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By Academic Dermatology
May 22, 2018
Category: Skin Care

You need to speak to your Edina dermatologist about skin care

Skin, the body's largest organ, needs more than just lotions and creams to stay healthy. Skin is a protective layer that prevents the escape of moisture from your body, prevents harmful bacteria, fungi, or viruses from entering the body and regulates the body's temperature. Learn more with your Edina, MN, dermatologist, Dr. Whitney Tope, at Academic Dermatology.

How to Maintain Healthy Skin:

Preventing skin damage in the first place is a good counter measurement. You should maintain a healthy skin care regimen to counter issues like age spots, wrinkles, and stress for as long as possible. Make sure you wash your face with a gentle cleanser and use lukewarm water to rinse it off twice a day. Pat wet skin dry instead of rubbing it with a harsh towel. Consistent skin exfoliation, at least twice a week, helps remove dead cells. Applying skin moisturizer immediately after a shower, or bath, and wearing sunscreen when outside is an important preventative measure.

Women should remove makeup every day and stop using tanning beds, quit smoking, avoid stress, get plenty of sleep, and drink plenty of liquids, especially water. Visiting your Edina dermatologist is vital, as well as self-examinations.

Skin Infections

Visiting your doctor and examining your own skin is important for keeping an eye out for infections:

  • Bacterial Infection: Keeping your skin clean prevents bacteria from entering your body if you have a cut, or break in your skin. Certain bacteria can cause rashes, such as Impetigo, a common skin infection in children.
  • Viral Infection: Viruses are parasitic organisms that do not respond to antibiotics and need medication to help relieve pain. Examples of viruses are:
    • Human Papilloma Virus
    • Human Herpes Virus
    • Chickenpox, shingles
    • Genital herpes
    • Mononucleosis.
  • Fungal Infections: Fungal infections only infect the outer layer of skin, like in the case of yeast infections, thrush, athlete's foot, or jock itch.

If you want to know more about how to take care of your skin, call your Edina, MN, dermatologist at (952) 746-6090.

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
January 15, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne  

Drs. Whitney Tope and Dawn Tope, the dermatologists in Edina, MN, understand what it means to have acne. About 5 percent of adults acneand 80 percent of adolescents suffer from acne, which can cripple an individual's confidence.

More About Acne

The secretion of sebum from sebaceous glands is a natural process. This oil gland is meant to provide your skin with the moisture it needs, but this isn't always the case. The sebum moves from the root of the hair follicle to the top, the surface of the skin.

When you're suffering from acne, though, the sebum doesn't reach the surface of the skin. Instead, it creates a blockage, which consists of sebum and dead cells.

Whiteheads are formed when the opening of the hair follicle is completely blocked. Blackheads, on the other hand, are formed when the hair follicle's pore is still open. The inflammation of whiteheads and blackheads can produce red pustules that, when inflamed, lead to the scarring of the skin.


Treating acne isn't easy and your Edina dermatologists know just what to do. Here are a few techniques that may help with acne:

  • If your acne is only mild, Benzoyl Peroxide may help in reducing the blockage of the skin pores
  • Your hair follicles are susceptible to infections, which is why antibiotics, both oral and topical, may be important to consider
  • Using sources of Vitamin A, such as tretinoin, helps exfoliate blocked pores
  • Some people may use a metal instrument that removes and extracts whiteheads and blackheads manually or by force

Acne Scars

Unfortunately, no matter how much you may try to keep your skin healthy and eliminate acne, scars may develop. This shouldn't worry you though. Modern technology has several techniques to help reduce or eliminate those scars.

Here are some procedures your dermatologist provides:

  • Microneedling
  • Chemical peels
  • Laser Skin Treatment

For more information on acne, acne scars, and the various acne treatments, don't hesitate to call your Edina, MN, dermatologist.

By Academic Dermatology
November 16, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: scars  

How your skin doctors in Edina, MN can help your skinscars

If you have scars that make you self-conscious, it’s time to erase them! If you have scars from past surgeries, acne, or an injury, it’s time to erase them for good! It’s time to think about a cosmetic dermatology procedure. You don’t have to live with scars because there are many dermatology services that can erase your scars. Your dermatologist Dr. Whitney Tope at Academic Dermatology in Edina, MN wants to share a few of the scar removal techniques.

Skin rejuvenation with lasers is a very effective type of scar removal. The laser works to resurface your skin by penetrating the layers of your skin. Collagen production is increased promoting your body’s natural healing abilities. After a laser treatment, your skin will appear smooth and revitalized. Laser skin rejuvenation treatments are comfortable, quick and safe, and require little or no downtime.

Intense Pulsed Light therapy, or IPL, is another treatment using high-intensity pulses of light to stimulate collagen production, which helps your skin look younger. IPL therapy can reduce or eliminate scarring, leaving you with smooth, beautiful skin. IPL therapy is painless, non-invasive, and requires no downtime.

Scarring can also be reduced or erased with chemical peels. Today’s chemical peels use a beneficial combination of antioxidants, vitamins and other skin-nourishing ingredients in combination with hyaluronic acid to exfoliate the upper skin layers and reveal the younger, smoother skin underneath. After a chemical peel, your skin will look smooth and dewy and your scarring will be significantly reduced.

Microdermabrasion is another effective way to reduce or eliminate scarring. The treatment uses tiny micro-crystals which gently exfoliate dead skin cells, revealing the younger-looking skin underneath. Microdermabrasion feels similar to a massage as the crystals polish your skin. Treatment is quick, taking between 20 and 45 minutes per treatment. Recovery takes about 1 to 3 hours.

These are just a few procedures you might consider if you want to reduce or eliminate acne scarring. You don’t have to let scars take over your beautiful face! You can erase them thanks to state-of-the-art dermatology treatments. For more information about scar removal and other cosmetic and medical dermatology services, call your dermatologist Dr. Whitney Tope at Academic Dermatology in Edina, MN today!

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.

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