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More than Skin Deep

Whether for health or beauty alone, advances in dermatology and plastic surgery produce more natural results, less invasive procedures and shorter recovery times. These doctors, clinics and centers perform cosmetic and medical procedures.

Dr. Eric Finley is a fellowship-trained dermatologic surgeon who specializes in Mohs Micrographic Surgery, a specialized technique for removing skin cancer. Patients are treated on an outpatient basis for basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. The procedure, done under local anesthesia, involves removing the tissue and testing it by doing immediate frozen sectioning. “We examine 100 percent of the surgical margin under a microscope while the patient waits,” Dr. Finley says. “This surgery offers virtually a 99 percent cure rate for the treatment of those cancers. No other technique we use to treat skin cancer has as high a cure rate.” Once the doctor determines there are clear margins around where the cancer was, reconstruction of the area is done.

“This procedure is ideal for women because they obviously want to minimize tissue loss and scarring on their face, ears, and neck,” says Dr. Finley.

His office is located at 2820 Napoleon Ave., Suite 645, New Orleans. For more information visit www.drericfinley.com or call 896-2255.

Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology, Dr. Jeffrey C. Poole and his team offer a range of services, including adult and pediatric general medical dermatology, skin cancer surgery, and the latest advances in cosmetic and laser surgery – an area where Dr. Poole stresses that, for best results, expert training should be combined with treatments tailored to a patient’s needs.

“Different conditions require different lasers, just as different illnesses require different medications,” says Dr. Poole. “For your treatment, you want the top of the line and that’s what we offer – top of the line machines, training and expertise.” Unlike many laser centers that rent lasers, Poole Dermatology owns almost all of its machines. Dr. Poole says they do laser procedures on a daily basis and he performs or supervises all procedures. “Daily use and experience makes for better results,” he says.

Along with laser procedures, Poole Dermatology can treat a variety skin care issues, from hair loss to adult acne to sun damage. Dr. Poole stresses that yearly full-body skin cancer screenings are a good precautionary measure. “Caught early, skin cancer is highly curable. Left undetected, it could be deadly.”

To schedule a laser appointment or skin cancer screening, or to make an appointment, visit www.pooledermatology.com or call 838-8225 for more information.

Dr. George Barnes is a board certified cardiovascular surgeon and a registered vascular technologist, who treats patients using state-of-the-art technology in the treatment of varicose veins. He was the first physician on the Northshore to introduce laser technology as well as other modern procedures in the treatment of varicose veins. The Venous and Arterial Surgery Clinic is an accredited vascular laboratory which strives to provide patients with the safest, most innovative and advanced vascular procedures currently available. Procedures are preformed in office with little or no down time for the patient. Utilizing ultrasound guidance, varicose veins are closed with either laser or chemical energy and are subsequently absorbed by the body’s reparative processes. No need for incisions or stripping. To schedule a free screening, call (985) 893-5958. Their office location is: 1203 S. Tyler St., Covington.

For more information, visit www.vasclinic.net or call (985) 893-5958.

The doctors at Westbank Plastic Surgery, LLC perform reconstructive surgery, microsurgery, and medically necessary procedures, as well as cosmetic procedures such as breast augmentation, breast lift, various facial procedures including Botox® and Restylane®, body contouring, abdominoplasty and liposuction. The doctors will assist those in need of medical reconstruction for breast and skin cancers and can perform tendon reconstructive microsurgery as well. Dr. Jonathan C. Boraski and Dr. Charles L. Dupin are both board-certified and bring over 45 combined years of expertise to the practice. At Westbank Plastic Surgery, Dr. Boraski and Dr. Dupin work with patients to find the right look. Understanding that all plastic surgery is serious, they place safety first and take pride in their patient-based approach.

Contact the friendly staff to learn more about Westbank Plastic Surgery, LLC; call 349-6460 or visit the office at 1111 Medical Center Blvd. in Marrero.

At Southern Aesthetics in Metairie, Penelope Treece, M.D. believes that being healthy, looking and feeling younger and living well go hand-in-hand. Southern Aesthetics is both a breast treatment center and medical day spa. Breast cancer surveillance now includes the new OncoVue® genetic test that can detect if any woman of any age is at greater risk, not just those with a family history.

Beyond breast cancer surgery and minimally invasive biopsies, the medical spa offers everything from prescription skin care to therapeutic massage. Newest additions include the Fraxel and VelaShape™. Fraxel treats wrinkles, sags, skin tone and acne scars. VelaShape™ smoothes out excess fatty deposits and cellulite – really! The before and after photos speak for themselves.
Dr. Treece offers a multitude of wrinkle treatments including ArteFill®, Juvéderm™, Restylane®, Radiesse® and Botox®. “With a little artistic intervention, we are literally removing 10 years in 20 minutes”.
Whatever your needs or budget, they can design a treatment regimen specifically for you.  “Looking better directly translates into feeling better,” says Dr. Treece, “and both fulfill every element in you life.” A complementary consultation will reveal “our secrets” to you.

For more information about Dr. Penelope Treece and Southern Aesthetics, visit www.locateadoc.com or call 779-7749.

Being overweight can contribute to a host of other medical conditions, called co-morbities, like hypertension, diabetes, sleep apnea, infertility and more. But with successful bariatric surgery, patients can see a reduction or elimination of these conditions. Established in 2000 by Dr. Treen, Surgical Clinic of Louisiana is dedicated to “surgical care with compassion and respect.” Dr. Belott joined the practice in 2005, and together with their nurses and staff, they offer Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding or LapBand surgery. LapBand surgery is markedly safer than gastric bypass and more effective than behavior modification, even with medication, but Dr. Treen says that done correctly, he sees results on par with gastric bypass patients. After a thorough medical evaluation, the doctors at SCLA create a comprehensive treatment plan to help ensure long-term results.

In addition to weight loss surgery, the surgeons at SCLA are experts in advanced laparoscopic surgical techniques, hernia surgery, endocrine surgery, and gastrointestinal surgery. For those seeking bariatric surgery, SCLA offers regularly scheduled seminars that review the entire bariatric surgery program. Seminars are free and open to prospective patients and their loved ones. Bariatric surgery can make a difference in total health, and can provide a solution for obese and morbidly obese patients.

To find out more about LapBand surgery and the services offered by the Surgical Clinic of Louisiana, visit www.sclaweightloss.com or call 349-6860.

A personal approach is what makes Academic Dermatology Associates different. Dr. Michelle Gerdes, a Board-certified dermatologist, practices general dermatology in her Metairie office and treats a variety of skin care issues, from chronic and acute conditions like Poison Ivy and Psoriasis to cosmetic procedures such as Botox®, chemical peels and laser treatments. Understanding that one solution does not fit all, Dr. Gerdes works with patients to develop a rapport and find individual solutions. “We tailor treatments to specific needs,” she says. Dr. Gerdes stresses the importance of patient education and sun prevention as part of her practice. “Incidental sun exposure is more detrimental than people think,” Gerdes says. She says that wearing sun block everyday and receiving regular skin screenings help to prevent disease and prolong skin’s health and vitality. Whatever the goal, with same-day appointments for emergencies, short waiting times, and a welcoming staff those at Academic Dermatology Associates help patients feel better about their skin.
Academic Dermatology Associates is located at the corner of 14th and Causeway in Metairie. To schedule an appointment, call 832-6612.

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