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Tests & Treatments

The following tests and treatments are some of the most common tests and treatments offered by specialists in this area. These specialists offer many other advanced tests and treatments for a wide range of medical problems. Please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) if you have questions about specific tests or treatments not listed here.

  • Botulinum toxin is available as four brands: Botox, Myobloc, Dysport and Xeomin. Each is produced from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. When eaten, the toxin causes a serious food poisoning called botulism. But when injected in very small amounts, it can be used safely to treat a number of medical and neurological conditions.
  • Chemical Peel

    Chemical peel is a treatment to improve the appearance of the skin. During a chemical peel, a chemical solution is applied to the skin, causing it to blister and peel off. This process removes the superficial layers of the skin, leaving new, typically smoother and less wrinkled skin.
  • Extracorporeal Photopheresis

    Extracorporeal photopheresis is a treatment used to treat cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) and graft-versus-host disease. In extracorporeal photopheresis, a patient’s blood is injected with a drug that makes cells more sensitive to ultraviolet (UV) light and then exposed to UV light. This process damages the cancerous cells, which are returned to the patient, stimulating the body’s immune system.
  • Hair Removal

    Hair removal is a treatment to remove unwanted hair. There are many methods for hair removal; one of the most common methods is laser hair removal. Some types of laser hair removal work better on certain skin tones than others, so check with a dermatologist about which method will be most effective.
  • Light Therapy

    People undergoing light therapy sit near a device that mimics natural light. Light therapy is a treatment for people who suffer from circadian rhythm sleep disorders, which disrupt the body's internal clock. It can also be used to treat seasonal affective disorder (SAD), depression linked to the lack of light in winter. There are also specialized forms of light therapy to treat certain skin disorders, including psoriasis, vitiligo, scleroderma, acne, precancerous skin lesions and other conditions.
  • Liposuction

    Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure doctors use to remove unwanted fat from some areas of the body. Traditional liposuction is generally performed by a plastic surgeon. Tumescent liposuction allows doctors to remove fat from certain areas through tubes.
  • Microdermabrasion

    Microdermabrasion is a technique dermatologists use to “sand” the top layers of the skin, with the goal of making it smoother, brighter and healthier looking. Microdermabrasion can even out discoloration of the skin, control acne and soften fine lines and acne scars.
  • Mohs surgery treats skin cancer. The surgeon removes cells by layer, examining each layer for cancer cells until no more cancer cells are found.
  • Patch Testing

    Patch testing helps doctors find the triggers of allergic reactions. During a patch test, a doctor puts small amounts of suspected irritants or allergens on the patient’s skin to determine which ones are causing flares.
  • Photodynamic Therapy

    Photodynamic therapy is light-sensitive medicine that is activated with a laser or other type of light. It is used in the treatment of some cancers, such as lung cancer, and some eye conditions, such as macular degeneration.
  • Sclerotherapy

    Sclerotherapy is a type of chemical injection most commonly used to remove varicose or spider veins. Doctors inject the chemical into the problem vein with the goal of collapsing it until it disappears.
  • Skin Tag Removal

    Skin tag removal can be performed by cutting, burning or freezing away a skin tag. Skin tags are a type of growth that sticks out of the skin. They often form on the eyelids or in skin folds. Usually harmless, they only need to be removed if they become bothersome.
  • Skin Testing

    Skin testing is a way to diagnose allergies. During a percutaneous skin test, a doctor places a small amount of a suspected allergen on the patient's skin and then pricks the skin with a needle so that the substance seeps under the surface. During an intracutaneous skin test, a doctor injects a small amount of the suspected allergen into the skin. Both types of skin testing help determine which allergens are causing symptoms.
  • Tattoo Removal

    Tattoo removal is performed by a dermatologic surgeon. There are different techniques to safely and effectively remove unwanted tattoos, including dermabrasion, laser surgery and surgical excision. Tattoo removal can usually be done in the doctor’s office or an outpatient surgical facility.