U.S. Dermatology Partners Dallas Hillcrest, formerly Dr. Howard Rubin Dermatology, strives to provide our patients with the most advanced and comprehensive dermatologic care available. With a wide range of medical and cosmetic dermatology procedures delivered by a team of skilled and experienced professionals, our patients can be confident they are receiving the highest standard of care available.
Acne is the term used to describe blackheads, whiteheads, pimples or any clogged pores that occur on the face or body. Most acne problems occur during the adolescent years, but it can sometimes occur before or even after the teenage years.
There are a number of techniques available today to treat acne. Doctors can recommend habitual changes in a person’s lifestyle to help reduce the reoccurrence of breakouts. Medications are also often used to lessen the severity of outbreaks. Advanced laser therapies and chemical peels are also available to treat acne.
There are a number of oral and topical medications available to treat mild to severe acne. While the ingredients and directions vary from product to product, most of these medications involve either decreasing your skin’s natural oil production, removing dirt and oil from the targeted area or treating bacteria associated with acne. This will lessen the severity and frequency of acne outbreaks.
Chemical peels remove a layer of skin with a specially formulated chemical preparation, allowing your skin to grow back smoother and clearer. There are different levels of strengths available to meet the individual needs of each patient. Depending upon the type and strength of the peel you use, you may experience several days of peeling after the procedure. Chemical peels are also most effective when performed on a regular basis, with the needed interval between peels determined by the strength and type of peel that you choose.
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S. Almost all skin cancers can be treated effectively if they are found early, so detecting the symptoms is crucial for successful treatment.
Cancer develops when normal skin cells suffer DNA damage and then mutate, causing them to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors. Most skin cancers develop on the outer layer of the skin, which is called the epidermis, particularly on sun-exposed areas such as the face, head, hands, arms and legs. Usually, they are fairly easy to detect with a thorough skin examination.
There are three major types of skin cancers: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of cancer with over 1 million new cases diagnosed in the U.S. every year. It has very few symptoms unlike squamous cell carcinoma, which may be painful. Both basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are rarely life-threatening. A small number of skin cancers are malignant melanomas. Malignant melanoma is a very aggressive cancer that may spread to other body parts fairly fast. This is the most dangerous form of cancer that may be fatal if not detected and treated early.
Pre-cancerous lesions called actinic keratoses are the most common warning sign that cancer is developing. They often develop on sun-exposed areas and replace normal surrounding tissue, but they do not generally spread to other areas.
If skin cancer is detected before it has spread to surrounding tissues, the chances of a complete recovery and cure are great. High-risk forms of cancer like melanoma require more aggressive treatments.
Laser is an acronym for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Using high-intensity light, lasers can focus on and treat small targeted areas, delivering optimum results. With the advancements in today’s technology, lasers are used to treat a variety of conditions from vascular lesions to the removal of unwanted body hair.
We utilize lasers in a variety of dermatology procedures, including:
Laser treatments can provide patients with optimal, long-lasting results in a shorter period of time. Patients undergoing laser treatments can sometimes experience temporary discomfort, redness, bruising, blistering and/or crusting around the treated area.
Sclerotherapy is a widely used non-surgical procedure that eliminates spider and varicose veins. Often used as an alternative to surgery, sclerotherapy can reduce or eliminate spider veins in one to six treatments, depending on the extent of the problem and patient compliance following the procedure. It has been estimated that as many as 50%-80% of treated veins may be eliminated with each session of sclerotherapy.
Sclerotherapy should be performed by a trained dermatologist. Using an ultra-fine needle, a solution will be injected directly into the targeted vein. Patients may experience mild discomfort for a couple of minutes as the solution is being injected. The procedure usually takes between 15-30 minutes.
Patients can resume normal daily activities immediately following the procedure. Walking is actually encouraged. Support hosiery will need to be worn to compress the treated vessels. While Tylenol can be taken if needed, it is important to avoid taking aspirin, ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory medications for at least 48 hours following treatment. Patients should also avoid taking hot baths, applying hot compresses or being in direct sunlight for at least 48 hours after treatment.
There are certain side effects that patients may experience following sclerotherapy, including itching and raised, red areas around the injection site, which should subside within a few days. Bruising could also occur, lasting several days or weeks. While allergic reactions are rarely serious, if you experience sudden swelling in the leg, the formation of ulcers around the injection site or inflammation within five inches of the groin, please contact your dermatologist immediately.
Smoothing out folds and wrinkles can make an enormous difference in a person’s appearance and even make them look several years younger. Dermal fillers are used to help reverse the signs of aging and provide patients with a more natural, youthful appearance compared to surgical facelifts. Dermal fillers are used to:
There are a number of types of dermal fillers available today, including:
Dr. Howard Rubin and his team will work with you individually to determine the best filler for your individual circumstances. All injections are done by the physician. A topical cream may be used to numb the targeted area if desired. Then, using a small needle, the dermal filler will carefully be injected into each wrinkle or scar being treated. Patients can experience mild discomfort as the filler is being injected.
Side effects are very uncommon but bruising can occur around the treated areas. Results vary depending on the type of filler but normally will last approximately six to 18 months.
Many are turning to Botox to reduce moderate to severe frown lines between their brows, forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet. Dr. Howard Rubin and his team can help you determine if Botox is right for you. In our practice, all injections are done by the physician. This safe and effective medication is placed into your wrinkles using a tiny needle. It is used to eliminate facial wrinkles and frown lines by decreasing the movement of the muscles in these trouble areas. Botox can brighten up your attitude and outlook, remove the wrinkles of time or make small improvements in an otherwise perfect face. Botox has also been used successfully for patients with excessive sweating in the armpits, hands or feet.
Botox is specially formulated with a purified protein, which relaxes the muscles when injected in the targeted area, ultimately reducing the appearance of frown lines and facial wrinkles. It is a minimally invasive procedure, allowing patients to return to normal daily activities immediately following the procedure. Topical anesthesia can be used if necessary.
FDA approved, Botox is a safe and effective procedure that provides patients with results that can last anywhere from three to five months on average.
Following the Botox procedure, it is not uncommon to experience some minor redness or bruising around the targeted site. Patients can take Tylenol and/or use ice packs to help reduce swelling and relieve any discomfort.
Chemical peels are one of the oldest cosmetic procedures performed. There are various types of chemical peels that can aid in skin rejuvenation. We offer a variety of chemical peels of different strengths to help reduce the signs of aging, scars, and blemishes and restore the natural beauty of your skin! Chemical peels remove a layer of skin with a chemical preparation allowing the skin to grow back smoother than before and with reduced imperfections, leaving you with a younger, fresher appearance. Our doctors and staff can determine which chemical facial peel may be right for you.
There are several types of chemical peels available, including:
Chemical peels are designed to help to reduce wrinkles, sun damage, blotchy skin and uneven pigmentation, ultimately restoring your skin’s youthful appearance. The type of chemical peel being received will determine the specific aspects of the procedure. Below is a general protocol of a chemical peel procedure.
The type of peel received will determine the length of recovery time. Most patients can resume normal daily activities immediately following treatment, although sun protection will be very important.
While there are rarely any complications associated with chemical peels, certain risks do exist, including swelling, redness, cold sore outbreaks and possible changes in skin tone. These will be discussed with you at the time of your consultation. To help reduce side effects associated with chemical peels, it is important to provide your doctor with a complete medical history and follow our after-peel instructions carefully.
Microdermabrasion is especially for those with less than perfect skin. People with skin that has been damaged by the sun, age spots, acne or has a rough texture may benefit from microdermabrasion. The treatment removes the uppermost layer of skin and removes dead skin cells to reveal a healthier appearance. The exfoliation helps to revitalize the skin and encourage blood flow. We will consult with you on the treatment plan we feel will achieve your desired results. Ask us about our microdermabrasion system if you’re interested in improving the overall appearance of your skin.
Microdermabrasion gently exfoliates dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. Patients may experience a slight warming sensation as the microdermabrasion crystals exfoliate the skin. The length and number of treatments solely depend on each individual’s condition.
Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive procedure that offers no downtime following treatment. As the new layer of skin appears, it will be more sensitive and requires more protection from the sun. Use moisturizing creams to keep your skin hydrated and to help prevent any possible irritation.
Side effects are very rare with microdermabrasion. Mild redness, swelling, discomfort or flare of cold sores can infrequently occur.