Dermatologic surgeon Dr. Elizabeth Callahan and her associates provide a full range of medical dermatology services in Sarasota. As professionals dedicated to the health of your skin, we perform everything from the important annual skin exam to the care of rosacea and acne. As a valued SkinSmart Dermatology® patient, you will be advised of and treated for all dermatologic conditions, including skin cancer.
Healthy, beautiful skin begins at SkinSmart Dermatology®. Request a consultation or call our office in Sarasota at (941) 308-7546.
Summary of Skin Conditions
We offer the most effective, advanced treatments for our patients, who visit us from Southwestern Florida cities such as Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch and Bradenton for their dermatologic care. Common conditions we treat include:
Actinic keratosis (AK) is a rough, dry, scaly patch or growth that forms on the skin. An AK forms when the skin is badly damaged by ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun or indoor tanning. Most people get more than one AK. AKs are very common and one of the most frequent conditions we diagnose. Treatment options for non-cancerous AKs include cryotherapy and prescription medication.
Athlete’s foot is caused by a fungus that grows in warm, moist areas, such as the toes, heels and between the fingers. We can treat it with both topical and oral medication.
Dermatitis usually involves redness, itching and swelling of the skin. It is associated with a variety of causes that typically create skin irritation. Common types include contact dermatitis and seborrheic dermatitis.
Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, manifests as scaly, dry, red patches on the skin. Children often get eczema during their first year of life on the scalp, forehead and face. Eczema is very common on the cheeks. SkinSmart Dermatology treatment plans often include medicine, skin care and lifestyle changes.
Hair loss can have a variety of causes, including genetics, stress, hormones, diseases and medical treatment. We can help you determine the cause of your hair loss and provide appropriate treatment options.
Hyperhidrosis, commonly called excessive sweating, can cause both emotional and physical discomfort. We offer topical solutions as well as BOTOX® injections to help restore your self-confidence.
Impetigo is a contagious bacterial infection of the skin that is effectively treated with either prescription topical or oral antibiotics.
Keloids often begin as scars after surgery or an injury, but then expand upward and outward into the surrounding skin. Treatment options include cortisone injections, surgical removal and laser therapy.
Lichen planus is a common, non-contagious skin condition that causes painful, itchy bumps, which may be shiny and reddish purple in color. The most common sites for these bumps are the wrists, ankles and lower back, but they can appear anywhere on the body, including the genitals. Most cases will eventually go away without medical attention, but medications can speed up healing and relieve discomfort. Treatment options include antihistamines to relieve itching, corticosteroids (topical, oral or injectable) to reduce swelling and redness, and retinoic acids (either oral or topical) to help clear the skin.
Melasma characterized by brown or grayish patches that appear on the forehead, cheeks, bridge of the nose, chin or upper lip. Melasma can occur during pregnancy or with birth control use. Sun exposure can also trigger melasma. In some cases, melasma goes away on its own. When it persists, we have several advanced treatments for melasma and brown spots.
Moles, technically called nevi, can be raised or flat and can be located just about anywhere, including the face, chest, shoulders and back. People of all ages develop moles, which are especially common on fair-skinned individuals. There are both aesthetic and medical reasons for removing a mole. Most moles are completely harmless, but they all bear watching with regular skin cancer screenings. Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that can grow in or near a mole. A warning sign for melanoma is the appearance of a new mole or changes to an existing one. Moles that are “atypical” or asymmetrical with irregular boundaries are sometimes precancerous. If a mole changes size or shape, if it bleeds, or if it grows back after it is removed, see one of our providers as soon as possible. These are all possible signs of skin cancer and should not be ignored.
Nail fungus can cause one or more toenails or fingernails to thicken and become misshapen. These infections can be difficult to treat however topical treatments are available.
Psoriasis is a chronic disease of the skin, developing when a person’s immune system sends faulty signals that tell skin cells to grow too quickly. Instead of forming skin cells slowly, over weeks, the immune system sends out signals that cause these cells to form in a matter of days. It is important to recognize that because psoriasis is an immune disorder, it can be managed but not cured. There are many treatments for psoriasis. They fall into three distinct categories: topical medications applied to the skin;phototherapy, where the skin is exposed to ultraviolet light; and systemic drugs delivered either orally or by injection.
Rashes begin with skin irritation, whether the rash is temporary or chronic. Elimination of the cause of the rash can lead to elimination of the rash. It sounds simple enough, but because there are many different conditions that can produce a rash, determining the cause is a key factor in this process. You can leave this to our experienced skincare professionals. Common reasons for a rash include contact with an irritant, a virus, bacteria, fungus, disease, chronic skin conditions or allergies.
Ringworm is a skin infection caused by a fungus, not a worm. Like athlete’s foot, it thrives in warm, moist areas. Topical medications are usually effective. In persistent cases, we may prescribe oral medication.
Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which causes chicken pox. Shingles often begins with pain and tingling on the skin. Then, red patches form, which progress to blisters. The intensity of the disease can be reduced by taking prescription medication within 72 hours of onset, before the blisters appear. Early treatment is important because complications from shingles often do not respond to treatment.
Skin cancer prevention and early treatment greatly improve the patient’s prognosis. Dr. Callahan is a fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon who provides advanced treatments if skin cancer is diagnosed.