While most skin conditions are not life-threatening, they are physically and emotionally uncomfortable. They have a huge impact on our patients’ quality of life and our San Antonio medical dermatologists aim to improve that.
Ochs Dermatology has helped thousands of patients rid themselves of these insecurities by offering treatments that overcome all skin conditions. From mole removal to acne or psoriasis, Dr. Robert Ochs is equipped to handle all of your dermatological needs with clinically proven treatments perfected to maximize the appearance of your skin.
At Ochs Dermatology, we provide a full range of medical services in preventative and overall dermatological healthcare. With years of experience servicing the San Antonio area, we strive to educate our community and patients in improving the quality of health for their skin.
More extensively, as a service to the patient, we provide:
- Removal of moles, skin growths, and warts
- Removal of benign cysts to precancerous lesions
- Treatment of psoriasis, rosacea, skin allergies, and hyperhidrosis
- Treatment of acne and acne scar improvement
- Treatment of Vitiligo and Psoriasis with the Excimer Laser
Our treatment solutions often can overcome common skin conditions. We utilize various treatments for rosacea, broken blood vessels and facial redness, as well as hyperhidrosis—the condition of excessive sweat. Each of our treatments are founded on clinical science and perfected to maximize the improvement in your skin’s appearance.
From rashes to skin cancer, Dr. Robert Ochs is equipped to handle all your dermatological needs. To help you understand your options, we’ve included descriptions of some of our leading services on this page.
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Recent studies have shown that certain types of moles have a higher-than-average risk of becoming cancerous. Some may develop into a form of skin cancer knows as malignant melanoma. Sunburns may increase the risk of melanoma.
Moles are present at birth in about 1 in 100 people. They are called congenital nevi. These moles may be more likely to develop a melanoma than moles which appear after birth. When a congenital nevus is more than eight inches across, it poses the greater risk for developing melanoma.
Moles known as dysplastic nevi or atypical moles are larger than average (usually larger than a pencil eraser) and irregular in shape. They tend to have uneven color with dark brown centers and lighter, sometimes reddish uneven borders or black dots at edge. These moles often run in families.
Persons with dysplastic nevi may have a greater than average chance of developing malignant melanoma. These people should be seen regularly by a dermatologist to check for any changes that might indicate skin cancer. They should also learn to do regular self-examinations, looking for changes in color, size or shape of their moles, or the appearance of new moles. They should also shield their moles from sun exposure using sunscreen and or protective clothing.
Basal Cell Carcinoma – This skin cancer usually appears as a small, fleshy bump or nodule. They are most common skin cancers found in fair-skinned persons. These tumors don’t grow quickly. It can take many months or years for one to grow to a diameter of one-half inch. Untreated, the cancer will begin to bleed, crust over, heal and the cycle repeats.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma – This skin cancer may appear as a bump, or as red, scaly patch. Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common skin cancer found in fair-skinned persons. This cancer can develop into large masses. Unlike most basal cell carcinoma, it can metastasize. When found early and treated properly, the cure rate by dermatologic surgery for both basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma is 95 percent.
Malignant Melanoma – Melanoma has its beginnings in melanocytes, the skin cells that produce the dark, protective pigment called melanin. It is melanin that makes the skin tan, acting as a partial protection against sun. Melanoma cells usually continue to produce melanin, which accounts for the cancers appearing in mixed shades of tan, brown, and black. Melanoma can also be red or white. Melanoma tends to spread, making treatment essential.
Melanoma may suddenly appear without warning, but it may also begin in, or near a mole, or other dark spots in the skin. It is important to know the location and appearance of the moles on our bodies so any change will be noticed. The most important step you can take is to have any changing mole examined by a dermatologist so that any early melanoma can be removed while still in the curable stage.
- Treats mild to moderate Psoriasis
- Treats localized areas of Vitiligo including face, neck and torso
- Treatments are painless and sessions are generally brief
A customized course of therapy will be developed to determine the number of sessions needed. Treatment is usually covered by most insurance companies and is based on the patient’s individual plan.