Treatment Options for Actinic Keratosis

As founder of Connolly Dermatology, Dr. Coyle Connolly offers preventative, diagnostic, and treatment services for a wide variety of skin cancers and pre-cancerous conditions. Also cited in a New York Times piece on rising skin cancer diagnosis rates, Dr. Coyle Connolly strives to educate his patients on conditions such as actinic keratosis.

Also known as solar keratoses, actinic keratoses appear on the skin as crusty growths They are most common on areas of the body that receive regular sun exposure, such as the backs of the hands and the face. If left untreated, they may develop into a common form of skin cancer known as squamous cell carcinoma. More infrequently, an actinic keratosis may develop into basal cell carcinoma.

To prevent such a development, a dermatologist will work to destroy an actinic keratosis. Cryotherapy, or freezing, currently stands as the most common treatment. A physician may also try a chemical peel or laser resurfacing, both of which remove the top layer of skin. Other options include photodynamic therapy, which treats the skin with a light-activated solution, and less commonly, curettage, which requires the surgical removal of the growth using a specialized tool. Alternatively, a physician may prescribe a cream or gel for the patient to use at home. Examples are imiquimod, fluorouracil, and ingenol mebutate.

Botox for Facial Wrinkles

Coyle Connolly, D.O. is a board-certified dermatologist who has worked in the field of clinical and cosmetic dermatology for more than twenty years. As well as providing medical and surgical services, Dr. Coyle Connolly also offers tried and true cosmetic treatments, such as Botox treatments for wrinkle reduction.

Botox is a substance that causes relaxation of facial muscles. When injected into certain areas of the face, it allows muscles to relax, thereby lessening the appearance of wrinkles. For example, Botox treatments have been shown to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet, which are lines that form around the outside corners of the eyes. It can also reduce the appearance of frown lines, as well as the horizontal furrows that develop on the forehead, and which become more visible when the eyebrows are raised.

Before having Botox injections, it’s important to fully understand the procedure and its likely results. A consultation with a qualified professional may help a person understand these effects, as well as the minimal risks associated with the treatment. Individuals should be aware that the results of Botox are temporary, typically lasting between three months and one year in some cases. In order to maintain the effects, subsequent treatments are required.

Skin Cancer Prevention

Dr. Coyle Connolly is a board certified dermatologist, assistant clinical professor, author, researcher, and is widely considered a thought leader in the field of dermatology. At Dr. Coyle Connolly’s dermatology practice locations throughout New Jersey, patients can receive a wide variety of care ranging from cosmetic procedures to treatment of rashes and skin cancer.

Skin cancer can be life-threatening. However, in many cases, it can be prevented. There are various approaches a person can take to limiting their risk of developing skin cancer, and these center on minimizing exposure to UV radiation from the sun. Early detection is key as skin cancer is often curable when found early.

People should make an effort to avoid being outside at the times of day when the sun’s rays are most direct, namely from 10 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon. Additionally, when people are out in the sunlight, they should wear sunscreen, sunglasses, and clothing that covers the body. They must keep in mind that the sun’s rays can cause skin damage on cloudy or overcast days, as well any other time of year, including the winter months. Finally, tanning beds, another source of UV radiation, ought to be avoided. An alternative is bronzers or natural spray tan for those seeking a “tanned” look without damaging the skin from artificial or natural ultraviolet radiation.

The American Academy of Dermatology’s Annual Meeting

A recognized South Jersey Top Physician, Dr. Coyle Connolly is a board-certified dermatologist and clinical professor, who has authored numerous medical publications and appeared as a guest medical expert on several major networks, including Fox News and ABC. Throughout his career, Dr. Coyle Connolly has maintained memberships in various professional organizations, including the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), a nonprofit that works to advance dermatological care through programs and activities aimed at research, advocacy, and education.

A strong proponent of lifelong learning, the AAD offers its members a number of educational meetings and programs to help them improve their practice and stay current with the latest research and medical advancements in dermatology. In addition to regional conferences and webinars, the AAD holds several major events throughout the year, including its Annual Meeting, the largest dermatology meeting in the world.

The AAD is currently preparing for its 73rd Annual Meeting, which will take place March 20-24, 2015, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The five-day event will include more than 350 sessions on a variety of topics related to the prevention and diagnosis and treatment of dermatological disease. The meeting will also feature several prominent expert speakers, including Bruce E. Wintroub, MD, who will deliver an address on the future of dermatology. More detailed information about the event can be found by visiting http://www.aad.org.

Skin Cancer and Melanoma

A licensed New Jersey physician, Dr. Coyle Connolly sees patients throughout Southern and Central New Jersey. Dr. Coyle Connolly offers a variety of cosmetic dermatology procedures and also treats skin cancer. In fact, his office was the first in its region to offer the MelaFind, a device that identifies moles containing cancerous cells.

A leading cancer among Americans, skin cancer is diagnosed in more than two million people each year. Nearly five million Americans receive treatment annually for the disease, which results in expenditures of $8.1 billion, according to the surgeon general. Of the 3.5 million types of skin cancers, melanoma is the most fatal, taking the lives of 9,000 per year. The current melanoma death rate is a 200% increase from 1973.

Melanoma can be caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation when tanning under the sun or in a tanning bed. The body’s skin cells begin to mutate and rapidly multiply, which results in malignant tumors. The tumors take on a form that resembles a discolored mole. Primarily black or brown, the mole, also known as melanoma, can also be pink, purple, white, and red. Early detection is the key to curing the disease.

A Look at LAVIV, by Dr. Coyle S. Connolly

Approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in 2011, LAVIV improves the looks of one’s smile. Unique among injectables, LAVIV focuses on smile lines and comes from one’s own body. This therapy works by using skin samples from the patient to produce fibroblast cells, which create collagen and improve the look and strength of the skin.

To create LAVIV, doctors obtain skin samples from behind the patient’s ear and send them to Fibrocell Science, Inc. The company’s facility then grows millions of fibroblast cells from the few samples, performs quality control, and cryopreserves them until they are ready to be used. This entire process takes around three months, at which point the patient can return to the doctor for the procedure. Receiving LAVIV requires three injections set three to six weeks apart.

About the Author:

Dr. Coyle S. Connolly is a board-certified dermatologist specializing in cosmetic and clinical dermatology. Dr. Connolly offers numerous treatments, including the injectable LAVIV. He has multiple locations in New Jersey, with offices in Cinnaminson, Linwood, Barnegat, and Cape May Court House.