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The largest dermatology practice in America, Advanced Dermatology provides complete clinical and cosmetic skin care. Immediate appointments available at one of our 180+ locations.

The Patient's Guide to Skin Growths

Your skin is your body's largest organ, and it's exposed to everything from dirt and pollution to sweat and bacteria. As such, it's no surprise that a long list of skin growths can occur throughout life. Some skin growths are simply annoyances, while others can represent serious conditions that require the attention of a dermatologist. Here is a look at some common forms of skin growths and how they are treated.

Cysts

Cysts are sacs that grow under your skin and are filled with sebaceous fluid, skin cells, air, and other substances. Although cysts themselves aren't dangerous, they can become infected and turn into abscesses, which can be serious. Even when they are not infected, cysts can be tender and uncomfortable. Some cysts simply go away on their own, but if you have a large, tender, or persistent cyst, see your dermatologist to find out if it requires treatment.

Moles

Moles are concentrated areas of pigment that appear as skin lesions. In the majority of cases, moles are not serious, but they can also indicate skin cancer. See your dermatologist for regular mole checks, and call your doctor if you develop a new mole or if a mole you currently have changes color, size, or shape. Skin cancer treatment is most effective when it is provided early in the course of the disease, so don't delay getting a suspicious mole checked.

Lipomas

Lipomas are overgrowths of fat cells that sit below the surface of the skin. They are not painful but usually feel like dough or rubber when pressed. Although anyone can develop a lipoma, they are most commonly seen in older adults. Lipomas can grow large in size, so if you develop one, have it evaluated by your dermatologist.

Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery offers dermatology services nationwide for everything from skin cancer to acne. Make an appointment with a dermatologist today by calling (866) 400-3376.

What Are the Potential Causes of Dry Skin?

Dry skin is a problem that plagues many people. By understanding the causes of dry skin, you can take the appropriate steps to treat it. Your dermatologist will provide recommendations for treating your dry skin. This video explains more about the causes.

The temperature and frequency of your showers can have a dramatic impact on your skin, with hot, frequent showers robbing skin of moisture. Living in a dry climate can also increase the chances that you will experience dry skin.

If you're dealing with persistently dry skin, your dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery can recommend treatments and products to help. You can schedule an appointment with a clinical dermatologist by calling (866) 400-3376.

Spotlight on Port Wine Stains

Port wine stains are birthmarks that can appear on any part of the body. They get their name from their red, pink, or purple appearance. Although port wine stains will not go away on their own, they can be reduced or completely removed by a pediatric dermatologist using laser skin treatments.

Port wine stains are flush with the surrounding skin, and while some are very small and hardly visible, others can be very large. They are not dangerous and do not increase the risk of other skin conditions, but people are sometimes unhappy with their appearance. Pediatric dermatologists can fade port wine stains using laser therapy. It usually takes multiple treatments for port wine stains to disappear completely.

Whether you need a cosmetic dermatologist for an aesthetic treatment, a pediatric dermatologist for a childhood skin condition, or a clinical dermatologist for acne treatment, Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery can provide the service you need. To make an appointment with a dermatologist nationwide, call (866) 400-3376.

What Is Keratosis Pilaris?

What Is Keratosis Pilaris?

Keratosis pilaris is a common skin condition that is not dangerous but can be annoying. Fortunately, if you have keratosis pilaris—or KP—your dermatologist can offer treatments to minimize the symptoms.

Watch this video to learn more about KP. This condition causes your skin to develop small bumps and redness, and while it cannot be cured, it can be controlled. Your dermatologist may recommend topical steroids, chemical peels, and laser treatments to reduce the appearance of your symptoms.

If you're dealing with KP or another skin condition, make an appointment at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery for medical, cosmetic, and clinical dermatology treatments nationwide. Call (866) 400-3376 to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist near you.

What Is the Difference Between Dynamic and Static Wrinkles?

Wrinkles are something that affects everyone, but not all wrinkles are the same. Understanding the kind of wrinkles you have is the first step in finding an effective treatment. When you see your cosmetic dermatologist, he or she may discuss both dynamic and static wrinkles. Here is what you need to know about the differences between these two types of wrinkles and how they can be treated.

Dynamic Wrinkles

Dynamic wrinkles are about motion. They occur when the muscles underneath your skin move, causing your skin to crease. When you make a facial expression and lines appear on your face, you are seeing dynamic wrinkles in action. The lines that occur with facial expressions happen in people of all ages. The difference is that with time, your skin becomes less supple and less able to snap back into a flat position when you stop making the expression. That makes the wrinkles stay visible even when your muscles aren't in motion. Treatments that reduce muscle activity, such as Botox injections, are most effective for addressing dynamic wrinkles.

Static Wrinkles

As the name suggests, static wrinkles do not occur in response to movement. These wrinkles appear on areas of skin that aren't creased when muscles move. Instead, these wrinkles occur in response to age-related skin changes, including loss of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. Fillers, which plump the sunken skin inside a wrinkle to make it level with the rest of the skin, are a popular and effective cosmetic dermatology treatment for static wrinkles. Laser treatments can also resurface the skin and reduce the appearance of these kinds of wrinkles.

Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery offers cosmetic dermatology nationwide to help you look and feel your best. We provide an extensive range of cosmetic treatments, including injectables like Botox and dermal fillers as well as laser treatments and chemical peels. Take a stand against your wrinkles and reclaim a more youthful glow by calling (866) 400-3376 to make an appointment with a cosmetic dermatologist.

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