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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.