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July 31, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Acne  

Acne is a common problem that affects people of all ages. Although it tends to be most common during the teenage years, many adults acnefind themselves dealing with skin problems again decades after they graduated from high school, or even for the first time. Because everyone's skin is different and changes over time, an acne treatment that works for someone else, or that worked for you in the past may no longer work, or even irritate your skin further in some cases. The dermatologists at Alamo Heights Dermatology in San Antonio, TX, Dr. Rebecca Kelso and Dr. Emily Fridlington, offer a range of treatment options for all skin types and issues.

Acne Treatment in San Antonio, TX

When it comes to acne, there is a lot of misinformation about what causes it, and how to clear it up. In mild cases or with temporary outbreaks, you may not have to do anything as it clears up on its own. But if you suffer from chronic or severe acne, seeing a dermatologist for treatment is important in order to avoid the risk of scarring.

Depending on the type and severity of your acne, a dermatologist might prescribe one or more of the following treatment options:

  • Benzoyl peroxide (common in over the counter acne treatments)
  • Antibiotics (if an infection develops from a clogged pore)
  • Vitamin A (Tretinoin)
  • Hormones/oral contraceptives
  • Manual extractions

Self Care Tips for Managing Acne

Seeing a dermatologist for acne treatment is important, but there are also a few lifestyle modifications and self-care steps that you can take to help protect your skin and reduce the risk of breakouts. Here are a few tips from the American Academy of Dermatology:

  • Keep your skin clean, especially after sweating
  • Use gentle cleaning products
  • Wear sunscreen to protect your skin from sun damage
  • Keep your hair clean to avoid oil and dirt from getting onto your skin
  • Avoid picking at or "popping" pimples

Find a Dermatologist in San Antonio, TX

For more information about acne treatment and to find the skincare routine that is right for you, contact Alamo Heights Dermatology by calling 210-255-8447 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kelso or Dr. Fridlington today.

May 24, 2018
Category: Dermatology

Laser Hair RemovalDon’t let unwanted hair make you embarrassed. Find out how laser treatment can help.


Spring is upon us and pretty soon we are going to be basking in those gloriously warm summer days. Of course, if you find yourself a little embarrassed to sport those shorts or a bathing suit because of unwanted hair, turn to our San Antonio, TX, dermatologists Dr. Rebecca Kelso and Dr. Emily Fridlington for a simple laser procedure that could just give you the smooth skin you want this summer.

What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal provides our patients here in San Antonio, TX, with a fast, effective and non-invasive way to remove dark, thick and unwanted hair. When the laser is directed over the skin, it safely penetrates through the skin to heat up the hair follicles. The laser’s heat will ultimately destroy the hair follicle to prevent hair from growing back.

How will the procedure work?

The length of your treatment will depend on what area or areas you wish to treat. Laser hair removal is great for everything from unwanted facial hair to armpit hair, back and chest hair and even your delicate bikini line.

In fact, this laser treatment can be used virtually anywhere on the body. The procedure can last anywhere from a couple of minutes (upper lip) to an hour (full back), depending on the size of the area we are treating.

How many sessions will I need?

How many hair removal sessions you undergo will depend on several factors including the thickness of your hair and the area (or areas) we are treating. Certain regions like the lip or chin may only require a single session while the back, chest, legs or other more extensive areas of the body may require up to five sessions or more.

Is laser hair removal right for me?

If you have thick, dark unwanted hair then you could be the perfect candidate for laser hair removal. Before coming in for an evaluation it is important to recognize that there is a difference between this treatment option and electrolysis. Laser hair removal is not permanent, meaning that it will greatly reduce the amount of hair that grows back but it won’t be able to completely remove all hair.

While electrolysis can provide permanent results, the process takes significantly longer since it treats each hair follicle separately. If you are looking for an easy, simple approach to getting smoother skin, laser hair removal may be the best option for you.

Alamo Heights Dermatology in San Antonio, TX, boasts comprehensive, quality dermatological care. No matter whether you want to find out if laser hair removal is right for you or you want to chat about the other services we offer, don’t hesitate to call our office today.

March 27, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Skin Cancer   Moles  

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, almost everyone has at least a few moles—sometimes up to 40 or more. Millions of molesAmericans have lived with moles for many years without an issue. But some patients may need to have them removed for health reasons. Find out when you should have a mole checked out by a dermatologist at Alamo Heights Dermatology in San Antonio, TX.

What Moles Look Like
Moles, also called nevi, are often dark brown, black, or deep red in color, depending on the complexion of the person. They are more visible and more common in people with lighter skin. They are small, raised bumps that often appear on the face, neck, and limbs of the body. Some people develop them in childhood while other people see them appear as adults. If you don't check your skin every day, you may not even notice that you have them.

When You Should Have a Mole Looked At
Whenever a mole that has looked the same for years suddenly starts to change, that is something to be concerned about. Adults who find brand new moles should keep an eye on them. See your San Antonio dermatologist for a skin exam in these cases:

- The mole changes in color, size, border, symmetry, or texture.
- The mole is starting to itch, bleed, or emit other fluids.
- There has been a previous case of skin cancer or a cancerous mole.
- You are in an at-risk group (very high number of moles, pale skin, and/or family history).

Having a Mole Treated
If your dermatologist determines that a mole is abnormal, a biopsy will be done to evaluate the cells further. Mole removal, also called excision, can be done in the office when an issue is caught early, which is why dermatologists strongly encourage regular skin exams (both at home and at the doctor's office) for at-risk patients.

Have Your Moles Examined Soon
If you have a lot of moles or have experienced mole problems in the past, it's a good idea to schedule regular skin checkups with a dermatologist. An urgent appointment should be scheduled if you notice any concerning changes to a mole. Contact Dr. Rebecca Kelso or Dr. Emily Fridlington at Alamo Heights Dermatology in San Antonio, TX by calling 210-255-8447 today.

February 27, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Chicken Pox   Sick Child  

Chicken PoxWhen your child breaks out all over in a blistery, itchy red rash, there’s a good chance it’s the chicken pox. Chicken pox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, and although it’s typically a childhood disease, people who have not contracted it as a child can suffer from it in adulthood as well.

Chicken pox is highly contagious and can spread from person to person by direct contact or through the air from an infected person's coughing or sneezing. 

Symptoms of Chicken pox

Itchy red spots or blisters all over the body are telltale signs of chicken pox. It may also be accompanied by a headache, sore throat and fever. Symptoms are generally mild among children, but can cause serious complications in infants, adults and people with weakened immune systems.

The most common symptoms of chicken pox include:

  • Itchy rash all over the body, including the face, on the arms and legs and inside the mouth
  • Fatigue and irritability
  • Fever
  • Feeling of general illness
  • Reduced appetite

The symptoms of chicken pox may resemble other skin problems or medical conditions, so it is always important to consult your child's physician or dermatologist for proper diagnosis. If the chicken pox rash seems generalized or severe, or if the child has a high grade fever or is experiencing a headache or nausea, seek medical care right away.

The incubation period (from exposure to first appearance of symptoms) is 14 to 16 days. When the blisters crust over, they are no longer contagious and the child can return to normal activity. 

Relief for Chicken Pox

It is important not to scratch the blisters as it can slow down the healing process and result in scarring. Scratching may also increase the risk of a bacterial infection. To help relieve the itching, soak in a cool or lukewarm oatmeal bath. A physician may recommend anti-itch ointments or medications, such as over-the-counter antihistamines, to control this troublesome itch.

Although about four million children get chicken pox each year, it may be preventable via a vaccine. Usually one episode of  chicken pox in childhood provides lifelong immunity to the virus.

Fortunately, chicken pox is more of a nuisance than a concern. With time and extra rest, the rash will pass and the child will be good as new! Contact your dermatologist whenever you have questions or concerns about chicken pox.

January 25, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Ultherapy  

Sagging facial skin makes you feel older, doesn't it? Well, now there's something non-surgical and non-invasive that rejuvenates fine lines,ultherapy drooping skin and deep wrinkles, too. Offered by your San Antonio dermatologists at Alamo Heights Dermatology, Ultherapy produces truly amazing results. Dr. Rebecca Kelso and Dr. Emily Fridlington can tell you if this FDA-cleared procedure is right for you.

What is Ultherapy?

It's a simple, painless aesthetic skin procedure. Results are comparable to facelift procedures, but there's no cutting or sutures involved. Your San Antonio dermatologist uses ultrasound technology to tighten problem areas such as the upper chest, brows, chin, and neck. Performed all over the world by board-certified physicians, Ultherapy literally reverses common signs of aging, and the therapeutic effects are long-lasting.

How does it work?

Typically, Ultherapy treatments take about an hour and are performed right at Alamo Heights Dermatology. As the patient relaxes in the treatment chair, the doctor uses focused ultrasound waves to penetrate the skin and muscles on selected areas. This focused energy actually activates the collagen and elastin in the skin. These components give skin its firm, youthful look.

Afterwards, patients see immediate results but then achieve maximum smoothness and tone in about two weeks. The enhanced look may last a year or even longer. In some cases, your San Antonio dermatologist may use Ultherapy to augment other procedures such as a total surgical facelift.

What is the process like?

It begins with a personal consultation with Dr. Kelso or Dr. Fridlington. You'll discuss your goals, and your San Antonio, TX, dermatologist will advise you on what to expect during and after your treatment. You'll learn:

  • That there is no special preparation or follow-up
  • How the treatment feels (some people feel a pulsing sensation or a bit of heat)
  • That you may see some temporary redness or puffiness afterward
  • How the Ultherapy instrument images your skin depth for proper delivery of the ultrasound energy
  • How long your particular treatment should take (30 to 90 minutes, depending on the area)

Are you interested?

Why not investigate Ultherapy for yourself? About a million people have used it thus far. Call Alamo Heights Dermatology for your appointment at (210) 255-8447.