General and Surgical Dermatology

The skin is the body's shield, offering protection against a host of environmental elements, both natural and man-made. Healthy skin is also critical to a person's overall appearance and psychological well being. Dr. Joseph Terracina and his professional staff are dedicated to helping each of their patients achieve optimal skin health through state-of-the-art treatments and personalized care.

At The Skin Institute, we offer a full range of advanced procedures, including acne treatment, skin cancer treatment, and mole removal to help Greenville, Mississippi area patients achieve excellent skin health and the most aesthetically pleasing results possible. If you are concerned about the condition of your skin or the threat of skin cancer, we urge you to contact The Skin Institute today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Terracina.

General Dermatology

ACNE TREATMENT

Acne is a skin condition that typically begins in and continues through adolescence. Though acne does not threaten health, it affects facial aesthetics and, as a result, often causes stress and heartache during the teen years when appearance and peer approval become so important. Because acne can leave scars that last a lifetime, effective acne treatment that produces lasting results is vital to restoring self-esteem. At The Skin Institute, Dr. Joseph Terracina provides custom acne treatment for his patients, taking into careful account each unique skin type and condition.

Dr. Terracina has many excellent solutions for acne. Treatment with topical retinoids, topical and oral antibiotics, and other medications can treat existing acne and prevent further outbreaks. Vitamin A–based medications such as Retin-A®, Differin®, and Tazorac® can effectively treat whiteheads and blackheads. If you or a loved one suffers from acne, schedule an appointment for custom treatment by Dr. Joseph Terracina at The Skin Institute.

PSORIASIS

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that results in itchy, red, raised skin with white scaly patches. Approximately 3 to 5 percent of the people throughout the world suffer from psoriasis, and, among this group, 25 percent are at risk for psoriatic arthritis. The itching and pain of this troubling skin condition can be debilitating, and individuals with psoriasis may socially isolate themselves because of embarrassment about their appearance. As a result, those afflicted with psoriasis often suffer from depression and low self-esteem.

At The Skin Institute, we take a great deal of pride in our effective psoriasis treatments. Dr. Terracina is a board-certified dermatologist who has extensive training in the treatment of psoriasis.

If you have psoriasis, there is no reason for you to suffer in silence. Dr. Terracina will carefully evaluate your condition and design a custom psoriasis treatment program that is just right for you. Most of our patients are clear within 30 days of their first visit.

ROSACEA

Rosacea is the redness that appears on the face and sometimes the neck, chest, or ears on some individuals, usually after the age of 30. In addition to skin redness, other symptoms include bumps and pus-filled pimples, eye irritation, a burning or stinging sensation on the face, and swelling. More than 14 million Americans are reported to suffer from rosacea. According to the National Rosacea Society, 70 percent of patients with the affliction said it had lowered their confidence and self-esteem. While there is no cure for rosacea, Dr. Terracina can prescribe topical medications and perform laser surgery to provide effective relief from the condition. Our skilled dermatologist carefully evaluates and designs a custom treatment program for each patient.

To learn more about Dr. Terracina's highly effective treatments and procedures, contact The Skin Institute to speak with a highly trained staff member or schedule a consultation with Dr. Terracina.

NAIL PROBLEMS

Often called "ringworm of the nail," a fungal infection of the nails can occur when fungus directly attacks the nails, or when it spreads from an athlete's foot or other fungal infection of the foot. The typical symptom of this condition is a whitish thickening of the nail and nail bed. In advanced cases, the nail can be destroyed. Dr. Terracina provides individualized treatment for nail problems that eliminates the infection and returns the nails to a healthy appearance.

RASHES

The term rash is used to describe a number of skin conditions that typically result in red, irritated skin with scales or itchy bumps. Rashes are rarely dangerous. However, self-diagnosis and treatment of a rash are not recommended because they are often ineffective. Self-treatment may actually cause the rash to worsen. Proper diagnosis and treatment of a rash can only be accomplished by a trained professional. Dr. Joseph Terracina is a board-certified dermatologist who has diagnosed and treated the many types of rashes. He will carefully diagnose your condition and provide the precise treatment necessary to provide you with exceptional results.

HAIR PROBLEMS

Alopecia areata is a disease that causes hair loss. Its cause is unknown, but it has been linked in some cases to stress and seborrheic dermatitis. Individuals who have alopecia areata usually exhibit no other symptoms aside from hair loss, and they are generally in good health. Hair usually grows back after a bout of the disease, but growth is typically very slow.

Dr. Terracina can treat alopecia areata hair loss with cortisone injections. Cortisone protects the hair roots and stimulates them to resume creating hair. Dr. Terracina typically performs injection treatments once a month for two to six months, depending on the extent of hair loss and the patient's response to treatment. If hair loss is profound, Dr. Terracina may prescribe systemic medications to augment the cortisone treatments. You can learn more about Dr. Terracina's effective alopecia areata treatment, acne treatment, mole removal, and skin cancer treatment by contacting us at The Skin Institute.

DRY SKIN

One of the most common conditions we see at The Skin Institute is dry skin. The irritation and itchiness of dry skin can occur any time of year, but it is particularly troublesome in the winter, when the air is cold and dry. If dry skin becomes a rash, Dr. Terracina may prescribe topical or oral medications. However, the most effective treatment is generally keeping the skin moist by taking fewer showers or baths and using the proper skin care products to maintain your skin's health and aesthetic appearance. Dr. Terracina will design a treatment that specifically addresses your skin's needs and restores your skin to optimal condition.

In addition to providing effective treatment for dry skin, Dr. Terracina helps patients by offering a full range procedures, such as mole removal, acne treatment, and skin cancer treatment, so that his patients can remain healthy and achieve their aesthetic goals. Schedule a consultation today with Dr. Terracina and learn about the benefits we can provide.

ECZEMA

Eczema, often referred to as dermatitis, is a condition that causes the skin to become irritated and inflamed. Causes of eczema are varied. Eczema usually results from an allergic reaction to any number of substances, including medications, the glues and other chemical agents used in many products, and natural sources such as poison ivy.

At The Skin Institute, Dr. Terracina performs skin testing to pinpoint the cause of eczema. Then he provides state-of-the-art treatment with advanced laser phototherapy as well as highly effective medications. Once we know the source of your eczema and effectively treat it at The Skin Institute, we will provide you with at-home protocols so that you can avoid a recurrence.

Surgical Dermatology

SKIN CANCER TREATMENT

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 1 million new cases of skin cancer are detected every year in the United States. Exposure to ultraviolet light, usually from the sun or through extensive use of tanning booths, is the primary cause of skin cancer. Those individuals most at risk for contracting this serious disease are people with light skin color, a family history of skin cancer, and/or prolonged exposure to sunlight or tanning lights. Dr. Terracina provides essential and effective skin cancer treatment at The Skin Institute so that his patients can avoid the devastation this dreaded disease can cause. He also provides education and strategies to protect you and your loved ones from the harmful effects of the sun or tanning lights.

There are three common types of skin cancer:

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer. Approximately 80 percent of individual diagnosed with skin cancer have basal cell carcinoma. It can appear in many forms: a rough, reddish patch; a sore that refuses to heal; an area that looks like a scar; or a bump that resembles a mole. Dr. Terracina provides several forms of skin cancer treatment of basal cell carcinoma.
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma occurs in approximately 16 percent of cases. This skin cancer usually occurs on areas of skin that are exposed to ultraviolet rays, but it can appear anywhere on the body. Physical signs of squamous cell carcinoma closely resemble those of basal cell skin cancer. Treatment should occur quickly after signs of the cancer are detected to prevent uncontrolled growth and possible metastasis.
  • Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, occurs in about 4 percent of cases. It is completely curable if it is detected and treated in its early stages. Melanoma usually appears as a black or brown bump or discolored patch, but it can appear as any color. Early detection of melanoma is crucial to avoid the dangerous consequences of this sometimes-deadly skin cancer. Because of the danger this skin cancer poses, treatment is usually surgical excision, or removal of the melanoma with a scalpel.

Because the signs of skin cancer are often confused with normal skin conditions, it is highly recommended that you see a qualified dermatologist at least once a year for a skin check. When skin cancer is undetected and left untreated, the consequences can include disfigurement from radical surgery and even death. Dr. Terracina provides check-ups for early detection and expert skin cancer treatment so that you and your loved ones can have peace of mind.

BENIGN GROWTHS

Benign growths are any of a wide variety of abnormal skin growths or pigmentation that can be present at birth or appear later in life. They can appear as bumps, moles, freckles, discolored areas, or keloid scars. Though most pose no risk, an unusual growth or discoloration should be checked by a qualified dermatologist to ensure that cancer cells are not present. Dr. Terracina is a board-certified dermatologist who will provide precise diagnosis of any benign growth and design a treatment plan that will provide the best results for eliminating the growth. If you have an unusual growth or other skin condition, contact The Skin Institute today to schedule an appointment to receive accurate and effective diagnosis and treatment.

SKIN TAGS

Skin tags are a small growth that projects from the skin with a bump-like appearance or on a stalk so that hangs from the surrounding skin. Skin tags can have a smooth or irregular shape and can be flesh colored or pigmented. They occur almost anywhere on the body, but often manifest on the neck, eyelids, armpits, upper chest, and groin. Skin tags typically begin to appear in middle age, and they are more prevalent on women than men. There is usually no health risk associated with skin tags. Dr. Terracina will carefully evaluate your case and provide the treatment that will give you the best possible results.

WARTS

Though a wart looks as though it is just a raised bump of hard skin, it is actually the result of a viral infection of the top layer of skin. The wart virus can be passed from person to person through direct skin-to-skin contact or by touching a surface that carries the virus, such as a shower-room floor. It may come as a surprise that the most effective treatment of warts is to irritate the wart so that the body recognizes it as an infection and attacks it with the immune system. Every patient is unique, so when you come to The Skin Institute for wart removal, Dr. Terracina will provide the treatment that is most appropriate for you.

To learn more about all of our highly effective procedures, including skin cancer treatment, mole removal, and acne treatment, contact The Skin Institute to speak with a member of our professional staff or to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Terracina.

 
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