Services

Medical

We treat all ages and skin types for all conditions involving the skin, hair, or nails.

Dermatologists are trained to treat patients of all ages, from newborns to 100+ year olds. This includes the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of problems of the skin, hair, and nails. We utilize multiple diagnostic techniques including dermoscopy (magnified, polarized light allowing physicians to see skin lesions in greater depth and detail), investigative laboratory and microbiology, and microscopic exams.

Following diagnosis, we offer a wide array of treatment modalities including surgical excisions, liquid nitrogen cryotherapy, cantharidin, and of course prescription medications including isotretinoin/Accutane for resistant acne and biologics for psoriasis such as Enbrel, Humira, Stelara, etc.

With our many treatment options, we are able to customize our plan to each individual based on their specific skin and needs. The variety of skin conditions that we treat include but are not limited to:

  • Acne
  • Actinic Keratoses (pre-cancerous lesions)
  • Alopecia areata
  • Atypical/dysplastic moles/nevi
  • Basal cell carcinoma
  • Birthmarks
  • Cold sores
  • Cysts
  • Eczema/Dermatitis
  • Granuloma annulare
  • Hives
  • Keratosis Pilaris
  • Lichen Planus
  • Lipomas
  • Melanoma
  • Moles/Nevi check
  • Molluscum
  • Poison ivy
  • Psoriasis
  • Rashes
  • Ringworm
  • Rosacea
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis (Dandruff)
  • Seborrheic Keratoses
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Tinea Versicolor
  • Vitiligo
  • Warts

Surgical

 Skilled and comprehensive removal of both cancerous as well as benign growths.

In the event that there is a growth on your skin that needs to be removed, Dr. Harlan has received extensive training in skin surgery including Mohs surgery. Mohs surgery is typically reserved for skin cancers on sensitive areas such as ears, nose, lips, hands, etc. where there is limited and tight skin. It is a tissue sparing technique that is more time and labor intensive so insurance reserves it for these areas or larger more aggressive skin cancers elsewhere on the body.

 

  • Surgeries
  • Atypical/dysplastic nevi/moles
  • Basal cell carcinoma
  • Cysts
  • Lipomas
  • Melanoma
  • Squamous cell carcinoma

Cosmetic

These preventative and restorative treatments aim to repair skin damage that has accumulated over a lifetime.

Because today’s active lifestyle often involves a high level of sun exposure, many patients come to our office seeking to repair or correct the unwanted effects of sun damage and aging. We offer an individualized approach that emphasizes natural volume restoration with a particular focus on skin health and rejuvenation.Because today’s active lifestyle often involves a high level of sun exposure, many patients come to our office seeking to repair or correct the unwanted effects of sun damage and aging. We offer an individualized approach that emphasizes natural volume restoration with a particular focus on skin health and rejuvenation.

Botulinum Toxin (Dysport, Botox, etc)

This is a medicine that is injected into overactive muscles to improve wrinkles due to muscle expression on the face such as frown lines between eyebrows, forehead wrinkles, and crow’s feet/smile lines beside the eye. This is not a permanent treatment as the medicine wears off in 3-4 months but with regular treatment can lead to significant improvement and even erasing wrinkles in many patients. As with any preventative measure, the sooner you intervene the better as it is more difficult to clear up wrinkles that are so advanced they are present at rest.

Fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, etc)

These are often hyaluronic acid products that are a naturally-occurring substance in our skin and therefore do not require allergy testing like the old days with bovine collagen. These are meant to replace volume that occurs with the natural aging process resulting in skin folds and wrinkles. The best areas for these tend to be around the mouth with the nasolabial fold lines, marionette lines, etc. The hyaluronic acid filler product is gradually broken down by the body lasting approximately 6-12 months.
Chemical peels Chemical peels are commonly used to treat fine wrinkles, scarring, discoloration, acne, or pre-cancerous lesions.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) laser

Specializes in treating sun damage such as brown sun spots or solar lentigines as well as small dilated red blood vessels known as telangiectasias. This is a short in-office procedure with minimal downtime and is typically performed in a series of 3-6 treatments.

Microneedling

Microneedling is a technique that creates thousands of micro-perforations in the skin to stimulate the skin’s natural healing process. This causes collagen induction via the micro perforations, which stimulate fibroblasts to create natural collagen and elastin resulting in a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles, pore size, scars, and leads to an improvement in skin texture. In addition, microscopic perforations in the skin increase the effects of topical products, facilitating their entry and easy absorption into the skin. Microneedling is rapidly becoming one of the most popular cosmetic treatments because of it’s low downtime and excellent results, especially when coupled with IPL laser treatments.

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Central Iowa Dermatology

Visit Us at Our New Location

5705 NW 100th Street, Johnston, IA 50131

Dr. Eric Harlan

Ann Carlson PA-C

 

 

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UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine
2720 8th St SW, Altoona, IA 50009

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5900 E University Ave Suite 100, Pleasant Hill, IA 50327