From rashes to melanoma, Ligresti Dermatology Associates 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.
Dr. Ligresti and his staff understand patients want to look and feel their best. Whether it is slowing down the visual signs of aging, reversing sun damage or managing acne scars, most patients want a subtle, natural look to any cosmetic assistance they may chose. The Ligresti Dermatology Team of experts can offer the right treatments to meet your needs. While some dermatology groups may try to up-sell their services, we believe in educating patients about the many options that are avaialble to them.
Skin Care Products
We offer a wide range of skin care products either as a stand-alone treatment or in conjunction with our minimially invasive procedures. Many of the products we reccommend have been specifically created to Dr. Ligresti's specifications to maximize the effective ingredients. Our products range from mild facial washes and masks to anti-aging products and skin brighteners.
Botox is a popular cosmetic treatment to reduce or eliminate fine lines and wrinkles especially around the eyes and forehead. It can also be utilized to help give a gentle lift to the eyebrow, helping to open the eye and produce a more youthful look. Botox can be done with minimal downtime and patients often make this appointment during their lunch hour!
Fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane are used in specific areas of the face such as around the "parentheses" that tend to form between the nose and chin. These fillers are injected into these areas to "plump up the skin" which can restore a younger, fresher appearance. Patients who are concerned about discomfort during these injections are prescribed a topical numbing agent which can be applied prior to the visit.
Microdermabrasion has many wonderful uses for a variety of patinets. A small wand is swept over the skin, gently sloughing off and removing any dead dull skin cells leaving fresh, healthy glowing skin. This is a must for those with acne scars, anyone starting a skin care regimen or those looking for a brighter more even looking skin tone. The light suction on the wand helps to clear pores which reduce the appearance of large pores and assists with clearning acne. Microdermbrasion also helps prepare the skin to accept skin care products such as mositurizers and anti-aging treatments. Often, Microdermabrasion is used in packages of several treatments or in combination with light chemical peels.
Chemical peels are used for deep acne scarring, sun damaged skin and those looking for a more youthful appearance. There are a variety of peels for each skin type ranging from light to deep peels. Our Medical Team can help find the right peel for your needs and skin type.
Ligresti Dermatology Associates treat many types of patients from infants and teens through adulthood. Along with the American Academy of Dermatology, we strongly recommend patients have an annual Full Body Exam to monitor changes that may occur and rectify potential problems such as pre cancers and cancers that have developed. During the Full Body Exam, patients are educated on what to look for throughout the year and help to identify suspicious lesions and changes that may occur in between the visits with our Medical Team. Below you will find some of the more common diagnoses we treat in the practice and have provided you with additional information about each of them.
Acne is the most frequent skin condition seen by medical professionals. It consists of pimples that appear on the face, back and chest. About 80% of adolescents have some form of acne and about 5% of adults experience acne. In normal skin, oil glands under the skin, known as sebaceous glands, produce an oily substance called sebum. Read More »
Moles are brown or black growths, usually round or oval, that can appear anywhere on the skin. They can be rough or smooth, flat or raised, single or in multiples. They occur when cells that are responsible for skin pigmentation, known as melanocytes, grow in clusters instead of being spread out across the skin. Generally, moles are less than one-quarter inch in size. Most moles appear by the age of 20, although some moles may appear later in life. Read More »
Psoriasis is a skin condition that creates red patches of skin with white, flaky scales. It most commonly occurs on the elbows, knees and trunk, but can appear anywhere on the body. The first episode usually strikes between the ages of 15 and 35. It is a chronic condition that will then cycle through flare-ups and remissions throughout the rest of the patient's life. Psoriasis affects as many as 7.5 million people in the United States. About 20,000 children under age 10 have been diagnosed with psoriasis. Read More »
"Rash" is a general term for a wide variety of skin conditions. A rash refers to a change that affects the skin and usually appears as a red patch or small bumps or blisters on the skin. The majority of rashes are harmless and can be treated effectively with over-the-counter anti-itch creams, antihistamines and moisturizing lotions. Read More »
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that causes facial redness, acne-like pimples, visible small blood vessels on the face, swelling and/or watery, irritated eyes. This inflammation of the face can affect the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead or eyelids. More than 14 million Americans suffer from rosacea. It is not contagious, but there is some evidence to suggest that it is inherited. There is no known cause or cure for rosacea. There is also no link between rosacea and cancer. Read More »
Skin cancer is the most common form of human cancers, affecting more than one million Americans every year. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their lives. Skin cancers are generally curable if caught early. However, people who have had skin cancer are at a higher risk of developing a new skin cancer, which is why regular self-examination and doctor visits are imperative. Read More »
Warts are small, harmless growths that appear most frequently on the hands and feet. Sometimes they look flat and smooth, other times they have a dome-shaped or cauliflower-like appearance. Warts can be surrounded by skin that is either lighter or darker. Warts are caused by different forms of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). They occur in people of all ages and can spread from person-to-person and from one part of the body to another. Warts are benign (noncancerous) and generally painless. Read More »
Wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process. They occur most frequently in areas exposed to the sun, such as the face, neck, back of the hands and forearms. Over time, skin gets thinner, drier and less elastic. Ultimately, this causes wrinkles - either fine lines or deep furrows. In addition to sun exposure, premature aging of the skin is associated with smoking, heredity and skin type (higher incidence among people with fair hair, blue-eyes and light skin). Read More »