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.

A Parent's Guide to Birthmarks

Birthmarks are common, but their appearance can be distressing for parents. Some of them are very small and are easily camouflaged with clothing, while others may be clearly seen or even disfiguring. Although birthmarks can detract from a child's appearance, they are usually harmless. Sometimes, they may even go away on their own. After noticing a birthmark on your child, you may wish to consult a dermatologist.

Macular Stains

Macular stains are also sometimes called stork bites, angel's kisses, and salmon patches. These birthmarks are harmless. They are small, flat marks that look pink or red. Macular stains are caused by clusters of blood vessels under the skin. In almost every case, macular stains fade with time.


Hemangiomas are quite common, especially among female newborns. They are soft, raised lumps on the skin. Strawberry hemangiomas are bright red. Sometimes, they can develop near a fold or opening of the body, in which case there is some risk of ulceration. If this occurs, blood or pus may be discharged from the hemangioma. A dermatologist should be consulted promptly in cases of ulceration. The other type of hemangioma is a deep hemangioma. These develop in the deeper layers of the skin and they look like raised, bluish-grayish lumps. These birthmarks might not be noticeable until a few weeks or months after birth. Deep hemangiomas tend to fade slowly over time, although they may require treatment if they are located on sensitive areas.

Port Wine Stains

Port wine stains are flat splotches of red, purple, or pink discoloration that can appear on the face or body. Over time, they can darken and the skin may become thicker. Port wine stains do not fade over time, although they may be treated by a dermatologist. Occasionally, port wine stains are associated with medical issues, such as an increased risk of glaucoma.

The clinical dermatology team at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery has extensive experience working with pediatric patients, from young children to teenagers. If you're concerned about your child's birthmark, you can give us a call at (866) 400-3376. During your appointment, a clinical dermatologist will help you understand the type of birthmark your child has.

Types of Topical Therapies Your Dermatologist May Recommend

Topical therapies are often used in clinical dermatology and medical dermatology as psoriasis treatments, eczema treatments, rosacea treatments, and scar management. Your dermatologist will recommend a topical treatment based upon your conditions, symptoms, lifestyle, and overall health. Here is a look at a few of the most common topical therapies that dermatologists recommend.

Antibiotics, Antivirals, Antifungals, and Antibacterials

Dermatologists recommend antibiotics to inhibit the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungus, viruses, and parasites. Bacteria can contribute to acne outbreaks, so cosmetic and clinical dermatologists will prescribe topical antibiotics to inhibit bacterial growth. Antifungals are prescribed to counterattack yeast and fungal infections on the skin. Antivirals are typically used for herpes outbreaks or warts, as they destroy viruses, boost the immune system, and destroy unhealthy cells. Antiparasitics are used to treat lice, scabies, and larva on the skin and hair.

Steroids and Retinoids

A clinical dermatologist or medical dermatologist may recommend the use of steroids or retinoids to treat inflammatory skin conditions. Topical steroids are generally used in eczema treatments, psoriasis treatments, and other itchy skin conditions. Retinoids contain a topical application of vitamin A. Your dermatologist will prescribe retinoids if you suffer from acne, skin discoloration, and sun damage. Retinoids are also an effective skin cancer treatment, psoriasis treatment, alopecia treatment, dermatitis treatment, scar management, and stretch mark treatment.

Chemotherapeutics, Calcineurin Inhibitors, and Vitamins

Chemotherapeutics are used as a skin cancer treatment. Chemotherapeutics are topical applications of chemotherapy drugs, and are an alternative to internal cancer treatments. Your medical dermatologist will determine which combination of chemotherapeutics will be most effective for your form of skin cancer. Calcineurin inhibitors are used to treat dermatitis without negative side effects such as thinning skin and stretch marks. Topical vitamin D treatments can regulate normal skin cell growth, maintain calcium levels, and provide immunosuppressant benefits. These treatments are used for inflammatory conditions like psoriasis.

To talk to a medical dermatologist or clinical dermatologist about your options for topical treatments for skin conditions, come see us at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. Our dermatologists will work closely with you to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that meets your needs. To schedule an appointment, call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Include Sunscreen in Your Anti-Aging Routine

Excessive or prolonged exposure to the sun can cause your skin to develop early signs of aging. Sun exposure also increases your risk of many dangerous forms of skin cancer. A cosmetic dermatologist or clinical dermatologist can evaluate your skin cancer risk, perform skin cancer checks, and ensure that you receive the most advanced skin cancer treatments available.

Watch this video to learn more about how important it is to include sunscreen in your anti-aging routine. The right sunscreen can reduce your risk of fine lines, wrinkles, skin discoloration, and skin cancer.

If you have a history of skin cancer in your family or are worried about your skin cancer risk, come see us at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. Our experienced dermatologists can recommend healthy habits that can reduce your risk, and offer a variety of skin cancer treatment options. To schedule an appointment, call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Identifying the Possible Complications of Rosacea

After your clinical dermatologist has diagnosed you with rosacea, you may have questions about symptoms, rosacea treatment options, and possible complications. Rosacea can be caused by a combination of genetics and environmental factors. The most common symptoms are facial redness and bumps, eye irritation, and an enlarged nose. These symptoms can potentially cause further problems without rosacea treatment from a licensed dermatologist.

In rare cases, rosacea can cause enlarged oil glands in the nose or cheeks, which may lead to a buildup of tissue around the nose. This complication is more common with men, and may progress over a period of time. Rosacea outbreaks can be triggered or exacerbated by spicy foods, hot drinks, alcohol, excessive exposure to sunlight or wind, exercise, and certain cosmetics and medications. Your clinical dermatologist can help you identify your triggers and risk factors, and will develop a rosacea treatment plan that reduces your risk of complications.

If you're interested in learning more about the safest and most effective rosacea treatment for you, come see us at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. Our experienced dermatologists will work closely with you to minimize your rosacea symptoms. To schedule an appointment, call us today at (866) 400-3376.

How Does Fractional Laser Technology Work?

Your cosmetic dermatologist may recommend the use of fractional lasers as an alternative to cosmetic surgery. Cosmetic dermatologists use fractional lasers to treat fine lines, wrinkles, sunspots, and also as an effective acne laser treatment and acne scar management. Here is a look at the basics of how fractional laser technology works.

Before Your Cosmetic Dermatology Laser Treatment

Before your fractional laser treatment, you will meet with your cosmetic dermatologist to design a treatment plan. Your cosmetic dermatologist may take photos to completely assess the treatment area. Some patients may need a chemical peel or treatment with bleaching cream prior to the laser treatment. An anesthetic cream will be applied to the intended treatment area about 45 to 60 minutes before the treatment begins.

The Fractional Laser Procedure

Once your skin is anesthetized, your cosmetic dermatologist will guide the laser across the treatment area. The fractional laser targets the first two layers of skin, called the epidermis and the dermis. The original laser beam is split into thousands of tiny laser beams that expel old skin cells and stimulate the production of collagen in the skin. The healthy skin cells remain intact, and then help the treated skin regenerate new, healthy skin cells. The treatment may last from 30 minutes to an hour, depending upon the size of the treatment area.

Recovery Time and Side Effects

After the treatment is complete, your cosmetic dermatologist will use a cooling device to alleviate any discomfort. You may experience minor side effects, such as a mild sunburn sensation, swelling, pink skin, and skin peeling. The skin should be fully healed and regenerated after around 14 days. Your cosmetic dermatologist will recommend that you wear sunscreen with an SPF of 50 or more, as well as protective clothing and a wide-brimmed hat.

If you're interested in discussing wrinkle treatment, scar management, or acne laser treatment with a cosmetic dermatologist, come see us at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. We offer safe, effective cosmetic dermatology procedures, as well as cosmetic surgery options and skin cancer treatments. To make an appointment or to learn more about cosmetic and clinical dermatology, call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Page 1 of 114 1 2 3 4 5 6 7  . . . 110 111 112 113 114   Next