Everyone’s skin is different. At Mississippi Dermatology Associates, our providers strive to provide the best medical care for each patient’s individual needs.
Common skin conditions we treat include but are not limited to:
Eczema / Dermatitis / Rashes
For additional information on these and other common skin conditions, visit the American Academy of Dermatology website.
Cosmetic / Laser Treatment / Blue Light Therapy
Cosmetic / Laser Treatment / Blue Light Therapy
The quest to improve one’s cosmetic appearance involves analysis and treatment of both facial and non-facial skin. Rejuvenation is not just the quest for younger skin, but involves the restoration of healthier and more natural appearing skin for your age. It involves the treatment of multiple factors including wrinkles, pigmentation, thin or dull appearing skin, facial volume loss resulting in folds and jowls, acne and other scars plus other factors that detract from healthy appearing skin. Our physicians will conduct an in-depth consultation to determine what your particular cosmetic problem is and match the proper tools- topical, injectable and laser- to restore a natural appearance. We will match expectations with objective results and only treat what will deliver expected results.
We are pleased to offer this in-office treatment which is a gentle glycolic acid peel intended to
Minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Hydrate deeply for a plumper, firmer texture
Leave complexion looking renewed and glowing
BOTOX® is a protein that is derived from a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. BOTOX® is well known as a cosmetic injectable that temporarily reduces frown lines, crow's feet and furrowed-brow lines. BOTOX® is safe and effective in counteracting the signs of normal aging. Through tiny injections, BOTOX® targets the muscles that cause these lines and wrinkles during sessions that last only a few minutes.
BOTOX Cosmetic is typically injected into areas around the forehead where wrinkle and frown lines are the most visible. It blocks the signals from the nerves to prevent them from telling the muscles to contract and allow them to relax. Reduced contractions hinder those stubborn lines from forming.
BOTOX® Cosmetic should be administered by an authorized healthcare professional. It is suggested that within this group of people, patients should seek out a dermatologist or physician specializing in cosmetic procedures. The dermatologists at Mississippi Dermatology Associates are very experienced at treating patients with BOTOX® Cosmetic.
Xtrac laser therapy is used to treat psoriasis and vitiligo, as well as some forms of eczema. It is a targeted laser (specific light source with one wavelength) that we use to treat individual spots and areas to clear up these conditions. Many insurance companies cover treatment with the Xtrac laser. The providers at Mississippi Dermatology Associates will complete paperwork required by your insurance provider.
Pulse Dye Laser (PDL)
The Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL) is a cosmetic dermatological laser treatment that uses a specific wavelength of light which targets prominent blemishes such as red spots caused by broken blood vessels at the skin’s surface and port wine stains. The laser therapy greatly diminishes and even removes these imperfections to reveal a smooth, even complexion. PDL treatments are performed by a physician or trained clinician.
PDL is most safe for lighter skin types and effective in treating red spots, facial spider veins, some birthmarks including port wine stains, some scars, and small cherry angiomas. In addition, PDL is also used in skin
rejuvenation treatments, removing some types of warts, and treating severe acne. Ask for additional information when you visit one of our providers at Mississippi Dermatology Associates. The cost for PDL Therapy depends on the condition to be treated and the extent of the treatments. During a consultation with one of our dermatologists, we discuss the cost as well as our payment options.
Blue Light Therapy
Blue light therapy is most commonly used to treat sun damage and premalignant or malignant skin cancer growths. It can actually be used to prevent skin cancer and remove both precancerous skin lesions and cancerous skin lesions that haven’t spread to other areas of the body. Contact us to schedule a consultation visit to see if blue light therapy may be right for you.
The surgical portion of the practice is lead by Dr. Beau Burrow. Dr. Beau was the first physician to perform the Mohs procedure for skin cancer in Mississippi. His referral practice has treated thousands of skin cancer patients requiring multiple procedures for cancer removal, reconstruction and then preventive treatment for premalignancies. Dr. Beau has over 20 years experience performing Mohs surgery, reconstruction, and other procedures for the treatment of skin cancer.
Our office includes a histopathology laboratory for rapid frozen section analysis of skin biopsies and surgical specimens. Should your physician find a skin cancer, fortunately there is a wide array of medical and surgical treatment options. The choice depends on the type of cancer, the location, and our patient’s needs.
Common surgical procedures:
Mohs Micrographic Surgery
Of all treatments for skin cancer, Mohs micrographic surgery offers the highest cure rate for skin cancer (up to 99%) with the smallest scars, according to the American College of Mohs Surgery. Plus, this state-of-the-art method of skin cancer removal offers the lowest possibility of skin cancer recurrence and less risk of scarring than
with traditional methods. With this highly specialized procedure, the skin cancer tumor is accurately and precisely removed down to its roots, giving it little or no chance to grow back. Your physician will determine your needs for Mohs surgery and our staff will prepare you for the procedure. We work with selective Plastic and Oculoplastic surgeons for advanced and complicated surgical cases.
Excisional Surgery involves the removal of the lesion along with some of the surrounding tissue as a safety margin. This area is usually stitched closed after the lesion is removed. This procedure is performed in our office and the removed tissue is then sent to a laboratory for microscopic review to assure complete removal.
Preparation for Mohs Micrographic Surgery
When a patient is referred to our clinic for Mohs, a formal consultation appointment is set for the patient to meet Dr. Beau Burrow and have any questions answered regarding the procedure. At that time, a plan will be put into place for when and how the skin cancer will be treated and repaired. Upon arrival the day of surgery, any last minute questions or concerns can be addressed before getting started.
Prior to surgery, we recommend that patients get a full night’s sleep and (unless told otherwise) eat breakfast. The procedure is performed entirely on an outpatient basis in our office. The laboratory work involved in preparing the tissue for microscopic interpretation is labor-intensive and can take up to 1 – 2 hours or more to complete for each layer. Most patients bring a book or something to do while waiting on the results. We ask each patient to plan to spend the morning with us, but many patients may be finished earlier.
Your Recovery – Return To Health And A Healthy Lifestyle
Immediately after surgery and during the recovery period, there will often be the sensation of tightness as well as soreness of the treated area. The area can also become very swollen and bruised depending on the extent of involvement. The incision line(s) typically improve in appearance over the first three to six months postoperatively, especially if exposure to the sun is avoided. The extent of scarring (which normally occurs after any surgery) is kept to a minimum because the Mohs surgeon removes only the skin cancer and a minimal amount of healthy tissue.
Preoperative Instructions for Mohs or Excisional Surgery
Your surgery will be performed in our office on an outpatient basis unless otherwise instructed by our provider or nurse.
For patients having Mohs micrographic skin cancer surgery, plan to possibly spend most of the morning in our office (infrequently, it may be all day). This does not mean that you will be in surgery the entire time. We do all laboratory testing while you wait in order to minimize the chance of tumor recurrence. The lab work takes time, so you may want to bring something to read or someone to keep you company. While waiting on laboratory results, you may return to our patient reception area to be with your family and/or friend(s) where coffee is provided. Patients who are NOT having Mohs will NOT have to wait on the laboratory results.
Eat a light meal before coming in for surgery unless otherwise instructed.
If you are known to have cardiovascular disease and have been prescribed a blood thinner such as aspirin, Plavix, Eliquis, or Coumadin by your physician, it may not be necessary to discontinue it. Please discuss this with our scheduling nurse before surgery. If you have not been prescribed aspirin or other blood thinners by your physician for the treatment of known cardiovascular disease, avoid aspirin for at least 3 days prior to surgery and for 2 – 3 days after surgery. All patients should try to avoid other NSAID’s (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), such as Advil/Motrin/ibuprofen, Naprosyn/Aleve/naproxen, Vitamin E, and similar medications as these medications also increase the tendency of bleeding. Plain Tylenol may be taken if pain medicine is needed.
TAKE YOUR REGULAR MEDICINES on the morning of surgery, except as discussed above.
If not provided to us previously, please bring a list of all medicines that you are currently taking.
Avoid drinking alcohol for 2 – 3 days prior to surgery and for 2 days after surgery as this increases the chances of bleeding.
If you are diabetic, please bring a snack. If you have asthma, please bring your inhalers.
We use only local anesthesia, so you will not be put to sleep in our clinic.
Take a bath or shower using an antibacterial soap on the morning of your surgery. We recommend that you do not apply makeup on the morning of your surgery (if the surgical site is on your face).
Wear comfortable clothes. You may be asked to remove your shirt and a gown will be furnished. Therefore, button-down shirts are preferable and one-piece garments (i.e., jumpsuits) are discouraged.
You may bring someone with you or have someone available to call in order to drive you home after your surgery, especially if the surgical site is on your face or near your eye.
If you have questions or want to cancel your scheduled appointment, please call and speak to our surgery coordinator as soon as possible.
Mohs Surgery FAQs
I have a documented skin cancer and am interested in Mohs as a treatment option. Who can I talk to?
Dr. Burrow would be more than happy to discuss this treatment option with you during a Mohs consultation. To schedule a consultation please call 601-939-0005.
Why is Mohs superior to other skin cancer removal techniques?
Mohs Micrographic Surgery offers patients the best possible cure rates and cosmetic results by thoroughly removing the diseased tissue only, preserving any surrounding "healthy" tissue. When compared to other treatments, there is no comparison; Mohs surgery is in a class by itself.
How long does the procedure take?
The excision itself takes approximately 10 - 15 minutes; however, the duration of the procedure depends on the location and size of the skin cancer. While several stages may be required, the sectioning, marking, and microscopic analysis may take up to one hour for each stage alone.
Where is the procedure performed?
The vast majority of Mohs procedures are performed on-site at our clinic.
Will I be put to sleep for the procedure?
No, all procedures performed at our clinic will only use local numbing medication.
Will I scar?
While scarring is unavoidable, the Mohs technique offers minimal cosmetic disruption and the best cosmetic results.