BY MEREDITH KNIGHT
The pandemic year was an adjustment for Dr. Janine Hopkins. Long accustomed to traveling nationally and internationally to speak at medical conferences on laser skin treatment and other dermatology topics, she quickly acclimated herself to teaching and speaking virtually, educating others in her profession across the globe.
One of Dr. Hopkins’ passions is non-surgical skin cancer treatment. “We live in an area of the country where we enjoy a lot of time in the sun,” she said. “Golfing, boating, tennis, and other outdoor activities have left a large portion of our population with skin cancer. I’m seeing it at younger and younger ages. Fortunately, when caught early, skin cancer is very treatable. Using advanced image-guided radiotherapy technology, I can cure skin cancer non-surgically.”
With this low-dose radiation technology, Dr. Hopkins can effectively destroy basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma cells, allowing healthy skin — not scar tissue — to heal the area.
She also uses this procedure, which doesn’t involve cutting or stitching, to treat non-malignant tumor cells that cause keloids. “There’s no need for anesthesia for these quick, painless treatments,” Dr. Hopkins said. “There’s minimal risk of infection or scarring and no need for reconstructive plastic surgery. Patients heal quickly and don’t have lifestyle restrictions following treatment. The laser has a 99% cure rate.”
This is a good option for patients who aren’t good candidates for surgery, such as those with diabetes or who take a blood thinner. “It doesn’t leave scar tissue, so it’s also a great option for removing skin cancer from the face or other highly visible areas,” Dr. Hopkins said.
At her flagship dermatology office in Monroe, Louisiana, and now at her Southlake office, Dr. Hopkins is also pioneering state-of-the-art treatment for vitiligo, psoriasis, and eczema. “This FDA-approved laser is covered by most insurance and is effective for patients of all ages,” Dr. Hopkins said. “I see patients who are feeling hopeless about their skin condition. But they see improvement after a few painless, non-invasive laser sessions.”
Dr. Hopkins’ latest lecture series teaches others in her profession about laser hair restoration using photo-bio stimulation. “This is a treatment that, combined with platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections or on its own, stimulates dormant hair follicles to regrow,” she said. “The patient has one treatment a week and generally starts seeing results within 12 weeks.”
In addition to laser treatments, Hopkins Dermatology offers a full menu of cosmetic and medical dermatology treatments, including body sculpting for men and women, hormone replacement therapy, non-surgical brow and eyelid lifts, and facial injections. Dr. Hopkins offers nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to help anxious patients relax.
Dr. Hopkins is certified by the American Academy of Dermatology and has been in private practice since 1996. She serves as the secretary and treasurer of the Louisiana Dermatological Society, has served as state chair for the Dermatology Foundation, is a member of the American Society of Dermatological Surgery and the Ouachita Medical Society, and has been published on an array of dermatology topics.
Join Dr. Hopkins October 21st 5-7 PM at The Marq in Southlake, Texas for Updates on Skin Cancer detections and treatment.
321 West Southlake Boulevard, Suite 180
Southlake, Texas 76092