Many factors influence the appearance of scarring after injury: the size and depth of the wound, the blood supply to the area, the individual’s skin tone, and the particular technique used to repair the injury. In some instances the appearance of a scar can be improved through the injection of a steroid, the application of silicone gels, or another minimally-invasive treatment. When such techniques fail to achieve the desired outcome a surgeon can perform surgical scar enhancement. While no surgeon can make an unsightly scar completely disappear, the appearance of nearly any scar can be greatly improved. Several techniques are available including excision, dermabrasion, and laser treatment, among others.
Trauma, cancer treatments, and certain congenital conditions can result in serious facial disfigurement and defects. Reconstructive facial surgery, a crucial application of modern plastic surgery techniques, helps to repair both faces and lives. Dr. Hillstrom and Dr. Wright are fully trained and qualified in the field of reconstructive facial plastic surgery and are prepared to help with even the most serious cases of cancer, trauma or birth defects.
Mohs surgery is the most effective treatment currently available for the treatment of skin cancers. It offers the highest potential for cure, even if the skin cancer has been previously treated using another method. Mohs surgery is a precise technique that removes the cancer in stages, one tissue layer at a time, and is performed by a Fellowship-trained Mohs Surgeon. Our doctors work closely with several Sarasota- and Bradenton-area Mohs surgeons, and would be happy to make a referral on your behalf.
Moles, birthmarks and port wine stain birthmarks, especially those on the face and neck, often leave patients feeling unhappy with their appearances. Moles and some birthmarks are easily removed with a minor incision. While birthmarks are simply abnormal skin colorations, port wine stains are caused by an overabundance of blood vessels under the skin. These stains generally increase in size with age.