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Dr. Joel Sabean

Dermatology
South Portland, ME
52 years experience male

Locations

Medical and Cosmetic Dermatology Center of Southern Maine

South Portland, ME

Address

350 Cottage Road, South Portland, ME, US
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 6:00pm - 10pm
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Practice website

Fax

(207) 799-1858

Insurances accepted

Anthem BC Life & Health Insurance Company

Aetna

Cigna

Harvard Commonwealth Health Plan

About

Bio

Dr. Sabean is a warm and caring physician, who trained for many years to become a Board-Certified dermatologist, qualified to diagnose and treat the vast array of skin conditions and diseases - medically, surgically or with laser therapy and to do many cosmetic procedures to treat and rejuvenate aging skin and laser procedures for lesion removal and skin cancer treatment as alternatives to surgery. He has been in solo practice in the Portland area for more than twenty-five years and is affiliated with Maine Medical Center. He is also an Instructor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Vermont. Locally he has been featured in the media regularly regarding skin cancer, psoriasis, acne and other subjects. Nationally, he has been selected as a speaker and consultant for several pharmaceutical companies. Our office was also recently chosen as a National Training Center for Botox by Allergan to help train other physicians. Growing up in New England, he thanks his parents, Irene and Don, for all their support and for instilling within him his desire to learn, his sense of humor, his moral values and his easy-going manner. At age sixteen he graduated from high school in Weston, Massachusetts and went through Grinnell College in Iowa in three years. At age nineteen, he commenced his medical training at the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington, Vermont. After receiving his medical degree, he took his internship at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, after which he served as a physician in the Air Force for two years. When Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center offered him a Dermatology residency, he was pleased to accept. He felt especially fortunate to train there. During these years in residency, he worked weekends running an emergency room at a near-by hospital in Vermont to help support his young family. After training, he relocated to a thriving private practice in South Portland, Maine.

Specialties
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Dermatology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
Time and treatment: Avoiding all topical steroids, using Elidel/Protopic type topical until newer boron and other based creams are available. Time, sometimes as long as a... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
Many options: A few simple inexpensive options include pore cleansing strips, salicylic acid peels, turmeric and mint tea scrubs, fenugreek paste, honey and cinnamo... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
Yes: The flu vaccine can be given in your case if there are no other contraindications medically. Accutane is an anti-inflammatory and not an immunosuppre... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
Some help: Tar soaps have been used for eczema for a hundred years or more and can be mildly helpful for itching and the outbreak, but can be noisome cosmeticall... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
Yes: Generally the pink left after initial healing from cryosurgical treatment for sun damage spots will slowly fade over days to a few months, but often o... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
Yeast on Tongue: The most likely cause from antibiotics is a yeast overgrowth on the tongue with Candida sp. causing a tinny taste or burning on the tongue. It can be ... Read More
A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
Alternate available: Hydrocortisone 1%/iodoquinol 1% cream is available without aloe vera for 25-145 dollars US that should work as well for a 28g tube vs 2500 for 48g of ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
Several things: You may need iron status studies and thyroid function screening if not done already by your Primary Care Doctor. If they are normal, biotin 5mg a da... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
See below: Removing a skin tag will not cause another to grow. When removed, they very rarely regrow. The tags often grow in areas that rub together or where c... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
See PCP or Derm: These are most likely to be a viral exanthem (skin rash caused by a virus) or papular urticaria (a special kind of hives that resembles bite reactions... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
Yes: If your face was exposed to a skin fungal infection in a groin, you may be susceptible to getting a fungal infection on your face, particularly if you... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
Glycolic, tretinoin: Glycolic acid face masks can be helpful in situations like yours for the acne, blackhead exenteration and exfoliation, but only has short term results... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
Viral or age: These are usually either viral warts or age-related skin tags that can be removed by a physician or extender with liquid nitrogen, surgical scissor e... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
Various: For treatment of an open pimple you can use rubbing alcohol, benzoyl peroxide gel, topical clindamycin, topical erythromycin, topical tretinoin, even ... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
Ok: I assume you have post-inflammatory hyper- pigmentation from your resolved acne. Any self-resolution can take 3-12 months, but the active agent in Me... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
Yes: Yes. The only downside is that rarely allergic reactions to neosporin may occur, but on the upside, it may help the area heal faster with less risk o... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
See a dermatologist: What you are dealing with is often a fungal, bacterial or mixed infection or an inflammatory/autoimmune reaction. The cause needs to be diagnosed bef... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
Likely benign: What you describe is most likely a benign dermal mole or other benign process, but the only way to get the most comprehensive diagnosis, is for a doct... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
Generally yes: The Faceclin and fusidic acid creams may be redundant since both contain antibiotics. Faceclin would be better of the two for acne, but the creams pr... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
See below: Use of thiogycolate hair removal products is discouraged in pregnancy because of theoretical risks. No studies have been done showing it is safe or to... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
Two I like: I like an oil of clove stick to dab the lesions for relief and calendula containing creams for broader areas of relief.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
Likely neuritis: Most likely a neuritis, nerve inflammation, causing this. It can be helped with topical doxepin cream and orally by tricyclic antidepressants like am... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
Wart or foreign body: This type of presentation is most commonly a wart or a foreign body. The tenderness/pain makes it even more important to see a hand surgeon, plastic ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
Yes: Yes to both. Be sure to avoid areas of skin that are broken out with fenugreek peels.
A male asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
Safe generally: Parabens are stabilizers found in natural as well as manufactured products. They are only a problem if you are allergic to them. Before use of any p... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
Various: It will self-resolve in 18-24 mo. Immiquimod cream or cantharidin can help over 2-3 months. Zymaderm, a homeopathic, works well for some people. I'v... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
Simple things: The simplest things to do to help maintain your skin as you age is sunscreen, moisturization, limited sun exposure and a healthy diet with an antioxid... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
Rarely: The wart virus is with you for life, but when they are clinically gone, your immune system keeps them in check and they are not normally communicable.... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
Yes: There are a progression of option to treat excessive underarm sweating from topical Certain-Dri, prescription Drysol, oral prescription rubinol or oxy... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
Likely OK: What you describe is usually part of the fungal, yeast or mold infection or from trauma. It is very unlikely to be anything of health concerns like m... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
No: Tetracycline and gum infections can be associated with a temporary hair loss called telogen effluvium, but not accelerate male pattern balding.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
Surgical re-excision: Unfortunately the way you healed is not uncommon even with the best surgeons. The best option to repair it is the have the hole re-excised and suture... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
Contact rash?: Seeing a dermatologist is the best way to get an answer but the commonest causes come from allergic/irritant reactions to something being held with a... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
OK: In reviewing the ingredients, it looks like it should be helpful to hair health, helping hair growth, thickening and texture over the long term. Ther... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
No with reservations: Isotretinoin is an anti-inflammatory not an immunosuppressant, so it does not directly make you more susceptible to ringworm or superficial fungal inf... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
Often: Normally skin pigment reduction from inflammation will renormalize over three to six months. If it fails to regiment in six months, it is more likely... Read More
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
Chemical peel: You generally will fade more hyper-pigmentation with an appropriately chosen chemical peel than microdermabrasion . The outcome will depend on the ri... Read More
A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
Options to treat: Lid ptosis from Botox A occurs when the botox crosses the tarsal plate in the upper lid and inhibits the lid lifting muscles or because you are using ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
See text: No perfect answer, but a diet low in inflammation causing foods, like reducing simple sugars, white, whole wheat breads, sweets, pastries in general. ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
Remove: Generally best to have the wood removed to prevent an infection or foreign body reaction and allow faster healing and less discomfort. Hydrogen perox... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
Psoriasis: Recurrent, chronic balanitis is frequently caused by psoriasis and would often not respond to your treatments you have had. Best diagnosed by a dermat... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
Yes: Although the bite reaction will get better on its own, it is very reasonable to treat it with an anti-inflammatory cream like 1% hydrocortisone or a s... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
Doctor's Office: Laser hair removal should be done by a laser trained physician, or a PA, NP, RN or medical aesthetician under a doctors supervision. Good results can... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
Cerave Lotion/Cream: Create helps repair the skin barrier disrupted by isotretinoin therapy and is available with sunscreen or antioxidants or plain. Good on face or bod... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
Botox?: Not my field, but you sound like you may be a good candidate for Botox injections as an adjunct treatment, if there is a strong muscular component to ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Sabean
Dermatology 52 years experience
See below: If it is on the face, you may have seborrhea, an eczema of oily areas, which may respond to otc hydrocortisone cream and Lotrimin (clotrimazole) Ultra... Read More

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Sabean is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thanks Doc! Time for an anti fungal cream, just in case. It's not presenting many symptoms yet (i.e. rash) but seems more itchy than standard winter dryness... Thanks ag...Read More
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks, my urologist referred me to a dermatologist upon request
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Thank you, your quick reply made me feel good!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Vermont College of Medicine, VT
Graduated 1970MD

Residency

MAINE MEDICAL CENTER
Completed 2015

Residency

Dartmouth
Completed 1977

Residency

Dartmouth
Completed 1974

Awards

Castle-Connolly Regional Top Doc

Affiliations

Fellow American Academy of Dermatology
American Society of Dermatological Surgery
American Society Of Laser Surgery
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