What are the different types of skin cancers and the best treatment options for care?

Skin cancer is a serious issue, and can occur anywhere on the body. However, it is most commonly noticed on areas of the skin that have been previously exposed to the sun, such as the face, the neck, the chest, the arms, and the hands.

Skin cancer can develop into one of three types, including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, or squamous cell carcinoma. All three of these types of skin cancers can be diagnosed, treated, and prevented with the help of Dr. Mary Lupo at the Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology.

A skin cancer diagnosis is the first step needed before treatment is planned. The type of skin cancer can be identified with a biopsy. A biopsy allows a portion of the problem area to be sent to a laboratory for testing to see if there are cancerous skin cells in the sample. If so, it is reported to the dermatologist and the dermatologist will notify the patient of the results.

Once a diagnosis has been made, patients must act quickly to avoid the spread of cancer if it is a melanoma. There may be further tests done to make sure it is not metastasizing. A patient’s prognosis will be greatly determined by many factors including the stage, type, and size of the cancer, as well as where it is on the body. Patients in good health may also have a better chance at fighting skin cancer than those who have weak immune systems or are dealing with other medical issues.

After diagnosis, the treatment is planned.  For easy basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, simple excision or topical chemotherapy are options. More severe or recurrent basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, especially those on the face, require mohs surgery.  Finally, melanoma needs an oncological or plastic surgeon to excise with wide margins and do possible lymph node dissection.

What are the best treatment options for acne?

Acne is a common skin condition that is often associated with teenagers, but many adults deal with different types of acne as well. Acne can negatively affect the appearance, texture, and health of the skin and it can be embarrassing for those who deal with it. Some acne is severe enough that patients are unable to disguise their problem with cosmetics. Those who want to put their best face forward in social situations often take the time to speak to a dermatologist at the Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology about the best treatment options for acne.

Acne can be addressed in a variety of ways, but this needs to be determined based on the type of acne patients are experiencing. There are many different varieties and a diagnosis can help guide Dr. Mary Lupo and her team in developing a skin care routine and treatment options that work best. The two types are inflammatory (includes papules, pustules, nodules and cysts) and non-inflammatory (comedones and milia). They can range from mild to severe with an evaluation from a dermatologist.

Once the type of acne has been determined, treatment options will be discussed. Some patients do well with the use of over-the-counter products. However, by the time they are visiting a dermatologist, many have attempted to treat the problem in this manner without any noticeable results or changes. This is when they decide to see Dr. Mary Lupo and seek additional assistance.

Treatment options for acne may include:

  • Topical creams and gels
  • Oral antibiotics
  • Hormonal therapies
  • Laser  and light therapies
  • Chemical therapies
  • Accutane

Patients in and around the area of New Orleans are often interested in speaking with Dr. Mary Lupo regarding the ways in which they can treat their acne in a safe and manageable way. If you live in the community or surrounding areas and want to seek the assistance of a quality dermatological provider such as Dr. Mary Lupo, now is the best time to contact the team of the Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology. We can schedule new patients into our practice for a general consultation and initial evaluation to determine how patients can improve their skin and medical conditions with our professional guidance.

Say “bye, bye” to your love handles, spare tire or muffin top!

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Love handles, spare tire, muffin top… whatever you call it, we all want to get rid of midsection fat on our bodies. Lose inches from your waistline with Vanquish!Vanquish 2Vanquish 3

BTL Vanquish is now FDA cleared for circumferential reduction. Proven to kill fat, Vanquish targets abdomen, belly, flanks and love handles in one treatment, without downtime, discomfort or consumables

The Lupo Center was the first office in Louisiana and one of the first five offices in the country to carry Vanquish, and our patients have been extremely happy with their results since the beginning. If you are interested in shedding excess fat that diet and exercise can’t get rid of, call us today to set up a consultation – 504-288-2381.

Bellafill Treats Acne Scars

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Acne can come in lots of shapes and sizes and at different stages of life. No matter how moderate or severe acne is, it can be very troublesome especially if it is prominently located on the face. And even when acne clears up, it can leave behind scars that affect some people both physically and emotionally.

Luckily there are now several options to correct acne scarring. The newest treatment available at the Lupo Center is called Bellafill, the first dermal filler available for the correction of moderate to severe pitted facial acne scars on the cheek in patients over the age of 21 years. Each Bellafill injection provides an immediate, visible lift and fill to the acne scars with lasting results.

The ideal Bellafill candidate:

  1. A patient with little to no active acne – Our board certified dermatologists can recommend treatments to help control active acne before Bellafill is administered.
  2. A patient with distensible acne scars – Distensible acne scars improve when they are stretched.
  3. A patient with rolling pitted scars – There are three types of pitted acne scars: rolling, ice pick and boxcar. Bellafill is indicated to treat rolling scars.

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To learn more about Bellafill, click here, or contact our office to schedule a consultation: 504-288-2381.

Employee of the Month Selects Product of the Month

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Employee of the month of July
Stephanie works with Dr. Holcomb as her medical assistant, and she has been selected as our July Employee of the Month! As the Employee of the Month, Stephanie has been rewarded with a skincare product of her choice: ALPHAEON BEAUTY Eyelash Serum. Stephanie says “I was hesitant to use Latisse because I have blue eyes and am concerned about any change of eye color, but I wanted to have fuller, more beautiful lashes. I’m excited about ALPHAEON BEAUTY’s new Eyelash Serum.  I have seen amazing results from my co-workers who have used the product and can’t wait to see better lashes on myself soon!”  We want our patients to benefit from this product as well, so during the month of July, the ALPHAEON BEAUTY Eyelash Serum will be 10% off.

ALPHAEON BEAUTY Eyelash Serum treatment at Lupo Center

Unfortunately thinning eyelashes are part of the aging process. As we age, eyelash follicles (the openings in the skin through which the lash grows) can slow or stop producing new lashes, causing the lashes to lose length and volume, growing brittle and sparse. The lightweight Eyelash Serum is fortified with peptides to help stimulate hair growth, plus biotin to encourage growth and prevent lashes from becoming dry and losing volume. Pumpkin seed extract, rich in fatty acids and essential minerals, helps to nourish, while sodium hyaluronate, a form of hyaluronic acid, helps to condition and moisturize.

In just eight weeks, patients saw an improvement in overall lash appearance, and they agreed their lashes appeared thicker, longer, more conditioned and less sparse. This hydrating serum is supplied with an applicator brush, which allows for easy application of the serum at the base of the upper eyelids once a day. This professional treatment has no side effects, such as discoloration.

ALPHAEON BEAUTY Eyelash Serum treatment at Lupo Center New Orleans

 When you purchase ALPHAEON BEAUTY Eyelash Serum in our office, you will receive 10% off this product through July 31 2015, while supplies last. 

What are the anti-aging benefits of Fraxel Dual treatment?

The signs of aging often creep up on patients and they are unhappy with the way it affects their appearance. Fine lines and wrinkles are never welcome on men or women. Skin laxity is a cause, resulting from the loss of collagen and elastin in the skin. The skin becomes loose and wrinkles and folds begin to form on the face, around the eyes, on the forehead, around the nose and mouth, and even along the jowls. Dr. Mary Lupo is a board certified dermatologist at the Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology in the New Orleans area who may speak to patients about the anti-aging benefits of Fraxel Dual.

Fraxel Dual is a procedure that is done for patients with an interest in rejuvenating their skin. It can also help with a range of medical problems such as acne scarring, stretch marks and surgical scars. It can be performed on nearly any part of the body including the stomach, face, neck, chest, hands, and arms.

Fraxel Dual is a special laser treatment that can provide amazing improvements. It can uncover the healthy, youthful skin patients once had and improve conditions that may have been troublesome over time. It is non-invasive and less costly than alternative services available, and patients will experience minimal healing time, with most patients returning the work and social activities the following day.

Dr. Mary Lupo and her team at the Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology encourage new patients in and around the area of New Orleans to consider Fraxel Dual for its anti-aging benefits. It can improve:

  • Sun damage
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Freckles
  • Brown spots, sun spots, and age spots
  • Actinic keratoses
  • Stretch marks
  • Poor texture and tone
  • Pigmentation issues
  • Acne, surgical and traumatic scars

If you live in t New Orleans or the surrounding area, we welcome you to visit the Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology to book an appointment with our quality staff. Contact us today and we can get you on the books for an evaluation and consultation visit to learn about this procedure and many more available through our state-of-the-art practice.

Dr. Mary Lupo discusses the long-term effects of excessive sun exposure in Summer

Dr. Mary Lupo and the team of the Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology are committed to helping patients in and around the area take good care of their skin every day. A big problem that can lead to skin cancer is sun exposure so it is best that patients are serious about protecting their skin as necessary during the harsh, summer months in the New Orleans area.

Many patients are not aware of the long-term effects of sun exposure during the hot summer months. In the summer, the sun is at its strongest, especially during the middle part of the day. Dr. Mary Lupo takes the time to educate her patients on skin protection for many reasons. Some common effects of sun exposure include:


The first noticeable problem with sun exposure is sunburn. Sunburn can be extremely uncomfortable and can damage the skin in ways that may not be noticeable initially. This also increases the risk for skin cancer when sunburn occurs, no matter what the age.


Freckles tend to pop out when patients receive extensive sun exposure. While they are not problematic, some patients do not enjoy their appearance and the way they can affect the tone of the skin. Freckles can be difficult to disguise with cosmetics.

Accelerated skin aging

No one wants to see the signs of aging occur on the skin, but sun exposure on a regular basis can actually accelerate the development of fine lines, wrinkles and sagging. Avoid the appearance of aging skin by reducing sun exposure in the summer months.

Pigmentation issues

Sun spots are common pigmentation complaints by patients who visit a dermatologist. These can develop with even minimal sun exposure.

Changes in skin cells

The most serious long-term danger of excessive sun exposure during the summer is skin cancer. Skin cancer is a serious issue and it should not be taken lightly. Patients are urged to use broad-spectrum sunscreen every day and to ensure they use the proper amount when participating in outdoor activities that can result in UV ray exposure. Reapplication is a necessity.

While there are benefits to sunlight, such as natural Vitamin D, it is important to take note in regards to ways to protect the skin with sunscreen and to avoid sun exposure in mid-day when it’s at its strongest. Remember tanning beds do not provide the UVB that makes Vitamin D. Tanning beds are intense sources of UVA, the more deeply penetrating UV energy that accelerates wrinkles, sagging and suppresses your immune system causing fever blisters in herpes-prone individuals. Dr. Mary Lupo can educate patients on skin care during the summer months.