Dermatologist - San Antonio

Virnalisis M. Gonzalez, MD FAAD
10007 Huebner Rd, Suite 102
San Antonio, TX 78240
(210) 268-4941

Choosing a dermatologic surgeon

 

While you may think the most important decision that you make is whether to have dermatologic surgery, the choice of a qualified physician is truly the key to success. There are two important factors to keep in mind when selecting a dermatologic surgeon, particularly for cosmetic skin care: clinical proficiency and personal rapport.

Selecting a proficient physician is the single most important factor for a successful medical procedure. Patients should ask the following questions before they decide if a doctor and a dermatologic surgery procedure are right for them:

  1. What are the doctor's credentials? Make sure your physician is Board-certified in dermatology. Ask to see his or her credentials. Inquire about his or her commitment to continuing education.
  2. How many of these particular dermatologic surgery procedures has the physician performed? Most dermatologic surgeons are well-versed in the full range of clinical solutions for a specific condition. In fact, dermatologic surgeons pioneered most of the skin surgery procedures in use today, but some doctors may specialize in a certain technique or technology.
  3. What results can you expect? Realistic expectations are very important to a positive outcome. Also remember that results will vary based not only on the skill and experience of the surgeon but also on the specifics of your condition, your age, your general health, and other medical and lifestyle factors. Ask to see before-and-after photos of similar procedures your surgeon has performed on patients with comparable conditions.
  4. What is the healing time and recuperation period? Some procedures require almost no down time; others may necessitate several weeks of recuperation. Know what you're getting into so that you can arrange your schedule accordingly.
  5. What are the risks? There are inherent risks with any type of surgery. While the risks of most dermatologic surgeries are minimal, you should discuss the pros and cons of any treatment with your doctor.
  6. What will it cost? You should understand up front your financial commitment and the doctor's terms of payment. In cases where multiple treatment options are available, cost can be an important factor in making your final decision.

Ultimately, the decision to have any procedure performed by a dermatologic surgeon is yours and yours alone. You have the right to obtain all the information you need to make an educated decision you are comfortable with. After all, it may well be the most profound step along the pathway to a lifetime of healthy and beautiful skin.

Our team of professionals and staff believe that informed patients are better equipped to make decisions regarding their health and well-being. For your personal use, we have created an extensive patient library covering an array of educational topics, which can be found on the side of each page. Browse through these diagnoses and treatments to learn more about topics of interest to you.

As always, you can contact our office to answer any questions or concerns.

 

Moles are brown or black growths, usually round or oval, that can appear anywhere on the skin. They can be rough or smooth, flat or raised, single or in multiples. They occur when cells that are responsible for skin pigmentation, known as melanocytes, grow in clusters instead of being spread out across the skin. Generally, moles are less than one-quarter inch in size. Most moles appear by the age of 20, although some moles may appear later in life. Most adults have between 10 and 40 moles. Because they last about 50 years, moles may disappear by themselves over time.

Most moles are harmless, but a change in size, shape, color or texture could be indicative of a cancerous growth. Moles that have a higher-than-average chance of becoming cancerous include:

Congenital Nevi

Moles present at birth. The larger their size, the greater the risk for developing into a skin cancer.

Atypical Dysplastic Nevi

Irregularly shaped moles that are larger than average. They often appear to have dark brown centers with light, uneven borders.

Higher frequency of moles

People with 50 or more moles are at a greater risk for developing a skin cancer.

In some cases, abnormal moles may become painful, itchy, scaly or bleed. It's important to keep an eye on your moles so that you can catch any changes early. We recommend doing a visual check of your body monthly, including all areas that don't have sun exposure (such as the scalp, armpits or bottoms of feet).

Use the American Academy of Dermatology's ABCDEs as a guide for assessing whether or not a mole may be becoming cancerous:

Asymmetry: Half the mole does not match the other half in size, shape or color.

Border: The edges of moles are irregular, scalloped, or poorly defined.

Color: The mole is not the same color throughout.

Diameter: The mole is usually greater than 6 millimeters when diagnosed, but may also be smaller.

Evolving: A mole or skin lesion that is different from the rest, or changes in size, shape, or color.

If any of these conditions occur, please make an appointment to see one of our dermatologists right away. The doctor may do a biopsy of the mole to determine if it is or isn't cancerous and/or may surgically remove it.


WHY CHOOSE A DERMATOLOGIC SURGEON FOR YOUR COSMETIC PROCEDURES?

 

In today's competitive landscape you will see or receive many offers (like this one!) for cosmetic procedures, lasers, Botox, fillers and peelings. Some of them will come from respectable and qualified physicians, and some from not so qualified professionals. We encourage you to read and ask more on the expertise and qualifications of the persons who are going to perform these procedures on your skin and if they arise, whose is going to handle any complications after your treatment.

Remember that materials is just a portion of the price you are paying. Most of the price tag that you are paying represents the expertise of the doctor providing your treatments.

Dermatologic and Plastic surgeons are physicians who have unique qualifications and experience in the use of a wide variety of surgical and non-surgical methods for treating the skin and preventing skin problems. Moreover, they are the "masters of your appearance," helping you to look great and feel good at any stage in life.

Moreover a dermatologist will help you with:

  • Diseases and disorders of the skin, hair, nails, veins and nearby tissues
  • Benign and cancerous growths of the skin
  • Aging and sun-damaged skin
  • Cosmetic improvement of the skin

 

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