MetroDerm Welcomes Dr. Eileen Niren

Meet Dr. Eileen Niren: An Experienced, Board-Certified Dermatologist

Eileen Niren, M.D. started her own dermatology practice, Preston Ridge Dermatology, in the Roswell/Alpharetta area in 1986 after completing a residency in Dermatology at Emory University. She holds lifetime board certification in dermatology and is committed to making sure her patients get top-notch care. Dr. Niren, a warm and caring dermatologist, does not hurry through examinations. She seeks her patients’ input and conducts a thorough exam before   diagnosing and treating them. Eileen Niren, M.D., brings years of experience and expertise to the MetroDerm team.

Joined the MetroDerm, P.C., Team in July 2018

Recently, Preston Ridge Dermatology merged with MetroDerm, P.C. led by nationally and internationally recognized Mohs surgeon Dr. Diamondis Papadopoulos. The providers and staff at MetroDerm, P.C. are pleased to welcome the rest of the Preston Ridge Dermatology team who will treat patients in the North Fulton/ South Forsyth County area.

Great Training and Education

Prior to Dr. Niren’s specialty training at Emory, she interned at Brown University in internal medicine.  At age 17 she was accepted to both college and medical school at Boston University and completed both her undergraduate and medical studies in their accelerated and prestigious 6-year BA-MD program in 1982.

Professional Connections

Dr. Niren’s professional affiliations include the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and the Atlanta Association for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery.

Community Involvement

Over the past 25 years, Dr. Niren has participated in numerous free skin cancer screenings in the area and has given talks at various local clubs, organizations, schools, and medical facilities.  While the majority of the lectures revolved around her special area of interest, non-surgical “Facial Rejuvenation,” other topics have included, “Acne in Teens,” “Skin Issues in Obesity,” and “Skin Cancer Awareness in Breast Cancer Patients.”


After her first mild winter in Atlanta during her training at Emory–and after suffering through years of blizzards in the Northeast–Dr. Niren and her husband chose to permanently locate to the suburbs of Atlanta.  She and her husband enjoy skiing, biking, hiking, visiting the Atlanta Botanical Garden, and spending time with their adult children.

Dr. Niren’s office is conveniently located close to the Haynes Bridge exit off Georgia 400.  It’s easy to get to, and there’s free parking available.  If you are looking for a highly-trained, board-certified dermatologist, make an appointment with Dr. Niren at the Alpharetta location of MetroDerm, P.C. The office serves Alpharetta and the surrounding communities of Roswell, Milton, Cumming, and Johns Creek.  She has a legion of satisfied patients to recommend her:  770-475-6222.

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Dr. Papadopoulos Appears on Atlanta and Company

Dr. Papadopoulos Interviewed on Atlanta & Co by Christine Pullara

Transcription of Atlanta and Company video interview with Dr. Papadopoulos:

Good morning everyone welcome back to Atlanta and Company. Are you looking for a doctor here in the Atlanta area? Be sure to pick up the newest edition of Atlanta Magazine, the July issue features the top physicians in over 50 specialties. Here to tell us more about what’s inside, president and publisher of Atlanta Magazine, Sean McGinnis (sp?) and featured in the issue, D.J. Papadopoulos from MetroDerm. Welcome doctor. “Thank you very much, thanks for having me,” said Dr. Papadopoulos.

“Of course and good to see you as always Sean.”

Sean McGinnis from Atlanta Magazine

“Good to see you again Christine, how are you?.” ”I am doing great before we actually get to doctor and learn more about MetroDerm. “Tell everyone about the issue and why this is so important.”

Dr. Papadopoulos and Atlanta Magazine on Atlanta and Co“So this is something we have been doing for years, decades actually and proof in the results, its one of our most popular issues by far so this is our annual Top Doctors issue. This is a peer-to-peer survey so this is not a popularity contest among consumers but its doctors actually voting on other doctors who they would recommend as you mentioned in over 50 different specialty areas. Seven hundred plus doctors are listed in the issue plus some great profile pieces. We’ve got an Emory doc featured, we call him our version of Dr. House, kind of the sleuth of Emory Medicine.

Christine said, “right super sleuth.”

Sean said, “another great human interest story about a doctor, an Orthopedic Surgeon, who has three daughters, triplets, who all followed in his footsteps and are in his practice now.“

Christine said, “incredible.”

Sean said, “a great resource, with Atlanta growing as it is, we’re seeing an influx of new residents any given time so it’s a great resource that people like to hold on to throughout the year.”

Dr. Papadopoulos Talks with Christine Pullara

Christine said, “absolutely and doctor you’re featured, tell me more about MetroDerm and what you do there.”

Dr. Papadopoulos answered, “Metroderm is a large Dermatology/Plastic Surgical Practice. We have general dermatologists, we have dermatopathologists, we have three MOHS Surgeons, a plastic surgeon, a vascular surgeon actually is part of our group as well. We’ve been in existence since 2003, this is our fifteenth year and we have four locations in the Metro Atlanta area and see lots and lots of patients.

Christine Pullara, the host of Atlanta and Company, said, “and this is such an important time of year, we talk about sun protection everyone knows but let’s kind of get back to the basics if you would for us, skin cancers, we know there are several different types. Can you walk us through them from the most benign to the more serious Melanoma.

From Dr. Papadopoulos, “sure, so the three basic types of skin cancers are Basal Cell Carcinoma, which is by far the most common of all skin cancers, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, which is the second most common skin cancer tends to occur in people that are older with significant sun exposure, and the worst of the three is Melanoma which accounts for about nine to nine and a half thousand deaths per year in the United States. If you look at the incidents of all skin cancers they have literally from the seventies until today gone dramatically have risen and especially Melanoma. We in the seventies had rates of about five per hundred thousand people. We are now at 23 per hundred thousand people in the span of forty years.”

Christine responded, “wow so scary. I know my husband loves to play his golf on the weekends and I am always don’t forget your sunscreen. People sometimes, you know, you just put it on quickly, you forget your ears, the back of your neck. It really is so important to use your SPF, even when it is a cloudy day, right? Just simple tips like that.

From Dr. Papadopoulos, “absolutely I mean I think it is really important to use sunscreen, but it isn’t the only thing. I think one of the things that we preach to people especially if they are at high risk is sun avoidance and really wearing a hat, protecting themselves, staying in the shade, avoiding the sun. You know sometimes by using sunscreen people have the false sense of security that I am going to use my sunscreen and I am going to just basically be out in the sun for as long as I want, and I don’t think people should do that. I think it’s important to exercise many other precautions as well.”

Christine responded, “right and then a lot of people may wonder common causes of premature aging, not just the sun what else?”

From Dr. Papadopoulos, “well what we tell people, you’re here, especially for women in particular, we tell them you’re here because I am checking you for skin cancer. But from a cosmetic standpoint, you’re really hurting yourself if you are out in unadulterated sun without protection. If you’re fair and are doing that, you’re really hurting yourself and you’re going to be spending a lot of money trying to correct those things in the future from an aesthetic standpoint.”

Christine said, “absolutely its funny how far we have come, I can look back at pictures in the seventies, and like who’s that child that looks like a tomato and it’s me. We weren’t protecting ourselves back then. So now to have to reverse it, what are some of the procedures in your office that you recommend?”

There are tons of procedures. First and foremost is just sun avoidance.  The second is the use of topical retinoids have really helped a great deal, Then there are other procedures like chemical peels, and devices that have been used that I think sometimes are over promoted but I also feel that they have a place. then if you want an extreme therapeutic option it would be face lifting and interventional type of work.

Atlanta and Company comes on NBC daily at 11 am to noon. Christine Pullara certainly learned a lot from Dr. Papadopoulos during this interview about skin cancer and how to avoid getting it.


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Exceptional Physicians Make MetroDerm, P.C., a First-Class Practice

MetroDerm, P.C. in Atlanta, GA, recruits and employs only experienced, board-certified physicians and surgeons. That’s why it’s a first-class practice. Because MetroDerm, P.C., brings together experts in the fields of dermatology, Mohs Surgery, plastic surgery, and dermatopathology for an integrated approach to cutaneous medicine, their patients receive thorough, world-class treatment. In order to reach this level of diagnostic skill and outstanding treatment outcomes, MetroDerm’s doctors have to be well-educated.

The path to becoming a dermatologist is rigorous. It begins with a 4-year degree and a thorough vetting process to apply to a medical school. Once accepted to medical school, candidates matriculate through a variety of difficult coursework for 4 years. Then it’s on to a one-year residency. Future dermatologists must then complete a dermatology residency for a minimum of 3 years. Many of our doctors have specialized training, certifications, fellowships, and other advanced education on their resumes. It’s all part of their dedication to their field and specialty.

The next step in the process of becoming a first-rate dermatologist is board certification. When locating a doctor for you or your child, it’s important to look for a physician who is board certified. The American Board of Dermatology (ABD) is one specialty certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Boards work collaboratively to set the standards for physicians to receive and maintain board-certification status. The ABD is an independent, non-profit organization. The initials FAAD or the words “board-certified” after the doctor’s name indicate board certification.

The dermatologist’s job includes caring for skin, hair, nails, and mucous membranes of the nose and mouth. They see patients of all ages from newborn to over 100 years of age. MetroDerm doctors can diagnose and treat more than 3,000 different diseases and conditions. Since the number of conditions is so vast, it’s important to select an experienced and thorough dermatologist for your family. MetroDerm doctors are dedicated and compassionate. They want to alleviate their patients’ pain and promote healing and recovery.

group photo of MetroDerm providers, a First-Class PracticeIf you want exceptional dermatological care for you or a member of your family, call MetroDerm, P.C. Their staff represents a wide-variety of dermatological specialties such as pediatric dermatology, skin cancer detection/Mohs surgery, plastic surgery, dermatopathology, and veins. The mission of the MetroDerm physicians and staff is to provide outstanding medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatologic care to people of all ages. MetroDerm is the ONE practice that can take care of all of your family’s medical and skin care needs; and the good news is there’s one close to you in the metro Atlanta, GA, area.

The expert doctors at MetroDerm, P.C., are here to diagnose and treat your dermatological problems. The MetroDerm offices are located on Johnson’s Ferry in the Perimeter area, Hiram, GA, and Lilburn, GA. Call this first-class practice today to get on the road to clearer skin, an improved profile, or better vein health.

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Sun Protection: Save Your Skin from Aging and Other Conditions

Sunburn is Serious Business

Adopt sun protection into your routine before enjoying outdoor activities. Overexposure to the sun causes the skin to wrinkle, sag, and become leathery because it breaks down the connective tissues. It damages blood vessels, and, most importantly, it increases the chances of developing melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer. Check the UV, ultra violet, index in your area before leaving the house and prepare accordingly so you won’t doom your skin to premature aging and worse. The doctors at MetroDerm P.C. in Atlanta, GA, hope this friendly reminder and these handy tips will encourage everyone to be mindful of the sun’s negative effects.

Bear in Mind

  • Every skin type is vulnerable to the harmful effects of the sun. However, individuals with light-colored hair and blue or green eyes should be particularly careful when it comes to sunbathing.
  • Before summer activities begin, be sure to read the labels on all of your medications as some prescriptions can increase skin sensitivity to light. When in doubt, call the pharmacist who will be able to give you the most up-to-date information on drug sensitivities and side effects.
  • Infants and small children are particularly at risk for sunburn. They should be well-protected from the sun at all times.

Understand the Adverse Effects

Overexposure to the sun actually causes the skin to burn:

  • A first-degree burn causes redness. The skin feels hot and tender, and it’s warm to the touch.
  • A second-degree burn – in addition to the signs of the 1st degree burn, the 2nd degree burn causes small, fluid-filled blisters that may itch.
  • A third-degree burn is severely red and/or the skin may be discolored and look almost bruised. Blisters are apparent and the sunburn victim may have the chills, fever, headache, nausea, or vomiting. Severe sunburns also cause dehydration.

Aside from burns, some individuals suffer sun poisoning which is actually an allergic reaction to the sun. The symptoms of sun poisoning are similar to those of a 2nd or 3rd degree burn but last longer than typical sunburn reactions. Forgetting about your skin can lead to skin cancer or other terrible conditions.

Don’t Put Your Skin in Jeopardy

uv density for sun protection awareness

  • Reduce your exposure to the sun. Do not go out when the sun is the strongest, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Use sunscreen with protection factor SPF of 30 or above and apply every 2 hours while out in the sun.
  • Make sure the product blocks UVA & UVB radiation. It should have a minimum 4-star ranking for UVA protection.
  • Protect your skin even on cloudy days.
  • Be generous with the sunscreen and cover every part of the body.
  • Do not use tanning beds.
  • Reapply sunscreen after coming out of the water or sweating even if the bottle says, “water resistant.”
  • Wear a hat to protect your scalp, face, and neck.
  • If you are super-sensitive, look into sun-blocking shirts and other articles of clothing available on-line.

applying suncreen to the face for sun protection

When to Visit the Doctor

If you are experiencing the effects of a 2nd or 3rd degree burn, you may need to call MetroDerm P.C. Blisters can become infected and antibiotics may be needed. Sustained pain can indicate damage to the underlying nerves and subcutaneous tissue. Dehydration can have a number of bad effects. A visit to the doctor will put you on the right course to survive your sunburn experience.

MetroDerm P.C. is a full-service dermatological practice which includes specialists and highly-trained surgeons. The professional providers there can expertly handle everything from diagnosing dermatitis to performing Mohs surgery on skin cancer. Dr. Papadopoulos and his team welcome new patients and look forward to helping them get relief from dermatological concerns. They have offices conveniently located to serve patients from all over the metro Atlanta, GA, area including Roswell, Lilburn, Tucker, Lawrenceville, Doraville, Dunwoody, Dallas, and Hiram. Make an appointment today if you’re ready to get on the road to good skin health.

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The Dangers of the Tanning Bed: Just Don’t Do It

Tanning Bed DangersDiamondis J. Papadopoulos, a highly-trained, board-certified doctor, has seen the effects of tanning bed use first-hand. He knows many young folks use tanning beds for cosmetic reasons. Once spring arrives and it’s time for a wardrobe change, some individuals hit the tanning booth to prep for spring break, formal dances, and wearing skimpier clothing. Dr. Papadopoulos’ message to “tanning” fanatics is, “Just don’t do it.”

Two Types of Dangerous Rays

Both the sun and tanning beds emit ultraviolet rays, also known as UV rays. When soaking up the sun outside, you are exposed to UVB rays. Tanning beds expose “tanners” to UVA rays. Both types of rays are dangerous and potentially cause cancer.

Statistics Don’t Lie

Acquiring a tan by artificial or natural means exposes the skin to damaging UV rays which kick start a healing process in the skin layers. Some healing enzymes repair the skin, but some mutate. The mutated cells can become cancerous. Common skin cancers are basal, carcinoma, and melanoma. Melanoma can be deadly. Statistics from the Skin Cancer Foundation show that repeated sunburns can double the chances of developing melanoma, and individuals who use tanning beds before the age of 35 increases the risk of melanoma by 75%.

Tanning Beds Are Linked to Cancer

Tanning beds are worse than lying in the sun. UVA rays penetrate deeper into the layers of the skin, and there is definitely a higher risk of cancer associated with acquiring a tan via tanning bed.  UVA rays are also linked to higher rates of leukemia and lymphoma. Tanning beds emit three times more UV rays than the sun. The intensity makes it much more dangerous.

Experts Agree

Dr. Papadopoulos is not the only expert who warns people about the dangers of exposure to UV ray.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administrationthe World Health Organization, and the American Academy of Dermatology are all on record about the negative effects of tanning and the cancer risks associated with UVA and UVB rays.

Other Risks

Besides the cancer risk, the eyes can be adversely affected from UV ray exposure.  There are a number of conditions, including some chronic ones, related to tanning.  Aging is another bad side effect of overexposure to the sun or use of tanning beds.  As a dermatologist, Dr. Papadopoulos works with patients of all ages to avoid wrinkly or leathery skin. After the damage is done, it’s a difficult process to reverse the aging and discoloration caused by tanning. There are many reasons to protect your skin while you are young.  Tan skin is not worth the effects that may show up in your 30s and beyond.

Sunless Tanning Is Possible

Instead of tanning, Dr. Papadopoulos and his colleagues at MetroDerm PC recommend tanning lotions.  In recent years these products have become easy to use and produce natural-looking results. Sunless tanning creams, towels, or sprays can give you year-round color and help you avoid sun damage.

Make an appointment to get your annual skin check. Dr. Papadopoulos and the other expert dermatologists at MetroDerm PC want you to have healthy, beautiful skin. They have offices conveniently located to serve the entire Metro Atlanta area. They see patients from Tucker, Norcross, Chamblee, Lawrenceville, Dunwoody, Buckhead, Suwanee, and beyond.

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Laura Garvey, M.D.: A Dedicated Member of the MetroDerm Team

The doctors at MetroDerm PC are dedicated to the health and wellbeing of their patients. Experience showed them that there was a need for a board-certified vascular surgeon to join their practice. More than 40 million people in the US suffer from varicose veins. Other vein conditions are equally as prevalent. Besides being painful and unsightly, vascular conditions can cause other health-related problems.

The Search for a Vein Expert

After a meticulous search, Laura Garvey, M.D., a highly-qualified, board-certified provider, was selected to join the MetroDerm team. Dr. Garvey came on board in September 2017. She specializes in the treatment of all venous diseases and works with patients in the Johnson Ferry/Perimeter location.

A Highly-Qualified Doctor

Dr. Garvey’s curriculum vita is extensive and impressive. She was an Echols Scholar and member of Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Virginia where she was awarded her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. In 1995 she was graduated from the University of California Medical School in Los Angeles. Her residency and fellowship training in General Surgery and Vascular Surgery were completed at the University Of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 2002. Dr. Garvey was registered as a Vascular Technologist in 2007.

Cutting-Edge Treatment

There is a wide range of symptoms and conditions related to vascular health, and they can vary from patient to patient. Because of her experience and expertise, Dr. Laura Garvey is able to diagnose vascular problems, discuss treatment options with her patients, and get them on the road to better health. In all areas of treatment, MetroDerm PC is dedicated to providing the most innovative treatments and their signature 5-Star patient experience.

Superior and Comprehensive Care

Many vein conditions are covered by health insurance or Medicare. Find out more about some of Dr. Garvey’s most common procedures and the conditions she treats:

Dr. Garvey is an active member of the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography and a Fellow of the American College of Surgery.

Dr. Garvey likes to spend time with her husband and 3 boys. Her hobbies are hiking, skiing, and playing tennis.

You can trust MetroDerm’s doctors to take good care of you. If you have a dermatological concern, a vein condition, or skin cancer, call our office to make an appointment. MetroDerm is conveniently located to serve all of metro Atlanta, GA.

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Who is at the highest risk to develop skin cancer?

That’s the $64,000 question, for sure. Unfortunately, determining the exact demographic or “dermagraphic” in this case, is extremely difficult.

A risk factor is anything that affects a person’s chance of getting a disease such as skin cancer. But, risk factors aren’t the be all and end all. Having one, or even many risk factors, does not guarantee that you will get skin cancer. Many people who get the disease have no known risk factors. Even if a person with basal or squamous cell skin cancer has a risk factor, it is nearly impossible to understand what role, if any, that risk factor may have played.

That being said, let’s list a number of risk factors, in no particular order, that can contribute to skin cancer.

  • Ultraviolet, or UV, light: People with high levels of exposure to UV light are at greater risk for skin cancer.
  • Ethnicity: The risk of skin cancer is much higher for whites than for dark-skinned African Americans or Hispanics. The risk of melanoma is more than 10 times higher for whites than for African Americans.
  • Fair skin: Whites with fair skin, freckles, or red or blond hair have a higher risk of melanoma. Red-haired people have the highest risk.
  • Gender: Men are 2 times as likely as women to have basal cell cancers and about 3 times as likely to have squamous cell cancers of the skin. This could be because they spend more time in the sun
  • Older age: The risk of basal and squamous cell skin cancers goes up as people get older. Older people have been exposed to the sun for a longer time. By age 50, men are also more likely than women to develop melanoma. This number jumps by age 65, making men 2 times as likely as women of the same age to get melanoma. By age 80, men are 3 times more likely than women in that age group to develop melanoma.

It’s obvious that the older we get and the higher our level of exposure is to UV light, the greater the risk. And fair-skinned men are at greater risk.

So, if you are mid-60s white man who spends an inordinate amount of time in the sun between 10 am and 4 pm without wearing sun blocking clothes and applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen, be wary. You are at greatest risk.

For the sake of argument let’s assume you aren’t a member of this highest-at-risk club. What can we take from the risk factor grid? Here goes:

  • Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.
  • Do not burn.
  • Avoid tanning and UV tanning beds.
  • Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
  • Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
  • Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.
  • Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
  • See your physician every year for a professional skin exam.

After examining your skin if you notice anything suspicious call MetroDerm, P.C. as soon as possible to schedule an examination. The doctors and the staff at MetroDerm, P.C. deliver exceptional treatment and service to patients throughout the metro Atlanta, GA, area including Roswell, Milton, Dunwoody and Brookhaven.

This blog contains information of a medical or health-related nature. It is not intended nor does it constitute medical or healthcare advice. If you have a question pertaining to medical or health-related issues, please contact the staff at MetroDerm, P.C. or a healthcare provider in your area.

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Mohs Surgery: A Highly Specialized Surgery

Mohs SurgeryMohs micrographic surgery, also known as Mohs chemosurgery, is a highly specialized procedure for the total removal of skin cancers. Mohs surgery is named in honor of Dr. Frederic Mohs, the physician who developed the technique. This form of treatment differs from all other methods of treating skin cancer by the use of a layer-by-layer method of removing skin cancer. It utilizes detailed mapping techniques along with microscopic examination of 100% of the removed tissue margins to ensure complete removal. This methodology provides the highest chance of removing every cancer cell. Studies show that the procedure yields a cure rate of over 99%. For recurrent skin cancers, the cure rate is approximately 95%.

Mohs surgery is the gold standard for treatment of skin cancers on the head, including the scalp, neck, hands, feet, shins, genitalia and most large, recurrent or aggressive cancers. The most common skin cancers treated with Mohs surgery are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma in situ, but almost all skin cancers can be effectively treated with Mohs surgery.

MetroDerm, P.C.’s state-of-the-art surgical facility in Atlanta, GA is honored to have Dr. Diamondis Papadopoulos and Dr. Amy Kim on staff. Together, Drs. Papadopoulos and Kim, both board-certified dermatologists and Mohs surgeons, have performed more than 20,000 cases of Mohs micrographic surgery. They are both Diplomates of the American Board of Dermatology, Fellows of the American Academy of Dermatology, Fellows of the American College of Mohs Surgery, and Fellows of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery.

Dr. Papadopoulos holds memberships with the American Medical Association, American Society of Phlebology, European Academy of Dermatology, Atlanta Association of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, and the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery. He is frequently in demand as a skin cancer expert on local and national media outlets, including CNN.

Dr. Kim holds memberships with the Skin Cancer Foundation, Women’s Dermatologic Society, and the Atlanta Association of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery. She appears frequently on local media outlets as an expert on skin cancer.

If you have a suspicious skin lesion, do not ignore it. Call MetroDerm, P.C. to schedule an examination with Dr. Papadopoulos or Dr. Kim. Should surgery be advised, Drs. Papadopoulos and Kim and our excellent staff will make sure that your Mohs surgical procedure is performed with the utmost care and comfort. Once the cancer has been completely removed, Dr. Farzad Nahai, a board-certified plastic surgeon at MetroDerm, P.C., performs the reconstruction that will give the best functional and cosmetic outcome.

Drs. Papadopoulos, Kim, and Nahai and the staff at MetroDerm, P.C. deliver exceptional treatment and service to patients throughout the metro Atlanta, GA, area including Sandy Springs, Roswell, Milton, Dunwoody and Brookhaven. Visit MetroDerm, P.C. for all of your skincare needs.

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CBS Morning News Discusses Skin Cancer

When Dr. Diamondis Papdopoulus discussed skin cancer with CBS Morning News we learned that his patients at MetroDerm, P.C.  have come to expect a wonderful greeting from Dr. Papadopoulos, affectionately known as “Dr. P,” because he is so personable. Dr. P is a dermatologist and a specialist in the detection and treatment of skin cancer who encourages his patients to come in for annual checkups. According to Dr. P “it is important for us to convey to patients that it is much in the favor of all patients to catch skin cancer in the beginning rather than to let it go for an extended time.” He means it. If one of his patients calls with a concern, the office staff makes an appointment at the patient’s earliest convenience. Dr. Papadopoulos says, “We take care of them that day. If we can’t, we insist that we see them the next day.”

If you do need surgery, Dr. P specializes in Mohs surgery, a state-of-the art procedure with high cure rates. He can process biopsies in the on-site pathology lab. The procedure is relatively painless and leaves almost no scarring. One patient stated, “It took Dr. P an hour to put in all the little stiches. They know what they are doing and take much pride in doing a good job.” It’s treatment like that that keeps patients coming back time and time again.

Some of Dr. P’s patients spent their youth on the beach and are now paying for it. Another patient claimed that he has had almost 100 skin cancer lesions removed from his body. Dr. P stated that Basal and Squamous cell lesions are the most common but Melanoma is serious. According to Dr. P, “it is hard for people to understand that a little tiny freckle-like mole and kill you. For that reason, it is imperative for everyone to get regular checkups especially if you notice a mole that is changing color, shape, or size.”  If Dr. P. is in the office and a patient calls with a concern, he makes it a priority to see the patient  that same day– no matter the time. MetroDerm, P.C. has the experts on staff with a dedicated facility to take care of you if you receive a skin cancer diagnosis.

MetroDerm, P.C. offers one-stop shopping, and this is what why many patients happily return to the practice for all their dermatological needs. A long-time patient stated, “Dr. P has a huge heart and is a great doctor – that makes a difference to me.” Personalized service is what sets MetroDerm apart from other practices.

Summer is almost over, but the threat of skin cancer is still very real. Dr. P spends a lot of time looking at slides through a microscope but the most important part of MetroDerm, P.C. is seeing patients. Dr. P says, “We have helped close to 30,000 people. A new patient says “At first I resisted treatment because I don’t like needles. The first procedure that I had, the injection was painless.”

Atlanta, GA, is lucky to have the MetroDerm, P.C. practice with offices located throughout the metro area.  Dr. Papadopoulos and his fellow physicians are well-educated and trustworthy. They care about their patients and want to end their suffering.  You are in good hands with the providers at MetroDerm, P.C.

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Should Mohs surgery be used to treat all skin cancers?

Should surgeons use Mohs Surgery to treat all skin cancers? The answer to this question is no. Mohs surgery is used to treat mostly basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas on cosmetically sensitive areas such as the face, head, neck and ears, or for those that have recurred after a previous treatment. Dr. Papadopoulos or Dr. Kim at MetroDerm, P.C. in Atlanta, also will sometimes utilize a modified version of Mohs surgery to treat thin melanomas in cosmetically sensitive areas.

Why does my skin cancer need to have Mohs surgery?

Mohs surgery has the highest cure rate. It is appropriate for most skin cancers and especially suitable for skin cancer that:

  • Is in an area where it is important to preserve healthy tissue for maximum functional and cosmetic result
  • Was treated previously and has come back
  • Is located near scar tissue
  • Is large
  • Does not have clearly defined edges
  • Is growing rapidly or uncontrollably
  • Is of an aggressive subtype (i.e., sclerosing or infiltrating basal cell carcinoma)
  • Develops in organ transplant or lymphoma patients

Signs of skin cancer is often seen on the surface of the skin but underneath there are more tumor cells growing downward and outward into the skin like roots of a tree. These roots are not visible with the naked eye, but can be seen under a microscope. When left untreated, those cells can spread deep into the skin and invade nearby structures. On rare occasions, these cancerous cells can metastasize to lymph nodes and other organs in the body.

Deciding which types of treatment you need

One of our dermatologists at MetroDerm will discuss with you the options you have for your type of skin cancer. They will explain the treatment and its benefits and the possible side effects. Your treatment options depends on:

  • the type of skin cancer
  • how far it’s grown or spread
  • where the cancer is
  • the stage of the cancer (if relevant)

Different Treatments Include:

  • Surgery
    • Excisonal biopsy
    • Cryosurgery
    • Curettage and electrocautery
    • Mohs Surgery
  • Radiotherapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Photodynamic Therapy
  • Chemotherapy

Many small non melanoma skin cancers can be removed by one of our dermatologists in the office.  All of the MetroDerm dermatologists  have had specialty  training in removing cancerous cells. It is mainly for basal cell skin cancer (BCC) or actinic (solar) keratosis.

Larger skin cancers may require a different type of surgery

Wide Local Excision

You have a wide local excision to remove more tissue if all the skin cancer has not been removed. For example, following your exision biopsy. This helps reduce the chance of the cancer coming back.

Skin graft and skin flaps

After both skin grafting and skin flap repair, your nurses and doctors will keep a close eye on your wound site. This is to make sure the site is getting a good supply of blood, which brings oxygen and food to the healing tissues.

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