Skin Care and
Your Health

People notice our face first, including our skin. Our skin is the most neglected organs of our body.  We are well aware of the importance of a healthy heart, lungs and eyes but very few of us pay adequate attention to our skin.  Although genetics plays a large part in the way our skin ages, there are several things we can do to improve our chance of maintaining healthy skin.  Not smoking and avoiding sun exposure are two things we can do.  Smoking and sun damage can age our skin ten or more years.  In addition, both are associated with skin cancer.

Many women rely on cover-up to hide skin imperfections such as dark spots, acne and sun damage. Why not correct your skin and go make-up free?

Today’s science has provided us with invaluable information and data regarding how our skin ages and ways to slow down the signs of aging skin.  For years we have known the positive effects of vitamin A in the form of retinoids and the power of vitamin C as an antioxidant.  Incorporating these products into your regimen is crucial but not all products are created equally.  Most retinoids and vitamin C products sold over the counter are not concentrated enough or in the correct form to make a significant difference.  The professional strength products available in our office are scientifically proven and clinically effective to decrease the appearance of lines and wrinkles, diminish dark spots and thicken collagen.  In addition, the acids found in many over the counter products cannot come close to the peels used in our office.  We have a large, yet select, selection of skin care products available.

Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers.  If we live long enough, most of us will be diagnosed with one.  Dermatologists are usually the first to diagnose skin cancers and although many are treated in their offices, some skin cancers are best treated by Moh’s surgery or by a plastic surgeon.  If you have a skin cancer, make sure you know all of the treatment options.  If you are a good candidate for Moh’s surgery, make sure you discuss the repair with your Moh’s surgeon. It is also a good idea to consult with a plastic surgeon prior to the Moh’s to review all of your options for closure of the Moh’s defect. In many cases, the defect following Moh’s surgery proves to be larger than the patient, and even the Moh’s surgeon, expects. Dr. Dabbah is known to repair the largest and most difficult defects following Moh’s. Dr Dabbah does prefer to meet with his patients prior to having their Moh’s surgery to ascertain the patient knows what is involved in the closure. He is also counted on to remove many malignancies as the primary surgeon.

Melanoma is one of the most serious skin cancers.  As a plastic surgeon, Dr. Dabbah is trained to excise these as well as perform the reconstruction necessary.  Some melanomas require a patient have a sentinel node biopsy.  If you are a candidate for this, Dr. Dabbah will coordinate your surgery and arrange for the general surgeon to take care of that at the same time. Many times, the malignancy is extensive and may call for different specialties to be involved in the patient’s care, such as oncologists, radiologists, general surgeons and primary care physicians. As the plastic surgeon involved in the multimodality clinic through Lynn Cancer at Boca Regional Hospital, Dr. Dabbah is apprised of the most advanced.