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February 22, 2019
Category: Dermal Procedures
Tags: Laser Hair Removal  

Facial Laser Hair RemovalAre you tired of shaving, waxing or plucking unwanted hairs? Laser hair removal may offer a better solution. Alamo Heights, TX, dermatologists Dr. Rebecca Kelso and Dr. Emily Fridlington offer the popular hair removal treatment at Alamo Heights Dermatology.

How does laser hair removal work?

Laser hair removal targets the pigment that gives your hair its color. Laser light heats the pigment, damaging the hair follicles and also slowing the growth of new hairs. The lasers your Alamo Heights dermatologist use generate very thin light beams to ensure that only hair follicles are targeted, not surrounding skin. Laser hair removal is most effective if you're a brunette. It may not be as helpful if you have blonde, red or white hair.

Does laser hair removal just work on the face?

Although laser hair removal is an excellent option if you have unwanted hair on your face, it can also be used to remove hair on other parts of your body. The treatment offers an effective way to get rid of hair on your neck, back, shoulders, arms, underarms, legs, ears, chest and bikini area.

How long do treatments take?

The length of your laser hair removal session will vary depending on the amount of hair that will be removed. If you want to remove a few hairs on your chin, your session may only take a few minutes. Removal of a large amount of hair on the back or legs can take longer. You'll need to schedule multiple sessions over the course of a few months, as some hairs will be in a dormant cycle during your first treatment. In a few weeks, those hairs will become active and can then be removed.

Is laser hair removal treatment painful?

As the laser light reaches the hair follicles, you may feel a slight stinging substance. Before your treatment begins, your skin doctor will apply a cooling gel to minimize any discomfort. Your skin may be a little red for one to two days following your treatment, but you can decrease redness and discomfort by using ice packs and applying anti-inflammatory cream.

Are you ready to improve your appearance with laser hair removal? Call Alamo Heights, TX, dermatologists Dr. Rebecca Kelso and Dr. Emily Fridlington of Alamo Heights Dermatology at (210) 255-8477 to schedule your appointment.

December 06, 2017
Category: Dermal Procedures

Excessive SweatingAbnormal, unpredictable and excessive sweating, referred to as hyperhidrosis, is a serious and difficult medical condition for millions of people worldwide. Hyperhidrosis occurs when the body’s sweat glands are overactive, which causes overabundant sweat production that is not warranted by physical activity or an emotional response to stress. This condition is often characterized by unexplainable sweaty palms, embarrassing sweat rings and dripping foreheads. 

While there is no known cause of hyperhidrosis, it may occur in people who have abnormally large sweat glands or who are genetically predisposed to hyperhidrosis. Excessive sweating may also signal more serious medical conditions such as thyroid problems, low blood sugar and other health problems. That’s why it is important to visit your physician or dermatologist when you suspect you have an abnormal sweating problem.

There’s Help

In many cases hyperhidrosis goes undiagnosed, misdiagnosed and untreated due to lack of awareness about the condition and the treatment options available. As physicians become more knowledgeable about the condition, more effective treatments are emerging—and working!

Prescription Strength Deodorants

  • When over-the-counter deodorants are not effective in managing your sweating, then you may need a stronger antiperspirant. A dermatologist may prescribe a deodorant that contains ingredients that block sweat ducts temporarily to reduce excess moisture.

Oral Medications

  • Your regular physician or dermatologist may prescribe medications to prevent the stimulation of sweat glands.


  • Botox, a popular cosmetic procedure known for treating wrinkles, may also be used to safely control hyperhidrosis. Botox helps control excess sweating by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands.

Although non-life threatening, hyperhidrosis can be embarrassing, impacting your daily life both socially and professionally.  But it is also treatable. Understand your treatment options, and visit your dermatologist to learn more about managing your hyperhidrosis.

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.

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!