By Jessica Tuggle
VERO BEACH -- The largest organ in the human body is the one that gets burned, bumped, bruised, weather-beaten and abused, and it shouldn't be taken for granted.
The skin is the outer barrier protecting the rest of your body from the dangers of the outside world and deserves special care, the kind of care that comes from a professional dermatologist.
Dr. Larry Landsman of the Aesthetic Dermatology Center of Vero Beach has more than 20 years of experience, and truly cares about the health of his patients.
His office provides the community with a wide array of dermatological treatments for promoting and maintaining healthy skin.
Some dermatologists use physician extenders, such as nurse practitioners, to perform procedures. But patients of Dr. Landsman can be reassured that all procedures, such as biopsies, skin-cancer surgeries or any cosmetic procedures, are only done by the doctor.
"Putting the patient first is important to us," Dr. Landsman said. "Patients are treated as individuals and receive quality care. We're able to see people in a timely manner and if they have an unexpected emergency come up, we work hard to fit them in."
Skin cancer is the most common form of human cancer and in general the most curable if caught in the early stages.
Dr. Landsman specializes in skin cancer screening and the treatment of skin cancer.
He also includes cosmetic and general dermatology in his practice, which makes his patient demographic quite diverse. Cosmetic dermatology treatments include Botox, fillers, chemical peels, laser hair removal and laser skin treatments.
"I'm able to treat patients' needs throughout their lifespan, from infancy to the golden years," he said. "In one day, I can see a teenager with acne and low self-esteem and help their skin clear up, which helps them feel better about themselves, then help a middle-aged person look their best by recommending a skin care regimen or Botox or filler treatment if appropriate and the patient desires it, and finally, find melanoma in its early stages on an elderly person and save a life."
Dr. Landsman recommends patients have a full body exam regardless of the reason for the visit. It's also recommended people see a dermatologist once a year for a full body exam.
"Things can look suspicious to me before causing any symptoms because of my experience," he said.
Outside of visiting a dermatologist, people can promote their own skin care on a day-to-day basis.
Practicing "safe sun" by applying sunscreen with SPF 30 and zinc oxide as an active ingredient every two to three hours is a good way to start.
Playing tennis is one of Dr. Landsman's favorite pastimes and in addition to sunscreen, he recommends wearing sun protective clothing, wide brimmed hats and sunglasses during outdoor activities.
"I practice what I preach," Dr. Landsman said.
He recommends that people examine themselves on a regular basis and get to know the moles and other growths on their bodies, as self-exams can have a positive long term effect on overall health.
"If anything is changing, see a dermatologist as soon as possible," he said. "I look forward to being your dermatologist."
The Aesthetic Dermatology Center of Vero Beach is located at 787 37th St. Suite E-250 in Vero Beach. New patients are welcome, and anyone can call for an appointment. For more information call (772) 562-7546 or visit www.drlarrylandsman.com.