Dermatologist in New York
Dr. Howard Sobel has over twenty five years of experience in effectively treating all skin related conditions including:
He also treats skin cancer, dry skin, sun damaged skin, and eczema.
Acne is the term for the blocked pores (blackheads and whiteheads), pimples, and deeper lumps (cysts or nodules) that can appear typically on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and upper arms. Seventeen million Americans currently have acne, making it the most common skin disease in the country. While it affects mostly teenagers, and almost all teenagers have some form of acne, adults of any age can have it. Acne is not life-threatening, but it can cause physical disfigurement (scarring) and emotional distress.
Treatment for acne varies depending on the type and severity of lesions, as well as the patient’s skin type, age and life . Options include:
- Topical Medications
- Blackhead Extraction
- Photodynamic Therapy
- Skin Care
- Blu-U Light Treatments
- Laser Treatments
Acne scarring can be treated in a variety of ways as well. These include:
- Chemical Peels
- Soft Tissue Fillers
- Laser/Pulsed Light Treatments
Moles & Birthmark Removal
Many moles and birthmarks on the skin are completely benign, and pose no threat to the person on whom they appear, even if they are unsightly.
However, some “moles” may not be harmless. They may be dysplastic nevi, which have the potential to become melanomas.
Dysplastic nevi are usually irregular in size, shape and color and border. They can be located on sun-exposed or sun-spared skin areas. Dr. Sobel will point out to his patients which moles appear harmless and which could cause future problems and even develop into melanoma and potentially prove fatal. That is one of the wonderful aspects of and why Dr. Sobel loves to come to work every day. With just an educated viewing, he can usually tell if a patient needs further treatment for a growth or if he can reassure the patient that nothing further has to be done.
When dysplastic nevi are seen in patients who have a personal or family history of melanoma, the chances are even greater that this mole can become malignant. That is why Dr. Sobel always asks about a history of melanoma from every patient he sees.
Most birthmarks are benign, but some may have a malignant potential, and some may indicate systemic disease. Café au lait spots are evenly tan flat spots on the trunk and may be in the armpit area also. They can indicate internal problems. Many skin changes can be associated with internal disease, such as losing the lateral third of your eyebrow being associated with thyroid disease.
To be safe, moles exhibiting any of the following warning signs should be examined by Dr. Sobel immediately:
- Larger than six millimeters
- Itches or bleeds
- Rapidly changes in color, size or shape
- Has multiple colors
- Is located where it can’t be easily monitored, such as on the scalp
Depending on their depth, location and color, as well as the patient’s skin type, age and other factors, treatment for benign but unattractive birthmarks may take the form of laser or pulsed light therapy, microdermabrasion or surgical excision.
What is it?
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that causes redness and swelling primarily on the face, but can also affect the scalp, neck, ears, chest, back or eyes. The symptoms of rosacea tend to come and go over time, but can usually be treated.
What are the symptoms?
- Eye irritation
Who gets it?
Rosacea affects over 14 million Americans, and while anyone can develop this condition, it is most common in light-skinned, light-haired adults between the ages of 30 and 50. It also tends to run in families and affect people of Northern or Eastern European descent. The cause of rosacea is unknown.
How is it treated?
The most effective treatment for rosacea depends on each patient’s individual case, as symptoms can vary from person to person. Your doctor will work with you to design the best treatment plan for you, which may include topical medication or oral antibiotics, laser treatments and life changes. Treatment may be needed on a long-term basis to help prevent flare-ups from occurring.
To learn more about our Medical Dermatology Services, please contact us at (212) 288-0060 today to schedule an appointment.