Committed to Skin Cancer Prevention

Contour Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center is proud to partner with the Melanoma Awareness Project (MAP) and is committed to increasing the awareness of skin cancer and promoting sun smart habits to help prevent skin cancer.

Contour Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center was founded by Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Timothy Jochen in 2001. The practice has grown to include another dermatologist, four nurse practitioners and a support staff of more than 40 personnel. Contour Dermatology has offices in Rancho Mirage and Palm Springs. The mission of Contour Dermatology is two fold – to treat skin diseases and to help people look and feel better about their skin.

Dr. Jochen is a Castle Connolly Top Doctor in Dermatology as voted by his peers and has received this designation several years in a row.  He also is an Associate Professor of Dermatology at the University of Southern California where he has been named “Teacher of the Year” multiples times.

Skin cancer is one of the most common medical dermatology concerns the practice sees. Over the past year, Contour Dermatology diagnosed more than 2,000 skin cancers including about 100 cases of malignant melanoma. Other more common types of skin cancer include squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma. Mohs micrographic surgery is an effective treatment for these types of cancers with an excellent cure rate of almost 100%. Dr. Jochen is an expert in Mohs Micrographic surgery – a very precise procedure performed on an outpatient basis in which one layer of the skin is removed at a time, examining each layer under a microscope until the tissue shows clear of cancer. This method not only ensures skin cancer clearance, it also produces the most cosmetic results as no more tissue is removed than necessary.


Pre-Cancerous Skin Lesions – Actinic Keratoses

Actinic keratoses (AK), those rough, scaly pre-cancerous skin lesions, can turn into skin cancer if not treated. There are several methods for treating actinic keratosis and Dr. Jochen is a clinical investigator for a clinical study of a plant-based topical medication to treat actinic keratoses.

Contour Dermatology also employs blue light therapy with the BLU-U Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy Illuminator to treat actinic keratoses. This treatment involves the application of Levulan, a light-sensitizing agent, prior to therapy. Levulan attaches only to damaged cells and when the blue light is emitted and those cells are then destroyed. This method usually takes two treatments and patients experience a 90 percent cure rate.

Blue light therapy not only gets rid of the precancerous portion of the skin, but also helps cosmetically to reduce scaly skin and anything that’s associated as a side effect from a precancerous lesion.


Treatment of Sun Damaged Skin

On the cosmetic side, many people are bothered by brown spots, lines and wrinkles and other visible effects of premature aging from the sun’s rays. From physician grade skin care products to chemical peels and cosmetic lasers, Contour Dermatology offers many options for skin rejuvenation to keep your skin looking as fresh and healthy as possible.

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Dr. Timothy Jochen