By Dr. Patricia McCormack, M.D., F.A.A.D.
January 23, 2023
Category: Dermatology

Your dermatologist is an important part of your healthcare team. Your dermatologist performs a vital service that could save your life–regular skin cancer screenings. Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, and there are several types including:

  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Basal cell carcinoma
  • Malignant melanoma

The first two types are typically easy to treat if caught in their early stages. The third type, malignant melanoma, can be disfiguring and even deadly.

Regular skin cancer screenings can help catch skin cancer early before it can grow worse or spread. During a regular skin cancer screening, your dermatologist will check your skin, looking for scaly patches, redness, and other skin abnormalities.

In addition, your dermatologist will check your moles, looking for any moles that are:

  • Large, with a diameter 6 millimeters or greater
  • Irregular, with ragged, uneven borders
  • Asymmetrical, with one side different from the other
  • Growing back after previous removal

If your dermatologist notices any suspicious areas or abnormal moles, a skin sample or the entire mole may be removed and sent off for a biopsy. A biopsy is the definitive way to diagnose the presence of precancerous or cancerous cells.

Regular skin cancer screenings are important to your continuing good health. In addition to skin cancer screenings, it’s important to protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays. Remember to:

  • Wear a sunscreen of at least SPF 15 daily, or at least SPF 30 if you are outside for a long period of time
  • Wear a sunscreen of at least SPF 50 if you have light skin and are at higher risk of skin cancer
  • Wear hats, sunglasses, and other protective items
  • Try to stay out of direct sunlight between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm, when ultraviolet rays are most damaging

Being out in the sun can feel great, but it can be harmful to your skin. Protect yourself with regular skin cancer screenings from your dermatologist. To find out more about the benefits of regular skin cancer screenings, call your dermatologist today.

By Dr. Patricia McCormack, M.D., F.A.A.D.
January 10, 2023
Category: Skin Treatments

There are many factors which can combine to make you look older than you are. Sun exposure, harmful chemicals or cosmetics, bad diet, lack of hydration, and the accumulation of years can all bring on signs of aging. Now you can do something about it. It’s time to discover non-invasive anti-aging treatments and how they can help you look younger.

Let’s look at some of the most popular non-invasive anti-aging treatments and how they can help you look younger:

Botox, which is a wrinkle relaxer – Botox is injected into the skin, and it works by temporarily “freezing” the nerves and muscles at the injection site. After treatment your skin will appear smooth and unlined.

Juvederm and Restylane, which are dermal fillers – They are injected into the skin, “filling in” the fine lines and wrinkles, plumping up your skin. After treatment, your skin will appear plump, dewy, and more youthful.

Skin resurfacing treatments – They slough off dead skin cells, revealing younger-looking, rejuvenated skin underneath. There are several skin resurfacing treatment methods, including:

  • Laser treatment to treat the top layer of skin with heat and light. Collagen production is boosted, and your skin will appear younger and rejuvenated.
  • Chemical peels, to remove the top layer of dead skin cells, debris, and excess oil. They retexture the skin, minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Microdermabrasion, to remove dead skin cells, debris, and excess oil, revealing the younger, rejuvenated skin underneath.

Non-invasive anti-aging treatments aren’t just for your face. There are highly effective anti-aging treatments for your body too.

Body contouring treatments – can help remove excess fat, giving you back your youthful, beautiful contours. Body contouring works to liquify fat and damage fat cells. Over time, the fat and fat cell waste are naturally eliminated through your lymphatic system.

You don't have to age gracefully. You can fight it every step of the way using non-invasive anti-aging treatments available from your dermatologist. To discover more about the benefits of non-invasive anti-aging treatments for your face and body, and how they can enhance your appearance, talk with your dermatologist today.

By Dr. Patricia McCormack, M.D., F.A.A.D.
January 10, 2023
Category: Dermatology

Children are prone to illnesses and diseases, and this doesn't exclude those of the skin. Dr. Patricia McCormack at Dermatology and Laser Center has over 30 years of dermatology expertise. Her skill set includes pediatric dermatology, which diagnoses and treats conditions related to your child's skin, hair, and nails, from acute eczema to rare genetic skin disorders. It's important to understand that children's skin conditions could vary from adults. To ensure an accurate diagnosis, Dr. McCormack may suggest treating the problem (birthmarks, dermatitis, allergic reactions) with topicals or over-the-counter medications. She can also remove skin growths (cysts, warts, moles) and order skin biopsies and laser treatments when necessary. We offer three locations for our patients looking for pediatric dermatology in Staten Island, NY, Linden, NJ or Point Pleasant Beach, NJ.

Understanding Pediatric Dermatology

Rashes and skin issues like hives, head lice, MRSA (staph infection) are among the skin conditions that Dr. McCormack observes in children aged five to 12, as well as how to diagnose and treat them to suit your child's needs. At Dermatology and Laser Center, we provide services for pediatric dermatology, in Staten Island NY, Linden, NJ, and Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, ranging from evaluation and treatment for acquired growths and birthmarks, (moles, vascular malformations, port wine stains) to contagious viral infections like Molluscum (MC). If you have questions about your child's skin health as they age, our nurturing and informative staff has answers.

We take a unique approach with the community's youth, reassuringly performing examinations and procedures to ease their anxieties and distress. We also take pride in educating you about sun (UV exposure) awareness and how to present your child with a lifetime of healthy skin. Please explore our website to learn more about the conditions we treat and the services provided at our three locations. If you have questions regarding pediatric dermatology in Staten Island, NY, Linden, NJ, or Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, or want to schedule an appointment with Dr. Patricia McCormack at Dermatology and Laser Center, call (718) 698-1616 in Staten Island, (908) 925-8877 for Linden, and (732) 295-1331 for Point Pleasant Beach.

By Dr. Patricia McCormack, M.D., F.A.A.D.
December 22, 2022
Category: Skin Treatments
Tags: Rash   Rashes  

A skin rash is one of the most common skin conditions your dermatologist treats. A skin rash can develop occasionally and go away without treatment. A skin rash can also stay around and become a chronic problem which needs treatment.

A skin rash can take on many forms, including:

  • Red, swollen bumps
  • Painful, pus-filled cysts
  • Diffuse, surface-level redness

A skin rash can also cover different parts of your body, including your face, neck, chest, back, shoulders, and legs.

Some examples of occasional rashes include:

  • Exposure to harsh chemicals, like alcohol
  • Exposure to an allergen, like certain foods
  • Environmental exposure, like poison ivy
  • Exposure to the elements, including wind, heat, and cold

These types of rashes may be treated with:

  • Antibiotics, if the rash has caused an infection
  • Cortisone cream, to reduce itching
  • Oral corticosteroids, to decrease redness, swelling, and itching
  • Aveeno or oatmeal baths, to reduce itching
  • Prescription antihistamines to decrease itching

If your rash becomes chronic, it could be a sign of:

  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Rosacea

For a chronic rash due to an underlying medical condition, your dermatologist may recommend the same treatments listed above, along with:

  • Laser light and heat therapy to fade away the rash
  • Topical creams to reduce the appearance of blemishes
  • Prescription medications to reduce breakouts

A skin rash is also associated with serious medical conditions like lupus erythematosus. For this reason, when you have a persistent rash, you should visit a skin specialist–your dermatologist. The dermatologist may want to order laboratory testing or take a small sample of tissue to be sent off for a biopsy.

Depending on the results, your dermatologist may refer you to another specialist for further evaluation and treatment, but it all begins with a visit to your dermatologist.

In addition to diagnosis and treatment of skin rashes, you should also visit your dermatologist for:

  • Acne breakouts
  • Early signs of aging
  • Moles and other skin growths

To learn more about different types of rashes and their treatments, talk with an expert. Call your dermatologist now.

By Dr. Patricia McCormack, M.D., F.A.A.D.
December 07, 2022
Category: Skin Treatments
Tags: Acne  

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions your dermatologist treats. If you have acne, you deserve the services of a specialist in skin conditions. You need the expertise and care of a dermatologist.

Acne doesn’t discriminate. Acne blemishes can develop on the skin of teenagers and adults. They can show up on your back, chest, shoulders, face, and other areas of your body.

Acne is caused by excess oil, bacteria, dirt, and debris which fills up your pores, blocking your body from getting rid of waste when you sweat. Plugged and clogged pores eventually become:

  • Blackheads
  • Whiteheads
  • Pus-filled cysts

Don’t try to pop or pick at your acne. If you do, you might develop ugly acne scars. Your dermatologist can help you get rid of acne, so you can enjoy clear skin. Your dermatologist may recommend:

Benzoyl peroxide medications to unblock pores; these medications are a good choice to treat blackheads or whiteheads.

Oral or topical antibiotics to kill underlying bacteria causing acne breakouts; antibiotic formulations are an excellent choice to treat moderate to severe acne, or cystic acne.

Isotretinoin products to clear up severe acne and cystic acne.

Laser and light therapy to kill bacteria causing your acne.

Extraction using extraction tool to remove the entire blemish.

If you develop acne scars, your dermatologist can help fade away and diminish the appearance of acne scars with several effective treatment options, including:

Chemical peels to slough off dead skin cells and fade scars one layer at a time; chemical peels show off vibrant, glowing skin underneath.

Laser resurfacing to penetrate into the deeper layers of skin, showing off smoother, clearer skin underneath.

Acne can affect your self-esteem and self-confidence. Don’t let it! Relief from your dermatologist is just a phone call away. To learn more about acne and acne scarring treatment options and how your dermatologist can help you enjoy clear, beautiful skin, call your dermatologist today.

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