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Dr. Atul Taneja

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My favorite part of being a doctor is the opportunity to directly improve the health and wellbeing of my patients and to develop professional and personal relationships with them....more
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With over 22 years of experience in his hands, Dr. Taneja is one of the most qualified and efficient dermatologist working in India. Dr. Taneja has been affiliated with many coveted institutions all over the world including the renowned Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, USA (Super Specialising in Laser Surgery and Photomedicine), Boston Medical Center and New England Medical Center (Super-Specializing in Skin Oncology). Dr. Taneja also specializes in Chemical peels, Botox, Cosmetology, Dermatology, Dermato surgery, Oncology and Venereology among others to provide his patients with wholesome remedy. In association with the original inventors in laser surgery and photomedicine, Dr. Taneja completed several projects, including the 1st laser to treat Vitiligo, the world’s first project for treatment of Lichen Planus with UVB Light, and several first projects to treat Psoriasis with lasers. He was also involved with the treatment of scalp psoriasis with a fiber-optic device for the first time. His original research and techniques are used all over the world. Dr. Taneja is currently associated with Apollo Gleneagles Hospital, Kolkata and Apollo Clinic, Jamshedpur. A reputed and well-known specialist and super-specialist, he is a professional member of many coveted institutions including International Society of Dermatology, American Academy of Dermatology and American Society of Laser Surgery and Medicine among others. In his clinic, you can avail a wide range of services in a calm and relaxed atmosphere that includes, chemical peels treatment, Laser treatment for permanent hair removal, pigmentation, skin rejuvenation, acne treatment and botox treatment among many others.

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Education
MD (AIIMS) - All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi - 1994
Clinical Fellow,Skin Oncology(New England Medical Centre & Boston University,USA) - Boston Medical Center and New England Medical Center, USA - 2002
Clinical Fellow.Photomedicine(Mass.Gen.Hospital,Harvard Medical School,USA) - Massachusetts General Hospital and Wellman Labs, Harvard Medical School, USA - 2003
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Clinical Fellow,Laser Surgery(Mass.Gen Hospital,Harvard Medical School,USA) - Massachusetts General Hospital and Wellman Labs, Harvard Medical School, USA - 2004
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Awards and Recognitions
Completed Many Original Research Projects Including: First Complete Project In The World To Treat Vitiligo (Leukoderma) With Laser
First Practical Protocol In The World To Treat Psoriasis With Laser.
First Project In The World To Treat Lichen Planus With Uvb Light.
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First Project In The World To Treat Scalp Psoriasis With A Fiber-optic Device
Professional Memberships
American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)
Indian Association of Dermatologists Venereologists and Leprologists (IADVL)
International Society of Dermatology
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American Society of Laser Surgery and Medicine

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Skin Cancer - What Do You Know About The ABCDE Rule?

MD (AIIMS), Clinical Fellow,Skin Oncology(New England Medical Centre & Boston University,USA), Clinical Fellow.Photomedicine(Mass.Gen.Hospital,Harvard Medical School,USA), Clinical Fellow,Laser Surgery(Mass.Gen Hospital,Harvard Medical School,USA)
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Skin Cancer - What Do You Know About The ABCDE Rule?

Skin cancers can arise from different layers of the skin. They occur due to the development of abnormal cells that have the ability to spread to other organs of the body and can be deadly. Malignant Melanoma is one of the most dangerous forms of cancers known to mankind.

ABCDE, when expanded, means Asymmetry, Border, Color, Diameter, and Evolving. The rule refers to new or changing signs that one may notice in moles to detect melanoma at an early stage and are clues or warning signs. This is further explained below.

Here are some facts related to skin cancers:

Skin Cancer is Not an Uncommon Disease:

Skin Cancer is a very common problem in Caucasians and is becoming increasingly common in darker races also. Skin cancers are the commonest form of cancers in America and with the increasing trend for skin cancers worldwide, any kind of abnormal growth on the skin must be evaluated by your dermatologist immediately.

There are 3 Main Types of Cancer:

There are many different types of skin cancers, but Basal Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, and Melanoma are the 3 main types of skin cancers.

Basal Cell Carcinoma appears as a small, smooth or waxy bump. Squamous Cell Carcinoma looks like a firm, scaly bump, which can be itchy and sometimes even bleed. Finally, Melanoma is like a normal mole but with some odd features. This is where the ABCDE rule becomes important.

Skin Cancers are Equally, if not more Dangerous in Persons with Darker Skin:

It is true that people with fair skin are more susceptible to sunburns and skin cancers. Still, it is worthwhile noting that skin cancers are more aggressive and tend to be more deadly in darker skinned people.

Prevent Skin Cancers by Sun-Precautions and Regular Skin Examinations:

The Sun’s Ultraviolet rays can affect certain skin cells and make them grow abnormally causing skin cancers. It is better not to expose yourself to the harsh midday sun for long periods of time. Using hats, umbrellas, sunscreens, and cloth to cover your skin can be of great help. Any abnormal growth, changing mole or bleeding ulcer which does not heal in a couple of weeks should be examined by a dermatologist without delay.

ABCDE Rule of Skin Cancer can be of Great Help:

Asymmetry, Border, Color, Diameter, Evolving.

This acronym refers to new or changing signs in moles to detect melanoma at an early stage and serve as clues or warning signs. You should consult your dermatologist immediately if you notice any of these signs in any of your moles:

  • Asymmetry: One half is unlike the other half
  • Border: Edges are ragged, notched or blurred
  • Color: Pigmentation is not uniform
  • Diameter: Greater than 6mm
  • Evolving: Looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color.

Most skin cancers are easy to cure. The trick is to detect and catch them at an early stage. Keep an eye open for any new growth, bump or ulcer which doesn't heal in a couple of weeks. Any mole that is changing should immediately be examined by your dermatologist. Avoid the midday sun and practice sun precautions if you are an outdoor person. It is always best to get an annual, complete skin examination.

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Wrinkles - 5 Options Your Dermatologist May Recommend!

MD (AIIMS), Clinical Fellow,Skin Oncology(New England Medical Centre & Boston University,USA), Clinical Fellow.Photomedicine(Mass.Gen.Hospital,Harvard Medical School,USA), Clinical Fellow,Laser Surgery(Mass.Gen Hospital,Harvard Medical School,USA)
Dermatologist, Kolkata
Wrinkles - 5 Options Your Dermatologist May Recommend!

Wrinkles are inevitable with advancing age and most individuals find them annoying. Luckily, there are many available medical options to reduce these pesky lines and look younger. Your dermatologist can help you with a variety of gentle options like:

  1. Retinoid creams: These creams are derivatives of Vitamin A and cause superficial peeling off the skin, reduce rough bumps and lighten superficial pigmentation. These are prescription medicines and have to be used carefully under proper medical supervision to avoid side effects like itching and burning reactions.
  2. Peels: This a procedure in which your physician applies a thin layer of medicine on top of the skin for a few minutes and then washes it off. Over the next few days, a very superficial layer of the topmost skin layer is then gradually shed off. The regenerating skin from below is fresher, smoother and younger.
  3. Lasers and other rejuvenating devices: Different kinds of lasers can be used to target different layers of the skin. Non-ablative lasers gently heat deeper parts of the skin to tighten collagen to give a smoothening effect. Ablative lasers are more aggressive and remove superficial layers of skin with great precision. Radio-frequency and ultrasound machines use other forms of energy to gently heat deeper parts of the skin to achieve a tightening and smoothening effect
  4. Botulinum toxin: This is injected into frown lines and crows lines to relax the muscles causing the wrinkles. The effect typically lasts for about 6 months.
  5. FillersThese are substances which are injected into the deeper wrinkles to pump up the furrows. The commonest substance used is called hyaluronic acid and is the same substance that exists naturally below the skin.

And of course, daily precautions like using sunscreens, moisturizers, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and avoiding smoking goes a long way in preventing wrinkles.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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I used melalite xl for removing black spot under eyes and it worked well. But when I am not use it for two day my skin became black. Please help me sir.

MD (AIIMS), Clinical Fellow,Skin Oncology(New England Medical Centre & Boston University,USA), Clinical Fellow.Photomedicine(Mass.Gen.Hospital,Harvard Medical School,USA), Clinical Fellow,Laser Surgery(Mass.Gen Hospital,Harvard Medical School,USA)
Dermatologist, Kolkata
I used melalite xl for removing black spot under eyes and it worked well. But when I am not use it for two day my ski...
This cream contains steroids which permanently damage your skin. The skin will become thin and more sensitive. Unfortunately, this and other Prescription medicines are so easily available in India. You need to see a local dermatologist for help and please do not use any medicine without proper medical supervision.
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There is a lump formation in my right forearm. I think its a lipoma. Which homeopathic medicine should I take.

MD (AIIMS), Clinical Fellow,Skin Oncology(New England Medical Centre & Boston University,USA), Clinical Fellow.Photomedicine(Mass.Gen.Hospital,Harvard Medical School,USA), Clinical Fellow,Laser Surgery(Mass.Gen Hospital,Harvard Medical School,USA)
Dermatologist, Kolkata
There is a lump formation in my right forearm. I think its a lipoma. Which homeopathic medicine should I take.
If it is a lipoma, no medicine is going to work. This would need to be removed with very simple, painless surgery. Normally, this can be done in few minutes in the outpatient.
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Hi, I am 20 years old guy. My exposed skin area like face and hands has turned very dark tanning from past 10 years. Inside arms n whole body is glowing radiant but the exposed areas are very dark which makes me sad though I apply sunscreen everyday. Please suggest me some natural cure to this.

MD (AIIMS), Clinical Fellow,Skin Oncology(New England Medical Centre & Boston University,USA), Clinical Fellow.Photomedicine(Mass.Gen.Hospital,Harvard Medical School,USA), Clinical Fellow,Laser Surgery(Mass.Gen Hospital,Harvard Medical School,USA)
Dermatologist, Kolkata
Hi, I am 20 years old guy. My exposed skin area like face and hands has turned very dark tanning from past 10 years. ...
You have said it yourself: exposed areas are naturally prone to darkness. Medically, this is actually a good response of the human skin to protect deeper layers from UV rays, which cause wrinkles and skin cancers. You can imagine this like an inbulit natural umbrella (or like photochromatic glasses) within your skin which "opens up" and becomes darker with sunexposure. However, most Indians, for unknown social reasons like fair skin. For this social reason (and not for medical reasons), you can cover your skin with thick layers of broad spectrum sunscreens. Keeping your skin covered with full-sleeves, umbrellas and hats will also help.
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Hi I am 23 years old and have a dry skin patches in my face and no amount of ointment or medicinal tablets are helpful. How should I take care of my skin? And I drink lots of water too but what other than that?

MD (AIIMS), Clinical Fellow,Skin Oncology(New England Medical Centre & Boston University,USA), Clinical Fellow.Photomedicine(Mass.Gen.Hospital,Harvard Medical School,USA), Clinical Fellow,Laser Surgery(Mass.Gen Hospital,Harvard Medical School,USA)
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Hi I am 23 years old and have a dry skin patches in my face and no amount of ointment or medicinal tablets are helpfu...
There can be multiple cause for these dry patches, like fungal infections, yeast infections, allergies, or internal tendency for dryness. You need to be evaluated by your local dermatologist for a proper diagnosis. Meanwhile, use a mild soap or face wash, avoid scrubbing and use a gentle non-medicated moisturizer.
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Reality Check On Skin Lightening Products - Why Your Own Natural Skin Color is Beautiful?

MD (AIIMS), Clinical Fellow,Skin Oncology(New England Medical Centre & Boston University,USA), Clinical Fellow.Photomedicine(Mass.Gen.Hospital,Harvard Medical School,USA), Clinical Fellow,Laser Surgery(Mass.Gen Hospital,Harvard Medical School,USA)
Dermatologist, Kolkata
Reality Check On Skin Lightening Products - Why Your Own Natural Skin Color is Beautiful?

Skin lightening and brightening products have become extremely popular and are aggressively promoted by film stars, cricket players and fair-skinned models on TV, print and other media. These products promise you not only a lighter and flawless skin but also promote the fact that with this you will be able to get your perfect life-partner and your perfect chosen job! Many of these products do not disclose their exact composition, while some list many chemical names which are simply incomprehensible. However, some of these unregulated products could actually contain ingredients that are beneficial for your skin, but some could be quite harmful:

Therefore, you must keep a check on the following:

  • Many products may contain mercury as a skin lightening ingredient, which is a toxic metal which can lead to brain and kidney damage.

  • Steroids are commonly used in lightening creams and cause permanent thinning of the skin. These chemicals also increase the risk of skin infections, aggravate acne, cause stretch marks, precipitate bruising and make your skin more sensitive and red.

  • Hydroquinone is a prescription product and if used under proper supervision is useful for skin lightening. Unregulated use may cause skin irritation, cataract and unwanted discoloration.

  • Vitamin A derivatives can cause flakiness, irritation and increased sensitivity.

Your own photochromic " Skin Umbrella"

It is worthwhile understanding that nature has cleverly and correctly adapted your skin color on the darker side for geographic, genetic and evolutionary reasons. This pigmentation is actually beneficial since it acts as your very own personal 'skin umbrella' which protects you from sunburns, deep wrinkles and skin cancers. Just like photochromic glasses, your 'skin umbrella' turns darker with sun exposure. You call this a “tan”. Thus, medically speaking, black is beautiful. It doesn't make too much sense to try and alter your natural baseline skin color. Your baseline color is your natural skin color on your constantly covered area like on your lower waist.

In case of abnormal pigmentation do seek an opinion

Of course, for abnormal blemishes, acne, freckles and distinct weird pigmentation you should definitely discuss with your dermatologist regarding proper diagnosis and various treatment options like prescription medications, peels and lasers. Also discuss with your dermatologist about daily products suited specifically for you and your skin type. But you would be much wiser and much better off for not using any medicinal product without proper supervision.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Get Rid Of Unwanted Hair Permanently!

MD (AIIMS), Clinical Fellow,Skin Oncology(New England Medical Centre & Boston University,USA), Clinical Fellow.Photomedicine(Mass.Gen.Hospital,Harvard Medical School,USA), Clinical Fellow,Laser Surgery(Mass.Gen Hospital,Harvard Medical School,USA)
Dermatologist, Kolkata
Get Rid Of Unwanted Hair Permanently!

There is no need to walk around embarrassingly with unwanted lip and chin hair, or to endure your sweaty hairy underarms. There is also no need to painfully and repeatedly wax, thread and pluck your hair lifelong. Permanent laser hair reduction provides a painless solution to these annoying problems. Lasers use focused beams of light which specifically target and destroy hair roots without harming the skin or any other tissues.

Hair can easily and permanently be removed from any part of the body, but most females opt for removal of unwanted hair from the lip, chin, underarms, bikini line, arms and legs . Many males like a clean hairless chest and also a clean back and permanent hair removal with lasers provides them with a fast and safe option.

How do lasers work?

A theory formulated by a number of doctors at the famous Harvard Medical School, called Selective Photo-thermolysis (SPTL) is applied for hair reduction. A variety of parameters like hair thickness, depth of hair roots and skin colour, etc. are considered for calculating the appropriate wavelength and pulse duration of light which will specifically match the targeted hair roots. This laser light is absorbed by the pigment in the follicles, thus destroying the hair roots. No regrowth of hair is expected once the hair roots are completely gone.

Benefits of laser hair removal

  1. Permanent: Unlike shaving, waxing, plucking or threading where you repeat the process lifelong, laser hair removal requires only about 4-6 monthly sessions and then you are set for life.
  2. Precision: Laser can precisely pinpoint the selective dark and coarse hair without causing any damage to the surrounding tissues. Speed: Within a fraction of a second, the pulsed light of a laser can simultaneously treat many hair follicles. It can treat small areas such as the upper lip within a minute, whereas it can take about 1/2 hour to treat the back or the legs.
  3. Effectiveness: The unwanted hair follicles are removed permanently during sessions at intervals of three to seven weeks.

How to prepare for it? 

Lasers should generally be performed under supervision of qualified dermatologists who also have additional specialised qualifications and understanding of laser physics. It is always best to meticulously check the track record of the doctor and the technicians performing these procedures. Six weeks prior to the laser hair reduction procedure, you need to stop waxing, plucking and electrolysis. Avoid a tan six weeks prior to treatment since it is difficult for laser light to pass through pigmented skin.

Expected treatment

Prior to the treatment, the targeted hairs will be trimmed to a few millimeters above the surface of your skin. Your dermatologist will adjust the laser parameters using the onboard computer to exactly match the targeted hair roots. For protecting the outer layers of your skin, a cold gel is applied. Painless pulses of light are then applied to the target areas till the complete desired area is treated. For the chin or underarms, this requires just a couple of minutes. You may feel a bit of warmth when light touches your skin but this is not uncomfortable. Ice packs are applied after the procedure to sooth your skin. The next session is taken up normally after two to four weeks.

Potential side effects

  1. Irritation of skin associated with redness, swelling or discomfort, which subside within a few hours of the treatment.
  2. Temporary pigmentary changes may be observed, such as darkening or lightening.
  3. Underlying hormonal issues can be a cause for unsatisfactory improvement and this should be checked by your gynaecologist or endocrinologist.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Why You Should Swap Your Jeans And Vest For A Lungi?

MD (AIIMS), Clinical Fellow,Skin Oncology(New England Medical Centre & Boston University,USA), Clinical Fellow.Photomedicine(Mass.Gen.Hospital,Harvard Medical School,USA), Clinical Fellow,Laser Surgery(Mass.Gen Hospital,Harvard Medical School,USA)
Dermatologist, Kolkata
Why You Should Swap Your Jeans And Vest For A Lungi?

The clothes we wear are often dictated by fashion and with our desire to conform with the latest cultural trends around the world. However, from a health perspective, the most important consideration of how you dress should be based primarily on local weather conditions. So it is perfectly ok to pull out your parkas, mittens, scarfs, stockings and jeans if you are located in a chilly and snowy location. In hot and humid India, it makes much more sense to wear light, breezy, thin clothes like dhotis, salwars, skirts, shorts or lungis. You can land up with painful and dangerous medical conditions with clothes unsuitable to your climate. Here's how your clothing could be harming you: 

  1. Increased heat rashes or miliaria. Your vest could be the culprit!: A very common skin condition seen in hot and humid weather conditions is called “miliaria” and is caused by blocked sweat ducts. Thick, tight clothes hamper normal evaporation of sweat into the atmosphere and cause this kind of irritable heat rash. Simple physics dictates that any extra or double layer of cloth, like a vest, would further hamper evaporation and aggravate these rashes. While vests may save your overlying shirt from getting damp, they are certainly bad news for your underlying skin which has to carry the unevaporated sweat on its surface. 
  2. Increased chances of fungal and bacterial infections. Ditch the Denim!: The hot and humid environment within slim-fitting, thick clothes creates ideal conditions for fungi and bacteria to proliferate. Itchy, red rashes like ringworm appear in the groins, underarms and other parts of the skin. Painful boils and itchy, pus-filled folliculitis are common and often require surgery. This kind of dangerous environment is easily created within the skin-hugging denims you see so many people wearing all around you. 
  3. Bacterial and fungal resistance to antimicrobials: Your dermatologist will treat your infections with appropriate antibiotics or antifungals. Unfortunately, in this era of global warming, many patients fail to respond and are tortured by recurrent, severe infections in spite of adequate dosing of medicines. One major reason is clothing and fashion which does not match the environment, creating ideal conditions for resistant, harmful bugs to multiply. You should choose lighter, airier, non-synthetic clothes that let your skin ‘breathe’ and does not allow sweat, dirt and deadly bugs to stick to your skin. 
  4. Increased chances of urinary and genital infections: Tight, synthetic undergarments are thought to increase chances of genital and urinary infections. Tight and ill-fitting underwear can also cause discomfort, soreness and chafing by repeated friction. 
  5. Body Odor: Body odor can be embarrassing and is aggravated by full-sleeved shirts, long undergarments, tight leggings, stockings and skinny jeans. 
  6. Allergic dermatitis: Many individuals develop allergic rashes with certain common items like jewellery, footwear, earrings, cloth dyes, wristwatches and metallic buttons. A combination of heat, sweat and dissolved allergens precipitates these rashes in predisposed individuals. 
  7. Environmental damage! Use minimum clothes: You definitely need to cover your skin, but are you cluttering your wardrobe with clothes that you keep on purchasing and hardly ever use? The apparel industry exploits huge amounts of natural resources like water, plant products, petroleum products, chemicals and electricity. You yourself require quite a bit of water, laundry detergents, and electricity just to maintain your clothes. Is it worth the environmental cost to purchase and maintain clothes that you will hardly ever use?

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Acne is not just skin deep

MD (AIIMS), Clinical Fellow,Skin Oncology(New England Medical Centre & Boston University,USA), Clinical Fellow.Photomedicine(Mass.Gen.Hospital,Harvard Medical School,USA), Clinical Fellow,Laser Surgery(Mass.Gen Hospital,Harvard Medical School,USA)
Dermatologist, Kolkata
Acne is not just skin deep

Acne or pimples is most commonly seen in teenagers and young adults, just around the time the body is undergoing hormonal adjustments. Thus, acne is not simply just a skin problem, but often an indication of internal bodily disturbances. Of course, there are other combinations of aggravating factors at play, like genetics, active sebaceous glands and bacterial organisms that reside within the sebaceous glands. An otherwise easily treatable condition, acne can result in permanent scars if left untreated, often resulting in low self-esteem, social isolation, depression and even suicidal ideation.

  • The skin acts as a window to internal disorders and many individuals with acne are found to have internal hormonal problems like polycystic ovary syndromes or insulin resistance syndromes. 
  • Females can have associated excessive hair on the chin, hair loss on the scalp, weight gain, menstrual abnormalities and infertility.
  • Diet does not have a major role in causing acne but cutting down on foods with high sugar content and milk may be useful.
  • Certain medications and creams containing steroids can precipitate an outbreak of acne.
  • Heavy and greasy cosmetics will aggravate acne.
  • Special soaps, face washes, lotions, and so-called unscientific “blood purifiers” are of little help.
  • Acne scars are repaired with newer dermatological technologies and techniques.
  • Just like with any other medical condition, each individual is different and will require a unique investigation and treatment plan. This is based on many factors like other current medical conditions, climate, age, sex, skin type and variety of acne. If you wish to discuss any specific problem, you can consult a dermatologist.
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