What is Coolsculpting?

CoolSculpting is an amazing and nonsurgical treatment option to address stubborn fat in several areas around the body.

How does CoolSculpting work?

CoolSculpting uses freezing temperatures to help diminish stubborn fat. Most CoolSculpting treatments take about an hour and during the procedure, the provider applies the CoolSculpting treatment pad to the targeted area and cools the fat cells. During the cooling process, fat cells are killed while muscle and other tissue remain unaffected. This process is reported to have almost no pain due to the cooling effect of the treatment pad. However, some people can have the sensation of mild pain. In that case, we will numb the target area prior to treatment.

What results can you expect?

Coolsculpting has very little downtime, so you can return to your regular routine one hour after treatment. Some people report having mild soreness at the site of CoolSculpting, similar to that they might have after an intense workout or a minor muscle injury. After your treatment, it will take several months for the majority of the fat cells to be eliminated. Some people report losing up to 10 pounds of fat from one CoolSculpting treatment, which can have a very noticeable impact on the look of the targeted area. Our practitioners sometimes recommend that patients massage the treated area daily to increase the elimination of fat cells.

If you’re looking for an easy and hassle-free way to lose weight around your waist, buttocks, thighs, and more, book an appointment with us today by calling (888) 993-3761.

How Does Sclerotherapy Work?

Sclerotherapy is a treatment that is popular with those who would like to eliminate unsightly veins in their legs, but what exactly is Sclerotherapy?

What can Sclerotherapy treat?

Sclerotherapy helps reduce the appearance of veins in the skin, such as varicose veins and spider veins. Besides improving vein appearance, Sclerotherapy can also help improve symptoms of damaged veins such as aching, swelling, burning, night cramps, or other pains caused by damaged veins. The most common areas of treatment are the legs and feet.

How does Sclerotherapy work?

Sclerotherapy starts with our provider injecting a solution directly into the damaged vein. The solution then causes the blood vessel to painlessly reduce in size and fade away, allowing blood to flow through healthy veins. In a few minutes, you’ll witness a reduction in the size of the damaged veins, allowing for smoother legs and feet. The treatment generally continues working for few weeks, resulting in a long-term improvement of the affected areas.

Is Sclerotherapy safe?

Sclerotherapy is a procedure that has been in use and refined for over 100 years. As such, it is considered a safe procedure. Additionally, sclerotherapy is less invasive than surgery and does not require any anesthesia. Sclerotherapy also has almost zero downtime, so you’ll be able to walk a few minutes after the procedure and go back to normal activities on the same day.

Ready to get started with your Sclerotherapy treatment? Call us at (888) 993-3761 today!

How Does Acne Start?

Acne is a very common skin condition that affects individuals of all skin types, and often leads to scarring and hyperpigmentation if not treated properly.

What Causes Acne?

When the dead skin collects on the surface of your face or body, hormones stimulate the production of sebum. This leads to the formation of white heads and black heads called comedone. What happens next? Acne bacteria eat at the sebum causing inflammation. Inflammatory papules can turn into cystic acne and pustular acne. The end result is
of acne is scarring, hyperpigmentation and damaged skin.

Many people think that acne can be the result of not cleaning or cleansing your skin enough. While oil, makeup, and dirt can contribute to acne, hormones and genetics play a bigger role in the etiology of acne.

Different Types of Acne

  1. Comedonal Acne
  2. Inflammatory Acne
  3. Hormonal Acne
  4. Nodulocystic Acne

For the above types of acne, topical medication may be recommended such as Benzoyl Peroxide (BPO) or topical retinoid. Prescription antibiotics may be prescribed if one has inflammatory acne. For more severe and prolonged acne, an oral medication may be needed in addition to a topical one.

Contact our practice to be seen by a board-certified dermatologist and treat your minor or severe acne symptoms.

Why You Should Self Check Your Skin Often

These summer months have been having increased heat, intensity and longer heat waves. If you are someone who loves being out in the sun, make sure to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF. It is important to reduce sun exposure where possible to limit your risk for skin cancer and other dangerous skin growths.

It would be beneficial to have an annual examination by a board-certified dermatologist and if you are someone who is always outside, laying out in the sun, then a skin check will be even more critical. In addition to being seen by a licensed professional, between your doctors visits, you should check your skin. You can do so by inspecting your body and face for any new growths, skin patches that have changed in shape or color or texture.

Look out for moles that have changed or new ones that have formed. Spots or sores that bleed or itch are especially worrisome. If your dermatologist screens your mole and finds it to be worrisome or have warning signs of evolving, a biopsy will be taken. We perform shave biopsy or punch biopsy, depending on the type of mole being analyzed for cancer cells. Also, we offer various removal methods for unwanted moles such as surgical excision, cryosurgery and electrodessication and curettage.

If you notice any of those changes to your skin or new growths, contact Skin and Cancer Institute immediately to be seen by a dermatologic surgeon. After a thorough examination and evaluation, a diagnosis will be made and recommendations will be given to you in terms of preventing skin cancer as well as a treatment plan if there is a positive diagnosis for a tumor or pre-cancerous skin lesion.

Due to the various forms of skin growths and the consideration that some may be non-deadly but can evolve into something quite dangerous should re-enforce the notion that there is no substitute for being seen by a professional. When it comes to the development of skin cancer, time is of the essence as the tumor can spread. Therefore, timely detection, diagnosis and treatment is critical. Contact our office to schedule your consultation or your regular skin examination to protect against skin cancer.

Which Sensitive Skin Irritants You Need to Avoid

During the dryer or older months of the year in fall and winter, an individual with sensitive skin may need to take extra precautions. You can prevent irritating your skin further and maintain healthy, hydrated skin by avoiding some of the following irritants.

Individuals with eczema, psoriasis and other skin concerns will already know these are irritants to stay away from. Hot water, strong or harsh body soaps, rough fabrics such as wool or synthetic fiber, and perfumes or fragrances can each irritate your skin especially if you have sensitive or dry skin. Taking hot baths is not recommended so try to limit your shower or bath to warm. Using harsh soaps can strip your skin of its natural oils. Opt for a non-foaming cleanser or a soap for gentle skin and limit usage to areas that sweat more. This can help prevent the loss of your skin’s natural hydration. Also, exfoliating your skin too much or excessively can create redness and rashes. If you typically exfoliate your skin often, it may be better to use a gentle exfoliant with alpha hydroxy acids. These can remove the dead skin cells on the surface of your skin.

How Scars are Treated for Proper & Effective Removal

Several types of scars can result from trauma, injury, a burn, acne, or a skin condition. For example, a burn injury can lead to a contracture scar. A keloid scar could result from from a cut, wound or other injury. A surgical scar, piercing or tattoo could also cause a keloid to form. When the skin is injured, thick tissue forms around it causing the scar to be larger than the injury.

Skin and Cancer Institute offers scar removal procedures including cortisone injections, silicone dioxide gel, cryotherapy liquid nitrogen, microdermabrasion, microneedling, facial peel and laser treatments.

We utilize lasers such as PDT photodynamic therapy, Fractional C02 laser, and a pulse dye laser called VBeam Perfecta.

If you are interested in having your scar removed efficiently, call us to schedule your consultation and see which treatment method is the best fit for your skin.

Can Healthy Eating Help with Psoriasis?

Today’s news is on healthy eating and how it can help with Psoriasis. Although you might not see a connection, psoriasis and healthy are more connected than you think. There are certain diets that may help your Psoriasis.

There are different treatments plan when it comes to treating psoriasis and no one treatment plan works for everyone. Dermatologist recommend following a healthy, well-balanced diet. Healthy eating can lead to less psoriasis on your skin, decrease the severity of your psoriasis and make psoriasis medication more effective. If you have seen any of the following below on your body, please be sure to contact our office.

Psoriasis causes patches of thick red skin and silvery scales. Patches are typically found on the elbows, knees, scalp, lower back, face, palms, and soles of feet, but can affect other places (fingernails, toenails, and mouth). The most common type of psoriasis is called plaque psoriasis.

Always talk to your provider before changing your diet. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to give our office a call or schedule an appointment today. Our providers are trained and skilled in treating all skin type conditions and we would be happy to treat you.

The Perks of Microdermabrasion

Have you ever wondered what Microdermabrasion does or if it is right for you? We answer those questions here!

What is Micodermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a gentle in-office procedure that softly removes the layer of dead skin cells that is found on most skin types, making skin smoother and softer. During Microdermabrasion, we spray tiny crystals onto the skin to polish targeted areas, making your skin feel clear and healthy! Luckily, there is no discomfort so numbing is not necessary!

What can Microdermabrasion treat?

Microdermabrasion can treat many skin concerns such as sun damage, acne, discoloration, wrinkles, fine lines, and congested pores. Microdermabrasion is great for most skin types and helps increase the collagen in your skin, helping to make your skin appear tight and smooth. You can see the results almost immediately after the procedure, and you can expect to have very little or no redness! Over the coming days, your skin’s look and feel will continue to renew, leaving you feeling amazing.

What do I need to do to prepare for a Microdermabrasion treatment?

Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical and minimally invasive treatment so there’s little preparation needed besides removing make-up and cleansing the skin. For the best results, we recommend getting Microdermabrasion treatments at least twice a month to keep your skin at its healthiest. There is little to no recovery period so you can return to normal life quickly, unlike other treatments which require a few days of healing time at home. With procedure times as low as 10 to 30 minutes, you can continue to improve your skin health over the course of a year.

How fast can I get Microdermabrasion done?

Microdermabrasion is great for those who are busy, have skin sensitivities to chemicals or makeup, are prone to acne, or showing early signs of aging. Its exfoliation and skin rejuvenation benefits will leave your skin looking softer and brighter. Book your appointment today to talk to one of our expert dermatology providers and see if Microdermabrasion is right for you!

Morpheus8 is the Newest Resurfacing Treatment

How does the Morpheus8 Technology Work?

Morpheus8 uses radiofrequency energy in a microneedling device to remodel and contour the face and body by penetrating into the deeper layers of skin and fat. This procedure stimulates collagen production while enhancing skin tone, texture and smoothness. It is a highly popular procedure with advanced technology that requires no downtime.

A wand like device is applied over the skin to rejuvenate and refresh the skin’s texture on the face and body.

Which Areas Can Be Treated by the Morpheus8?

This microneedling radiofrequency laser can be applied to the upper and mid-face, thighs, legs, stomach and buttocks. The benefits include reduced acne scarring, minimizing stretch marks, facial fat and reversing years of aging. This revolutionary technique allows the skin to continue producing collagen for up to 3 months after the treatment is completed.

Contact Skin and Cancer Institute to schedule your consultation with our board-certified dermatologists and trained nurses to learn more about the Morpheus8 treatment.

Signs and Symptoms of Actinic Keratoses & Pre-Cancerous Skin Lesions

Pre-cancerous skin lesions are caused by frequent exposure to UV light. This can be from direct sunlight or the use of tanning beds. A skin lesion that itches, bleeds, grows, burns or is raised or crusting can be worrisome and should be examined by a board-certified dermatologist.

It may be difficult to distinguish between cancerous spots and the non-cancerous spots. The following are some of the signs and symptoms of a pre-cancerous skin lesion that should be evaluated:

  • pink, brown or red color variations of skin
  • wart like bumps or surfaces
  • flat or raised patches of skin or bumps
  • dry, scaly or rough skin or patches of skin

Risk factors or people with higher risk of developing actinic keratoses include individuals with red or blonde hair or light colored eyes. Also, individuals with a history of sunburn or excess sun exposure may more susceptible to developing pre-cancerous skin lesions. Individuals who live in a sunny climate or work outdoor or are prone to freckling or burning may also have an increased risk of developing a pre-cancerous skin lesion.