Finding a surgical dermatologist in Westlake, OH

Sun protection and a good daily skin care regimen go a long way toward keeping your complexion healthy. Sometimes, though, problems arise. Isn’t it good to know you can find a qualified surgical dermatologist in Middleburg Heights, Lorain, or Westlake, OH? Associates in Dermatology has a team of highly credentialed providers, including Dr. Paul Hazen. In addition to Board certification in Dermatology, Dr. Hazen is Board-certified in Mohs micrographic surgery and is certified by the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.

What is surgical dermatology?

 Dermatologic surgery is the area of practice focused on surgical manipulation of the skin, nails, and hair, as well as veins, mucous membranes, and other tissues in the vicinity. Surgical dermatology involves diagnosis and medically necessary therapies to improve health or function, as well as cosmetic treatments to enhance appearance.

Surgery usually involves a scalpel. However, Associates in Dermatology is also equipped with leading-edge technologies for minimally invasive and laser procedures, as well. In most cases, only local anesthetic is needed for dermatologic surgery. This reduces downtime and speeds recovery.

When to see a surgical dermatologist in Westlake, OH

 If you suspect a problem with skin, nails, or hair, the first step is to schedule an examination with one of our providers. Depending on the issue, the doctor may suggest:

  • Biopsy, to aid in accurate diagnosis
  • Removal of benign or cancerous lesions
  • Elimination of unwanted veins
  • Cosmetic or medical removal of birthmarks
  • Scar revision
  • Fat reduction by Coolsculpting
  • Fat reduction

Technically, procedures that penetrate or pierce the skin are considered surgeries, so injectable neuromodulators and dermal fillers also fall into the dermatologic surgery category. So do laser, light, and energy therapies for skin rejuvenation or treatment of sun-damaged skin.

Skin cancer is a very real concern across the nation. The American Cancer Society estimates nearly 4,000 new melanoma cases in Ohio in 2019. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more than 7,230 people nationwide will die of melanoma in the same year.

Our dermatologists are experts in living skin cells. Associates in Dermatology has an on-site dermatopathologist for fast biopsy results. Plus, we are outfitted to perform surgical intervention including Mohs micrographic surgery, for high cure rate with minimal scarring.

Call (440) 482-8323 for an appointment in Westlake, Lorain, or Middleburg Heights.

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