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 100+ locations.

How Do Pimples Form?

Pimples are a very common reason why people visit their clinical dermatologist. There are many treatments that your dermatologist can use to address pimples, including acne laser treatment, but how do pimples form in the first place? This video explains the basics of pimple formation.

Pimples are caused when sebum, an oily substance, clumps together with dead skin cells, forming a blockage along a hair follicle. When this occurs, bacteria grow, and the immune system responds by trying to kill the bacteria. The result is a pimple, which consists of pus from the blockage and inflammation from the immune response.

If you're dealing with pimples, a dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery can help. To make an appointment at one of our dermatology clinics, please call (407) 966-4790.

Exploring Treatment Options for Scars and Sun Damage

Scars and sun damage can leave you feeling self-conscious about your appearance. The good news is that your cosmetic dermatologist can recommend treatments to address these issues and improve your skin health. Here is a look at some of the treatments your dermatologist may recommend for these skin woes.

Scar Treatments

When it comes to scar management, the most important part of the process is determining what kind of scar you have. Once your dermatologist examines your scar, he or she can then determine the best treatment approach. For some scars, prescription ointments, creams, and gels are effective at dulling the appearance. These topical treatments work best for scars caused by injuries or wounds, such as the scars left behind from surgery. For scars that go deeper in the skin, laser treatments can help. For instance, laser therapy can be helpful with pitted scars left behind by acne. If you have a scar that is raised, such as a keloid scar, steroid injections may be useful. Your dermatologist may use these injections alone or with other scar treatments.

Sun Damage

The sun can cause a tremendous amount of damage to your skin, from wrinkles and sunspots to skin cancer. If you have wrinkles or discoloration associated with sun damage, your cosmetic dermatologist may recommend laser treatments, retinoids, and injectables, like Botox or dermal fillers. If you have an actinic keratosis—a precancerous skin growth—or skin cancer caused by sun exposure, retinoids or surgery may be recommended.

The best way of dealing with sun damage is to prevent it in the first place. Talk to your dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery to find out how to protect your skin from the sun's effects and what treatments you should consider for damage you already have. Learn more about our dermatology services and schedule a visit to our office by calling (407) 966-4790.

Does an Antioxidant-Rich Diet Help Your Skin?

The question of how effective eating an antioxidant-rich diet or taking antioxidant supplements is in protecting your skin is something that many patients ask their dermatologists. Although there is some anecdotal evidence that certain antioxidants in food form support healthy skin, your dermatologist may recommend you use topical medications for the best results.

Watch this video to learn more about eating foods with antioxidants or taking supplements. One issue is that antioxidants taken orally are broken down more than those applied to your skin, which may minimize the benefits.

To learn more about caring for your skin, make an appointment with a clinical or cosmetic dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. We provide a comprehensive range of dermatology services, including skin cancer treatment and scar management. You can schedule an appointment by calling (407) 966-4790.

A Look at the Topical Treatments Used in Dermatology

One way your clinical dermatologist can treat many skin conditions is through topical treatments. Topical treatments are applied directly to the skin in the affected area. There are many different kinds of topical treatments, so your dermatologist will select the right one for you based on your condition. Here is a look at some of the most common topical treatments prescribed by dermatologists.


Antifungals are topical medications used to treat fungal infections. These work by disrupting the synthesis of the fungi or by disrupting the cell walls. There are many different kinds of antifungals available. Your dermatologist will decide which one is right for you based on the type of fungal infection you have. These medications can be used on genital yeast infections as well as fungal infections on your skin.


Topical steroid creams are very good at treating skin issues that are related to inflammation, such as psoriasis and eczema. However, while steroids are very effective, they are not right for everyone and must be closely monitored. It's important to work with a dermatologist with extensive experience prescribing steroids to avoid any complications.


Retinoids are used frequently in cosmetic dermatology as well as in skin cancer treatment. Retinoids are potent concentrations of vitamin A and work by encouraging healthy skin renewal. Your cosmetic dermatologist may use retinoids for scar management, skin discoloration treatment, and treatment of photoaging—or skin changes such as lines and wrinkles that are caused by sun damage. Retinoids are also used to treat actinic keratoses, which are pre-cancerous skin changes. Still other retinoids are prescribed for treating psoriasis, stretch marks, hand dermatitis, and alopecia areata. While using retinoids, it's very important to restrict your sun exposure. Your dermatologist will explain what side effects to expect and how to manage your medications.

Don't suffer in silence from skin issues. Help is available at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. Learn more about topical skin treatments and make an appointment today by calling (407) 966-4790.

Which Sunscreen Is Best for Your Skin

You do not have to wait until your next appointment with the dermatologist to start caring for your skin. Sunscreen is an important tool to use whenever you spend time in the sun and it can help you avoid sunspots, wrinkles, and a higher risk for developing skin cancer. Keep reading to find out which sunscreen will do the most for your skin:

People with Allergies, Acne, or Rosacea

If you have a lot of issues with your skin, you should stay away from sunscreens that have preservatives or fragrances. Ingredients like PABA or oxybenzone can also irritate your skin. You should read the ingredients list before using any kind of sunscreen to make sure you are not coming into contact with any chemicals that might damage your skin. Talk to your dermatologist about the right kind of sunscreen to use for your needs so you can get the proper amount of protection.

People with Dry Skin

There are plenty of sunscreens available with moisturizer so you can keep your skin hydrated as you protect it from the sun. Look for sunscreens with ingredients like lanolin, oils, and silicones. Moisturizing sunscreens can usually be found as creams, lotions, or ointments.

People with Fair Skin

People with fair skin are more susceptible to sunburns and they often have a higher risk of developing skin cancer. If you have fair skin, you should always use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. You should also apply the sunscreen every two hours or immediately after getting wet.

People with Dark Skin

People with dark skin sometimes skip the sunscreen because they get tan instead of burn. Tanning is a sign of DNA damage, though, and it is just as important for people with dark skin to wear sunscreen.

With the help of the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery, you can maintain healthy and youthful looking skin. Whether you want to learn more about sun protection or find a solution for wrinkles, we can help. Call (407) 329-4865 to learn more.

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