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By Academic Dermatology
April 03, 2018
Category: Dermatology

Large scars used to be an unfortunate consequence of surgery to remove skin cancers. Luckily, innovative micrographic surgery mohs surgerytechniques have reduced the amount of tissue that must be removed and decreased scarring. Edina, MN, dermatologist Dr. Whitney Tope of Academic Dermatology discusses the Mohs micrographic surgery process.

What is Mohs surgery?

During traditional skin cancer surgery, a margin of healthy skin is also removed to ensure that no cancer cells remain. Unfortunately, removing larger or deeper areas of skin can cause significant scarring. During Mohs micrographic surgery, only one layer of skin is removed at a time. While you relax in our Edina office, we study the tissue under a microscope. If we see cancerous cells, we remove another layer and place it under the microscope. The process continues until there are no cancerous cells remaining.

What are the advantages of Mohs surgery?

Mohs surgery offers these advantages:

  • Less scarring and fewer concerns about appearance after surgery
  • Preservation of healthy skin around the skin cancer
  • Improved accuracy
  • Only local anesthesia is needed
  • Treated area heals completely in two to four weeks

When is Mohs surgery recommended?

Mohs surgery is most often used to treat squamous and basal cell cancers. In some cases, it's also a good option for melanomas.

What happens when I arrive for my appointment?

Your skin will be cleaned and numbed with a topical anesthetic before your procedure begins. Once we're sure that you can't feel a thing, we'll begin removing skin layer by layer. Although stitches aren't necessary if we only need to remove a few layers, they will be required if the cancerous area was large or deep. In some cases, skin grafts may also be needed to improve the appearance of the treated area. Before you leave the office, you'll receive instructions that will help you care for your skin while it heals. Post-procedure pain usually is mild and can be controlled with over-the-counter pain relievers.

Are you worried that a new spot or a change in a mole may be a sign that you have skin cancer? Call Edina, MN, dermatologist Dr. Whitney Tope of Academic Dermatology at (952) 746-6090 to schedule an appointment.

By Academic Dermatology
September 19, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: skin rejuvenate  

Are you unhappy with the changes in your skin? Whether you're concerned about texture issues, visible blood vessels, wrinkles or scars, skin rejuvenationskin rejuvenation treatments offer a solution to many skin problems. Our Edina, MN, dermatologist, Dr. Whitney Tope of Academic Dermatology, discusses several types of rejuvenation treatments.

Chemical peels

Chemical peels cause the top layers of skin to peel off a few days after a chemical solution is applied to your face in our Edina office. Once the skin flakes away, your skin will look smoother and younger. Chemical peels can be helpful if you have acne, age spots, freckles, fine lines and wrinkles.


Microdermabrasion treatments also remove the top layers of the skin. Unlike chemical peels, the results are immediately noticeable. A fine spray of crystals produced by a handheld device exfoliates the outermost layers of skin, eliminating shallow scars, dark patches, acne lesions and wrinkles.

Injectable treatments

Dermal fillers and Botox treatments offer a simple, temporary way to improve your appearance. Fillers not only make cheeks and lips look fuller, but also soften creases and wrinkles, fill in scars and make crow's feet less obvious. Botox injections block nerve impulses from reaching facial muscles, which causes wrinkles due to dynamic facial expressions to smooth out.

Laser skin rejuvenation treatments

Laser treatments are an excellent choice if you're concerned about lines and wrinkles, age spots, dark patches, acne scars, large pores, rosacea, spider veins and broken capillaries. Laser light stimulates the production of collagen, a natural body protein that helps keep your skin firm and wrinkle-free. It also offers an effective way to break down hemoglobin, responsible for spider veins, and melanin, the pigment that causes freckle and age spots.

Laser treatment isn't painful, although you may experience a little stinging during treatments. Before your treatment, a cooling gel will be applied to your skin to ensure that you're not uncomfortable when the light is aimed at your skin. In most cases, you'll need three or more treatments to improve your skin problem.

Revitalize your appearance with one or more of these skin rejuvenation treatments. Call our Edina, MN, dermatologist, Dr. Tope of Academic Dermatology, at (952) 746-6090 to schedule your appointment.

By Academic Dermatology
July 14, 2017
Category: Dermatology

In the past, lasers were a thing of science fiction, only imaginable in conjunction with stun guns or robots. However, thanks to great strideslaser skin treatments in modern technology, lasers are commonplace in treating medical conditions, especially in the dermatological field. Find out more about laser skin treatments and what they can do for your skin with Dr. Whitney Tope at Academic Dermatology in Edina, MN.

Laser Skin Treatments in Edina, MN 
Laser skin treatments are versatile and can help many skin conditions. Some common laser skin treatments offered by most dermatologists include:

  • Laser Hair Removal: Laser hair removal systems use lasers to target and destroy the follicle of the hair, preventing future hair growth after several sessions.
  • Laser Resurfacing: Laser resurfacing treatments focus on improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, and scars. The treatment uses lasers to penetrate the skin and remove the top layer of dead and damaged skin cells.
  • Laser Skin Rejuvenation: Laser skin rejuvenation is similar to laser resurfacing, but uses tiny beams of light to penetrate deeper into the skin to help promote the body’s natural healing processes and improve the skin’s appearance.
  • Pulsed Dye Laser Treatments: This procedure treats unsightly blood vessels or veins on the skin. The treatment targets the unwanted vein, directing the laser’s energy to a specific area to destroy the vein and fade its appearance while keeping the surrounding skin intact. These treatments help improve the appearance of spider veins, port wine stains, hemangiomas, and redness from rosacea and other skin conditions.
  • Laser Peel: Similar to a chemical peel, a laser peel removes the topmost layers of facial skin to help even and smooth its appearance. Deeper laser peels result in more significant results, improving deeper lines and wrinkles.

If you think you could benefit from laser skin treatments, your dermatologist can help you determine which treatments are the best choice for you and your skin. For more information on laser skin treatments, please contact Dr. Whitney Tope at Academic Dermatology in Edina, MN. Call (952) 746-6090 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Tope today!

By Academic Dermatology
May 30, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Skin Redness  

Is redness causing you to feel embarrassed? Find out what might be causing it.Skin Redness

Have you been battling red skin for a while? Not sure why redness is occurring or what you can do about it? Our Edina, MN, dermatologist Dr. Whitney Tope may have some of the answers you’ve been looking for. Here are some of the most common causes of redness:

  • Dermatitis
  • Acne
  • Sensitive skin
  • Sunburn
  • Chemical burn
  • Allergic reactions
  • Poison ivy
  • Bug bites
  • Eczema
  • Rosacea

What is rosacea?

When people think about skin redness they often think about rosacea. This skin condition can lead to visible blood vessels on the face, red bumps or rashes (which may look like acne), dry eyes and itchy skin. If you suspect that your skin’s redness and irritation could be due to rosacea then it’s time you called our Edina, MN, skin doctor for an evaluation. Even if you don’t think you have rosacea, if you’ve been trying to calm your skin’s redness without results, it’s also time to give us a call.

How can I keep redness down?

It’s also a good idea to evaluate your daily skin routine to check for things that may be making your redness worse. If you find that you use a lot of exfoliating skin care products you may want to limit their use or be gentler when applying them.

If you have sensitive skin, you may want to avoid cleansers with harsher ingredients. If you use acne-fighting cleansers and notice that your skin is red and irritated, you’ll want to talk to us about better skin cleansers and products to use.

You should also apply a moisturizer every day to your skin to keep it supple and hydrated. Dry skin is also more prone to redness, so making sure you find the right moisturizer for your needs is very important. If you need suggestions, we can help!

Also, what you eat could also be fueling your redness. It’s never a bad idea to limit or even avoid hot beverages, alcohol or spicy foods, which can exacerbate your symptoms.

If you are dealing with redness or other skin issues, don’t hesitate to reach out to Academic Dermatology in Edina, MN, to book an appointment with us. Let’s get to the source of your problem quickly so that we can treat it right away.