Harvey L. Handler, M.D.

Board Certified Dermatologist in Sylvania, Ohio

Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is a Dermatologist?

A Dermatologist is a medical doctor (MD) who has completed an additional 4 years of residency training in dermatology beyond medical school (minimum 12 years of schooling) to become an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of skin diseases.

What training does a Dermatologist receive?

A Dermatologist receives a Bachelor's degree, four years of medical school, an internship of one year, and then 3 additional years of training in a recognized residency specifically for skin disease. He/She can then apply to become board certified in this specialty by the American Board of Dermatology.

How do you know if the person treating you is a fully trained and Board Certified Dermatologist?

Ask his or her creditials, where they were trained in Dermatology, if they are board certified, their expertise and track record in treating the specific disease you are being seen for or the cosmetic procedure to be performed. Be certain you are evaluated and treated by a board certified dematologist and not a nurse practitioner, physician's assistant, or any other physician who is not a board certified dermatologist. After all, would you call a plumber to fix your roof? Why see a board-certified dermatologist?

What does Dr. Handler treat besides acne?

  • Skin cancer
  • Eczema
  • STD's (sexually transmitted diseases)
  • Herpes
  • Hair loss (males and females) or excessive hair growth
  • Blood vessel that are cosmetically unacceptable anywhere on the body
  • Diseases of the feet (warts, athlete's foot)
  • Diseases of male and female external genitalia
  • Psoriasis
  • Vitiligo
  • Sun-damaged skin (ie., wrinkles, sagging skin, "age spots")
  • Nail disease due to drugs, illnesses, internal diseases, aging, and infections
  • Drug reactions
  • Poison Ivy and reactions from contact with other plants
  • Shingles (herpes zoster)
  • Anything related to skin, hair and nails

Does Dr. Handler take care of children?

Starting as early as birth.

Does Dr. Handler perform surgery?

He removes changing moles, skin cancer, skin tags, sun-damaged skin lesions, and warts.

Does Dr. Handler perform cosmetic procedures?

Dr. Handler is fully trained and has many years of experience of improving sagging skin on the face, arms, legs, and abdomen, as well as an expert in the use of botox/dysport to treat facial wrinkles and underarm sweating. He is also fully trained using fillers for wrinkles and depressions on the face, and performs plasma surgery for fine wrinkles and age spots. None of these procedures are "ablative" ie., no cutting.

Does Dr. Handler use a hair laser? When is it done?

Dr. Handler performs hair removal with a laser from approximately mid-September until mid-May (cannot have any tan) on almost any area of your body. The usual areas are the cheeks, upper lip, chin, back and chest of men, bikini area, ears, and underarms.

Does Dr. Handler use lasers for blood vessels on the face?

Dr. Handler uses the latest laser technology for removing blood vessels on the face (especially for Rosacea) as well as spider veins on the legs.

Is a Dermatologist aware and knowledgable to diagnose and treat cultural differences in skin, ie. skin of color?

One of Dr. Handler's subspecialities is diagnosing and treating diseases in individuals of skin of color. Cultural differences in how a disease presents itself and its' treatment varies tremendously from individuals of light to darker complexion.

Does a Dermatologist treat diseases of the external genitalia of males and females?

Dr. Handler's subspecialities in Dermatology also include the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the external genitalia of males and females.

Does Dr. Handler dispense skin care products at his office? How are they any better than products you buy over the counter?

Dr. Handler dispenses skin care products that are useful for treating aging skin, genetic diseases, nail and hair growth, and sun-damaged skin with wrinkles and "age spots." His products are far superior in effectiveness to those available at salons or department stores because of the strength and effectiveness of the glycolic and salicylic acids and retinaldehyde content.