Adult Dermatology at the Medical College of Wisconsin

The Department of Dermatology offers a broad range of clinical services in the diagnosis and management of skin diseases. The faculty have expertise in immune mediated and blistering skin diseases, psoriasis, eczema, drug reactions, and skin cancer. Standard interventions include medical therapy, dermatologic surgery, phototherapy, and laser procedures.
MCW Adult Dermatology

Adult Diagnosis and Treatment Specialty Areas

Atypical nevi

Atypical moles (or nevi) are often:

  • Larger than an eraser on the end of a pencil.
  • Have an odd shape (not round).
  • Show more than 1 color — mixes of tan, brown, red, and pink.

Atypical moles can appear anywhere on the body. They often appear on the trunk but you can also get them on your scalp, head, or neck. It’s recommended to get your moles checked yearly by a board-certified dermatologist.

Dermatologists have special training that includes the diagnosis and management of skin cancers and other various diseases. When you see a dermatologist for a complete skin checkup, expect a 10-15-minute visit, including a review of your medical history and a head-to-toe skin examination.
History of Immunosuppression
In ill-immunosuppressed patients, disease often manifests in the skin. Appropriate evaluation and diagnosis of skin lesions are critical to the overall health of these individuals, because the skin is often a window to more severe systemic illness. In particular, unusual presentations of infection with typical pathogens and infections with rare opportunistic pathogens are common in these patients. This makes prompt clinical evaluation and extensive use of skin biopsy and culture necessary to make an accurate diagnosis and initiate prompt treatment to obviate significant morbidity and mortality.
Hidradenitis Suppurativa
Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a disease that usually begins as pimple-like bumps on the skin. The pimple-like bumps tend to develop in places that everyday pimples do not appear. HS is most common on the underarms and groin. Getting treatment for HS is very important. If HS worsens, the pimple-like bumps can grown deep into the skin and become painful.
Bumps, Lesions & Hair/Nails

General Dermatology is a comprehensive medical science that consists of diagnosing conditions of the skin, hair, and nails. We take a comprehensive approach to treating a variety of conditions.

Examples of conditions with bumps and lesions:

  • Keloids
  • Keratosis pilaris
  • Moles
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Stasis dermatitis

Examples of conditions that affect hair/nails:

  • Alopecia areata
  • Scalp psoriasis
  • Onychogryphosis
  • Koilonychia
  • Clubbing

All rashes may look alike and seem easily treatable with over-the-counter oral antihistamines or hydrocortisone cream. They can appear as blotches, welts or blisters; they can be red, itchy, scaly, or dry; and they can occur in one area of skin or all over the body.
Allergic Contact Dermatitis

Some people have an allergic skin reaction. You have had this type of contact dermatitis if you had a rash caused by:

  • Poison ivy
  • Nickel
  • Makeup you applied once or few times
  • Jewelry you wore for a long time without a reaction, such as a wedding ring
  • Jewelry you wore for only a few hours or days
  • Latex gloves
Patch Testing
Patch testing is a common diagnostic tool used to identify the specific agent that triggers contact dermatitis, an itchy rash that can breakout on your skin in response to a substance to which you are allergic.

Basal Cell Carcinoma
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common type of skin cancer. It’s also the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States.

Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer. Allowed to grow, melanoma can spread quickly to other parts of the body and can become deadly. But when it’s found early, it’s highly treatable.

Actinic Keratosis
An AK forms when the skin is badly damaged by ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun or indoor tanning. By seeing a dermatologist for checkups, the AKs can be treated before they become skin cancer.

Mohs Procedure
Mohs micrographic surgery is used to treat skin cancer; this surgery has a unique benefit. During surgery, the surgeon can see where the cancer stops. This isn’t possible with other types of treatment for skin cancer. 

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It develops when a person’s immune system sends faulty signals that tell skin cells to grow too quickly. New skin cells form in days rather than weeks. The body does not shed these excess skin cells. The skin cells pile up on the surface of the skin, causing patches of psoriasis to appear.
Dermatologists perform complete skin examinations to detect early signs of autoimmune connective tissue diseases. Skin biopsies and/or laboratory testing may be performed to aid in making the diagnosis and to monitor for evidence of internal organ damage associated with these diseases.

Botulinum toxin therapy
Dermatologists use botulinum toxin therapy to diminish signs of aging.

Chemical peels
A chemical peel can diminish many signs of aging on the face as well as the hands, neck, and chest. They can also treat some types of acne and conditions that discolor the skin.

With a number of fillers now available, dermatologists can diminish signs of aging that appear on the face, lips, and hands.

Laser Hair Removal
Dermatologists use lasers to remove unwanted facial and body hair safely and effectively. Thanks to advances in technology, most people can safely have laser hair removal.

This non-invasive treatment gently exfoliates your skin. A dermatologist treatment goes a bit deeper into the skin versus the treatments you can do at home with a kit.

BroadBand Light therapy (BBL)
BBL BroadBand Light therapy, also known as Intense Pulsed Light therapy or the photo facial, uses cutting edge technology to produce younger looking skin that’s firmer, and more even in tone and texture with little recovery time.

Botox hyperhidrosis
This is a medical condition that causes excessive sweating. One way to treat excessive sweating, is to inject very tiny amounts of Botulinum toxin in many areas of the site that you excessively sweat from.

Adult Dermatology Clinic Locations

MCW Skin Cancer Center

Skin Cancer Center - Froedtert

9200 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Froedtert West Bend Hospital, West Bend, WIsconsin

Froedtert West Bend Hospital

3200 Pleasant Valley Rd.
West Bend, WI 53095

Drexel Town Square Health Center

Drexel Town Square Health Center

7901 S. 6th St.
Oak Creek, WI 53154

FORME Aesthetic

FORME Aesthetic and Vein Center

Tosa Health Center
1155 N. Mayfair Rd.
Wauwatosa, WI 53226

Moorland Reserve

Moorland Reserve Health Center

4805 S. Moorland Rd.
New Berlin, WI 53151

Town Hall Health Center

Town Hall Health Center

W180 N8000 Town Hall Rd.
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center

Zablocki VA Medical Center

5000 W. National Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53295-1000