Comprehensive Dermatology Services
Cypress Fairbanks Dermatology offers skin care for patients of all ages from newborn to elderly. From routine checkups to skin cancer screenings to acne, we are equipped to handle all your dermatological needs. To help you understand your options, we’ve included brief descriptions of some of our leading services on this page. (For more information about each condition, please see our Patient Education page.)Acne: The psychological impact of acne is immense and treating patients to improve this condition is one of our favorite aspects of dermatology. Acne affects approximately 50 million individuals in the U.S. per year and is the most common skin affliction seen in our office. Primarily a disease of adolescents, acne can affect all age groups. Actinic Keratosis: Actinic keratoses are pre-cancer skin lesions located in sun-exposed skin areas that present as red scaly lesions. Treatment to prevent progression to skin cancer is provided by our office. Birthmarks: Birthmarks are an irregularity on the skin present at birth and may be caused by an overgrowth of blood vessels, pigment cells, muscle, fat or skin cells. Cold Sores: Cold sores, a common name for herpes infections, usually affect the face. For more information, see information for herpes infections. Cysts: Cysts are closed sacs in the skin that contain air, fluids or semi-solid material. The most common type of cyst is an epithelial (sebaceous) cyst. Treatment is surgical. Dandruff: Medically referred to as seborrheic dermatitis, dandruff is a common itchy, flaking condition of the scalp. When over-the-counter treatments fail to control this chronic condition, prescription treatments are available. Eczema/Dermatitis: A condition that affects 10-20% of the population, eczema/dermatitis is characterized by itching that scratching can’t quite relieve. Eczema is linked to the allergy family of diseases. Successful treatment of this disease can relieve people who are truly miserable. Hair Loss: There are many causes for hair loss. A detailed history, physical exam and possible lab testing may be necessary to determine the cause. Herpes Infections: Caused by the herpes simplex virus, common names for this condition are cold sores, fever blisters and genital herpes. Good treatments are available. Hives: Medically referred to as urticaria, hives are an allergic reaction caused by the release of histamine in the skin triggered by an allergy. Determination of the cause of this disorder can be extremely challenging. Melanoma: The most publicized and dreaded form of skin cancer is melanoma. It is estimated that over 75,000 new cases of melanoma are diagnosed each year. Early detection of this deadly form of cancer offers the best chance of survival. Moles: Nevus is the medical term for a mole. Nevi are skin growths consisting of clusters or clumps of pigment cells in the skin. A mole that is changing can be dangerous. Poison Ivy: Early treatment can lessen the effects of this miserably itchy problem. Poison ivy is the most common form of contact dermatitis with over 350,000 people affected in the U.S. per year. Psoriasis: Characterized by red, thick, scaling skin lesions, psoriasis affects approximately 2% of the population. Treatments are available to help control this chronic condition. Rashes: The word “rashes” is a very general term used for any change affecting the skin. Dermatologists train three years in a residency program to determine the causes and treatments of rashes. Ringworm: Ringworm is caused by a fungus infection of the skin. Contrary to popular belief, there are no worms present. Proper diagnosis usually leads to the proper treatment and cure. Rosacea: Rosacea is primarily an adult skin disease characterized by redness, increased blood vessels and pimples of the face. This disease is often associated with W.C. Fields and thought to be a sign of alcoholism. Rosacea has many trigger factors and usually responds nicely to treatment. Seborrheic Keratosis: Resembling a cross between a wart and a mole, seborrheic keratosis is a common benign skin growth. Many patients seek cosmetic removal of these lesions. Skin Cancer: Like all cancer, skin cancer is an abnormal growth of cells in the body and is the most common type of cancer. Luckily, skin cancer occurs in visible areas and early detection is the best form of treatment. Skin Cancer Screening: A thorough, visual inspection of the entire skin surface offers the opportunity to detect and treat skin cancers early. Over one million cases of skin cancer occur in the U.S. every year. Skin Infections: There are many types of skin infections including bacterial, fungal, viral and parasitic. Proper diagnosis is essential to correctly treat these varied conditions. Skin Tags: Acrochordon is the medical term for a skin tag. Skin tags are common and tend to occur in skin creases. Removal is relatively simple. Warts: A wart is an infection of the skin caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). This condition is the second most common skin affliction seen in our office. Several treatments are available for the eradication of warts.