Earl R Stoddard, MD

August 1st, 2014

The skin is the largest organ of the body, with a total area of about 20 square feet. It protects us from microbes and the elements and helps regulate body temperature. Skin related diseases and conditions affect most people at some point in their lives and may range from a simple rash to mild or severe acne; from a deadly form of skin cancer (melanoma) to excessive and unpredictable sweating (hyperhidrosis).

Dermatologists are experts at diagnosing and treating minor and major skin-related problems, we also manage cosmetic skin issues, such as wrinkles, tattoo removal, scarring, or signs of premature aging. To help improve the appearance of skin damaged by aging, sunlight or disease, there are a number of treatment options. Botox, a cosmetic injection, is perhaps one of the most widely known treatments available. Although botulinum toxin (Botox) injections are commonly used for cosmetic purposes, they too serve as an important treatment option for individuals who suffer from hyperhidrosis. This particular condition affects millions of people around the world and is characterized by excessive and unpredictable sweating. While it is not life-threatening, it can lead to significant discomfort, both physically and emotionally, and often requires medical attention.

As an alternative to injections or to remove pigmented lesions and tattoos, rejuvenate and resurface skin and/or eliminate unwanted hair, lasers therapies are available. Advancements in laser therapies combine the effectiveness of traditional lasers with a new application technique to deliver powerful results with faster recovery times.

I will be hosting a free seminar on Thursday, August 7, 2014 in the Pebble Creek Auditorium, Portneuf Medical Center. The seminar, Cosmetic Dermatology and Protecting Your Skin,” will focus on injectable cosmetics, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and the latest advancements in laser therapies. Doors open at 6pm. Presentation will begin at 6:30pm with a question and answer session following the presentation. To register for this seminar, call 208-239-1048. To learn more about upcoming events and seminars at Portneuf, like Portneuf on Facebook.

The team of specialists at Idaho Skin Institute will take the time to listen and thoroughly understand your health issues and concerns. We tailor the care you receive to your personal needs and offer you the best possible outcomes, safety and service. To schedule an appointment, call 208-238-7546.

Dr. Stoddard and his staff at the Idaho Skin Institute offer complete services for skin cancer diagnosis and management, including micrographic surgery (Mohs) for certain types of skin cancer. The Idaho Skin Institute offers a free cancer screening the first Tuesday of each month from 5-7pm. No appointment is required. Patients can come and be evaluated free of charge. If treatment is required, patients will be scheduled for a future visit.