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 Heller Dermatology Center
February 20, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Skin Moles  

Skin moles are nothing unusual. After all, many people are born with these concentrated spots of dark pigment. However, you must observe your moles over time, looking for any changes that could prove dangerous. Here at Heller Dermatology Center in Daytona Beach and Port Orange, FL, Dr. Jeffrey Heller helps people watch moles and can analyze and/or remove them as needed.

Skin cancer and you

The Skin Cancer Foundation says that the five-year survival rate for malignant melanoma is 98 percent if this skin malignancy is found and treated early. Frequently, melanoma develops from ordinary skin moles which simply change even if they are not exposed to the UV rays of the sun.

As such, your dermatologist asks his patients to inspect their skin monthly, closely looking for moles that bleed, itch, or change in color, texture, or shape. If these signs are discovered, make an appointment at either one of our offices in Daytona Beach or Port Orange, FL, for a skin mole inspection.

Really, are moles dangerous?

Most are not. Many people are born with moles (these are congenital), or they may acquire them throughout childhood. However, in adulthood, moles should not increase in size or number—these are danger signs. As such, the American Academy of Dermatology has formulated a way for you to monitor your moles at home. Using this easily-remembered assessment tool, you'll know when to call Dr. Heller for his expert opinion.

Termed the ABCDEs, the tool looks like this:

  • A=asymmetry: If your mole were divided in half, each part should resemble the other in size and shape.
  • B=border: Healthy moles have smooth borders. Notches, scallops, or other edge irregularities are danger signs.
  • C=color: Color should be the same throughout the mole.
  • D=diameter: Most moles are no larger than a pencil eraser, and while some people do have larger ones, if the moles are healthy, they will not expand beyond their original size.
  • E=evolving: If a smooth mole becomes rough, bumpy, or just does not look the same over time, show it to your skin doctor. Also, if you have several moles, but one starts to look significantly different from others in the group, report this to Dr. Heller.

Be vigilant

A little caution goes a long way when it comes to healthy skin. In Port Orange or Daytona Beach, get the best skin care available with Dr. Jeffrey Heller and his team at Heller Dermatology Center. Phone us for an appointment at either location: (386) 239-8700.

By Heller Dermatology Center
December 23, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Skin Exams  

How regular skin exams from your dermatologist in Port Orange and Daytona Beach, FL can help you stay healthy

Are you doing everything you can to prevent skin cancer? Are you wearing sunscreen and not spending too much time out in the sun? Are you checking your skin regularly for suspicious moles and other abnormal areas of skin? Did you also know that regular self-checks of your skin can do a lot to prevent skin cancer?

These regular skin exams, both by you and by your dermatologist, can detect skin cancer in its early stages, which can lead to early treatment and an overall better outcome. It all begins with a skin exam, done on a regular basis. Dr. Jeffrey J. Heller at Heller Dermatology Center in Port Orange and Daytona Beach, FL, offers a wide range of dermatology services, including regular skin exams, to help keep you healthy.

The Skin Exam Process

A regular skin exam focuses on moles, abnormal scaly patches of skin, skin lesions that don’t heal, and other skin issues. You should check your skin regularly and look for moles that are:

  • Larger than 6 millimeters in diameter
  • Poorly defined, and have irregular borders
  • Asymmetrical and irregular
  • Painful, swollen, red, or itchy
  • New, or recurrent after being previously removed

If you are at risk of skin cancer, have a family history of skin cancer, spend a lot of time outside, or burn easily, you should also seek out regular skin exams from your dermatologist. Dermatologists specialize in skin conditions and diseases, and Dr. Heller is an expert at early detection of skin problems, including skin cancer.

If your dermatologist notices signs of abnormal tissue, a biopsy may be ordered to determine if the tissue is precancerous or cancerous. Early detection and diagnosis are critical in skin cancer treatment success, and it begins with regular skin exams. To learn more about skin exams and other dermatology services, call Dr. Jeffrey J. Heller of Heller Dermatology Center in Port Orange and Daytona Beach, FL, today by dialing (386) 239-8700.

By Heller Dermatology Center
September 11, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Botox  

Botox is a cosmetic treatment that can help you achieve smoother skin and a more rested, youthful appearance. In addition to helping you look younger, other benefits of Botox include its non-surgical method and its lack of minimal recovery time. Read on to learn more about this cosmetic treatment, and contact Dr. Jeffrey Heller, your dermatologist in Daytona Beach, FL, in order to schedule a Botox appointment.

What can Botox do for me?

Botox minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in order to give you smoother skin and a look that is more youthful, rested, and refreshed. Botox is commonly applied to the face, neck, and chest areas to target frown lines around the mouth, lines on the forehead, crows feet around the eyes, and sagging skin on the neck.

How does Botox work?

Botox is injected into the muscle tissues where lines and wrinkles exist. Given that these markings of old age are caused by muscle contractions, Botox works by relaxing the muscle tissue, preventing it from easily contracting. When muscle tissues are relaxed, the skin appears smoother and with diminished lines and wrinkles.

How do Botox injections feel?

Botox is injected into muscle tissue using a needle so fine that most patients experience little to no pain from the injections. A topical anesthetic can also be applied to numb the treatment area for patients who are especially concerned about potential pain or discomfort.

How much recovery time is needed after Botox?

Most patients need little to no recovery time following Botox treatment. Recovery time is extermely minimal, with patients usually being able to resume normal activities shortly after treatment.

How soon will the results of Botox be visible?

In addition to delivering smoother skin and a more youthful appearance, another exciting benefit of Botox is that visible results are available immediately following treatment. When you walk out of our Daytona Beach office, your skin will be immediately smoother with fewer lines and wrinkles. Further, for most patients, the results continue to improve in the weeks following treatment.

Interested? Give us a call!

Botox can help you regain a more youthful appearance by delivering smoother skin with fewer lines and wrinkles. For Botox in Daytona Beach, schedule an appointment with Dr. Heller by dialing (386) 239-8700.

By Heller Dermatology Center
July 23, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Psoriasis  

Once you've found out you have psoriasis, finding the right treatment is likely at the top of your priority list. If you're in the Daytona Beach,psoriasis FL, area, treating your psoriasis starts with talking to Dr. Jeffrey Heller, your dermatologist at Heller Dermatology Center. Dr. Heller can discuss the basics of psoriasis and how it's treated.

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is the result of an autoimmune response, meaning that body's immune system is malfunctioning and causing inflammation. In this case, the inflammation caused the body produce more skin cells than necessary, resulting in the characteristic thick, scaly patches often found on the elbows, knees, scalp, and other areas of the body. These patches are called plaques and may be very itchy, although they are not contagious.

How is psoriasis treated?

Managing your psoriasis often requires a multi-faceted approach; most people have the best results when using a combination of treatments. This may include topical medications, which are creams or gels applied directly to the skin, or oral medications to attack the inflammation from the inside out. Injections may be necessary for people who have severe psoriasis.

Some patients respond well to light therapy; that is, exposure to a specific type of ultraviolet light as prescribed by your Daytona Beach dermatologist. Visiting indoor tanning beds is not a substitute for psoriatic light therapy, as these devices emit UVA light, which is largely ineffective on psoriasis plaques. Laser treatment is another type of light therapy that targets the problematic skin cells while leaving healthy skin untouched. Research has found that laser light therapy, in combination with topical steroids, is very helpful at clearing up scalp psoriasis.

Staying current with your Daytona Beach, FL, dermatologist will help determine which psoriasis therapies work best for your unique situation. Contact Heller Dermatology Center to set up an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Heller today. For your convenience, we also have an office location in Port Orange.

By Heller Dermatology Center
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.



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