Whether it’s your first time contemplating a visit to a medical dermatology clinic or you’ve been seeing a dermatologist for years, at some point, you’re bound to have questions about one or  more issues affecting your skin. On this page, Tru-Skin Dermatology attempts to provide   answers to the most frequently asked questions encountered by our cosmetic dermatologists.

Naturally, if we didn’t address your question, we encourage you to make an appointment at one of our six conveniently located medical dermatology clinics in Austin, TX.

I have a weird mole on my back/leg/neck/hand, etc. Could it be skin cancer?

Most moles are not cancerous. A good guideline for self-evaluating suspicious moles or growths, endorsed by the American Cancer Society, is the “A, B, C, D, E” for skin cancer:

  • Asymmetry: Normal moles tend to be symmetrical; skin cancers tend to be asymmetrical.
  • Border: Normal moles usually have even borders; skin cancers usually have uneven
  • Color: Non-cancerous moles or skin growths are a single, even color; skin cancers can be multi-colored.
  • Diameter: Noles, skin tags, and other skin growths that are non-cancerous tend to be less than ¼” in diameter; skin cancers are usually
  • Evolving: Normal moles do not grow larger or change shape; skin cancers

If you have found a mole or skin growth that fits one or more of the above parameters, the only way to determine if it’s cancer is through a biopsy. During this procedure, a local anesthetic is applied to the area around the growth. A small section of it is cut out and sent to a lab for analysis. Tru-Skin Dermatology has performed thousands of quick, painless skin biopsies for Austin, TX, residents. If you suspect you may have skin cancer, time is of the essence. Call our clinic for a skin cancer screening today!

Can Tru-Skin Dermatology cure my psoriasis?

Though psoriasis cannot be “cured” per se, modern medical dermatology offers many options for managing the disease effectively that weren’t available in years past. Each case of psoriasis is different, so Tru-Skin Dermatology encourages you to make an appointment to speak with a medical dermatologist in one of our six Austin-area locations. After evaluating your condition,   we will prescribe a regimen of topical or oral treatments, or injectable treatments such as    Humira, Enbrel, or Stelara for more severe cases.

Acne is wrecking my teenager’s self-esteem and social life. Help!

You can tell your teen that everyone their age goes through it, that they’ll outgrow it, and that they’re still beautiful inside, but Tru-Skin Dermatology understands how they really feel: ugly, unclean, and utterly alone. Fortunately, acne is highly treatable, even in cases that have proven resistant to over-the-counter treatments. Make an appointment for you and your teen to visit Tru- Skin Dermatology. Between medical-grade topical treatments or prescription antibiotics, we’ll find the right combination to get your kid’s skin back to clear and their outlook back to positive.

Can you treat my severe rosacea?

Absolutely! Tru-Skin Dermatology offer a wide range of treatment options for rosacea, even in those cases where the redness has worsened to the point of disfigurement. Call today to speak with a cosmetic dermatologist to determine the most effective course of treatment, including prescription-grade creams or ointments and periodic Photofacials. With our medical dermatology clinic’s guidance, the constant queries of “Wow, where’d you get that sunburn?” will stop.

I’m losing my hair, and it’s not normal baldness; what could it be?

Any number of medications, allergies, hairstyles, and medical conditions can cause hair loss not related to genetic baldness, including, but not limited to:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Physical or emotional shock
  • Alopecia areata
  • Traction alopecia, from too-tight braids or ponytails worn long term
  • Hormonal changes due to pregnancy, childbirth, or menopause
  • Ringworm
  • Hypo/hyperthyroidism
  • Medications used to treat:
    • Cancer
    • Arthritis
    • Hypertension
    • Gout
    • Depression

To get to the bottom of your hair loss and find effective options for getting your hair back, call Tru-Skin Dermatology in Austin, TX.

Over-the-counter treatments won’t get rid of my warts. Can you?

Stubborn warts warrant a visit to a medical dermatology clinic such as Tru-Skin Dermatology. Depending on your situation, treatment protocols we may recommend include:

  • Cantharidin: a topical medication that causes a blister to form under the wart so your dermatologist can easily clip it off later
  • Cryotherapy: Cryotherapy, or “freezing” a wart off, is a common and safe way to treat stubborn
  • Electrosurgery and curettage: Electrosurgery (burning) and curettage (scraping or cutting off) can be used alone, in combination, or even in reverse order to get rid of facial (filiform) or foot (plantar)
  • Excision: Where your doctor simply cuts the wart out

Laser skin resurfacing or chemical peels may also be used if your warts prove hard to treat. Warts can become disfiguring or debilitating if left untreated, so call Tru-Skin Dermatology today.

What are my options for getting rid of wrinkles?

You can never “get rid” of wrinkles PERMANENTLY but Tru-Skin Dermatology can make you look as though you did. There are many treatments for easing fine lines and wrinkles, some that are temporary, others that last a few months or even years. These include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Cosmetic injectables:
    • Botox
    • Juvéderm
    • Kybella
    • Dysport
    • Xeomin
    • Restylane
    • Laser skin resurfacing MICROPEN
    • Chemical peels
    • Dermabrasion
    • Photofacials
    • tru-Express and tru-Signature facials

Call one of our six cosmetic dermatology clinics in the Austin, TX, area to determine which method suits your goals and your budget the best.