Welcome to Baucom & Mina Derm Surgery, LLC’s monthly newsletter. We are excited to provide this service to our patients to discuss relevant dermatology, surgery, and cosmetic topics, and keep you posted on what’s new in our office. If you have not already signed up for the e-newsletter, you can do so right now:
What Does It Take to Be a Dermatologist?
A dermatologist is a medical doctor (M.D.) who specializes in the care and treatment of skin (including hair and nail) disorders. Did you know? Board certified dermatologists have 4 years of undergrad, 4 years of medical school, and then 5 years of residency. Following that, dermatology residents take a strenuous day-long exam called the boards to prove their competency in dermatology.
Mohs surgeons, like Drs. Baucom and Mina, take an additional 1 year of fellowship-training to be dermatologic surgery experts. And beginning this fall, Mohs surgeons will also have a board certification to pass. It matters who you trust with your skin. Board certified dermatologists have EARNED their EXPERT title!
Where did Dr. Baucom Train?
Undergrad: Emory University
Medical School: Emory University
Derm Residency : Emory University
Fellowship: Shady Side Hospital with Dr. John Zitelli
Where did Dr. Mina Train?
Undergrad: University of Hartford
Medical School: Vanderbilt University
Derm Residency : Harvard Medical School
Fellowship: Emory University
Lumps and Bumps, Oh My!
We don’t just remove skin cancers in our office, but also unsightly lumps and bumps that can get quite large and tender. Lipomas are fatty collections under the skin and cysts are small skinlined sacs which can spontaneously rupture and drain. If you’ve ever seen Dr. Pimple Popper, you know these can be quite dramatic and gruesome!
Fortunately, even large cysts and lipomas can be safely removed in our office and outpatient surgery center. We use tumescent local anesthesia to safely and effectively numb the lesion and surrounding skin with cannulas. This avoids having to stick a patient many times with a needle. Without tumescent anesthesia, many patients would be referred to the hospital for removal under general anesthesia. This not only increases the downtime for patients but increases the risk of adverse events and cost.
Check out our YouTube channel for a video showing a smaller lipoma removal, and our website for before and after photos.
We’ve Reached 100% Vaccination Rate In Our Office with Physicians and Staff!
We’re pleased to report that 100% of our office is vaccinated against COVID-19! We got the vaccine to keep ourselves, family and patients healthy. We’re wearing buttons showing our support of the vaccine and our community’s health through herd-immunity. Be sure to grab one when you’ve completed your vaccination!
Botulinum Toxin FAQs
Did you know, botulinum toxin (BTX) is our most popular cosmetic procedure, and often what people try first when they’re interested in trying a cosmetic procedure. It’s a great starter option for patients as it’s incredibly safe, with minimal downtime, and temporary. And who doesn’t look good with a scowl erased from their expression?
- There are 3 types of BTX available with Botox being the most wellknown, followed by Xeomin and Dysport.
- While efficacy and longevity seem to be equal across the board,Dysport does seem to work faster and can be a better option for some patients with an upcoming event.
- While intended to prevent lines and wrinkles during movement, BTX also softens etched in lines that may appear at rest.
We love to show patients their ‘before and after’ BTX photos as most people don’t even realize the expressions they make. The photos above show patients before treatment (top) and then 2 weeks after BTX treatment (bottom) with the patient trying to scowl, raise eyebrows, and at rest (L to R).
It’s hard to believe that March is upon us, and that means Spring! We feel this Spring is extra special as it seems to be bringing new life to a difficult year and a fresh start as the pandemic begins to come under control with vaccinations and community immunity. Plus, the beautiful flowers blooming, and warmer weather doesn’t hurt either! There’s no denying, springtime in Atlanta is beautiful!