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Dermatology Surgery at TXID San Antonio and Boerne Skin Cancer Clinic



Our staff at the TXID Skin Cancer Clinic use the latest technology in dermatology, laser, and skin surgery combined with detailed attention to patient care.  At the Texas Institute of Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery we want you to have an excellent outcome and to feel that your needs and concerns have been promptly addressed in a caring and sensitive fashion.  We are ranked among the top dermatology centers in San Antonio and Boerne area based on satisfaction surveys and peer reviewed organizations.  We strive diligently to ensure your satisfaction, comfort, privacy, and safety.  All treatments are supervised or performed by renowned dermatologists who have many years of successful experience in a large variety of procedures.  Many treatment modalities are available, and we can recommend the one or two that will best meet your needs.  We’re here to meet your needs for treating Skin Cancer and help you achieve the look you desire.

 

Skin Surgery:



  • Removal of Skin Lesions and Tumors

  • Excision of Cysts

  • Nail Surgery

  • Pigmented Lesions


Our experts at TXID San Antonio and Boerne Skin Cancer Clinic recommend that everyone should perform regularly a full-body skin exam and make note of any new or changing mole(s). Changes in color, size, shape and/or bleeding are important and should be addressed by a dermatologist. If you notice any of these types of changes with your skin moles, please contact us at (210) 698-6777 to ask for advice and to schedule an appointment.


Before the exam: 


It is important to let your Dermatologist perform a full body exam, especially if you have a personal or family history of Melanoma or skin cancer such as Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma.  Our dermatologist will examine your scalp, eyes, mouth, lips, face and neck followed by upper extremities, nails, trunk, and lower extremities. Remove all nail polish from your nails if you have a suspicious pigmented (dark) spot on your nails.


In order to get a more accurate image of your mole, Dr. Ghohestani may look at your moles through a Dermatoscope.

Schedule an appointment:


You may schedule an appointment through one of the following system:

Click here to request for an Appointment


1-888-884-5557 (Toll-Free) 210-698-6777


frontoffice@txid.org


 


What's New about Skin Cancer?


New Study Finds Increased Tumor Growth Associated With Increased Delay in Seeking Skin Cancer Treatment:



Denial is the top reason patients delay treatment.

SCHAUMBURG, ILL. (Nov. 12, 2010) - If detected early, nonmelanoma skin cancers (primarily basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, the two most common forms of skin cancer) can be easily treated.  But when left untreated, these skin cancers can grow and even spread, causing considerably more harm than if they were treated upon initial detection.  Now, a new study finds that denial is the top reason why patients delay seeking treatment for skin cancer and shows that this delay results in larger, more serious skin cancers.  In the article entitled, "Delayed Treatment and Continued Growth of Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer," published online in the Journal of American Academny of Dermatology, dermatologist Murad Alam, MD, MSCI, FAAD, chief of cutaneous and aesthetic surgery, and associate professor of dermatology, otolaryngology, and surgery at Northwestern University, Chicago, presented results of a study examining why patients delay seeking medical attention for suspicious growths and the consequences of their procrastination.

"Studies show that various patient-specific factors appear to be responsible for the delay in the treatment of cancers in general, and skin cancer in particular," said Dr. Alam.  "The purpose of this study was to determine the patient- and physician-specific reasons, including physical, financial, social, intellectual, and psychological factors, to which patients attribute delays in the diagnosis and treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancers."

Patients reported that denial was the most frequent reason for waiting to see a doctor about a suspicious lesion - accounting for 71 percent of all cases.  Specifically, the two most commonly listed reasons why patients waited to see their doctor were "thought it would go away" (36 percent), and "thought it wasn't important" (24 percent).

"Denial may be a normal response to health concerns, with patients minimizing the psychological burden of their illness, or it may be a learned coping mechanism," said Dr. Alam.  "But denial can interfere with obtaining treatment and result in more serious or advanced skin cancers."

When analyzing the association of delay with the size of a skin cancer from the time patients first realized that they had a problematic lesion to the time they saw a physician, Dr. Alam found that there was a significant increase in tumor size in patients who waited an average of six months to see a physician.  On average, skin cancers grew during this delay period, with the average lesion enlarging from the size of a pimple (2-3 mm) to between the size of a pimple and a dime (10 mm).  The longest reported delays were associated with relatively greater increases in tumor sizes.

"Delayed treatment of skin cancer may result in tumor enlargement, loss of function in affected areas, and the need for larger excisions that may impact a person's appearance and mobility," noted Dr. Alam.  "That is why dermatologists encourage everyone to perform regular skin exams and report suspicious lesions to a dermatologist as soon as possible."

Dr. Alam stressed that it is important for patients to understand that early diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer can lead to simpler surgeries, smaller scars, and decreased illness.  If a patient has a suspicious lesion, he or she should make an appointment to see a dermatologist as soon as possible.
AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS

Texas Institute of Dermatology's top ranking Dermatologist Received the 2013 Patients' Choice Award, 2013 Compassionate Doctor and the 2013 Talk of the Town Award. You’ve done it again! The people of San Antonio, Boerne, Laredo and the surrounding areas have spoken and the results are in. Thank you to all the wonderful patients and customers who have helped the Texas Institute of Dermatology receive the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Patients' Choice Awards for Texas Favorite Physicians, the 2011, 2012, 2013 most compassionate Doctor Award for Dr Ghohestani's outstanding dermatology services, and 2011, 2012 and 2013 Talk of the Town Awards for dermatology and skin care. These awards reflect the difference a particular physician makes in the lives of his/her patients. Of the 850,000 active physicians in the United States, less than 1% were accorded these awards by their patients. Thank you San Antonio, Boerne and South Texas for recognizing our efforts to provide exceptional Dermatology service and patient care. Here’s to you!

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Welcome to the Texas Institute of Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery website. I hope you will find our site easy to use and informative. Our mission is to serve as a leading center for understanding and treating skin, hair, and nail diseases in South Texas through excellence in patient care, research, and education.

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PRESS RELEASE

Remember BURNS and ERUPTS when you look out for skin cancer

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San Antonio, Texas. Are you interested in learning as how to distinguish between a cancerous and non-canceours skin lesion? Dr. Ghohestani's team at Texas Institute of Dermatology proposes novel mneumonics for early detection of non-melanoma skin cancer namely Basal cell (BCC) and Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Basal Cell Carcinoma, the most common cancer, together with Squamous Cell Carcinoma affecting 1 in 5 Americans. In their early stages, both types of skin cancer are easily treated by an office surgery. If neglected, they can cause local disfigurement, damage to nearby tissues, and, in some cases, metastasize to distant organs and become fatal, said Dr. Ghohestani. Because they are easily taken care of early on, it is important to detect these skin cancers at the very early stage. Both patients and physicians should know what signs to look for so that they can detect BCCs and SCCs when they are most easily treatable. Just as with the ABCD of melanoma, the investigators at Texas Institute of Dermatology propose, in an article published in the European Journal of Dermatology, BURNS and ERUPTS as new mnemonics for early detection of SCC and BCC, respectively. read more >>

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