November 2014

How Do I Know if I Have a Basal Cell Carcinoma?

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. More than two million people are diagnosed with this condition each year, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, and many of those individuals will have basal cell carcinomas (BCCs). If you’ve discovered an unusual bump, lesion, or sore on your skin, you should immediately make an appointment to have Continue reading

How does Basal Cell Carcinoma Originate in the Skin?

We’ve heard about sunburns and sunscreen, fair complexions and temperate climates, but this does not explain how these risks lead to the development of basal cell carcinoma in the skin. “It’s not as big of a black box as it used to be,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, skin cancer specialist and Mohs micrographic surgeon in Austin, Texas. “In fact, years Continue reading

Fillers For Under Eye Rejuvenation

It’s morning time, and you are beginning your daily skin routine. This includes washing your face, applying moisturizer, and applying your sunscreen and skincare products. You may then start to notice a darkening in the area below your eyes. Dark circles and skin laxity (“bags”) are common changes that develop under the eyes for a number of different reasons. “Although Continue reading

Employee Spotlight | Amy the Aesthetician

Sanova Dermatology is very excited to share that Amy Bowen is now our lead Aesthetician. After earning her aesthetician license at The Aveda Institute in The Woodlands, Texas and gaining her laser technician license, she has made her way to our Dermatology office to share her cosmetic knowledge! Whether you are looking for skincare advice or to receive a much-needed Continue reading

Can my underlying Health Condition contribute to the development of Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma of the skin is the second most common form of non-melanoma skin cancer. While a fair complexion, excessive sun exposure and tanning, living at higher altitudes or close to the equator, and personal and/or family history of skin cancer are well recognized risk factors for developing these skin tumors, there are a few other less recognized risks Continue reading

What Is A Layered Surgical Closure?

Staples, stitches steri-strips, and tissue glue – it seems there are so many ways to close the skin after surgery today. Suturing remains one of the standard methods for closing a surgical wound or after Mohs surgery, and ensuring the skin heals well. “It’s not exactly Cat Gut,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, board-certified dermatologist and Mohs micrographic surgeon in Austin, Continue reading

Radiation Dermatitis

Radiation therapy has revolutionized the treatment of cancer. Used in a primary or adjuvant fashion, radiation energy is delivered in a precise and accurate way, killing off cancer cells and malignant tissues. Radiation might be recommended for patients with a variety of cancers, including breast, prostate, skin cancer and others. And while these treatments are carefully planned, side effects can Continue reading

What Is An Atypical Mole?

“Moles are really a spectrum,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, board-certified dermatologist in Austin, Texas.  At one end of the spectrum are regular benign moles, at the other end is skin cancer. Then, there’s everything in between!” Regular dark moles or beauty marks are typically classified as junctional, compound, or dermal, depending on where the mole or nevus cells are located within the skin. Continue reading

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