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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.

Can Squamous Cell Skin Cancer Spread?

There are multiple forms of skin cancer, but the two most common kinds are basal cell and squamous cell cancers. Squamous cell skin cancer—also sometimes called squamous cell carcinoma—begins in the squamous cells in the top layer of your skin. Although this form of skin cancer is not usually as fast moving as other forms, such as melanoma, it is still important to work with your dermatologist to begin treatment quickly.

If you are diagnosed with squamous cell skin cancer, one of your first concerns may be finding out if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. In most cases, squamous cell skin cancer is diagnosed while it is still confined to the skin cells. However, in rare instances, it does spread into the lymph nodes. Your dermatologist will determine if your cancer has spread before choosing the best skin cancer treatment plan for you.

Regular skin self-exams plus screenings from your dermatologist are important for diagnosing skin cancer in its early stages. Make an appointment at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery for a skin cancer check today by calling (866) 400-3376.

Are You Applying Eye Cream Correctly?

Using the right topical products on your skin is the first step in keeping it healthy and beautiful. After your dermatologist recommends the right eye cream for your needs, applying it correctly will ensure you get the most benefits from its ingredients.

Watch this video to learn a few tips on proper eye cream application. Because the skin under your eyes is sensitive, avoid using your pointer finger, which would apply too much pressure. You should also dab, rather than rub, the cream into your skin

Get the skin you've always wanted with help from Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. Our dermatologists offer a comprehensive range of medical and cosmetic dermatology treatments to help you look and feel your best. To make an appointment, call (866) 400-3376.

Understanding the Differences Between Psoriasis and Eczema

Psoriasis and eczema can cause similar symptoms, which leads many people to confuse these common skin conditions. Both conditions require treatment by a dermatologist, but understanding your diagnosis will help you choose the right home management strategies and recognize when it's time to call your doctor. Here is a look at the ways in which psoriasis and eczema differ.

Itchiness

Psoriasis and eczema can both cause itchiness. However, itching sensations caused by eczema can be extremely intense. Many people with eczema describe scratching until their skin bleeds just to try to find relief. The itchiness with psoriasis is usually much less pronounced. Psoriasis is more likely to cause burning and stinging sensations than intense itching. This kind of burning and stinging is not generally associated with eczema.

Appearance

Eczema and psoriasis can look very similar. They both cause red patches on the skin that may become swollen or raised. By looking closely at the patches of skin, you may be able to see a difference between eczema and psoriasis irritation. Eczema causes leathery-looking skin that may ooze pus, while skin inflamed by psoriasis often looks silvery and scaly. Skin impacted by psoriasis also tends to exhibit more severe inflammation.

Causes

Eczema is often caused by exposure to an irritant in people with sensitive skin. If you have allergies or asthma, you have a higher risk of developing eczema, as it may develop as an allergic reaction on your skin. Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition and frequently affects people with other autoimmune problems, such as type 1 diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis. It is also more common in people with heart disease and depression.

If you have irritated skin, make an appointment with a dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery to get an accurate diagnosis and the treatment you need. Eczema and psoriasis treatments are most effective when they are started early, so see a clinical dermatologist as soon as symptoms appear. For more information or to make an appointment, call (866) 400-3376.

Basic Skin Care 101

Between trips to the dermatologist, your day-to-day skin care routine has a profound effect on the health and appearance of your skin. A few basic strategies can help to protect your overall skin health and ensure you identify potential issues that need to be addressed with your dermatologist in early stages. Keep your skin in top condition with these basic skin care tips.

Keep Your Skin Clean Without Overdoing It

Keeping your skin clean will remove dirt and other impurities that can clog your pores and make it look dull. However, it is also possible to clean your skin too aggressively, which will make it dry and irritated. If you have normal to dry skin, washing once per day is usually sufficient. For oily or acne-prone skin, consider washing your face twice daily. Use a cleanser that is appropriate for your skin type, and avoid scrubbing your skin, which will inflame it. Gentle strokes with your hands or a soft cloth are sufficient.

Moisturizer Matters for Long-Term Health

All skin types can benefit from a moisturizer. Even if you have oily skin, using a moisturizer will provide your skin with nutrients and hydration it needs. Your dermatologist can help you select the right moisturizer for your needs. Choose a moisturizer that includes a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 to protect your skin from sun damage every day.

Pay Attention to Skin Changes

Changes to your skin are inevitable over time, as aging diminishes the amount of collagen you produce, causing wrinkles to appear. Your dermatologist can recommend cosmetic treatments to manage the signs of skin aging. It is especially important to pay attention to any changes to moles and freckles, and to note the appearance of new lesions or patches of irritated skin. Report these changes to your dermatologist right away, as they may be signs of cancer, and early skin cancer treatment can prevent further complications.

Make routine visits with a clinical dermatologist from Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery part of your usual skin care regimen. You can schedule an appointment with one of our providers by calling (866) 400-3376.

Treatment Options for Different Types of Wrinkles

When you visit a dermatologist to discuss treatment options for your aging skin, one of the things you may be surprised to learn is that all of your wrinkles are not the same. There are actually several different kinds of wrinkles, and to get results from cosmetic treatments, you have to use the right kind of care for the wrinkles you have. Your cosmetic dermatologist will examine your skin to determine the kinds of wrinkles you have before recommending the appropriate treatment. Here is a look at the different types of wrinkles and the treatments that can be used to address them.

Dynamic Wrinkles

Dynamic wrinkles occur as a result of muscle movement under the skin. They develop in areas where the skin folds when you move your face—the creases that appear around your eyes when you squint are one example of dynamic wrinkles. Without treatment, these wrinkles will eventually appear even when you're not making the expression that causes them, as the skin will become permanently creased. These wrinkles can be treated with Botox, which works by reducing the movement made by the facial muscles, preventing the skin from folding.

Static Wrinkles

Static wrinkles are wrinkles that do not appear because of muscle movement, but rather because of age-related changes in the skin as well as sun exposure. There are a few different ways to treat these wrinkles, depending on their severity. For some people, dermal fillers, which plump the sunken area of skin in the crease of the wrinkle to make it look smooth, are the best solution. Other people may benefit from laser skin resurfacing and other skin rejuvenation treatments. Most dermal filler treatments need to be repeated every 12 to 18 months for lasting effects, while laser therapy may require multiple treatments over a short period of time to achieve the desired results.

Let a cosmetic dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery help you fight back against the signs of skin aging and get the more youthful complexion you desire. To find out which treatments may be right for you, call (866) 400-3376 to schedule a consultation.

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