Skin and Soft Tissue Procedures in Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Dr. Desiree D’Angelo has years of experience treating all types of skin and soft tissue disorders. Whether you’re worried about something on your skin, simply looking for a second opinion, or are already pursuing treatments for a current diagnosis, Dr. Desiree D’Angelo is here to help.
Common skin and soft tissue disorders
These are some of the most common skin disorders that Dr. Desiree D’Angelo is skilled in treating:
- Malignant melanoma: Particular cells called melanocytes create a neoplasm on the skin, causing malignant melanoma, a type of skin cancer. If caught in the early stages, malignant melanoma is generally easy to treat with surgery. It’s important to watch moles for changes, and to get checked often if you think you are at risk.
- Squamous cell carcinoma: Squamous cell carcinoma most generally affects those who have spent a lot of time in the sun or in tanning beds. Over time, the damaging UV rays impact the health of the skin on the most sun-exposed areas. Though squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer, it is slow growing and can take years to detect. Early detection is key for successful treatment.
- Basal cell carcinoma: Basal cells are a type of cell within our skin that produces new skin cells as the old ones die off. This type of skin cancer affects those cells—often showing up as transparent bump on the skin. Like other skin cancers, basal cell carcinoma occurs most often on sun exposed areas of the body.
- Suspicious nevi: One of the most common reasons to visit a doctor specializing in skin disorders is due to a suspicious mole or mark found on your skin. For many skin and soft tissue disorders, early detection is key for treatment success. If you have something suspicious on your skin, schedule an appointment to have it seen by Dr. Desiree D’Angelo.
- Lymph node biopsy: Our lymph nodes are a vast network of small organs located throughout our bodies. If your doctor suspects that you may have a particular disease they will order a lymph node biopsy. They will take a small piece of your lymph node and send it to a specialist who will determine if the tissue is cancerous. If you are currently being treated for cancer, your doctor may order a lymph node biopsy to measure if the disease has spread further.
- Lipomas: A lipoma is a non-cancerous (benign) tumor consisting of fatty tissue. Generally, these are painless, soft, moveable, and less than five centimeters in size. They are located just under the skin and commonly found on the upper back, shoulders, and abdomen. While the cause of a lipoma is generally unclear, obesity and family history can play a role. Your doctor may request surgery or simply keep an eye on the lipoma over time.
- Cysts: A cyst is a usually benign (non-cancerous) pocket of tissue that may contain fluid, air, or other substances found under the skin. They can develop nearly anywhere on the body and there are many different types of cysts. Many cysts will go away on their own, while others will require minor surgery.
- Cellulitis: Though cellulitis is common, this bacterial skin infection can become serious if left untreated. Cellulitis generally causes skin to look swollen and red and can be painful or warm to the touch. The most common area to experience cellulitis is on the legs, arms, and face. Your physician will most likely treat cellulitis with medication.
- Abscess and complex wounds: Abscesses and complex wounds can develop for a variety of different reasons, and present in many ways. If you have a growth, abscess, or wound that isn’t getting better with at home care, it’s time to see a doctor. Dr. Desiree D’Angelo can help determine the cause of your skin issues, and work with you to determine the best treatment option available.
Schedule your appointment today. Call (609) 204-5357.