Skin Blog
May 16, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Ultherapy  

Discover the amazing, non-invasive way to tighten and tone your skin.ultherapy

As we age, we also start to notice sagging skin. While this is a normal part of getting older it doesn’t mean this is something we just have to accept. Of course, many people worry that cosmetic dermatology that fixes sagging skin will require incisions and invasive surgeries, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Our San Antonio dermatologists Dr. Rebecca Kelso and Dr. Emily Fridlington are here to provide you with the in-depth scoop on Ultherapy.

What is Ultherapy?

Instead of needles or scalpels to fix sagging skin, this non-surgical, FDA-cleared procedure uses ultrasound to help give you the tighter, firmer skin you want. It can lift skin under the chin, around the neck and chest, and even the eyebrows.

How does Ultherapy work?

When the device is directed over the skin, the energy from the ultrasound is able to reach deep layers of the skin to stimulate the production of collagen. Collagen is responsible for firmer, younger skin, and it’s something that we start to lose as we get older. While there are laser treatments out there that can also treat wrinkles and lines around the face, this ultrasound technology is the only thing that can actually target deeper skin layers.

How long will Ultherapy take?

A lot will depend on the area or areas you want our San Antonio skin doctor to treat. The Ultherapy procedure can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 90 minutes. And the nice part is that there is no recovery period after your treatment. You can go back to work or your regular routine right after.

When will I see results?

It’s important to note that you won’t see results right away, as it takes a couple months for the body to produce collagen. Everyone has different body chemistry and skin types, so a lot will depend on factors such as these that are out of anyone’s control. On average, it usually takes about two to three months to see the full results.

Is Ultherapy the same as a facelift?

While Ultherapy technology is designed to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin, it won’t offer the same exact results as a facelift; however, Ultherapy can be a great option for someone who isn’t quite ready to take the plunge to get cosmetic surgery but still wants to get a visibly younger-looking appearance.

Does Ultherapy sound like the cosmetic treatment you’ve been looking for in San Antonio? If so, then Alamo Height Dermatology is here to help. Give us a call today!

May 02, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Chemical Peels  

Chemical PeelsIf you’re bothered by fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring or an uneven skin tone, or if you are looking for a simple way to rejuvenate your skin, chemical peels may be a good option for you.

A chemical peel is a cosmetic procedure performed by your dermatologist. This in-office treatment involves applying an acid solution to remove damaged outer layers of skin, erasing imperfections and improving skin tone and texture. As the old, outer layer of skin is exfoliated and removed, it stimulates the growth of new, healthy skin cells that are smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.

This time-tested, non-invasive procedure is quick—in most cases less than an hour—and yields fast results. It can drastically improve the appearance of skin marked by wrinkles, scars and other signs of aging or sun damage.

Chemical peels can improve the appearance of:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Uneven skin pigmentation
  • Acne scarring
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Age spots
  • Freckling

Chemical peels can be applied to many parts of the body including the face, neck, chest and hands and are available in several different strengths. Our office can help you determine the type of chemical used depending on your skin type and desired results. The best candidate for a chemical peel is a person with fair skin and light hair, although darker skin types can also achieve good results depending on their specific problem and treatment goals.

How many treatments are necessary depends on the severity of skin damage and the patient’s goals. With each treatment, scarring and other imperfections typically diminish more and more.

At your dermatologist's office, we can help you achieve your most radiant, youthful skin. Visit to learn more about cosmetic dermatology and to find out if you are a candidate for chemical peels.

March 30, 2017
Category: Hand Skin Care
Tags: Hands  

Keep Your Hands Looking YoungWhile the face may be the first to show signs of aging, a person’s hands can make someone appear older than they feel. In a person’s lifetime, the hands are exposed to sunlight, extreme temperatures and a lot of wear and tear. It’s no wonder the skin on our hands becomes thinner, develops wrinkles and sun spots and loses its radiance over time.     

The good news is that you can reduce signs of aging on your hands with improved care at home and the help of your dermatologist.   

Basic tips for improved hand care include:

  • Keep your hands moisturized. Dry, cracked hands appear dull and older. Applying a cream periodically throughout the day will give your hands a healthy glow and a more youthful appearance.
  • Protect your hands from the sun.  The back of the hands are extremely vulnerable to UV damage because they are almost always exposed to sun light. Take extra precautions by applying sunscreen.
  • Wear gloves. Do this during household chores or yard work to protect your hands. Also wear gloves in the winter to protect hands from cold, harsh temperatures.
  • Avoid frequent hand washing.  When you do wash, use a mild soap with warm water.

In some cases, a dermatologist may recommend rejuvenation techniques that have long been successful in treating the face.These procedures add volume to the hand and remove discoloration, wrinkles and damage to reverse telltale signs of aging. Visit your dermatologist to find out if these treatments are offered and recommended options for you.

Because we put so much emphasis on our facial skin care, the hands are often overlooked. The hands can be even more susceptible to the effects of aging, which means they need extra care and attention. Today, there are many procedures available to minimize the appearance of an aging hand. Prevention is the best medicine, but your dermatologist is also an excellent source for advice and professional treatment options.

February 28, 2017
Category: Skin Health Care
Tags: Botox   Wrinkles  

Forehead wrinkles. Crows feet. Frown lines. Dynamic wrinkles often develop from repetitive facial expression, causing these fine lines to appear visible even when the face is totally relaxed.

Wrinkles are a normal part of the aging process. The most common contributors to premature aging of the skin include genetics, spending too much time in the sun, smoking and poor diet.  Avoiding or limiting these activities can help prevent and lessen the effects of wrinkles.

Not all wrinkles can be avoided, and when quick, dramatic results are desired, Botox® may be a viable solution for removing wrinkles on the face caused by daily muscle contraction of your natural facial expressions. Botox® works by temporarily blocking nerve impulses, which reduces the movement of those particular muscles. With less movement, the skin surface is gradually smoothed, the lines begin to fade, and your natural vibrant skin strengthens and returns.  

During treatment, very low doses of Botox® are administered by way of small injections. FDA-approved, Botox® is a safe and minimally invasive treatment. It takes just a few minutes and can last about 3-4 months. The effects are not permanent and may need to be repeated as directed by your dermatologist. 

If you are interested in learning more about Botox ® cosmetic treatments, contact our office and we will be happy to answer your questions.  Younger looking skin is easily attainable with the help of your dermatologist!

February 17, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Cancer   Moles  

Find out the telltale signs that it might be time to make an appointment with us.mole

Whether you have just noticed a new mole, or a growth that you’ve had for years suddenly seems to be changing, these are all situations that warrant a trip to see our San Antonio, TX dermatologists Dr. Rebecca Kelso and Dr. Emily Fridlington. The ABCDE rule is a simple yet effective way to help determine whether a mole could be cancerous.

What is the ABCDE rule?

This is a great way to determine whether it’s time that one of our San Antonio skin doctors took a look at your skin:

Asymmetry: One side of a healthy mole should be a mirror image of the other side, but a cancerous mole will often have one-half that is asymmetrical, or doesn’t match the shape or size of the other half.

Border: A noncancerous mole typically has a clear smooth border but a suspicious mole will have edges that seem less defined. They may even be a bit uneven or jagged.

Color: Moles should only be one solid color. If a mole starts to change color or you start to notice spots of brown, black, red, grey, white, or even blue, then it’s time to schedule an appointment with us.

Diameter: While melanoma can also be small, they are usually pretty large, reaching over 6mm wide.

Evolving: If you have noticed that the mole has changed in any way over the last couple of weeks or even months then it’s time to make a trip to our office. The smallest change may not seem like much but it could be warning you of skin cancer.

We recommend that everyone, even those that aren’t at risk for skin cancer, come in once a year for a skin cancer screening. And you may want to come in more regularly if…

  • You have fair skin
  • You have light eyes
  • You have blonde or red hair
  • You have a personal or familial history of skin cancer
  • You spend a lot of time in the sun, whether for fun or for work
  • You’ve experienced sunburns, particularly when you were young
  • You’ve ever been in a tanning bed
  • You have a significant amount of moles

Don’t ignore changes in your skin. If you are concerned about the appearance of a mole then it’s best to play it safe and call Alamo Heights Dermatology in San Antonio, TX, right away.

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