Skin Blog
By ALAMO HEIGHTS DERMATOLOGY
September 01, 2017
Category: Dermal Procedures
Tags: Laser Hair Removal  

Laser Hair RemovalExcess facial or body hair can be troublesome for both men and women. Although common, removal methods such as shaving and waxing are temporary, time consuming, painful and often yield poor results. It’s no wonder more and more people are opting for long-lasting, convenient hair reduction via laser hair removal.

With the use of advanced laser technology, your dermatologist can treat most areas of unwanted hair successfully, conveniently and with fewer complications than other methods. Professional laser treatment is a non-invasive approach to permanent reduction of hair, which can easily treat large areas of hair growth in a short period of time.

In-Office Laser Hair Removal

Performed by an expert dermatologist, laser hair removal works by penetrating the skin with controlled pulses of light that are absorbed by the hair follicles.  Without damaging the skin and with minimal patient discomfort, the laser energy destroys the hair follicles and significantly impedes their ability to re-grow. Following treatment, patients enjoy smooth, soft skin and a long-lasting reduction in unwanted hair.

Since hair grows in cycles, the total number of required treatment sessions varies by patient skin type, hair color and hair coarseness. Common areas treated with laser hair removal include the legs, arms, back, shoulders, underarms, upper lip and the bikini area. Darker-colored hair is typically more responsive to laser treatment than light colored hair.

It’s important that you always choose an experienced dermatologist for hair removal to ensure the highest level of safety and efficiency. Your dermatologist will discuss the best laser hair removal options for your specific skin type, needs and expectations.   

Visit our practice for a successful diagnosis and treatment for excess hair and experience the long-lasting results available with laser hair removal.

By ALAMO HEIGHTS DERMATOLOGY
August 30, 2017
Category: Dermal Procedures
Tags: Microneedling  

Dermatology is a versatile facet of medicine can provide treatments for many different conditions. Microneedling, or collagen inductionMicroneedling therapy, is an effective procedure for treating conditions like acne scars, large pores, and minimizing the appearance of stretch marks and scars. Find out more about microneedling with Dr. Rebecca Kelso and Dr. Emily Fridlington at Alamo Heights Dermatology in San Antonio, TX.

What does microneedling do? 
As the skin ages, its production of elastin and collagen decreases, causing sagging skin, wrinkles, and fine lines. Microneedling uses a device with many tiny, super-thin needles to make many tiny pictures over the facial skin. The procedure stimulates the production of elastin and collagen, tightening the skin, giving the face a fresher look, and allowing the skin to more efficiently absorb moisture. Many patients report immediate results following their first treatment.

What can I expect from a microneedling procedure? 
Your dermatologist will use a pen or roller with the tiny needles attached to administer microneedling treatment. First, they will apply a numbing cream to the face to minimize any discomfort you may experience during your treatment. Your doctor then moves the needles over the surface of the skin. Once your doctor covers the agreed upon area, they will clean the face and apply any special ointments or gels which may be necessary to ensure the best and most comfortable recovery time.

Microneedling in San Antonio, TX 
Microneedling causes surface bleeding during treatment. This is a normal part of the procedure and is a sign the needles reach the correct depth in the skin. The facial skin may look like it has a mild sunburn for a day or two after treatment. However, microneedling is a safe and effective procedure with minimal side effects and big results. If you think you could benefit from microneedling, you should consult with your Alamo Heights dermatologist.

For more information on microneedling, please contact Dr. Rebecca Kelso and Dr. Emily Fridlington at Alamo Heights Dermatology in San Antonio, TX. Call (210) 255-8447 to schedule your appointment with your dermatologist today!

By ALAMO HEIGHTS DERMATOLOGY
August 01, 2017
Category: Skin Health Care
Tags: Skin Protection   Sunburn  

SunburnAlthough it may only seem like a temporary irritation, a sunburn can cause long-lasting damage to the skin. Skin that is sunburned is red, tender and warm to the touch. Severely sunburned skin may even result in the formation of painful blisters.

Too much sun is especially dangerous for children. One severe sunburn during childhood may double a child’s lifetime risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.  

It may take up to 24 hours after sun exposure to recognize the severity of your burn. For mild burns, follow these tips to relieve discomfort:

  • Avoid the sun. Spending additional time in the sun after you already have a sunburn will only worsen the negative effects and delay the healing process.
  • Take a cool shower or bath to relieve any pain or discomfort. Apply a cool compress, like a damp cloth, to the skin to help reduce discomfort.
  • Apply moisturizer or cream to soothe the skin. Aloe gel is a common household remedy for sunburns as it helps ease pain and inflammation.
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. A sunburn draws fluid to the skin surface and away from the rest of the body.
  • Take ant-inflammatory medications. Do this as directed by your doctor to help decrease the inflammation and reduce redness and pain.
  • Do not pop any blisters. This will slow the healing process and increase the risk for infection.

In most cases a sunburn does not require medical attention. Call a doctor immediately if there are signs of heat exhaustion, dehydration, fever, severe blistering or other serious reactions.

Fortunately, sunburns are completely preventable. Remember to always wear sunscreen and limit overexposure to the sun by seeking shade and wearing appropriate clothes and accessories that cover the skin, such as hats and sunglasses.

Remember, prevention is better than cure, so remember to take extra precaution to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays!

By ALAMO HEIGHTS DERMATOLOGY
July 05, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Care Tips  

Skin Care for StudentsWhen school is in session, it’s easy for students to pick up a number of bad habits between late nights of studying and long sports practices. From poor eating habits to a lack of sleep and increased stress, unhealthy lifestyles can lead to unhealthy skin.

Whether you’re in middle school, high school or college, students everywhere can benefit from healthier skin. With a little extra care and attention, you can keep your skin blemish free all year long.

Keep your skin clean

This may sound obvious, but keeping your face clean is one of the most important things you can do to improve its health. Get in the habit of washing your face twice a day with warm water and a mild soap to remove the dirt and debris that accumulate throughout the school day.  

Hands off!

Avoid touching your face with your hands throughout the day as your hands contain oils that cause breakouts. Never pop pimples as this can irritate the skin, make acne worse and increase your risk for scarring.      

Moisturize

Moisturizers seal moisture into the skin to prevent skin from drying out. Your dermatologist can help you determine the best moisturizer for your skin type.

Avoid excessive sun exposure

Protect your skin from the sun by wearing sunscreen and avoiding overexposure. Too much sun can damage the skin leading to future breakouts and even skin cancer.

Improve your physical well-being

Your skin reflects what you eat, so remember to eat a balanced diet rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Learn to manage stress as it can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. Get plenty of rest every night; approximately 7-8 hours of restful sleep is essential for healthy skin.

By maintaining a consistent daily regimen that includes washing and a healthy diet, you can achieve clear, healthy skin throughout the entire school year. Whenever you have a question or concern about your skin, talk to your dermatologist. Dermatologists offer a range of treatments that help prevent and treat acne and other skin conditions. We can help you find the treatment method that's best for you.

By ALAMO HEIGHTS DERMATOLOGY
June 21, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Hair Loss  

Most healthy people can shed anywhere from 50 to 100 strands of hair a day. From the stray pieces of hair we find everywhere from the hair losspillowcase to our clothes and hairbrushes on a daily basis, the hair follicles shed old hair to make room for new growth just like our skin. Hair loss occurs when new hair does not grow in to replace the old strands. Dr. Rebecca Kelso and Dr. Emily Fridlington, dermatologists at Alamo Heights Dermatology in San Antonio, TX, offer treatment options for hair loss.

Hair Loss or Shedding — What is the Difference?

If you notice that you are shedding more hair than usual, it could indicate a number of issues but is not necessarily the same thing as hair loss. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, there are a number of factors that can cause a person to temporarily shed more hair than normal, including:

  • Significant weight loss (at least 20 pounds)
  • Pregnancy
  • Fever or illness
  • Stress
  • Going off birth control pills

In many cases, the factors that contribute to excessive shedding are temporary, and it eventually resolves on its own as the body adjusts or returns to normal. Even with excessive shedding (known as telogen effluvium), new hair continues to grow. With hair loss (known as anagen effluvium), new hair stops growing. Some of the most common factors that contribute to hair loss in men and women include:

  • Genetics/heredity
  • Immune problems (alopecia)
  • Scar tissue in the hair follicle
  • Cancer treatment with chemotherapy and radiation
  • Other medications like blood thinners, steroids, or birth control
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Stress
  • Childbirth/menopause (due to hormonal fluctuations)

Hair Loss Treatment in San Antonio, TX

As with excessive shedding, some conditions that contribute to hair loss are temporary, and normal hair growth can resume after the cause is no longer present, such as chemo treatments and stress or nutritional problems. For hair loss that is not caused by temporary medical or lifestyle factors, a dermatologist can recommend treatment with medication, or topical laser treatments depending on the cause of the hair loss.

Find a Dermatologist in San Antonio, TX

If you are experiencing thinning and/or hair loss, contact our office today by calling (210) 255-8447 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kelso or Dr. Fridlington.





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