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Friday, May 13, 2016

May is National Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States with an estimated 3,500,000 cases diagnosed each year. According to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, it develops as an abnormal or uncontrolled growth of mutated cells of skin, typically in the top layer known as the epidermis. Skin cancer may initially appear as a bump or irregular patch on the skin. The most common types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.

The month of May is National Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that “everyone practice monthly head-to-toe self examination of their skin, so that they can find any new or changing lesions that might be cancerous or precancerous.” It’s also recommended to visit your local dermatologist to get a skin cancer screening.

The Melanoma Research Foundation is encouraging people to #GetNaked to "raise awareness about melanoma and the importance of being proactive” when it comes to skin cancer. Additionally, The ABCDEs of Melanoma post is helpful in catching these cancers early.

To book a skin cancer screening at Advanced Dermatology, call (901) 759-2322 or visit

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Dr. Patel Discusses Skin Care with WMC 5 Action News 5

Dr. Purvisha Patel discusses the safety and risks of fade creams with Jerica Phillips from WMC Action News 5.

WMC Action News 5 hosted a Facebook Live Q&A with Dr. Patel as she answered real-time questions from viewers on all things skin care.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Dr. Purvisha Patel on WMC Action News 5

Dr. Purvisha Patel shares her expertise about a new study linking hair products to toxic chemicals on WMC Action News 5 with Jerica Phillips on May 2, 2016.

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Do Something Beautiful for Mom on her Special Day

Take care of the woman who always takes care of you by treating mom to the ultimate spa experience for Mother's Day at Visha Medi Spa inside Advanced Dermatology Skin Cancer and AssociatesIn the month of May, Visha Medi Spa is offering five exclusive spa specials to pamper mothers in style.

“At Visha Medi Spa we would like to celebrate mothers from all over the region by providing them a place of relaxation and rejuvenation by offering specials on services including Botox, Radiesse filler, facial laser rejuvenation and micropeels,” said Dr. Purvisha Patel, owner of Visha Medi Spa and Advanced Dermatology and Skin Cancer Associates and creator of Visha Skin Care.

Give the gift of beauty with these five rejuvenating Mother's Day specials by calling (901) 759-2322.
  • Purchase a gift certificate at Visha Medi Spa and receive a free Visha Skin Care product
  • Purchase 30 units of Botox and receive 10 units for free
  • Buy one syringe of Radiesse filler and receive the second syringe half off
  • Buy an introductory facial laser rejuvenation and receive a free micropeels.
  • Purchase a facial and body wrap gift certificate and receive a free Visha Skin Care Sugar Shrink Body Scrub.
If your mom lives in a different city, let her know you’re thinking of her with a gift of beauty from Visha Skin Care. Take 15% off your purchase of Mommy or Advanced bundles with code “MothersDay2016” now through May 31. Visha Skin Care’s multitasking feature and powerful ingredients are perfect for a mother that’s always on the go. You can purchase these products at

Thursday, March 31, 2016

April is Rosacea Awareness Month

This month, we bring light to a skin condition that affects over 16 million people in the U.S. commonly found in adults over 30.

Symptoms are:

Facial redness. Rosacea usually causes a persistent redness in the central portion of your face. Small blood vessels on your nose and cheeks often swell and become visible.

Swollen red bumps. Many people who have rosacea also develop bumps on their face that resemble acne. These bumps sometimes contain pus. Your skin may feel hot and tender.

Eye problems. About half of the people with rosacea also experience eye dryness, irritation and swollen, reddened eyelids. In some people, rosacea eye symptoms precede the skin symptoms.

Enlarged nose. Rarely, rosacea can thicken the skin on the nose, causing the nose to appear bulbous (maraschino). This occurs more often in men than in women.

Since treatment is different for every patient, it is recommended that you visit a dermatologist for a tailored treatment plan.

Treatments for rosacea include oral and topical medications, lifestyle modifications, laser and light therapies and surgical procedures (used mostly for advanced cases). These treatments are often combined for better results.

The good news is that rosacea can be controlled and manageable with the right treatments and lifestyle.

For more information on rosacea visit The National Rosacea Society website.

If you are having any signs of this disease, schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Advanced Dermatology and Skin Cancer Associates.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Creator of Visha Skin Care Line, Dr. Purvisha Patel visits Local Memphis Live

Dr. Patel visits WAN-TV's "Local Memphis Live" with Amy Speropoulos February 24th.

Discover a world of luxurious corrective skin care products that are affordable, saves time and will have you glowing with beautiful skin. These groundbreaking formulations are for all skin types, men and women, as well as pregnant women too!

Visha Skin Care saves time in which one product is used twice a day to reduce fine lines, eliminates dark spots, treats hyperpigmentation and fades acne scars.

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Friday, March 4, 2016

Employee Spotlight: Dr. Craig Gordon

Dr. Craig Gordon was raised in Sharon, Tennessee. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from The University of Tennessee in Knoxville and studied medicine at The University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis. He completed a one-year study of internal medicine at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville before moving to Jacksonville, Florida to complete a dermatology residency at The Mayo Clinic. During his residency, Dr. Gordon worked and trained with dermatologists at all Mayo campuses including Rochester, Minnesota, and Scottsdale, Arizona. He served as a resident board member of the Florida Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery from 2014 to 2015 and is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery.

What led you to your career

I chose dermatology because it was the specialty that appealed most to me. I like how it incorporates multiple medical disciplines including surgery, advanced medical cases, and pathology in an outpatient setting.

What are some of your goals in working in this field?

My first goal while working in this field is to provide excellent patient care. After all, I’m here for patients and they are the reason why I wanted to be a doctor in the first place. Another goal I have is to be the doctor who brings relief for patients with the difficult medical cases that other doctors haven’t been able to diagnose and treat.  

What do you like most about your job?

There are many aspects of my job that I enjoy, but if I had to decide on the number one thing, I would have to say interacting with patients and learning about their life stories. You can learn so much from listening to another person’s walk through life.

What are three career lessons you've learned thus far?

Three career lessons I have learned so far would be to always listen to your patients, appreciate and respect those you work with, and try to start everyday on the best foot possible.

Tell us three things most people don't know about you.

A few things most people don’t know about me would be that I grew up on a farm in rural northwest Tennessee, I love working on crossword puzzles in my free time, and The Commissary is my favorite restaurant in town.

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?

My favorite hobby outside of work is gardening tropical plants. I have a large collection of bromeliads I tend to daily.

Where is the best place you traveled to and why?

The best place I have traveled to is Arizona. I love how the landscape ranges from the majestic desert to the high mountains. I’ve camped at the Grand Canyon and explored many of the modern and progressive cities out there.

What is your favorite book?

Although it is considered Young Adult Literature, my favorite book is Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

What is your personal philosophy?

My personal philosophy can be summed up in one phrase: Learn from every day.