Decatur Dermatologic Surgeon
1670 Scott Blvd , Suite 202
Decatur, Georgia 30033 US
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Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology


American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS)


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Medical: Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Residency: Dermatology, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC
    Fellowship: Dermatopathology & Immunodermatology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research

Treatments offered at Dermatology Specialists of Atlanta

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Does Xeractan remove acne scars?

Xeractan contains isotretinoin, which was also the active ingredient in Accutane and now in other oral medications that are used to treat acne. It is... READ MORE

What's the best product for severe acne scarring? (Photo)

First you need to control your acne. A lot of what may bother you is your uneven pigment, and there are a number of topical agents that may help that... READ MORE

What would be the best for long lasting results that's not outrageously expensive?

What I would suggest is that you immediately start using topical retinol or tretinoin. I would also start using a low dose topical salicylic acid/... READ MORE

Can Tattoo Removal Cause Cancer?

Even without laser treatments and even with medical tattooing the chemicals can be found in the lymph node. There is really not good evidence that... READ MORE

Are Aldactone and Azithromycin okay to be taken together for acne treatment?

These medications are okay to use together; however, I would have probably started you at a lower dose on both medications. For acne aldactone or... READ MORE

Will removing a mole on my chest produce a keloid scar?

Any tension area such as the chest does have an increases incidence of development of a keloid after any kind of trauma. Although anyone can develop a... READ MORE

I Think I Have Alopecia Areata. What Will Happen if I Leave It Untreated?

From what you are describing you seem to have a generally good prognosis. I would recommend that you be evaluated by a dermatologist to determine that... READ MORE

Is it OK to use Retin-A with a face oil? Which order should I apply the products?

I do not recommend using face oils with retinA, particularly if you break out at all. I would recommend a product with dimethicone or cyclomethicone.... READ MORE

Does having active gum disease decrease the amount of time that a filler such as Juvederm lasts.

Prior to having facial fillers I recommend that individuals with active gum disease see a dentist and be treated. Oral gum disease is a biofilm which... READ MORE

What type of baldness do I have, and which medicine should I take? (Photo)

It does look like you have female pattern alopecia which is associated with individuals with polycystic ovary syndrome. You may also be experiencing... READ MORE

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