Posts for category: Dermatology
Tired of having to pluck, wax, and shave every few days? Dealing with thick, dark and unsightly hair in visible areas such as the chin or shoulders? If so, a dermatologist can provide you with a more effective solution for getting rid of unwanted body hair faster and easier. The answer lies in laser hair removal.
Plucking and waxing can be painful and shaving can leave you with ingrown hairs and irritation. None of these methods are fun. Plus, you have to keep doing it every few days or every week if you want smooth skin. Why go through the hassle when a dermatologist can help you get rid of hair without ever having to lift a finger?
It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that laser hair removal is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments. This procedure makes it easy to get smoother skin without having to deal with tweezing, shaving, or waxing. This non-invasive laser treatment can treat just about any part of the body; however, it’s most often used to treat the,
- Upper lip and chin
- Bikini line
Thanks to advanced laser technology, our dermatologist can provide patients with a safe, effective, and comfortable laser treatment to help them target and remove unwanted hair for the long term. Most laser systems offer a built-in cooling system to make treatment as comfortable as possible. Depending on the size of the treatment area, laser hair removal can take as little as 10 minutes for regions such as the upper lip or chin and as long as one hour (for a full back).
Since hair grows in cycles, you will need to get several laser hair removal sessions to ensure that our dermatologist removes as much of the hair as possible. The average person will get anywhere from 4-6 sessions. During laser hair removal, the handheld device will be directed over the skin to target and heat up the hair follicles to destroy them, preventing them from growing back. While laser hair removal will not permanently get rid of the hair, it will help the hair grow back fewer, finer, and lighter so they are far less visible.
If you think laser hair removal could help you feel more confident in your appearance, then your cosmetic dermatologist can give you the smoother results you want before summer hits.
Tattoo removal has become one of aesthetic and medical dermatology's most sought-after services. Read on to learn about how this treatment works.
Dermatologists mostly use Q-switched, or quality-switched, laser instruments for tattoo removal. Short, focused bursts of light break up the tattoo pigment that lies embedded in skin. With repeated treatments, the pigment particles eventually clear the body, and the tattoo lightens or fades away completely. Your skin doctor will tailor your treatments to your skin and to your tattoo.
Skin doctors find that older tattoos composed of darker hues such as brown or green respond best to laser removal. Colors such as red or yellow are more easily retained and may not fade completely.
These treatments are best performed by a board-certified dermatologist who will examine your skin and your tattoo, review your medical history, and give you the safest and most effective treatment options available.
The American Society for Aesthetic Surgery reports that skin doctors performed more than 45,000 tattoo removal procedures in 2013, and those numbers continue to rise. In just a few treatments, many patients experience complete erasure of their body artwork.
After your tattoo removal
As you may have some blistering, bleeding, and swelling after your laser removal procedure, you must treat your skin gently afterward. Keep the area clean and dry to avoid infection.
Additional aftercare involves:
- Avoiding sun exposure
- Keeping the treated skin covered
- Wearing loose clothing over the tattoo site
- Applying antibiotic ointment or cream as directed
If you want a tattoo removed...
See your board-certified dermatologist for a personalized consultation. They have the credentials, skill, and tools to do the job safely and effectively. Call your skin doctor today to find out more about removing tattoos.
How Dysport from your dermatologists in Fort Lauderdale, Florida can help you look younger.
Do you want to look younger? Of course you do, but those little frown lines and other tiny wrinkles are starting to show. Well, now you can do something about it! The answer is Dysport, a unique dermal filler material designed to minimize the frown lines appearing at the top of your face, your forehead, and between your eyebrows. The dermatologists at Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida offer a wide range of skincare and anti-aging services including Dysport treatment, to help you look younger.
Dysport is a dermal filler designed to fill in the tiny lines and wrinkles which happen as you get older. Your skin changes as you age, losing both moisture and elasticity, so when you show emotions, your skin doesn’t snap back and smooth out the way it did when you were younger. The result is lines and wrinkles forming across your forehead, between your eyebrows, and in other parts of your face.
That’s where Dysport comes in. It’s designed to treat moderate to severe frown lines between your eyebrows, and it works by targeting specific muscles and reducing muscle activity. Your Dysport treatment begins with an injection of the dermal filler into each of the five points between and above your eyebrows. It temporarily prevents muscle movements that cause the frown lines, but leaves your remaining facial muscles moving naturally.
When you choose Dysport, you will enjoy these amazing benefits:
- A more natural look, because Dysport targets specific muscles, so your face will still move naturally
- Quick results, because you will begin to see benefits two to three days after treatment
- Long-lasting benefits, which can last up to 4 months, with just one 10 to 20-minute treatment
- Minimal downtime, which allows you to take on the day, knowing you look your best
If you want to fight the signs of aging and look your best, you owe it to yourself to discover Dysport. To find out more about Dysport, dermal fillers, and additional anti-aging and skin care services, call the dermatologists at Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida today.
Is it time to see a dermatologist about your acne symptoms?
Dealing with the occasional pimple may have you reaching for an OTC cream or face wash; however, it’s important to recognize when your acne requires proper medical attention that home care just can’t handle. Our Fort Lauderdale, FL, dermatologists are experts at treating acne and can work with you to create a custom treatment plan. You may just want to consider seeing a dermatologist if:
You’re not sure if it’s acne
Not all red bumps are pimples, and treating all skin problems like you do acne could cause more harm than good for your skin. Other conditions such as folliculitis or rosacea leave you with pimple-like bumps that aren’t pimples. If you are noticing new bumps on your face or body it’s a good idea to turn to one of our Fort Lauderdale, FL, skin doctors for a proper diagnosis.
OTC treatments aren’t working (or are making things worse)
The first course of action for most people is to try over-the-counter washes and creams that are designed to target acne symptoms. Most of these products contain a small percentage of an active, acne-fighting ingredient such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. Sometimes these products just aren’t enough to get rid of your acne. If you find that your breakouts are getting worse or aren’t responding to OTC acne products after 6 weeks of continued use, then give your dermatologist a call.
Your acne is painful
If you are dealing with severe or inflamed nodules or cysts that form under the skin than commercial acne products just aren’t going to cut it. This is a job for a skincare professional who can give you more aggressive prescription-strength medications and creams. These will not only target the inflammation but also prevent scarring. Since cystic acne leads to scars it’s important to see a dermatologist as soon as possible.
You feel embarrassed by your appearance
While acne may seem like a rite of passage for most teenagers, this doesn’t mean that you should spend your teen years stressing about your skin or trying to cover up blemishes. Our dermatologists can provide you with the medication, products, and skin treatments you need to get your acne under control. If acne is affecting your quality of life and causing you to avoid social engagements, we can help.
Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL, has helped countless children, teens, and adults get their acne under control. If you are embarrassed by your acne symptoms then call our office today at 954-500-SKIN (7546) to get the care you need for clearer skin.
Anyone who has ever walked through the skincare aisle of their local drugstore knows that there are tons of acne-fighting products on the market. So, which one is right for you? Should you opt for an acne cleanser or spot treatment, or both? Choosing the right acne treatment can be challenging, to say the least.
While acne is a common problem among teenagers, many people don’t just leave acne behind the minute they toss out those graduation caps. In fact, many adults well into their 20s, 30s and beyond still deal with regular acne outbreaks. So, how do you properly treat acne? There is no singular way to treat acne and the best treatment option for you and your skin will depend on the cause. While you might not know what’s to blame for your acne symptoms a dermatologist certainly can help.
Treating Acne on Your Own
If you are dealing with mild to moderate acne, look for products that contain these powerful acne-fighting ingredients:
- Salicylic acid
- Benzoyl peroxide
- Glycolic acid
How a Dermatologist Treats Acne
If you’ve tried over-the-counter acne products for more than 12 weeks and aren’t seeing results, or if you are experiencing severe, deep or cystic acne then it’s time to turn to a skin care professional for help. The first thing your dermatologist will do is determine the cause of your acne. From there, one or more of these treatments may be recommended:
Prescription topical medications: Certain topical medications act as an anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory, which reduces redness and inflammation associated with acne while also removing acne-causing bacteria from the surface of the skin.
A simple extraction: You should never pick at your acne or try to pop a pimple on your own, as you could end up causes further irritation or scarring; however, a dermatologist knows the safest and most effective techniques for extracting blackheads and whiteheads safely.
Birth control pills: For women who notice breakouts that correspond to their menstrual cycle, certain birth control pills may be able to reduce the amount of androgen hormones, which in turn can reduce breakouts. Talk to your dermatologist about the birth control pills that are FDA approved to treat acne.
Isotretinoin: This is an extremely intense oral retinoid that is used for treating severe, cystic acne that isn’t responsive to other treatment options. Isotretinoin is better known as Accutane, and this treatment can take up to nine months to see full results. Some patients will require multiple courses of treatment. Due to the nature of this strong medication, there are some possible side effects. It is important to discuss these side effects with your dermatologist before beginning Isotretinoin.
If you are having trouble getting your acne under control it’s important that you have a dermatologist that you can turn to for customized care. Take control of your acne once and for all.