Medical Dermatology in Nashville, Tennessee
Belle Meade Dermatology Center provides medical and surgical outpatient care that is dedicated to both general and cosmetic dermatology.
- Acne - Acne is a common skin condition affecting our teenage and adult patients. Early treatment of acne is important to prevent the development or worsening of acne scars. Acne treatment options include prescription-strength medications, including topical retinoids, antibiotics, or isotretinoin. Your dermatologist will recommend an acne treatment plan based on several factors, including the severity of acne (mild, moderate, or severe), its location, presence of acne scars, and your response to previous acne medications.
- Hair and nail disorders – Hair loss is a common complaint among our patients, both men and women. Although it is normal to shed hair each day, excessive hair loss can lead to a thinning hair line and areas of baldness. There are several hair loss treatments that may help promote hair growth or hide hair loss.
- Psoriasis - Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that causes inflamed areas of thickened skin. There are several types of psoriasis, with plaque psoriasis being the most common. Although there is no cure for psoriasis, there are several effective psoriasis treatments that that can help bring psoriasis under control. Psoriasis medications include those applied to the skin (topical corticosteroids, vitamin D derivatives, and topical retinoids) and those taken by mouth (cyclosporine and methotrexate). In addition, phototherapy (PUVA) and new biologic medications provide additional treatment options for moderate to severe psoriasis that fails to respond to other treatments.
Your dermatologist will recommend a treatment based on the type of psoriasis, its location, severity, and your response to previous treatments.
- Rosacea - Rosacea is a common skin disorder that causes redness and swelling of the face, usually among those 30 to 50 years old. There are four subtypes of rosacea that describe the changes to the skin. Rosacea subtype 1 describes the flushing and facial redness that may appear. Rosacea subtype 2 (papulaopustular rosacea) describes the bumps and pimples that may develop. People with rosacea have more than one rosacea subtype at the same time.
Early rosacea treatment is important to prevent rosacea symptoms from worsening. Options include topical medications (azelaic acid, metronidazole) and oral medications (low-dose doxycycline). Laser or light therapies may also be used to control the redness or skin thickening. Your dermatologist will recommend a treatment plan based on the subtype of rosacea present and its severity. It may be helpful to use a rosacea diary to track your symptoms and identify your personal triggers. Avoiding these triggers is a key step to keeping rosacea under control.
- Warts – Warts are non-cancerous skin growths caused by a viral infection. We are trained to use a variety of treatments, depending on the age of the patient and the type of wart.
- Skin Cancer Screening - Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer. Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) are the two major forms of non-melanoma skin cancer. Skin cancer treatment options include medications (imiquimod, 5-FU), excision, and Mohs surgery. We strongly recommend the regular use of sunscreens and sun-avoidance measures to reduce your risk of developing skin cancer.
- Underarm Sweating – Also known as hyperhidrosis. Do you wear deodorant? You don’t have to! We offer the miraDry System which is a quick and safe procedure that permanently eliminates underarm sweat leaving you feeling clean, confident and carefree. Also, Botox was approved by the FDA in 2004 for the treatment of hyperhidrosis that is inadequately managed with topical agents.
- Photodynamic therapy - Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is an advanced two-step treatment for sunspots that are pink, red or rough.
Regular skin self-exams are also important for monitoring changes to your skin. We can perform specific surgical procedures if necessary. Contact us if you find a skin lesion that you find concerning.