Skin cancer and basal cell

About basal cell carcinoma Have you or someone you care about been diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma? If so, you are certainly in good company. This is the most common type of skin cancer, affecting over 4 million Americans each year. A skin cancer diagnosis can be scary, but luckily basal cell carcinoma is fairly mild and highly treatable, especially when caught early. Your dermatologist can help determine an appropriate treatment plan to counteract this skin cancer. Diagnosis of skin cancer Basal cell carcinoma is usually diagnosed via a visual inspection from your dermatologist that is confirmed with tissue tests. This particular type of skin cancer, often abbreviated as BCC, may manifest in one or more ways. A BCC skin cancer may look like: An open sore or wound that doesn’t heal A red patch or irritated area of skin A shiny bump or nodule on the surface of the skin A pink growth with an elevated border A scar-like area that appears without a previous wound If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is a good idea to see your dermatologist right away for evaluation. Treatment for basal cell carcinoma There are several different treatment options for…

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Halo by Sciton for skin imperfections

Common skin concerns As we age, skin imperfections can become more prevalent and more noticeable. Some of these might be attributed to the passage of time; others are simply natural variations in skin’s tone and texture. For many of these issues, Halo by Sciton laser treatments can be a solution. Some of the most common aesthetic skin concerns that patients discuss with their dermatologists include: Fine lines and wrinkles Sagging, tone loss, and texture loss Scarring from acne or other causes Blotchiness, discoloration, or uneven complexion The Halo by Sciton laser is equipped to deal with all of these concerns. How Halo by Sciton works Halo by Sciton is unique from other laser treatments in that it combines two technologies. It is the world’s first hybrid fractional laser, utilizing both ablative and non-ablative wavelengths to maximize results. Ablative wavelengths can render dramatic results, but they are a little tougher on the skin and can require downtime after treatments. Gentle non-ablative wavelengths make for comfortable treatments and little downtime, but their results are not as impactful. With the hybrid technology utilized by Halo by Sciton, your dermatologist can very specifically target microscopic treatment areas and adjust the laser wavelength accordingly. The…

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Dermatologist can help for acne

About acne Acne has long been the scourge of the hormonal pre-teen, but it actually impacts a larger cross section of society. Acne sufferers range from children to adults, and men and women are equally afflicted. Acne can take the form of nodules, pustules, or cysts. It is most commonly on the face, but can also often be found on other areas of the body including the chest and back. Acne is not dangerous, but it can be unsightly and embarrassing. In some cases, acne may leave lasting or permanent scars. If you have acne, a dermatologist can help. Knowing when to see the dermatologist Many patients are reluctant to run to the doctor at the first sign of a pimple. So how do you know when it is time to contact a dermatologist? When acne develops, review your skin care routine and ensure that it is appropriate. Are you washing your face twice each day? Avoiding heavy or oil based skin care and cosmetic products? Do you often touch your face, or is it in contact with other surfaces that may harbor bacteria? Make sure you are putting good skin hygiene practices to use. It is also worth trying…

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Acne: permanent and lasting effects

About acne Acne is one of the most common skin conditions affecting Americans. It is an equal opportunity affliction, appearing in teenagers, adults, men and women from all walks of life. Acne can be frustrating because it is difficult to resolve. It can also be embarrassing for the sufferer- it can range from small blemishes to disfiguring cysts. The causes of it are as varied as the manners in which it manifests. Hormones, diet, stress, and lifestyle factors can all play a part. For this reason, it can also be difficult to treat. Most acne sufferers treat it as a minor annoyance- they may pursue over the counter treatments, or cover it with makeup, or simply hope to grow out of it. However, it may have more lasting effects than you realize. For this reason, it’s a good idea to see a dermatologist if you are suffering from recurring, lasting, or severe case. Permanent and lasting skin damage from acne Physical scarring is the most common and lasting effect from acne. Frustratingly, how and why people get acne scars is not entirely understood. One individual with lasting and severe problem may see their condition resolve with no skin damage, while…

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Problems with my skin

Do you often say, “I have problems with my skin”? If you do, you are not along. Cosmetic and medical skin problems are among the most common ailments experienced. However, just because skin problems are common doesn’t mean that you have to put up with them. In fact, you may be surprised to learn just how quickly and easily many problems with my skin can be treated. Skin problems can cover a range of issues, from the aesthetic to the medical. Aesthetic, or cosmetic, skin problems include thinks like dryness, redness, scarring, or discoloration. Medical skin problems reflect an underlying disease or ailment. This might be acne, psoriasis, eczema, or another similar condition. Regardless of what your skin problem is, your best bet to solve it quickly and permanently is to see a dermatologist. Why you should see a dermatologist for skin problems Some people avoid the dermatologist because they think their skin problem isn’t “serious enough” to warrant seeing a professional. However, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact, even if your skin is perfectly healthy, it is recommended that you see a dermatologist at least once a year for skin cancer screening. This annual visit is…

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