Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery

The largest dermatology practice in America, Advanced Dermatology provides complete clinical and cosmetic skin care. Immediate appointments available at one of our 120+ locations.

Immunosuppressive Medications for Inflammatory Skin Conditions

If you suffer from an inflammatory skin condition, your dermatologist may recommend immunosuppressive medications to control your symptoms. Immunosuppressive medications reduce the activity of your immune system in order to relieve inflammation, or in the case of an autoimmune disease, stop the immune system from attacking your own body. If your clinical dermatologist recommends immunosuppressive medications, here is what you need to know.

Understanding Inflammatory Skin Conditions

Inflammatory skin conditions are among the most common diseases of the skin that dermatologists encounter. They range from mild rashes to serious autoimmune diseases. Many types of acute inflammation, such as rashes from contact dermatitis, clear up on their own within one to two weeks. However, chronic inflammatory conditions, including psoriasis, rosacea, and eczema, can cause serious symptoms and significant tissue damage. These types of inflammatory conditions are usually caused by an autoimmune response in the body and require treatment to prevent complications.

Using Immunosuppressive Medications

Immunosuppressive medications work on chronic inflammatory skin conditions by reducing the immune system's activity. There are several medications that your dermatologist can use for this purpose. Methotrexate is an immunosuppressive that is also sometimes used for chemotherapy. It is helpful in treating inflammatory arthritis and skin conditions. Cyclosporine is an anti-fungal that also works as an immunosuppressive that is helpful for blistering, inflammatory alopecia, and hives. If you have severe psoriasis, Remicade might be right for you. IVIG is a combination of human-derived antibodies that is usually only given in the hospital for patients with severe inflammatory conditions. Rituxan is another potent medication that is used for severe cases of inflammatory skin conditions that don't respond to other forms of treatment. When you take immunosuppressive medications, you are more vulnerable to illness and infections, so your dermatologist will closely monitor your progress.

The skilled clinical dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery are adept at managing care for patients receiving immunosuppressive medications. If you have a serious inflammatory condition, make an appointment by calling (866) 400-3376 to learn more about your treatment options.

A Guide to Anti-Aging Skin Care

One of the goals most people have with skin care is to not only keep skin healthy but also looking as young as possible. There are several different ways your cosmetic dermatology specialist can help you delay the signs of aging. Here are a few strategies you can use to keep your skin healthy and youthful.

Exfoliate Every Day

One of the easiest and most effective ways to keep your skin looking fresh is to add exfoliation to your basic skin care regimen. Exfoliation removes the top layer of dead skin cells to reveal the youthful skin underneath and to prevent those dead skin cells from clogging your pores. You can exfoliate every day with a cleaning brush and then use stronger exfoliating products, such as alpha hydroxy acid creams, as directed by your dermatologist. Be sure to hydrate your skin daily with a moisturizer that is appropriate for your skin type to stop your skin from getting dry. Your dermatologist can help you select the right moisturizer.

Boost Collagen Production

As you age, collagen production slows down. Without collagen, your skin begins to sag and look thin, dull, and wrinkled. Talk to your dermatologist about using a Retinoid cream to boost your collagen production. Retinoids help to correct the appearance of fine lines and increase the amount of collagen in your skin so that it looks firm and healthy again.

Consider Laser Corrections

Laser treatments can have a dramatic anti-aging effect. There is a range of treatments available, including lasers to correct discolorations and improve skin tone and texture. Your dermatologist will help you determine which laser therapies are most likely to help you achieve your treatment goals.

Are you interested in laser treatments or other anti-aging options? Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery provides a comprehensive range of cosmetic dermatology services to address all of your concerns about your skin. Make an appointment with a cosmetic dermatologist today by calling (866) 400-3376.

Treating Actinic Keratosis

Actinic keratosis is a rough patch on the skin that can develop from the accumulated effects of years of sun exposure. This lesion may feel scaly or gritty. Since actinic keratoses may sometimes become cancerous, it's important to have any skin abnormalities evaluated by a medical dermatologist. First, the dermatologist will perform a total body skin examination to check for any other areas of concern. Then, the dermatologist can recommend a treatment plan.

Often, actinic keratoses are treated with in-office cryotherapy. In contrast to skin cancer treatment, such as surgery, cryotherapy to prevent skin cancer is non-invasive. The doctor applies liquid nitrogen to each lesion. This causes each actinic keratosis to shrink, crust over, and fall off. Cryotherapy may result in temporary swelling and redness, and possibly in permanent loss of pigmentation. Patients who have many actinic keratoses may be good candidates for topical creams and solutions.

At Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery, you'll find comprehensive solutions for skin cancer treatment and prevention, including skin cancer exams, in-office cryotherapy, light-based treatments, and many more. Locate a dermatologist in your area by calling (866) 400-3376.

Tips for Managing Rosacea

Although there is no cure for rosacea, a dermatologist can recommend methods for managing the condition. Receiving rosacea treatment can help prevent the condition from worsening over time. Your treatment plan may consist of medical treatments and lifestyle modifications. For example, a dermatologist can administer light-based therapy to reduce redness and visible blood vessels. Some topical treatments and oral medications can also be helpful.

Your dermatologist will advise you to avoid all unnecessary sun exposure. When you do go outdoors, apply sunscreen to all exposed areas of skin and wear a wide-brimmed hat. Use non-irritating and non-abrasive skincare products, such as gentle cleansers. As a general rule of thumb, the fewer products you use on your facial skin, the less irritated your skin is likely to be. Try to avoid rubbing your face, either with your hands or with a harsh washcloth.

Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery provides patient-centered care at our locations throughout the U.S. Explore our clinical and cosmetic dermatology services online or call (866) 400-3376 to book a visit with a dermatologist.

The Newcomer's Guide to Botox

Botox is among the most popular cosmetic dermatology treatments, with good reason. It's effective and safe, requires no downtime, and provides exceptional results. If you've never had Botox before and you're wondering if it might be a good option for you, you might consider talking to a dermatologist.

When Should I Start Botox Treatments?

It's a common assumption that Botox is only appropriate for older adults. In fact, seeing a cosmetic dermatologist for Botox treatments sooner, rather than later, can actually preserve your youthful appearance by discouraging the formation of lines and wrinkles. A dermatologist can tell you when it might be appropriate for you to begin receiving Botox treatments. Generally, it's best to wait until you start seeing lines begin to form because this allows your dermatologist to inject Botox precisely into the areas where you need it.

Do the Injections Hurt?

Your dermatologist will use a very thin needle to inject Botox, which means you'll barely feel anything. You may feel a brief stinging sensation.

Will My Face Look "Frozen?"

Some people avoid Botox injections over the unfounded concern that it creates a "frozen" face look. In fact, a skilled dermatologist can inject Botox in a way that creates natural-looking results. You'll still be able to make facial expressions and there's a good chance that no one will know you've had cosmetic treatments. Additionally, Botox does not affect sensation in the treated areas; your face will not feel numb.

How Long do the Results Last?

You'll see the results in about one to two weeks after your dermatology appointment. The longevity of the results can vary considerably from patient to patient. Some patients may go in for another appointment in three months, while others can wait as long as 10 months.

If you have more questions about Botox or other cosmetic dermatology treatments, the team at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery will be happy to help you. We provide a comprehensive range of skincare services at our 120+ locations throughout the country. Call (866) 400-3376 to schedule a visit with a dermatologist near you.

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