Medical Procedures Center
Lorenzo Berlanga, MD
Dermatology Procedures and Primary Care located in Midland, MI
Your skin is constantly exposed to the elements, and can easily become damaged through everyday activities. Lorenzo Berlanga, MD, of Medical Procedures Center in Midland, Michigan, offers various skin procedures to keep your skin healthy and whole. Call the office today to set up your visit. Most skin procedures take very little time and allow you to be back in the swing of your daily routines within an hour or two.
Skin Procedures Q&A
What are skin procedures?
Your skin is your largest organ, and it is routinely exposed to ultraviolet rays, changing weather conditions, and more. Skin can also be damaged during normal daily routines or through trauma. Even bacterial, viral, and fungal infections can create skin problems.
Skin procedures are simple medical procedures that treat skin conditions. Some examples include:
- Mole removal
- Ingrown toenail treatment
- Wart removal
- Removal of skin cancers and benign growths
- Treatment for cysts and abscesses
These are just a few of the skin procedures available at Medical Procedures Center in Midland, Michigan.
What is a skin biopsy?
A skin biopsy is a procedure that removes a small sample of skin for examination under a microscope. Most people associate skin biopsies with skin cancer, but there are other conditions that are diagnosed using a skin biopsy. These include:
- Actinic keratosis
- Skin tags
A skin biopsy allows a technician to view your skin cells under a microscope, where potentially dangerous cellular changes can be detected in the earliest stage.
What are warts and what can be done to treat them?
Warts are small, noncancerous skin growths that occur due to a viral infection. They are caused by various strains of human papillomavirus, or HPV.
The most common way to pick up a virus that causes warts is through simple skin-to-skin contact. You can also get the virus by touching something that an infected person has touched. Even walking barefoot on a public shower or gym floor is enough to allow the virus to take hold.
A wart on the sole of your foot is known as a plantar wart. These warts grow into, instead of out of, your skin. There are several other types of warts that vary in size and shape.
There are several ways to remove warts. Prescription-strength medications can remove wart tissue over time. Cryotherapy removes warts quickly using extremely cold temperatures. A minor surgical procedure can remove all traces of a wart, and there are even laser therapies that can remove wart tissue.
If you’d like to learn more about wart removal or other skin procedures available at Medical Procedure Center, call the office today or book an appointment online.