Dermatology Arts Services
We are primarily a medical and surgical dermatology practice (we don’t currently offer Botox or fillers, for example). Some of the conditions we treat are listed below. We regularly perform surgeries to remove skin cancers, cysts, abnormal moles and other conditions.
Acne & Acne Variants
Acne affects at least 80 percent of the population and is considered the most common skin disease in the world. While acne typically affects teenagers, younger children and adults can also experience acne breakouts. Blackheads and whiteheads are formed when the pores of your skin become clogged with sebum (oil) and dead skin cells. Over time a bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes bacteria becomes trapped in these clogged pores triggering inflammation resulting in the formation of a pustule or cystic lesion on the skin.
Acne most frequently affects the face, neck, back, chest and shoulders.
Contributing Factors to Acne
Hormones and stress are two of the biggest contributing factors for acne prone individuals.
Diet has not show to have a direct effect on acne. There have been studies that show a correlation between people on a high glycemic diet having more acne or a diet high in dairy products causing more acne for people with hormonal acne. But there are no specific foods recognized to be associated with triggering acne.
The general rule of thumb is that the earlier you start treatment for your acne, the less likely you are to have scars. There are many over-the-counter acne treatments available, but if you’ve used one or more of these treatments for several weeks or more with no improvement, it’s time to see a dermatologist.
You have several options available to you when it comes to treatment and depending on the severity of your acne, and one of our Bellevue dermatologists will work with you to come up with an acne treatment plan tailored specifically to you and your needs.
Rosacea is a very common skin condition that manifests as persistent flushing or blushing in the cheeks, nose, and forehead area. It can also cause small acne like bumps or visible blood vessels to form on the face in combination with the flushing/blushing sensation. It is most common in people over the age of 30 who have fair skin.
Less commonly, rosacea can sometimes lead to a swelling of the nose known as rhinophyma. Rosacea can also affect the eyes of some patients causing styes to form frequently on the eyelids, development of a burning or stinging sensation in the eyes, or for the eyes to become watery and bloodshot in appearance.
Rosacea Causes and Triggers
While we do not know the exact cause of rosacea, we do know that there are several things that can trigger a flare up of rosacea in patients including:
Some medications, such as amiodarone and corticosteroids
While we don’t have a specific cure for people suffering from rosacea, our Bellevue dermatologists here at Dermatology Arts are well trained to work with you to find ways to control your symptoms (with lifestyle changes, medications, and discussion of laser treatments).
Skin color problems
Melasma is the name for symmetrical dark colored (brown or gray) patches located on the forehead, cheeks, between the lips and nose, bridge of nose, and chin. These dark patches are linked to frequent or prolonged sun exposure, pregnancy, or use of birth control pills. This is a common condition that typically affects women between the ages of 20-50 years, though it can also affect men. The Bellevue dermatologists at Dermatology Arts are well trained to recognize this condition in patients and recommend treatments to help lighten the skin in the affected area and resolve this problem.
Melasma occurs when pigment producing cells called melanocytes, become stimulated by hormones or other factors. Once stimulated the melanocytes produce even more melanin when exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation which results in dark patches on the skin that tend to get darker with more sun exposure.
There are a few different treatment options for melasma and the dermatologists at Dermatology Arts will discuss the appropriate plan for treatment of your skin condition. With the proper treatment, your symptoms should slowly diminish and may go away completely. The dermatology providers will also discuss ways to prevent future flare ups of melasma.
Vitiligo is the name of an autoimmune skin disease that causes the skin to lose color and patches of lighter skin appear. Vitiligo is not a serious health risk and is not life threatening but it can significantly affect a person’s quality of life due to the appearance of this skin condition.
There are a variety of other skin conditions that can mimic vitiligo so it is very important to come in for an evaluation by a dermatology provider for an accurate diagnosis. The Bellevue dermatologists here at Dermatology Arts are well trained to diagnose and discuss treatment options to help manage this skin condition.
Skin of color
Our practitioners have extensive experience with Skin of Color. If you need a dermatologist who is familiar with skin from any part of the world, Dermatology Arts can serve you well. We have worked in both urban and rural settings, and seen the common variations in skin from Northern vs. Southern Europe, Africa, Asia, and Central and South America. Treatments also vary depending on how your family has traditionally cared for your skin.
We have a relatively large multicultural following at Dermatology Arts, including patients who consider themselves African and African Americans, Native Americans, Scandinavians, British, Germans, French, Spanish, Romanians, Russians, Ukrainians (and other former Soviets) Israelis, Italians, Hispanics, Indians, Arabs, Koreans, Chinese and Japanese. Yes, through our practice at Dermatology Arts, we met our first friends and patients from Burkina Faso and Kyrgyzstan! Countries large and small are represented well.
We’ll take your social and cultural practices into consideration and will work to create a plan that works well for you.
BUMPS AND GROWTHS
Moles are a very common type of skin growth that look like brown spots on the skin. Most people have about 10-40 moles, though some people can have over 50 moles. Most people develop moles by the age of 50 years old. Most moles are harmless and only very rarely become cancerous, but watching your moles carefully for changes over weeks to months is an important step in detecting skin cancer, especially malignant melanoma.
Moles can change in color or size over time and sometimes even disappear. Hormonal changes in the teenage years or during pregnancy can cause the moles to become darker or larger.
Actinic keratoses are growths on the skin that develop over many years and are caused by sun exposure over the years. They are sometimes called “pre-cancer” spots. They usually start as small, pink, scaly patches that slowly get bigger and are found most commonly on the face, lips, ears, hands, forearms, scalp, or neck.
If these patches go untreated, a small percentage of them can eventually become a skin cancer, so it is a good idea to see your dermatologist in Bellevue if you notice a new patch that is persistent over several weeks to months, bleeds, or is tender.
A seborrheic keratosis is a very common and benign (non cancerous) skin growth that occurs most commonly in older adults over the age of 50 years.
Seborrheic keratoses are brown, black, or light tan in color and occur most commonly on the face, chest, shoulders, back, and legs. They are typically rough/scaly and elevated in appearance. A seborrheic keratosis usually appears as a brown, black or light tan growth on the face, chest, shoulders or back. Seborrheic keratoses are not skin cancers, but they can look like skin cancer, so it is a good idea to have any new growth that is different than your other spots examined by one of our Bellevue dermatologists here at Dermatology Arts.
Seborrheic keratoses are normally painless and require no treatment. In our office we can discuss removal if they are becoming irritated by clothing or are bothersome for cosmetic reasons.
Skin Cancer & Atypical Moles
Basal Cell Carcinoma
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Dysplastic Moles (Nevi)
Hair loss, also known as alopecia, can be a frustrating skin condition that the dermatologists here at Dermatology Arts are well equipped to evaluate and discuss with you. There are many different types of hair loss and not all of these types of hair loss are permanent.
If your hair loss affects your quality of life, seek medical attention. If you’re considering the use of over-the-counter remedies or even transplants, most medical experts recommend that you first consult with your doctor. Visit Dermatology Arts before starting any kind of treatment.
A genetic type of male or female pattern baldness. Men typically have thinning hair to the crown and at the temples. Women typically have thinning hair on the top and crown of their head.
This form of hair thinning and hair loss occurs in those who wear their hair in styles & fashions that pull the hair tight, such as braids or pigtails.
This type of hair loss appears as circular bald patches, usually on the head but can also occur on the eyebrows, beard, and body. A variant called Alopecia Universalis results in the total loss of hair, including your eyebrows and body hair. This condition is rare.
A relatively sudden form of hair loss where hair seems to be lost by the handful. This is often a temporary condition brought on by stress or shock.
Male and Female Dermatologic Conditions
Rashes, Sores, Tenderness, Discoloration, Growths, including hormone or hormone change-related conditions
Seborrheic dermatitis is also known as dandruff. It presents as scaly patches, red skin, and stubborn dandruff. It typically affects the scalp, but can also affect other places of the body like the face, sides of the nose, eyebrows, ears, eyelids, and chest.
Seborrheic dermatitis is typically a chronic problem and can be frustrating as the symptoms can flare up in time of stress, weather changes, or for seemingly no reason at all. Please visit one the dermatologists at Dermatology Arts to discuss this problem further if you are struggling with itchy, flaky scalp problems.
Keratosis pilaris are rough bumps on your skin that some people call “chicken skin.” It is a very common and harmless skin condition, that tends to be chronic in nature. The bumps form typically on the upper arms, thighs, and sometimes the buttocks. Kids sometimes develop the bumps on their face and cheeks.
The dermatologists here in Bellevue at Dermatology Arts can help you come up with a plan to soften the bumps and improve the appearance of the skin.
Eczema is a type of rash that usually presents as dry itchy skin with red spots that have become inflammed. This skin condition can occur on may different places of the body but especially affects the ankles, feet, wrists, hands, upper chest, neck, and eyelids. It also tends to affect the inside of the knees or elbows.
Common symptoms that are usually associated with eczema include:
Thick, scaly, cracked skin
Exceptionally dry skin
Skin that becomes swollen, sensitive and raw from scratching
Bumps that are raised and sometimes leak and crust over
Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, can look like other skin diseases like psoriasis or other allergic reactions, so it is important to have one of the Bellevue dermatologists at Dermatology Arts examine the rash and discuss best treatments for the skin condition.
ALLERGIC CONTACT DERMATITIS
Contact dermatitis is a red, itchy rash that is caused by direct contact with a substance or an allergic reaction to it. The resulting rash tends to clear up in 2-4 weeks if the offending substance is avoided. To help identify and avoid substances that cause contact dermatitis the dermatologists at Dermatology Arts may recommend that you have a specific type of skin allergy testing done called patch testing.
Patch testing is a type of skin allergy testing where small amounts of different substances (eg: metals, fragrance, and chemicals found in common over the counter products) are placed on the skin under an adhesive tape. The patches are typically left in place for approximately 72 hours and the patient is requested to return at 24 hours, 48 hours, and 72 hours for the dermatologist to check for a skin reaction under the patches. During the time the patient is requested to not shower or sweat (through exercise) in order to keep the adhesive tape and patches in place.The dermatology group at Dermatology Arts is happy to discuss this further with you if you have questions about whether you are a candidate for patch allergy testing.
Dry skin is not a dangerous or harmful condition, but it can be uncomfortable. Some people only get it at certain times of the year (like in the winter) and for other people it is more of a chronic or long standing issue. Dry skin can often feel itchy or tight. At Dermatology Arts our dermatologists are able you manage your dry skin issues by recommending certain practices and products to help relieve your symptoms.
Excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, is a condition where people have abnormal amounts of sweating that is not necessarily related to heat or exercise. This type of sweating can interfere with your daily life and cause embarrassment. There are a few different treatments that we can implement here at Dermatology Arts to help you manage these symptoms. Please feel free to call and schedule an appointment with one of our Bellevue dermatologists to discuss further.
CONTAGIOUS SKIN DISEASES
Nail fungus is an infection that occurs underneath your nails and can create yellow or brown discoloration and/or thickening of the fingernails or toenails. If the symptoms do not look too bad or bother you in anyway the infection tends to be harmless and no treatment is needed. But if you are concerned or embarrassed by the appearance of your nails the Bellevue dermatologists here at Dermatology Arts are happy to evaluate the nails and discuss treatment options with you.
Molluscum contagiosum is a pretty common viral infection of the skin that appears as round bumps on the skin. The bumps are usually firm and painless and can occur anywhere on the body and occurs commonly in children on the legs and arms. In adults the virus can occur primarily in the genital area and is considered a sexually transmitted disease. The virus is spread to the surrounding skin (or other people) when the bumps are scratched or injured. Molluscum contagiosum is spread through direct person-to-person contact or by contaminated objects (like towels).
Head lice are tiny bugs that feed on blood from the human scalp. They are not a sign of poor hygiene or unclean living space. They are actually the result of direct transfer of the lice from the hair of one person to the hair of another and most commonly affect children.
Head lice are not dangerous and do not transfer any bacteria or virus their host. However, it is important to treat them effectively and promptly in order to stop them from spreading to other people. Head lice also creat a lot of itching and discomfort on the scalp when they are present. Here at Dermatology Arts our Bellevue dermatologists are happy to help evaluate you for head lice and provide medications and instructions to rid your scalp and hair of lice and their eggs.
Impetigo is a common skin infection that usually affects younger children and babies. It is highly contagious and typically occurs around the nose, mouth, hands and feet. The infection usually looks like red sores on the face with a yellow crust (honey colored) on top of the sores.
Here at Dermatology Arts our Bellevue dermatologists will evaluate and treat this skin infection. Typically kids are able to go back to school once they have been treated with antibiotics for 24 hours.
Scabies are tiny mites that burrow under the skin in affected individuals and cause an extremely itchy skin rash that looks like little red bumps. Scabies is contagious and can easily spread to people in close contact with the infected person. Scabies can be easily treated with the right medications. IF you are concerned that you might have this type of skin infection the dermatologists here at Dermatology Arts are happy to evaluate your rash and provide the correct treatment.
Shingles is a painful skin rash that is caused by the varicella-zoster virus. This is the same virus that causes the chickenpox. The virus lies inactive in nerve tissue near the spinal cord and brain and can reactivate years later as shingles. The rash usually looks like a line of blisters that occurs usually on just one side of your body (not symmetrical). It is important to come in as soon as possible if you notice a rash like this because early treatment leads to better outcomes (rash resolves more quickly with lower chance of complications). Call immediately if you notice a rash like this and come see one of our Bellevue Dermatologists here at Dermatology Arts for further evaluation of the rash and treatment.
Ringworm (tinea corporis) is a fungal infection that occurs on the skin and looks like a pink or red circle with clearer skin in the middle. It is not caused by an actual worm, but is called ringworm because of its appearance. It can sometimes by itchy. It spreads by direct skin to skin contact with an infected person or animal. The Bellevue dermatologists at Dermatology Arts are able to evaluate you for this skin rash and provide the correct treatment to resolve the rash.
Warts are relatively common tough, grainy bumps that occur most commonly on the hands and fingers. They are caused by a virus that is contagious and passed around by touch.
Warts are not considered harmful, but can be uncomfortable, embarassing, or interfere with your daily activities. Here at Dermatology Arts our dermatologists will evaluate your moles and discuss options for treatment. Warts typically take a few treatments to resolve, and our Bellevue dermatologists will work diligently with you to resolve this often frustrating problem.
Genital warts are one of the most common sexually transmitted infections and can be treated in our office at Dermatology Arts. Genital warts look like small, flesh colored bumps that appear in or around your genitals. Genital warts are caused by the HPV virus which is transmitted to your partner during sex. If you notice new or strange bumps on you or your partner’s genitals we recommend coming in to our office at Dermatology Arts for evaluation by one of our Bellevue dermatologists.