Sunflower Dermatology strives to deliver cutting edge medical dermatology treatments for skin disease, hair disease and/or nail disease. Whether monitoring numerous moles, or treating psoriasis with our Laser, Sunflower Dermatology is committed to compassionate and complete care for all concerns.
Dr. Matthys, our surgical dermatology specialist in our Riverside, Missouri, office strives to remain ahead of the curve regarding common and rare medical skin, hair and nail disease. We believe that with a dedicated, optimistic staff, and a caring physician, all of these conditions can be improved.
Is your skin dry, flaky, itchy, tight, or uncomfortable? Then you might have Dry Skin or Xerosis as it is known medically. Dry Skin is one of the most prevalent skin condition in the world. Find out what treatments Sunflower Dermatology and Medical Day Spa have available to treat your dry skin.
Do you suffer from acne? You are not alone. It is estimated that over 633 million people are afflicted with acne around the world. It is the 8th most common disease in the world. Find out more about this skin condition and what treatments Sunflower Dermatology and Medical Day Spa has to help you treat your acne and acne scars
Psoriasis is a noncontagious, chronic, multi-system inflammatory disorder that affects 2-3% of the world population. This condition typically consists of a scaly silvery-white rash on the scalp, trunk and limbs called plaques. Find out what treatments Sunflower Dermatology and Medical Day Spa have available to treat your Psoriasis.
Hyperhidrosis is the name of the medical condition for those who profusely sweat without any apparent cause? Those afflicted with hyperhidrosis are known to constantly sweat every waking hour of the day. Approximately 2 to 3 percent of American are afflicted with this skin condition. Find out more about hyperhidrosis and how Sunflower Dermatology and Medical Day Spa treats those who have it.
Hyperpigmentation is common skin disorder that describes the appearance of uneven skin tones on the face and body. Approximately, five million Americans have a version of hyperpigmentation. To learn more about hyperpigmentation and how Sunflower Dermatology and Medical Day Spa treats it click the link below.
Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a common hereditary condition that is more common in women than in men. It appears as rough bumps on the skin, most often on the back and outer sides of the upper arms, though lower arms can also be affected, as can thighs, the tops of legs, and/or buttocks. Worldwide, KP affects an estimated 40% of the adult population, and approximately 50%-80% of all adolescents.
Because KP, which is characteried by the appearance of small rough bumps on the skin, resembles goose bumps, many people with keratosis pilaris do not know they have it. KP is also often confused with acne.
Keratosis pilaris occurs when the human body produces excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin. The excess keratin surrounds, and entraps, the hair follicles in the pore, which causes the formation of the small, rough bumps that are seldom sore or itchy. Though people with KP experience this condition year-round, it can worsen during the colder months, when moisture levels in the air are lower. During this time, the condition is apt to look and feel more pronounced in both color and texture.
Sunflower Dermatology offers photodynamic therapy (PDT) to treat pre-cancers and certain skin cancers. PDT uses specialized drugs, called photosensitizing agents, and light, to kill precancerous, and cancerous skin cells. This procedure has been used to safely treat cancer for more than 100 years.
Depending on the body part to be treated, the photosensitizing agent (ALA or Levulan) is applied to the skin and left to sit for between 2-4 hours. Because this product is activated by sunlight, the patient is often asked to stay in our Riverside, MO office during this process. Each patient is placed under a blue light for 16 minutes and 40 seconds to commence the treatment. After photodynamic treatment , patients should avoid exposure to sunlight, and apply physical sun protection. Side effects of photodynamic therapy can include pain and swelling at the treatment sites. Advantages include: no long-term side effects; surgery is not required; pre-cancers, and cancers, will be prevented at the site of treatment.
Rosacea is a common, chronic, disorder characterized by facial flushing, persistent redness, papules, pustules, and telangiectasia. Though women more commonly have the condition, men may have it more seriously. This condition not only affects the face, it can also affect the eyes. W.C. Fields had rosacea, which caused his thickened nose. The cause of rosacea is unknown.
Triggers for the condition include sun exposure, spicy foods, alcohol, hot beverages, stress and heat. Therapy includes topical and oral medicine, plus the regular use of sunscreen to avoid flares.
UV Light Therapy, or Phototherapy, involves exposing skin to ultraviolet light on a regular basis and under medical supervision. Sunflower Dermatology offers advanced UV light therapy treatment using narrow band ultraviolet light (UVB.) This treatment can be individualized to discrete, localized, areas using our laser or, for patients who have widespread involvement, our stand up total body light box. This treatment differs from tanning beds, and natural sunlight, because it uses one specific, and most effective, wavelength to treat psoriasis. In addition, because it uses just this one wavelength, it is a safer alternative to tanning beds, or sunlight, because it has a decreased risk of skin cancer and premature skin aging. Phototherapy is the primary treatment for psoriasis and can be used as an adjunct treatment to topical medication. Setting and frequency of treatment are individualized for each patient.