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 140+ locations.

Understanding Neurofibromas

Neurofibromas are skin growths that are caused by a genetic condition known as neurofibromatosis. These skin growths are usually noncancerous, but can become cancerous over time. It's important to visit a dermatologist if you are worried about your skin. A clinical dermatologist should always evaluate them to be sure that they are benign.

Watch this video for more information about neurofibromas, including their symptoms and treatment options your dermatologist can provide. Neurofibromas grow on nerve tissue on the brain, spinal cord, and anywhere else in the nervous system.

If you have a skin growth and are concerned that it might be cancerous, come see us at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. Our clinical dermatologists and cosmetic dermatology specialists can test and evaluate a skin growth to determine whether or not it is dangerous. They can also provide effective treatment options. To schedule an appointment at one of our 140 locations across the country, call us today at (866) 400-3376.

The Patient's Guide to Using Topical Acne Medications

If you're suffering from adult acne, a clinical dermatologist can provide topical acne medications and acne laser treatments to reduce blemishes and scarring. It's important to carefully follow your dermatologist's instructions when using acne medication to ensure that it's as effective as possible. Here's a helpful guide to using topical acne medications.

Wash and Moisturize Your Face Prior to Use

It's important to remove makeup, oil, and bacteria from your face before using a topical acne treatment. Otherwise, you risk trapping irritants underneath the medication and making acne worse. Your dermatologist can recommend an appropriate cleanser and moisturizer for use when you have acne. After washing your skin, lightly apply your daily or nightly moisturizer. This will protect your skin from some of the side effects of acne medication.

Use an Appropriate Amount of the Medication

Your clinical dermatologist will advise you as to how much of the acne medication you should apply with each use. Typically, it should be no more than a pea-sized drop. Put the appropriate amount on your index finger, and then dab it on your forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin. Then rub it in carefully so that it covers your entire face. If you use more than recommended, you could seriously irritate your skin, causing redness, peeling, itchiness, flakiness, tenderness, and swelling.

Begin Using the Medication Gradually

You should begin using your acne medication gradually to prevent side effects and skin irritation. Your dermatologist will probably suggest that you begin by applying the medication every other day, or even every third day. If you still experience irritation, you should cut back on your use. After a few weeks without problems, you can increase your use.

If you're interested in learning more about acne medication or laser acne treatments, come see us at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. Our clinical dermatologists can develop a comprehensive acne treatment plan that will target and reduce blemishes, and minimize acne scarring. To schedule an appointment at one of our 140 locations across the country, call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Reducing Your Chances of Skin Irritation

If you frequently experience skin irritations like rashes, hives, breakouts, itchiness, peeling, redness, or inflammation, a clinical dermatologist or medical dermatologist can help. A dermatologist can determine the biological or environmental causes of your skin irritations, and help you reduce the likelihood of them reoccurring. Here are some tips for reducing your chances of skin irritation.

Choose Skin and Hair Care Products Wisely

Some skin and hair care products contain ingredients that are known irritants, like alcohol, fragrances, alpha-hydroxy acid, ammonium persulfate, tretinoin, and p-phenylenediamine. Before purchasing a product, you should check its active and inactive ingredients. Look for products that are all-natural, organic, additive-free, dye-free, and fragrance-free. Your clinical or medical dermatologist can help you pick out non-irritating skin and hair care products.

Avoid Irritants in Soaps and Detergents

Dish soaps and laundry detergents can also contain irritants. Certain chemicals and fragrances in these products can cause rashes, allergic reactions, contact dermatitis, or can act as a trigger for an eczema or psoriasis outbreak. You can find all-natural, eco-friendly soaps and detergents that don't contain dangerous or harmful chemicals. If you switch to a new soap or detergent and notice that your skin has become itchy, inflamed, tender, red, or dry, you should discontinue use of the product, take note of the ingredients, and find an all-natural replacement.

Protect Your Skin from Sun Exposure

The harsh, UV rays of the sun are another common cause of skin irritation, including heat rashes, sunburns, and breakouts. You should protect your sun from sun exposure by wearing sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, pants, and long sleeves if you plan on being in the direct sunlight for 15 minutes or more.

At Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery, we have over 140 locations across the country, and our cosmetic dermatology specialists can diagnose and treat any skin, nail, or hair problems that you might have. We employ cosmetic dermatologists, medical dermatologists, and clinical dermatologists who can recommend skin care products and treatments that won't harm your skin. To make an appointment with one of our dermatologists, call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Innovative Ways to Fight Skin Aging

If you're concerned about the way that aging has affected the appearance or texture of your skin, a cosmetic dermatologist can help. You don't have to resort to cosmetic surgery to achieve healthier and younger looking skin. Here is a look at some innovative ways to fight skin aging with the help of cosmetic dermatology.

Laser Therapy

If you're looking for alternatives to cosmetic surgery, laser therapy is a great option. Laser therapy is a minimally invasive, incredibly precise method of cosmetic dermatology that can treat acne, scars, rosacea, skin discoloration, dull skin, age spots, and spider veins. During a laser treatment, your dermatologist will use safe, painless laser heat to stimulate skin rejuvenation and healing.

Dermal Fillers and Skin Tighteners

Dermal fillers and skin tighteners are some of the most effective and longest lasting anti-aging treatments. Your cosmetic dermatologist might recommend a dermal filler like Restylane, Juvederm, Perlane, or Radiesse to add volume to your cheeks and fill in facial hollows, making your face look fuller and more youthful. Skin tighteners, like Botox and Dysport, can eliminate or reduce lines and wrinkles. They both act by paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles, giving the face a tighter, smoother, and firmer appearance. The effects of dermal fillers and skin tighteners can last between four months and one year.

Facials and Chemical Peels

Facials and chemical peels can treat a variety of symptoms of aging, from age spots to wrinkles. A chemical peel kills the surface layer of skin, where imperfections are, and stimulates the growth of new, healthy, smooth skin. A facial exfoliates old, dead, or dry skin, making the face appear more radiant and healthy.

If you're interested in cosmetic dermatology treatments that can fight the signs of aging, come see us at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. We offer a variety of safe and effective skin care treatments and cosmetic surgery options that will help you look younger, happier, and healthier. To schedule an appointment with a dermatologist at one of our many convenient locations across the country, call us today at (866) 400-3376.

How Methotrexate Is Used in Dermatology

Methotrexate is an immunosuppressant that is often used in dermatology. Your medical dermatologist might recommend methotrexate if you suffer from an inflammatory skin condition. Some dermatologists also utilize it as a skin cancer treatment. It's very important that you follow your dermatologist's instructions for using methotrexate very carefully to avoid complications, and ensure the drug works as effectively as possible.

Methotrexate works by impeding the growth of cancer cells, bone marrow cells, and skin cells. It is an effective and minimally invasive skin cancer treatment, as well as an alternative treatment option for severe psoriasis. Your dermatologist will recommend methotrexate if other medications and medical dermatology treatments have been unsuccessful. Your dermatologist will determine if you are a good candidate for methotrexate, and will carefully explain possible side effects and complications associated with the medication.

If you're interested in investigating methotrexate as a psoriasis or skin cancer treatment, come see us at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. Methotrexate isn't the right drug for everyone, and we may recommend a more effective dermatology treatment for you. To schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations across the country, call us today at (866) 400-3376.

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