Karan K. Sra, MD, FAAD

Houston Skin Associates

Let’s face it. We’re all pretty busy these days. Between work, family, volunteer duties, and trying to maintain some semblance of social life, it’s easy to put our health needs on the back burner. Sure, you get your teeth cleaned regularly. You begrudgingly endure your annual mammogram and pelvic. But when was the last time you touched base with your dermatologist?

As the largest organ on your body, your skin is there day-in and day-out protecting your other organs from the outside world. Shouldn’t you be paying as much attention to it as any other part of your body? Unlike your other organs, your beautiful, healthy-looking skin can boost your confidence and make your life more pleasant. (You know this all too well, if you’ve ever had a skin breakout just before an important occasion.)

Here in Texas maintaining a healthy relationship with a professional dermatologist is even more important. Because so many of us enjoy an outdoorsy lifestyle, regular skin cancer checks can help identify precancerous areas and treat them long before they become a problem. Dr. Karan Sra of Houston Skin Associates recommends that her patients schedule a yearly skin cancer check, more frequent if they’ve had previous skin cancers, are fair-skinned or redhead, or have a family history of skin cancer.

“Each year in the U.S. over 5.4 million cases of nonmelanoma skin cancer are treated in more than 3.3 million people,” she said. “That’s more new cases of skin cancer than of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung, and colon combined. The good news is that skin cancer is highly treatable, when diagnosed early. That makes yearly check-ups at the dermatologist’s vital for us all. Diagnose early, treat, and get back to life.”

Additionally, Dr. Sra knows that her patients skin can carry clues about the health of their other organs. “Changes in the skin, ranging from discoloration and rashes to new growth, can be early signs of more serious underlying health problems,” she said. “A handful of skin changes have been commonly associated with internal diseases. During a yearly check-up, your dermatologist will look for these clues and may ask you, ‘When did this change occur?’ and may look for other symptoms to understand what’s going on inside your body or even in your mind. Your skin is like a window to the health of the rest of your body.”

Beyond meeting the medical needs of her patients, Dr. Sra realizes that as we age, our skin may need a little tweaking to keep it looking young and inviting. That’s why she and her colleagues at Houston Skin Associates offer a full menu of aesthetic skincare services including Botox and Dysport, chemical peels, dermaplaning, microdermabrasion, photofacials, and dermal fillers. And with swimsuit weather right around the corner, they’ll have your ready for the beach or pool with CoolSculpting, leg vein treatments, stretchmark treatment, and hair reduction. Visit HoustonSkin.com for a full line of cosmetic services, all of which are administered by Dr. Sra and other dermatologists, not merely overseen by them.

Meet Dr. Sra

Karan K. Sra, MD, is a proud native Houstonian and graduate of Jersey Village High School. She completed her undergraduate training at University of Texas Austin graduating with honors and attended medical school, internship, and dermatology residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Prior to completing her training, she was a fellow in clinical trials at the Department of Dermatology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and Center for Clinical Studies in Houston, under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Tyring. Dr. Sra has since served both as principal and sub-investigator on numerous clinic trials involving skin diseases such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis.

Dr. Sra has published multiple scientific manuscripts in medical journals and books and has received numerous academic awards including two scholarships from the National Institutes of Health. She is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. When she’s not on the job, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and their German shepherd, traveling, running, and exercising.

As Houston’s leading dermatological practice, Houston Skin Associates is known for providing the most current medical and cosmetic skin care procedures available today. Their four convenient locations include six dermatologists who are frequently featured on television and in magazines, two physician’s assistants, a registered nurse, and two estheticians. They are centrally located and offer same-day appointments, whenever possible. Visit HoustonSkin.com to find out more.

The doctors and staff of Houston Skin Associates and Adara Medical Spa believe in giving back to the communities that have given so much to them. They do so through partnerships with a variety of nonprofits, schools, and sports teams including:

  • Latin Women’s Initiative
  • Contemporary Arts Museum
  • Toys for Tots
  • KSBJ Giving Tree
  • The Junior League
  • Fresh Arts
  • Candlelighters
  • Children’s Assessment Center
  • Dress for Success
  • MD Anderson
  • The Fay School
  • The Women’s Home
  • American Cancer Society

 

10907 Memorial Hermann Drive, Suite 170

Pearland, Texas 77584

(281) 864-3376

451 N. Texas Avenue

Webster, Texas 77598

(281) 333-3376

HoustonSkin.com

By Meredith Knight

Photography by Kelley Sweet Photography

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