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Removing the Nightmares of Acne Scars

June 1, 2017
by Academic Alliance in Dermatology

The plight of adolescent acne can often leave behind unfriendly reminders in the form of scars and discoloration.  These scars can leave a bumpy and uneven complexion as discouraging as acne itself.  We receive numerous patients who struggle through the challenges of scarring and have risen to the challenge to develop treatment options suitable for all skin types.

The advancements in laser technology and aesthetic dermatology have provided us with new ways to treat and eliminate unwanted acne scars. Our practice believes in a complete approach to dermatology; from medical, surgical, to cosmetic, we want to ensure our patients receive the care they need and deserve.

Through innovative, expert medical thinking, our providers have devised treatment options with astonishing results when applied to acne scars.  The number of treatments depends on the severity, depth, and location of the scars, but there is a solution.

One method is a series of microneedling treatments, which is actually relatively pain free. Microneedling is a collagen stimulating procedure where fine, shallow needles delicately puncture the surface of the skin.  The puncturing causes the accelerated development of collagen in the targeted area giving the skin the ability to heal and correct itself.  This service is most often paired with a Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) facial.    

Pairing these two treatments drives the nutrients from the PRP deeper into the skin increasing the collagen stimulation while correcting the texture and the tone.  This same procedure can be done using specific lasers instead of a micropen.

For a targeted approach to overcome unwanted discoloration, we devise a custom skin care regimen to coincide with a series of chemical peels.  This improves the overall tone and evenness of the skin, as well as the brightness and clarity.  For minor textural improvements, microdermabrasion helps to clean out your pores and smooth out rough and bumpy areas over a series of treatments.

Every patient is different and requires a unique and tailored treatment plan; a method of care we always strive to provide.  Responses to treatments will differ, as will results.  We are here to guide you down the path of recovery, skin correction, and hopefully a stronger sense of self-confidence.

 


Finding a Way to Treat the Untreatable

May 3, 2017
by Academic Alliance in Dermatology

Bella came into my life about 5-6 years ago having a very difficult autoimmune disease called Pemphigus Vulgaris. Often affecting the lining of the mouth first, the body attacks the bond that holds the epidermal cells together allowing them to slide apart. Similar to eroding mortar between bricks, fluid collects in the spaces and we get blisters. This condition occurs when antibodies are attacking and destroying the skin which can create erosions, blisters, ulcers, non-healing scars and ultimately can cause death.

Over the last 5 years I have cared very compassionately for Bella, but it has been very difficult to control her outbreaks. I have tried multiple treatment options including steroids, prednisone, and immunomodulating drugs like Imuran. However, I was never able to satisfactorily control her blistering.

A new group of medications called biologic agents were developed over the last decade and my attention was drawn to Rituximab. This biologic agent was successfully tested for treating Pemphigus Vulgaris.

This medication connected me to my Alma Mater. Professor Michael Hertl, Chairman of the Department of Dermatology at Philipps University in Marburg, Germany, has done significant research and published a large series of treatments with Rituximab. As I have a certain affinity to my Alma Mater, I reached out to Professor Hertl and connected with him. I visited him in July of 2016 and discussed the studies.

During this evolution, while treating Bella and my connection with Dr. Hertl, I realized how important it is to marry innovation, imagination, improvisation and implementation in our everyday life to deliver results for our patients.
In summary, caring for Bella over the last several years I was able to give her only three doses of Rituximab every 16-18 months along with Tylenol, Benadryl and Hydrocortisone. Together this has been tremendously successful in suppressing the eruptions.

Today, I am very pleased to report that Bella has had the best response with this treatment and excellent interval findings. So let us all remember to always turn to innovation, imagination, improvisation and implementation and make a difference for our patients.

With my best wishes,

Panos Vasiloudes, MD, PhD

Board Certified Dermatologist, Board Certified Pediatrician


Can you grow hair like Rapunzel?

 

April 4, 2017
by Academic Alliance in Dermatology

It was December 5th, 2016 at our Town and Country office, a caring mother came in with her four-year-old daughter. She was desperate and told us with a sad look on her face, “My little girl has never ever had a haircut in her life”. All that little Arianna wanted was to have a haircut just like her sister, that’s all she ever asked for.

Dr. Vasiloudes scratched his head and gathered his thoughts stating, “Let me try something”. His improvisation was in high gear, pairing his knowledge to innovate once again.

After completing his examination, Dr. Vasiloudes introduced the family to our hair regrowth specialists in the Harklinikken program. Harklinikken was established in 1979 in Denmark and has since spread worldwide. Dr. Vasiloudes is the global medical director for all of the clinics alongside the founder, Lars Skjoth. Lars is the head scientist and the brain behind the development of the program.

Dr. Vasiloudes’ working diagnosis for this case was loose anagen syndrome. Hair easily falls out before growing, not allowing the hair shaft to strengthen properly. This leaves the roots weak and hinders the hair from continuing to grow. Hair comes out with minimal pulling. Arianna’s mother mentioned, “combing through knots is painfully painless”.

Her mother visited the program website and reviewed all of the testimonials and results of previous cases. Impressed by her findings, she sent the grandmother on a mission, to our South Tampa clinic on Kennedy to purchase program shampoo and conditioner.

Harklinikken’s treatment for hair thinning and hair loss involves using a number of products. The hair treatment is facilitated with custom made products, designed for each individual client. The product consists of the unique pairing of pure nature, innovation, science, and clinical experience dating back to 1979.

Three months later, mom brought Arianna back to the office to show us how she has responded to the treatment. Her hair was finally growing stronger, longer and healthier than ever before. She jokingly stated, “I cause my daughter pain when I try to comb her hair, I finally know her hair has roots!”

To find more cases, testimonials, and product information please visit Academic Alliance in Dermatology Hair Regrowth and Harklinikken. This is where pioneering science and clinical experience come together to change lives.


Pediatric Dermatology and Our Impact

March 3, 2017
by Academic Alliance in Dermatology

A major mission of Academic Alliance in Dermatology is to practice an academic grade of dermatology in the Tampa Bay Area.   We are the only practice in Tampa to have two staff members board certified in pediatrics and board certified in dermatology.  The group of pediatric dermatologists is less than 1,000 in the world and Academic Alliance in Dermatology hosts two of them.  Dr. Vasiloudes and Dr. Nyanda are serving clients from Tampa for all rare and common diseases affecting pediatric cases including eczema, rashes, acne, warts, molluscum and psoriasis.

Furthermore, our excellence in pediatric dermatology in Tampa is supported by a cast of superbly trained dermatopathologists and dermatologists.   Having the integration of pediatrics, dermatology, pathology and research, makes Academic Alliance in Dermatology truly unique in the greater Tampa Bay Area and the West Coast of Florida.

We have been servicing Tampa and caring for children with very rare diseases including xeroderma pigmentosum, epidermolysis bullosa, tubular sclerosis, neurofibromatosis, incontinentia pigmenti, but along with the rare conditions we are taking care of thousands of children every year who are suffering from eczema, rashes, allergies, hives, acne, scars, viral infections, molluscums, warts and on occasion malignancies or skin cancers even as young as the age of one.

We are truly blessed to be the most major player in providing pediatric dermatology services in Tampa Bay and we are privileged to be your dermatology practice of choice.

With my best wishes for a great month.

 

Sincerely yours,

 

Panos Vasiloudes, MD, PhD

Board Certified Dermatologist, Board Certified Pediatrician


A few minutes could save your life

January 9, 2017
by Academic Alliance in Dermatology

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than one million skin cancers are diagnosed annually. Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) and Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) belong to the non-melanoma type of skin cancer, while Melanoma represents the most aggressive and dangerous form. It only accounts for about three percent of skin cancer cases, but causes more than 75 percent of skin cancer deaths.

It was important to us, at AAD, to prevent, diagnose, and treat as many cases as possible. Equally, you, as a fellow citizen, can play a major role in prevention and early detection. Applying a bit of sunscreen only takes a few minutes.  Come to a skin screening at one of our offices or to one of the Tampa Bay community events in which we participate. Wear a hat or sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun.  Avoid tanning beds: People who use them are 2.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma and 1.5 times more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma. Although the most significant amount of UVB hits the US between 10 AM and 4PM, from April to October, these rays can burn and damage your skin year round. Find out if you are genetically predisposed to skin disease. Ask us about additional measures you can take to protect your skin. Enjoy the sun, but safely!


Message from one of our Aesthetic patients

December 5, 2016
by Academic Alliance in Dermatology

I don’t know if you’re divorced and dating like me, job hunting, going to a reunion, or saw a picture and said, “who is that old lady?”

Now I treat my face like my teeth or my hair.  I have regularly scheduled anti-aging checkups – in conjunction with a maintenance plan of treatments or touch ups just a few times a year. Whoops! I skipped a maintenance appointment and now I need a deeper, costlier fix.

If you get evaluated at 35 and stay on a plan, you can still look 35 when you’re 50!  Or if you took a few years off like me, you can now walk in at 50 and have miracle treatments like Ultherapy and amazing injectables like Botox and Sculptra.

These treatments set you up to build collagen for the next year or two – getting you younger every day!  Go regularly!  You’ll need less product – and maintain your youthful appearance.  My secret weapon on anti-aging is the Academic Alliance of Dermatology.

Who knows skin and aging better than the Tampa Bay’s Premiere Dermatologists?  Call now to set up your free expert consultation at the Academic Alliance of Dermatologists.


AADs commitment- keeping you healthy and beautiful!

October 7, 2016
by Academic Alliance in Dermatology

Keeping our patients healthy by offering the best education and prevention practices is our privilege. We treat many patients with cancer and premature ageing skin issues that are entirely preventable.

Floridas sun is beautiful but detrimental to your skin. AADs expert Aesthetics Practice offers simple, safe and effective products to keep your skin healthy and preserve a youthful appearance. These treatments and products can be as simple as a daily application at home. The results however, will be enjoyed for your lifetime.

AADs trained and certified Aesthetics Dermatology Providers, are the industrys best and have been performing skin rejuvenation for almost 20 years. Helping our patients look vibrant, yet natural is the hallmark of their expertise.

We invite you to visit us for a complimentary consultation to discover how to promote timeless health and beauty. We use only best practice physician-approved treatments to enhance your skins natural balance and combat ageing. Your skin is precious, entrust its care to your dermatologist and their team of experts.

Call us today to at (813) 882-9986, to book your appointment in any of our 14 locations. It will be our pleasure to serve you!

HAVE A BEAUTIFUL & FANTASTIC DAY!


Eliminate Death from Melanoma

September 29, 2016
by Academic Alliance in Dermatology

When I entered dermatology in 1995, over 20 years ago, I made it my mission to combat and eliminate death from malignant melanoma.

During my schooling, I was taught the ABCDEs of melanoma, with the A standing for asymmetry of a mole, B standing for border irregularity of a mole, C standing for color variation of a mole, D standing for diameter of a mole and E standing for evolution of a mole.

During my first 5 years in practice, I diligently applied this criteria and did very well in finding melanomas. However, I realized that most of the melanomas that I found were invasive and, unfortunately, some metastatic spreading to other areas.drpanossm

About 15 years ago with the introduction of routine photography for biopsied lesions and then correlation of the clinical photographs with the pathological diagnosis, I then understood that there were other important factors in diagnosing very early and thin melanomas. Diagnosing very early thin melanomas meant that the particular case would be 100% cured upon completion of surgery without need for radiation therapy, lymphatic mapping, immunotherapy or chemotherapy.

In the last 10 years, after studying over 2,000 cases of newly diagnosed melanomas, I am happy to report that we have significantly reduced the rate of metastatic melanomas, and the number of deaths from melanoma can be counted on the fingers of one hand.

Therefore, my mission is to disseminate my knowledge acquired in the last decades in diagnosing thin melanomas. I believe the following factors are extremely important, and I will start with E, which stands for experience, expertise and evolution; F, which stands for funny looking moles; G, which stands for genetics, realizing that information about the genetics of the family is critical; H, which stands for history, including personal history, past history, family history, environmental history and social history, and I, which stands for instinct.

Applying the first five criteria, we are finding a higher rate of invasive melanomas. Applying the last five criteria, we have reduced the rate of invasive melanomas and metastatic melanomas to under 5%, and the prognosis of these cases is excellent.

AAD is proud to present this calendar, a compilation of interesting cases along with art created by children. The combination of melanomas which represent the dark side of the sun along with the art which represents the bright side of the sun, we want to stress the fact that we strive daily to reduce the darkness and bring further light, hope and health to our patients lives.