In Knoxville, TN, our clinic treats many different skin conditions that can affect different parts of the body. Among the conditions we adeptly manage are keloids, warts, cancer, and psoriasis.
Our doctors work with primary care providers to treat skin cancer using advanced methods. One of these methods is low-energy x-ray therapy. This treatment is particularly effective for squamous cell carcinoma and allows for quick treatment.
Keloids, particularly arising from piercings, receive meticulous attention with advanced techniques emphasizing minimal scarring.
For psoriasis, affecting different body areas, our personalized treatment plans emphasize symptom relief and overall skin health improvement.
We effectively treat different types of warts on the body, including common and plantar warts. Explore below for detailed insights into our approach to these diverse skin conditions.
A wart is a small, non-cancerous growth on the skin caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts are generally harmless and can appear on various parts of the body including hands and feet.
HPV is very sensitive to x-ray therapy. We are able to break down the tissues containing the viral disease. At Heelex, we treat stubborn warts that have not responded well to over the counter topical medications, cryotherapy, or laser therapy. As we kill away the warty tissue, we leave room for new, healthy skin and tissue to grow in place of where your wart had affected the skin. You may experience some redness and skin dryness with this treatment, but this always heals normally and will only last a short amount of time.
Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition characterized by the rapid and abnormal growth of skin cells, leading to the formation of thick, red patches covered with silvery scales. This immune-mediated disorder occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy skin cells, causing an accelerated turnover of skin cells. Psoriasis commonly manifests on the elbows, knees, scalp, and lower back, but it can affect any part of the body.
The condition is often associated with itching, pain, and inflammation. Psoriasis is not contagious, and while its exact cause is not fully understood, it is believed to result from a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Treatment approaches vary and may include topical creams and oral medications.
We use superficial x-rays to target the affected area of the skin. The low-dose of x-rays helps to slow down the growth of skin cells and reduce inflammation of the skin caused by psoriasis.
“I had suffered for 24 YEARS with pustular psoriasis on my foot. I tried everything and nothing worked out–only worked for a short time. After going to Heelex for treatment my foot has been clear for 2 years!!! Heelex changed my life. Thank you to Heelex and their amazing staff!”
Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
Superficial X-rays, also known as low-energy X-rays, are utilized in the treatment of certain types of skin cancer. This is particularly effective for treating superficial or localized skin cancers, such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Superficial X-rays are designed to penetrate only a limited depth of tissue, making them suitable for targeting cancer cells near the surface of the skin while minimizing damage to deeper tissues. This targeted approach helps to destroy cancer cells and prevent them from proliferating. Dermatologists and radiation oncologists often consider superficial X-ray therapy as a non-invasive and well-tolerated option for specific skin cancer cases, particularly in instances where surgery may not be optimal or for patients who are not candidates for other treatments.
“I highly recommend Heelex for treatment of pain related to arthritis. I am a diabetic and I chose Heelex to treat a benign basal cell carcinoma. The treatment was painless and healed completely without any visible change in my skin. Absolutely thrilled with the result.”
Keloids are raised overgrowths of scar tissue that can develop after an injury or surgery. Superficial X-ray therapy is utilized to target the abnormal cells in the keloid tissue, slowing down their growth and promoting a more controlled healing response. By delivering focused x-rays to the keloid site, this treatment aims to reduce the size and thickness of the keloid, leading to improved cosmetic appearance and relief from symptoms such as itching or tenderness. Superficial X-ray therapy for keloids is often considered when other treatments, such as corticosteroid injections or surgical removal, have not been successful or are not suitable for a particular patient.