE-sis), or AK, is a rough, dry, scaly patch or growth that forms on the skin. An AK forms when the skin is badly damaged by ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun or indoor tanning. Most people get more than one AK. When you have more than one AK, you have actinic keratoses, or AKs. AKs are very common and one of the most frequent reasons for seeing a dermatologist. Anyone who has many AKs should be under a dermatologist’s care. Most people who have many AKs continue to get new AKs for life. AKs are considered precancerous. Left untreated, AKs may turn into a type of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma. By seeing a dermatologist for checkups, the AKs can be treated before they become skin cancer. If skin cancer does develop, it can be caught early when treatment often cures skin cancer.

There are many ways to treat actinic keratoses. One of the unique and most effective methods is through a process called Blu-U Photo-Dynamic Therapy, or PDT. Dermatology at MidTowne is one of the only offices in the Grand Rapids area to offer this treatment method.
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Moles are brown or black growths, usually round or oval, that can appear anywhere on the skin. They can be rough or smooth, flat or raised, single or in multiples. They occur when cells that are responsible for skin pigmentation, known as melanocytes, grow in clusters instead of being spread out across the skin. Generally, moles are less than one-quarter inch in size. Most moles appear by the age of 20, although some moles may appear later in life.
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Psoriasis is a skin condition that creates red patches of skin with white, flaky scales. It most commonly occurs on the elbows, knees and trunk, but can appear anywhere on the body. The first episode usually strikes between the ages of 15 and 35. It is a chronic condition that will then cycle through flare-ups and remissions throughout the rest of the patient's life. Psoriasis affects as many as 7.5 million people in the United States. About 20,000 children under age 10 have been diagnosed with psoriasis.
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We are now offering laser therapy using the XTRAC® Excimer Laser. Click here to find out more about this exciting and effective therapy for Psoriasis. 

"Rash" is a general term for a wide variety of skin conditions. A rash refers to a change that affects the skin and usually appears as a red patch or small bumps or blisters on the skin. The majority of rashes are harmless and can be treated effectively with over-the-counter anti-itch creams, antihistamines and moisturizing lotions.
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Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that causes facial redness, acne-like pimples, visible small blood vessels on the face, swelling and/or watery, irritated eyes. This inflammation of the face can affect the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead or eyelids. More than 14 million Americans suffer from rosacea. It is not contagious, but there is some evidence to suggest that it is inherited. There is no known cause or cure for rosacea. There is also no link between rosacea and cancer.
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Skin cancer is the most common form of human cancers, affecting more than one million Americans every year. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their lives. Skin cancers are generally curable if caught early. However, people who have had skin cancer are at a higher risk of developing a new skin cancer, which is why regular self-examination and doctor visits are imperative.
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Warts are small, harmless growths that appear most frequently on the hands and feet. Sometimes they look flat and smooth, other times they have a dome-shaped or cauliflower-like appearance. Warts can be surrounded by skin that is either lighter or darker. Warts are caused by different forms of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). They occur in people of all ages and can spread from person-to-person and from one part of the body to another. Warts are benign (noncancerous) and generally painless.
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Wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process. They occur most frequently in areas exposed to the sun, such as the face, neck, back of the hands and forearms. Over time, skin gets thinner, drier and less elastic. Ultimately, this causes wrinkles - either fine lines or deep furrows. In addition to sun exposure, premature aging of the skin is associated with smoking, heredity and skin type (higher incidence among people with fair hair, blue-eyes and light skin).
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If you are concerned about these signs of aging, see our Cosmetic Services page to learn more about how we can help.

BOTOX® (onabotulinum toxin A) or XEOMIN® (incobotulinum toxin A)
Both are prescription medication that is injected into the facial muscles for temporary improvement in the   appearance of moderate to severe glabella (frown) lines in adult patients. Also used to treat symptoms of severe underarm sweating (hyperhidrosis), when topical treatments to do not work well. The prescription medication is injected into underarms to temporarily black the chemical signals from nerves that stimulate the sweat glands, which stops the patient from sweating. Improves: Glabella/frown lines, hyperhidrosis. Approximate time: 30 minutes, no downtime. Cost: varies, dependent upon how many units of medication are used. 

Click here for more information about Botox® 
Click here for more about Xeomin®.

Calcium-based volumizing filler mixed with lidocaine (an anesthetic) to reduce injection discomfort. Once injected, it provides immediate volume and correction, and also continues to work by stimulating the body to produce its own natural collagen. Over time the gel is absorbed, leaving behind your own natural collagen. May be used on: nasolabial folds, cheeks, smile lines, marionette lines. Limitations: no downtime. Cost: varies, dependent upon how many units of filler are used. 

Click here for more information about Radiesse®.

Hyaluronic acid replenishes loss of volume in face. Uses lidocaine (an anesthetic) to reduce discomfort. May be used on: nasolabial folds, cheeks, smile lines, marionette lines. Limitations: no downtime. Cost: depends on the amount used, per syringe.

Click here for more information about Juvederm®-XC.

Hyaluronic acid dermal filler, specifically designed to naturally fill in superficial fine lines. May be used on: nasolabial folds, cheeks, smile lines, marionette lines. Limitations: no downtime. Cost: depends on the amount used, per syringe. 

Click here for more information about Belotero Balance®. 

 

Additional Resources

We have also provided this list of websites below for additional resources concerning care for your skin. As always, you may contact our office to answer any questions or concerns.

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