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Wellness Drives Inclusion of Dermatology at Sona

rectangle October 16, 2017 /

Sona Dermatology & MedSpa focuses on prevention and easy access by incorporating new services

RALEIGH, NC — Often, when you call to make an appointment with a Dermatologist, you’re told the first available is months away. That’s a problem.

Fast, prompt access to care is part of the reason for Sona’s recent launch of a new practice concept. Sona Dermatology & MedSpa locations in North Raleigh and Cary are the first Sona centers to add dermatology, with other markets expected to follow soon.

An innovator in the medicals spa industry since 1997, Sona MedSpa has provided millions of treatments including Laser Hair Removal, Botox and CoolSculpting, among others. Incorporating medical dermatology is a natural — and necessary — progression.

“Skin cancer can be detected early with regular skin exams and most people either aren’t aware of this or don’t seek out this preventative care because it’s difficult to schedule,” says Dr. Carol A. Trakimas, Sona Dermatology medical director and board certified Dermatologist.

Studies show that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, US Dermatology Partners reports. Melanomas found by physicians tend to be thinner (thus more easily cured) than those found by patients on their own, according to the Journal of The American Medical Association.

Unlike traditional doctor’s offices, which are providing patient care only after an issue arises, Sona Dermatology & MedSpa is changing the model by focusing on convenient, easy access for all your skin needs, medical and cosmetic. Technology solutions, scheduling improvements, variety of payment options (including insurance) and education are high on our list.

“Instead of referring out a patient to seek medical care elsewhere before starting cosmetic treatments, we can now offer the full continuum of care in one location,” says Dr. Thomas Yu, chief medical officer of Sona Dermatology & MedSpa and board certified Dermatologist/Mohs Surgeon. “There are many skin issues that are best addressed by combining medical and cosmetic techniques.”

The treatment of acne is just one example, he says. Using prescription medications or other medical intervention to control active acne and following up with laser technology to correct scarring or skin discoloration is a typical treatment program at Sona Dermatology & MedSpa.

“Sona has always been in the business of helping its patients look and feel their best, however, our MedSpa services only addressed the appearance of the skin, not it’s health,” Dr. Yu says. “Understanding that your best skin can only be achieved through considering both its health and beauty, has driven us to introduce dermatology services in each of our centers.”

“We’re expanding our mission, from just helping patients look great, to helping patients conveniently access a high level of comprehensive dermatological care so they can achieve healthy, beautiful skin for a lifetime,” he says.

The first two Sona Dermatology & MedSpa locations at 9104 Falls Of Neuse Road, Suite #310, Raleigh and 5511 Capital Center Drive, Suite #102, Raleigh are now seeing patients. Visit for more information or to request an appointment.


Sona Dermatology & MedSpa provides high-quality skin care using leading-edge technology and medical expertise in a warm welcoming environment. With 21 offices in seven states, Sona is leading the industry in total skin wellness, offering a full range of dermatological and cosmetic services. The best skin can only be achieved by considering both its health and beauty. Sona Dermatology & MedSpa is where health and beauty meet. For more information, visit

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