Dermatology Services Offered

The Hampton Roads Center for Dermatology in Newport News, VA features a range of comprehensive services in medical dermatology, cosmetic dermatology, and surgical dermatology. No matter the care you need, look to Dr. Valerie Harvey for all of your dermatological needs. As a board certified dermatologist with over a decade of clinical experience, Dr. Harvey provides advanced, patient-centered care.

 Medical dermatology concentrates on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the hair, skin, and nails to improve overall health. A board certified dermatologist will perform evaluations, discuss treatment options, and a plan to maintain a healthier look.

 Here are some of the conditions and services offered under medical dermatology:

Acne

Acne is the most common skin condition affecting approximately 50 million Americans each year. Acne can be located on the face, chest and back and is characterized by the presence of papules, pustules, white heads, black heads and cysts. Complications of acne include scarring, and post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (dark spots). While some acne patients will get better with over the counter medications, many cases will require topically applied or oral prescription medications. Dr. Harvey has extensive experience managing both mild and severe forms of acne in all skin types.

Treatments: topical medications, oral antibiotics, other medications/contraceptives

Eczema

Eczema, is a common skin condition affecting both children and adults. There are many forms of eczema including atopic dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, irritant dermatitis, and dyshidrotic eczema. Patients with eczema often develop red scaly patches which are associated with itching. Eczema commonly involves the flexural creases, but can affect any area of the body. Treatments of eczema include moisturizers and emollients and topical steroids. In patients with severe or refractory eczema, a novel injectable medication called Dupixent has been shown to benefit some patients. Dr. Harvey has extensive experience treating patients with various forms of eczema in both adult and children.

Treatments: Facial cleansers

Dry Skin

Dry skin is a common skin concern, especially during the winter months. Dry skin is usually accompanied by scaling, flaking, cracking, and itching. There are some simple measures one can take to help treat and prevent dry skin. Shower or bathe daily with lukewarm water with a soap free or mild soap cleanser. In general, liquid soaps are gentler and more moisturizing than bar soaps. Limit shower and bath times to 5-10 minutes. Blot skin dry with a towel. Apply moisturizer within 3 minutes of showering or bathing to help “seal in the moisture”. Moisturizers can be applied as often as necessary throughout the day to help keep the skin soft and supple. Hand creams should be applied after every hand washing. In general, creams and ointments are more hydrating than lotions. Look for laundry detergents which are scent free and labeled as hypoallergenic. Wear clothing fabrics which are soft and gentle such as cotton, avoid abrasive wool fabrics. Wear gloves outdoors during cold winter days and to protect your hands from harsh chemicals or other substances.  Seek the care of a dermatologist if your skin feels persistently dry despite the above measures. Sometimes very dry skin may require additional prescription medications or may signal the presence of another dermatologic diagnosis. A dermatologist can examine your skin to determine your skin needs. 

Treatments: Facial cleansers

Melanoma

Skin cancers are the most common type of human malignancy. The three most common types of skin cancer include basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Excessive sun exposure is a well know risk factor for the development of skin cancer. Sun protection, and the use of a broad spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher  are important in the primary prevention of skin cancer. Early diagnosis and treatment are important for decreasing the chance of a skin cancer spreading. Dr. Harvey is skilled at identifying and treating precancerous and cancerous skin lesions. In consultation with dermatopathologists, surgical oncology, plastic surgery, and Mohs surgery, Dr. Harvey will devise an individualized treatment plan tailored to each patient.

Treatments: Chemotherapy, Immunotherapy, Radiation therapy, Surgical Excision, Targeted therapy

Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

Individuals with skin of color make up a broad range of ethnic groups including Africans, African Americans, Asians, Native Americans and Hispanics. The U.S Census Bureau predicts that minorities will represent more than one-half of the U.S. population by the year 2050. There are many skin conditions that are more common or have different presentations in patients with skin of color. For example, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, which is darkening of the skin after a rash or injury to the skin, is more common in darker skin types. Central centripetal cicatricial alopecia is a type of scarring hair loss that occurs almost exclusively in black women. Women develop patches of hair loss on the central scalp that spreads slowly over time. Early diagnosis and treatment is critical to prenenting permanent hair loss.

Treatments: Chemical peels, Laser treatments, Topical medications

Rosacea

Rosacea also known as adult acne, is a chronic skin condition which affects as many as 14 million Americans. It is characterized by the development of red papules, pustules, and cysts. Patients can also develop broken blood vessels and facial flushing. Rosacea usually involves the central aspect of the face- including the forehead, cheeks, nose and chin. Hot liquids, spicy foods, and alcohol are known triggers of the symptoms of rosacea. There are various treatments for laser including prescription creams, oral antibiotics, and laser therapy. Dr. Harvey is skilled at treating both mild and severe forms of rosacea.

Treatments: Facial Cleansers

Cosmetic dermatology concentrates on addressing aesthetic issues and achieving optimal improvement in appearance and to reduce the signs of aging.

Dr. Harvey offers a line of SkinCeuticals™ products for those in need of skin repair. If you are ready to restore your beauty by correcting your uneven skin tone, fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging, view a full list of products available for purchase. .

Here are some of the conditions and services covered under cosmetic dermatology:

Botox

Botulinum toxin (Botox) is an injectable medication that relaxes muscles and smoothens facial wrinkles, imparting a more youthful appearance. Treatments are quick and invisible. Results typically last for 3 months.

Conditions treated/uses: Crow’s feet, Excessive sweating, Frown lines, Wrinkles

Chemical peel

 Chemical peels are acidic solutions used to provide a controlled exfoliation of the skin. Dermatologists use chemical peels to treat a variety of medical and cosmetic skin conditions such as acne, sun damage, dark patches, freckles, fine lines and other textural changes in the skin. Advancements in chemical peels have made the process of peeling much less dramatic. Results are noted over 2–3 weeks and most conditions are treated with a series of peels.

Conditions treated/uses: Post-Inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH)

Microneedling

The microneedling procedure causes controlled micro-injuries that stimulate your body’s natural wound healing process,
while minimizing cellular damage. The result is effective remodeling of scar tissue, while keeping the overall
structure of your skin intact. Microneedling is mostly used to treat various types of scars, wrinkles, and to
improve texture and pigmentation.

Conditions treated/uses: Age spots, Skin growths (warts), Skin lesions

Surgical dermatology utilizes surgical methods to diagnose, treat, and prevent medical and cosmetic conditions of the hair, skin, nails, and veins. Surgical dermatology repairs and improves the appearance of the skin by modifying or removing skin tissue.

For a full list of conditions and services covered under surgical dermatology:

Electrocautery

 

Conditions treated/uses: Non-cancerous moles, Skin tags, Warts

Skin biopsies

 

Conditions treated/uses: Moles or growths, Skin cancers, Skin infection, Skin tags, Warts

Skin cancer treatment

Skin cancers are the most common type of human malignancy. The three most common types of skin cancer include basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Excessive sun exposure is a well know risk factor for the development of skin cancer. Sun protection, and the use of a broad spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher are important in the primary prevention of skin cancer. Early diagnosis and treatment are important for decreasing the chance of a skin cancer spreading. Dr. Harvey is skilled at identifying and treating precancerous and cancerous skin lesions. In consultation with dermatopathologists, surgical oncology, plastic surgery, and Mohs surgery, Dr. Harvey will devise an individualized treatment plan tailored to each patient. 

Conditions treated/uses: Basal cell carcinoma, Melanoma, Squamos cell carcinoma

About Dr. Valerie M. Harvey, MD, MPH

TPMG board certified dermatologist, Valerie M. Harvey, MD, MPH, has over a decade of experience specializing in treating common and uncommon skin conditions. Her past research efforts have focused on gaps in melanoma outcomes and the use of dermatology services among the underserved. She is an active leader in the dermatologic community and serves on numerous boards for the American Academy of Dermatology and Skin of Color Society. She continues to stay abreast of the latest research and advances in technology in the industry.

Dr. Harvey is located in Newport News at the TPMG Hampton Roads Center for Dermatology.

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