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DERMATOLOGIC SURGERY has
yet to gain awareness of significant proportion in India. SKINSTREET.NET is
a site designed to review the development of dermatologic surgery in
India and discuss various dermatosurgical techniques, their indications
Long term oral antibiotics with topical medication as a treatment for acne is advocated by majority of
the dermatologists. 'Pimples' are not 'normal' in adolescence, hormonal
changes do play a role in etiology of acne but they can be treated. If
people who suffer from acne understand their skin type and take proper
care as advised, they can save themselves from a lot of unwanted
consequences due to long standing and uncontrolled acne.
surgergical techniques like
ultra thin skin grafting has generated considerable hope in treatment
of vitiligo, a skin
diseases which may not respond satisfactorily when treated only with
medications and PUVA.
Rural India has a peculiar tradition of facial and body tattooing. The
tattoo may involve a 'beauty spot', a cluster of them or at times
engraving names or complex designs anywhere on the face or body. These
tattoos though fascinating, soon become objects of monotony and
frustration. Hence, many people with tattoos wish to have them removed.
Again as tradition goes, burning with hot metal rod, application of
acid and caustic substances (chuna) has resulted in ugly scars, pigmentation & at
times hypertrophic scar
and keloids. Dermatologic
surgeons have developed refined techniques for 'skin resurfacing' to
treat conditions like tattoos, acne scars, smallpox scars etc. Recent
development is combining various techniques like laser
Unwanted hair on
the face and elsewhere on the body have been an object of disgust for
many people, specially among aesthetically conscious ladies. There
exist many modalities of hair removal like threading, waxing, shaving,
plucking, depilatories, abrasives like pumice stone but are temporary.
Laser hair removal techniques may be sought as better alternatives.
Common skin problems like warts and skin tags can be treated with
electrosurgery. Refined electrosurgical
techniques give good result with minimal scarring. Newer technique of Radiosurgery has the
advantage of a 'knife like' sharpness while cutting with no charring of
the surrounding tissue. Face lift without surgery
with Radiofrequency equipment is a new and fascinating application.
Light at the end of the tunnel is growing brighter for people with alopecia. Before one starts
treatment for hair loss, it is very important to know the cause, only
then will it be possible to treat hair loss effectively i.e. stop hair
fall, help re-growth of lost hair and prevent or retard further hair
loss. Newer medicines to treat hair loss and improved techniques of hair transplantation
have shown encouraging results.
Cosmetic counselling remains the most underutilized aspect
of dermatosurgery. It is unfortunate that commercial
strategies have flooded the market with cosmetic products of
questionable standards. Ethical preservation of aesthetics is the
ideology here at skinstreet.net.
Dermatosurgeons advise you to discover your 'skin type' and respect its
behavior to dryness, humidity, sunlight, cosmetics, perfumes and many
such factors that might inflict insults which may take a long time to
revert or heal.
SKINSTREET.NET has been conceived by the author
to educate people about the role of surgery in skin diseases, discuss
the rationale behind various dermatosurgical procedures and their