Strother Dermatology & Laser Treatment Center Directions

We are located directly across from Evergreen Hospital in the Evergreen Professional Plaza.

Strother Dermatology & Laser Treatment Center in Totem Lake
Strother Dermatology
Evergreen Professional Plaza
12911 120th Ave NE
Suite G-100 and 104
Kirkland, WA 98034

Please do not hesitate to call for further directions or information. Our phone number is 425-899-4144.

 

Going South on I-405:

Take Exit 20 (NE 124th St.). At the exit stop light turn left onto NE 124th St. At Totem Lake Blvd. turn left. Follow to next light (120th Ave NE) and turn right. You are now on 120th Ave. Follow 120th up the hill (past Trader Joe's). Go through light at 128th and then turn into the 2nd driveway on the left. We are in the Evergreen Professional Plaza between 128th and 130th lane. We are in Bldg G towards the rear of the parking lot, Suites 100 and 104.

Going North on I-405:

Take exit 20B (NE 124th St/Totem Lake Blvd). Stay in the right lane towards Totem Lake Blvd. and go under the freeway, proceed through the stoplight onto 120th Ave NE. Follow 120th Ave up the hill (past Trader Joe's). Go through light at 128th and then turn into the 2nd driveway on the left. We are in the Evergreen Professional Plaza between 128th and 130th lane. We are in Bldg G towards the rear of the parking lot, Suites 100 and 104.

Be sure to allow sufficient travel time as this is a high traffic area and there is often construction going on nearby at Evergreen Hospital.

Brown Spots

What is so complicated about brown spots?
The complicated thing about "brown spots" is that many different skin conditions can result in what many people would call a "brown spot". These range from simple freckles to potentially fatal melanoma skin cancer. Making the correct medical diagnosis of your "brown spots" is necessary for us to provide you the best medical and cosmetic care.

It's just a spot; can't you just get rid of it?
The answer depends entirely on what the underlying diagnosis is for the given spot. Brown spots caused by benign conditions can often be easily and effectively treated with simple in office procedures. Even with these benign "spots" the diagnosis is critical to choosing the correct treatment modality. With more dangerous "brown spots", simply getting rid of it with cosmetic treatment could lead to postponing the medical diagnosis, resulting in delaying appropriate therapy or harm to your health.

Can't you just laser it off?
We can use the laser to effectively treat many types of "brown spots" caused by common conditions. However, laser treatment is not always the best treatment and in some cases could be an inappropriate treatment for some conditions causing "brown spots". Again making the correct medical diagnosis is critical to choosing the best therapy for your "brown spots".

Why do I have to have a medical appointment with a doctor or PA?
Only a well trained Dermatologist or Dermatology PA is qualified to correctly diagnose the conditions causing "brown spots". Estheticians and other skin care specialists are important members of your skin care team, but they are not trained or qualified to diagnose skin lesions.

What could it be?
As noted above, many different skin conditions can create "brown spots" on the skin. The most common are moles, freckles, lentigo ("age spot" or "liver spot") and increased pigment following inflammation (dark spots after acne or minor injuries). Other possibilities are less common, but are potentially dangerous. These include the skin cancers, lentigo maligna and malignant melanoma. Again the medical diagnosis is essential to choose the correct therapy.

Is it cosmetic?
This can be a more complex issue than one might think. The answer depends both on the medical diagnosis for your "brown spot" and your insurance carrier. We will do our best to help you understand your condition and whether it is considered cosmetic or medical.

You've looked at it and said it is cosmetic but why won't you bill my insurance?
It would be inappropriate and potentially fraudulent for a medical provider to bill a cosmetic procedure to your insurance.

Is it cancer?
The most common "brown spots" are not skin cancers. However, some "brown spots" are skin cancers, including malignant melanoma. We will not only diagnose your "brown spot", but also teach you the warning signs of skin cancer so you will be capable of monitoring your spots for worrisome features.

What causes brown spots?
Most "brown spots" in human skin are caused by the production of the pigment melanin by our pigment producing cells (melanocytes). The cells making more melanin cause some "brown spots", others are caused by increased number of the pigment producing cells.

You treated it last time but it's still there!
Many factors affect the number and type of treatments a given "brown spot" may require to achieve the final cosmetic result. These include the type of lesion, the location on your skin, the condition of your skin and the type of therapy chosen to give you the best result. We always discuss the number of treatments we anticipate you will need.

This one is the same as the last one, why do you have to look at it again?
Many different conditions can give nearly identical looking "brown spots". Therefore a spot that may look just like your last one to you, may represent a different condition entirely. It is essential that a qualified professional (dermatologist or dermatology PA) diagnose each lesion to insure a skin cancer is not masquerading as a benign "brown spot".

 

ROSACEA

Rosacea cannot be cured, but it can be controlled.