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Lansing, Michigan Doctor's Approach: Office Based Surgery
A recent study from Florida (Dermatol. Surg. 2008; 34:285-91) suggests that office based surgery is safe when performed by dermatologists. The study looked at 10 years of complication and death reports from Florida and 6 years from Alabama.
The apparent fallout of the study has brought the battle between plastic surgeons and dermatologists into the limelight, as there is current effort underway by plastic surgery experts to limit the types of procedures that dermatologists can perform in an office setting.
For Dr. Marcy Street, a board certified dermatologist in Lansing Michigan, and the nation’s first African American female MOHS surgeon in the country, the comparison between dermatology and plastic surgery doesn’t pass the smell test. ‘The comparison between the two types of practices isn’t really a comparison at all’ she explains, ‘because the practices are so different. There can be a bit of overlap between the two, but it is exceedingly minor in my opinion. We dermatologists have roots in internal medicine along with specific surgical skills that are confined more toward straightforward surgeries for things like moles, skin cancer removal and other ‘outpatient’
The battle may rage on despite the vast differences in the two types of practices. One school of thought argues that plastic surgeons are hurting, and as a result, need to include far more less invasive procedures than they have traditionally. As technology grows, there could be a bit more crossover, but according to Dr. Street, the crossover in plastic surgery would remain minor.
Dr. Marcy Street, Lansing, Michigan, board certified, Mayo clinic trained dermatologist has been in private practice for nearly 20 years. She is a recognized skin care and skin cancer expert with many articles published in popular magazines, professional journals and newspapers. She is also the first Black female Mohs Surgeon in the nation. Dr. Street has also has been interviewed on radio and television, and has spoken to physicians’ groups in both the United States and abroad as a skin cancer expert. She is also the founder of a skin care line also under the name Doctor’s Approach.
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Doctor’s Approach is a full-service medical and surgical dermatology clinic with a cosmetic medical spa. Our dermatology practice has been well established and respected for over 15 years, with patients visiting from all over the Midwest region.