The Phototherapy Center at Lackawanna Valley Dermatology Associates, Limited offers state-of-the-art treatment for chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, vitiligo, as well as other conditions that respond to ultraviolet light.
We offer narrow-band ultraviolet B (NB-UVB) and psoralen + ultraviolet A (PUVA). Our facility has two large NB-UVB booths, one large UVA booth, and a specialized hand and foot NB-UVB unit. Individualized treatment programs, counseling, and education will be provided by our providers in order to meet the specific needs of each patient.
Our highly-trained physicians offer several dermatological surgery procedures to treat skin cancers and many other benign conditions such as cysts, moles, birthmarks.
Acne Surgery – the surgical removal or treatment of an acne lesion. This includes comedone extraction (blackhead removal), incision and drainage, chemical peels, and injections into acne cysts.
Cosmetic Surgery – a procedure that modifies or improves a physical feature, defect or irregularity, such as wrinkles, creases, or scars. Includes procedures such as Botox injections, fillers (i.e. Juvederm), and laser procedures.
Curettage and Electrodessication
Curettage and Electrodessication – procedure used to treat benign lesions and superficial skin cancers. It involves scraping the lesion with a tool called a curette and then using electricity to destroy the involved tissue.
Excision – The tumor is surgically removed along with a small portion of surrounding skin. This usually requires stitches to control bleeding and close the wound.
Skin Cancer Center
Mohs Surgery – a treatment for skin cancers which relies on a microscope to identify and map out the roots of the skin cancer to give the highest chance that the entire tumor will be removed. Mohs micrographic surgery allows for the selective removal of the skin cancer with the preservation of as much of the surrounding normal tissue as possible. It is very useful for larger tumors, tumors with a more aggressive growth pattern, tumors with indistinct borders, tumors near vital functional or cosmetic structures, tumors that have been previously treated and tumors located in areas with a higher chance to recur like the nose or areas around the nose, the ear, the eyes or areas around the eyes, the lips or areas around the lips and the temple areas.
Skin Biopsy – removal of a small portion of skin for diagnostic testing. Used to diagnose and/or remove lesions, rashes or other skin disorders. There are different techniques including shave biopsy, punch biopsy, scissor biopsy, incisional or excisional biopsy.