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.

Surgery for Skin Cancer

Skin cancer removal should be performed by a dermatologic surgeon and board-certified dermatologist. The tumor must be fully removed to prevent a chance of recurrence. Depending on the location, size, nature and type of skin cancer, the doctor will make a diagnosis and prepare a treatment plan for removal of the tumor.

Surgery for skin cancer is a common procedure. If the tumor is small and uncomplicated, a local anesthetic may be used. For larger tumors will need an operation.

Types of Surgical Removal for Cancerous Skin Tissue and Tumors:

  • Cryosurgery
  • Curettage and Electrosurgery
  • Mohs Micrographic Surgery
  • Wide Local Excision (To Remove Melanoma Mostly)
  • Skin Grafting
  • Lymph Node Removal in cases of metastasis

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a type of skin cancer including but not limited to basal cell, squamous cell, melanoma or other deadlier forms of skin cancer, consult with one of skin cancer surgeons and dermatologists regarding the best course of treatment for you.

Medical Conditions and Skin Growths are Treatable

Various skin growths can become worrisome or alarming at first glance. Routine skin examinations by experienced professionals, specifically skin care specialists like board-certified dermatologists and skin cancer surgeons should be consulted with. At Skin and Cancer Institute, we pride ourselves in having the most trained, knowledgeable and experienced staff, nurses, surgeons and dermatologists by your side.

Whether you are removing a lipoma for cosmetic reasons or removing a skin tag or cyst, Skin and Cancer Institute’s team can perform your treatment. You may be wondering what a lipoma is. A fatty lump that grows between the skin and muscle is a lipoma. During lipoma treatments, the ball of fat can be removed by surgery, steroid injection or liposuction. Depending on the size and location of the lipoma, earlier removal may be suggested and warranted. These fatty lumps look like balls and are not harmful or cancerous in general. However, because lipomas can grow rather rapidly, there is a risk of damage to the surrounding skin tissue. If a person waits too long to remove or treat the lipoma, a scar may remain. This can also occur if the lipoma is rather large in size. Lipomas can become bothersome in size and even cause pain.

How to Get Rid Of Your Keloid Scar

Keloid scars can result from cuts, puncture wounds, serious acne, tattoos, piercings and more. When your skin sustains an injury, the body automatically tries to repairs the damaged cells. In doing so, a scar forms and scar tissue can continue to grow after the wound has healed. A keloid is the scar tissue that becomes raised on the skin after a skin injury. An individual dealing with scars of any sort may want it removed for either cosmetic reasons or medical concern.

How Dermatologists Remove Keloid Scars

To minimize a keloid scar, with maximum efficiency because there is a risk of recurrence, the practitioner dermatologist will try to soften and flatten the keloid and shrink it in size as well. This is accomplished by a variety of methods including the following:

  • A corticosteroid injection can help reduce the size of the keloid.
  • You can freeze the scar by cryotherapy, a procedure most effective on smaller keloids.
  • Laser treatments can be utilized to make the keloid scar flatter.
  • The dermatologic surgeon can surgically remove the scar by cutting and excising it. This procedure yields fast results. However, surgery may cause the keloid to reoccur by triggering trauma to the skin yet again.

If you or a loved one are struggling with a keloid scar, hypertrophic scar, contracture scar or acne scar, Skin and Cancer Institute’s team of professional surgeons and dermatologists are at your service and disposal.

How to Diagnose and Treat the Most Dangerous Form of Skin Cancer, Melanoma

As skin cells which produce pigment mutate and grow, the risk for the development of melanoma arises. Melanoma is the result of a tumor very similar in appearance to a mole but can grow quickly and even spread to other parts of the body. There is a high level of risk associated with Melanoma in particular, over other types of skin cancer including basal and squamous cell carcinoma which are not as fatal.

What Happens During Your Examination

A diagnosis is made after your physical exam takes place where the board-certified dermatologist removes and tests a tissue sample. During the biopsy, your skin cancer dermatologist may opt for removal of the suspicious growth by punch biopsy or excisional biopsy.

If you have a positive diagnosis for melanoma, the next determination by your doctor would be the stage level and severity of the cancerous tumor.

Important Factors and Considerations

Your doctor will review the thickness of the tumor to determine whether it can be removed with difficulty or ease. The thicker the tumor, the more severe it is.

Another important check would be to ensure the melanoma has not spread to your lymph nodes. If this is considered a risk or possibility, your doctor my recommend a sentinel node biopsy. During this particular procedure, a special dye is injected where the melanoma was removed. The dye then flows to the lymph nodes. The lymph nodes are then tested for cancer cells. If the test is negative, the implication is that the melanoma has not spread beyond its original location.

Botox: The Timeless Recipe for Youthful Skin

Botox has many positive cosmetic benefits that both men and women can benefit from. Aside from a tightened, refreshed look, Botox eliminates fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes as well as the forehead. Injections can also be applied to wrinkles and lines around the mouth. Botox is safe and effective while delivering cosmetic enhancements that reverse years of aging.

Botox injections can also treat medical conditions such as migraines and excess sweating. Significant improvement has been seen for patients who are prone to excess sweating.

The treatment time varies depending on the number of treatment areas and units of Botox used. Generally, the treatment should last five to ten minutes. It is important for patients to be diligent and avoid Botox if you have an allergy to the botulinum toxin.

The Difference Between VASERLipo and Liposuction

Liposuction is a surgical procedure performed to remove excess fat and reshape and contour areas of the body. Using a cannula, your physician will remove the unwanted fat through an incision using a surgical vacuum.

Liposuction is not intended for a weight loss method and cannot substitute healthy habits of diet and exercise. It is intended for patients within 30% of their ideal weight. Treatment areas can include the thighs, flanks, underarm, back, below the buttocks, upper arms, and abdomen.

On the other hand, VASERLIPO removes the fat using ultrasound technology and a small tube. During VASERlipo, a local tumescent anesthesia is used. Lidocaine and Epinephrine is injected into the skin to numb the area.