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By Academic Dermatology
January 10, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Mohs Surgery  

Have you been diagnosed with skin cancer and recently been recommended to undergo MOHS Surgery? If so, you most likely have a few questions, and we're here to give you the information and assurance you need to approach this situation with confidence. Read on to learn all about this reliable skin cancer treatment, and make an appointment with Dr. Whitney Tope of Academic Dermatology in Edina, MN, to make an appointment.

What is MOHS surgery?

Developed in the 1930s by a general surgeon at the University of Wisconsin, MOHS surgery achieves excellent outcomes for patients with many types of skin cancer, including basal and squamous cell, melanoma, and others. It features a high cure rate and preserves personal appearance, function, and tissue integrity.

MOHS Surgery performed here at our Edina office uses a microscope and detailed mapping strategies to define cancer tissue margins. Dr. Tope removes the lesion in layers to clearly see where the cancer ends and the healthy tissue begins.

This means complete cancer removal, faster healing, and best of all, no guesswork. MOHS features dramatically less cancer recurrence, too, according to the American College of MOHS Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology.

What kind of anesthesia will I need?

Local anesthetic likely will be your doctor's first choice. You can go home the same day and experience little downtime.

Will I be cured of my cancer?

The beauty of MOHS surgery is its tremendous effectiveness. Cure rates are as high as 99 percent, and the Skin Cancer Foundation explains that cosmetic results are excellent, even on the most delicate areas of the face.

Your healthiest skin

Here at Academic Dermatology in Edina, MN, MOHS Surgery by Dr. Whitney Pope could be the blue-ribbon treatment you need. Contact us today at (952) 746-6090 to schedule an appointment.

By Academic Dermatology
December 27, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: scars  

Dealing with an unsightly scar? Our dermatologist can help.

From acne scars to traumatic injuries, there are many reasons why scars form. Of course, if the scar is very large or in a visible place, you may feel self-conscious about your appearance and wish to turn to our dermatologist in Edina, MA, Dr. Whitney Tope, for scar treatment.

Here at Academic Dermatology, we pride ourselves on offering the very latest in dermatological treatments, including a wide range of laser skin treatments that offer some unique and amazing benefits, especially when it comes to scar removal—read on to learn more.

It won’t get rid of the scar

Lasers are the go-to treatment for scar alleviation because they are precise, safe, and effective. Laser scar treatment can reduce the scar’s appearance, get rid of pain, improve range of motion caused by restrictive scar tissue, and even prevent scars from forming after surgery. While it can do all this and can certainly cause scars to fade significantly, it will not be able to fully get rid of severe or deep scars.

You’ll need to undergo a consultation

Before getting any kind of dermatological treatment, our skin doctor will need to examine the skin to make sure that laser scar treatment is right for you. During an appointment at our Edina office, we will go through your medical history and ask you questions about your lifestyle. This consultation is also useful for you to discuss what you are hoping to achieve with laser skin treatment so that we can make sure that you understand what laser treatment can and can’t do.

You may need more than one laser treatment

Depending on the type, size, and severity of the scar, you may require more than one laser treatment in order to see the most improvement. Patients with deep acne scars may need a series of laser treatments. While there is no downtime associated with laser treatment, it may take more than one session before you see results.

If you are looking to reduce the appearance of one or more scars then it’s time to talk with Academic Dermatology in Edina, MN, about whether laser scar treatment may be right for you. Call (952) 746-6090 today to schedule a consultation.

By Academic Dermatology
August 08, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Acne  

Losing the battle against acne? It’s time to turn to a dermatologist in Edina.

Dealing with acne can be frustrating and embarrassing; however, it’s one of the most common skin problems that our Edina, MN, AcneTreatmentdermatologists Drs. Whitney and Dawn Tope treat. Want to know when it’s time to see a specialist for acne treatment? Even if your acne isn’t serious, you could still benefit from seeing a doctor. In fact, most people dealing with acne could benefit from turning to a dermatologist.

Is it time to turn to a dermatologist in Edina, MN? It might be if:

  • You feel like you’ve tried many different acne-fighting products but nothing has worked
  • Acne continues to come back
  • You have deep, painful cystic acne
  • You’ve had acne for years and don’t understand what’s causing it
  • You feel self-conscious because of your acne
  • You notice marks or scarring once acne goes away
  • You have widespread acne on your face and body

While acne most commonly occurs during a person’s teen years this doesn’t mean that children, adults and even seniors don’t also deal with breakouts. If you find yourself canceling social engagements or feeling embarrassed about your skin then it’s time to do something about it.

While those with mild acne may find relief from simple over-the-counter cleansers and treatment options not everyone gets the results they want, especially if they are dealing with stubborn or severe cystic acne. When trying out a new acne product it’s important to give it ample time for it to fully work.

It’s important to give acne medication at least four weeks for an acne treatment to begin working and it can take up to 2-3 months for skin to become clearer.

Other ways to keep skin healthy and to reduce breakouts include:

  • Washing skin with a gentle cleanser twice a day
  • Using products that are non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores) and oil-free
  • Keeping hands off your face, which can transfer bacteria and lead to inflammation
  • Not touching or picking at pimples, which can make them worse
  • Washing pillowcases and other items that regularly come in contact with your skin, especially areas prone to acne
  • Disinfecting your cell phone at least once a day

Academic Dermatology in Edina, MN, is dedicated to providing you with the very best skin care you could need for healthier more radiant skin. Don’t let acne affect your self-esteem. Call us today to schedule an evaluation.

By Academic Dermatology
June 26, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: skin rejuvenation  

Skin RejuvenationYour skin takes a lot of abuse everyday, from being exposed to the damaging rays of the sun and bacteria to windy, inclement weather that zaps moisture. So no wonder the skin begins to look dull and rough over time. Luckily, our Edina, MN, cosmetic dermatologist Drs. Whitney and Dawn Tope at Academic Dermatology offers skin rejuvenation treatment to help improve the health and appearance of your skin.

What is skin rejuvenation treatment?

Skin rejuvenation, also referred to as skin resurfacing, is a cosmetic treatment that corrects certain irregularities in the skin often using lasers or special lights in order to target and treat these issues. Among the comprehensive dermatology services we offer here in Edina, MN, our skin specialists also offer laser skin rejuvenation treatments that can be tailored to meet your cosmetic needs.

How does skin rejuvenation work?

A special laser is directed over the skin where this powerful source of energy penetrates the outer layers of the skin, which often contain the most damage. By removing these layers, we can reveal healthier and more radiant skin underneath. Furthermore, laser skin treatment also stimulates the production of collagen, which is crucial for firmness and elasticity. Over the years, as our bodies stop producing as much collagen, we start to notice the effects (e.g. sagging, drooping skin). These treatments can boost collagen production to improve tone and texture as we get older.

What issues can skin rejuvenation improve or correct?

Many people have received incredible results with laser skin rejuvenation because it’s such a versatile, safe and effective way to treat a wide range of problems such as,

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Hyperpigmentation (age spots; sun damage; birthmarks)
  • Blotchy, uneven skin tone
  • Textured, rough skin
  • Superficial acne scars
  • Dullness
  • Enlarged pores

How long the treatment takes will depend on what area or areas of the face you are treating. Smaller regions may only take about 30-45 minutes, while larger areas (e.g. the entire face) can take up to two hours to complete.

Once the procedure is over, our dermatologist will bandage the area to keep the sensitive, healing area free from infection. We will also provide you with self-care instructions for the recovery process to promote faster healing without complications.

How long is the recover process after laser skin rejuvenation?

The recovery process is different for everyone. How long it takes for your skin to heal will depend on several factors including your own health and what problems were treated. An average recovery can take anywhere from 10 to 20 days.

Drs. Whitney and Dawn Tope at Academic Dermatology in Edina, MN, are dedicated to helping you get back that youthful glow once again. If you have questions about getting laser skin rejuvenation treatment and whether you are an ideal candidate for treatment then call our office at (952) 746-6090 today!

By Academic Dermatology
May 07, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Warts  

Are you suffering from a wart and need a consultation from your Edina, MN, doctor?

Human papillomavirus (HPV) causes growths on the skin called warts. There are several types of HPV and warts manifest themselves in Plantar-Wartvarious places on the body, like the hands or genital area. Dr. Whitney Tope has experience dealing with dermatological issues, such as warts.


More About Warts:

Plantar Warts: This flesh-colored wart appears more commonly on the sole of children's feet and hands.

Genital Warts: This wart is flesh-colored, pink, or red appears in the genital or pubic area

Flat warts: This wart appears as a smoother, flatter and smaller wart that is more commonly manifested in teenagers.


Treatment Options:

There are several treatment options for dealing with warts, but make sure you consult your Edina dermatologist before making any decisions. There are several medications, like bleomycin. Doctors inject bleomycin into the wart to kill the virus. Other medications include imiquimod, which is an immunotherapy drug that helps the immune system fight off the wart.

  • Freezing: Freezing, also called cryotherapy, is when you expose the wart to liquid nitrogen to freeze the wart.
  • Salicylic acid: This is a type of over-the-counter treatments that comes in several forms, like gel, ointments or pads and contains salicylic acid.
  • Minor surgery: Surgery should be the last resort after exhausting other therapies. One type of surgery is laser surgery which is used to destroy the wart.


Your Edina Doctors can give you a Consultation:

Warts should not go unnoticed. If you have any questions or concerns, make sure you contact your Edina, MN, dermatologist today! Call Dr. Whitney Tope at (952) 746-6090.

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