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By Dawson Dermatology
January 05, 2022
Category: Dermatology

A simple, painless skin cancer screening could just save your life.

Anyone who lives in Honolulu will tell you how much they love the warm, sunny weather. It really is glorious to get to enjoy a day surfing the waves or simply lying on the beach; however, those years spent in the sun could increase your risk for skin cancer, so it’s important that you are protecting your skin, too. One way to do that is by turning to our Honolulu, HI, dermatologists Dr. Erin Fuller, Kevin Dawson, Douglas Chun, and Sarah Grekin for routine skin cancer screenings.

How often should I get a skin cancer screening?

It’s important that everyone sees our Honolulu, HI, dermatologists at least once a year for a comprehensive skin check. These exams can help our team spot cancer early when it’s easily treatable. Those at high risk for skin cancer may want to talk to us about how often they should come in for screenings, as they may want to come in more than once a year.

What are the risk factors for skin cancer?

It’s important to recognize your risk for developing skin cancer over your lifetime. Risk factors for skin cancer include,

  • History of severe sunburn
  • History of using tanning beds
  • Not using sunscreen
  • Family history of skin cancer
  • Fair skin and hair
  • Freckles
  • Extended periods spent out in the sun (e.g. gardening; construction worker)
  • Being immunocompromised

What are the warning signs of skin cancer?

It’s important that along with visiting our Honolulu, HI, dermatologists for annual or biannual screenings that you also are examining your skin regularly. What should you be looking for when you perform self-skin cancer screenings? Look at all moles from head to toe. Check for asymmetry, irregular border, changes in color (or multiple colors), changes in size, or moles that look different in any way. Moles that itch, bleed, or are red should also be examined by our team.

Is it time you turned to our Honolulu, HI, dermatologists for a skin check? If it’s been more than a year since your last one, or you’ve never had one before, it’s time to call Dawson Dermatology at (808) 599-3780 to schedule yours. Schedule an appointment with Drs: Erin Fuller, Kevin Dawson, Douglas Chun, and Sarah Grekin today.

By Dawson Dermatology
August 26, 2021
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Dermatologist  

Like the rest of our bodies, our skin requires regular medical checkups and treatment. If you have a skin ailment or need a screening, visit your dermatologist in Honolulu, HI. Drs. Erin Fuller, Kevin Dawson, Douglas Chun, and Sarah Grekin at Dawson Dermatology can provide the best professional care for your skin concerns.

What is a Dermatologist?

Dermatologists are doctors who specialize in treating and diagnosing conditions related to our skin, nails, and hair. There are over 3,000 conditions such as melanoma, psoriasis, eczema, etc. that any of our doctors could provide treatment for when you visit our office in Honolulu, HI.

When Should I See a Dermatologist?

Since it is the largest organ of the body, the skin requires more maintenance and can have a range of issues depending on your lifestyle, heredity, or overall health.

Most adults should come to our office annually for preventative care such as skin cancer screening. While you should frequently do your own skin exams at home, it is important to get annual professional consultations.

Patients that have a chronic skin condition like acne may need to visit our office more frequently. Certain conditions like poor immunity, having several moles, or outdoor employment may place one at greater risk for skin cancer. In that case, our doctors also suggest visits beyond an annual screening.

Remember, the skin is not the only focus in dermatology. Your dermatologist in Honolulu, HI, can also deal with hair and nail ailments. 

If you are dealing with nail fungus, ingrown nails, warts, one of our dermatologists can evaluate the problem to see if there is an underlying disease.

Our scalp is made of skin. So, if your hair is suddenly falling out, your scalp may have a condition such as alopecia. One of our dermatologists may suggest laser treatment, medication, or other solutions to help restore your crown. On the contrary, laser treatment can also be used to remove excessive hair from the body so you can comfortably show off a swimsuit.

For annual preventative screenings and ongoing treatment, call (808) 599-3780 today. Dawson Dermatology is the best source for a dermatologist in Honolulu, HI. Drs. Erin Fuller, Kevin Dawson, Douglas Chun, and Sarah Grekin can help you maintain or restore healthy skin.

By Dawson Dermatology
July 09, 2021
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Skin Cancer  

Here are some ways to protect yourself against skin cancer.

Skin cancer can happen to anyone. While you may assume that it only happens to sunbathers or tanning-bed enthusiasts, the fact is, is that even just being in the sun’s rays for a bit every day can still make you prone to skin cancer. Of course, along with early detection from our Honolulu, HI, dermatologists Dr. Kevin Dawson, Dr. Douglas Chun, Dr. Erin Fuller, and Dr. Sarah Grekin, there are steps you can take right this moment to help protect your skin.

How do you prevent skin cancer?

While you may not be able to 100-percent protect yourself against skin cancer, you can greatly reduce your risk by:

Wearing Sunscreen

Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you applied sunscreen? If you’re like most Americans, then you probably don’t. Only about 11 percent of Americans wear sunscreen daily and about 46 percent never wear sunscreen. Skin cancer can happen to anyone so you must be protecting your face and body by applying sunscreen every day (about 30 minutes before going outside). Also, remember to reapply every two hours.

Avoiding the Hottest Hours of the Day

If you want to go on your morning run or enjoy some time outdoors (after all, it is important to soak up some vitamin D) you may want to consider doing it before 10 am or after 4 pm, as that 10 am-4 pm window is when the Hawaiian sun’s rays are at their most powerful, which can also increase your risk for sun damage.

Seeking Shade and Wearing the Right Clothes

If you do have to go outdoors, especially during the sun’s peak hours of 10 am-4 pm, you must seek shade whenever possible. You should also wear clothes that cover your skin and are made from light colors and tightly woven fabrics. Remember that the sun’s rays can penetrate through transparent or knitted clothes.

Knowing How to Shop for Sunscreen

Most people don’t even know if they have a broad-spectrum sunscreen, which is important since it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Look for a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

Getting Regular Skin Cancer Screenings

Even if you don’t think you’re at risk for skin cancer, it’s still important to visit our dermatologists here at our Honolulu, HI, practice once a year for a skin cancer screening. We can often catch subtle changes in the color, size, shape, or look of a mole to detect cancer early when it’s often treatable.

Do you need to schedule a skin cancer screening with our Honolulu, HI, dermatologists? Concerned about a new or changing mole? If so, call Dawson Dermatology today at (808) 599-3780 to book an appointment with Dr. Kevin Dawson, Dr. Douglas Chun, Dr. Erin Fuller, or Dr. Sarah Grekin.

By Dawson Dermatology
March 31, 2020
Category: Dermatology

Dawson DermatologyTired of having to pluck, wax, and shave every few days? Dealing with thick, dark and unsightly hair in visible areas such as the chin or shoulders? If so, a dermatologist can provide you with a more effective solution for getting rid of unwanted body hair faster and easier. The answer lies in laser hair removal.

Plucking and waxing can be painful and shaving can leave you with ingrown hairs and irritation. None of these methods are fun. Plus, you have to keep doing it every few days or every week if you want smooth skin. Why go through the hassle when a dermatologist can help you get rid of hair without ever having to lift a finger?

It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that laser hair removal is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments. This procedure makes it easy to get smoother skin without having to deal with tweezing, shaving, or waxing. This non-invasive laser treatment can treat just about any part of the body; however, it’s most often used to treat the,

  • Chest
  • Upper lip and chin
  • Back
  • Bikini line
  • Underarm
  • Legs
  • Shoulder

Thanks to advanced laser technology, our dermatologist can provide patients with a safe, effective, and comfortable laser treatment to help them target and remove unwanted hair for the long term. Most laser systems offer a built-in cooling system to make treatment as comfortable as possible. Depending on the size of the treatment area, laser hair removal can take as little as 10 minutes for regions such as the upper lip or chin and as long as one hour (for a full back).

Since hair grows in cycles, you will need to get several laser hair removal sessions to ensure that our dermatologist removes as much of the hair as possible. The average person will get anywhere from 4-6 sessions. During laser hair removal, the handheld device will be directed over the skin to target and heat up the hair follicles to destroy them, preventing them from growing back. While laser hair removal will not permanently get rid of the hair, it will help the hair grow back fewer, finer, and lighter so they are far less visible.

If you think laser hair removal could help you feel more confident in your appearance, then your cosmetic dermatologist can give you the smoother results you want before summer hits.

By Dawson Dermatology
February 26, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Tattoos   Tattoo Removal  

Tattoo removal has become one of aesthetic and medical dermatology's most sought-after services. Read on to learn about how this treatment works.

The procedure

Dermatologists mostly use Q-switched, or quality-switched, laser instruments for tattoo removal. Short, focused bursts of light break up the tattoo pigment that lies embedded in skin. With repeated treatments, the pigment particles eventually clear the body, and the tattoo lightens or fades away completely. Your skin doctor will tailor your treatments to your skin and to your tattoo.

Skin doctors find that older tattoos composed of darker hues such as brown or green respond best to laser removal. Colors such as red or yellow are more easily retained and may not fade completely.

These treatments are best performed by a board-certified dermatologist who will examine your skin and your tattoo, review your medical history, and give you the safest and most effective treatment options available.

The American Society for Aesthetic Surgery reports that skin doctors performed more than 45,000 tattoo removal procedures in 2013, and those numbers continue to rise. In just a few treatments, many patients experience complete erasure of their body artwork.

After your tattoo removal

As you may have some blistering, bleeding, and swelling after your laser removal procedure, you must treat your skin gently afterward. Keep the area clean and dry to avoid infection.

Additional aftercare involves:

  • Avoiding sun exposure
  • Keeping the treated skin covered
  • Wearing loose clothing over the tattoo site
  • Applying antibiotic ointment or cream as directed

If you want a tattoo removed...

See your board-certified dermatologist for a personalized consultation. They have the credentials, skill, and tools to do the job safely and effectively. Call your skin doctor today to find out more about removing tattoos.



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