Shop Talk | Keith LeBlanc Jr. M.D., Elizabeth Bucher M.D. & R. Corey Rougelot M.D.
Board-Certified Dermatologists, The Skin Surgery Centre
What is The Skin Surgery Centre?
The Skin Surgery Centre© is a state-of-the-art facility for Dermatologic Surgery, where we strive to provide individualized, focused care for each patient in a warm, caring environment. Our mission is to make each patient’s experience as pleasant as possible from booking to discharge
What do the Physicians at The Skin Surgery Centre do?
We are board-certified and fellowship-trained dermatologists who primarily perform Mohs micrographic surgery for the removal of skin cancers located in cosmetically sensitive areas. We perform same-day repair or reconstruction of the defect left behind when the skin cancer has been removed completely. In addition to Mohs surgery, we perform other dermatologic surgeries such as cyst and lipoma removal, excision of suspicious skin lesions or thin melanomas and nail surgery for suspicious or cancerous growths of the nail.
Why is skin health so important?
Skin cancer is the most common cancer of the human body. There is a higher incidence of skin cancer in the United States annually than there are of breast, prostate, colon and lung cancers combined. Thankfully, the large majority of these skin cancers are non-fatal and can be cured effectively with an in-office procedure like Mohs micrographic surgery when appropriate.
What are some of your recommendations for skin safety and health?
We cannot stress enough the daily use of sunscreen and appropriate sunscreen application. We recommend the use of a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher (which denotes a level of protection against UVB rays) as well as a label that says “broad spectrum,” which denotes protection from UVA rays. Even those who work inside are exposed to ultraviolet radiation for brief periods throughout the day, and longer periods if they work near windows, which generally filter out UVB but not UVA rays. Additionally, shade and protective clothing are the best ways to protect yourself from the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the UV index is the strongest. For extended periods of sun exposure, be sure to re-apply thoroughly every two to four hours, depending on how much you sweat and whether you’ve been in water or not.
Is there anything else you’d like to include?
As the largest organ of the body, your skin is incredibly important to your health and overall well-being. Any UV radiation to which the skin is exposed is harmful and tanning rather than burning with sun exposure doesn’t make it safe. Even minor exposures can still lead to DNA damage in the cells of the epidermis (or top layer of skin) that can lead to premature aging and the development of skin cancer over time. It is extremely important for all people to have their skin examined by a board-certified dermatologist at least every two years and more frequently in the case of new or changing growths or pigmented lesions. Those patients with a personal or family history of skin cancer may benefit from more frequent skin exams.
The Skin Surgery Centre,
1615 Metairie Road, Suite 101,