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MEDICAL SERVICES

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Actinic Keratosis

Actinic Keratosis

What is Actinic Keratosis?

Actinic keratosis (AK), also called solar keratosis, is a chronic skin condition caused by cellular changes related to long-term, intense exposure to UV rays (such as tanning machines). Fair-skinned individuals are more at risk for developing AK lesions, which are dry, scaly patches that can range in size, color, appearance, texture, and depth.

AK typically occur on the face, lips, ears, scalp, back of the hands, and forearms—the parts of the body most often exposed to the sun. Sometimes they can’t be seen but can be felt. Many AK lesions never progress, but some of them eventually go on to become squamous cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer.

What risk factors increase chances of AKS?

  • A history of cumulative sun exposure
  • Fair skin
  • Blonde or red hair, in particular if combined with blue, hazel or green eyes
  • A tendency to freckle or burn after sun exposure
  • A weakened immune system

People are becoming better educated about the effects of the sun and more active in taking appropriate measures to protect their skin. But the impact of exposures earlier in life can, and usually does, show up years later as chronic skin conditions that need medical attention.

AK Treatments

Treatment is destruction of lesion with liquid nitrogen/cryotherapy (freezing), topical medications applied in the office or at home, or photodynamic therapy.

  • Daily use of Retin A
  • Levulan Kerastick and Blu-U
  • Liquid Nitrogen Cryotherapy
  • Topical Medications
  • Fraxel Dual
  • Photodynamic Therapy

MEET YOUR SPECIALISTS

  • Steven A. Kolenik III

    MD

    Steven graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Pennsylvania. He received his doctorate from the Yale School of Medicine, where he remained for his post-graduate training in dermatology. He was appointed chief resident in dermatology and also completed a fellowship in Mohs micrographic surgery. Dr. Kolenik is board certified in dermatology and is a member of the American College of Mohs Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology.

    Steven A. Kolenik
  • Frank J. Pinto Jr.

    MD

    Frank is board certified in dermatology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery. He has extensive experience and expertise in all aspects of dermatology but specializes in skin cancer detection and treatment, including Mohs micrographic surgery. He also has a particular interest in inflammatory and autoimmune skin disease, including psoriasis.

    Frank J. Pinto Jr.
  • Jennie B. Nally

    MD

    Jennie is a board certified dermatologist with extensive training in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. She enjoys working with patients of all ages and providing comprehensive evaluations and treatments for a wide range of skin conditions. Her special interests include prevention and early detection of skin cancer, pediatric dermatology, and dermatologic issues specific to women. Dr. Nally is very knowledgeable regarding skincare and cosmetic procedures and uses her expertise to help her patients achieve optimal skin health and appearance.

    Jennie B. Nally
  • Rhonda Q. Klein

    MD, MPH

    Rhonda is a board-certified dermatologist with extensive experience treating all aspects of medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. She is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Dermatology, Medical Dermatology Society, American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, and American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery.

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  • Deanne Mraz Robinson

    MD

    Deanne is a board certified dermatologist and Director of the Body Sculpting Center at Connecticut Dermatology Group. Deanne’s specialties include laser, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. Dr. Mraz Robinson was one of the lead investigators for Cellfina and Kybella trials. She is an active member of several professional organizations and serves on advisory and leadership boards for the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery(ASDS), and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS).

    Deanne Mraz Robinson
  • Elizabeth Gaines-Cardone

    MD

    Elizabeth is a board-certified dermatologist who enjoys treating patients of all ages. She received her medical degree from New York University in 2008 and completed her dermatology residency at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, NY, serving as Chief Resident in her last year. She has an interest in both medical and cosmetic dermatology. She aims to educate her patients on general skin health and skin cancer prevention.

    Elizabeth Gaines-Cardone
  • Cynthia Kucher

    MD

    Cynthia graduated with Bachelor's degrees in both biology and psychology from Temple University Medical School in 2001, completed her Pathology residency at the University of Pennsylvania in 2005. She then went on to complete her Dermatopathology fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Kucher has published multiple peer-reviewed articles in the topics of both neoplastic and inflammatory skin disorders. She is an active member of the American Society of Dermatopathology.

    Cynthia Kucher
  • John M. Jasinski

    MS, PA-C

    John is a board-certified physician assistant as well as an active member and fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Society for Dermatology Physicians Assistants. After earning his degrees, John joined Connecticut Dermatology Group in 2002. John’s special interests include medical and surgical treatment for skin cancer; acne treatment; biologic treatment for psoriasis; and cosmetic dermatology using lasers, toxins, and fillers.

    John M. Jasinski
  • Erin Myers-Albaridi

    PA-C

    Erin is a board-certified physician assistant who has been practicing for 12 years. Although Erin treats a wide range of skin conditions, her area of interest is cosmetic dermatology. She utilizes chemical peels, laser services, Botox, and dermal fillers to achieve a comprehensive approach to facial rejuvenation. Erin is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Society for Dermatology Physician Assistants.

    Erin Myers-Albaridi
  • Christina Chao

    MS, MMsc, PA-C

    Christina is a board certified physician assistant and a member of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants as well as the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Christina's goal is to help patients achieve and maintain healthy skin. She enjoys treating a wide variety of conditions including acne, rosacea, eczema, as well as skin cancer detection and prevention.

    Christina Chao

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LOCATIONS

Milford Office

233 N Broad Street
Suite 1
Milford, CT 06460
203-878-3435

Norwalk Office

761 Main Avenue
Suite 102
Norwalk, CT 06851
203-810-4151

Stamford Office

1250 Summer Street
Suite 201
Stamford, CT 06905
203-975-1112