By Skin Center
February 15, 2021
Tags: Kybella  

Target fat around the chin with this easy, injectable treatment.

Submental fullness, also known as a double chin, can make anyone feel more than a little self-conscious. A double chin can certainly fuel insecurities, not to mention make you avoid or dread those social media selfies. Fortunately, our Fort Lauderdale, FL, board-certified dermatologists here at the Skin Center can offer a simple, nonsurgical solution that can get rid of that unwanted fat and give you a more clearly defined and more confident chin line.

What is Kybella?

This FDA-approved cosmetic injectable contains deoxycholic acid, which targets and eliminates fat cells to treat submental fullness, or a double chin. It is the only FDA-approved treatment for targeting fat under the chin and surgery is not required, making this a great option for anyone dealing with unwanted chin fat.

What are the benefits of Kybella?

If you are looking to achieve a slimmer jawline by removing excess fat, then Kybella may be the ideal treatment option for you. Some of the benefits of this injectable treatment include,

  • A minimally invasive, non-surgical treatment option to getting rid of unwanted chin fat
  • No downtime, which means you can return to work and normal activities immediately
  • An effective solution for permanently destroying fat cells in and around the chin
  • Improving the shape and appearance of your face
  • Increasing self-confidence
  • Creating a younger-looking appearance

What should I expect from treatment?

Before getting Kybella, it’s important to discuss your medical history with our dermatologists to make sure that this treatment is right for you. During the procedure, our dermatologists will mark the areas to be injected with a pen. Ice or a topical numbing gel may be applied to the skin beforehand to reduce any discomfort. The treatment process only takes 30-45 minutes.

When will I see results?

Most patients will require anywhere from two to six treatment sessions in order to achieve optimal results with Kybella. During your consultation, our Fort Lauderdale, FL, cosmetic dermatologists will be able to tell you how many treatment sessions you will need to see results. Most patients will see results after just one to two months after their first set of injections.

If you are looking to get a more perfectly defined chin with the help of Kybella, turn to the expert cosmetic dermatologists at Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL, to get the results you want. Call us today at ((954) 500-SKIN (7546) to schedule a consultation.

By Skin Center
February 09, 2021
Category: Skin Condition
Tags: Lupus  
LupusLupus is an autoimmune disorder that leads to widespread inflammation and pain. Lupus can affect multiple systems and organs in the body, but the skin tends to be one of the most common organs affected by this chronic disease. According to the Lupus Foundation of America, around two-thirds of people with lupus will experience some kind of lupus-related skin issue. Some people are dealing with cutaneous lupus only, while others are dealing with cutaneous lupus along with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) (the most common form of lupus).
Skin lupus can produce these skin problems,
A butterfly rash: This “malar” rash is a classic symptom of lupus. This purplish-red rash spreads over the bridge of the nose to the cheeks and looks similar in shape to a butterfly. A butterfly rash may look similar to a very bad flush or it may even be scaly, in more severe cases. Some people may mistake this for rosacea.
Rashes and sores: It’s also common for lesions and red, inflamed patches of scaly skin to develop with lupus. These rashes and sores are usually found on the face, scalp, ears, or other sun-exposed areas. While these sores typically aren’t painful, they can cause scarring (especially if they develop on the scalp). This is why it’s important to see a dermatologist if you are dealing with a recurring or persistent rash or sore.
Subacute cutaneous lesions: These small, scaly papules are caused by UV light. Unlike discoid lesions, which can cause scarring, subacute cutaneous lesions will not scar. These lesions are typically red and circular and develop on areas of the skin most often exposed to the sun.
Other symptoms associated with lupus include,
  • Sores in the mouth and nose (mucous membrane sores)
  • Hair loss, sometimes caused by discoid lesions
  • Purple spots (due to broken blood vessels) on the legs
Whether you’ve been diagnosed with cutaneous lupus or SLE, or you are experiencing a butterfly rash or other symptoms of lupus, you must visit your dermatologist as soon as possible for an evaluation. A dermatologist can easily identify lupus and provide you with solutions to help you get symptoms under control.
By Skin Center
February 08, 2021
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Massage Therapy  

Massage therapy has so many benefits. It relaxes the body, improves circulation, and can help reduce aches and pains. There are several types of massage therapy to choose from and there is one that is right for you. The knowledgeable dermatologists at Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL, can recommend a specific form of massage therapy to address your individual needs.

Types of Massage Therapy

Massage therapy involves the manipulation of the body’s soft tissues, such as the muscles and tendons. A variety of techniques, such as kneading or rubbing, can be used to relax the soft tissues in the area being treated. Several different types of massage therapy are available at our office in Fort Lauderdale, FL. We offer:

  • Deep Tissue Massage: This technique utilizes slow strokes and firm pressure to reach the deeper layers of muscle, as well as the connective tissue that surrounds it. Deep tissue massage is an effective method for treating prolonged inches and pains. It is also used to treat contracted areas, including sore shoulders, a stiff neck, low back pain, the upper back, and tightness in the leg muscles.
  • Hot Stone Massage: This method uses heat to treat deeper layers of muscle tissue. Smooth, flat stones are heated and applied directly to the affected areas. In addition to relaxing muscles, the heat from the stones also expands blood vessels and improves blood flow throughout the body. Other benefits of hot stone massage include stress reduction, relief from chronic pain, and promoting deep relaxation.
  • Swedish Massage: This popular massage technique is used to relax the entire body. It also eases tension, increases flexibility, improves circulation, decreases muscle toxins, and increases blood oxygen levels.
  • Sports Massage: This massage method is used to treat areas of the body that are stressed and overworked from performing forceful or repetitive movements. Sports massage is particularly beneficial to athletes and can enhance their training by preparing their minds and body for optimal performance. It also has the potential to reduce recovery time. Additionally, sports massage can help prevent injuries, improve endurance, reduce fatigue, and promote flexibility.

Benefits of Massage Therapy

You can enjoy numerous benefits with massage therapy. Some of the many benefits include:

  • Overall relaxation
  • Stress reduction
  • Improved circulation
  • Less muscle tension
  • Increased flexibility
  • Decreased muscle toxins
  • Injury prevention

Massage therapy can reduce aches and pains and help you feel more relaxed. Our experienced dermatology professionals can help you select the right type of massage therapy for your needs. Schedule an appointment to learn more by calling Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL, at (954) 526-3359.

By Skin Center
January 25, 2021
Category: Skin Condition
Cold sores are small, painful blisters that develop on the lips and around the mouth. These sores are caused by a viral infection known as herpes simplex. More specifically, Herpes Simplex Type 1 is typically the cause of cold sores. This condition is very common, affecting around 67% of the global population. Here’s what you should know about cold sores, including how to treat them when they surface.
How did I get cold sores?

Cold sores are highly contagious, so it is possible to get a cold sore from,
  • Kissing an infected person
  • Sharing utensils and drinking from the same glass as an infected person
  • Oral sex
While the herpes simplex virus is typically considered a sexually transmitted disease when it comes to cold sores many cases of HSV1 are passed between family members. If you have a parent or grandparent who has cold sores who has also kissed you or shared food and drink items with you, then chances are good that you got your cold sore from them.
What are the symptoms of a cold sore?

Before a blister even develops, you may notice burning, tingling, pain, or itching around the affected area of the lip. If this is your first time dealing with a cold sore, it is common for the first outbreak to be the worst. In this case, you may develop a fever, body aches, or other flu-like symptoms.
The cold sore itself may look like a cluster of blisters or an inflamed, open sore. Eventually, the blister will scab over and go away, usually in about two weeks.
How can I treat a cold sore?

When it comes to treating a cold sore, you can find simple over-the-counter creams that help to ease symptoms. If you deal with severe cold sore outbreaks you may wish to talk with your dermatologist about a prescription antiviral medication, that can help to reduce the length of your outbreak and reduce symptom severity.
Are cold sores and canker sores the same thing?

Cold sores and canker sores can often be mistaken for each other, but they are not the same. First, cold sores usually develop on the lips while canker sore cause painful sores to develop in the mouth. Secondly, cold sores are due to a virus while we still don’t know exactly what causes canker sores.
If you are dealing with cold sores your dermatologist can provide you with both over-the-counter and prescription options, depending on the severity of your symptoms. If you have questions about cold sores, call your dermatologist today.
By Skin Center
January 11, 2021
Category: Skin Condition
Molluscum ContagiosumMolluscum contagiosum is a viral infection that most commonly affects children under 10 years old, that causes hard, raised red bumps known as papules to develop on the skin. These papules usually develop in clusters on the armpits, groins, or back of the knees, but can develop just about anywhere on the body. If you suspect that your child might have molluscum contagiosum here’s what you should know,

How is molluscum contagiosum contracted?

You may be wondering how your child contracted this poxvirus. There are several ways to transmit this viral infection: skin-to-skin contact, sharing items such as towels or clothes, sexual transmission (in adults), and scratching your own lesions (this can lead to further spreading of the papules).

It can take anywhere from two weeks to six months to develop symptoms after exposure. Once a child or person has molluscum contagiosum they typically aren’t infected again in the future.

How is this condition diagnosed?

If you notice any bumps on your child that persist for days, you must consult your dermatologist to find out what’s going on. A simple dermatoscopy (a painless, non-invasive procedure that allows your dermatologist to examine a skin lesion or growth) can determine whether the papule is due to molluscum contagiosum. If MC is not suspected, your dermatologist may biopsy the bump for further evaluation.

How is molluscum contagiosum treated?

Since this is the result of a viral infection, antibiotics will not be an effective treatment option. In fact, the body simply needs time to fight the virus. Your dermatologist may just tell you to wait until the infection runs its course and clears up on its own.

If the papules are widespread and affecting your teen’s appearance and self-esteem, then you may wish to talk with a dermatologist about ways to get rid of the spots. Cryotherapy or certain creams may be recommended to treat and get rid of these spots.

If you are living with others, it’s important to avoid sharing any clothing or towels with the infected child or person. Make sure that your child does not scratch the bumps, which can lead to further spreading of the infection.

If your child is dealing with a rash, raised bumps, or any skin problems and you’re not sure what’s going on, it’s best to talk with a qualified dermatologist who can easily diagnose the issue and provide you with effective solutions for how to treat it.

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