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.
At Skin and Cancer Institute, our board-certified dermatologists frequently see patients in all ages and stages of life struggling with various types of skin rashes that can range in severity and duration. For example, a prominent type of skin rash is known as atopic dermatitis. Atopic Dermatitis is a prevalent form of eczema and a pestering skin condition that causes its victims to itch and deal with ongoing redness, dryness and irritation. Eczema or atopic dermatitis can have multiple causes although it is difficult to diagnose a single cause. It is known to result from infections, heat, allergens, and a weak or compromised immune system. Such skin rashes can be seen in newborn babies, toddlers and even adults both young and elderly.
Risks of Not Being Examined by a Dermatologist
It is not uncommon for a baby’s pediatrician, for example, to misdiagnose a rash on a baby. The proper avenue for a correct diagnosis is to be seen by a skin care expert, a licensed and trained dermatologist. For example, a pediatrician may notice a red itchy rash and proclaim a diagnosis of seborrhea based on the presence of dry skin elsewhere including on the scalp which is commonly referred to as “cradle cap.” This diagnosis although well intentioned may lead a first-time mom to question where she should continue breastfeeding as seborrhea can be caused by hormones while eczema is an auto immune response. Rather than going down a rabbit hole of guessing, to administer timely and effective treatment but also to protect the patient, a dermatologist would be able to identify and diagnose the skin rash or condition. The similarities in appearance, texture, scaliness and dryness of the various rashes can coincide making self-diagnosis and self-treatment futile. Be sure to be examined by a board-certified dermatologist for a skin rash that does not go away.
The varying scale of damage and the duration of rashes are ultimately linked to the diagnosis and cause. This is why a verified diagnosis by a board-certified dermatologist is critical to proper treatments. As always, it is better to know for certain exactly what category the rash falls into. There are numerous categories of rashes which require different treatments including but not limited to the following:
- Heat rash
- Swimmer’s itch
Contact our practice today to schedule your consultation to see a licensed and experienced dermatologist to help identify and treat your skin condition if you are struggling with a skin rash.
Both men and women alike struggle with balding and hair loss. This can result in negative consequences to one’s self esteem and happiness. If you are seeking to remedy and combat the hair loss you face, there are two treatment options available at Skin and Cancer Institute.
Hair Transplantation by Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a surgical procedure which removes hair roots one by one from the donor area and place them in the recipient balding areas of the scalp. This method is intended to have the hair take root and begin to grow.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy, on the other hand, reactivates dormant hair follicles and is less invasive than FUE transplantation. The patient has blood drawn, which is placed in a centrifuge to separate the plasma from other cells. The physician then fills the syringe with the plasma and injects it into the treatment areas of the scalp where balding has occurred. Local anesthesia is given prior to the treatment.
What Is the Difference between Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy and FUE Hair Transplantation?
PRP therapy uses only shallow injections while Advanced FUE requires small incisions. In addition, both treatments work differently. FUE works to redistribute active hair follicles. PRP does not distribute active hair follicles; but rather, stimulates the follicles where they are to activate them.
The exact cause of skin tags remains unknown. It appears that skin tag develop due to friction around the skin, as tags usually develop in skin folds. Skin tags are the compilation of blood vessels surrounded by an outer layer of skin. While skin tags are not dangerous, they can be removed for cosmetic reasons.
The result of various studies indicate a strong presumption that the human papillomavirus (HPV) may be a factor and cause of skin tag development. Also, insulin resistance has been found to play a role because because with such resistance don’t absorb glucose efficiently. While skin tags may also result from pregnancy and hormonal changes in a woman’s body, the condition is not contagious.
It is best to have a board-certified dermatologist evaluate your skin tags. Sometimes skin tags may resemble warts or moles. A visual examination will help assess the concern and if removal is necessary, a biopsy will be performed.
How are Skin Tags Removed by a Licensed Dermatologist
Only a trained board-certified dermatologist in dealing with this delicate skin should attempt to remove skin tags. Never attempt to remove skin tags on your own. At Skin and Cancer Institute, the following treatments are available in removing skin tags:
- Scalpel Removal
- Laser Treatment
Contact our practice today to schedule your consultation with a dermatologist for evaluation and an assessment.
If you are an individual who notices new growths of moles frequently due to natural disposition, genetics or even sun exposure, it is important to keep an eye on such developments on your skin. Even old moles that were once examined by a dermatologist, should be re-examined annually for changes in shape, size, texture and elevation.
While moles themselves result from the growth of pigment cells called melanocytes which grow in clusters. Common moles are typically 5 mm wide in a round or oval shape, and have a smooth surface. Common moles can evolve into cancerous moles called melanoma. Melanoma is a serious type of skin cancer. Individuals with over 50 moles are at increased risk for developing this type of cancer.
Things to Watch Out For
If your mole changes in color, size, texture, height or the skin’s surface becomes dry or scaly, you should let your doctor know. If the mole becomes hardened or lumpy, starts to itch or bleeds or oozes, those are also warning signs of an evolving mole.
Dysplastic Nevus is a Mole that Looks Different from a Common One
If your mole is larger than 5 mm, and is a mixture of various colors including pink and dark brown you should have your dermatologist examine your skin. This type of mole is called dysplastic nevus.
In the event, your evaluation or examination lead your doctor to assess that the mole should be removed, a biopsy will be performed.
You may be confronted with early warning signs of skin cancer and be completely unaware. You may even know someone who has been personally affected by skin cancer. You may have a loved one who is struggling with it presently. For all these reasons and more, it is essential to identify the leading causes of skin cancer to be aware and able to prevent it from developing.
Most Common Source of Skin Cancer
Skin Cancer is caused primarily by the UV rays of the sun. Excessive exposure to the sun without protection can cause skin cancer. Ultraviolet radiation is the leading cause of skin cancer.
Not only do UV rays pose a significant risk of skin cancer, but they can be equally dangerous to the health of one’s eyes. Ultraviolet A and B rays can affect the eyes and such exposure can lead to cataracts and even eyelid cancer on the surrounding skin. This is why our dermatologic skin cancer surgeons and board-certified dermatologists urge our patients to limit their sun exposure and as a lifestyle choice. The less exposure the better.
Other Causes of Skin Cancer & Harmful Tumors
Tanning beds and their associated UV lights used are also equally harmful, despite the fact many choose to use tanning beds during the seasonal winter months. In addition, exposure to x-rays as well as scars and other toxic chemicals can also influence and cause skin cancer to develop. Moles can become abnormal and also evolve into cancerous growths. We recommend routine skin examinations and mole screenings as well.
If you suspect you have skin cancer or any dangerous growths you are concerned about, be sure to make an appointment with a dermatologist at Skin and Cancer Institute for prompt medical attention and treatment.
Our board-certified dermatologists and team of licensed nurses are trained in providing unique dermatologic treatments for various skin conditions. From treating unwanted blemishes and other concerns like pigmentation, Rosacea, warts, moles, cysts, skin tags, Skin and Cancer Institute can offer appropriate treatments targeting your particular needs.
Cosmetic Procedures for the Face & Body
We also offer our patients living in Las Vegas, Nevada pristine laser therapies, non-surgical facial fillers, Botox, chemical peels and more. Whether it is a cosmetic enhancement without surgical intervention or more intense changes to the body are desired, our practice offers something for everyone.
Cosmetic treatments include facial rejuvenation, body sculpting to eliminate cellulite and unwanted fat, acne and scar treatment and more. Tattoo removal, spray tanning and laser hair removal are also services we provide.
Contact our Las Vegas practice for all your dermatology and cosmetic needs.
Body sculpting treatments are intended to create toned skin, definition and enhance the overall appearance of the body. By tightening the skin and removing cellulite, body sculpting procedures eliminate fat cells. There are different types of body sculpting treatments available.
We offer our patients in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Las Vegas and throughout our many practices in the state of Arizona, Nevada, and California the Coolsculpting, VelaSmooth, Venus Freeze and Sculptra to enhance their body’s definition.
Whether a laser is used, radiofrequency and pulsed electromagnetic fields, a dermal filler or infrared light is used to heat the fat cells, the end goal is is a sculpted body. If you are interested in body sculpting enhancements, schedule your consultation today with our team of nurses and dermatologists.
Residents in Phoenix, Arizona can benefit from cosmetic, laser and surgical procedures offered by our board-certified dermatologists. From skin issues such as psoriasis, eczema, rosacea to the treatment and removal of skin cancerous tumors, our doctors offer services tailored to each patient’s unique needs.
If you live in Phoenix, it is very likely that you have sun exposure that may be harmful, especially if your skin is not protected by gear or SPF. The summer months with high heat temperatures doesn’t help either. Currently, the month of September has seen high temperatures exceeding 100 degrees. This is very dangerous heat and sun exposure to residents of Phoenix. Many patients find themselves being at risk for skin cancer or precancerous skin lesions as well as other harmful growths that evolve if in the sun for lengthy periods of time.
Skin Cancer Variations
Basal cell carcinoma, melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, merkel cell carcinoma and sebaceous carcinoma are types of skin cancer treated by board-certified dermatologists. Each type of carcinoma spreads and affects the body differently. For example, merkel cell carcinoma can affect nerve endings and thereby infiltrate the lymph nodes, brain, bones, and lungs. Melanoma by contrast, is the result of a pigmentation mutation called melanin. The cells can mutate causing skin cancer.
Our dermatologists and skin cancer surgeons can help alleviate your concerns. Examination and detection are very important to your timely treatment.
Dermal fillers like Restylane, Juvederm, Bellafill, Radiesse, Xeomin, and Belotero Balance are offered at Skin and Cancer Institute for treating fine lines, augmenting certain features like the lips, defining the cheekbones and filling or adding volume to sunken areas of the face.
Botox is also available for the treatment of unwanted frown lines and sagging skin at the eyebrows, forehead, mouth, and around the eyes. Botox works by paralyzing the muscle by releasing a chemical that blocks the muscle contractions.
Facial rejuvenation procedures are also available in the form of facials, chemical peels, laser treatment, microneedling, microdermabrasion, and non surgical facelift. Our lasers include the Fractional C02 Laser, Photodynamic Therapy (PDT), Photofacial or Intense Pulsed Light, Ultherapy, and the VBeam Perfecta.
To learn more about our cosmetic procedures which enhance the skin and treat various skin concerns, contact Skin and Cancer Institute to schedule your consultation with our board-certified dermatologists today.