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Let’s be honest - the cosmetic procedures available this day in age can be mind boggling, especially when you throw medical jargon into the mix. Intense pulsed light therapy, or IPL, is a relatively new skin treatment option that offers shorter in-office sessions, near-instant results, and is effective on nearly all skin types.
IPL therapy uses a broad spectrum of lights directed onto the skin’s surface to treat damaged skin cells. Treatments are tailored to the patient’s skin and allow for wider areas to be done.
Your dermatologist will determine how many sessions are necessary after the initial consult. Then, you will come in at regular intervals until completed. IPL is non-invasive, requires little to no down time, and no anesthetic. After every treatment, your skin will appear more youthful and clear and it may even help with problematic skin conditions.
Results Deeper Than the Skin
Having a skin condition means more than what you see with your eyes. The emotional toll can be an unwavering constant reminder. Maybe you are tired of people asking if you are hot when your rosacea flares. Maybe you are frustrated with trying to cover up uneven pigment with makeup. Maybe you want to get a few years back, or to just look your age, and not older. These are a few reasons IPL is such a great option. Other skin conditions IPL has been effective at treating include:
- Broken Capillaries
- Age Spots
- Sun Damage
- Fine Lines
Alamo Heights Dermatology is your all-in-one solution for general, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology. For the month of August, we are offering 10% off any one laser or IPL treatment, or 20% off any laser or IPL bundle. To book an appointment for your consultation, call us at (210) 255-8447, or visit our website.
Are you worried about a particular mole on your body? Does it seem to look different every time you check on it? Do not fear. This blog is going to take you back to your ABC’s when it comes to identifying a suspicious mole. We will also touch a little on why summer skin care is so important, along with skin checks. Let’s get started!
The Harmful Side of the Sun
Trips to the beach, poolside cabanas, and other outdoor adventures aren’t the only things that the summer sun brings. There are some negative impacts that happen when you are outdoors a lot more. In particular, we are referring to the sun’s rays. UVA and UVB rays not only age the skin prematurely, but also increase your risk for skin cancer.
The Upside of a Little Prevention
Here is where a little preventative measure goes a long way. You can reduce the sun’s harmful effects by:
- Avoid being out in the sun between peak UVA/UVB ray hours of 10am-4pm.
- Use a broad-spectrum sunblock with SPF 30 or higher (following application directions, and reapplying as required).
- Wear protective clothing while in the sun.
In conjunction with your preventative measures, the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends a monthly head to toe self-check of your skin. For step-by-step instructions, click on this link. By getting yourself into a monthly rhythm, if something does come up that is concerning, you can catch it early and talk with your dermatologist immediately.
To make sure you are not in your dermatologist’s office every month with false alarms, you can follow the ABCDE guide for when you are doing your monthly skin checks to recognize anything suspicious.
Causes for Concern: Simple as ABCDE:
- Asymmetry- One half of the mole does not match the other.
- Border- Border is irregular.
- Color- Color varies in the mole.
- Diameter- Greater than 6mm (about the size of a pencil eraser)
- Evolving- Changes in size, shape, elevation of mole.
If your skin checks follow any of the patterns above, or even if you are not sure, talk to your dermatologist immediately.
Alamo Heights Dermatology has a wide range of preventative and cosmetic services available for all your skin care needs. If you are interested in learning more about the services we offer, or you are looking for the best dermatology services in San Antonio, click HERE to learn more.
Alamo Heights Dermatology is bringing sexy back with 15% off our ultherapy services for the month of July. Ultherapy, as seen on E! and the Today Show is an FDA approved non-surgical procedure that uses ultrasound technology to soften fine lines and wrinkles. The best part is the procedure is done without any cuts or scars!
Skin and Aging
Collagen, elastin, and glycosaminoglycan are proteins produced naturally in the body. Collagen provides the strength to the skin and holds it together. Elastin provides elasticity to the skin. Glycosaminoglycan together with water, fills the spaces between the collagen and elastin fibers. As we age, the production of these proteins begins to slow causing the skin to sag, and fine lines and wrinkles appear.
How it Works
Ultherapy uses 50-year-old time-tested ultrasound technology to achieve a fresher look from your brows to your chest. The procedure stimulates collagen production by delivering focused ultrasound energy at the right depths and the right temperature into the foundational layer of skin. This energy jump starts the regenerative process that produces new collagen.
Areas that can be treated are the brow, chin, neck, as well as the chest. A face and neck procedure typically take 60-90 minutes. The chest takes approximately 30 minutes.
The benefits of ultherapy go beyond the non-evasive process of this procedure. Below are a few highlights:
- One Treatment- Just one treatment helps counteract the effects of gravity and sun exposure.
- No Downtime- Although your face may feel flushed at first, you can return to normal activities right after. No bandages, scarring, or bruising.
- Non-Invasive- There are no needles or cutting involved.
- Natural Results- Some patients see results immediately after treatment, but the real results come within 2-3 months as the new collagen is produced and begins to naturally firm the areas treated.
To take advantage of this sizzling summer special, contact us to book a consultation appointment.
Alamo Heights Dermatology has a wide range of preventative and cosmetic services available for all your skin care needs. If you, or someone you love is interested in learning more about the services we offer, click HERE to learn more.
Be honest. At least once in your life you found yourself in front of the bathroom mirror with your phone’s flashlight and a magnifying glass, scrutinizing that mole on your shoulder. You were precariously balanced on the counter, wondering if that mole is skin cancer. You are not alone.
With the official summer season in swing, there is no greater time to talk about how to recognize skin cancer. Skin cancer is the “uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. It occurs when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells (most often caused by ultraviolet radiation from sunshine or tanning beds) triggers mutations, or genetic defects, that lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors” according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.
There are six types of skin cancers and pre-cancers. Pre-cancer is when you have abnormal skin cells growing that have caused the appearance of a spot to change. These changes can be size, shape, and color. If you leave a pre-cancerous spot alone, it can develop into skin cancer.
- Actinic Keratosis (Pre-Cancer)- Crusty, scaly growth. This is the most common type of pre-cancer.
- Atypical Moles (Pre-Cancer)- Unusual looking non-cancerous moles. Often runs in families.
- Basal Cell Carcinoma- Open sores, pink patches, shiny bumps, or scars. The most commonly occurring form of skin cancer.
- Melanoma- Black, brown, pink, purple, or white most often resembling a mole. Often multiple hues or shades of colors within the lesion. This is the most dangerous form of skin cancer.
- Merkel Cell Carcinoma- Firm, painless lesions or nodules. Rare and aggressive.
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma- scaly red patches, open sores, warty growths or elevated growths with a central depression. Second most common skin cancer.
How To Spot It So You Can Stop It
With skin cancer, early prevention and detection are the key. The Skin Cancer Foundation, recommends a monthly head to toe self-exam to recognize any suspicious spots that are new or changing. Skin cancers are almost always curable when found and removed early. Here is what they recommend to be on the alert for:
- A skin growth that increases in size and appears pearly, translucent, tan, brown, black, or multicolored
- A mole, birthmark, beauty mark, or any brown spot that:
- changes color
- increases in size or thickness
- changes in texture
- is irregular in outline
- is bigger than 6mm or 1/4", the size of a pencil eraser
- appears after age 21
- A spot or sore that continues to itch, hurt, crust, scab, erode, or bleed
- An open sore that does not heal within three weeks.
If you do come across anything in those guidelines, talk to your doctor immediately. If you are not able to do the self-exam, or are worried about getting it right, you can ask your doctor to do it. It takes about 10mins.
Lastly, spread the word to your loved ones so they can get into the habit of the monthly self-exam, too. Don’t leave out the kids! This is a great habit to teach early on that they can carry the rest of their lives.
If you are looking for the best dermatology care in San Antonio, contact us for more info.