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A Little Bit About MOHS Surgery

Patient and DoctorSkin cancer is a very scary skin disease that can change your life in an instant. And skin cancer is the most malignant tumor in humans. The most common forms of skin cancer include basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma, with Melanoma being the most aggressive form of skin cancer. Luckily, the survival for melanoma based skin cancer has drastically gone up in the past decade. With a 5 year survival rate of 98% and a ten year survival rate of 89%, this form of cancer is fairly treatable. As one of the forms of surgical forms of skin cancer removal, MOHS surgery is one of the most effective ways to get rid of skin cancer. Read on to learn more.

What is MOHS Surgery?

MOHS surgery is the surgical process used in order to get rid of skin cancer. By first targeting the visible portion of the tumor, your surgeon will then remove a thin layer of tissue underneath the tumor. Once the tissue has been removed, your doctor will then be able to place it under a microscope in order to better analyze the spread any cancerous cells and determine just how far along the cancer is. This entire process is continuously repeated until no further sign of a tumor has been found.

What Can You Expect During MOHS Surgery?

Any form of surgery can leave anybody feeling a bit anxious and queasy. Luckily with MOHS surgery you will not have to be under anesthesia, which is one less thing to worry about. On the day of your surgery, you will be asked to come to the doctors office having eaten and a shower is recommended, because you will typically have to wait 48 hours after your surgery in order to shower again.

Once you lay down in the doctor’s chair, the nurse or doctor will clean the incision site. Once the area has been clean, you will be injected with an anesthetic that will numb the entire area. After waiting about 15 minutes for the anesthetic to completely kick in, the doctor will then start the removal of the tumor and surrounding tissue. Once the doctor has removed the tissue, he will then place it under a microscope in order to determine if all of the tumor was removed. As mentioned above, this process will be repeated until no sign of the tumor is present.

If you have skin cancer and would like to learn more about MOHS surgery, contact our office today and schedule an appointment with one of our experienced skin professionals.

Posted on November 15th, 2015

Give Them Their Self-esteem Back: Dealing with Teenage Acne

girls-outsideLooking back on high school for some people involves visions of being taunted and called brace face or zit face. As one of the most crucial times in a young person’s life, high school can either scar you forever or make you look back on memories fondly. If your teenager is suffering from teenage acne, don’t let them suffer through the pain and embarrassment any longer— get them the care and treatment they need and follow these easy steps.

  1. Skin Care

Once your child starts to get acne, it’s important to discuss the importance of good skin care and hygiene practices. Teach your child the importance of avoiding touching their face with their hands because the oil from their hands can cause massive breakouts. Also discuss the importance of sticking to a good skincare routine that includes washing your face morning and night, applying acne medication, using a toner, and using a moisturizer/sunscreen. Getting your child on a good skincare path, will help them start to tackle the acne and get it under control.

  1. Buy Acne Products

Skin care products that contain either salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide are great at combatting acne. Take your teen shopping for acne skin care products that will help to dry up any existing blemishes and keep future ones away. Make sure that your teenager gets a product that they feel comfortable using— otherwise it will likely go unused.

  1. Schedule a Dermatologist Appointment

If your child has one dimple, it’s nothing to freak out about. However, if they start suffering from severe breakouts, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your dermatologist. During your appointment, the dermatologist will be able to look at your child’s skin and determine the cause of the acne–likely hormonal— and prescribe any medication that will help to eliminate it from spreading further.

Being a teenager is hard as it is, but teenage acne can make it feel like social suicide. Help your teenager through teenage acne by following the above three tips.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today!

Posted on October 30th, 2015

Don’t Let That Regret Stick With You Forever

Tattoo RemovalTattoos used to only be decorative arm pieces for sailors or navy men. However, over the past twenty years or so, they have gained extreme popularity for individuals from all walks of life. If you spent a drunken night with some friends who dared you to get some tattoo on your body that means virtually nothing of value to you, you might want to rethink that decision and have it removed with laser tattoo removal. Read on to learn more about this procedure.

Advancements in Technology

Long gone are the days when laser tattoo removal would leave you with a faint but ever present image of your tattoo emblazoned on your arm. In fact, laser tattoo removal is now so advanced that it can leave your skin with a fresh new look in which it looks like nothing was ever even there.

What is the Procedure Like?

The thought of using a laser beam to extract permanent ink from you skin might sound like something that’s out of a science fiction novel. However, due to the Ultra Light Q Laser, you can see results that are less fictitious and 100% real. During the process, the laser absorbs the ink and converts it into rapid particles. With time and a little bit of healing, the body’s natural process is to absorb these particles and leave you with a flawless looking complexion.

How Many Treatments Are Required?

Depending on the size of the tattoo, how recently you received it, and the colors used in it, will help dictate how many sessions you need. However, you can plan on needing at least a couple of sessions in order to receive the optimum results. Each session will last around an hour and every session should be done around 6-8 weeks apart.

Whether you’re a business professional or an aspiring artist, and you have a tattoo, make sure that it is something that you don’t regret. If you have a tattoo that just reminds you of a giant mistake you made or a bet you lost with friends, it might be time to take matters into your own hands and have it professionally removed.

To learn more about laser tattoo removal, contact our office today and set up an appointment!

 

Posted on October 15th, 2015

Prepping Your Skin for the Colder Months

winter-hatSun kissed skin and long nights are slowly becoming a thing of the past. With colder months upon us, it can be hard to imagine life without shorts and filled with snow, winter storms, and hot chocolate. However, it doesn’t matter how long you try to avoid it: winter will soon be here and you better get ready. And when it comes to caring for things like your skin, now is the best time to really take advantage of planning your winter skin care regimen.

 

  1. Sunscreen

Just because you’ve left days at the pool behind, it doesn’t mean that the sun still can’t wreak havoc on your skin. In fact, the suns rays are just as strong in the winter as they are in the season and can even be more harsh if you’re in the snow because snow acts as a natural reflectant. Get in the habit of applying an spf 50 sunscreen to your face every morning before leaving the house. If you feel like it’s something you will likely never remember to do, try looking for a moisturizer that has a sunscreen built in.

 

  1. Moisturizing Cleanser

Because cold weather can leave your skin high and dry and looking like the Sahara desert, it’s important to make sure you are getting all of the moisture your skin needs in as many ways as possible. Try opting for a moisturizing cleanser that will help seal in the moisture at the get go so that you can create a nice base layer.

 

  1. Face Cream

As a must have, face cream is pretty much your skins lifesaver during the winter. If you’ve never used a face cream before, look for a fragrance free face cream that you can use both morning at night— as some face creams with fragrances tend to irritate a lot of people. When applying the face cream, only use a pea sized amount and spread it across your entire face.

 

Getting your skin prepared for winter will save you a lot of pain caused by dryness down the line. Try adding these three things to your skincare regimen and you will start to see drastic results.

 

To learn more about skincare or to schedule an appointment with our office, contact us today!

Posted on September 30th, 2015

Revision Breast Surgery

blue-tank-measuringIn the 1990’s women everywhere were fleeing to the doctor in fear that their silicone breast implants were going to rupture and harm them. After being taken off the market for ten years, the FDA once again endorses silicone breast implants as a safe and viable breast enhancement option. However, breast implants still need to be redone every ten years or so on average. If your breast implants are losing their perk, are starting to sag or deflate, it might be time to consider getting revision breast surgery.

 

How does it differ from regular breast surgery?

The only real way in which revision breast surgery differs from regular breast surgery is the fact that there is an implant already in place, thus requiring an additional step of having to take out the current implant and replace it with a new implant. During the revision process, however, you can decide if you would like to make your breasts larger or smaller than your current implant, which means that you get to start over with the look and feel that you want. Additionally, during revision breast surgery you can switch from saline to silicone implants or vice versa, depending on your success and opinions of your current implants.

 

Is it painful?

Just like with traditional breast augmentation surgery, you will be under anesthesia during a revision breast surgery. And recovery time is typically the same— being around a month for full recovery.

 

Will there be more scarring?

Because it’s a second surgery, many women worry that there will be additional scarring the second time around. However, many doctors like to use teh same incision site as the first procedure, eliminating any additional scarring.

 

If you have noticed that you need to have your breasts redone, schedule an appointment with your doctor to get an x-ray or MRI in order to see if your breasts have been deflated.

 

To learn more about revision breast surgery or to schedule an appointment with one of our experts, contact our office today!

Posted on September 15th, 2015

Skin Care Vs. Facial Fillers: Choosing the Best Option for You

sexy caucasian womanWhen it comes to the anti-aging market, it can seem like everywhere you turn there’s an advertisement for a new face cream or filler that claims it will make you look like twenty year old self in just weeks. However, amid all of the promises, it can be hard to figure out how you can decipher between false claims and products that will give you actual results. From face creams to facial fillers, this article will help you decide what products will deliver on their promises.

Face Creams

Everyone should be using a face cream. Not only will face creams help to combat dry, itchy skin, but face anti-aging creams with retinol can also help to prevent the appearance of age spots and fine-lines and wrinkles. However, don’t expect a face cream with retinol to be a cure-all for all of your problems. In fact, these face creams typically take at least three weeks to kick in, which means that you won’t see results for at least a month or two.

Spot Treatments

Spot treatments are made to do exactly what their name indicates— target spots on your face that need a little bit of love and attention like sun spots or even acne scars. If you use a spot treatment, try to discuss it with your dermatologist if you want to use it in conjunction with a face cream that contains Retinol— that way you can be sure that your skin won’t dry out too much and that you will obtain the best possible results.

Facial Fillers

Facial fillers like Botox and Juvederm are going to give you fast results. By injecting the filler into either your forehead and eye area (Botox) or around your lips and mouth (Juvederm), you will quickly have the appearance of smoother skin and hardly any wrinkles— if any at all. However, it should be known that facial fillers are more expensive that things like face creams and spot treatments and will need to be done anywhere from 3-9 months.

Let’s face it— if you want quick results and have the money to spend, facial fillers are the best way to go. However, if you don’t mind applying a cream to your face every day for a few months, then a face cream and spot treatment solution might be the best option for you to choose from.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today!

Posted on August 30th, 2015

Sun Damaged Skin? Take Control Now

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If you’re of the era where tanning beds were an ideal Monday night activity, you more than likely have some sun damaged caused by those cancer coffins. Sun damage can not only make you look older than you are but it can also cause hyperpigmentation all over your entire body. Luckily, there are ways to help erase the damages caused by the sun and help give you a smoother and clearer complexion.

 

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are a great way to help your skin rejuvenate itself and give you a fresh dewy glow. By using chemicals like glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, or carbolic acid, your dermatologist will apply a thin layer of this treatment across your face and allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes. During this time you will feel a tingling sensation across your face, which is an indication that the chemicals are targeting areas that have been exposed to a lot of sun or damage. For a week after the treatment, the top layer of your skin will sluff and peel off, leaving you with a fresh new layer of skin and a reduced appearance of sun damage.

 

Microdermabrasion

Similar to chemical peels, microdermabrasion is used to help your skin rejuvenate itself by encouraging the growth of new skin. By using a machine that has crystals in it, your skin will be blasted with these said crystals, causing your skin to sluff off the top layers of skin and reveal a newer and healthier complexion

 

Phototherapy

This non-invasive treatment allows your dermatologist to directly target areas of sun damage in order to rid you of an aged appearance. Through using light therapy, the heat from the procedure will stimulate the production of collagen and help to eliminate fine vessels that cause redness, discoloration, and unwanted pigmentation.

 

The effects of sun damage are something that nobody thinks about when they’re laying in a tanning bed. However, if you’re noticing the toll that the sun and tanning beds have had on your skin, consider one of these treatments.

 

To learn more about any of these treatments or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today!

Posted on August 15th, 2015

4 Foods to Avoid for Clear Skin

Brunette Fresh FaceYes, avoiding washing your face and sleeping with makeup on are definitely no-no’s in the world of skin care. Everyone knows that if they want to keep their skin blemish free they should consistently wash, exfoliate, and moisturize their skin, but what about things you put in your body? From chocolate to bagels, this article will discuss 4 types of foods to avoid and why.

 

  1. Chocolate

As much as you might like to indulge in that piece of chocolate or chocolate cake, it might not only be preventing you from getting that six-pack but it might also be leading you to break out. In recent studies, they found that chocolate can actually cause an uprise in blemishes. So, if you’re a female and are notorious for breaking out during that time of the month, try to do everything you can to keep those chocolate cravings under wraps.

 

  1. Potato Chips

Greasy food like potato chips are one of the biggest contributors to acne, and although many people used to claim that the grease in the food would cause oily skin, the root of the problem is actually different than you might assume. Typically, breakouts around the chin and mouth occur after the consumption of potato chips due to the grease from the food getting on your skin.

 

  1. Milk

Yes, milk may do certain parts of the body good, like promoting strong bones and teeth, but when it comes to acne, some studies point to the fact that milk actually helps to contribute to breakouts. If you’re noticing an uprising of breakouts that aren’t hormonally induced, try to avoid milk for a few weeks and see if it has any affect on your skin situation.

 

  1. Carbohydrates

Not only will staving off any foods rich in carbohydrates like bagels and breads help you to tone up physically, but it will also help your skin to clear up as well. Carbohydrates can help prevent the body skin from building a healthy relationship between inflammation and healing.

 

Eating healthy foods won’t just help ensure that your body stays healthy but it will also help to ensure that your skin stays clear of acne as well. By avoiding these 4 foods, you can help clear up your skin and get the glowing complexion you’ve always desired.

 

To learn more, contact our office today.

Posted on July 30th, 2015

The 411 on Coolsculpting

Wouldn’t it be amazing if there was a way to have fat melt away from your body, giving you the slim physique you’ve always desired? With Coolsculpting, you can turn that dream into a reality. Below you will find the top 4 things you need to know about this procedure, in order to decide if it’s the right thing for you.

  1. What is Coolsculpting?

Coolsculpting is a non-invasive procedure that uses a device that freezes and then destroys the targeted fat area. During the 60 minute procedure, the doctor gently pinches the fatty area with the CoolSculpting applicator arms. Then, the applicator cools the targeted area until it has reached the ideal freezing temperature that causes the fat cells to crystallize and die off.

  1. Is Coolsculpting Painful?

Typically, Coolsculpting doesn’t involve a lot of pain, but some patients experience mild discomfort during the cooling process but it later subsides after the targeted area goes numb. However, it should be noted that this procedure isn’t guaranteed to be pain or discomfort free, and the patient should expect to feel at least some level of discomfort during the procedure.

  1. Who is Coolsculpting Intended for?

Coolsculpting isn’t intended for the obese, but rather is intended to target small areas of fat on your body that are considered your target fat areas such as your arms, stomach, or thighs. Depending on how severe the area is that you are trying to target or if you’re targeting multiple areas at once, multiple Coolsculpting sessions may be required to get the results that you desire.

  1. How Long Does it Take to See Results?

Although in a perfect world you would see immediate results, it typically takes anywhere from a few weeks up to a month to see the results from your Coolsculpting procedure.

 

If you are trying to target small areas of your body that you just can’t seem to rid of fat, it might be time to consider Coolsculpting. To learn more about this procedure and to see if it’s the right thing for you and your body, contact a cosmetic surgeon today.

Posted on July 15th, 2015

Why Do I Need to Protect My Skin?

Skin CareYou’ve heard it more than once before… overexposure to the sun can lead to skin cancer. But too often, patients spend extended amounts of time in the sun without wearing sunscreen. Running errands throughout the day, walking your dog in the afternoon, and barbequing hamburgers on the back deck may not seem like occasions to wear sunscreen, but constant protection from childhood is the only effective way to prevent developing skin cancer.

While it may be too late for you to change your childhood sun protection habits, it’s not too late for the kids in your life. Cell damage from sun exposure takes place during the childhood and teenage years. That’s not to say that continued UV radiation exposure as an adult isn’t harmful, so be sure to take precautions to protect yourself. In fact if your skin cells were already damaged as a child, UV radiation triggers skin cancer development as an adult. But lathering your kids with sunscreen will help them avoid initial skin cell damage.

What Can You Do Now?

Don’t worry! You don’t have to stay inside all day to protect your skin. Here are four quick tips to protect your skin on a daily basis:

  • Avoid being in direct sunlight between 10am and 2pm. UV radiation is strongest during the sunniest part of the day.
  • If you need to be out in the sun, seek shady spots. Sit underneath a tent at your kids’ soccer tournament, set up your picnic beneath a tree, or hike on the covered side of the mountain.
  • Cover your skin with loose, long-sleeved clothing during the sunniest part of the day. A physical barrier between the sun and your skin is the best way to protect it.
  • Wear at least 15 SPF sunscreen if you’re going to spend time outdoors. This may be tough for you to remember at first, but be sure to make it a part of your daily routine.

Make sure that you teach your kids the importance of skin protection as well. They’re more likely to practice healthy skin protection habits if they have a great example to follow.

Posted on June 30th, 2015

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