YES. Your skin is an organ of your body. It is the largest mass and most visible of the body’s organs. It acts as a shield protecting your insides from external stress, diseases, infection and environmental factors such as the SUN. Your skin also plays an important part in your appearance.
How can I take care of my skin?
When you are healthy, your skin radiates with glow; however, when you do not eat well or are under a lot of stress, your skin shows it. Help your skin by preventing aging, sun damage spots and skin cancer by using daily sunscreen, wearing protective clothing and avoid overexposure to the daily sun and NO artificial tanning.
How can we help you take care of your skin?
Each treatment is individualized for each patient. Whether it is:
Prevention: We can help you prevent unnecessary damage to your skin. We can teach you to examine your skin for signs of skin cancer (early detection is very important) or other medical skin conditions. We can start you on topical creams to prevent the signs of aging or sun damage.
Surgery/Laser: We perform surgery on the skin to prevent diseases such as Basal Cell Carcinoma or Squamous Cell Carcinoma from becoming a serious factor. We perform Laser Surgery to provide early control of certain diseases (such as Rosacea) and we perform Laser treatments to improve and enhance the way your skin looks for cosmetic purposes.
Cosmetic Procedures: We can improve the appearance of skin damaged by aging, sun exposure, and/or other diseases. We provide a list of treatments such as chemical peels (skin rejuvenation), Botox, Cosmetic Fillers, and Laser treatments for unwanted hair and unwanted spider veins.
What is Botox?
It is a therapeutic treatment for a variety of medical conditions. It is widely used for the treatment of moderate to severe frown lines between the brows and crow’s feet (around the eyes). It is also used for excessive sweating of the palms and underarms. It is a quick and minimally invasive procedure consisting of a few tiny injections. No anesthesia is required. The entire procedure takes approximately 10 minutes and there is no downtime afterward. You can expect to see the results within 1-15 days after your treatment.
What is Juvederm (Dermal Fillers)?
It is an injectable gel which replaces the HA (Hyaluronic Acid) your skin has lost. It brings back the volume and smooths facial wrinkles and folds. Wrinkle correction with Juvederm is a quick, in-office procedure with immediate results and no downtime. It requires a topical anesthesia. The results are noticeable immediately and it is the only HA filler that’s FDA approved to last up to one year.
What causes acne?
The causes of acne are linked to the changes that take place as young people mature from childhood to adolescence (puberty). The hormones that cause physical maturation also cause the sebaceous glands (oil) of the skin to produce more sebum (oil). These glands are found together with the hair shaft in a unit called the sebaceous follicle. As increased amounts of sebum (oil) are being produced in the follicle they can plug the opening of the follicle causing the sebaceous glands to produce sebum and the follicle swells up with sebum. Also, a normal skin bacteria called P. Acnes begins to multiply rapidly in the clogged hair follicle. In this process, these bacteria produce irritating substances that can cause inflammation. Sometimes, the wall of the follicle bursts, spreading inflammation to the surrounding skin. This is the process by which acne lesions, from blackheads to pimples to nodules, are formed.
Is it harmful to squeeze my blemishes?
YES. Inflammatory acne lesions should never be squeezed or picked at by anyone. Squeezing, forces the infected material deeper into the skin, causing additional inflammation and possible acne scarring.
Can anything be done about acne scarring?
Scarring is best prevented by treating and getting rid of the acne. Our dermatologist uses various methods to improve acne scarring. The treatments are individualized for each patient. Such options are chemical peels, topical dermabrasion and laser resurfacing. It is very important that the acne is well controlled before any procedure is used to diminish the scarring.
What is the best way to treat acne?
Everyone’s acne must be treated individually. Our dermatologists will decide which treatments are best for you. There are many options such as topical prescription medicated creams and oral medications, such as antibiotics or Accutane. For more information about the types of acne treatments that are available, call our offices today.
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