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Skin Cancer has Reached Epidemic Proportions…The Center for Dermatology Care Provides the Best Diagnosis & Treatments for Skin Care and Cosmetic Procedures.

The Center of Dermatology Care and its Medical Director, Dr. Andrew Kaufman, MD, FACP, is one of the leading dermatology groups in the southwestern United States.  Conveniently located in Thousand Oaks, Dr. Kaufman and his team offer the best care technology has to offer for skin care and cosmetic procedures.

One of the primary goals of this distinguished medical team is the prevention, early detection and beautytreatment of skin cancers.  Dr. Kaufman spends over 90% of his time treating skin cancers and performing necessary reconstruction following skin cancer surgery. Dr. Kaufman is one of a small group of physicians board certified in two specialties — Internal Medicine (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center) and Dermatology (University of California, Los Angeles).  He is one of an elite minority of physicians that has completed a fellowship in Mohs and Dermatologic Surgery (University of California, San Francisco). His practice is limited to Mohs surgery, reconstructive surgery and cosmetic surgery.

Skin cancer has reached epidemic proportions in the United States.  The number of skin cancers diagnosed every year in the U.S. exceeds the total of all other types of cancer combined.  Skin cancer, including melanoma, targets younger and younger patients and is one of the most common cancers in both men and women in their twenties and thirties.  Skin cancer is a particular concern for Southern California residents, who enjoy almost year-round sunshine and an active, outdoor lifestyle.

The specialized skin cancer treatment performed most commonly by Dr. Kaufman is “Mohs Surgery.”

The Mohs procedure is performed under local anesthesia.  A very narrow piece of tissue is taken from the periphery of the visible skin cancer. The specimen is carefully removed, mapped and processed so that 100% of the surgical margins are evaluated for residual tumor. If any cancer is noted under the microscope, another thin margin is removed from the involved area and processed again. This is repeated stage by stage until the roots of the skin cancer are traced out completely. One of the key elements of Mohs surgery is that one person acts as surgeon and pathologist; if either one of those jobs is performed by another doctor, the procedure is not Mohs micrographic surgery. As such, fellowship-trained Mohs surgeons, like Dr. Kaufman, need to have training and expertise in Mohs surgery, dermatopathology (interpretation of microscopic skin slides) and reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Kaufman has assembled a highly trained and skilled team for the treatment of medical, surgical and cosmetic problems related to the skin. The Center for Dermatology Care has four board-certified dermatologists, including Dr. Kaufman.Dr. Kaufman Dr. Christine Cole is board-certified in dermatology and has completed a fellowship in dermatopathology from the prestigious Geisinger Medical Center. Dr. Olenka Speaker is board certified in dermatology, completing her residency at St. Barnabas Hospital in New York. Dr. Binh Ngo is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at USC-Keck School of Medicine and spends most of her time teaching fellows, residents and medical students at USC. Outside of dermatology, The Center for Dermatology Care is pleased to have Dr. Aric Park as its facial plastic surgeon. Dr. Park completed a fellowship at the distinguished Lasky Clinic in Beverly Hills and University of Southern California after completing a residency in Head and Neck Surgery at Tufts University. His area of expertise complements the surgical and non-surgical procedures performed by the other providers and includes rhinoplasty (nasal surgery), blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) and rhytidectomy (facelift surgery). Rounding out the team at The Center for Dermatology Care is Dr. David Hsu who is board certified in Radiation Oncology and leads the team in the use of a new technology for the treatment of skin cancer.

The Center for Dermatology Care is pleased to announce the addition of electronic brachytherapy to the options available for skin cancer treatment. This new form of radiation therapy is non-invasive and available only in a few dermatology centers in California. It provides an effective form of treatment for patients who wish to avoid surgical treatment or in cases where a non-surgical approach may be preferable.

faceIn the cosmetic arena a popular new cosmetic treatment offered by The Center for Dermatology Care is called Coolsculpting.  Does removal of fat cells with a simple one-hour treatment sound appealing to you?  Coolsculpting is a new alternative to liposuction that helps reduce trouble areas that are resistant to diet and exercise.  Each one-hour session focuses on a specific target area, such as those unforgiving love handles, tummy bulges or saddlebags.

Coolsculpting is a non-invasive procedure that utilizes cooling technology to safely isolate and destroy fat cells without damaging surrounding tissue, resulting in reduction or elimination of localized fat deposits resistant to diet and exercise. The procedure is FDA approved and over 140,000 treatments have already been performed. Coolsculpting actually destroys fat cells by freezing them so the results are long lasting when you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Apart from managing the Center for Dermatology Care, Dr. Kaufman is Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine (Dermatology) at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Clinical Associate Professor at Keck School of Medicine at USC.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Mohs Surgery and was previously elected to the Board of Directors of that respected organization.  Dr. Kaufman was also nominated and elected as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, an honor reserved for physicians dedicated to ongoing individual service and contributions to the practice of medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery as well as the American Academy of Dermatology and is a national and international lecturer at dermatology and facial plastics surgery meetings.

If you would like to learn more about the skin care treatments and cosmetic procedures provided by The Center for Dermatology Care, please visit www.dermatology-center.com.  You may call the Center at (805) 497-1694 and one of the helpful staff members will schedule your consultation.

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