Find out how this pigmented skin condition is treated.
Are you or someone you love dealing with vitiligo? The Mayo Clinic reports that there are more than 200,000 new cases of vitiligo each year in the US alone. Vitiligo is a chronic disease where the melanin, which gives your skin its pigment, either dies or the body stops producing it. As a result, there are white patches of skin all over the body. So, you may be wondering how this condition occurs or how you can treat it. This is when it’s important to turn to your dermatologist.
What causes vitiligo?
Unfortunately, researchers still do not know why some people develop vitiligo. It may be the result of an autoimmune disease, where the body attacks the melanocytes in the skin. Some researchers also believe that something as simple as a sunburn or even emotional stress could cause vitiligo; however, the cause is still unknown.
Who is at risk for developing vitiligo?
Even though this condition can appear at any time in a person’s life it more commonly occurs in your 20's. It affects both men and women of all races; however, vitiligo is more noticeable in those with darker skin. Those with autoimmune disorders are often more likely to develop vitiligo than those who do not have an autoimmune disorder. Genetics may also play a role; however, parents with vitiligo won’t necessarily pass this condition onto their child.
What are the symptoms of vitiligo?
Vitiligo is characterized by large white patches of skin, which may appear anywhere on the body. These patches most commonly appear on the face, hands, feet, arms, and other sun-exposed areas. Sometimes the white patches will spread over time. How quickly the patches spread will vary from person to person; however, sometimes the patches won’t spread at all.
How is vitiligo treated?
It’s important to turn to a dermatologist that you trust if you think you or a family member is dealing with vitiligo. During your consultation, your doctor will examine your skin to determine how widespread and numerous the patches are so that we have a better idea what type of treatment will be the most effective.
We will also go through your medical history and ask you questions about your condition. Treatment for vitiligo, like most skin disorders, will not work overnight. In fact, there is often a trial-and-error period to try and find the best treatment option.
The most common types of vitiligo treatment include medication, light therapies, and surgery, all of which are designed to restore pigmentation back into the skin.
Prescribed medications may be applied topically or taken orally. Certain UVA/UVB light therapy treatments may also improve your condition. Skin grafting surgery may be recommended, in which your dermatologist will remove skin from another area of the body and apply it over the patches to hide them and even out skin tone.
Your dermatologist can also recommend a full-spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin when going outside, as well as any counseling and support you may need. If you or someone you love is looking for vitiligo treatment, contact your dermatologist today.
The effects of chickenpox may last beyond your childhood infection. Shingles, a widespread, itchy, painful rash, can break out at any time in adulthood because the causative agent, the Varicella Zoster virus, lies dormant within the body for life. Your dermatologist can help you control the awful pain and dangerous complications of shingles. He or she also has suggestions on avoiding an outbreak of this common and contagious skin disease.
What does shingles look like? A shingles rash is a reddened, itchy, oozing skin rash composed of raised blisters. Typically, it is widespread on the face near the eye, on the torso (front wrapping around to the back), or on the neck. People experience exceptional pain for at least two to six weeks, and due to damaged nerve endings, some individuals have unresolved pain for years.
What are the potential complications? Just like its childhood counterpart, shingles is contagious. So, people exposed to your shingle rash may develop chickenpox if they have never been sick with it previously.
Plus, shingles may lead to serious vision or hearing problems, fever, balance issues, and light sensitivity. People with a weakened immune system are potential shingles sufferers, and unfortunately, perfectly healthy people who have a shingles flare-up can then become immunosuppressed. In short, shingles is nothing to joke about.
How is it treated? Mild cases respond to cool baths, skin calming lotions, topical steroids and over the counter pain relievers. More severe flare-ups may require narcotic pain relievers, anti-convulsants, steroidal injections and numbing medications applied directly to the skin. Medications such as Acyclovir and Valacyclovir help dampen the spread of the virus.
Can you prevent an outbreak of shingles? Your dermatologist or primary care physician may provide you with a shingles vaccine to greatly reduce your chances of having shingles. The American Academy of Dermatology says that Zostavoax is for patients over 60, and the Shingrix vaccine may be administered beginning at age 50.
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Your dermatologist is an excellent resource for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide array of simple to complex skin conditions and diseases. If you are starting a shingle outbreak or desire to prevent one, call your skin doctor for a consultation. He or she will inform you on the best ways to stay as healthy as possible.
Patients visit Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL for improvement on a range of issues caused by aging including sagging skin, smile lines, and skin discoloration. One problem that some patients report is the dreaded “double chin.” An injectable called Kybella may be a solution. Understand how Kybella works and the benefits of this revolutionary chin treatment, then take time out of your schedule for a skin care consultation.
What Is Kybella?
Kybella is made with an ingredient called deoxycholic acid, which slowly breaks down fat under the skin. When injected, Kybella can significantly decrease the look of a “double chin,” restoring the neck area to a slimmer and more youthful appearance over the course of several months. A double chin is caused by excess fat that builds up over time, causing the chin to dip lower due to the natural effects of gravity. After Kybella is injected, the fat cells eventually leave the folds of the chin and are eliminated as waste. You may need up to six sessions with your dermatologist to get the best possible results.
The Kybella Procedure
Your Fort Lauderdale, FL skin doctor will examine your chin carefully and outline several injection points. The needle is gently inserted over the course of about 15 minutes as you lie back in your chair, relaxing. You should be able to return to most normal activities after the visit. Additional sessions will be scheduled about a month apart.
One important advantage of Kybella is that once the fat cells go away and you get your chin to look more contoured, you likely won’t have to revisit your skin doctor again for future treatments. Your lower face, neck, and chin will continue to look younger, smoother, and svelte. Also, for many patients having injections is preferable to having a surgical procedure.
Is Kybella Right for You?
The team at Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL is eager to help you achieve the better-looking chin that you want. Kybella just might be the right solution for you. Call (954) 500-7546 today to schedule an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist.
Who wouldn't want to stop shaving, plucking or using messy depilatories to remove unwanted body hair? If this describes you, please explore laser hair removal from the Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale. Your team of four board-certified dermatologists recommend this state-of-the-art aesthetic skin treatment to patients with healthy skin, giving them the smooth appearance they desire.
Targeting the hair follicles
That's what the Gentle YAG laser system does. Using a highly focused beam of light applied with a small handheld laser, the Gentle YAG de-activates hair growth from follicles on the face, neck, shoulders, chest, legs, underarms and bikini line. Hair falls out and does not regrow for months. When it does come back, it is lighter, finer, scant and may be retreated as needed.
How it works
After your Fort Lauderdale skin doctor examines you and discusses your aesthetic goals, your medical aesthetician applies a mild numbing cream to your skin. Then, they use the Gentle YAG laser to focus a tiny light beam to the targeted areas. The Gentle YAG system has a built-in cooling system which mitigates the mild heat the laser produces.
Treatments take anywhere from just a few minutes for a small area to an hour for larger areas such as the legs. Patients report a light stinging or snapping sensation as the light is applied. Afterwards, they may feel some mild soreness and see a bit of redness on the skin.
As weeks go on, you will need additional treatments--up to 10--to completely eliminate unwanted hair. Body hair grows cyclically; that's why you'll need additional applications of the Gentle YAG laser.
Laser hair removal succeeds best with fair-skinned people who struggle with thick, coarse, dark hair. However, patients with darker complexions and/or lighter hair can receive laser treatments, too. Rest assured that your dermatologist will outline a care plan perfect for your age, health, and skin type.
Laser hair removal frees you from nuisance hair and all the at-home hygiene routines which take too much time and really don't work well. Why not contact the Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale? Come in for a skin consultation, and ask about one of our most popular aesthetic services--laser hair removal. Phone the office team at (954) 500-7546.
Does your face sometimes appear extremely red and flushing? While a slight blush is certainly nice, if the blush is severe or widespread you may be dealing a common condition known as rosacea. People with rosacea often liken their redness to looking like they are sunburned even though they are not, and the redness often appears across the nose and cheeks but can spread to the forehead, as well.
Along with redness those with rosacea may also experience:
- Stinging or burning
- Hard bumps that look similar to acne
- Visible blood vessels
- Thicker skin (in more advanced cases)
Rosacea is more common in women than men, as well as those over 30 years old. Rosacea is characterized by flare-ups of redness that may go away and then come back when in contact with certain triggers. Common rosacea triggers include:
- Heat or cold
- Spicy foods
- Certain skincare products
- Certain medications
It’s important to note when you experience triggers to figure out what might be causing your flare-ups so you can avoid them whenever possible.
There are no over-the-counter medications designed to treat rosacea, so the only way to get the proper treatment you need to get your symptoms under control is to see a dermatologist. There are certain prescription medications that may be prescribed to lessen your symptoms. These medications include:
- Certain drugs and topical medications that reduce redness
- Oral antibiotics (to kill the bacteria responsible for inflammation)
- Isotretinoin (for severe and unresponsive rosacea cases)
In some cases, your skin doctor may also recommend laser therapy to reduce redness and the appearance of blood vessels. Common laser therapies for rosacea include dermabrasion and intense pulsed light therapy.
Along with medication and laser therapy it’s important to be gentle with your skin and to always wear sunscreen before going outside. Choose a sunscreen that offers full-spectrum protection and has an SPF of at least 30. Even on cloudy or windy days you should apply sunscreen. Also be aware of certain products and makeup that could also be causing flare-ups. There is also makeup on the market that can conceal redness.
If you think that your redness may be the result of rosacea isn’t it time you got answers? Schedule a consultation with our trusted dermatologist today.
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