Your skin is exposed to harmful UV rays every day, so it's important to see a dermatologist at least once a year. Get your annual skin screening at Lafayette Dermatology and Cosmetic Center in Lafayette, LA. You can meet with a licensed physician to discuss any skin concerns you may have. We provide a variety of dermatology services to help you maintain your healthy skin.
Call 337-524-1700 now to learn more about our dermatology services.
Acne & Rosacea
Acne or acne vulgaris is a skin condition that affects the skin's hair follicles. Acne is most common amongst teenagers, however can often affect adults as well. Multiple factors contribute to breakouts, including bacteria, hormones, genetics and inflammation.
Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition that is characterized by facial redness, small and superficial dilated blood vessels on facial skin, papules, pustules, and swelling. Rosacea is a very common skin condition affecting all skin types and ages.
Treatment for Acne and Rosacea is multifaceted and best when customized by a dermatologist. Lafayette Dermatology utilizes various means of treatment that could include oral & topical antibiotics, topical regimens, and isotretinoin (for the treatment of acne). Chemical peels and facial treatment can be very helpful for acne and rosacea when customized per individual.
In addition, laser is often recommended for treating rosacea and redness associated with acne scars.
All laser treatments are overseen by a physician onsite. Multiple sessions are needed to achieve maximum results. Generally 2-4 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart yield the best outcome.
Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is characterized by dry, itchy, red, and scaly patches of skin. Eczema can range from minor to severe and can present on any part of the body. Sometimes the rashes can lead to infections. Eczema is not contagious and can be treated.
Lafayette Dermatology will always customize your treatment plan based on the severity of your skin condition. Treatments can include, but not limited to, moisturizers, corticosteroids, antihistamines, and antibiotics. Other prescription strength medications may be considered for more severe cases.
Moles & other benign lesions
A mole, or nevus, is a common lesion on the skin generally characterized as brown, round, and can be flat or slightly raised. Although moles can change over time and are generally benign, it is important to become familiar with the appearance of your moles to note any changes that could signal skin cancer. A dermatologist should examine any mole that grows, changes in shape or color, or bleeds. There is no "treatment" for moles, however a dermatologist may decide to remove a mole if it becomes irritated or looks suspicious.
There are many other benign skin lesions including dermatofibroma, cyst, milia, sebaceous hyperplasia, lipoma, skin tag, syringoma, neurofibroma, cherry angioma, and seborrheic keratosis. All benign skin lesions are addressed in a skin check and the dermatologist can determine whether treatment is necessary.
Pigment concerns can range from hypopigmentation (loss of pigment) or hyperpigmentation (increase of pigment).
Vitiligo is a skin condition characterized by a loss of pigment (hypopigmentation), resulting in white patches. Vitiligo is considered an autoimmune disease. It is not contagious and cannot be cured, however Lafayette Dermatology offers various treatments that help to even the skin tone, including laser treatments.
Hyperpigmentation is an overproduction of pigment in the skin resulting in darkening of the skin. 'Sun spots' are flat, discrete brown areas known as lentigines, or lentigo. These usually appear on the face, chest and back, as well as the back of the hands and the top of the feet. These spots are caused by sun exposure and range from light to dark brown. Melasma is another type of hyperpigmentation, which is most common in women and affects about 45 million people worldwide. This condition appears as irregular patches of brown skin on the forehead, cheeks, upper lip and nose. Melasma is common during hormonal fluctuations associated with pregnancy, oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy.
The Lafayette Dermatology physicians and aesthetician are experts in treating pigment concerns. Light treatments, topical regimens and chemical peels are part of a multifaceted approach to pigment correction.
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that usually appears as thick, red flaky patches, often called 'plaques.' It most often appears on the elbows, knees, and scalp though it can appear anywhere on the body. It is unclear what causes someone to develop psoriasis, however genetics play an important role. Psoriasis affects men and women equally, and it occurs in all races.
Lafayette Dermatology combines treatment modalities for psoriasis and can include topical medications, laser/light treatments, systemic medicines, and/or biologics.
Skin Cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. There are several types of skin cancer, varying in appearance, origin, and severity. Basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and malignant melanoma are all forms of skin cancer. It is very important to self-screen for suspicious moles or lesions and to have annual screenings by a board certified physician. Download the AAD's Body Mole Map to note the results of your self-examination. It is important to remember the ABCDE's of moles so that you can monitor any mole that looks different (shown in diagram above).
Lafayette Dermatology's physicians are experts in diagnosing and treating skin cancers. Early detection and treatment are very important.
Hair loss is caused by various reasons such as autoimmune conditions, genetic factors, hormone changes, tissue scarring from injury, stress etc. It may manifest as gradual thinning, circular bald spots, sudden loss of hair, full body hair loss or patches of scaling that spread over the scalp.
Treatments can include medications (topical or systemic) and/or PRP (platelet rich plasma).
What is PRP used for at Lafayette Dermatology?
Hair loss: Studies have shown that injecting these growth factors into the areas of hair loss, trigger natural hair growth and maintain it by increasing blood supply to the hair follicle and increasing the thickness of the hair shaft.
Facial Rejuvenation: PRP can be used with Skin Pen Microneedling to enhance the treatment. PRP is used as the "serum" in the microneedling treatment. The PRP is activated to release growth factors and signaling proteins, which strengthen your skin, stimulate collagen and play a significant role in remodeling the skin. It can also be applied to assist in quicker healing after halo laser and other aggressive skin care treatments.
Warts & Molluscum
Molluscum contagiosum and warts are benign epidermal eruptions that result from viral infections of the skin. A wart is typically a raised round growth made up of hardened skin, though some can be flat in nature. Molluscum are small pink, white, or skin-colored bumps with an indented center.
Both warts and molluscum can spread to different areas on the body and are contagious. Treatments include salicylic acid, cryotherapy (freezing), chemical agents, immunotherapy injections and surgical excision.
Other medical dermatologic conditions we treat are listed below:
- Blistering disorders
- Connective tissue disorders (Lupus, Morphea, Scleroderma, Dermatomyositis)
- Keratosis pilaris
- Nail disorders (bacterial and fungal)
- Infections of the skin (bacterial, fungal, viral)
- Seborrheic Dermatitis (dandruff)
- Tinea Versicolor
All of our Board Certified Dermatologists offer a wide range of surgical dermatologic procedures as listed below:
- Surgery of the skin
- Removal of skin cancers, including but not limited to:
- Basal Cell Carcinoma
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma
- Malignant Melanoma
- Cyst removal
- Mole removal
- Skin tag removal
- Wart removal
- Destruction and other treatments of pre-cancerous lesions, such as actinic keratoses as well as benign lesions, such as sebaceous hyperplasia
Lafayette Dermatology and Cosmetic Center can treat a variety of skin conditions. Our dermatologists will work with you to establish a treatment plan that coordinates with your other medical treatments, so you can go about your days as normal. From stubborn acne to ongoing skin conditions, we'll work to make your skin clear and healthy.
Contact our office in Lafayette, LA today to schedule a skin screening.