Foothills Dermatology & Facial Plastic Surgery
7418 North La Cholla Boulevard
Tucson, AZ 85741
Phone: (520) 731-1110
Monday–Friday: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Regular dermatology care preserves healthy skin, defies aging, and improves your complexion. Whether you’re seeking treatment for a skin condition or skin cancer, want to soften unwanted facial lines, or smooth out rough skin, Dr. Katherine A. Orlick and her team are highly knowledgeable and experienced. Women and men visit us from nearby communities such as Sierra Vista for both medical and cosmetic dermatology services at our convenient Tucson location.
Blemishes and breakouts aren’t just adolescent problems. Acne can affect people of all ages, and its causes are varied. While there’s often a hormonal component, that doesn’t tell the whole story. Diet and lifestyle habits can play a role, too. Dr. Orlick understands how stressful it can be to deal with persistent adult acne. She offers a wide array of treatment options that she customizes based on the underlying cause of your acne and other factors unique to your skin and lifestyle. Often, she begins with a regimen of topical or oral medications. Although these typically help, other options–such as photodynamic therapy–are the next step.
It’s so much more than itchy skin! Eczema is a frustrating condition that can cause redness and a scaly rash, not to mention the telltale itching. In patients of all ages, eczema has myriad causes–from environmental allergens to genetic factors. If you eczema doesn’t respond to treatment with over-the-counter hydrocortisone treatment, Dr. Orlick can help. During your appointment, you may discover that your eczema has specific triggers that you can avoid. Together, you’ll work to discover a personalized treatment regimen that calms your eczema and prevents it from returning.
Although psoriasis is a common condition, it is not as well understood as it should be. Thought to be a disorder of the immune system, the symptoms of psoriasis are caused by an overgrowth of skin cells. The condition presents as thick, scaly patches that can be red or even silvery. The most common form of psoriasis, called plaque psoriasis, most commonly appears on the scalp, elbows, and knees. Treating psoriasis doesn’t need to be complex. Dr. Orlick uses a blend of the latest, most promising therapies to create results that endure.
Warts can be occasional nuisances or chronic concerns. Depending on the location of your wart and the underlying cause, Dr. Orlick may recommend treatment with cryotherapy (freezing of the wart), electrosurgery, or topical therapies.
The most common form of cancer is also the most treatable, especially when detected early. Skin cancer is a complex condition that can occur nearly anywhere on the body. Regular full-body checks–recommended annually–are the first step in spotting skin cancer early and improving the odds of a successful treatment and even cure. Learn more about our approach for diagnosing and treating all forms of skin cancer.
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Presenting as an itchy rash, dermatitis is one of the most common complaints among our young patients. Their sensitive skin can easily react to lots of environmental irritants. Dr. Orlick carefully listens to your child’s complaints and works to address the underlying cause of dermatitis rather than simply treating its symptoms.
Raised, red welts called hives can be symptoms of an infection or allergies. Hives might be itchy, but often they don’t cause any discomfort. If your child develops hives that persist for more than a few days, Dr. Orlick can work with you to prescribe a treatment and keep your child comfortable. Keep in mind that hives are most often benign and not indicative of a serious underlying conditon.
Birthmarks & Port Wine Stains
While certain birthmarks can be charming and add character to your child’s appearance, others–such as large port wine stains–can make your child feel self-conscious and even subject him or her to bullying. Port wine stains are red or purple discolorations that typically appear on the face. If your child has a vascular birthmark, you may want to consult with Dr. Orlick to discuss treatment options.
Vitiligo is an autoimmune condition where inflammation attacks the pigment of the skin, leaving white patches. The white patches do not cause symptoms, however it can make patients feel very self-conscious. Vitiligo is not a harmful condition and does not preclude patients from living normal lives, however in our sunny climate the white skin does not have a way to protect itself from sun damage. There are various treatment options for vitiligo including the use of topical creams or light treatments.
This condition occurs when the immune system misfires and attacks the hair follicles, resulting in hair loss. Typically, alopecia is confined to the scalp. It doesn’t usually cause other symptoms. Alopecia can be extremely distressing for affected children. Alopecia can be extremely distressing for affected children. Depending on the severity of your child’s condition and other factors, Dr. Orlick can develop a treatment plan to help with regrowth and may include topical steroid creams or other immune-modulating techniques.
Mole & Skin Cancer Removal
Dr. Orlick performs surgery on both benign and cancerous lesions in the office as an out-patient procedure.