Whether patients’ skin concerns are large or small, Dermatology Specialists of Mississippi strives to stand apart with a skilled, professional team and advanced technologies — offering everything from cosmetic procedures to specialized surgery.
The Biloxi-based clinic is a full-service, physician-owned dermatology practice and part of the Dermatology Solutions Group, which includes about 20 other locations throughout Alabama, Georgia and Florida. The Biloxi location is the only clinic in the Magnolia State, and it also offers Aqua Medical Spa, which provides personalized anti-aging treatment plans.
The Aqua Medical Spa programs are designed to help restore, rejuvenate, enhance and protect natural beauty while patients are under the care of a physician-supervised team of aestheticians. Dr. Dawn Hansen says skin care treatments at the clinic also include non-invasive skin rejuvenation and the management of acne, eczema and psoriasis, as well as the treatment of many other diseases and conditions.
“Over the years, I have also developed a passion for educating others on the importance of annual skin screenings for the early detection of skin cancer and how we can all protect our skin from the damaging rays of the sun,” Hansen says. “I am deeply committed to providing the highest level of skin care to patients of all ages here in Biloxi and to making sure my patients always leave with answers to their questions.”
The clinic also offers cosmetic and general dermatology, radiation therapy, and Mohs micrographic surgery. Mohs micrographic surgery is a skin cancer procedure, and another physician with the practice, Dr. Lisa Chastant, was among the first dermatologists in the nation to be double certified in both dermatology and Mohs micrographic surgery.
BE SUN SAFE
During a Gulf Coast summer, the sun’s unforgiving ultraviolet rays can be especially brutal on skin and cause premature aging, as well as skin cancer, Dr. Peter Barnes encourages sun safety and reminds everyone to protect their skin while enjoying the beaches, outdoor events and open-air activities.
“Consistent sun protection, including wearing hats, seeking shade and using sunscreen, is the most important thing you can do for both skin cancer prevention and to avoid premature aging from sun damage, such as wrinkles and age spots,” Barnes says, adding that sunscreen should be at least SPF 30 and block both UVA and UVB rays.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, about 9,500 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. The good news is that skin cancer is among the most preventable cancers.
“The harmful effects from ultraviolet rays are felt even on cloudy days and through car windows, so it’s best to make a habit of wearing daily sunscreen that is a broad spectrum,” Barnes says.
IF YOU GO
Dermatology Specialists of Mississippi
2550 Pass Rd G, Biloxi