Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology and elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, Dr. Bethany Reed Hairston has years of experience treating general and medical dermatologic conditions for both adults and children.  Some common general medical dermatology appointments include:

From birthmarks to acne, warts, eczema and skincare regimens, many services are offered for our younger patients.

Skin tags, moles and other unwanted or benign skin growths are gently removed with a variety of methods by Dr. Hairston.

In this annual visit, skin is thoroughly examined from head to toe. Dr. Hairston will remove any suspicious lesions and have them tested for abnormality.

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Dr. Hairston obtained her dermatology surgery training from The Mayo Clinic, specifically from Dr. Clark Otley who is now the chairman of the Department of Dermatology at Mayo as well as Dr. Pamela K. Phillips and Dr. Randall K. Roegnick, both of Mayo, and Dr. Tri Nguyen who is now at The University of Texas – Houston.

Dermatologists are skilled skin surgeons. Skin biopsies and surgical excisions are performed daily. Surgery may be required for a variety of benign and malignant lesions. The following is a summary of some of the types of skin surgery offered at The Dermatology Clinic:

  • Biopsy
    Biopsies are performed to diagnosis lesions or skin conditions such as skin cancers. The area of skin is cleansed and local anesthesia is injected into the site. Most commonly Dr. Hairston  uses a “shave” technique with a blade to obtain a small sample of the lesion. The biopsy is routinely sent to a dermatopathologist to determine the diagnosis of the lesion. No sutures are usually required for this procedure. You can typically expect results within 7-10 days.

  • Surgical Excision
    Surgical excision is performed most commonly as a result from previous biopsy (i.e. skin cancer or abnormal mole) or for removal of a benign lesion such as a cyst. The excisions are performed in a sterile field. After the anesthesia is injected locally, the area of skin is cleansed and sterilized in preparation for the procedure. Stitches are typically used with removal of them in 7-14 days.  As with biopsies, the tissue is sent to a dermatopathologist to confirm the diagnosis.

  • Cryotherapy
    Cryotherapy uses liquid nitrogen to freeze and destroy diseased lesions of the skin. It is most commonly used to treat precancers and warts but may be used on a variety of skin lesions.   Redness, swelling and blisters are common and expected after treatment.

  •  Electrocautery
    Electrocautery is a technique where Dr. Hairston uses local anesthetic cream which is applied to individual benign lesions which a patient wishes to have removed.  Common removals include dilated facial blood vessels, facial oil glands, flat warts, and keratosis growths.  A fine tipped needle with low level of electric current is used to dessicate the individual lesions.  Dr. Hairston has had great success with this easy method of removing small lesions.

  • Photodynamic Blu-U® Light Therapy
    Photodynamic Blu-U® light therapy is used for treatment of precancerous conditions such as actinic keratosis, actinically damaged skin, sun damaged skin and moderate to cystic acne. The treatment involves the application of Levulan® and high-intensity narrow-band blue light. This therapy may take a series of treatment for optimal results . Visit www.

  • Botox® for Axillary Hyperhidrosis
    For persons who struggle with excessive perspiration, Botox® is FDA approved for severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis that is inadequately managed with topical agents.  Dr. Hairston performs the treatment after first numbing with underarms with an anesthetic cream.  Results typically last 9 months.  This procedure is covered under many insurance plans. 
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Dr. Hairston offers a variety of cosmetic procedures at The Dermatology Clinic.

  • Botox Cosmetic®
    BOTOX® injections are used to treat the wrinkles created by years of repetitive facial expressions, such as squinting and frowning. By injecting very small amounts directly into the muscles, we relax them and create a natural, more youthful appearance. The most common areas treated are the frown lines between the eyes, 'crow's feet' around the eyes, and the forehead. For more information on Botox, visit

  • Chemical Peels
    Chemical peels are used to treat  acne, dark spots, fine lines, wrinkles, and to rejuvenate the skin. Various chemicals are applied to the skin to exfoliate the superficial layers as well as stimulate underlying collagen regeneration.  The needs of the patient determine the type of peel used. We offer chemical peels from Glytone®. For more information visit

  • Juvederm®
    Juvederm® injectable gel is a hyaluronic acid filler that replaces volume and smoothes away facial wrinkles and folds.  This FDA approved filler may last up to one year.  Dr. Hairston performs the procedure using a variety of techniques to make it more comfortable and has had great results with this procedure that offers immediate results.  Visit for more information.                                                                                                       
  • Radiesse®
    RADIESSE® wrinkle filler's unique formulation stimulates collagenesis – the production of new collagen – which results in increased volume for natural looking wrinkle correction that may last a year or more in many patients.  Dr. Hairston may recommend this filler which is injected into areas of the face where volume has been lost. 


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