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Starkey Medical Esthetics

Michele Meinhart, FNP

Aesthetics & Dermatology located in Salem, VA

If you’re experiencing problems with your skin, whether it’s a rash, soreness, flaking, itchiness, or any other issue, you need the expert help of a dermatologist. Michele Meinhart, FNP, and her team of specialists at Starkey Medical Esthetics offer comprehensive dermatology services. Michele is an experienced nurse practitioner whose sub-specialty is dermatology and works with board-certified dermatopathologists, dermatologists, and plastic surgeons to deliver high-quality primary care dermatology services. To book an appointment, call Starkey Skin today.

Dermatology Q & A

What is dermatology?

Dermatology is a medical specialty that focuses on diseases and problems with skin, hair, nails, and mucous membranes. Dermatologists are highly qualified medical practitioners who as part of their training in dermatology also gain expertise in genetics, immunology, melanoma, oral disease, pathology, pediatrics, pharmacology, and surgery. This enables them to diagnose and treat a variety of skin conditions, including:

  • Eczema
  • Acne
  • Vitiligo
  • Dermatitis
  • Hair loss
  • Psoriasis

Dermatology Practitioners are also experts in cosmetic concerns such as wrinkles, rosacea, and age spots.

Why would I need to see a dermatologist?

Many different types of skin conditions and diseases affect the skin, and a great many more health problems that have skin-related symptoms. If you have a rash or dry, flaking skin, there could be a number of possible causes, and a dermatologist has the breadth of knowledge to consider and test for both common and rare conditions.

In addition to their skills in diagnosing and treating medical skin problems, dermatologists have extensive expertise in skin care and the effects of aging.

They know more than anyone about the structure of your skin and the effects of various lifestyle factors and genetic influences on how you age, and they understand the action of skin treatments on your skin.

Consequently, dermatologists know which types of skin care treatments are likely to be beneficial and which are less effective, and they can advise you on the best skin care regime for your skin.

Would a dermatology service cover skin cancer?

Dermatology is a vital service in preventing, diagnosing, and treating skin cancers, which are one of the most common types of cancer. Dermatologists are adept at spotting the signs of skin cancer in patients, even at an early stage, and they devote a great deal of time to helping people avoid the risks for developing cancer.

Michele and her team conduct screenings for skin cancer, so you can check out the health of your skin and identify any signs of cancerous growths. Starkey Medical Esthetics is a primary dermatology service, so they provide expert care for patients when they first present with symptoms. The clinic staff diagnoses and treats common skin disorders, and they work with specialists in the field to assist patients who need more specialized care.

To find out more about the benefits of skin cancer screening and the services provided by the dermatology staff, call Starkey Skin today at (540) 389-0110.