Jeffrey J. Heller, D.O.

511 N. Clyde Morris Blvd,
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
790 Dunlawton Ave., Suite H
Port Orange, FL 32127

(386) 239-8700

Posts for category: Dermatology

By BIGGERS FAMILY MEDICINE
December 11, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Acne Treatment  

Frustrating, isn't it? According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne plagues about 50 million Americans, 15 percent of which are adults just like you. What are your treatment options? Dermatologist, Dr. Jeffrey Heller, offers many at his Daytona Beach and Port Orange, FL, offices. He can help you have clearer, healthier skin.

What is acne?

Acne is a skin condition consisting of blemishes called comedones, papules and pustules. Appearing primarily on the face, neck, chest, shoulders, and thighs, acne pimples are reddened, sore, unsightly and frankly, emotionally distressing.

How do acne blemishes form? They erupt around the sebaceous glands associated with the hair follicles in our skin. These glands secrete oily sebum which clogs pores, causing characteristic whiteheads and blackheads. Some acne pimples are larger and red. Known as papules, pustules, and acne cysts, they can grow infected and lead to scarring.

Who gets acne?

While people are most prone to develop acne outbreaks in their teens, anyone can have an acne flare-up. Some precipitating factors include:

  • Pregnancy, puberty, and menopause, along with their characteristic hormonal fluctuations
  • Times of stress
  • Poor skin hygiene
  • Fatty foods and a generally poor diet
  • Heredity (acne seems to run in families)

Additionally, acne worsens and infects when people squeeze their blemishes or scrub their faces too hard, ironically in an effort trying to prevent or get rid of acne.

Treating acne

Many over the counter scrubs, creams, and ointments help reduce mild acne outbreaks. However, persistent acne requires a care plan from your dermatologist in Daytona Beach and Port Orange, FL. Patience and persistence in managing acne is key to clearer skin.

After a visual inspection of your acne at his office, Dr. Heller may recommend a combination of many kinds of treatment modalities. Some are just plain common sense, but others involve medical interventions, depending on your specific case.

Acne treatment may include:

  • Antibiotic and hormone therapy
  • Benzoyl peroxide and Tretinoin (Vitamin A) topical medications
  • In-office extraction
  • Daily, gentle washing
  • Blue light photodynamic therapy (PDT)

Dr. Heller uses PDT to safely reduce the size and productivity of the sebaceous, or oil, glands in the skin. Severe acne seems to respond well to this blue light treatment and helps prevent scarring. PDT may be combined with other medical or cosmetic dermatology treatments for maximum therapeutic effect.

Feel good and look great

Clear skin boosts your mood and self-confidence. If you are struggling with acne, get the help you need from the dermatologist who helps scores of people in the Daytona Beach and Port Orange, FL, area. Contact Dr. Jeffrey Heller for a consultation on acne or any other skin issue which concerns you. Call today: (386) 239-8700.

By Heller Dermatology Center
August 16, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Botox  

Cosmetic procedures are readily available to help you look great and feel even better. However, understanding your options can help you botoxmake the most informed and knowledgeable decision for the best dermatological treatment for you and your complexion. Botox is a common choice for people who wish to look younger and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Find out more about Botox and what it can do for you with Dr. Jeffrey Heller at his practice locations in Daytona Beach and Port Orange, FL.

What is Botox? 
Botox is a cosmetic dermatological treatment which uses a chemical substance to freeze the muscles under the skin. The restricted movement of the muscles allows the skin over them to relax, minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and even preventing new wrinkles. Since the skin cannot move, it cannot wrinkle, and wrinkles cannot form.

Could I benefit from Botox? 
Doctors suggest Botox for the areas between the eyes between the eyebrows and for crow’s feet on the sides of the eyes. Though normally used for cosmetic purposes, Botox can also accomplish medical tasks as well. Doctors sometimes use Botox to treat migraine headaches and conditions like excessive sweating.

What can I expect during a Botox session? 
Before your Botox session, your doctor will cleanse and clean your facial skin. They will mark the areas of the injections and examine your muscles to ensure the correct placement of the Botox injections. Your doctor will use a super-thin needle to inject the Botox substance into the muscles underneath your skin. You may feel a slight pinch, but should not be in any real pain during your treatment. Afterward, you may notice some bruising or redness which will normally resolve itself on its own in a day or two.

Botox Treatments in Daytona Beach and Port Orange, FL
Botox can help you look and feel great. Consulting with your doctor can help you fully understand this treatment and what it can do for you. For more information on Botox, please contact Dr. Heller at his practice locations in Daytona Beach and Port Orange, FL. Call (386) 239-8700 to schedule your appointment at either Florida location today!

By Heller Dermatology Center
June 08, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: moles   Skin Cancer  

skin cancer moleIf you’re at a higher risk of skin diseases like melanoma or carcinoma, it’s important that you watch the moles on your skin. Abnormal cells can grow inside of moles, even if they’ve been fine for many years. If a mole suddenly starts changing in appearance, schedule an urgent checkup with a Port Orange and Daytona Beach, FL, dermatologist at the Heller Dermatology Center.

About Moles
Moles, sometimes called birthmarks, are small groupings of cells that look different from the rest of the skin. They can be dark colored or reddish in appearance. Some are slightly raised while others are flush with the skin. Some moles are present since birth (congenital), some appear in the adolescent years, and others show up later in life. Virtually everyone has at least one mole and most people have anywhere from 10 to 40 in various places.

Mole Concerns
Most moles are harmless and don’t need constant monitoring, but some need special attention, especially when a patient is at a higher risk of skin cancer. A normal mole will remain unchanged in appearance and is painless. Some moles slowly disappear with time. But when a mole begins to increase in size, change colors, or feel painful, that is a cause for concern. It’s a sign that the cells, called melanocytes, may be changing abnormally. An urgent skin exam by your Port Orange and Daytona Beach dermatologist should be the next step. 

What to Watch For
Dermatologists use an acronym called “ABCDE” to determine if a mole may be abnormal. Here is what to check for:

- Asymmetry (meaning that if you drew a line down the center, one side would not look like the other).
- Border irregularities (the edges of the mole look strange or undefined)
- Color changes or differences (a normal mole is one color).
- Diameter (a mole should not grow in size, which is why it’s wise to measure its diameter regularly).
- Evolving (one mole that evolves in any other way, including crusting, itching, or bleeding).

Is It Time for a Skin Checkup? 
Your Port Orange and Daytona Beach, FL, dermatologist will confirm if a mole needs special attention. It’s up to you to schedule a checkup at the first sign of a potential issue. Call (386) 239-8700 today to schedule a skin appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Heller at the Heller Dermatology Center.

By Heller Dermatology Center
May 04, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: moles   Skin Cancer  

It’s important to recognize the warning signs that a mole might be cancerous.moles

Whether you spent years lathering on suntan oil and lounging in the sun or your family has a history of melanoma, it’s important to be aware of risk factors that could increase your chances of developing skin cancer. Furthermore, you should also take time to really get to know your skin so if changes do arise that you can immediately turn to our Daytona Beach and Port Orange, FL, dermatologist, Dr. Jeffrey Heller, for care.

So, what are the warning signs that a mole might be taking a turn toward skin cancer?

It’s important that you are examining your own skin about once a month to look for suspicious moles or growth. If you are regularly performing self-skin exams you are going to be more likely to detect issues right away when problems are easier to treat. Even though you’ll want to pay the most attention to areas of the body that are more likely to be exposed to the sun like the head, face, arms and hands it’s still important to examine every area of your body (even in places you wouldn’t expect like your scalp or between your toes).

When examining your skin it’s important to remember your ABCDEs. If you notice a mole that has any of these warning signs then it’s important to call our Daytona Beach and Port Orange skin doctor right away:

  • Asymmetry: If one side of the mole is a different shape or size than the other side (draw an imaginary line down the center of the mole. Both sides should be even in shape and size)
  • Border: The mole has a blurry, uneven or poorly defined border
  • Color: The mole contains multiple colors or different shades of brown, black, white, or red
  • Diameter: The mole is bigger than the eraser end of a pencil
  • Evolving: Your mole is changing color, shape or size over time (healthy moles should stay relatively the same and shouldn’t change)

Of course, if you do have a suspicious mole that is displaying one of these issues this doesn’t necessarily mean that you might have melanoma. In fact, sometimes melanoma doesn’t follow these rules at all, which is why you should schedule a skin cancer screening once a year just to play it safe. Even those with little to no risk factors for skin cancer should still get screened.

If in doubt, don’t hesitate to turn to our dedicated and caring dermatological team for the care your skin deserves. We offer locations in Daytona Beach and Port Orange, FL, to serve you better. Schedule your skin cancer screening today!

By Heller Dermatology Center
March 07, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Skin Cancer  

Today's innovative treatment techniques make facing a skin cancer diagnosis much less frightening. Daytona Beach, FL, dermatologist Dr. skin cancerJeffrey Heller explains how skin cancer is diagnosed and treated.

How can I tell if I have skin cancer?

You may have skin cancer if you have:

  • Sores that don't heal
  • Shiny bumps that look like warts or pimples, but never seem to go away
  • Patches of dry, flaky skin that remain no matter what you do to treat them
  • Changes in moles (Moles that change color or size, bleed, are larger than a pencil eraser or develop irregular borders should be evaluated.)

Many of these signs can be very subtle. After all, most of us get pimples or notice dry skin occasionally. If you realize that you've had a spot or patch of flaky skin for more than a few weeks, it's time to schedule an appointment with our Daytona office. Changes to moles should be reported as soon as you notice them.

When you visit the office, we'll remove either the entire bump, spot or mole, or a portion of it, and send it to a laboratory for a biopsy. You'll receive a topical anesthetic before we remove the sample and won't experience any pain during the procedure.

What happens if I have skin cancer?

Should the biopsy reveal that you have skin cancer, we may recommend one of these treatments depending on the type and stage of cancer:

  • Topical Medications: Applying a prescription topical medication daily for six weeks can remove skin cancers confined to the outer skin layers. The medication works by triggering your immune system to make a chemical that kills skin cancer cells.
  • Cryosurgery: Liquid nitrogen freezes and kills the cancerous cells. Skin treated with liquid nitrogen blisters and eventually flakes away, taking cancerous cells with it.
  • Curettage and Electrodesiccation: After the cancerous cells are scraped off the skin with a metal instrument, a gentle electrical current is used to kill any lingering skin cancer cells.
  • Surgical Excision: Your dermatologist uses a scalpel to remove cancerous cells and a margin of healthy cells around the growth or spot. Additional surgeries may be necessary if a biopsy reveals that cancerous cells are still present.
  • Mohs Micrographic Surgery: Mohs surgery results in less scarring and less damage to healthy skin than surgical excision because the skin is removed layer by layer. After removing one layer, your dermatologist examines the cells with a microscope. Additional layers are removed one-by-one until there are no longer any cancerous cells present.
  • Radiation Treatment: Radiation treatment may be used to kill remaining cancer cells after other treatments or to treat cancer that has returned. It may also be recommended if you have cancer on the ear, eyelid or another area that's difficult to reach.

Prompt treatment is essential if you have skin cancer. Call Port Orange and Daytona Beach, FL, dermatologist Dr. Jeffrey Heller at (386) 239-8700 to schedule your appointment.



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