David B. Pharis, M.D., P.C. Skin Cancer and Dermatologic Surgery

Dermatologic Surgery

Botox® Cosmetic

BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and is used to improve the look of moderate-to-severe frown lines between the brows as well as wrinkles around the eyes. It is a simple, nonsurgical treatment that works by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles. This reduces muscle activity that causes frown lines and wrinkles. BOTOX® Cosmetic also blocks the nerve impulses that cause sweating and can be used to treat excessive sweating in the armpits as well as the hands and feet.

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Restylane® and Juvederm®

These agents are smooth gel fillers that your doctor uses to instantly smooth away wrinkles around your mouth and nose. Often with just one treatment, you’ll get smooth and natural-looking results that last up to 9-12 months. Young, healthy-looking skin contains an abundance of a naturally hydrating substance called hyaluronic acid (HA). But as you age, sunlight and other factors can reduce the amount of HA in your skin. The lack of HA causes your skin to lose structure and volume, creating unwanted facial wrinkles and folds. Using dermal fillers like Restylane® and Juvederm® is a safe and effective way to replace the HA your skin has lost, bringing back its volume and smoothing away facial wrinkles and folds.

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Chemical Peel

A chemical peel is a very effective treatment for fine lines and wrinkles and skin freckling and discoloration caused by long term sun exposure. A low to medium strength acid is applied to the area treated over a period of five to ten minutes. During the next three to five days, the treated skin peels away and leaves behind refreshed, more youthful appearing skin. Chemical peels have also been proven to reduce the risk of developing skin cancer in the area treated for up to two years after each chemical peel.

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Fat Transfer

Either in conjunction with tumescent liposuction or separately, your own fat can be used to improve or even eliminate facial wrinkles. Again, this is performed in the office setting and under local anesthesia. Much of what causes facial wrinkling as we age is loss of youthful fatty tissue in the temples and cheeks. By replacing this lost facial fat with your own fat from another part of the body, you create a permanent solution for this type of facial aging.

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Scar revisions

If you are unhappy with a scar from either a previous procedure or from past trauma, Dr. Pharis utilizes a number of different procedures, often in conjunction, to improve the cosmetic appearance of unsightly scars. These treatments are tailor made for each patient and their particular scar(s).

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Cyst/Lipoma excisions

If you are bothered by symptomatic cysts or lipomas (isolated fatty tissue growths), these benign growths can be excised in the office under local anesthesia and most times paid for by your insurance company.

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Melanoma excision

Melanoma, the most serious of the three common skin cancers, is also effectively treated with a modified version of Mohs surgery. The lab work performed to evaluate the margins of the tissue removed is performed overnight rather than in the office while the patient waits. Although this requires the patient to return the following day to get the results of the lab work, this approach provides a higher cure rate than standard Mohs surgery. Our office staff will work with your schedule to inconvenience you as little as possible while your melanoma is treated.

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protection tip

Remember to apply sunscreen on cloudy days too since theultraviolet light penetrates easily through the clouds

Avoid sun exposure during mid-day hours (10 am to 4 pm) when the ultraviolet rays are most powerful.

Wear sun protective gear such as a broad-brimmed hat, sunglasses and long sleeve shirts or pants.

Don't forget to protect your lips with a lip balm containing sunscreen.

Seek shade wherever possible





3855 Pleasant Hill Rd. Suite 200
Duluth, GA 30096

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Monday & Friday 9:00 – 3:00
Tuesday thru Thursday 7:30 - 4:00