Main Street Medical
Urgent Care and Family Practice located in Hilton Head, SC
When you have a rash or suspicious-looking skin growth, you may need dermatology services to determine whether the skin condition is a cause for concern. Main Street Medical in Hilton Head, South Carolina, provides dermatology services, including everything from skin biopsies to the treatment of jellyfish stings. Trust the expertise of Joel Johnson III, MD, who has served the community since 1998. Call today or book your dermatology consultation online, or opt for a walk-in visit for immediate service.
Dermatology Q & A
Which skin conditions do dermatology services address?
Your skin is the largest organ in your body. It’s also exposed to the elements, making your skin prone to a range of health issues. This includes:
- Skin cancer
- Skin infections
- Athlete’s foot
If you’ve noticed a change in your skin, the team at Main Street Medical provides dermatology services in a convenient office setting. They evaluate your condition, then recommend an appropriate course of treatment based on your type of skin condition.
How are dermatology issues diagnosed?
You can expect your dermatology provider at Main Street Medical to carefully examine your skin. They may recommend additional tests to confirm your diagnosis. For example, you may need a skin biopsy to evaluate your skin condition under a microscope.
What is a dermatology skin biopsy?
A skin biopsy is a common, quick procedure to examine abnormal-looking skin. The team at Main Street Medical typically recommends this type of dermatology procedure to diagnose a rash, a potentially cancerous mole, a bacterial or fungal infection, or skin disorders such as psoriasis.
During a skin biopsy, your provider at Main Street Medical takes a small sample of your skin tissue.
There are four types of skin biopsies:
- Shave (or scrape)
You can expect your provider to recommend the appropriate type of biopsy based on the location and size of your skin abnormality.
What happens during a dermatology skin biopsy?
Before your biopsy, your provider at Main Street Medical applies a numbing cream to the area around the biopsy site. Or they may inject a numbing agent to make sure you remain comfortable during your dermatology procedure.
Your provider then takes a small sample of skin tissue. For example, during a shave biopsy, they use a small blade to scrape away part of the abnormal tissue. They take such a small sample that you typically don’t need stitches.
During a punch biopsy, your provider uses a narrow device that penetrates more deeply into your skin. This type of biopsy removes all or almost all of a suspicious skin lesion.
Your provider may recommend this kind of biopsy to evaluate a rash. Afterward, you may need a few stitches to help you heal.
If you’re concerned about an odd-looking growth, or suffering from an uncomfortable rash or skin infection, Main Street Medical offers high-quality dermatology services and convenient same-day appointments. Call today or schedule your visit online.