Dermatology Treatments

Healthy skin from head to toe

Maintaining your skin’s health requires a partnership between you and your dermatologist. An early and accurate diagnosis makes all the difference. That’s why so many patients trust Dr. Cohen and Hendersonville Dermatology.

Most skin problems can be managed with a thorough history, detailed examination and a carefully designed treatment plan. Certain skin conditions may require additional testing, such as skin biopsy, blood testing or allergy testing.

At Hendersonville Dermatology, we can test, diagnose and treat most conditions in our office.

For more serious issues, Dr. Cohen partners with other highly skilled specialists, as well as the patient, to develop and implement the most effective course of treatment.  

Here are just a few of the more common skin conditions we diagnose and treat.

Skin Cancer Screening and Treatment

Skin Cancer Screening and Treatment

Skin cancer (basal/squamous cell carcinomas and malignant melanoma) frequently, but not always, appear on areas of the body exposed to the sun, such as the face, arms, legs, upper back, upper chest and scalp. Signs include areas that scab, bleed or will not heal; a persistent, slowly growing pink spot; bumps that appear to grow, thicken, become denser or tender; and moles that change color, shape or thickness.

Dr. Cohen is highly trained to spot and diagnose potential problems. It begins with a thorough examination to detect cancerous and precancerous growths in the early stages, simplifying treatment and improving outcomes. 

When it comes to treatment, you are in the very best of hands. The medical staff at Hendersonville Dermatology is trained and experienced in a wide variety of treatment protocols including surgical excision, electrodessication and curettage, topical chemotherapy and cryosurgery. For more aggressive tumors, Dr. Cohen teams with area oncology and surgery specialists to craft the best possible plan for the most effective outcome.

Read more about skin cancer screening and treatment

Moles & Dark Spots

Moles & Dark Spots

A mole is a common skin lesion due to the growth and reproduction of melanocytes. Almost every person has at least one. It may be present at birth or appear later. While most moles are benign, they should be monitored regularly for the following ABCDE warning signs of melanoma:

  • Asymmetry. One half is unlike the other half.
  • Border. An irregular, scalloped or poorly defined border.
  • Color. Varies from one area to another; may have shades of tan, brown or black, or can be white, red or blue.
  • Diameter. Usually greater than 6mm (the size of a pencil eraser) when diagnosed, but can be smaller.
  • Evolving. A mole or skin lesion that looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color.

If you notice a mole or non-pigmented lesion with any of these features or if they tend to bleed, crust, itch, or appear odd in any wayhave it checked by a trained and certified dermatologist.

Acne

Acne

Acne is one of the most common, yet misunderstood, skin conditions. It has less to do with facial hygiene than with how hormones interact with our oil glands and pores. Pimples develop when pores in your skin become clogged. Bacteria trapped inside the pore can lead to an infection, causing the area to become red and swollen.

Treatments focus on either unclogging the pores, killing bacteria, and/or decreasing the ability of hormones to influence the oil glands. The best treatment is the one that balances efficacy with minimum side effects and inconvenience. Dr. Cohen can explain your treatment options and craft a regimen that works best for you.

Learn more about acne, its causes and treatments

Facial Redness, Flushing and Rosacea

Facial Redness, Flushing and Rosacea

Rosacea is a common skin disease characterized by a tendency to blush or flush, usually around the nose and cheeks; it can also cause the appearance of “broken blood vessels” or pimples. Individuals may have one or all of these symptoms.  

Sunlight is the leading cause of rosacea flare-ups, which leads to redness. Even when you treat the redness, certain triggers can make your face red. Skin care products and even the way you wash your face may be contributing to the redness. There are a variety of triggers. Dr. Cohen can help you identify them and suggest various changes or treatments that may help.

Inflammatory Skin Disease

Inflammatory Skin Disease

Inflammatory skin diseases include a number of conditions: itchy dry skin, psoriasis, eczema/dermatitis and atopic dermatitis. Regardless of the cause, the rashes and itching are uncomfortable. Dr. Cohen can help those suffering from inflammatory skin diseases.

Dr. Cohen has the training, expertise and a full complement of diagnostic tests and treatments needed to evaluate and treat inflammatory conditions and other skin diseases. Our in-office capabilities include comprehensive skin allergy patch testing, skin biopsies, extensive laboratory studies and advanced treatments for complicated skin diseases. We also offer narrow-band ultraviolet light B phototherapy for patients who need it for eczema, psoriasis and other recalcitrant inflammatory skin diseases.

Learn more about dry and sensitive skin care

Learn more about childhood eczema

Skin Infections

Skin Infections

(Bacterial, Yeast, Viral, Fungal and insect/mite infestations)

As creepy as it sounds, our skin can be the target of infections, infestations and assaults by a multitude of bacteria, fungi/yeast, viruses, insects, mites and parasites. Thankfully, the most common of theselike athlete’s foot, impetigo, cold sores, shingles, warts, scabies and licecan be easily diagnosed and treated. However, if you are someone with a complicated medical history and/or you are suffering from an unusual problem, you are best served by a physician like Dr. Cohen with the training and expertise to quickly and efficiently help.

Learn more about toenail fungus

Learn more about Athlete’s Foot

Benign Skin Growths

Benign Skin Growths

Benign, yet unwanted, skin growthslike warts, cysts and skin tagsare common. Still, they can cause a bit of anxiety if you don’t know what it is. They can also become inflamed, itchy or painful.  We encourage you to make an appointment with Dr. Cohen. He’ll examine the area and, if needed, remove it.

He’ll also carefully explain your options. Removal and treatment include procedures such as cryotherapy, excision, topical medication and incision/drainage. Dr. Cohen and the staff at Hendersonville Dermatology have experience in the latest treatments. The types of benign skin growths and lesions that we commonly diagnose and treat/remove include:  

  • Warts (verruca)
  • Enlarged oil glands (sebaceous hyperplasia)
  • Sun freckles (solar lentigenes)
  • Skin tags (acrochorda)
  • Milia (buried whiteheads)
  • Seborrheic keratoses
  • Epidermal (sebaceous) cysts
  • Pilar (scalp) cysts

Learn more about Seborrheic keratoses

Learn more about cysts

Hair Loss

Hair Loss

Did you know that, on average, you lose 50-100 strands of hair each day? The fact is, everyone experiences hair loss, also known as alopecia. Hendersonville Dermatology can help you do something about it. The first step is a thorough examination by Dr. Cohen. This includes a detailed evaluation of your medical history and appropriate testing. In some cases, hair loss can be reversed through the use of medications, hormone therapy or the successful treatment of primary scalp diseases.

The most common reason for hair loss, affecting over 80 million men and women in the US, is  familial or male/female pattern hair loss. Both topical and oral medications have been shown to help, especially when combined with platelet-rich plasma (PRP), a treatment available at Hendersonville Dermatology for appropriate candidates.

During this procedure two vials of your own blood are spun in a centrifuge to separate the PRP from the other blood components. The PRP is rich in growth factors. When injected into the scalp at the level of the hair follicle, these growth factors may reinvigorate dormant hair follicles and stimulate new hair growth.

Give your skin the expert treatment it deserves.