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Cosmetic Dermatology

Cosmetic Dermatology focuses on improving the appearance of a patient’s skin, rather than treating disease.

The good news: There are many quality dermatologic services, products, and state-of-the-art technologies successfully reversing the march of time on our skin.

The challenge: Deciding which solution is best for you.

At U.S. Dermatology Partners Littleton, formerly Apex Dermatology Group, our staff including Physician Assistants and professional aestheticians—all with advanced training and years of experience—work under the direct and daily supervision of our physicians. We collaborate with you to customize your treatment plan and product selection to suit your lifestyle and goals so that you look and feel your best for years to come.

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Dermaplane

Treatment to remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells.

To schedule your appointment or consultation, please call our Denver office at (303) 261-1525 or our Littleton office at (303) 795-2030.

About Dermaplane

An alternative to chemical peels and microdermabrasion, this clinical exfoliation gently removes superficial dead skin while also removing unwanted fine facial hair.

Dermaplaning is a manual exfoliation meant to be performed primarily on the face. Also known as leveling the skin or blading, it involves the use of a sterile surgical blade, known as a dermatome, that gently scrapes away the top layer of problem skin. The dermatome is held against taut skin at a 45-degree angle and stroked in a manner similar to shaving.

Dermaplaning is usually only performed on the face and generally excludes any blading of the nose, eye lids, neck, or chest. It is recommended that the procedure be done every 3 to 4 weeks (or once a month), which coincides with a normal skin cycle of approximately 30 days.

Dermaplaning is wonderful for exfoliating the skin and for those that have peach fuzz on their face. It removes this along with dead skin cells, resulting in healthier looking skin. This treatment is great for someone who has sensitive skin or facial hair that does not respond to laser hair removal. Removal of this outer layer of dead skin cells and fine hair enhances the penetration and speed of your personal skin care regimen. It also prepares the skin for other aesthetic procedures such as HydraFacials, Chemical Peels and PhotoFacials.

After the treatment, your make up will go on better and your skin will be very smooth. This is a no downtime procedure.

Benefits

  • Leaves skin soft and supple
  • Exfoliates
  • Removes dead skin cells
  • Removes “peach fuzz”
  • Enhances the penetration of your skincare regimen products
  • Can be used in conjunction with other aesthetic procedures such as HydraFacials or Peels

Treatment Type

  • Dermaplaning

Treatment Problem or Condition

  • Age Spots
  • Sun Damage
  • Fine Lines
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Uneven Skintone
  • Large Pores
  • Unwanted Hair

Skin Type

  • Combination Skin
  • Dry Skin
  • Normal Skin
  • Oily Skin
  • Sensitive Skin

Usage

An initial series of 3-6 treatments is recommended with monthly maintenance.

Micropeel Treatments

Micropeel includes dermaplaning and the chemical peel of your choice.

Micropeel is a dermaplane and then a chemical peel applied after. (Any type of chemical peel). Micopeels are designed to refine skin texture. Dermaplaning is a simple and safe procedure for exfoliating the skin and ridding the skin of fine vellus hair (peach fuzz).The combination procedure assists in smoothing fine lines and evening out skin discoloration while reducing the appearance of aging and environmental damage to the skin.

To schedule your appointment or consultation, please call our Denver office at (303) 261-1525 or our Littleton office at (303) 795-2030.

Treatment Type

  • Dermaplaning
  • Peels

Treatment Problem or Condition

  • Fine Lines
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Uneven Skintone
  • Rosacea/Redness

Skin Type

  • Aging Skin
  • Combination Skin
  • Dry Skin
  • Hyperpigmented & Sun-Damaged Skin
  • Normal Skin
  • Oily Skin
  • Rosacea-Prone Skin

Earlobe Piercing

Earlobe piercing service.

An earlobe piercing is a piercing in the earlobe. It is one of the least painful to get. Lasting approximately six weeks, the healing time is also one of the quickest.

Topical anesthesia is available to make your experience totally painless.

To schedule your appointment or consultation, please call our Denver office at (303) 261-1525 or our Littleton office at (303) 795-2030.


Earlobe Repair and Reconstruction

Repair for torn or elongated earlobes.

A torn or elongated earlobe causes difficulty in wearing pierced earrings. Repair is a quick, easy, “in the office procedure,” returning to work on the same day. Ears may be pierced in 4-6 weeks after repair. Price is per ear.

To schedule your appointment or consultation, please call our Denver office at (303) 261-1525 or our Littleton office at (303) 795-2030.

Benign Lesion Destruction

Removal of benign lesions for cosmetic purposes per session.

Destruction means the ablation of benign, premalignant, or malignant tissues by any method, with or without curettement, including local anesthesia, and not usually requiring closure. It can be located anywhere on the body. Methods of destruction include electrocautery or cryotherapy. Lesions include seborrheic keratoses, skin tags, sebaceous gland hyperplasia, or milia.

To schedule your appointment or consultation, please call our Denver office at (303) 261-1525 or our Littleton office at (303) 795-2030.

Your doctor may remove a benign lesion in any of these ways:

  • Cutting it off. Skin tags may be snipped off with a scalpel or surgical scissors.
  • Freezing it with liquid nitrogen. Your doctor will swab or spray a small amount of super-cold liquid nitrogen on the skin tag. You might have a small blister where the skin tag was, but it will heal on its own.

The procedure may hurt a little, but your doctor will numb the area with an anesthetic before he or she begins. If the procedure causes any bleeding, your doctor may apply a medicine that helps stop the bleeding. Then he or she will put a bandage on it. These procedures usually leave no scars or marks.

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IPL Photofacial

Non-invasive treatment wipes out age spots, discoloration, rosacea, and broken capillaries.

Using gentle pulses of broadband light (also known as Intense Pulsed Light, or IPL), Photorejuvenation is a wonderful treatment for skin pigmentation issues caused by time and sun exposure. Brown spots (solar lentigines), surface spider veins, generalized redness, and rosacea all respond wonderfully to this treatment. The worse the pigment, the better the response, as the light is absorbed by the pigment (red or brown), and then the body’s own healing response removes the damaged pigment and replaces it with new, fresh, unblemished skin. Typically 5 treatments spaced 3 weeks apart are needed for best results, but this can vary greatly depending on the individual.

To schedule your appointment or consultation, please call our Denver office at (303) 261-1525 or our Littleton office at (303) 795-2030.

Improving the Signs of Photoaging in Your Skin

Transforming your skin is easy with the IPL Photofacial, also called Photorejuvenation. This non-invasive treatment is ideal for skin care concerns ranging from redness and rosacea to broken capillaries to age spots, sun spots, discoloration and hyperpigmentation.

The pleasures and stresses of life take their toll and cause our skin to look older. Sun exposure, the major culprit of skin damage, only compounds this. The actual conditions that develop are often a complex of changes in the small blood vessels (called “telangiectasias”) and the appearance of spots and blemishes of pigment. A remarkable technology called Intense Pulsed Light (IPL™) can treat these developments with a very special flash of light.

The IPL photofacial process causes collagen and blood vessels below the epidermis to constrict, reducing redness and age lines. The procedure involves minimal discomfort, feeling like the mild snapping of rubber bands against the skin’s surface.

IPL is a broad-band light (not a laser) used to deliver a series of gentle pulses of light to the skin. Specific settings are selected for each treatment for optimal results. A series of three to five treatments are performed at three to four week intervals. The benefits of IPL PhotoFacial Treatments are consistent, visible improvement in the skin with no downtime, little discomfort and minimal risk. With PhotoFacial Treatments, the embarrassing redness and flushing of rosacea can be greatly reduced and sun damaged, aging skin can be dramatically improved.

Only skin types I – IV may have these treatments.
Skin types V and VI should not be treated. Skin type IV’s require a test spot, and use of a skin lightening kit for 3-4 weeks prior to their first treatment to limit the potential for their skin to over-react to the light.

Brand

  • Cynosure

Benefits

  • Erases skin discoloration, pigmentation, age spots, sun spots
  • Wipes out rosacea and broken capillaries
  • Minimal discomfort, thanks to cooling of the skin during treatment
  • No downtime

Treatment Type

  • Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

Treatment Problem or Condition

  • Age Spots/Sun Damage
  • Facial Veins/Capillaries
  • Hyperpigmentation/Uneven Skintone
  • Melasma/Freckles
  • Rosacea/Redness
  • Uneven Skin Texture

Skin Type

  • Aging Skin
  • Hyperpigmented & Sun-Damaged Skin
  • Rosacea-Prone Skin

Usage

  • Gradual and cumulative improvement of skin condition is typically achieved in three to six treatment sessions. The total number of required treatment sessions depends on your skin’s condition.

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FAQs

When can I expect to see results?

Gradual and cumulative improvement of skin tone is typically achieved in 6 sessions. The total number of sessions required will depend on your skin’s condition.

Does it hurt?

Cooling of the skin surface ensures additional safety and comfort during treatment. Redness and swelling may occur immediately after, but it will subside shortly after.

What types of results can I expect?

You can expect to see a gradual decrease in overall redness, flushing and dilated capillaries. People with visible aging from the sun can expect to see their skin become smoother with a decrease in fine wrinkles, reduction in pore size and fading of sun spots. Many people with rosacea see an improvement in breakouts and are able to decrease or discontinue their other medications.

How long does it take?

Each treatment takes approximately 30 minutes, depending on the size of treatment area.

How many treatments will I need?

You can see some improvement immediately. Only one or two treatments may be needed; depending on the severity of your conditions, several treatments may be necessary to achieve your best results.

What can I expect following treatment?

Typically, most people experience a mild sunburn-like sensation, possibly accompanied by some minor swelling, immediately following the treatment. This usually lasts two to 24 hours. Ask your provider to discuss other possible side effects and the necessary post-treatment care with you.

How quickly will I recover?

You can resume regular daily activities right away and start to see some improvement immediately.

Who are the best candidates for Photofacial treatments?

The best candidates are:

  • People who suffer from rosacea and experience flushing and redness of their skin.
  • People with early aging changes and sun damage who desire healthier, more youthful appearing skin.
  • People who don’t want to take the time off to heal from laser resurfacing or chemical peels.

Cosmetic Facials

A customizable facial to help you target your specific skin concerns using the DiamondTome Hydro Wand system. This system exfoliates the skin and helps products and serums penetrate more deeply revealing softer, brighter, more beautiful skin!

This service is only available in our Denver office. To schedule your appointment or consultation, please call our Denver office at (303) 261-1525.

Brand

  • DiamondTome

Benefits

  • Helps target your specific skin concerns.
  • Helps products and serums penetrate more deeply.
  • Reveals softer, brighter, more beautiful skin.

Acne Laser Treatments

Laser treatment to control acne and reduce acne scarring.

Acne is a disorder resulting from the action of hormones and other substances on the skin’s oil glands, sebaceous glands, and hair follicles. Severe acne can lead to permanent scarring. Sciton’s laser allows controlled heating of sub-epidermal layers of the skin. This process will lead to collagen remodeling, a proliferation of active fibroblasts, and treating over-acting sebaceous glands that result in the reduction of acne and improve acne scarring non-ablatively.

To schedule your appointment or consultation, please call our Denver office at (303) 261-1525 or our Littleton office at (303) 795-2030.

Brand

  • Cynosure

Benefits

  • Most patients get their best results in 4-6 sessions.

IPL Laser Hair Removal

One of the most popular aesthetic treatments because of its efficacy and convenience, laser hair removal is a great way to give your skin a cleaner look and reduce daily “maintenance”. Light pulses get absorbed by the melanin in the hair, and the resulting heat damages or destroy the follicle holding the hair. For this reason, it only works on dark hair. White, grey, blonde and even red hair cannot be treated. Those with brown or black hair can see great results but may need anywhere from 5 to 8 treatments or more, depending upon skin type and other genetic factors.

To schedule your appointment or consultation, please call our Denver office at (303) 261-1525 or our Littleton office at (303) 795-2030.

How Does IPL Laser Hair Removal Work?

Remove unwanted hair from your face, neck, or body areas.

Unwanted facial and body hair is a common problem that can be a source of distress. Dermatologists use lasers and light sources to safely and effectively treat larger areas of unwanted hair with minimal patient discomfort and fewer complications than other hair-reduction methods. Most lasers are equipped with a cooling device that reduces the discomfort from the laser light and also protects the top layer of skin from excessive heating and potential changes in pigmentation.

Benefits

Expected results

  • The percentage of hairs removed per session varies by location on the body, with thinner-skinned areas (e.g., armpits and bikini area) generally responding better than thick-skinned areas (e.g., back and chin).
  • About 10 percent to 25 percent reduction in hair growth can be expected with each treatment.
  • The hair that regrows following treatment tends to be lighter and finer in texture.

Treatment Type

  • Laser Hair Removal

Treatment Problem or Condition

  • Unwanted Hair

Usage

Typically six to eight treatments about 4 to 6 weeks apart are needed to achieve 90% permanent hair loss. Why only 90%? The body will always continue to produce new hair follicles that were not around during your treatment. However, usually, this will be a few strands of fine, fair, baby-like hair.

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FAQs

How Does It Work?

Laser and intense pulsed light (IPL) devices send specific concentrated beams of light through the skin that are absorbed by the melanin (dark) pigment present in the hair follicle shafts. Because hair grows in cycles, repeated treatments are necessary to destroy the hair follicles. In general, three or more treatments are required to achieve permanent hair growth reduction.

Will it work for me?

Darker hair responds best to laser hair removal. Lighter-colored hair is least responsive, but topical medications can be used in an effort to increase effectiveness. Be sure to avoid tanning or sunless tanners and to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen for up to six weeks prior to treatment.

Are there any side effects?

The most common side effects include discomfort, swelling, and redness that last one to three days. Other possible side effects include blistering, herpes simplex outbreaks, bacterial infections and temporary skin lightening or darkening (especially in patients with skin of color or those with tans). Patients are instructed to avoid sun exposure and to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher following the procedure.

Palomar Ablative Erbium Laser

Ablative erbium laser is a non-invasive laser treatment for collagen stimulation, scar treatment, keratosis pilaris, and sebaceous gland hyperplasia.

To schedule your appointment or consultation, please call our Denver office at (303) 261-1525 or our Littleton office at (303) 795-2030.

Brand

  • Palomar

Benefits

  • Fractional resurfacing is effective on:
  • Fine lines and wrinkles – like crow’s feet and brow lines.
  • Surface scarring – erasing effects of acne and other scarring.
  • Pigmentation – minimizing the appearance of age spots.
  • Sun damage – helping heal dangerous skin damage.

PelleFirm® System

Provides a non-invasive, pain free RF treatment for the body, resulting in smoother skin and temporary improvement in the appearance of cellulite.

To schedule your appointment or consultation, please call our Denver office at (303) 261-1525 or our Littleton office at (303) 795-2030.

How the PelleFirm® System Works

The PelleFirm® System provides a non-invasive, pain free RF treatment for the body, resulting in smoother skin and temporary improvement in the appearance of cellulite. PelleFirm is powered by the Pellevé® S5 RF Generator, which also powers the Pellevé Wrinkle Reduction handpieces for facial skin tightening.

This innovative system is comprised of 2 new, large diameter handpieces sized for the body that elevate tissue temperature up to 45 degrees Celsius, coupled with mechanical massage heads for treatment of areas with cellulite. PelleFirm can address almost any area of the body and is ideal for problem zones including the abdomen, arms, buttocks and thighs and can be used on all skin types. Like Pellevé, a PelleFirm RF Body Treatment system is effective, delivering visible results with no pain and no downtime.

The PelleFirm System is CE Marked for body skin tightening and cellulite reduction. In addition, it also has received FDA 510(K) clearance for tissue heating and the temporary reduction in the appearance of cellulite.

Brand

  • Cynosure

Benefits

  • Non-invasive
  • Pain-Free
  • Smoother Skin
  • A temporary improvement in the appearance of cellulite.
  • Juvederm® Volbella XC
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Juvéderm® Collection of Fillers

Cosmetic physicians have truly made leaps and bounds in evaluating the aging face over the last decade, realizing that volume loss, much more than skin laxity, contributes to making us look older. By replacing that volume judiciously, patients can look much younger in a much more natural way than can be provided by a facelift. Of course, some people are still candidates for a facelift, but the use of dermal fillers like Juvéderm can keep them at bay by giving the face a more youthful look. Common areas treated are nasolabial folds, lips, chin, and even under the eyes in the “tear troughs”. Sold by the syringe, the amount necessary for correction of volume loss will vary greatly among patients.

To schedule your appointment or consultation, please call our Denver office at (303) 261-1525 or our Littleton office at (303) 795-2030.


Juvéderm® Volbella XC

Juvéderm® Volbella is the first and only FDA approved filler proven to increase lip fullness and correct lip lines for up to one year.

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Full lips with a defined border are a feature of youthful attractiveness. As we age, natural substances such as collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid that give skin structure and fullness gradually decrease. This results in our lips and the surrounding area being vulnerable to loss of fullness.

Juvéderm® Volbella XC is for use in the lips for lip augmentation and for correction of perioral rhytids, commonly referred to as perioral lines, in adults over the age of 21.

Juvéderm® Volbella XC is specially designed using VYCROSS® technology to gently restore fullness and shape to your lips. Whether your lips were naturally thin or full, Juvéderm® Volbella XC can be used to enhance lip shape or restore lost fullness. It’s also the only facial filler clinically proven to last up to 12 months in the lips with a single treatment.** With the addition of pain-reducing lidocaine, you will enjoy greater comfort during the treatment.

Size: 0.55cc Syringe

Benefits

  • FDA-approved to instantly add volume to the lip and perioral area.
  • Developed with VYCROSS™ technology to deliver a natural look and feel, with results proven to last up to a year.
  • Because it also includes a local anesthetic, you should find it makes the treatment process much more comfortable.


Juvéderm® Vollure XC

Juvéderm® Vollure XC is the first and only Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Dermal Filler FDA Approved for the Correction of Moderate to Severe Wrinkles and Folds, such as Nasolabial Folds, That Lasts up to 18 Months.

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Juvéderm® Vollure XC injectable gel is for injection into the facial tissue for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds, in adults over the age of 21. Juvéderm® Vollure XC is formulated with Allergan’s proprietary VYCROSS® technology, which blends different molecular weights of hyaluronic acid, contributing to the gel’s duration.

Juvéderm® Vollure XC is specifically tailored with a balance of gel firmness and low cohesivity, yielding a versatile formulation that adds subtle volume for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Juvéderm® Vollure XC was shown to last up to 18 months from the initial or touch-up injection in a majority of subjects.

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Benefits: 

  • Softens moderate to severe facial lines and wrinkles to create a smoother appearance.
  • Subtle and long-lasting results for up to 18 months.


Juvéderm® Voluma XC

Juvéderm® Voluma XC restores volume to the cheek area.

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Juvéderm® Voluma XC is the first and only FDA-approved dermal filler to correct age-related volume loss in the midface. The injectable gel is the first and only filler FDA-approved for deep injection in the cheek area to correct age-related volume loss. Juvéderm® Voluma XC is for patients over the age of 21.

Juvéderm® Voluma XCis from the makers of the #1 family of fillers, but it is different than Juvéderm XC and works on a different area of the face. While Juvéderm XC smoothes out moderate to severe wrinkles and folds around the nose and mouth, Juvéderm® Voluma XC adds volume to the cheek area. It is clinically proven to last up to 2 years with optimal treatment.

It is a hyaluronic acid filler, derived from a naturally occurring, hydrating substance found in your skin. In its natural form, hyaluronic acid is a sugar found in the skin and joints. Hyaluronic fillers are synthetic, biodegradable versions of these naturally occurring sugars and are considered to be extremely safe.

Juvéderm is priced per syringe.

After 24 hours you should be able to resume your normal activities. Side effects are moderate and generally last 2 to 4 weeks. Common side effects include temporary reactions at the treatment site such as tenderness, swelling, firmness, lumps, bruising, pain, redness, discoloration, and itching.

Size: 1 cc syringe

Benefits:

  • First and only HA filler FDA-approved to instantly add volume to the cheek area.
  • Subtle lift.
  • Clinically proven to last up to 2 years.
  • Resume normal activities after 24 hours.


Juvéderm® Ultra Plus XC

Juvéderm® Ultra Plus XC restores volume and smooth lines and folds.

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Juvéderm® is the number one selling dermal filler in the US. It is a hyaluronic acid filler, derived from a natural substance that is found throughout the human body. In its natural form, hyaluronic acid is a sugar found in the skin and joints. Hyaluronic fillers are synthetic, biodegradable versions of these naturally occurring sugars and are considered to be extremely safe.

Juvéderm® XC is a smooth gel filler that will instantly smooth away wrinkles around your mouth and nose. It works by helping to replace the hyaluronic acid your skin has lost with age, adding volume to ‘fill out’ and smooth away facial wrinkles and folds. Juvéderm can smooth out the lines along the sides of your nose and mouth for up to one year with only one treatment. Juvéderm is the only hyaluronic acid (HA) filler FDA approved to last up to 1 year with initial treatment.

Juvéderm® XC is formulated with 0.3% powdered lidocaine to provide a more comfortable experience during and after treatment, ensuring the smooth, natural-looking results you expect with the comfort you want.

Everyone’s skin ages differently and Juvéderm® XC may be used to rejuvenate multiple problem areas, from smile lines to vertical lip lines. Juvéderm can smooth away unwanted wrinkles and restore your natural contours. Juvéderm® XC is available in two formulations — Juvéderm® Ultra XC for versatility in contouring and volumizing facial wrinkles and folds, and Juvéderm® Ultra Plus XC, a more robust formulation for volumizing and correcting deeper folds and facial wrinkles.

Juvéderm is priced per syringe.

Size: 1 cc syringe

Benefits:

Juvéderm can improve several areas, including:

  • Deep folds on the sides of the mouth – nasolabial folds
  • Marionette lines
  • Lip borders, vertical lip lines and wrinkles
  • Corners of the mouth – drooping corners are uplifted
  • Superficial forehead lines and crow’s feet
  • Thinning lips – Lip Enhancement
  • Earlobes


Juvéderm® Ultra XC

Juvéderm® Ultra XC restores volume and smooth lines and folds.

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Juvéderm® XC is a smooth gel filler that will instantly smooth away wrinkles around your mouth and nose. It works by helping to replace the hyaluronic acid your skin has lost with age, adding volume to ‘fill out’ and smooth away facial wrinkles and folds. Juvédermcan smoothes out the lines along the sides of your nose and mouth for up to one year with only one treatment. Juvéderm is the only hyaluronic acid (HA) filler FDA approved to last up to 1 year with initial treatment.

Juvéderm® XC is formulated with 0.3% powdered lidocaine to provide a more comfortable experience during and after treatment, ensuring the smooth, natural-looking results you expect with the comfort you want.

Everyone’s skin ages differently and Juvéderm® XC may be used to rejuvenate multiple problem areas, from smile lines to vertical lip lines. Juvéderm can smooth away unwanted wrinkles and restore your natural contours. Juvéderm® XC is available in two formulations — Juvéderm® Ultra XC for versatility in contouring and volumizing facial wrinkles and folds, and Juvéderm ® Ultra Plus XC, a more robust formulation for volumizing and correcting deeper folds and facial wrinkles.

Juvéderm is priced per syringe.

Size: 1 cc syringe

Benefits:

Juvéderm can improve several areas, including:

  • Deep folds on the sides of the mouth – nasolabial folds
  • Marionette lines
  • Lip borders, vertical lip lines and wrinkles
  • Corners of the mouth – drooping corners are uplifted
  • Superficial forehead lines and crow’s feet
  • Thinning lips – Lip Enhancement
  • Earlobes


Brand

  • Allergan

FAQs

Juvéderm® Volbella XC FAQs

Are there any reasons why I should not receive Juvéderm® Volbella XC injectable gel?

Do not use these products if you have a history of multiple severe allergies or severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis), or if you are allergic to lidocaine or Gram-positive bacterial proteins used in these products.

What precautions should my doctor advise me about?

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. The safety of Juvéderm® Volbella XC for use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding has not been studied
  • The safety of Juvéderm® Volbella XC in patients under 22 years has not been studied
  • The safety and effectiveness of Juvéderm® Volbella XC in areas other than the lips and perioral area have not been established in controlled clinical studies
  • Tell your doctor if you have a history of excessive scarring (e.g., hypertrophic scarring and keloid formation) or pigmentation disorders, as use of Juvéderm® Volbella XC may result in additional scars or changes in pigmentation
  • Tell your doctor if you are planning other laser treatments or a chemical peel, as there is a possible risk of inflammation at the treatment site if these procedures are performed after treatment
  • Tell your doctor if you are on immunosuppressive therapy used to decrease the body’s immune response, as use of Juvéderm® Volbella XC may result in an increased risk of infection
  • Tell your doctor if you are using medications that can prolong bleeding, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or other blood thinners, as this may result in increased bruising or bleeding at the injection site
  • Minimize strenuous exercise, exposure to extensive sun or heat, and alcoholic beverages within the first 24 hours following treatment

What are the possible side effects?

The most common side effects include swelling, tenderness, bruising, firmness, lumps/bumps, redness, pain, discoloration, and itching. Most side effects are mild or moderate and last 30 days or less.

One of the risks with using this product is unintentional injection into a blood vessel, and while rare, the complications can be serious and may be permanent. These complications, which have been reported for facial injections, can include vision abnormalities, blindness, stroke, temporary scabs, or permanent scarring.

As with all skin injection procedures, there is a risk of infection.


Juvéderm® Vollure XC FAQs

What are the possible side effects?

The most commonly reported side effects with Juvéderm Vollure XC injectable gel included injection-site redness, swelling, pain, tenderness, firmness, lumps/bumps, bruising, discoloration, and itching. Most side effects were mild or moderate and lasted 14 days or less. One of the risks with using this product is unintentional injection into a blood vessel, and, while rare, the complications can be serious and may be permanent. These complications, which have been reported for facial injections, can include vision abnormalities, blindness, stroke, temporary scabs, or permanent scarring. As with all skin injection procedures, there is a risk of infection.

What precautions should my doctor advise me about?

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. The safety of this product for use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding has not been studied.

Please see additional Important Safety Information on the usage tab.


Juvéderm® Voluma XC FAQs

What is Juvéderm® Voluma XC?

As you age, the cheeks may flatten and the skin may begin to sag. This is caused by a natural loss of volume in the cheek area, or what the experts call age-related midface volume loss. Juvéderm® Voluma XC is designed to add volume beneath the skin’s surface, which provides lift and contour to the cheek area.

What are the potential side effects of Juvéderm® Voluma XC?

The most common side effects included temporary reactions at the treatment site such as tenderness, swelling, firmness, lumps/bumps, bruising, pain, redness, discoloration, and itching. Side effects were moderate (uncomfortable) and generally lasted 2 to 4 weeks. As with all skin injection procedures, there is a risk of infection.

How does Juvéderm® Voluma XC work?

Over time, the cheeks flatten, and the skin may begin to sag. This is caused by a natural loss of volume in the cheek area, or what the experts call age-related midface volume loss. Juvéderm® Voluma XC is designed to add volume beneath the skin’s surface, which provides lift and contour to the cheek area.


Juvéderm® Ultra Plus XC FAQs

What does it do?

Juvéderm® Ultra Plus XC temporarily adds volume to facial tissue and restores a smoother appearance to the face. The lidocaine in the gel improves the comfort of the injection.

How is it used?

Juvéderm® Ultra Plus XC is injected into areas of facial tissue where moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds occur. It temporarily adds volume to the skin and may give the appearance of a smoother surface.

What will it accomplish?

Juvéderm® Ultra Plus XC injectable gel will help to smooth moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Most patients need 1 treatment to achieve optimal wrinkle-smoothing, and the results last about 1 year.

What are the possible side effects?

Most side effects are mild or moderate in nature, and their duration is short lasting (7 days or less). The most common side effects include, but are not limited to, temporary injection site responses such as redness, pain/tenderness, firmness, swelling, lumps/bumps, bruising, itching, and discoloration. As with all skin injection procedures, there is a risk of infection. One of the risks of using this product is unintentional injection into a blood vessel. The chances of this happening are very small, but if it does happen, the complications can be serious and may be permanent. These complications, which have been reported for facial injections, can include vision abnormalities, blindness, stroke, temporary scabs, or permanent scarring of the skin.


Juvéderm® Ultra XC FAQs

What is Juvéderm® Ultra XC?

Juvéderm® Ultra XC is an injectable gel that temporarily adds more fullness and plumps thin lips—whether your lips have thinned over time or you simply want fuller lips-in adults over the age of 21. Juvéderm® Ultra XC is also approved for smoothing and correcting moderate to severe parentheses lines, such as nasolabial folds (smile lines around the nose and mouth), in adults.

How long does Juvéderm® Ultra XC last?

Juvéderm® Ultra XC lasts up to one year, with optimal correction.

What are the potential side effects of Juvéderm® Ultra XC?

For lip augmentation, most side effects were mild or moderate in nature with a duration of 14 days or less. The most common side effects were temporary reactions at the treatment site such as tenderness, swelling, firmness, lumps/bumps, and bruising.

For treating lines and wrinkles, most side effects were mild or moderate in nature with a duration of 7 days or less. The most common side effects included temporary injection-site reactions such as redness, pain/tenderness, firmness, swelling, lumps/bumps, bruising, itching, and discoloration.

How does Juvéderm® Ultra XC work?

Juvéderm® Ultra XC temporarily adds volume to facial tissue and restores a smoother appearance to the face. The lidocaine in the gel improves the comfort of the injection.

Also, Juvéderm® Ultra XC temporarily adds fullness for lip enhancement in adults over the age of 21.

USAGE

Juvéderm® Volbella XC Usage

Individual results may vary. Speak with your doctor about the benefits and risks with the use of any product. The safety and effectiveness of Juvéderm® Volbella XC has been demonstrated in several clinical trials including the U.S. pivotal study where 168 subjects were treated with Juvéderm® Volbella XC. The most common side effects were temporary responses at the treatment site such as swelling, tenderness, bruising, firmness lumps/bumps, redness, pain, discoloration, and itching. Most of these side effects resolved within 30 days.

Juvéderm® Volbella XC Ingredients

Juvéderm® Volbella XC is a facial filler specifically designed to enhance lip fullness and define lip contours. It’s also the only† facial filler clinically proven to last up to 12 months in the lips with a single treatment.* Juvéderm® Volbella XC is made from hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring sugar found in your body, which helps to create volume and elasticity in the skin.


Juvéderm® Vollure XC Usage

Juvéderm® Vollure XC injectable gel is for injection into the facial tissue for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds, in adults over the age of 21.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Are there any reasons why I should not receive Juvéderm® Vollure XC injectable gel? Do not use this product if you have a history of multiple severe allergies or severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis), or if you are allergic to lidocaine or the Gram-positive bacterial proteins used in this product.
What precautions should my doctor advise me about?

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. The safety of this product for use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding has not been studied.
  • The safety of Juvéderm® Vollure XC in patients under 22 years has not been studied
  • The safety and effectiveness of Juvéderm® Vollure XC in areas other than facial wrinkles and folds have not been established in clinical studies
  • Tell your doctor if you have a history of excessive scarring (eg, hypertrophic scarring and keloid formations) or pigmentation disorders, as use of this product may result in additional scars or changes in pigmentation
  • Tell your doctor if you are planning other laser treatments or a chemical peel, as there is a possible risk of inflammation at the treatment site if these procedures are performed after treatment
  • Patients who experience skin injury near the site of injection with this product may be at a higher risk for side effects
  • Tell your doctor if you are on immunosuppressive therapy used to decrease the body’s immune response, as use of this product may result in an increased risk of infection
  • Tell your doctor if you are using medications that can prolong bleeding, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or other blood thinners, as this may result in increased bruising or bleeding at the injection site
  • Minimize strenuous exercise, exposure to extensive sun or heat, and alcoholic beverages within the first 24 hours following treatment

Juvéderm® Voluma XC Usage

After 24 hours you should be able to resume your normal activities. Side effects are moderate and generally last 2 to 4 weeks. Common side effects include temporary reactions at the treatment site such as tenderness, swelling, firmness, lumps, bruising, pain, redness, discoloration, and itching.

Juvéderm® Voluma XC Important Information

APPROVED USE

Juvéderm® Voluma XC injectable gel is for deep injection in the cheek area to correct age-related volume loss in adults over the age of 21.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

Are there any reasons why I should not receive Juvéderm® Voluma XC?
Do not use the product if you have severe allergies with a history of severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis), or if you are allergic to lidocaine or the proteins (gram-positive bacterial proteins) used to make the hyaluronic acid (HA) in Juvéderm® Voluma XC.

What precautions should my doctor advise me about?

  • The safety of Juvéderm® Voluma XC injectable gel for use during pregnancy, in women who are breastfeeding, or in patients with very thin skin in the cheek area has not been studied
  • The safety for use in patients under 35 years or over 65 years has not been studied
  • The safety and effectiveness of treatment in areas other than the cheek area have not been established
  • The safety for use in patients with a history of excessive scarring or pigmentation disorders has not been studied and may result in additional scars or changes in pigmentation
  • The long-term safety of repeat treatments has not been established
  • Patients who experience skin injury near the site of injection may be at a higher risk for side effects
  • Tell your doctor if you are on therapy used to decrease the body’s immune response (immunosuppressive therapy). Use may result in an increased risk of infection
  • Tell your doctor if you are using medications that can prolong bleeding, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or other blood thinners; as with any injection, this may result in increased bruising or bleeding at the injection site
  • Minimize strenuous exercise and exposure to extensive sun or heat within the first 24 hours following treatment

What are the possible side effects?
Side effects are moderate (uncomfortable) and generally last 2 to 4 weeks. The most common side effects include temporary reactions at the treatment site such as tenderness, swelling, firmness, lumps/bumps, bruising, pain, redness, discoloration, and itching.

To report a side effect, please call Allergan Product Surveillance at 1-877-345-5372.

For more information, please visit www.juvederm.com or call the Allergan Product Support line at 1-800-766-0171.

Juvéderm® Voluma XC injectable gel is available by prescription only.

Juvéderm® Voluma XC Ingredients

Juvéderm® Voluma XC injectable gel is a smooth, colorless hyaluronic acid (HA) gel that contains a small quantity of local anesthetic (lidocaine). HA is a naturally occurring sugar found in the human body. The role of HA in the skin is to deliver nutrients and help the skin retain its natural moisture and softness. The addition of lidocaine helps to improve the comfort of the injection. Juvéderm® Voluma XC injectable gel is manufactured using VYCROSS™ technology to give a specialized smooth-gel filler that produces long-lasting results at the treatment site. Juvéderm® Voluma XC is delivered by an injection into the cheek and the surrounding area of the mid-face to correct volume and fullness.


Juvéderm® Ultra Plus XC Ingredients

Juvéderm® Ultra Plus XC injectable gel is a colorless hyaluronic acid gel that contains a small quantity of local anesthetic (lidocaine) and is injected into facial tissue to smooth wrinkles and folds, especially around the nose and mouth. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar found in the human body. The role of hyaluronic acid in the skin is to deliver nutrients, hydrate the skin by holding in water, and to act as a cushioning agent. The role of lidocaine is to reduce the pain associated with injections into the skin.


Juvéderm® Ultra XC Usage

What does it do?

Juvéderm® Ultra XC temporarily adds volume to facial tissue and restores a smoother appearance to the face. The lidocaine in the gel improves the comfort of the injection.

How is it used?

Juvéderm® Ultra XC is injected into areas of facial tissue where moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds occur. It temporarily adds volume to the skin and may give the appearance of a smoother surface.

What will it accomplish?

Juvéderm® Ultra XC injectable gel will help to smooth moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Most patients need 1 treatment to achieve optimal wrinkle-smoothing, and the results last about 9 months to 1 year.

What are the possible side effects?

Most side effects are mild or moderate in nature, and their duration is short lasting (7 days or less). The most common side effects include, but are not limited to, temporary injection-site reactions such as: redness, pain/tenderness, firmness, swelling, lumps/bumps, bruising,& itching, and discoloration. As with all skin injection procedures, there is a risk of infection. Rarely, vision abnormalities have been reported after treatment with Juvéderm® Ultra XC.

Juvéderm® Ultra XC Ingredients

Juvéderm® Ultra XC injectable gel is a colorless hyaluronic acid gel that contains a small quantity of local anesthetic (lidocaine) and is injected into facial tissue to smooth wrinkles and folds, especially around the nose and mouth. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar found in the human body. The role of hyaluronic acid in the skin is to deliver nutrients, hydrate the skin by holding in water, and to act as a cushioning agent. The role of lidocaine is to reduce the pain associated with injections into the skin.

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Pellevé Skin Tightening

Skin tightening and wrinkle reduction treatment providing pleasant, natural-looking results. $100 consultation fee is redeemable towards the purchase of Pellevé Skin Tightening.

To schedule your appointment or consultation, please call our Denver office at (303) 261-1525 or our Littleton office at (303) 795-2030.

If you’re wondering how you can refresh your appearance without surgery, the Pellevé Wrinkle Reduction System may be right for you. The Pellevé System safely and effectively treats facial wrinkles with virtually no pain and no downtime. In fact, patients who have had a Pellevé treatment say it feels like a warm facial massage.

The Pellevé treatment can:

  • Be performed in your doctor’s office in less than an hour
  • Create visible results that start to be noticeable right away
  • Provide results that last

The Pellevé System offers a different type of experience; a more pleasant and more natural one, with results you can feel good about.

How Pellevé Works

The Pellevé System delivers constant, gradual radiofrequency energy deeply into the skin, causing heat to build up where the skin and fat layer meet. The increasing heat modifies the collagen bundles deep in the skin, causing contraction and stimulating the growth of new collagen over time. The result: firmer, tighter younger looking skin.

The Pellevé Experience

You can feel the Pellevé difference. The Pellevé treatment is virtually painless and generally quite pleasurable, unlike many other energy based procedures. It is a very comfortable skin tightening treatment that takes less than an hour. You can go back to work and resume your normal routine right away, and no one will know you have had anything done. You will appear more radiant!

Lasting Effects

The wrinkle reduction and skin firming effects of the Pellevé treatment will continue to improve for at least six months as your skin produces new collagen. Over time, Pellevé continues to work, improving your skin texture and tone. In a clinical study, after one treatment, 9 out of 10 patients experienced a significant benefit. At 6 months, almost 90% of those patients still had a lasting effect.

Brand

  • Pellevé

Benefits

The Pellevé treatment can:

  • Be performed in your doctor’s office in less than an hour.
  • Create visible results that start to be noticeable right away
  • Provide results that last.

Treatment Type

  • Skin Tightening and Toning

Treatment Problem or Condition

  • Sagging/Loose Skin
  • Wrinkles

Skin Type

  • Aging Skin

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FAQs

Is the Pellevé System FDA cleared?

Yes, in 2009, Ellman received FDA clearance for the Pellevé System for the treatment of mild to moderate facial wrinkles.

Does the Pellevé System have a CE Mark?

Yes, in 2005, Ellman was awarded a CE Mark for the Pellevé System.

Is the Pellevé treatment safe?

Clinical studies have proven that the Pellevé treatment is a safe and effective way to reduce wrinkles without surgery. The side effects and discomfort are minimal, and no drugs or anesthetics are used during the procedure.

Who is qualified to perform Pellevé treatments?

A physician or qualified medical personnel under the direction of a physician may perform the Pellevé procedure.

How long does a Pellevé treatment take?

Each treatment will be from 30 – 60 minutes depending on the number of areas being treated at one time.

What do I need to do before having a treatment?

There is generally no preparation required before having a Pellevé treatment but please arrive well hydrated. Ask your doctor if you should discontinue certain topical products or medications.

How is the treatment performed?

First, a conductive gel will be applied to the areas to be treated. Patients say they feel a deep warming sensation when the Pellevé handpiece is applied to your skin. You will act as a guide to describe the depth of the sensation as your clinician moves the handpiece gently across the treated areas.

Is the treatment painful?

No. Unlike other skin tightening systems, a Pellevé treatment does not require anesthesia. A Pellevé treatment is virtually painless and in fact, patients comment that it feels like a warm massage.

What can I expect after a treatment?

There is no recovery time needed after a Pellevé treatment. You may be slightly pink with mild swelling for a few hours, you can wear makeup right away and resume normal activities, so it fits easily into busy schedules

What will I need to do after a treatment?

Most doctors will instruct you to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 30 to prevent future photodamage and maintain the results of your Pellevé treatment.

How soon will I see improvement?

In most cases, you will see a visible tightening and lifting effect immediately after one session. Your skin will feel firmer and smoother as the texture and tone improve.

How long do the results last?

The overall result of a Pellevé treatment is a noticeable improvement in skin quality and appearance with minimal side effects and no recovery time. Results continue to improve for six months.

How many treatments are needed?

Many people see results immediately after just one treatment. For many patients, a series of three treatments spaced about one month apart may be recommended for optimal improvement. Additional treatments may be undertaken at any time for long term maintenance.

Can a Pellevé treatment be combined with other cosmetic treatments?

Many physicians combine Pellevé treatments with other cosmetic treatments such as wrinkle relaxing agents and dermal fillers. Only your doctor can recommend the best treatment plan for you, based on your skin type, age, and your cosmetic goals.

RevitaPen Osmosis Treatment

Get infused! The ultimate in dermal rejuvenation.

Enhance results with technology that creates pathways to deliver active ingredients deep into the skin. This treatment offers immediate and long term results with our non-invasive device, RevitaPen, to enhance product absorption and drive active ingredients deep into the skin for optimal skin restoration.

To schedule your appointment or consultation, please call our Denver office at (303) 261-1525 or our Littleton office at (303) 795-2030.

What is Microneedling?

Microneedling is a wonderful treatment for lines, wrinkles, scars, stretch marks, and textural irregularities. A pen-like device tipped with single-use, very fine, surgical quality needles creates thousands of tiny micro-holes in the skin (after using a numbing cream of course). This “controlled damage” forces the skin to create new collagen as a healing response. Over the course of months, the skin will look smoother, lines and wrinkles will greatly diminish, and scars and stretch marks will blend better with the surrounding skin. A great anti-aging treatment for everybody, no matter what their issues or age, as there are no potential side effects from heat like there are for lasers.

Brand

  • Osmosis Pur Medical Skin Care

Benefits

  • Gentle exfoliation.
  • For all skin types and conditions.
  • Increase hydration.
  • Reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots.
  • Improve texture of skin, diminish scar tissue.
  • Reduce blemishes, inflammation, and pigmentation.

Treatment Type

  • Microneedling

Treatment Problem or Condition

  • Acne Scarring
  • Active Acne
  • Age Spots/Sun Damage
  • Congested/Clogged Pores
  • Dehydrated Skin
  • Dull/Tired Skin
  • Fine Lines
  • Hyperpigmentation/Uneven Skintone
  • Scars
  • Stretch Marks
  • Uneven Skin Texture
  • Wrinkles

Skin Type

  • Acneic Skin
  • Aging Skin
  • Hyperpigmented & Sun-Damaged Skin

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Dysport By The Unit

Dysport treats moderate to severe frown lines by reducing specific muscle activity. Wrinkles are caused by repeated movements and muscle contractions, which means they can even develop in younger adults. One injection into each of 5 points between and above the eyebrows temporarily prevents muscle contractions that cause frown lines, leaving the rest of your face to move naturally. In other words, no frozen face, just natural-looking results. You can control your look instead of your look controlling you. That’s the Dysport difference.

Forget frown lines for up to 4 months. You’ve got better things to do than think about what your forehead wrinkles look like. In just one 10- to 20-minute treatment, Dysport may help improve the look of your frown lines for up to 4 months. The majority of patients see improvement in just 2–3 days after treatment. Results of repeat treatments may be comparable to your first use. Another plus? There is little to no downtime after your treatment, which means you can get back to your day faster.

Make your Dysport® treatment an even more rewarding experience by joining ASPIRE Galderma Rewards. We give you simple ways to earn exclusive rewards, bonuses and discounts throughout your facial aesthetic journey.


Why Dysport?

Prescription Dysport is an injection used to temporarily improve the look of your moderate to severe frown lines without changing the look of your whole face. The untreated facial muscles still work normally, allowing you to freely show facial expressions, such as smiling, in untreated areas.

With just 1 injection into each of 5 points between and over the eyebrows, Dysport blocks the signal from the nerve to the muscles, ultimately resulting in a reduction of muscle activity and temporarily preventing contraction of the muscles that cause frown lines.

You should not be treated with Dysport more frequently than every 90 days.

You may select the number of units to purchase by entering the quantity. The minimum purchase is 36 units. Typically you will purchase anywhere from 40 to 70 units, depending on what our staff has recommended to you. You may use the following typical amounts as a rough guide.

  • Forehead – 38 units
  • Glabella – 50 units
  • Eyes – 63 units

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Brand

  • Galderma

Benefits

  • Improvement of moderate to severe frown lines.
  • Facial expressions not compromised.
  • Clinically proven results with 1 treatment.
  • Used worldwide.

Treatment Type

  • Injectables
  • Neurotoxins

Treatment Problem or Condition

  • Fine Lines
  • Wrinkles

Skin Type

  • Aging Skin

Size

  • Sold by the unit

FAQs

What causes frown lines?

Over time, repeated movement of the facial skin by the forehead muscles forms lines between the eyebrows. Frown lines are “dynamic” —they happen because of the way a person’s face moves.

Are they always related to age?

No. Because frown lines are created by facial movements, such as frowning or squinting, they may develop even in younger adults.

What can you do about them?

Treatment with prescription Dysport can temporarily improve the look of your moderate to severe frown lines. Treatment generally takes just 10 to 20 minutes.

USAGE

Usage

Your healthcare provider will recommend a treatment strategy to ensure that you receive the best possible results with Dysport treatment. Dysport treatment begins to take effect after 3-10 days and will typically last for 3 months. You should not be treated with Dysport more frequently than every 90 days.

Common side effects include injection site pain, bruising, or irritation, and eyelid swelling or drooping.

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Kybella®

Kybella® is a prescription medicine used in adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin (submental fat), also called “double chin.” It is not known if Kybella® is safe and effective for use outside of the submental area.

To schedule your appointment or consultation, please call our Denver office at (303) 261-1525 or our Littleton office at (303) 795-2030.

Submental fullness sometimes referred to as “double chin”, is a common yet undertreated facial aesthetic condition. It can impact a broad range of adults, including both men and women, and can be influenced by several factors such as aging, genetics and weight gain, and is often resistant to diet and exercise alone.

If you’re bothered by submental fullness, you’re not alone. According to a 2014 survey conducted by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS):

  • 68% of people said they’re bothered by under-the-chin fullness or double chin.
  • People are just as bothered by under-the-chin fullness as they are by lines and wrinkles around and under their eyes.

How It Works

The active ingredient in Kybella® is deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat.

When injected into the fat beneath your chin, Kybella® causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat.

You and your doctor will decide how many treatments you need. Once the desired aesthetic response is achieved with Kybella®, retreatment is not expected.

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take a medicine that prevents the clotting of your blood (antiplatelet or anticoagulant medicine).

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Brand

  • Kybella®

Benefits

  • Non-surgical option with little to no downtime.
  • Kybella® causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat.
  • Once the desired aesthetic response is achieved with Kybella®, retreatment is not expected.
  • Kybella® (deoxycholic acid) injection is the first and only FDA-approved nonsurgical treatment that contours and improves the appearance of submental fullness.

Treatment Type

  • Injectables

Treatment Problem or Condition

  • Facial Volume Loss
  • Loose Skin
  • Sagging Skin

Skin Type

  • Aging Skin

Size

  • 2ccs per vial

 

FAQs

What is Kybella®?

Kybella® (deoxycholic acid) injection is the first and only FDA-approved prescription nonsurgical treatment that is used in adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin (submental fat), also called, “double chin.” It is not known if Kybella® is safe and effective in children less than 18 years of age. It is not known if Kybella® is safe and effective for use outside of the submental area.

How does Kybella® work?

The active ingredient in Kybella® is deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat.

When injected into the fat beneath your chin, Kybella® causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat.

Is Kybella® right for me?

Only you and your doctor can decide if Kybella® is right for you. If you’re bothered by submental fullness or double chin, ask your doctor about Kybella®.

How many people have been treated with Kybella®?

Kybella® has been the focus of a global clinical development program involving over 20 clinical studies with more than 2,600 patients worldwide, of which over 1,600 have been treated with Kybella®.

What can I expect during my Kybella® appointment?

You and your doctor will customize your Kybella® treatment regimen, including how many treatments you need, based on your desired chin profile. Your doctor will give you a series of injections at each treatment session, which are spaced a month or more apart. Many patients experience visible contouring of their chin profile in two to four treatment sessions spaced at least one month apart. Up to 6 treatments may be administered.

Will I experience any side effects?

The safety profile of Kybella® is well characterized. The most common side effects are swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness and areas of hardness around the treatment area. Kybella® can cause serious side effects, including trouble swallowing and nerve injury in the jaw that can cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness.  These are not all of the possible side effects of Kybella®. Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects.

How many treatments will I need?

You and your doctor will customize your Kybella® treatment regimen, including how many treatments you need, based on your desired chin profile. Your doctor will give you a series of injections at each treatment session, which are spaced a month or more apart. Many patients experience visible contouring of their chin profile in two to four treatment sessions spaced at least one month apart. Up to 6 treatments may be administered.

How long will the results last?

When injected into the fat under your chin, Kybella® causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat. After the aesthetic response is achieved, retreatment with Kybella® is not expected.

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Usage

Kybella® (deoxycholic acid) injection is the first and only FDA-approved nonsurgical treatment that contours and improves the appearance of submental fullness, sometimes referred to as “double chin”.

You and your doctor will design a customized treatment plan to help you improve your chin profile. Many patients experience visible contouring of their chin profile in two to four treatment sessions spaced at least one month apart. Up to 6 treatments may be administered.

Kybella® has been the focus of a global clinical development program involving over 20 clinical studies with more than 2,600 patients worldwide, of which over 1,600 have been treated with Kybella®.

In the pivotal Phase III clinical trials:

68.2% of patients responded to Kybella®, compared to 20.5% of patients who responded to placebo, based on validated physician and patient measurements.

79% of patients treated with Kybella® reported satisfaction with the appearance of their face and chin.

After being treated with Kybella®, patients reported improvement in self-perception, including feeling happier and younger based on their chin profile, as well as feeling less embarrassed, less self-conscious, less overweight, and less bothered by submental fullness.

Kybella® can cause serious side effects, including trouble swallowing or nerve injury in the jaw that can cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness. The most common side effects of Kybella® include swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area.

Kybella® is a prescription medicine used in adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin (submental fat), also called, “double chin.” It is not known if Kybella® is safe and effective in children less than 18 years of age. It is not known if Kybella® is safe and effective for use outside of the submental area.

Ingredients

Deoxycholic acid injection, for subcutaneous use.

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Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing

With Lumenis’ CO2 ablative technologies skin damage and tone are significantly improved without complications and with minimal downtime.

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Carbon dioxide laser resurfacing has successfully treated multiple skin conditions for years, and the field is rapidly revolutionizing our ability to rejuvenate sun-damaged, wrinkled, aging skin.

Using a narrow beam, the width of a human hair, Fractional CO2 technology removes targeted columns of deep tissue, rather than the surface, initiating the body’s natural healing process from within to create new collagen in the surrounding skin. New collagen improves skin tone and significantly minimizes wrinkles.

Most effective around the eyes and lips, or for deeper scarring and acne, this technology empowers patients to achieve the younger, smoother look they seek with minimal downtime. Patients see immediate improvement in skin texture and pigmentation with additional reduction in lines and wrinkles over six months as the skin heals. Depending on the resurfacing plans of the individual patient, this in-office treatment takes only 30 minutes.

To schedule your appointment or consultation, please call our Denver office at (303) 261-1525 or our Littleton office at (303) 795-2030.


Fractional CO2 Superficial Microlaser Peel

Fractional CO2 Superficial Microlaser Peel is a simple procedure. Using fractional laser energy creates a new life for your skin at its very foundation.

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Old damaged collagen is replaced with significant amounts of new collagen and elastic tissue- with studies demonstrating continued skin regeneration for months after treatment. Because of ongoing collagen production, improvements following a treatment become even more dramatic over time.

Fractional CO2 Superficial Microlaser Peel is for evening tone, tightening pores, removing seborrheic keratoses, and reducing fine lines.

To schedule your appointment or consultation, please call our Denver office at (303) 261-1525 or our Littleton office at (303) 795-2030.


To schedule your appointment or consultation, please call our Denver office at (303) 261-1525 or our Littleton office at (303) 795-2030.

Brand

  • Lumenis

Benefits

  • Minimal downtime.
  • Results are seen during a single session.

Treatment Type

  • Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing
  • Skin Resurfacing Treatments
  • Skin Tightening and Toning

Treatment Problem or Condition

  • Fine Lines
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Uneven Skin Tone
  • Scars
  • Uneven Skin Texture
  • Wrinkles

Skin Type

  • Aging Skin
  • Combination Skin
  • Hyperpigmented Skin
  • Sun-damaged Skin

FAQs

What are ablative lasers?

Ablative lasers generate beams of coherent light that are absorbed by the body’s tissue as energy. The energy is delivered through a narrow range of wavelengths, and in the target area, the energy causes temperature elevation which results in tissue evaporation or ablation. Ablative lasers effectively treat a broad range of skin conditions by removing all or part of the skin. The body’s natural healing processes then replace the damaged skin with new and healthy tissue. Although several types of ablative lasers exist, differing mainly by wavelength, CO2 lasers have long been considered the industry’s ‘Gold Standard’ for ablation, delivering an optimal ratio between ablation and coagulation (heating tissue without evaporating it).

How does a CO2 laser work?

CO2 lasers produce light at a 10,600nm wavelength, which is absorbed by water in the tissue. The laser energy heats up the water until it reaches a boiling point causing the evaporation of the affected tissue. Some heat is absorbed by tissue adjacent to the ablated target area, causing tissue coagulation which induces hemostasis (the cessation of bleeding) as well as thermal stimulation of deep skin layers, which induces fibroblast stimulation and neocollagenesis (the formation of new collagen). The laser beam can also be transmitted through a scanner which is a device used to further control the delivery of energy. The scanner regulates the configuration of energy delivered onto the skin, which can range from covering the entire treatment area or just a fraction of it (leaving the areas in between untreated); (also referred to as fractional ablation). The overall effect of ablation and coagulation, either full or fractional, is the removal of skin and the stimulation of the body to replace it with newer, younger skin.

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SculpSure®

SculpSure® is the world’s first FDA-cleared laser treatment for non-invasive lipolysis of the flanks and abdomen. It’s a state-of-the-art, controlled light-based technology, ideal for patients looking to get rid of stubborn fat. To schedule your appointment or consultation, please call our Denver office at (303) 261-1525 or our Littleton office at (303) 795-2030.

$100 Consultation Fee is redeemable towards the purchase of SculpSure®.

Bringing the science of light to the art of body contouring. The 1060 nm wavelength’s specific affinity for adipose tissue, coupled with minimal absorption in the dermis, allows SculpSure® to efficiently treat areas of troublesome fat in just 25 minutes. Over time, the body naturally eliminates the disrupted fat cells with results seen as quickly as 6 weeks, and optimal results were usually seen in as few as 12 weeks.

The 25-minute procedure destroys 24% of treated fat cells without surgery. SculpSure® is ideal for people with trouble spots, particularly those that seem resistant to diet and exercise.

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Brand

  • SculpSure®

Benefits

  • 25-minute procedure.
  • Treat multiple areas at once.
  • OVER 90% of patient satisfaction.
  • Works on all skin types.
  • No downtime.

Treatment Type

  • Body Contouring

Treatment Problem or Condition

  • Cellulite
  • Unwanted Fat
  • Stubborn Fat

Skin Type

  • Body Areas

FAQs

What should I expect during the 25-minute treatment?

Most patients feel a tingling sensation intermittently throughout the treatment which is well-tolerated.

When Will I See Results?

Many patients start to see results as early as 6 weeks following treatment as the body begins to eliminate the destroyed fat cells; optimal results are usually seen at 12 weeks.

How Long Will the Results Last?

Fat cells are permanently destroyed during the treatment. No downtime.

USAGE

Usage

  • Controlled hyperthermic fat reduction
  • Elevates adipose tissue temperature between 42°C and 47°C
  • No damage to dermal tissue
  • Contact CoolingTM for patient comfort SculpSure®
  • Defined success: 24% fat reduction
  • Clinically proven in multisite trials in over 100 patients
  • Over 90% patient satisfaction rate
  • Comfortable and well-tolerated treatment
  • Can be used on all skin types

Recommendations vary depending on the amount of fat in the desired area. 3 Treatments with 8-12 weeks in between treatments is recommended.

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Radiesse®

Radiesse® provides an instant lift by restoring lost volume in areas of the lower face, effectively treating moderate to severe wrinkles and folds. It continues to work over time by stimulating the natural production of collagen for a more refreshed appearance that has been clinically proven to last a year or more in many patients. To schedule your appointment or consultation, please call our Denver office at (303) 261-1525 or our Littleton office at (303) 795-2030.

About Radiesse®

For most of us, smile lines – also known as nasolabial folds – are nothing to smile about. These lines and creases run from the side of the nose to the corner of the mouth and are the result of the loss of facial volume and skin elasticity as we age. They can make you look older, tired, or unhappy – even though you feel youthful inside. Fortunately, treatment with Radiesse® can help replenish youthful volume and stimulate your own collagen production, minimizing the appearance of those pesky facial lines, wrinkles, and folds that mask our smiles. Best of all, results are clinically proven to last a year or more in many patients.

Treatment with Radiesse® takes only a few minutes, so your smile lines can be softened during your lunch hour. Radiesse® provides results that can last up to a year or more – now that’s something to smile about!

Radiesse® is an Ideal Option for Adding Lift to:

  • Smile Lines
  • Marionette Lines
  • Pre-Jowl Folds
  • Corners of the Mouth

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Brand

  • Merz Aesthetics

Benefits

  • Immediate lift that lasts
  • Natural-looking results

Treatment Type

  • Injectables

Treatment Problem or Condition

  • Facial Volume Loss
  • Fine Lines
  • Loose Skin
  • Sagging Skin
  • Wrinkles

FAQs

What is Radiesse®?

Radiesse® is an opaque, white-colored dermal filler made up of CaHA microspheres in a water-based gel injected into the skin of the face to smooth away wrinkles such as the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds). Radiesse® is nonanimal based and free from animal protein. Before you are injected, you do not have to be tested to see if you are allergic to Radiesse®.

What is Radiesse® used for?

Radiesse® is injected into your skin to smooth away wrinkles and folds, such as the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds).

How does it work?

Radiesse® is injected into the skin with a thin needle to plump the skin and add volume to smooth facial wrinkles and folds such as the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth. Your doctor will inject the product into your skin to make the wrinkles shallower and smoother. RADIESSE® will not correct the underlying causes of wrinkles and folds.

Are there any reasons why I should not receive Radiesse®?

Your doctor will ask about your medical history to determine if you are a good candidate for the injection of Radiesse®. In order to avoid complications and unsatisfactory results, Radiesse® should not be used if:

  • You have severe allergies marked by a history of severe reaction (anaphylaxis) or history or presence of severe allergies. Use may result in an allergic reaction.
  • You have had a severe reaction (hypersensitivity) to any of the components (CaHA, sterile water, carboxymethylcellulose, glycerin). Use may result in an allergic reaction.
  • You have a bleeding disorder.

What are some Warnings to consider?

It is important to share your medical information with your doctor. Together you can make an informed decision as to whether or not Radiesse® is right for you. Because use could result in significant injury, Radiesse® should not be used in the following cases:

  • Warning: One of the risks of using Radiesse® is unintentional injection into a blood vessel. The chances of this happening are very small, but if it does happen, the complications can be serious and may be permanent. These complications, which have been reported for facial injections, can include vision abnormalities, blindness, stroke, temporary scabs, or permanent scarring of the skin. If you have changes in your vision, signs of a stroke (including sudden difficulty speaking, numbness or weakness in your face, arms or legs, difficulty walking, face drooping, severe headache, dizziness or confusion), a white appearance of the skin or unusual pain during or shortly after treatment, you should notify your health care practitioner immediately.
  • Radiesse® should not be used in any person with active skin inflammation or infection in or near the treatment area until the inflammation or infection has been controlled.
  • The safety and effectiveness of Radiesse® for use in the lips has not been established. Use in the lips may result in unsatisfactory results and injury such as the formation of nodules (small lumps of dermal filler material).
  • Injection procedure reactions have been observed consisting mainly of short-term (i.e. < 7 days) bruising, redness, and swelling.

USAGE

What will Radiesse® accomplish?

It will temporarily provide volume in facial wrinkles and folds such as the line from your nose to the corners of your mouth and will provide a smoother contour and more youthful appearance to the face.

How long do treatment effects last?

Although treatment effects will differ from person to person. In a clinical study of 117 patients, 78.6% (about 91 out of 117 patients) showed improvement in their facial wrinkles and folds 6 months after treatment with Radiesse® dermal filler. Thirty-five of these patients continued to show improvement at least 30 months after their last injection.

What are some benefits of the Radiesse® clinical study?

Radiesse® was shown to improve the appearance of the face by reducing folds and wrinkles in the skin as reported by patients and doctors.

Ingredients

Radiesse® injectable implant is a sterile, non-pyrogenic, semi-solid, cohesive implant, whose principal component is synthetic calcium hydroxylapatite suspended in a gel carrier of sterile water for injection, glycerin and sodium carboxymethylcellulose.

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BOTOX® Cosmetic

One of the most effective anti-aging treatments today, BOTOX® has been safely used for years to decrease the appearance of lines and wrinkles—and to prevent their appearance in the future. To schedule your appointment or consultation, please call our Denver office at (303) 261-1525 or our Littleton office at (303) 795-2030.

Dynamic wrinkles are those caused by excessive movement, like those that develop on the forehead, between the brows, and around the eyes over time. Selective placement of BOTOX® can prevent this muscle movement, thus preventing the lines from even being able to be formed. Consistent use of BOTOX® is the best way to prevent lines and wrinkles from even developing. It can also be used to treat excessive sweating and help migraine headaches.

BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to temporarily improve the look of both moderate to severe crow’s feet lines and frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in adults.

  • Softens dynamic wrinkles by relaxing overactive facial muscles.
  • Effective between the brows, at edges of the eyes, on the nose, and forehead.
  • Smooths worry lines, frown lines, crow’s feet and bunny lines.
  • Improves both vertical neck wrinkles and horizontal neck bands (turkey neck).
  • BOTOX® “Brow Lift”- can give the eyes a wider, more open appearance.
  • Quick, 10 minute treatment.
  • Minimal Discomfort.
  • FDA approved.

We treat the following areas:

  • Glabella (area between brows)
  • Forehead
  • Smile lines (crow’s feet)
  • Platysmal (neck) bands

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Usage

Results will become apparent within 3 to 10 days. Over the next 3 to 4 months the Botox&reg; will gradually lose its potency. Most Botox&reg; patients choose to maintain the treatment, having 3 to 4 injections per year.

Common side effects include injection site pain, bruising, or irritation, and eyelid swelling or drooping.

Brand

  • Allergan

Benefits

  • Number 1 non-surgical cosmetic procedure.
  • Softens dynamic wrinkles by relaxing overactive facial muscles.
  • Effective between the brows, at edges of the eyes, on the nose, lips and forehead.
  • Smooths worry lines, lipstick lines, frown lines, crow’s feet and bunny lines.
  • Improves both vertical neck wrinkles and horizontal neck bands (turkey neck).
  • BOTOX® “Brow Lift”- can give the eyes a wider, more open appearance.
  • Quick, 10 minute treatment.
  • Minimal Discomfort.
  • No downtime.
  • FDA approved since 2002.

Treatment Type

  • Injectables
  • Neurotoxins

Treatment Problem or Condition

  • Fine Lines
  • Wrinkles

Skin Type

  • Acneic Skin
  • Aging Skin
  • Combination Skin
  • Dry Skin
  • Hyperpigmented & Sun-Damaged Skin
  • Normal Skin
  • Oily Skin
  • Rosacea-Prone Skin
  • Sensitive Skin
  • Body Areas

FAQs

What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?

BOTOX® Cosmetic is the first and only FDA-approved prescription product that temporarily improves the appearance of both moderate to severe frown lines between the brows and moderate to severe crow’s feet in adults.

How does BOTOX® Cosmetic work?

Wrinkles result from a combination of many factors. It’s not just about cellular changes, collagen depletion, or damage caused by free radicals. When you frown or concentrate, the muscles between your brows contract, causing your skin to furrow and fold. And when you squint, the muscles around your eyes contract and cause crow’s feet.

BOTOX® Cosmetic works beneath the skin’s surface and targets the underlying muscle activity that causes frown lines and crow’s feet to form over time.

Your doctor will inject BOTOX® Cosmetic into the muscles that cause frown lines and crow’s feet lines, temporarily reducing the activity of those muscles. The result is a reduction in the appearance of those lines.

BOTOX® Cosmetic blocks the release of a substance called acetylcholine. This reduces muscle activity that causes moderate to severe wrinkles to form.

What were the common side effects seen in clinical studies?

Three percent of patients experienced eyelid drooping in the frown lines studies and 1% of patients experienced eyelid swelling in the crow’s feet studies. Other possible side effects include dry mouth; discomfort or pain at the injection site; tiredness; headache; neck pain; eye problems: double vision, blurred vision, decreased eyesight and dry eyes; and allergic reactions. These are not all of the possible serious side effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic.

VI Peel

VI Peel is a chemical exfoliation treatment to reduce the primary signs of aging. To schedule your appointment or consultation, please call our Denver office at (303) 261-1525 or our Littleton office at (303) 795-2030.

The VI Peel contains a synergistic blend of powerful ingredients suitable for all skin types. This peel provides dramatic results with virtually no pain, no skin preparation, and little downtime.

This superficial peel will improve the tone, texture, and clarity of the skin while reducing or eliminating age spots, freckles, and hyperpigmentation, including melasma. The VI Peel also helps soften fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen production, clear acne skin conditions, and correct acne scarring. The skin is left firmer and more youthful.

The application process can take up to 30 minutes and involves the chemical solution being topically applied to the skin. The peel is then left on the skin for five hours and washed off by the patient at home. Some patients experience light stinging during the application, which subsides quickly.

Why wait weeks or months for results? Enjoy radiant, younger-looking skin in about a week with the VI Peel. Vitality Institute Medical Products. Beautiful skin for a lifetime.

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Brand

  • VI Aesthetics

Benefits

  • Improves tone and texture of the skin
  • Improves skin clarity
  • Reduces age spots, freckles, and hyperpigmentation
  • Softens fine lines and wrinkles
  • Clears acne skin conditions
  • Corrects acne scarring

Usage

VI Peel provides superior results for all skin types. Regular use of the VI Peel (two to four peels per year), along with proper home care, reverses sun damage.

This peel treats hyperpigmentation including melasma, acne and acne scars, loss of firmness and rosacea. The peel is also suitable for the eye area, chest, hands, arms, and back.

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SkinPen® MicroNeedling

Microneedling therapy for skin revitalization and for treating acne scarring. To schedule your appointment or consultation, please call our Denver office at (303) 261-1525 or our Littleton office at (303) 795-2030.

As we age, the production of collagen and elastin naturally diminish, leading to wrinkles, skin laxity, and other signs of aging.

The SkinPen is a medical-grade, state-of-the-art precision tool to address acne scars and the symptoms of aging. SkinPen Micro Therapy is a highly effective treatment that helps to reduce the signs of aging and enhance your skin’s appearance by stimulating the production of new collagen and elastin. In this way, SkinPen can also be used to decrease the appearance of stretch marks on the body.

What is Microneedling?

Microneedling is a wonderful treatment for lines, wrinkles, scars, stretch marks, and textural irregularities. A pen-like device tipped with single-use, very fine, surgical quality needles creates thousands of tiny micro-holes in the skin (after using a numbing cream of course). This “controlled damage” forces the skin to create new collagen as a healing response. Over the course of months, the skin will look smoother, lines and wrinkles will greatly diminish, and scars and stretch marks will blend better with the surrounding skin. A great anti-aging treatment for everybody, no matter what their issues or age, as there are no potential side effects from heat like there are for lasers.

How SkinPen Microneedling Procedures Work

Each of our bodies has innate processes that will react to injury by producing new cells and extracellular materials (like elastin and collagen) to heal the damage. That is how the SkinPen achieves its results; by taking advantage of that natural process through the implementation of a finely tuned microneedling device, the SkinPen. This device initiates your natural healing process by creating hundreds of temporary micro-sized openings, or micro-channels, in the skin. These “fractionated” micro-channels are created thanks to the brilliant design of the SkinPen’s disposable needle cartridge, which achieves its work without any thermal energy or chemicals applied to the skin.

Benefits of Fractionated Approach

  • A fast and safe method for inducing the production of collagen
  • Requires no thermal energy and is entirely non-ablative (no removal of skin)
  • Promotes scar-free healing
  • Safe for all skin types
  • No major downtime

What to Expect After SkinPen Procedures

You can expect to experience effects similar to mild sunburns after the procedure; typically some redness, tenderness, and some swelling. Despite that, there is no significant downtime after a SkinPen procedure. Patients can return to normal activities and conceal most of the mild side effects with make-up after just one day.

Microneedling Results with SkinPen

Since everyone’s genetic makeup and needs are different, procedure requirements and SkinPen results will vary. The number of sessions required and the depth of treatment will depend on what goals/results you would like to achieve.

Custom Sessions Produce Desired Results

While multiple sessions are recommended to achieve optimal microneedling results, noticeable changes are typically seen just one week following treatment and gradually improve as the body’s healing process promotes the production of healthy, new cells and extracellular substances (e.g., collagen, elastin, hyaluronic acid).

Patients with uneven skin tone and fine lines may see SkinPen results after just one procedure, while those looking to soften the appearance of acne scarring may require several procedures.

Promoting Radiance

SkinPen helps:

  • Minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars.
  • Reduce pore size.
  • Produce radiant, even-toned skin.
  • Diminishes the appearance of scars and stretch marks on the body.

Usage

A series of treatments is typically recommended to achieve optimum results. However, improvement in skin texture and brightening may be noticeable after just one treatment. Three to four treatments may be required for treating mild wrinkles and fine lines, while the treatment of acne scars may require six to eight treatments.

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Brand

  • SkinPen

Benefits

  • Diminishes fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Improves uneven skin tone.
  • Minimizes the appearance of large pores.
  • Diminishes acne scars.
  • Diminishes stretch marks.
  • Diminishes wound and burn scars.

Treatment Type

  • Microneedling

Treatment Problem or Condition

  • Acne Scarring
  • Fine Lines
  • Hyperpigmentation/Uneven Skintone
  • Scars
  • Stretch Marks
  • Wrinkles

Skin Type

  • Acneic Skin
  • Aging Skin
  • Combination Skin
  • Dry Skin
  • Hyperpigmented & Sun-Damaged Skin
  • Normal Skin
  • Oily Skin

FAQs

Who is a candidate for SkinPen Micro Therapy?

SkinPen Micro Therapy can be used on all skin types and skin colors and can address a wide range of problems, including acne scarring, stretch marks, fine lines and wrinkles, and any area where cell regeneration is desired.

What happens during the SkinPen Micro Therapy procedure?

A sterile and disposable cartridge containing 9 to 11 microneedles is attached to the tip of the SkinPen. A thin layer of topical serum is applied to the skin and the appropriate micro-channeling depth is selected for your skin, anywhere from .5mm for a light treatment up to 2.5mm for more aggressive treatment. In a gentle motion, the pen is glided across the target repair areas. At shorter needle depths, you will feel a tickling sensation. More aggressive treatments may require topical numbing cream.

How does SkinPen Micro Therapy work?

As the SkinPen is moved over the skin, it vertically penetrates the surface layers of your skin. Your skin reacts by initiating the healing process, which stimulates the release of growth factors that trigger the production of collagen and elastin.

What can I expect after the treatment?

Most patients begin to see results in one day to a week after treatment, though each patient’s healing time differs. Immediately after treatment, you may notice a pink appearance in the treatment area. In some cases, minor pin-point bleeding depending on the depth of the needle penetration.

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Restylane® by Galderma

The Restylane family of products includes Restylane®, Restylane® Silk, and Restylane® Lyft. Restylane® is a hyaluronic facial filler that can be used for smoothing wrinkles and folds, such as the nasolabial folds and marionette line. Restylane® Silk is a lip filler designed to add natural-looking volume to the lips. Restylane® Lyft is designed to add natural-looking volume to the cheeks to restore more youthful contours to the face. Ask your doctor which is right for you.

Fight Signs of Facial Aging and Reveal a younger-looking you. To schedule your appointment or consultation, please call our Denver office at (303) 261-1525 or our Littleton office at (303) 795-2030.

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Restylane® by Galderma

Restylane® can be used to add volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds). Restylane may also be used for lip enhancement in patients over 21 years.


Restylane® Lyft

Get UpLyfted – Natural-looking volume and definition for your cheeks.

Restylane® Lyft is the first and only FDA-approved filler indicated to provide a lift to cheeks and add volume to correct and smooth smile lines (nasolabial folds).


Restylane® Refyne

Natural Results That Refyne Your Laugh Lines. A next-generation hyaluronic acid dermal filler designed to help support your skin while keeping you looking like you.

NEW Restylane® Refyne is designed with XpresHAn Technology™ to help soften laugh lines (nasolabial folds and marionette lines). This can help you restore a more natural look to your face while maintaining your facial expressions.So, you always look like you.

Restylane® Refyne is for mid-to-deep injection into the facial tissue for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds, in patients over the age of 21.


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Brand

Galderma

Benefits

  • Can be used to add volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds).
  • Helps soften laugh lines (nasolabial folds and marionette lines).
  • Helps restore a more youthful, natural-looking appearance, while helping you maintain your natural expressions.
  • May also be used for lip enhancement in patients over 21 years.
  • Quick, in-office treatment.
  • Real results.

Treatment Type

  • Injectable
  • Filler

Treatment Problem or Condition

  • Acne Scarring
  • Facial Volume Loss
  • Fine Lines
  • Loose Skin
  • Sagging Skin
  • Scars
  • Thin Lips
  • Wrinkles

Skin Type

  • Acneic Skin
  • Aging Skin
  • Combination Skin
  • Dry Skin
  • Hyperpigmented and Sun Damaged Skin
  • Normal Skin
  • Oily Skin
  • Rosacea-Prone Skin
  • Sensitive Skin

FAQs

What Is Restylane®?

Restylane is used to add volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds). Restylane is also indicated for lip augmentation.

How does Restylane® Work?

Restylane works immediately by adding volume to smooth away wrinkles. A clear gel formulation of hyaluronic acid, Restylane is specifically formulated to act like your body’s own hyaluronic acid. So, you can use Restylane to visibly reduce moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, and to add fullness to your lips.

What are dermal fillers? What is hyaluronic acid?

Dermal fillers are facial injection treatments used to help diminish wrinkles while restoring volume and fullness in the face. There are several types of dermal fillers, one being hyaluronic acid. All Restylane products are transparent hyaluronic acids, which are sugars naturally found in the skin that help provide hydration, fullness and elasticity.

What causes facial wrinkles?

Wrinkles are part of life — our skin changes as we age. It becomes thinner, loses fat, and no longer looks as plump and smooth as it once did. Facial aging actually begins in your 20s, when skin firmness begins to decrease as a result of both internal (genetics and natural aging) and external (sun exposure, smoking, pollution, sleeping positions, etc.) factors.

How long do Restylane® treatments last?

With full treatment, you can see lasting results for up to 18 months with Restylane;4* up to 12 months in the cheeks.

How long does it take Restylane® treatments to work?

Depending on your volume needs, most Restylane treatment appointments last less than an hour and begin to work almost immediately by adding volume to smooth away wrinkles. A clear gel formulation of hyaluronic acid, Restylane products act like your body’s own hyaluronic acid (and eventually break down naturally). Each Restylane product is designed for a specific purpose.

What are the side effects of Restylane® products?

After your treatment, you may experience side effects, such as swelling, redness, pain, bruising, headache and itching at injection site and tenderness. These are typically mild in severity and normally last less than 7 days in nasolabial folds and less than 14-18 days in lips. Patients should be limited to 6.0 mL per treatment of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Swelling may be more likely in patients under 36 years, and bruising may be more likely in patients over 35 years.

How many treatments of Restylane® products are needed?

Initial Restylane treatments are usually complete in one or two sessions, as needed. Depending on your individual body chemistry, you will work with your specialist to determine a maintenance schedule. Talk to your physician or healthcare professional about your individual needs.

Who should not use Restylane® products?

The Restylane family of products should not be used by people who:

  • Are pregnant, breastfeeding, or under 18 years for nasolabial folds and under 22 years for lips.
  • Have recently used drugs that thin the blood or prevent clotting.
  • Have had previous bad allergies, particularly to microorganisms known as gram-positive bacteria.
  • Have serious allergies to drugs that have previously required in-hospital treatment.
  • Have bleeding disorders.
  • Have a known allergy to lidocaine.

What is Restylane® Lyft?

As we age and our faces lose volume, some of us begin to look for ways to regain more definition in our cheeks without surgery. Restylane® Lyft, formerly known as Perlane-L®, is an injectable hyaluronic acid gel used to correct volume loss and treat wrinkles in the face.

How Does Restylane® Lyft Work?

Over time, the natural fat that surrounds the cheeks begins to deteriorate, resulting in sagging skin, more prominent wrinkles and a reduction of volume. Through nonsurgical injections, Restylane® Lyft is specifically designed to add fullness to the cheeks and midface area, which can result in a more natural-looking, youthful appearance.

How is Restylane Lyft different?

Restylane Lyft is a hyaluronic acid filler, which can be reversed, if desired.

Are there any off-label uses for Restylane® Lyft?

Restylane Lyft is used off label  to enhance the prominence of the jaw and rejuvenate a sagging neck.

What is the pain level withRestylane® Lyft?

Minimal pain level.

How many injections on average are needed withRestylane® Lyft and how much do they cost?

Full correction is achieved in one visit. Most people need approximately 2 syringes.

How long do Restylane® Lyft results last for?

The results last 10-18 months on average. Repeat injections lead to cumulative and prolonged benefits.

Can Restylane® Lyft be used in conjunction with Botox and other injections?

Yes. Botox can be used in the brow and crows feet areas. Restylane Silk can be used in the lip lines. Restylane or Juvederm can be used in the nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and chin crease. Each filler has a purpose and the combined results can achieve a natural and noticeable youthful appearance without looking overdone!

How long should you wait before peels and lasers?

One week if it is at the same location. Treatments can be combined when concerns regarding different areas are being addressed during the same visit.

What is Restylane® Refyne?

As skin loses elasticity with age, the lines that run from the sides of your nose toward the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds) and the lines that run from the corner of your mouth toward the chin (marionette lines) appear more noticeable. Restylane Refyne is a specifically formulated hyaluronic acid dermal filler made with XpresHAn Technology™ that helps correct these lines for a more natural look to your face.3† The unique cross-linking of the gel in Restylane Refyne is also designed to help support your natural expression—for real-life results that help maintain natural movement when you’re smiling, frowning and even puckering up.1,2

Are there any reasons why I should not use products within the Restylane® family? (Contraindications)

To ensure a safe procedure, your doctor will talk to you about your medical history to determine if you are an appropriate candidate for treatment. You should not use products within the Restylane family if:

  • You have severe allergies with a history of severe reactions (anaphylaxis)
  • You are allergic to lidocaine or to any of the gram-positive bacterial proteins used to make hyaluronic acid
  • You are prone to bleeding or have been diagnosed with a bleeding disorder
  • Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding, pregnant, or trying to become pregnant. The safety of these products for use during pregnancy, or in women who are breastfeeding, has not been studied
  • Restylane, Restylane-L, Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine, Restylane Refyne and Restylane Defyne are intended to treat facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds. Restylane and Restylane-L are also intended for lip enhancement. Treatments in other areas of the face have not been evaluated in clinical studies.
  • The safety and effectiveness of Restylane® Silk for areas other than the lips and perioral area have not been evaluated in clinical studies
  • Tell your doctor if you have any history of scarring, particularly thick and stiff scars, or any pigmentation (skin color) disorders. These side effects can occur with hyaluronic acid fillers in general.
  • Tell your doctor if you are planning other laser treatments or a chemical peel, as there is a possible risk of inflammation at the treatment site if these procedures are performed after treatment
  • Patients who experience skin injury near the site of injection with these products may be at a higher risk for side effects
  • Tell your doctor if you are on any medications to decrease your body’s immune response (immunosuppressive therapy). Using these medications may increase your risk of bruising or bleeding at the gel injection site.
  • Tell your doctor if you are using any “blood thinners” such as aspirin, warfarin, or any other medications that affect bleeding. Using these medications may increase your risk of bruising or bleeding at the gel injection site.
  • The use of these products on gel injection sites with skin sores, pimples, rashes, hives, cysts, or infections should be postponed until healing is complete. Use of product in these areas could delay healing or make your skin problems worse.

What are the possible side effects?

The most commonly observed side effects are swelling, redness, pain, bruising, headache, tenderness, lump formation, and itching at the injection site. These are typically mild in severity and typically resolve in less than 7 days in nasolabial folds and less than 14 days in lips. Serious but rare side effects include delayed onset infections, recurrence of herpetic eruptions, and superficial necrosis at the injection site.

One of the risks with using this product is unintentional injection into a blood vessel. The chances of this happening are very small, but if it does happen, the complications can be serious, and may be permanent. These complications, which have been reported for facial injections, can include vision abnormalities, blindness, stroke, temporary scabs, or permanent scarring of the skin.

As with all skin injection procedures, there is a risk of infection.

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Restylane® Usage

Indications: Restylane® and Restylane-L® are for mid-to-deep injection into the facial tissue for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds. Restylane® and Restylane-L® are also indicated for injection into the lips in patients over the age of 21.

The most commonly observed side effects are swelling, redness, pain, bruising, headache, tenderness, lump formation, and itching at the injection site. These are typically mild in severity and typically resolve in less than 7 days in nasolabial folds and less than 14 days in lips. Serious but rare side effects include delayed onset infections, recurrence of herpetic eruptions, and superficial necrosis at the injection site.

One of the risks of using this product is unintentional injection into a blood vessel. The chances of this happening are very small, but if it does happen, the complications can be serious and may be permanent. These complications, which have been reported for facial injections, can include vision abnormalities, blindness, stroke, temporary scabs, or permanent scarring of the skin.

As with all skin injection procedures, there is a risk of infection.

Restylane is available only through a licensed practitioner.

Ingredients

Restylane is a gel of hyaluronic acid generated by Streptococcus species of bacteria, chemically crosslinked with BDDE, stabilized and suspended in phosphate buffered saline at pH=7 and concentration of 20 mg/mL.


Restylane® Lyft Usage

Indications: Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine is indicated for implantation into the deep dermis to superficial subcutis for the correction of moderate to severe facial folds and wrinkles, such as nasolabial folds, and for subcutaneous to supraperiosteal implantation for cheek augmentation and correction of age-related midface contour deficiencies in patients over the age of 21.

Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine should not be used by people with severe allergies, particularly to microorganisms known as gram-positive bacteria, or by people with serious allergies to drugs that have previously required in-hospital treatment. This product should not be used by people with bleeding disorders and should not be injected anywhere except just under the skin. Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine should not be used in people with a known allergy to lidocaine.

The most common adverse events after initial treatment include bruising, redness, swelling, pain, headache, tenderness, and itching. Use at the site of skin sores, pimples, rashes, hives, cysts, or infection should be postponed until healing is complete. In these instances, product use could delay healing or make skin problems worse.

This product should not be injected into the blood vessels as it may cause vascular occlusion, infarction, or embolic phenomena.

Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine is available only through a licensed practitioner.

Ingredients

Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine is a sterile gel of hyaluronic acid generated by Streptococcus species of bacteria, chemically cross-linked with BDDE, stabilized and suspended in phosphate buffered saline at pH=7 and concentration of 20 mg/mL with 0.3% lidocaine.


Restylane® Refyne Usage

Restylane® Refyne is for mid-to-deep injection into the facial tissue for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds, in patients over the age of 21.

Contraindications

  • Restylane Refyne is contraindicated for patients with severe allergies manifested by a history of anaphylaxis or history or presence of multiple severe allergies.
  • Restylane Refyne may contain trace amounts of gram-positive bacterial proteins and is contraindicated for patients with a history of allergies to such material.
  • Restylane Refyne contains lidocaine and is contraindicated for patients with a history of allergies to such material.

Ingredients

Restylane® Refyne is a sterile, biodegradable, viscoelastic, non-pyrogenic, clear, colorless, and homogeneous soft hyaluronic acid gel with a moderate lifting capacity. The product has a sodium hyaluronate concentration of 20 mg/mL in phosphate buffered saline at pH 7 and contains 3 mg/mL lidocaine hydrochloride.

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HydraFacial®

Only HydraFacial® uses patented technology to cleanse, extract, and hydrate. To schedule your appointment or consultation, please call our Denver office at (303) 261-1525 or our Littleton office at (303) 795-2030.

The HydraFacial® is a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure that delivers instant results with no discomfort or downtime. The treatment is a breakthrough in aesthetic technology, with its ability to moisturize the skin separating it from other skin resurfacing procedures. The HydraFacial® treatment removes dead skin cells and extracts impurities while simultaneously bathing the new skin with cleansing, hydrating and moisturizing agents. The resurfacing procedure is soothing, moisturizing, non-irritating, and immediately effective.

The HydraFacial® resurfacing treatment thoroughly enhances the skin using patented Vortex Technology™ to cleanse, exfoliate, extract, and hydrate simultaneously. It merges soothing and invigorating spa therapies with advanced medical technology to achieve instant and lasting results.

The HydraFacial® evolved from its older cousin microdermabrasion which is a non-surgical process of removing the skin’s outer layer using a stream of micro-crystals blasted onto the surface of the skin. However, the HydraFacial® does not use crystals to assist in the exfoliation process but instead uses a specially shaped spiral tip which exfoliates and removes impurities along with applying various serums that cleanse, hydrate and provide antioxidant infusion during the treatment process.

Why HydraFacial®?

Your skin is most beautiful when it’s healthy. That’s why our focus is on restoring your skin to its healthiest state by removing impurities and replenishing your skin with essential nutrients. The result is that you will not only look better, but you will immediately notice a dramatic shift in the health of your skin.

Loved by the medical community, beauty editors and celebrities alike, the HydraFacial® resurfacing procedure is an incredible non-invasive treatment that utilizes award-winning, patented technology to detoxify, rejuvenate and protect your skin. It delivers immediate results & long-term benefits without downtime or irritation.

The Customizable HydraFacial® treatment can be tailored to safely & effectively address your specific skin concerns. Our targeted problem/solution protocols were developed to help mitigate some of the most universal skin concerns, but your trained HydraFacial® professional can always further tailor your treatment to make it most exacting to your unique needs. Your skin isn’t like everyone else’s and your treatment shouldn’t have to be either.

Is HydraFacial® right for you?

Yep. We don’t have a type. HydraFacial addresses all skincare needs.

  • Fine Lines + Wrinkles
  • Elasticity + Firmness
  • Even Tone + Vibrancy
  • Skin Texture
  • Brown Spots
  • Oily + Congested Skin
  • Enlarged Pores

HydraFacial® is For Everyone

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Brand

  • Edge Systems

Benefits

  • Instant results
  • Non-irritating with no downtime
  • No discomfort
  • Removes dead skin cells
  • Extracts impurities
  • Hydrates and moisturizes

Treatment Type

  • Facials
  • Skin Resurfacing Treatments

Treatment Problem or Conditions

  • Age Spots
  • Sun Damage
  • Fine Lines
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Uneven Skin Tone
  • Uneven Skin Texture
  • Wrinkles

Skin Type

  • Acneic Skin
  • Aging Skin
  • Combination Skin
  • Dry Skin
  • Hyperpigmented and Sun Damaged Skin
  • Normal Skin
  • Oily Skin
  • Sensitive Skin

Usage

Many people report seeing visible skin refinement and an even, radiant skin tone after just one treatment. The smooth results and hydration may last 5 to 7 days or even longer. 1 treatment per month is recommended for improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, oily and congested skin. Continued HydraFacial&reg; treatments are highly recommended to maintain results.

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What is HydraFacial?

HydraFacial is an invigorating treatment that can be given in as little as 30 minutes. It delivers long-term skin health and can be tailored to meet the specific needs of all skin types. It offers instant, noticeable results with no downtime or irritation. The HydraFacial treatment removes dead skin cells and extracts impurities while simultaneously bathing the new skin with cleansing, hydrating and moisturizing serums. The treatment is soothing, refreshing, non-irritating and immediately effective.

Why is HydraFacial good for my skin?

Hydration is the foundation of healthy, radiant skin. Irritation of the skin has been proven to increase signs of aging. HydraFacial is a hydrating and non-irritating treatment.

Am I a candidate for this treatment?

The HydraFacial treatment is designed for all skin types. Even the most sensitive skin easily tolerates the HydraFacial treatment. Your physician or skincare professional may choose specific treatment serums and/or customize the treatment for your unique skin conditions and needs. Consult your physician or skincare professional for a skin evaluation and sensitivity test.

How long does the treatment take? Is there any downtime or pain involved?

Our goal is to help support you in a balanced lifestyle. That’s why HydraFacial is a fast, efficient treatment that takes as little as 30 minutes. You may put on makeup and return to your normal activities right after the treatment since there is no downtime.

What results may be expected? How many treatments are needed to see results? How long do the results last?

Many clients report seeing visible skin refinement and an even, radiant skin tone after just one treatment. The smooth results and hydration may last 5 to 7 days or even longer. We don’t believe in quick fixes, so one treatment per month is recommended for improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots, oily and congested skin. Continued HydraFacial treatments are highly recommended to maintain skin health results.

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  • Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. It affects more than two million Americans each year, and the numbers are on the rise. Skin cancer is the easiest cancer to cure, as long as it is diagnosed and treated early. If skin cancer is not treated early it can lead to disfigurement and even death.
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Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. It affects more than two million Americans each year, and the numbers are on the rise. Skin cancer is the easiest cancer to cure, as long as it is diagnosed and treated early. If skin cancer is not treated early it can lead to disfigurement and even death.

Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.

Causes

Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. It occurs when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells triggers mutations, or genetic defects, that lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors. This DNA damage is most often caused by ultraviolet radiation from sunshine or tanning beds.

Risk Factors

Anyone can get skin cancer, even those who have skin of color. Most people who get skin cancer, however, have lighter skin.

  • People who are more likely to get skin cancer:
  • Excessive time spent in the sun.
  • Use tanning beds or sun lamps.

Resided in an area that gets intense sunlight, such as Florida, the Caribbean, or northern Australia.

Any length of exposure, even if it occurred years ago or was short, increases your risk.

There are also some general characteristics which may increase a person’s risk for getting skin cancer, which include:

  • Skin: A person’s skin type and the moles on one’s skin affect the person’s risk for getting skin cancer. The risk increases when the person has:
    • Fair skin, especially when the person also has blond or red hair and blue, green, or gray eyes.
    • Had bad sunburns, especially blistering sunburns.
    • Skin that burns or freckles rather than tans.
    • 50 or more moles.
    • Moles called “atypical nevi” or “dysplastic nevi.”
  • Family history of skin cancer.
  • Medical history: Having (or having had) any of the following puts a person at greater risk for getting skin cancer:
    • Previous skin cancer.
    • Actinic keratoses (AKs). Having AKs means the skin has lots of damage. This damage increases the risk of getting all types of skin cancer. Sometimes, an AK can progress to a type of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma.
    • Organ transplant. The medicine that prevents the body from rejecting the organ also weakens the immune system. A weak immune system increases the risk of skin cancer.
    • Bad burn. Skin cancer can develop where the skin has been badly burned.
    • X-ray treatments. Receiving many x-ray treatments to treat a medical condition increases the risk. This takes many years to develop.
    • A disease that weakens the immune system. Lymphoma and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are a few diseases that weaken the immune system.
    • Xeroderma pigmentosum. People who inherit this rare disease get many skin cancers.
    • Gorlin’s syndrome (also called basal cell nevus syndrome). People who have this rare disease can get many basal cell carcinomas early in life. They also have a higher risk of getting melanoma and non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
    • Receiving an organ transplant greatly increases the risk of developing skin cancer.
  • Exposure to chemicals: People exposed to any of the following have a much higher risk of skin cancer:
    • Arsenic (working with or swallowing)
    • Coal
    • Industrial Tar
  • Tobacco: Smoking or chewing tobacco may increase the risk of getting squamous cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer, in the mouth or throat.

Symptoms

The most common warning sign of skin cancer is a change to your skin. And the most common change is something growing on your skin. This growth can appear on the skin in many ways. The following explains the signs and symptoms of the most common types of skin cancer.

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)— This is the most common type of skin cancer. It most often appears on skin that gets lot of sun, such as the face, scalp, neck, hands, and arms, but can appear on any part of the body.
    • BCC often grows slowly. It may look like a:
    • Reddish patch of dry skin that won’t heal
    • Flesh-colored (or pink, red, or brown) pearl-shaped lump
    • Pimple that just won’t clear
    • Sore that bleeds, heals, and then returns
    • Scar that feels waxy — may be skin-colored, white, or yellow
    • Group of slow-growing, shiny pink or red growths — look like sores, often scaly and bleed easily
    • Flat or sunken growth — feels hard, maybe white or yellow
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) — This is a very common type of skin cancer. It often appears on skin that get lots of sun, such as an ear, face, bald scalp, neck, or arm. But it can appear elsewhere — even inside the mouth, on the lip, or on the genitals. Too much sun is often the cause, but it is not the only cause. SCC can appear on skin that was badly burned, had lots of radiation (such as x-rays), or was exposed to strong chemicals.
    • SCC often has a reddish color. Without treatment, it can grow deeply. If this happens, the cancer can spread to other parts of the body. This can be deadly. SCC often looks like a:
      • Hard (scaly or crusty) reddish bump, patch, or pearl-shaped growth
      • Open sore that itches and bleeds; it can heal and return
      • Scaly patch on the lip; skin on the lip can get thick
  • Melanoma — Melanoma often appears in an existing mole or looks like a new mole. By knowing where you have moles on your skin, you can find melanoma when it first appears. When treated early, melanoma is often curable.
    • Here’s what to look for:
    • A mole on the skin that is growing, changing shape, or changing color
    • A mole that looks scaly, oozes, or bleeds
    • New dark spot on the skin that looks like a mole, but grows quickly
    • Pain, itch, or bleeding in a new spot on the skin
    • Streak (usually brown or black) underneath a fingernail or toenail
    • Bruise on the foot that does not heal
  • Actinic Keratosis — Actinic keratoses (AK), also called solar keratoses, are scaly, crusty growths (lesions) caused by damage from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. It is a potential pre-cancerous lesion. They typically appear on sun-exposed areas such as the face, bald scalp, lips, and the back of the hands, and are often elevated, rough in texture, and resemble warts. Most become red, but some will be tan, pink, and/or flesh-toned. If left untreated, up to ten percent of AKs develop into squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), the second most common form of skin cancer. In rarer instances, AKs may also turn into basal cell carcinomas, the most common form of skin cancer.
  • Merkel Cell Carcinoma — This is a rare type of skin cancer that can appear on the skin as a hard patch or firm bump. It is an aggressive ski cancer that grows and spreads quickly and can return even after treatment.
  • Sebaceous Carcinoma — This is a rare and aggressive skin cancer which can spread. If found and treated early, treatment is often successful. These cancers often begin on an eyelid and appear as a painless, round, tumor on the eyelid. They can appear on any sebaceous gland.
  • Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans (DFSP) –This is a rare skin cancer which begins in the middle layer of skin, known as the dermis. DFSP grows slowly and rarely spreads to other parts of the body. The first sign of this skin cancer is often a small bump on the skin. It may resemble a deep-seated pimple or rough patch of skin. DFSP can also look like a scar. In children, it may remind you of a birthmark.

Diagnosis

To diagnose skin cancer, a dermatologist looks at the skin. A dermatologist will carefully examine growths, moles, and dry patches.

To get a better look, a dermatologist may use a device called a dermatoscope. The device shines light on the skin. It magnifies the skin. This helps the dermatologist to see pigment and structures in the skin.

If a dermatologist finds something that looks like skin cancer, the dermatologist will remove it (or part of it). The removed skin will be sent to a lab. Your dermatologist may call this a biopsy. Skin cancer cannot be diagnosed without a biopsy. A biopsy is quick, safe, and easy for a dermatologist to perform. A biopsy should not cause anxiety. The discomfort and risks are minimal.

*Source: American Academy of Dermatology | Skin Cancer Foundation | Utah Department of Health

TREATMENT

Treatment

There are many effective treatments for skin cancer. A dermatologist selects treatment after considering the following:

  • Type of skin cancer.
  • Where the skin cancer appears on the body.
  • Whether the skin cancer is aggressive.
  • Stage of the cancer.
  • Patient’s health.

After considering the above, your dermatologist will choose 1 or more of the following treatments for skin cancer.

  • Surgical treatment: When treating skin cancer, the goal is to remove all of the cancer. When the cancer has not spread, this is often possible. To remove skin cancer, the following surgical treatment may be used:
    • “Excision: To perform this, the dermatologist numbs the skin and then surgically cuts out the skin cancer and a small amount of normal-looking skin. This normal-looking skin is called a margin. There are different types of excision. Most excisions can be performed in a dermatologist’s office.
    • Mohs surgery: A dermatologist who has completed additional medical training in Mohs surgery performs this procedure. Mohs surgery effectively removes the skin where cancerous cells are found, and the margins are checked until they are clear.
    • Curettage and electrodesiccation: This surgical procedure may be used to treat small basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers. It involves scraping the tumor with a curette (a surgical instrument shaped like a long spoon) and then using an electric needle to gently cauterize (burn) the remaining cancer cells and some normal-looking tissue. This scraping and cauterizing process is typically repeated 3 times. The wound tends to heal without stitches.
  • Immunotherapy: This treatment uses the patient’s own immune system to fight the cancer. The patient applies a cream (generic name is imiquimod) to the skin as directed by the dermatologist.
  • Cryosurgery: The dermatologist freezes the skin cancer. Freezing destroys the treated area, causing the skin and cancer cells to slough off.
  • Chemotherapy applied to the skin: The generic name for the medicine used in this treatment is 5-fluorouracil or 5-FU. The patient applies 5-FU to the skin cancer. It destroys the damaged skin cells. When the skin heals, new skin appears.
  • Chemotherapy: If the cancer spreads beyond the skin, chemotherapy may kill the cancer cells. When a patient gets chemotherapy, the patient takes medicine. This medicine may be swallowed, injected (shots), or infused (given with an IV). The medicine travels throughout the body and kills the cancer cells. The medicine also destroys some normal cells. This can cause side effects, such as vomiting and hair loss. When chemotherapy stops, the side effects usually disappear.
  • Photodynamic therapy: This treatment consists of 2 phases. First, a chemical is applied to the skin cancer. This chemical sits on the skin cancer for several hours. During the second phase, the skin cancer is exposed to a special light. This light destroys the cancer cells.
  • Radiation therapy: Radiation may be used to treat older adults who have a large skin cancer, skin cancers that cover a large area, or a skin cancer that is difficult to surgically remove. Radiation therapy gradually destroys the cancer cells through repeat exposure to radiation. A patient may receive 15 to 30 treatments. This treatment is often only recommended for older adults. Many years after a person is exposed to radiation, new skin cancer can develop.

Prevention

Since its inception in 1979, The Skin Cancer Foundation has always recommended using a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher as one important part of a complete sun protection regimen. Sunscreen alone is not enough, however. Here is the full list of of their skin cancer prevention tips:

  • Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.
  • Do not burn.
  • Avoid tanning and never use UV tanning beds.
  • Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
  • Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside.Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
  • Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.
  • Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
  • See your physician every year for a professional skin exam.

*Source: American Academy of Dermatology | Skin Cancer Foundation | Utah Department of Health

FAQs

What Is Skin Cancer?

Skin cancer is cancer that develops in the layers of the skin. It is usually in areas that are exposed to the sun and can usually be seen or felt on the skin. Skin cancer may cover a large area, or look like a small spot. Even small spots can be dangerous because they can spread under the skin and infect other areas. There are several different types of skin cancer. The most deadly is melanoma. Other common types of skin cancer include basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.

Melanoma is the most deadly type of skin cancer. It can take many shapes and appearances. Melanoma is usually a dark color like brown, blue, or black. Other signs to look for include: irregular borders, asymmetry (one half looks different than the other half), and size – melanomas are usually large (bigger than a pencil eraser)

Basal cell carcinomas can be treated easily if found early. They can be red, pink, or white in color. Some are a patch of color while others are bumps which often appear shiny. Sometimes this type of cancer causes sores that never completely heal, or come back shortly after healing.

Squamous cell carcinoma usually takes on one of two forms. It may be a rough patch or can look and feel like a wart.

What Causes Skin Cancer?

There are many things that may lead to skin cancer. Some of these things are out of our control, but by reducing exposure to the sun and other UV rays we can lower our chances of getting skin cancer. The things we can’t control: family history, light skin type, the intensity of the sun, high altitude. The things we can control: time spent in sun, UV rays from tanning beds, amount of skin exposed to the sun.

Can Skin Cancer Be Prevented?

There are things we can do to lower our chances of getting skin cancer. These things are: Wear sunscreen with SPF 15 or greater, apply sunscreen 30-45 minutes before going outside, reapply sunscreen every two to three hours, stay in the shade as much as possible, wear long pants and long-sleeve shirts to protect skin from the sun, wear sunglasses, avoid the sun during the hottest parts of the day (This is when the UV rays are the strongest), and avoid tanning beds.

What Does SPF Mean?

SPF means “Sun Protection Factor.” It is a measure of how well the sunscreen protects you from harmful UV rays from the sun. Sunscreen must be re-applied every two to three hours, even if it has a high SPF number.
Adults and children should always wear at least SPF 15.

What SPF Is Needed to Prevent Skin Cancer?

To lower the chance of skin cancer, adults and children should always wear at least SPF 15.

Do Tanning Beds Cause Skin Cancer?

Recent research says that yes, tanning beds can cause cancer. The World Health Organization strongly urges all people to avoid using tanning beds, especially those under the age of 18.

Are There Different Types of Skin Cancer?

There are different types of skin cancer. Each type is named after which type of cell it begins in. The three most common types of skin cancer are melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma.

How Can I Tell If I Have Skin Cancer?

Only a doctor can tell if you have skin cancer. Be sure to talk to your doctor if you notice any unusual moles, bumps, or red patches, or if you notice a change in any moles you already have. It may be a good idea to perform a monthly self-skin check. Talk to your doctor if you notice any new moles, bumps, or rough patches that are unusual, or if you notice a change in any you already had. Things to look for include: changes in any moles, bumps, or rough patches, moles with a dark color (blue, black, purple, green, etc), moles that are not the same color or shade throughout, moles with irregular/wavy borders, moles that are asymmetrical (one side looks different than the other side), moles that are bigger around than the eraser on the top of a pencil, or spots that itch or bleed.

Does Skin Cancer Have Symptoms?

Many times the only symptoms of skin cancer are those that can be seen or felt on the skin. Some skin cancers cause dark-colored (blue, black, green, purple) moles or spots. Cancerous moles may also be large, have irregular/wavy borders, or be asymmetrical. Other skin cancers may cause red, white, or pink bumps. Sometimes these bumps are smooth and shiny. Skin cancers may also cause rough patches on the skin or spots that itch or bleed.

Who Can Get Skin Cancer?

Anyone can get skin cancer. Skin cancer used to be more common among middle-aged people and the elderly, but people are now getting skin cancer in their twenties—and even their teens.

How Is Skin Cancer Diagnosed?

If your doctor thinks you may have skin cancer, he or she will take a small piece of skin from the area. This will then be sent to a laboratory where it will be examined for signs of cancer. Your doctor may also take a small piece of tissue from lymph nodes near the area to see if cancer has spread.

How Is Skin Cancer Treated?

Each patient’s treatment is unique and depends on the patient and how advanced their cancer is. The patient’s doctor and specialists will help determine which treatment is best. Treatment options may include: surgery, systemic chemotherapy (taken through an IV or orally), topical chemotherapy (put directly on the skin in a cream or ointment), radiation therapy, cryotherapy, immunotherapy, or laser surgery.

Do I Have A Higher Chance of Getting Skin Cancer If A Family Member Had It?

If a family member had skin cancer, you may have a higher chance of getting it. Some things, such as skin type, environment, and lifestyle are similar among family members.

*Source: American Academy of Dermatology | Skin Cancer Foundation | Utah Department of Health

VIDEOS

Skin Cancer Prevention

Follow these tips to protect your skin from the damaging effects of sun exposure and reduce your risk of skin cancer.


Skin Self-Exam: How to Do

You can catch skin cancer early by following dermatologists’ tips for checking your skin.


What to Expect at a Skin Cancer Screening

The American Academy of Dermatology’s members have been providing free skin cancer screenings to the public since 1985. Watch this video to learn what happens during a screening, and visit www.aad.org to find a free screening near you.


Can You Spot Skin Cancer?

Anyone can get skin cancer, regardless of skin color. It is estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. When caught early, skin cancer is highly treatable. Through SPOTme®, the American Academy of Dermatology’s mission is to reduce the number of deaths from skin cancer in the United States by educating the public about skin cancer risk and providing free SPOTme® skin cancer screenings to catch and detect skin cancer in its earliest, most treatable stages.


How to Apply Sunscreen

Sunscreen can protect your skin against skin cancer and premature aging. However, it is not as effective unless it’s applied correctly. Follow these tips from dermatologists when applying sunscreen.


How to Apply Self-Tanner

These basic tips will help you apply self-tanner so you get even coverage and longer-lasting results.


Skin of Color: How to Prevent and Detect Skin Cancer

Although people of color have a lower risk of developing skin cancer than Caucasians, when skin cancer develops in people of color, it is often diagnosed at a more advanced stage – making it more difficult to treat. The good news is that there is a lot people can do to protect their skin and reduce their risk of getting skin cancer, including melanoma, the deadliest form.


Infant Sun Protection: How to Keep Your Baby Safe

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, and it only takes one blistering sunburn during childhood or adolescence to nearly double a person’s chance of developing melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – later in life. To protect your baby from the sun, follow these tips from board-certified dermatologists.


Who’s Got Your Back?

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The men in our lives… may need a little help seeing things. Research has shown that women are NINE times more likely than men to notice melanoma on others. In addition, men assisted by women during skin exams are less likely to miss skin lesions than women assisted by men.


Sun Safety – Spotting Skin Cancer

Outdoor workers have a higher risk for developing skin cancer. This program will help this group learn the facts about skin cancer and find out ways to protect themselves.


Skin Cancer Types Treatment: Melanoma Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Skin cancer types symptoms signs treatments and melanoma prevention from Miami Beach Skin Center for Cosmetic Dermatology. Learn what basal call carcinoma squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma look like and how skin cancers are treated with Moh’s surgery.


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Did you know that you can get skin cancer inbetween your toes? How is that possible considering the skin between your toes doesn’t get any sun exposure? In this episode of DermTV, Dr. Schultz discusses why you can get sunscreen anywhere on your body, even on the areas not exposed to the sun.

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  • Warts are benign skin growths that appear on the skin when a virus infects the top layer of the skin. Viruses that cause warts are called human papillomavirus (HPV). Wart viruses are contagious. Warts can spread by contact with the wart or something that touched the wart.
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WARTS

Warts are benign skin growths that appear on the skin when a virus infects the top layer of the skin. Viruses that cause warts are called human papillomavirus (HPV). Wart viruses are contagious. Warts can spread by contact with the wart or something that touched the wart.

Warts are often skin-colored and feel rough, but they can be dark (brown or gray-black), flat, and smooth. Warts can appear on any part of the body.

CAUSES

Warts are caused by an infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV). There are more than 100 types of HPV exist. Some types of HPV cause warts on your hands, and other types cause warts on your feet. Other types of HPV are more likely to cause warts other areas of your skin and mucous membranes. Most types of HPV cause relatively harmless conditions such as common warts, while others may cause serious disease such as cancer of the cervix.

Warts are contagious and spread from skin-to-skin contact with people who have warts. If you have warts, you can spread the virus to other places on your own body. You can also get the wart virus indirectly by touching something that another person’s wart touched, such as a towel or exercise equipment. The virus usually spreads through breaks in your skin, such as a hangnail or a scrape. Biting your nails also can cause warts to spread on your fingertips and around your nails.

Everyone’s immune system responds to the HPV virus differently, so just because you come into contact with the HPV virus you may not contract warts.

RISK FACTORS

Anyone can get warts. Some people are more prone to getting a wart virus (HPV) than others. These people are:

  • Children and teens.
  • People who bite their nails or pick at hangnails.
  • People with a weakened immune system (the body’s defense system).

SYMPTOMS

There are a few different types of warts. The type is determined by where it grows on the body and what it looks like. The following describes the symptoms of some of the different types:

  • Common Warts – are warts that usually appear on hands or face. They appear as small, fleshy, grainy bumps and are flesh-colored, white, pink, or tan. They are rough to the touch and can be sprinkled with black pinpoints, which are small, clotted blood vessels. These warts can spread from the hands to the face through touching.
  • Plantar Warts – are warts that grow most commonly on the surface of the feet. These warts can grow in clusters and are often flat or grow inward. These warts can hurt while walking.
  • Flat Warts – can occur anywhere. Children usually get them on the face. Men get these most often in the beard area, and women tend to get them on their legs. These warts are smaller and smoother than other warts, and they tend to grow in large numbers — 20 to 100 at a time.
  • Filiform Warts – are warts that look like long threads or thin fingers that stick out. These often grow on the face: around the mouth, eyes, and nose. They also grow very quickly.

DIAGNOSIS

In most cases, your doctor can diagnose a common wart with one or more of these techniques:

  • Examining the wart.
  • Scraping off the top layer of the wart to check for signs of dark, pinpoint dots — clotted blood vessels — which are common with warts.
  • Removing a small section of the wart (shave biopsy) and sending it to a laboratory for analysis to rule out other types of skin growths.

*Source: WebMD, LLC.

TREATMENT

Most warts respond to over-the-counter treatments, including:

 

  • Cryotherapy

 

Freezes off the wart using liquid nitrogen or nitrous oxide.

 

  • Electrosurgery

 

Sends an electric current through the wart to kill the tissue.

 

  • Laser Surgery

 

Essentially heats up the wart until the tissue dies and the wart eventually falls off.

  • Nonprescription Freezing Products

Aerosol sprays that freeze the warts and cause them to die off.

 

  • Salicylic Acid Preparations

 

Dissolve the protein (keratin) that makes up the wart and the thick layer of skin that covers it. It comes in gels, pads, drops and plasters and takes 4 to 6 weeks to eradicate the warts.

If self-treatments don’t work after a period of about 4 to 12 weeks, contact our dermatologist. We’ll assess your warts and recommend the best option.

Always contact the dermatologist if a wart is causing pain, changes in color or appearance and for all genital warts.

*Source: WebMD, LLC.

FAQs

HOW DO YOU GET WARTS?

Warts occur when the virus comes in contact with your skin and causes an infection. Warts are more likely to develop on broken skin, such as picked hangnails or areas nicked by shaving, because the virus is able to enter the top layer of skin through scratches or cuts.

While dermatologists still don’t know why, certain people are more likely to get warts than others. Additionally, children get warts much more often than adults, because their immune systems have not yet built up their defenses against the numerous types of human papillomavirus that exist.

ARE WARTS CONTAGIOUS?

Unfortunately, yes. You can get warts from touching a wart on someone else’s body, or by coming in contact with surfaces that touched someone’s warts, such as towels or bath mats.

CAN I SPREAD WARTS FROM ONE PART OF MY BODY TO ANOTHER?

Yes, you can. For this reason, it is important not to pick at your warts and to wash your hands promptly and thoroughly any time you touch one of your warts. If you have warts in an area where you shave, keep in mind that shaving over the wart could transfer the virus to the razor and then spread it to other areas of your body.

WHY DO SOME WARTS HAVE BLACK DOTS IN THEM?

If you look closely, many skin warts contain a number of black dots that resemble little seeds. These specks are visible blood vessels that are supplying the wart with nutrients and oxygen.

CAN WARTS BE PREVENTED?

Though skin warts can’t be prevented, there are a number of precautionary measures you can take to minimize your risk of acquiring warts. One of the most important things you can do is to wash your hands regularly. Also, try to keep your skin healthy, moisturized, and free of cuts. If you bite your fingernails or cuticles, do your best to stop. Biting nails creates an opening for virus to enter your skin. Be careful to use clean, fresh towels at the gym or in other public locations, and always wear rubber-soled flip-flops or sandals in public locker rooms and showers.

WILL WARTS GO AWAY ON THEIR OWN?

Some warts will go away without treatment, others will not. Even those warts that eventually go away can take months, or even years, to disappear. Also, keep in mind that any wart can be a “mother” wart that spreads to other parts of your body. Most dermatologists say it is best to treat warts, either at home or in the doctor’s office, as soon as they appear.

WHEN DO YOU NEED TO SEE A DOCTOR ABOUT WARTS?

For common skin warts, many dermatologists agree that it’s perfectly fine to try over-the-counter wart treatments for a couple of months. If your warts don’t go away during that time, or if they get worse, it may be wise to seek medical attention. Dermatologists have a variety of wart treatment and removal techniques that are stronger and may work faster than commercially available products.

Also, remember that all warts can be “mother” warts that give rise to additional warts in your skin. So, the faster you remove the wart, the less likely it will spread.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE AT-HOME WART TREATMENTS?

While at-home wart treatments can take weeks or months to work, salicylic acid plasters or solutions that peel away the wart can be very effective when used correctly. Be sure to follow directions carefully. Use a dedicated pumice stone, emery board, or nail file to remove dead skin from the wart the day after each application of wart remover. Don’t use the file for any other purpose; it could spread the virus to another part of your body. And throw it away when the wart is gone.

People also use duct tape or clear nail polish to suffocate the virus, thereby removing the wart, although these treatments probably do not work any better than a placebo. Use duct tape like you would a wart-remover patch. Put a small strip over the wart and leave it in place for about six days. At the end of the sixth day, remove the tape, soak the wart in water and then gently debride it with a pumice stone, emery board, or nail file. Repeat the process as often as it takes to remove the wart.

HOW WILL A DOCTOR TREAT MY WARTS?

It depends. Two quick options that do not cause too much discomfort are freezing the skin wart with liquid nitrogen or burning it off. In some instances, your dermatologist will use laser to treat especially stubborn warts, although there is no evidence that this form of treatment works any better than other treatment options.

Doctors may also use a chemical called cantharidin on the wart, which causes a blister to form beneath the growth. When the skin on the top of the blister dies, it contains part of the wart and can be removed.

Other options include surgical removal of the wart and the injection or application of certain drugs that strengthen your immune system’s response to the wart.

*Source: WebMD, LLC.

VIDEOS

Skin Warts – 3D Medical Animation

This video educates audiences about the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which causes skin warts.

 

The Doctors and Dr Sandra Lee discussing flat warts

 

  • A keloid is a bump or nodule that forms on the body at the point of an injury or open wound on the skin. Keloids are usually red or deep purple in color.
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Scars

A scar is the body’s attempt to repair the skin that has been damaged. It is usually pink or pale brown and will be cover the previously damaged skin.

Causes

A scar is caused by the body producing collagen, a fibrous protein found in the skin, to repair the damage to the skin.

Risk Factors

Anyone who has a skin injury is at risk for developing a scar, but the likelihood of a scar forming is based on the severity of the skin injury as well as age and overall health of the body and the skin. A scar can also form if a skin wound is not properly cared for.

Diagnosis

A scar will usually form under a scab. Side effects of scarring may include:

  • Severe itching
  • Tenderness
  • Pain
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Anxiety and/or depression
  • Disruption of daily activities

Treatment

There are multiple ways to treat a scar including dermabrasion, chemical peels, collagen and cortisone injections, cryosurgery, and laser treatment. The type of procedure will depend on the size and placement of the scar, as well as the overall health of the patient.

Prevention

The only way to prevent scars is to prevent skin injuries and properly care for any skin wounds that do occur.

*Source: American Society for Dermatologic Surgery | Kids Health | Columbia University Medical Center Department of Dermatology

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  • Rosacea may be associated with enlargement of the nose from excess tissue, a condition known as rhinophyma. This may include thickening of the skin and irregular surface nodules, which in rare cases may also develop in areas other than the nose.
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ROSACEA

Rosacea, the reddening of the face, is a common skin problem. It begins on around the center of the face, the nose and cheeks, and can spread towards the outer part of the face on to the neck. Rosacea may only show up at certain times, or it may always be on the face.

CAUSES

The cause for Rosacea is still unsure, however it is believed that it could be hereditary as most people who have rosacea have a relative that also has it. Several other possible causes for rosacea are being studied. Among them are problems with the immune system, the H pylori bug found in the intestines of some people, the demodex mite, and certain proteins in the body.

RISK FACTORS

There are certain risk factors for rosacea. Women have a much higher risk of having rosacea than men, especially women that are between the ages of thirty and fifty years old. Also, people who have lighter skin are more commonly seen with rosacea. Having a relative with rosacea puts a person at higher risk for it as well. People who may have had excessive acne have been known to have rosacea in their later years as well.

SYMPTOMS

There are different types of rosacea and it also can affect people differently. Easily flushed, swollen skin can be a sign of rosacea if it is sensitive to touch, and also shows dryness and being rough or scaly. A burning or stinging sensation of the skin itself along with these other symptoms could also be a sign of rosacea. Skin that is very oily along with a breakout similar to acne is another possible sign of rosacea.

Also, rosacea shows itself in making the skin thicker in some places like the chin or nose. Rosacea can also be noticed on and around the eyes. It can manifest itself in visibly popped blood vessels, large cysts, and poor vision, along with the aforementioned symptoms of rosacea.

DIAGNOSIS

A diagnosis of rosacea will be confirmed by having a doctor examine the skin. In order to properly diagnose someone of rosacea, the doctor should get insights to the patient’s family medical history of skin diseases and also should ask the patient what pain he may be feeling.

*Source: National Rosacea Society | The American Academy of Dermatology

TREATMENT

Topical creams and medications may be prescribed for rosacea. Also, daily wearing of sunscreen is a common treatment plan for many patients with rosacea. Lasers and other procedures can also be used to treat rosacea.There is no absolute way to prevent rosacea. The best thing a person could do is to speak with a dermatologist and to work out a plan to best control rosacea.

*Source: National Rosacea Society | The American Academy of Dermatology

FAQs

WHAT CAUSES ROSACEA?

Although the exact cause of rosacea is unknown, various theories about the disorder’s origin have evolved over the years. Facial blood vessels may dilate too easily, and the increased blood near the skin surface makes the skin appear red and flushed. Various lifestyle and environmental factors – called triggers – can increase this redness response. Acne-like bumps may appear, often in the redder area of the central face. This may be due to factors related to blood flow, skin bacteria, microscopic skin mites (Demodex), irritation of follicles, sun damage of the connective tissue under the skin, an abnormal immune or inflammatory response, or psychological factors.

None of these possibilities has been proven, although potential inflammatory pathways have been identified in recent ongoing research — including an immune response triggered by a type of antimicrobial protein known as cathelicidin. A recent study also found that certain bacteria present on otherwise harmless Demodex mites could prompt an inflammatory response in rosacea patients.

IS ROSACEA CONTAGIOUS?

No. Rosacea is not considered an infectious disease, and there is no evidence that it can be spread by contact with the skin or through inhaling airborne bacteria. The effectiveness of antibiotics against rosacea symptoms is widely believed to be due to their anti-inflammatory effect, rather than their ability to destroy bacteria.

IS ROSACEA HEREDITARY?

Although no scientific research has been performed on rosacea and heredity, there is evidence that suggests rosacea may be inherited. Nearly 40 percent of rosacea patients surveyed by the National Rosacea Society said they could name a relative who had similar symptoms.

In addition, there are strong signs that ethnicity is a factor in one’s potential to develop rosacea. In a separate survey by the Society, 33 percent of respondents reported having at least one parent of Irish heritage, and 26 percent had a parent of English descent. Other ethnic groups with elevated rates of rosacea, compared with the U.S. population as a whole, included individuals of Scandinavian, Scottish, Welsh or eastern European descent.

CAN ROSACEA BE DIAGNOSED BEFORE YOU HAVE A MAJOR FLARE-UP?

It is sometimes possible to identify “pre-rosacea” in teenagers and persons in their early 20s. These individuals generally come to the dermatologist for acne treatment and exhibit flushing and blushing episodes that last longer than normal. The prolonged redness usually appears over the cheeks, chin, nose or forehead. These patients also may find topical acne medications or certain skin-care products irritating.

Once identified, these rosacea-prone individuals can be counseled to avoid aggravating lifestyle and environmental factors known to cause repeated flushing reactions that may lead to full-blown rosacea. If you recognize the symptoms of pre-rosacea in a younger family member or others, they might be advised to consult a dermatologist.

IS THERE ANY KIND OF TEST THAT WILL TELL YOU IF YOU HAVE ROSACEA?

There are no histological, serological or other diagnostic tests for rosacea. A diagnosis of rosacea must come from your physician after a thorough examination of your signs and symptoms and a medical history. During your exam you should explain any problems you are having with your face, such as redness; flushing; the appearance of bumps or pimples; swelling; burning, itching or stinging; or other information.

WILL MY ROSACEA GET WORSE WITH AGE?

There is no way to predict for certain how an individual’s rosacea will progress, although physicians have observed that the signs and symptoms tend to become increasingly severe without treatment. Moreover, in a National Rosacea Society survey, about half of rosacea sufferers said without treatment their condition had advanced from early to middle stage within a year. Fortunately, compliance with medical therapy and lifestyle modifications to avoid rosacea triggers has been shown to effectively control its signs and symptoms on a long-term basis.

HOW LONG DOES ROSACEA LAST?

Rosacea is a chronic disorder, rather than a short-term condition, and is often characterized by relapses and remissions. A retrospective study of 48 previously diagnosed rosacea patients found that 52 percent still had active rosacea, with an average ongoing duration of 13 years. The remaining 48 percent had cleared, and the average duration of their rosacea had been nine years. While at present there is no cure for rosacea, its symptoms can usually be controlled with medical therapy and lifestyle modifications. Moreover, studies have shown that rosacea patients who continue therapy for the long term are less likely to experience a recurrence of symptoms.

HOW CAN I FIND A ROSACEA SPECIALIST?

As with most disorders, there is no formal medical specialty devoted to rosacea alone. The appropriate specialist for rosacea is a dermatologist, who specializes in diseases of the skin, or for those with eye symptoms, an ophthalmologist.

CAN ROSACEA OCCUR IN CHILDREN?

Although the incidence of rosacea in adolescents and children is infrequent, such cases have been documented in the medical literature. Eyelid styes may be one form. Rosacea often runs in families, and rosacea sufferers would be wise to be on the lookout for early signs in children in order to seek diagnosis and treatment before the condition worsens.

ARE THERE SUPPORT GROUPS FOR ROSACEA SUFFERERS?

The National Rosacea Society is the world’s largest support organization for rosacea, offering information and educational services to hundreds of thousands of rosacea patients and health professionals each year.

While face-to-face support groups are not well established, rosacea sufferers can find online chat groups and forums through www.yahoogroups.com and www.rosacea-support.org.

DOES ROSACEA CAUSE FACIAL SWELLING, BURNING OR ITCHING?

Facial burning, stinging and itching are commonly reported by many rosacea patients. Certain rosacea sufferers may also experience some swelling (edema) in the face that may become noticeable as early as the initial stage of the disease. The same flushing that brings on rosacea’s redness can be associated with a buildup of fluid in the tissues of the face. It often occurs above the nasolabial folds – the creases from the nose to each side of the mouth – and can cause a “baggy cheek” appearance. It is also believed that in some patients this swelling process may contribute to the development of excess tissue on the nose (rhinophyma), causing it to become bulbous and bumpy.

If you experience any of these symptoms, discuss them with your physician.

ARE ROSACEA SYMPTOMS GENERALLY SYMMETRICAL OR ASYMMETRICAL?

Rosacea can present itself in different ways for different individuals. Rosacea patients may exhibit varying levels of severity of symptoms over different areas of the face. Patients have often reported that the disorder actually began with a red spot or patch on one cheek or another part of the face, and then spread to other areas. On the other hand, many rosacea patients exhibit similar symptoms on both sides of their faces.

I SUFFER FROM REGULAR ACNE IN ADDITION TO ROSACEA. IS THIS COMMON?

Rosacea and regular acne, called acne vulgaris, usually appear separately, but some patients are affected by both. While both conditions in adults are often informally referred to as “adult acne,” they are two separate diseases, each requiring different therapy. Acne vulgaris is associated with plugging of the ducts of the oil glands, resulting in blackheads and pimples on the face and sometimes also the back, shoulders or chest. Rosacea seems to be linked to the vascular network of the central facial skin and causes redness, bumps, pimples and other symptoms that rarely go beyond the face. Special care is necessary in treating patients with both conditions because some standard medications for acne vulgaris can make rosacea worse.

IS DRY, FLAKY SKIN TYPICAL WITH ROSACEA?

It has been estimated that approximately half of all rosacea sufferers may appear to experience dry skin. With treatment, this dryness often eases along with disappearance of papules and pustules. To combat dry, flaky skin, use a moisturizer daily after cleansing and applying medication. You also may wish to check with your dermatologist to see which medication is best for your skin type, since some have a drying effect and others are more moisturizing.

IS OILY SKIN COMMON FOR ROSACEA SUFFERERS?

There is no standard skin type for rosacea patients. Many sufferers experience dry, flaky skin, while others may have normal or oily skin, or both. The key is to identify your skin type and use medication and skin-care products that are suitable for you.

Is there any connection between rosacea and seborrheic dermatitis?

It is not unusual for seborrheic dermatitis to appear concurrently with rosacea. Seborrhea manifests as reddish-yellow greasy scaling in the central third of the face. Scalp, eyebrows and beard may have fine flakes of white scale, dandruff or patches of thicker, greasy yellow scale. Eruptions may also appear beyond the face.

IS THERE ANY CONNECTION BETWEEN ORDINARY ECZEMA AND ROSACEA?

No, nothing in the medical literature links rosacea and atopic eczema. The two diseases may share some symptoms, but also have many differences. Rosacea is more common in fair-skinned individuals and nearly always affects the face only, causing such signs and symptoms as redness, visible blood vessels, bumps and pimples and sometimes swelling of the nose from excess tissue. Atopic eczema is more common in individuals with dry skin and can appear in various areas of the body, producing red scaling and crusted or weeping pustules that itch fiercely.

IS THERE A CONNECTION BETWEEN LUPUS AND ROSACEA?

No. Discoid lupus is a chronic, scarring skin disease. Another form, systemic lupus, is characterized by a variety of signs, including some in the vascular system. Because lupus can cause a reddish skin rash that spreads across the bridge of the nose and face, often in a butterfly pattern, it can appear similar to rosacea. However, while both rashes can be smooth in texture, the presence of bumps and pimples, which rarely occur in a lupus flare, may help differentiate the diseases. In addition, lupus is almost always accompanied by other symptoms not associated with rosacea, such as fever, arthritis and signs of renal, lung or heart involvement. A dermatologist can usually quickly tell the difference between a butterfly rash of lupus and rosacea.

Moreover, unlike lupus, as many as 50 percent of rosacea patients may also have ocular signs. Visually, an eye affected by rosacea often appears watery or bloodshot. Sufferers may feel a gritty or foreign body sensation in the eye, or have a dry, burning or stinging sensation.

ARE ROSACEA SUFFERERS MORE LIKELY TO GET SKIN CANCER LATER IN LIFE?

No medical evidence has linked rosacea directly with skin cancer. Rosacea sufferers may be more likely to develop skin cancer later in life because of their frequent light complexions and propensity to injury from ultraviolet radiation from the sun. It is important that you consult your dermatologist if you have any signs of possible skin cancer, such as a mole that is enlarged or asymmetric or that has an irregular border or varying color. Although unrelated to rosacea, skin cancer is a potentially fatal disease whose incidence has been on the rise.

I’VE BEEN USING MEDICATION FOR SOME TIME NOW AND IT HAS CLEARED MY PIMPLES AND REDUCED MY REDNESS, BUT IT ALSO SEEMS TO HAVE MADE ME DEVELOP MORE SPIDER VEINS. WHAT’S GOING ON?

Visible blood vessels (telangiectasia) sometimes develop with rosacea and were likely always there, but were hidden or less noticeable because of your redness. Once medication has diminished the redness, it is not uncommon for spider veins to become more noticeable. These can be camouflaged with makeup, or removed with a vascular laser, intense pulsed light source or other medical device.

CAN YOU GET ROSACEA ON OTHER PARTS OF YOUR BODY?

Although it is not a common feature of rosacea, symptoms have been reported to appear beyond the face. In a National Rosacea Society survey, rosacea patients reported experiencing symptoms on the neck, chest, scalp, ears and back.

HOW DOES MENOPAUSE AFFECT ROSACEA?

The hot flashes sometimes associated with menopause may bring on a flare-up or even the initial onset of rosacea. A Swedish study also noted that postmenopausal women with rosacea may be more likely to experience migraine headaches.

CAN ROSACEA INVOLVE THE EYES?

Yes. Known as ocular rosacea, eye symptoms may include a watery or bloodshot appearance and a dry, gritty feeling with burning, itching and/or stinging. Individuals with rosacea may be prone to styes, and light sensitivity and blurred vision may also be present. Left untreated, decreased visual acuity due to corneal involvement may occur. Eye involvement may appear before as well as after any skin signs or symptoms, and individuals who suspect they may have ocular rosacea should consult a dermatologist or ophthalmologist for appropriate therapy.

WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON LIFESTYLE AND ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS THAT AGGRAVATE ROSACEA OR TRIGGER FLARE-UPS?

According to a National Rosacea Society survey, some of the most common rosacea triggers include sun exposure, emotional stress, hot or cold weather, wind, alcohol, spicy foods, heavy exercise, hot baths, heated beverages and certain skin-care products.

HOW EFFECTIVE IS AVOIDING LIFESTYLE AND ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS?

In a survey of 1,221 rosacea sufferers by the National Rosacea Society, 96 percent of those who believed they had identified personal trigger factors said avoiding those factors had reduced their flare-ups.

HOW LONG AFTER A ROSACEA TRIGGER WILL A ROSACEA FLARE-UP OCCUR?

Although there are no data available on how quickly a rosacea trigger may lead to a flare-up, the time is likely to vary depending on the individual and the nature of the trigger. Try monitoring your individual case to see how quickly your rosacea has responded. And remember, while a wide range of factors has been identified as potential triggers, not every trigger affects every individual every time.

IS THERE ANY RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ROSACEA AND ALLERGIES?

Allergies may cause an altered reaction of the body that includes flushing, which frequently triggers rosacea symptoms. As with more common rosacea triggers, identifying and avoiding allergens — the substances you are reacting to — may also help control your rosacea.

WILL EXERCISE CAUSE MY ROSACEA TO FLARE UP?

Any activity such as exercise that causes flushing or overheats the face has the potential to spark a rosacea flare-up. The good news is that signs and symptoms may be avoided or reduced by managing your workout. Ways to help reduce the incidence of flare-ups include working out in the early morning or late evening when weather is cooler; working out more frequently but for shorter intervals; keeping cool indoors by running a fan or opening a window; and cooling off by keeping a damp towel on your neck, drinking cold fluids or chewing on ice chips. Choosing low-intensity exercise or water aerobics may also be useful.

HOW DO I DETERMINE WHAT CAUSES A FLARE UP?

Rosacea signs and symptoms may be prompted by a vast array of environmental and lifestyle factors that differ from one individual to another. Some of the most common factors are listed here. As with an allergy, it is useful to keep a diary to pinpoint the particular elements that may prompt a flare-up in your individual case.

CAN ROSACEA BE CURED?

While rosacea cannot be cured, medical treatments are available that can control or eliminate its various signs and symptoms.

HOW IS ROSACEA TREATED?

The signs and symptoms of rosacea vary substantially from one patient to another, and treatment must therefore be tailored by a physician for each individual case. Some patients are troubled by redness and flushing, while others have bumps and pimples, thickening of the skin, or eye rosacea or combinations. For patients with bumps and pimples, doctors often prescribe oral and topical rosacea therapy, and a topical therapy to reduce facial redness is now available.

When appropriate, laser treatment or other surgical procedures may be used to remove visible blood vessels, reduce extensive redness or correct disfigurement of the nose. Eye symptoms are commonly treated with oral antibiotics and ophthalmic therapy.

In addition, rosacea patients are advised to identify and avoid lifestyle and environmental factors that may aggravate their individual conditions. Patients may also benefit from gentle and appropriate skin care, and cosmetics may be used to reduce the effect of rosacea on appearance.

WHY ARE ANTIBIOTICS PRESCRIBED FOR ROSACEA? IS IT A BACTERIAL INFECTION?

It is unknown exactly why antibiotics work against rosacea, but it is widely believed that it is due to their anti-inflammatory properties, rather than their bacteria-fighting capabilities.

WHAT ABOUT BACTERIAL RESISTANCE FROM ANTIBIOTIC USE?

Topical antibiotics result in such minimal levels of medication in the bloodstream, if any, that there is virtually no risk of developing bacterial resistance at sites other than where the topical antibiotic is being applied. A version of an oral antibiotic with less risk of microbial resistance has been developed specifically for rosacea.

WHAT MEDICATIONS ARE USED FOR ROSACEA BESIDES ANTIBIOTICS?

Physicians may use a variety of medications to help control rosacea in individual patients. Products containing a sulfur drug or azelaic acid may be prescribed as an alternative or adjunct to antibiotic therapy, and a cardiovascular medication is sometimes used to control severe flushing. Other medications may also be considered, especially in cases that do not respond to initial therapy.

WHAT ABOUT LONG-TERM SIDE EFFECTS?

Topical therapy results in such minimal levels of medication in the bloodstream, if any, that there is virtually no risk of systemic side effects except allergic reactions. Possible side effects associated with oral antibiotic therapy include upset stomach, sensitivity to sun exposure, tooth discoloration, diarrhea, allergic reactions and vaginal yeast infections.

IF I TAKE LONG-TERM MEDICATION CONSISTENTLY, WILL IT LOSE ITS EFFECTIVENESS?

Topical therapy usually controls rosacea on a long-term basis, without loss of effectiveness.

SHOULD I STILL USE MY MEDICATION BETWEEN FLARE-UPS?

Rosacea is characterized by flare-ups and remissions, and a study found that long-term medical therapy significantly increased the rate of remission in rosacea patients. In a six-month multicenter clinical study, 42 percent of those not using medication had relapsed, compared to 23 percent of those who continued to apply a topical antibiotic. In general, treatment between flare-ups can prevent them.

HOW SHOULD I CARE FOR MY SKIN?

A rosacea facial care routine recommended by many dermatologists starts with a gentle and refreshing cleansing of the face each morning. Sufferers should use a mild soap or cleanser that is not grainy or abrasive, and spread it with their fingertips. A soft pad or washcloth can also be used, but avoid rough washcloths, loofahs, brushes or sponges.pre-rosacea Next, rinse the face with lukewarm water several times and blot it dry with a thick cotton towel. Never pull, tug, scratch or treat the face harshly. Sufferers should let their face air dry for several minutes before applying a topical medication. Let the medication soak in for an additional five or 10 minutes before using any makeup or other skin care products.

WHAT SKIN-CARE PRODUCTS ARE APPROPRIATE TO USE WITH ROSACEA?

The skin of many rosacea sufferers may be sensitive and easily irritated. Patients should avoid using any products that burn, sting or irritate their skin. In a National Rosacea Society survey, many individuals with rosacea identified alcohol, witch hazel, fragrance, menthol, peppermint, eucalyptus oil, clove oil and salicylic acid as ingredients that irritated their individual cases, and many also avoided astringents and exfoliating agents. A useful rule of thumb may be to select products that contain no irritating or unnecessary ingredients.

Sunscreens or sunblocks effective against the full spectrum of ultraviolet A and B radiation can be especially important for rosacea patients, whose facial skin may be particularly susceptible to sun damage and consequent rosacea flare-ups. An SPF of 15 or higher is recommended, and physical blocks utilizing zinc or titanium dioxide may be effective if chemical sunscreens cause irritation.

HOW DOES LASER THERAPY WORK?

To remove visible blood vessels or reduce extensive redness, vascular lasers emit wavelengths of light that target tiny blood vessels just under the skin. Heat from the laser’s energy builds in the vessels, causing them to disintegrate. Generally, at least three treatments are required, depending on the severity of redness or visible blood vessels.

Vascular lasers may also be used to help retard the buildup of excess tissue, and in severe cases a CO2 laser may be used to remove unwanted tissue and reshape the nose. New laser technology has been developed to minimize bruising, and recently developed devices called intense pulsed light sources mimic lasers but generate multiple wavelengths to treat a broader spectrum of tissue. As with any surgical technique, the safety and effectiveness of laser therapy may depend on the skill of the physician.

HOW DO I CONTROL FLUSHING/BLUSHING?

As always, the best offense is a good defense. Individuals with rosacea should identify and avoid environmental and lifestyle factors that cause flushing. A list of the most common rosacea triggers can be found here. In severe cases, certain medications may be prescribed by a physician to lessen the intensity and frequency of flushing, and a topical therapy is now available to treat persistent facial redness.

DO STEROIDS INDUCE ROSACEA?

While effective in treating certain skin conditions, long-term use of topical steroids may prompt rosacea-like symptoms informally called “steroid-induced rosacea.” While some physicians may prescribe a short course of a steroid to immediately reduce severe inflammation, if you are concerned about a medication you are taking, your best bet is to discuss this with your physician.

*Source: National Rosacea Society | The American Academy of Dermatology

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  • Psoriasis is believed to be hereditary. It is believed that at least 10 percent of the general population inherits one or more of the genes that create a predisposition to psoriasis. However, only 2 percent to 3 percent of the population develops the disease. It is believed that both the predisposition to psoriasis plus becoming exposed to specific external factors known as "triggers" causes the disease to appear.
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PSORIASIS

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin. Psoriasis is a chronic, long-lasting disease. Psoriasis is not contagious.

There are five types of psoriasis. The type of psoriasis you have may help you determine the best treatment for you. The types are:

  • Plaque psoriasis — is the most common form of the disease and appears as raised, red patches covered with a silvery white buildup of dead skin cells, which usually appear on the scalp, knees, elbows and lower back.
  • Guttate psoriasis — is a form of psoriasis that appears as small, dot-like lesions, often starting in childhood or young adulthood. This type of psoriasis can be triggered by a strep infection. Guttate is the second-most common type of psoriasis and affects about 10% of psoriasis sufferers.
  • Inverse psoriasis — appears as very red lesions in body folds, typically behind the knee, under the arm or in the groin, and it may appear smooth and shiny. It often accompanies another type of psoriasis simultaneously.
  • Pustular psoriasis — is accompanied by white pustules or blisters surrounded by red skin. The pus contains white blood cells, but it is not an infection, nor is it contagious. It most commonly occurs on the hands or feet.
  • Erythrodermic psoriasis — is a severe form of psoriasis that leads to widespread, fiery redness over most of the body. It can cause severe itching and pain. Skin can come off in this type of psoriasis. It is rare, occurring only in 3 percent of psoriasis sufferers. It generally appears on people who have unstable plaque psoriasis.

CAUSES

Psoriasis is believed to be hereditary. It is believed that at least 10 percent of the general population inherits one or more of the genes that create a predisposition to psoriasis. However, only 2 percent to 3 percent of the population develops the disease. It is believed that both the predisposition to psoriasis plus becoming exposed to specific external factors known as “triggers” causes the disease to appear.

Psoriasis triggers are not universal. What may cause one person’s psoriasis to become active, may not affect another. Known psoriasis triggers include:

  • Stress.
  • Skin Injury.
  • Certain Medications, such as lithium, antimalarials, Inderal, Quinidine, Indomethacin.
  • Infection.

RISK FACTORS

People who get psoriasis usually have one or more person in their family who has psoriasis. Not everyone who has a family member with psoriasis will get psoriasis. But psoriasis is common. In the United States, about 7.5 million people have psoriasis. Most people, about 80%, have plaque psoriasis.

Psoriasis can begin at any age. Most people get psoriasis between 15 and 30 years of age. By age 40, most people who will get psoriasis, about 75%, have psoriasis. Another common time for psoriasis to begin is between 50 and 60 years of age. Whites get psoriasis more often than other races.

DIAGNOSIS

To diagnose psoriasis, a dermatologist:

  • Perform an exam of a patient’s skin, nails, and scalp for signs of psoriasis.
  • Discuss family history of psoriasis.
  • Discuss patient lifestyle, such as whether a patient has been under a lot of stress, had a recent illness, or just started taking a medicine.

Sometimes a dermatologist also removes a bit of skin and view it under a microscope to confirm the diagnosis.

*Source: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases | American Academy of Dermatology | National Psoriasis Foundation

TREATMENT

Treating psoriasis has benefits. Treatment can reduce signs and symptoms of psoriasis, which usually makes a person feel better. With treatment, some people see their skin completely clear. Treatment can even improve a person’s quality of life. Work with your doctor to find a treatment—or treatments—that reduce or eliminate your symptoms. What works for one person with psoriasis might not work for another. There are multiple options available for treatment which include:

  • Biologics — are prescription drugs used for moderate to severe that has not responded to other treatments. They are given by injection or intravenous (IV) infusion. There are risks and side effects associated with the use of biologics which will need to be discussed with your dermatologist.
  • Systemics — are either oral or injectable prescription drugs that work throughout the body. They are usually used for individuals with moderate to severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Systemic medications are also used in those who are not responsive or are unable to take topical medications or UV light therapy.
  • Ultraviolet B (UVB) Phototherapy — also referred to as light therapy, involves consistent exposure of the skin to ultraviolet light on a regular basis and under medical supervision. Treatments are done in a doctor’s office or psoriasis clinic or at home with phototherapy unit.
  • Excimer Laser Therapy — was recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating chronic, localized psoriasis plaques. It emits a high-intensity beam of ultraviolet light B (UVB). The excimer laser can target select areas of the skin affected by mild to moderate psoriasis, and research indicates it is a particularly effective treatment for scalp psoriasis.
  • Pulsed dye laser — is approved for treating chronic, localized plaques. Using a dye and different wavelength of light than the excimer laser or other UVB-based treatments, pulsed dye lasers destroy the tiny blood vessels that contribute to the formation of psoriasis lesions.
  • Oral Treatments — improve symptoms of psoriasis by inhibiting specific molecules associated with inflammation. These medications selectively target molecules inside immune cells. By adjusting the complicated processes of inflammation within the cell, these treatments correct the overactive immune response that causes inflammation in people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, leading to improvement in redness and scaliness as well as joint tenderness and swelling.
  • Topicals — are applied to the skin and are usually the first treatment to try when diagnosed with psoriasis. Topicals can be purchased over the counter or by prescription and include substances such as corticosteroids, salicylic acid, coal tar, aloe vera, jojoba, zinc pyrithione and capsaicin.
  • Complementary and Alternative — are often sought by patients with chronic conditions because they can help with preventative care and pain management. Some of these include diet and nutrition, herbal remedies, mind and body therapies, alternative therapies, exercise, yoga, and Thai Chi. Much of the evidence supporting complementary and alternative therapies for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis is anecdotal. Increasingly, researchers have studied complementary and alternative therapies particularly in looking at drug interactions, dietary outcomes and safety. Most complementary and alternative therapies are safe. However, some can interfere with your treatments prescribed by your doctor. Always talk to your doctor or consult with a licensed health care professional before adding any complementary and alternative treatments to your treatment plan for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

PREVENTION

Living with psoriasis has unique challenges. The good news is health care providers are becoming more aware of the impact psoriasis can have on a person’s quality of life. The best way to prevent flare ups is to avoid known triggers, such as stress or foods. You should also work with your dermatologist to manage the symptoms.

*Source: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases | American Academy of Dermatology | National Psoriasis Foundation

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WHAT IS PSORIASIS?

Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes scaling and inflammation (pain, swelling, heat, and redness). Skin cells grow deep in the skin and slowly rise to the surface. This process is called cell turnover, and it takes about a month. With psoriasis, it can happen in just a few days because the cells rise too fast and pile up on the surface. Most psoriasis causes patches of thick, red skin with silvery scales. These patches can itch or feel sore. They are often found on the elbows, knees, other parts of the legs, scalp, lower back, face, palms, and soles of the feet. But they can show up other places such as fingernails, toenails, genitals, and inside the mouth.

WHO GETS PSORIASIS?

Anyone can get psoriasis, but it occurs more often in adults. In many cases, there is a family history of psoriasis. Certain genes have been linked to the disease. Men and women get psoriasis at about the same rate.

WHAT CAUSES PSORIASIS?

Psoriasis begins in the immune system, mainly with a type of white blood cell called a T cell. T cells help protect the body against infection and disease. With psoriasis, T cells are put into action by mistake. They become so active that they set off other immune responses. This leads to swelling and fast turnover of skin cells. People with psoriasis may notice that sometimes the skin gets better and sometimes it gets worse. Things that can cause the skin to get worse include:

  • Infections.
  • Stress.
  • Changes in weather that dry the skin.
  • Certain medicines.

HOW IS PSORIASIS DIAGNOSED?

Psoriasis can be hard to diagnose because it can look like other skin diseases. The doctor might need to look at a small skin sample under a microscope.

HOW IS PSORIASIS TREATED?

Treatment depends on:

  • How serious the disease is.
  • The size of the psoriasis patches.
  • The type of psoriasis.
  • How the patient reacts to certain treatments.

All treatments don’t work the same for everyone. Doctors may switch treatments if one doesn’t work, if there is a bad reaction, or if the treatment stops working.

Topical Treatment: Treatments applied right on the skin (creams, ointments) may help. These treatments can:

  • Help reduce inflammation and skin cell turnover
  • Suppress the immune system
  • Help the skin peel and unclog pores
  • Soothe the skin.

Light Therapy: Natural ultraviolet light from the sun and artificial ultraviolet light are used to treat psoriasis. One treatment, called PUVA, uses a combination of a drug that makes skin more sensitive to light and ultraviolet A light.

Systemic Treatment: If the psoriasis is severe, doctors might prescribe drugs or give medicine through a shot. This is called systemic treatment. Antibiotics are not used to treat psoriasis unless bacteria make the psoriasis worse.

Combination Therapy: When you combine topical (put on the skin), light, and systemic treatments, you can often use lower doses of each. Combination therapy can also lead to better results.

WHAT ARE SOME PROMISING AREAS OF PSORIASIS RESEARCH?

Doctors are learning more about psoriasis by studying:

  • Genes
  • New treatments that help skin not react to the immune system
  • The association of psoriasis with other conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

*Source: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases | American Academy of Dermatology | National Psoriasis Foundation

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PATCH TESTING FOR SKIN ALLERGIES

Patch Testing is used to diagnose any form of contact dermatitis. Contact dermatitis is a condition of the skin that causes the skin to become inflamed when it comes in contact with certain allergens. A patch Test will need to be done to determine the allergens affecting the skin.

Contact dermatitis is caused by having once come into contact with a certain substance that caused the body to weaken the body’s defensive systems toward that substance.

Inflamed and irritated skin is a sign of contact dermatitis. This may come on quickly after contact with the substance or could take hours.

A doctor will need to use patch testing to diagnose contact dermatitis. A patch test is performed by taping possible irritants to the upper back, waiting several days, and returning to the doctor to see the results. Also, another examination will be performed several days later to see if any reaction was delayed.

After patch testing has been concluded and a result has been received, the doctor will be able to pinpoint the source of the contact dermatitis. This should help the patient know how to avoid it to prevent further inflammation of the skin. If the irritant cannot always be avoided, moisturizers and steroid ointments or antibiotics may be able to help.

The only way to prevent further contact dermatitis is to avoid the substance that irritates the skin.

*Source: Mayo Clinic

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  • Onychomychosis is a fungal infection of the nail.
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FUNGAL NAIL INFECTION (ONYCHOMYCOSIS)

Onychomycosis is an infection of the nails caused by fungus. This infection most commonly appears with thickened nails and yellow discoloration of the nails. Onychomycosis is an increasingly common disorder. It accounts for 20% of all nail diseases. It typically only affects adults. About 50% of those over the age of 70 suffer from it, proving that the risk increases with age.

CAUSES

Onychomycosis is a fungal infection. It is spread by direct contact with the fungus. It is typically most common in warm, moist environments.

RISK FACTORS

The infection is more common in toenails than in fingernails. You may be at a higher risk for this infection if:

  • You wear shoes or boots that make your feet hot and sweaty.
  • You walk barefoot in public areas such as pools or showers.
  • You are over the age of 70.
  • You have poor blood circulation.
  • You have psoriasis.
  • You have a weakened immune system.
  • You have a family history of onychomycosis.
  • You have prolonged contact with water.
  • You have prolonged contact with latex gloves.
  • You are a smoker.
  • You have a hobby or profession that increases exposure, such as gardening, hairdresser, manicurist, or podologist.

SYMPTOMS

You may have onychomycosis if one or more of your nails are:

  • Thickened
  • Brittle, crumbly or ragged
  • Distorted in shape
  • Dull, with no shine
  • A dark color, caused by debris building up under your nail

Infected nails also may separate from the nail bed, a condition called onycholysis. You may feel pain in your toes or fingertips and detect a slightly foul odor.

DIAGNOSIS

Your doctor will examine your nails, and can often make a preliminary diagnosis. There are additional laboratory tests that are used to confirm the diagnosis, such as looking at sections of nail under a microscope or growing fungi from scrapings of the nail. It might be a few weeks before your doctor gets the results of the laboratory tests.

*Source: FootSourceMD, LLC | American Academy of Dermatology | Galderma, S.A.

TREATMENT

Your doctor will help you to decide which treatment is best for you. You should also make sure that the treatment option you choose fits in with your lifestyle, available time, and budget.

Options for treatment may include:

  • Filing or trimming of nails, or complete removal of nail if necessary.
  • Topical application of antifungal medications.
  • Oral medication
  • Laser treatments

PREVENTION

To help avoid contracting onychomycosis, keep the following in mind:

  • Avoid bare feet whenever possible.
  • Allow shoes to rest between wearing, or use an antifungal to help prevent fungi from developing.
  • Wear 100% cotton socks which are clean, and change them daily.
  • Trim nails straight across.
  • If you contract Athlete’s Foot, treat it immediately.
  • Keep feet dry, even between the toes.
  • If you contract onychomycosis, purchase new shoes after treatment is completed.
  • If you contract onychomycosis on your fingernails, wear double gloves to help protect them.

*Source: FootSourceMD, LLC | American Academy of Dermatology | Galderma, S.A.

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WHAT IS ONYCHOMYCOSIS?

This fungal nail infection happens when a fungus attacks your toenail or the nail bed, causing discoloration, thickening, brittleness and cracking of the nail. If you are healthy, onychomycosis is more of an unattractive nuisance than a problem. However, if you have diabetes or a weakened immune system, this type of infection could lead to serious complications if left untreated.

WHAT CAUSES IT?

While yeasts, molds and different kinds of fungi can cause onychomycosis, it’s usually the result of the same type of fungus associated with athlete’s foot. The fungi that cause onychomycosis thrive in warm and moist places, such as showers and pools. To limit exposure, avoid walking barefoot in these places, and do not share personal items such as footwear or nail clippers.

WHO IS MORE LIKELY TO GET ONYCHOMYCOSIS?

  • People over the age of 60
  • Men
  • People with diabetes or immune system deficiencies
  • People who have a nail injury People who live or work in a location that is hot and humid
  • People who wear shoes that make their feet damp or sweaty

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

A common sign of onychomycosis is one or more toenails that have turned yellow or white, thickened and split. The thickness of the nail may cause discomfort and pain, and the infection could spread to other toes.

WHEN SHOULD I SEE MY DOCTOR?

Onychomycosis won’t go away on its own and it can spread to the other toes. If you’re in good health, taking action is up to you. However, if you have diabetes or an immune system deficiency, onychomycosis can lead to serious complications and should be treated as soon as symptoms are noted and diagnosed.

HOW IS ONYCHOMYCOSIS TREATED?

Over-the-counter treatment options include antifungal creams, lotions and topical treatments, although their effectiveness is less than that of prescription treatments and newer techniques involving lasers. The ideal way to treat onychomycosis is to use a variety of products – foot wash and topical treatment. Further, care needs to be taken to keep shoes clean, dry and free of harmful bacteria. Shoes can be treated with a UVC shoe sterilizer, such as the SteriShoe.

HOW CAN I PREVENT IT?

The best way to prevent fungal toenail infections is to keep the feet clean and dry. Toenails should be kept short and be cut straight across. Feet should be thoroughly dried after a bath or shower, and absorbent cotton socks should be worn to keep feet dry and well-ventilated.

*Source: FootSourceMD, LLC | American Academy of Dermatology | Galderma, S.A.

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  • Melasma is a skin condition that presents itself on the body, usually the face, in gray or brown spots on the skin. Melasma is also known as chloasma or the mask of pregnancy. It is not a harmful disease, but can severely affect a person’s cosmetic appearance.
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MELASMA

Melasma is a skin condition that presents itself on the body, usually the face, in gray or brown spots on the skin. Melasma is also known as chloasma or the mask of pregnancy. It is not a harmful disease, but can severely affect a person’s cosmetic appearance.

CAUSES

The cause of melasma is not certain, however, too much sun, changes in hormones, and certain cosmetic products will irritate the condition. Melasma is more common in women than men, and usually occurs during the second or third trimester of pregnancy. It may also develop in persons taking oral contraceptives, hormone replacement therapy, or excessive sun exposure.

RISK FACTORS

Women, individuals with darker skin tones and those with affected family members, are most at risk for developing melasma.

SYMPTOMS

The only symptom of melasma is having brown, gray, or discolored patches on the skin.

DIAGNOSIS

A doctor will need to examine your skin to diagnose melasma. A skin biopsy may be needed to confirm the diagnosis.

TREATMENT

Melasma may not always need treatment as some spots will go away in time or with the change of hormones. However, if necessary, a doctor can prescribe certain topical creams and medications. If this does not work, a dermatological procedure, such as a chemical peel or dermabrasion, may be performed. Some laser treatments can also reduce the effects of melasma.

PREVENTION

There is no real prevention for melasma other than proper skin care, such as wearing sunscreen and practicing other forms of safe skincare.

*Source: American Academy of Dermatology.

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  • A keloid is a bump or nodule that forms on the body at the point of an injury or open wound on the skin. Keloids are usually red or deep purple in color.
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KELOID AND HYPERTROPHIC SCARS

A keloid is a bump or nodule that forms on the body at the point of an injury or open wound on the skin. Keloids are usually red or deep purple in color.

CAUSES

The body attempts to heal the skin from the injury and begins to form more tissue to replace the damaged tissue. This creates a fibrous tissue above the skin, which is what makes the raised keloid. Keloids are sometimes confused with hypertrophic scars. They are more common than keloids and do not get quite as large. Usually, keloids and hypertrophic scars are not harmful. Keloids are more often seen in those with a darker skin tone, while hypertrophic scars are found in those of all skin types. They equally affect both genders.

RISK FACTORS

Along with discoloration of the skin, a keloid may also cause itching and slight pain or discomfort.

SYMPTOMS

The keloid will start forming from 3 months to a year after original skin damage. They’re most common on the breast bone, shoulder, earlobe, and cheek. You will probably first notice scar tissue growing past the borders of the original damage. It can become tender, itchy, painful, or produce a burning sensation.

DIAGNOSIS

A doctor will be able to diagnose a keloid or hypertrophic scar with an examination. The most common treatment for both keloids and hypertrophic scars is a cortisone steroid injection. It causes the keloid to lessen in size and the hypertrophic scar to disappear altogether. Cryosurgery and laser treatment are also available for keloids.

TREATMENT

Keloids don’t always need treatment, and can sometimes become larger due to treatment.

Some treatments for keloids include:

  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Freezing (cryotherapy)
  • Laser Treatments
  • Radiation
  • Surgical Removal
  • Silicone gel or patches

These often help to reduce the size if it is bothering you.

PREVENTION

Cover a forming keloid with bandages of some sort and wear sunblock to avoid keloids from getting worse. The only way to prevent a keloid is to properly care for skin wounds. Imiquimod cream can be used to prevent keloids from forming after surgery, or from returning after they are removed.

*Source: American Osteopathic College of DermatologyU.S. National Library of Medicine

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  • There are several symptoms for hyperhidrosis. A sign of excessive sweating would be visible sweat while a person is sedentary. If everyday activities are difficult due to sweat, the skin peels due to being damp with sweat too often, and skin infections are a constant problem, hyperhidrosis may be the cause.
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HYPERHIDROSIS

Excessive sweating is a medical condition called hyperhidrosis. There are two different types, the first of which is a focal hyperhidrosis. It limits the sweating to one area of the body, such as the armpits, hands, face, or feet. The second type of hyperhidrosis does not limit itself to one part of the body, but is present over any and all parts of the body. 

CAUSES

Hyperhidrosis is normally an indicator or result of another disorder or condition in the body, but can be hereditary. This includes but is not limited to menopause, obesity, and nerve disorders. Due to menopause, women are more likely to be diagnosed with hyperhidrosis. This condition is also found in children and young teens.

SYMPTOMS

There are several symptoms for hyperhidrosis. A sign of excessive sweating would be visible sweat while a person is sedentary. If everyday activities are difficult due to sweat, the skin peels due to being damp with sweat too often, and skin infections are a constant problem, hyperhidrosis may be the cause.

DIAGNOSIS

An exam must be given by a doctor in order to diagnose hyperhidrosis. A sweat test may be administered by the doctor.

TREATMENT

There are several treatments for hyperhidrosis that a doctor may suggest. The most common would be an antiperspirant, which is applied to the skin and blocks the sweat glands in an attempt to get the body to stop producing sweat. A doctor might also suggest Iontophoresis or Botulinum toxin injections. Medication may be prescribed or surgery may be considered in some cases.

*Source: American Academy of DermatologyCanadian Dermatology Association

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  • Herpes Simplex is a viral infection that is found in cold sores and fever blisters and is contagious even when sores are not visible.
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HERPES SIMPLEX

Herpes Simplex is a viral infection that is found in cold sores and fever blisters and is contagious even when sores are not visible.

CAUSES

Herpes Simplex is given to another person by some kind of physical contact such as kissing, sharing items or sexual contact.

RISK FACTORS

Anyone who comes into contact with the virus is at risk for contracting it. It is often passed on to young children by adults. Herpes Simplex is most often spread through having sexual contact with someone who already has it. Someone who does not have a strong immune system, especially due to certain types of medication, is more susceptible to it than others.

SYMPTOMS

There are many indicators that a person has been in contact with the herpes simplex virus. The skin will often be very irritated and itch or burn, and sores will begin to form, often on the mouth or genitals. Someone with herpes simplex will experience the same symptoms as someone who has the flu. If a person has difficulty urinating or has an eye infection, they could also have the herpes simplex virus.

DIAGNOSIS

A physical examination of sores by a doctor is necessary to diagnose herpes simplex. In some cases, bloodwork or a skin swab test may be needed as well.

TREATMENT

Herpes Simplex can be treated by an antiviral medication, but it cannot be cured. However, the sores will often go away on their own without treatment.

PREVENTION

There is no real prevention of herpes simplex other than avoiding skin-to-skin contact with someone who has it. Using a condom during sex can reduce the likelihood of herpes simplex being transmitted to the other person, but it does not eliminate it. Washing hands after treating sores is also a prevention method.

*Source: American Academy of Dermatology

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Head Lice

Head lice are very small parasites that live on human blood. They are usually found on the head, as they are attracted to hair. Lice can be seen with the human eye and resemble dandruff on the head. They remain on the hair or scalp after brushing and can be very difficult to get rid of.

Causes

Head lice are spread through contact with other infected individuals. Either by having close contact with someone who has them or by coming in contact with something that they have used such as hairbrushes, clothes, hats and accessories, chairs, pillows, and beds.

Risk Factors

Children, especially those in schools, are more likely to get head lice than adults. Girls tend to get head lice more than buys due to the fact that girls generally have more contact with each other and share items that come in contact with the head more often than boys.

Symptoms

The biggest indicator that someone may have head lice is if they experience constant itching on the head or feel like they have bugs moving along their scalp. Seeing tiny moving bugs or stationary eggs on the head is a sign of head lice.

Diagnosis

Head lice can be diagnosed by checking the head. The hair should be wet and placed under a light to be seen the best. Using a comb, go through every section of hair looking for eggs or lice. The eggs are called nits and are very difficult to move. They will not easily be brushed away. Check behind the ears and at the base of the neck as they are the most common places to find them.

Treatment

Shampoos that treat lice can be found in drug stores. Keep the shampoo away from the skin as much as possible. These shampoos will also come with a lice comb to remove the lice from the hair. Lice must also be removed from the home and other places the person infected may have been. Disinfect combs and brushes, wash all fabrics in hot water, and places other items that cannot get wet in the dryer on high heat to kill the lice that remain. Other items should be sealed in a plastic bag for at least two weeks to kill the lice.

Prevention

There is no real prevention for head lice other than avoiding close contact with anyone who has a case of head lice. Do not share certain items such as brushes or hats.

*Source: American Academy of Dermatology and Kids Health  | Kids Health

 

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  • Everyone loses hair. It is normal to lose about 50-100 hairs every day. If you see bald patches or lots of thinning, you may be experiencing hair loss. The medical term for hair loss is Alopecia.
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Hair Loss (Alopecia)

Everyone loses hair. It is normal to lose about 50-100 hairs every day. If you see bald patches or lots of thinning, you may be experiencing hair loss. The medical term for hair loss is Alopecia.

Causes

There are many causes of hair loss. Women may notice hair loss after giving birth. People under a lot of stress can see noticeable hair loss. Some diseases and medical treatments can cause hair loss.

The most common cause of hair loss is hereditary hair loss. About 80 million men and women in the United States have this type of hair loss. Other names for this type of hair loss include Male-pattern baldness, Female-pattern baldness, or Androgenetic alopecia.

Alopecia areata is a prevalent autoimmune skin disease resulting in the loss of hair on the scalp and elsewhere on the body. Alopecia areata occurs in males and females of all ages, but onset often occurs in childhood. Over 6.6 million people in the United States and 147 million worldwide have or will develop alopecia areata at some point in their lives.

Cicatricial (scarring) alopecia is a rare disease which destroys a person’s hair follicles. Scar tissue forms where the follicles once were, so the hair cannot re-grow.

Central centrifugal cicatricial (scarring) alopecia primarily affects women of African descent. It begins in the center of the scalp and radiates out from the center of the scalp as it progresses. The affected scalp becomes smooth and shiny. The hair loss can be very slow or rapid.

Risk Factors

Millions of people experience hair loss. Some people see their hair re-grow without doing anything. Others need treatment for their hair to regrow. Sometimes, hair will not re-grow. Your risk for hair loss will increase if it runs in your family. There are many factors which contribute to hair loss including:

  • Underlying medical conditions
  • Illness
  • Certain cancer treatments
  • Ringworm
  • Trichotillomania, which causes people to pull out their own hair
  • Hormonal changes, such as after giving birth or during menopause
  • Stress, such as after a traumatic event
  • Weight Loss
  • Vitamin A deficiency
  • Protein or Iron deficiency
  • Eating disorders
  • Inadequate hair care and certain hair styles

Symptoms

Hair loss may cause gradual thinning, bald patches, or complete baldness. It varies from person to person, and condition.

Diagnosis

Because so many things can cause hair loss, a dermatologist acts like a detective. A dermatologist may begin by asking questions. The dermatologist will want to know whether the hair loss happened suddenly or gradually. Knowing this helps to eliminate causes.

The dermatologist also will carefully look at your scalp and hair. During an exam, the dermatologist may pull on your hair. Sometimes a dermatologist needs to pull out a hair to get the necessary evidence. And sometimes a dermatologist needs to look at the hair on the rest of your body to see whether there is too little or too much hair in other areas. Sometimes a scalp biopsy may be required.

Determining the exact cause of hair loss may take time and multiple appointments, but do not get discouraged. Once a diagnosis is reached, there are many options for treatment.

*Source: International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery | American Academy of Dermatology | National Alopecia Areata Foundation

TREATMENT

Hair Loss Treatment

Once your dermatologist determines what is causing your hair loss, there are many effective options for treatment. Some of these options include:

  • Medications
  • Over the counter medications such as Minoxidil
  • Prescription medications
  • Steroid injections
  • Surgical procedures
  • Laser Hair Rejuvenation
  • Hair Transplant
  • Scalp Reduction
  • Medical Tattooing
  • Wigs or Hairpieces

*Source: International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery | American Academy of Dermatology | National Alopecia Areata Foundation

FAQs

Do Natural Hair Growth Remedies Ever Work?

You may be wondering if you can use home remedies for hair growth or if there are any effective natural hair growth remedies. A healthy, nutritious diet is a great place to start; vitamin and iron deficiencies can be detrimental, so eating a variety of vitamin-rich foods is one of the best home remedies for hair loss. However, studies show that most home remedies have mixed results, so consider other options.

If your hair loss is genetic, home remedies for hair growth are unlikely to be an effective treatment for baldness (you are more likely to have success with approaches such as medication, laser therapy, or hair transplantation surgery). It is a good idea to ensure you have a healthy lifestyle (for example, by reducing stress, smoking, and alcohol consumption, which can all cause or exacerbate hair loss). Avoid websites offering miracle cures since they are rarely effective.

When Is Non-Surgical Hair Replacement A Viable Option?

If you feel squeamish about surgery, you are probably wondering about non-surgical hair replacement options. Depending on the cause of your hair loss, you may find that improving your nutrition, reducing stress levels, and treating undiagnosed illnesses or vitamin deficiencies may allow your hair to grow back. However, if your hair loss is caused by alopecia, you are less likely to find success with these non-surgical hair replacement techniques.

There are two main medications used as a treatment for baldness: Minoxidil (commonly known as Rogaine) and Finasteride. Other hair replacement options include laser combs and laser therapy at your physician’s office, although these hair loss cures have varying levels of success from one individual to another. Finally, if none of this works and you are set on avoiding surgery, you may consider experimenting with flattering hairstyles or simply shaving off the rest of your hair for a stylish new look.

How Much Does Hair Transplant Cost?

Individuals considering hair transplantation surgery often wonder about hair restoration prices. To determine the hair replacement cost, you must first decide on the type of procedure you are considering. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) will typically cost more than strip harvesting, but often results in a more natural appearance and involve less scarring and post-surgical pain. However, there are advantages and disadvantages to both procedures.

When considering hair replacement costs, it is important to keep in mind the value of the surgery. How much does the hair transplant cost when compared to an artificial hairpiece, or the long-term use of medical treatments like Rogaine, Finasteride, and/or laser therapy? Moreover, because the results are permanent, many people view the surgery as an investment in their appearance and overall happiness.

How to Make Hair Thicker and Restore A Healthy Head of Hair?

Many people with thinning hair wonder how to make hair thicker. Thinning hair remedies range from actions you can easily take in the comfort of your own home to medical and surgical thinning hair treatment. The best option will typically depend on the cause of hair loss, so it is important to consult your physician.

Here are some steps to consider for how to make your hair grow thicker. First, determine whether your stress level or dietary habits may be affecting your health. Second, ensure that you are not suffering from any illnesses, such as a thyroid disorder or iron deficiency. Next, you may consider using medical thinning hair remedies such as Rogaine or Finasteride. Finally, if these options prove insufficient and you are still left wondering how to make hair thicker, you may consider laser therapy or hair transplantation surgery.

How Should I Select A Hair Regrowth Treatment?

Men and women experiencing hair loss will often wonder about hair regrowth options. Hair regrowth treatment will vary depending on the cause of your hair loss. Because the reasons for thinning hair vary widely, the solution may range from making lifestyle changes (such as reducing stress or eating a more healthy, nutritious diet) to treating existing medical problems (such as thyroid disorders or anemia) or seeing a physician to discuss medical treatments like Minoxidil (commonly known as Rogaine) or Finasteride.

Hair regrowth for men and women can be stimulated using hair regrowth treatments such as laser therapy or laser combs. If none of these treatments are effective, surgical options such as follicular unit extraction (FUE) are also available. Hair regrowth for women may also be affected by a pregnancy, so if you are a pregnant woman experiencing thinning hair, know that this problem will resolve itself in time.

How Can I Stop Losing Hair?

Many people experiencing hair loss want to find out how to stop losing their hair, or whether hair loss solutions are available. However, it is important to remember that the most effective remedies for hair loss will depend on its root cause. In some cases, stopping hair loss may simply require a change in lifestyle, such as reducing stress levels, quitting smoking, or cutting down on alcohol. In other cases, the best hair loss solutions may be medical, with the use of drugs like Minoxidil (also known as Rogaine) and Finasteride. And still, others find success using laser therapy or laser combs.

In all cases, if you are wondering how to stop losing hair, the best place to start is to see a physician to determine what is causing the hair loss and which option is likely to work best for your situation.

What Are the Causes of Hair Loss in Men?

Men experiencing thinning hair will typically wonder about the reasons for their hair loss. So why do men lose hair? The causes of hair loss in men vary widely, but alopecia – genetically inherited, male pattern baldness – is what causes male baldness most often.

Nevertheless, there are many other reasons for hair loss, ranging from illness (including thyroid disease and anemia), medications (such as chemotherapy), and lifestyle, including stress, exposure to chemicals or UV rays, smoking, or the consumption of alcohol.

However, all of these factors will affect different individuals in various ways. For example, not everyone who experiences stress or has a family history of male pattern baldness will be affected in the same way. Thus, in most cases, the best option for determining the causes of hair loss in men is to see a physician.

What Are the Most Common Reasons for Hair Loss?

There are many possible reasons for hair loss, ranging from genetic to environmental. One of the most common hair loss causes is genetics, resulting in alopecia or male pattern baldness (which occurs in women as well as men). Although alopecia causes cannot be prevented, there are several possible approaches to addressing this cause of hair loss, including hair transplantation surgery, medications, and laser therapy.

In other cases, the reasons for hair loss may be related to an individual’s environment or lifestyle. Hair loss causes may include illness or disease (such as thyroid disease or anemia), certain medications (including chemotherapy), or lifestyle factors like smoking, stress, alcohol consumption or exposure to UV rays or chemicals. The best way to determine the cause of your hair loss is to see your physician.

*Source: International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery | American Academy of Dermatology | National Alopecia Areata Foundation

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Hair Loss in New Moms

Many new moms see noticeable hair loss a few months after having a baby. This is normal — and not true hair loss. Dermatologists refer to this condition as excessive hair shedding. Excessive shedding is caused by falling estrogen levels. If the excessive hair shedding bothers you, these tips from dermatologists can help until your hair regains its normal fullness.


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Women and hair loss. Today more women than ever are experiencing female hair loss and thinning hair. Experts discuss what can be done about it, including hair loss treatments, hair replacement, and hair integration systems, wigs, and hairpieces.

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Viviscal® Professional Hair Growth Program – 180 Tablets

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Viviscal® Professional Hair Growth Program – 180 Tablets

Nourishes thinning hair and promotes existing hair growth* from within.


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Viviscal Professional is a scientifically formulated food supplement that supports healthy hair growth from within. It is super-enriched with essential ingredients for optimum healthy hair growth. These include the proprietary marine protein AminoMar C™.

Viviscal Professional supplements are extra potent and contain 58% more AminoMar C™ than Viviscal Maximum Strength supplement per two tablets. Biotin is a water-soluble B-complex vitamin (vitamin B7) that plays an essential role in the growth of healthy hair. The Vitamin C in Viviscal is sourced from both the Acerola Cherry and Ascorbic Acid. It provides 50% of your recommended daily allowance. Apple Extract Powder (Procyanidin- B2) favorably affects follicles during the anagen phase (growing phase) of the hair growth cycle. It may increase the density and diameter of hairs, positively affecting the hair growth cycle. It also has an anti-oxidant effect. L-Cystine and L-Methionine are essential amino acids in the formation of hair and skin offering a positive effect on hair growth.

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Over 75% of Viviscal customers see results in less than 6 months

Viviscal Professional supplements promote existing hair growth in four stages over a six month period. Most users notice a difference in as little as three months.*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Benefits

  • Most patients see results in less than 6 months.
  • Nourishes hair from within.
  • Efficacy backed by scientific studies.

Usage

It is recommended to take these supplements for a full 6 months for best results.

Take 2 tablets daily for a minimum of 3-6 months (1 in the morning and 1 in the evening taken with water after food). Thereafter, to maintain healthy hair growth take 1-2 tablets daily as required.

Viviscal Professional tablets are easy to swallow.

Epidermoid Cysts

Epidermoid cysts are benign bumps under the outer layer of the skin. These bumps will enlarge slowly over time and should not be painful. They can appear anywhere on the skin but are most common on face, neck, and trunk.

Causes

Epidermoid cysts are usually caused by a buildup of keratin, a protein that occurs naturally in skin cells. Cysts develop when the protein is trapped below the skin because of damage to the skin or to a hair follicle. This damage can be caused by acne or excessive exposure to the sun.

Risk Factors

Those who have gone through puberty or have had trouble with acne in the past are more likely to have cysts. Some genetic disorders or skin wounds can also increase the risk of cysts. Damage to the skin can also cause epidermoid cysts.

Symptoms

Cysts can swell and itch and also appear on the skin as a small red bump with a tiny black opening through which an odorous substance can be emitted.

Diagnosis

Most don’t cause problems or require treatment but see a doctor if you have one that:

  • Grows fast
  • Ruptures, becomes painful, or gets infected
  • Occurs in an area under constant irritation
  • Bothers you for cosmetic reasons

A doctor should be able to diagnose a cyst by sight, but may need to do a biopsy to diagnose more serious concerns.

Treatment

Injection into the cyst or drainage of the cyst, as well as laser procedures or surgery are all available treatments for cysts. The treatment for cysts include:

  • Injection
  • Incision and drainage
  • Minor surgery
  • Lasers

Prevention

There is no way to prevent a cyst from forming.

*Source: Mayo Clinic

  • Eczema presents itself with dry, itching skin. The skin will likely be red and cracked as well. It may look like a bumpy rash.
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Eczema (Dermatitis)

Eczema is a condition of the skin that leaves it dry and irritated, causing it to crack and sometimes bleed.

Causes

While doctors are unsure of the exact cause of eczema, it is known that it can be a sign of being allergic to certain foods, plants, or soaps. It is also known that eczema is hereditary. Changes in weather can also affect eczema at times.

Risk Factors

While children are more at risk for eczema, people of any age may have it. For some who have it as children, it may go away as they age and return again in later years. Those with asthma, hay fever, and certain allergies are more prone to eczema than others. Someone who has a family member with eczema is also more likely to have it.

Symptoms

Eczema presents itself with dry, itching skin. The skin will likely be red and cracked as well. It may look like a bumpy rash. Eczema also can cause fluid to come out from the cracks left in the skin.

Diagnosis

To have a confirmed diagnosis of eczema, your dermatologist will examine the irritated skin. The doctor can then try to determine if the eczema is allergy-related. If it is, you may be sent to an allergist to pinpoint the allergen that is causing eczema.

*Source: National Eczema Society.

TREATMENT

Eczema cannot be cured, but it can be treated with certain ointments or moisturizers for eczema. Also, antibiotics may sometimes be used. If certain irritants in your clothes are causing the eczema, you may have to start wearing a different fabric, such as cotton, to treat the eczema.

PREVENTION

If the eczema is hereditary, there is not much a person can do it prevent it. However, you can lessen the severity of your symptoms by avoiding the allergens that cause irritation. Changing the fabric you wear, the foods you eat, and the soaps and detergents you use can all have a huge effect on eczema.

*Source: National Eczema Society.

FAQs

IS THERE A CURE FOR ECZEMA?

Unfortunately at present there is no cure for eczema but it can be well managed.

WHAT ARE THE MAIN TREATMENTS FOR MANAGING ECZEMA?

There are a number of ways to manage eczema, all of which begin with an effective skin care routine. The following are main treatments used to help manage eczema.

  • EMOLLIENT

Emollient is the medical term for a non-cosmetic moisturizer. Emollients are required to reduce water loss from skin, preventing the dryness that is typically associated with eczema. By providing a seal or barrier, the skin is less dry and itchy, and more comfortable. Emollients are safe to use as often as is necessary and are available as lotions, creams, gels and ointments. Ointments are preferable for very dry skin, creams and lotions are lighter and suitable for mild to moderate eczema, and are particularly suitable for ‘weeping eczema’.

  • TOPICAL STEROIDS

When eczema is under control the continued use of emollients is all that is needed. However, when the eczema flares up and the skin becomes inflamed, a steroid cream or ointment may be required. Topical steroids act by reducing inflammation and are used in most types of eczema and should not be confused with the steroids used by bodybuilders.

Topical steroids come in four different potencies, mild, moderate, potent and very potent and are also available in different strengths.

The strength and potency of steroid cream/ointment that a healthcare provider prescribes depends on the age of the patient, the severity of the condition, the part of the body to be treated and the size of the area of eczema to be treated.

Your doctor will also take into account any other medications being taken. Topical steroids are applied to the affected area, as directed by the prescribing doctor.

WHY IS COTTON RECOMMENDED FOR PEOPLE WITH ECZEMA, AND WHAT OTHER FABRICS ARE SUITABLE FOR WEARING NEXT TO THE SKIN?

Many people with eczema find cotton clothing and bedding preferable, as it is more comfortable than wool or synthetic fibers. Cotton is smooth and cool, as it allows the skin to breathe and prevents overheating. Most people prefer 100% cotton, but some can tolerate a mixture of cotton and another material. Many people with eczema can also wear silk, linen or soft acrylic next to their skin.

Always pre-wash colored cotton to remove potential irritants such as dyes. Cheaper products can cause problems as they may have been finished with an irritant chemical called formaldehyde, which can trigger a flare-up in some people.

Be wary of 100% cotton that can only be washed at low temperatures, as this may have also been coated with a chemical finish.

Look out for rough seams or edges on cotton clothing and bedding. Labels can be cut out of clothing if they cause irritation.

HOW CAN I REDUCE THE ITCHING?

Itching is one of the worst symptoms of eczema. There are many methods of reducing the itchiness of the skin and minimizing the damage of scratching. Cotton clothing and bedding keep the skin cool and allow it to breathe, whereas synthetic fabrics and wool can irritate.

The use of a non-biological washing powder and avoidance of fabric conditioner can also help to reduce the itchiness of the skin. Nails should be kept short and the skin moist by frequent application of emollients. At nighttime, a cool bedroom temperature can be helpful as heat can trigger itching.

For children in particular, the itchiness of eczema can be very distressing. Distraction is often the best way of reducing scratching. Cotton mittens or all-in-one sleepsuits can be helpful in reducing the damage to the skin occurring during sleep.

HOW CAN I TELL IF MY ECZEMA IS INFECTED? WHAT ARE THE SIGNS?

If you think that an infection is present, you should see your doctor as early as possible so that it can be treated accordingly. Infection may be suspected if:

  • the skin has blisters, pustules or dry crusts;
  • the skin is weeping a clear or yellow fluid;
  • there is reddening, itching, soreness and sudden worsening of the eczema;
  • yellow pus spots appear;
  • there are small, red spots around the body hairs;
  • you have a raised temperature, and flu-like symptoms; or
  • you have swollen glands in the neck, armpit or groin

The possibility of infection should always be considered in eczema that is getting worse or not responding to emollient and topical steroid treatment.

I FIND THAT WINTER MAKES MY ECZEMA WORSE. WHAT CAN I DO TO KEEP IT UNDER BETTER CONTROL?

Many people find that the cold winter months can exacerbate their eczema. Here are some measures you can take to reduce the impact.

  • Wear cotton gloves when you are outside, underneath your ordinary gloves or mittens
  • If you want to wear a woolly jumper, try wearing cotton or silk clothing underneath so that the jumper does not come into direct contact with your skin. Avoid woolly scarves around your neck as they can make you itch.
  • Wear loose, thin layers of clothing so that items can be added or removed according to temperature.
  • Apply emollient ointment or Vaseline to lips to stop them from drying out.
  • Apply your preferred emollient, especially to exposed areas such as your face, neck and hands, before going outside.
  • If you find that your skin is drier in winter, you could change your emollient cream to an ointment.
  • Avoid extremes of temperatures, such as getting out of a bath and going into a cold room.
  • Do not have your central heating on too high, as sweating can aggravate eczema.

IS THERE A MOSQUITO REPELLENT SUITABLE FOR PEOPLE WITH ECZEMA?

Unfortunately, all mosquito repellents applied to the skin can cause some irritation. This is especially true of liquid repellents, which are alcohol-based and can sting. Test any repellent on your own forearm first and wait 24 hours to see if you have a reaction. Some people have found that ankle and wrist bands, which are impregnated with DEET, cause fewer problems. However, long cotton sleeve tops, trousers and socks, especially at night, will provide the most protection. A mosquito net at night or a repellent that you plug into an electrical outlet are also beneficial in warding off the mosquito.

WILL MY CHILD GROW OUT OF HER/HIS ECZEMA?

Unfortunately, there are no guarantees that a child will grow out of eczema. However, research has shown that 65% of children will be free of eczema by the time they are 7 years old, and 74% by the time they reach 16 years of age.

MY CHILD IS STARTING SCHOOL – HAVE YOU ANY ADVICE?

School or nursery should not present problems for a child with eczema if time is taken to ensure that the teachers and nursery staff have eczema explained to them and are given written information about it. Well before the child’s first term, approach the school/nursery and speak to the teacher or staff. Explain that your child has eczema and what things can be done to manage her skin during the day. Tell the school if the child has to take antihistamines as sometimes they can make a child a little drowsy first thing in the morning. Provide the school or nursery with a pump dispenser of her emollient. In the classroom ask the teacher if your child can have a desk away from direct sunlight or a radiator as this will help prevent the child getting too hot and itchy.

CAN CHANGING MINE OR MY CHILD’S DIET HELP?

Dietary changes can be quite helpful in babies and young children, where the emollients and topical steroids have failed to control the eczema. Children under 5 are at the greatest risk of having their symptoms worsened by food allergies. It is thought that in about 30% of children with eczema, food may be one of the causes, but a much smaller group than this (about 10%) will have food as their main or only trigger. This means that only a small number of children will be helped by changes in their diet. In other words, it is rarely diet alone that triggers eczema. The evidence for changing diet in older children and adults is inconclusive and only a small number of adults are helped by diet changes. Also, finding the trigger can be difficult because of the wider variety of foods typically eaten by adults. In children, dietary changes should not be made without the advice of a healthcare professional.

*Source: National Eczema Society.

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DermTV – What is Eczema [DermTV.com Epi #173]

Eczema is often confused with different conditions or even dry skin, and thus, when people treat the latter two, they don’t get any relief. In this episode of DermTV, Dr. Schultz explains what Eczema really is so that you can understand how to treat it.

 

What is eczema?

Disclaimer: The information contained in this video sets forth the current expert opinions on eczema treatment in Canada, but does not dictate a specific treatment course. If you have any questions about your eczema treatment regiment, please speak to your doctor.

 

  • Contact dermatitis is the inflammation of the outer layers of the skin caused by contact with a particular substance.
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Contact Dermatitis

Contact dermatitis is inflammation of the skin that results from direct contact of a substance with the surface of the skin, which may or may not be related to an allergy.

Causes

A person develops contact dermatitis when something that touches the skin does one of the following:

  • Irritates the skin
  • Causes an allergic reaction

There are two types of contact dermatitis:

  • Irritant contact dermatitis is the most common form and is caused when substances such as solvents or other chemicals irritate the skin. The exposure produces red, often more painful than itchy, patches on the involved skin areas.
  • Allergic contact dermatitis occurs when a substance triggers an immune response. Nickel, perfumes, dyes, rubber, latex, topical medications and cosmetics frequently cause allergic contact dermatitis. More than 3,600 substances can cause allergic contact dermatitis.

RISK FACTORS

Anyone can develop contact dermatitis. Your risk factor may be increased if you are in regular contact with an irritant or allergen, or if you already have allergies to certain substances, such as plants, chemicals, or medications. People working in certain professions have a higher risk. Sometimes this is referred to as occupational dermatitis.

  • Nurses (and other health care workers)
  • Beauticians
  • Bartenders
  • Chefs (and others who work with food)
  • Florists (and others who work with plants)
  • Construction workers
  • Janitors
  • Mechanics
  • Plumbers

Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of contact dermatitis rarely appear on contact. It may take a few hours for your skin to react. If this is the first time that your skin has had an allergic reaction to that substance, weeks may pass before you notice anything. However, some people do develop a severe allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis (an-uh-fuh-lax-sis). Symptoms occur within seconds or minutes. A person may have:

  • Difficulty breathing due to swelling in the throat
  • Swollen face and/or eyes
  • Confusion

The entire body reacts during these events. If you have any of these symptoms, see immediate medical care.During normal contact dermatitis reactions, when signs and symptoms do appear, you may have:

  • Itchy skin, which can be intense
  • Rash, including red, swollen, hot skin
  • Excessively dry skin
  • Burning
  • Stinging
  • Hives, which are around welts on the skin that itch
  • Fluid-filled blisters
  • Oozing blisters that leave crusts and scales

If exposure to the allergen continues, your skin may:

  • Flake and crack
  • Become scaly
  • Darken, thicken, and feel leathery

Diagnosis

To diagnose this common skin condition, dermatologists:

  • Examine your skin and the developing rash
  • Review your medical history
  • Ask probing questions about your lifestyle to determine what may be causing the rash

If your dermatologist suspects that you have an allergy, patch testing may be recommended. This offers patients a safe and effective way to find out if your skin has developed an allergic reaction to anything. A patch test includes applying patches to your skin that contain small amounts of possible substances which may be causing the allergy for a period of time. After this time, the patches are removed to inspect the skin for reactions.

*Source: American Academy of Dermatology | American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology | Health & Safety Authority

TREATMENT

Contact Dermatitis Treatment

Treatment is the same for both types of contact dermatitis.

The steps involved during treatment are:

  • Avoid or lessen the exposure to the substance that is causing the rash.
  • Treat the rash, often using antihistamine pills, moisturizer, and a corticosteroid cream.
  • Severe reactions may require stronger medications, such as prednisone.
  • Wet dressings and oatmeal baths can help soothe symptoms until the rash clears.

By avoiding what caused the rash, most people can avoid flare-ups.

If you work with substances that caused the rash, you can still avoid a rash. Your dermatologist can recommend ways to work and products to use. More than 80% of people diagnosed with occupational dermatitis successfully manage the condition and recover without any problems.

*Source: American Academy of Dermatology | American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology | Health & Safety Authority

FAQs

What Is Contact Dermatitis?

Contact dermatitis is a condition in which the skin becomes red, sore, or inflamed after direct contact with a substance. There are two types of contact dermatitis: irritant and allergic.

What Is A Patch Test?

Patch testing is a diagnostic test that may determine which allergen is causing the skin to become irritated.

What Is Occupational Dermatitis?

Occupational dermatitis is a skin disorder caused by coming into contact with certain substances in the workplace. It can have long term consequences for workers’ health and in extreme cases, it can hinder a person’s ability to continue working. Research has indicated that 10 years after the condition first occurs, up to 50% of affected workers will still have some skin problems.

It has financial implications in terms of ongoing medical treatment, absence from work, social welfare compensation, and possible civil claims. It brings other costs in terms of pain and suffering to affected workers. In many instances, it may be totally preventable by simple inexpensive measures.

How Many Types of Dermatitis Are There?

There are 2 forms of contact dermatitis, irritant, and allergic.

What Is Contact Irritant Dermatitis?

In contact irritant dermatitis, the substance that damages the skin is known as the irritant. A highly irritant substance is known as a corrosive. Irritant dermatitis makes up about 80% of contact dermatitis cases. The other 20% are allergic.

There are several causes of skin damage:

  • Detergents, soaps (such as in repeated hand washing), or the use of solvents can remove the protective oily layer and so leave the skin exposed to damage.
  • Physical damage such as friction and minor cuts can break down the protective layer and allow access to substances.
  • Chemicals such as acids or alkalis can burn the skin layer.

Irritation is analogous to a chemical burn. It acts by eroding or burning the outer protective layers of the skin. Irritant contact dermatitis usually occurs only on the parts of the body that come in direct contact with the irritant substance e.g. hands, forearms, or face. Common irritants are oils, solvents and degreasing agents which remove the skin’s outer oily barrier layer and allow easy penetration of hazardous substances, alkalis, and acids. Wet cement coming into contact with exposed feet and hands is an example of a skin irritant.

What Is Allergic Contact Dermatitis?

In this case, a substance causes a person to become sensitized or to develop an allergic reaction sometime after initial contact. The type of allergic mechanism is known as Type IV or delayed hypersensitivity. People do not become allergic to a substance immediately at first contact. The sensitization period (the time between contact and the development of an allergy) can vary from a number of days to months or even years. The risk of becoming allergic depends on several factors:

  • The nature of the substance. A substance with a higher likelihood to cause allergy is known as a skin sensitizer.
  • The nature of the contact.
  • The higher or more repeated exposure, the more likely it is for the individual to develop sensitization.
  • The vulnerability of the host. Typically people with other allergies are NOT particularly more vulnerable to developing contact allergic dermatitis. Individuals with a previous history of non-allergic dermatitis ARE more vulnerable. This may be because the sensitizer may more easily enter the bloodstream in those individuals.

Once the individual becomes sensitized, each time he/she comes into contact with the sensitizing substance, even in very small amounts, dermatitis will develop. This is different to irritant dermatitis which is dose-related. Sensitization is specific to one substance or to a group of substances that are chemically similar. Once sensitized, a person is likely to remain so for life. In allergic dermatitis, the rash can occur in areas of the skin, not in direct contact with the substance.

Common sensitizers are chromates (found in cement), nickel (cheap jewelry), epoxy resins, formaldehyde, wood dust, flour, printing plates, chemicals and adhesives.

*Source: American Academy of Dermatology | American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology | Health & Safety Authority

  • Comedones that stay closed at the surface of the skin are called whiteheads. This happens when oil and skin cells prevent a clogged hair follicle from opening. Many of the same over-the-counter medicines that treat blackheads are also effective against whiteheads.
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Acne

Acne is one of the most common skin diseases in the United States. Acne most commonly develops during the teenage years and the early 20s, but can also appear later in life. It is caused when the oil gland/hair follicle unit becomes clogged, mostly by an excess production of oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria. Acne comes in many varieties including blackheads, whiteheads, and the more severe nodular acne and cystic variants.

Causes

Blackheads and whiteheads begin when a pore in our skin becomes clogged with dead skin cells. Normally, dead skin cells rise to surface of the pore, and the body sheds the cells. When the body starts to increase sebum production (oil that keeps our skin from drying out), the dead skin cells can stick together inside the pore. Instead of rising to the surface, the cells become trapped inside the pore.

Sometimes bacteria that live on our skin, P. Acnes, are also trapped inside clogged pores or the oil gland/ hair follicle unit. When this occurs, the bacteria have a perfect environment for multiplying very quickly. This leads to increased inflammation and pustules, or if the inflammation goes deep into the skin, an acne cyst or nodule appears.

  • Genetics
  • Hormones
  • Prescribed Medications
  • Oil-based cosmetics
  • Stress
  • Physical irritation
  • Humidity and environment pollutants

Risk Factors

If you have a bad case of acne, you may feel like you are the only one. But many people have acne. It is the most common skin problem in the United States. About 40 to 50 million Americans have acne at any given time.

Symptoms

Acne is not just pimples. A person who has acne can have any of these blemishes:

  • Blackheads (Open comedones)
  • Whiteheads (Closed comedones)
  • Papules – small pink bumps that may be tender to touch
  • Pustules – blockages of the pores and sebaceous glands that have become inflamed
  • Cysts – Deep, inflamed, pus-filled lumps
  • Nodules – large, painful, solid lumps that are lodged deep in the skin
  • Excessive oil

Acne can cause more than blemishes, Studies show that people who have acne have:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Dark spots on the skin
  • Permanent scars

*Source: American Academy of Dermatology

TREATMENT

Treatment

There are numerous ways to treat acne, and typically a combination of treatments is required. For the most effective treatment, medical history, and examination of the acne lesions to determine their exact nature is required. Sometimes systemic factors contribute to acne. These conditions can be: pregnancy, medications, underlying systemic medical problems, menstrual or psychological issues. Occupational issues may also play a role in producing acne.

One should not pop, squeeze, or pick at acne. This is the most common habit found in acne patients and might worsen common acne, causing cystic lesions, hyperpigmentation, or permanent scarring of the skin. While acne cannot be prevented nor cured, there are treatments to help lessen the severity of the acne and avoid scars.

Among the most common treatments are:

  • Over-the-counter topical medications containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid
  • Topical antibiotics
  • Topical retinoids
  • Oral medications (Oral antibiotics and retinoids)
  • Hormonal therapies
  • Corticosteroids

There are also a number of procedures that can be used to control or treat acne-related symptoms and acne scarring:

  • Light and laser therapies
  • Chemical peels
  • Acne surgery
  • Microdermabrasion

*Source: American Academy of Dermatology

FAQs

Do You Treat Acne?

Yes, this is one of the most common skin issues we deal with. We treat acne both medically and aesthetically. A consultation with one of our dermatologists is the first step to determine the best course of action. Acne is not only for teenagers but can affect any age group.

What is Acne?

Acne occurs when pores on your face, neck, chest, back, or upper arms get plugged. This typically results in comedones (blackheads and whiteheads). The continuous production of oil by the clogged pore can also result in bacterial overgrowth and inflammation which results in painful acne (pustules or inflammatory cysts).

What Acne Treatments Do You Have?

After an initial consultation, we will discuss the best possible treatments which may include oral prescriptions, injections, topical ointments (both prescription and non-prescription) and/or extractions, peels or laser treatments.\

How Do I Know When I Need A Dermatologist?

Although almost 100% of children between 12 and 17 gets some form of acne, you should seek a doctor’s care if you feel any of the below statement fits your situation:

  • My acne makes me shy.
  • I am embarrassed by my acne.
  • My outlook on life is less optimistic since I developed acne.
  • None of the over-the-counter products and/or remedies I’ve tried have worked.
  • I am beginning to see scars after acne lesions clear.
  • I have painful, pus-filled lesions in addition to blackheads and whiteheads and reddened spots on my skin.
  • I have dark skin, and a patch that is darker than my skin appears when an acne lesion clears.

Can My Acne Be Cured/Cleared Up?

With new technologies and new products, almost every case of acne can be resolved. In addition, you can work with your dermatologist or aesthetician to develop/create a regime to prevent further outbreaks.

Is Acne Caused by Poor Hygiene or Diet?

Acne is usually a normal part of adolescence and most teenagers will get some form of acne, but poor hygiene and diet are not direct causes of acne. In most cases, if you vigorously scrub your skin to eliminate excess oils and dead skin, you can further irritate your skin. Numerous studies show there is no direct link between diet and acne; however, eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables is always recommended. If you have adult acne, it is best to consult a dermatologist to determine the cause and the best treatment options.

Is Acne Treatment Just for Cosmetic Reasons?

No. Although the acne itself poses no threat to a person’s physical health, acne can cause permanent scarring. The appearance of the acne and acne scarring can affect the way a person feels about himself or herself. With significant medical and non-medical advancements, most acne can be cleared up, so it makes sense to explore all options available.

How Do You Treat Acne Scars?

We offer several treatment options to reduce the appearance of acne scars. Options for skin resurfacing may include fractional laser skin resurfacing, micro needling, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion.

*Source: American Academy of Dermatology

VIDEOS

Acne: Tips to Help You See Clearer Skin

You can reduce your acne by following these skin care tips from dermatologists.


Dermatology & Skin Care

How to Get Rid of Blackheads & Acne Blackheads and acne are most commonly treated with prescription creams, but they can also be removed with comedone extractors. Discover how topical antibiotics can be used to treat blackheads with help from a dermatologist in this free video on skin care and acne.


Acne Cyst Laser Treatment

Acne cysts can occur in many locations including the face, neck, chest, and back. Acne cysts can range from small cysts, called microcystic acne, thru to large inflammatory cysts. Microcystic acne most often occurs on the forehead, cheeks and chin areas and are best visualized if the skin is stretched. They lie deep in the dermal layers of the skin, out of reach from creams, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion. Large cysts are usually inflammatory and may be associated with scarring acne. Large cystic acne is best treated with injections and tablets, whilst microcystic acne is best treated with laser.