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 180+ locations.

Are Warts Cancerous?

Warts are extremely common, due to the fact that they are highly contagious. Many people visit dermatologists because they have warts, in hopes of getting an accurate diagnosis and treatment. Often, people who get warts worry that they are a sign of skin cancer. Is it true?

The good news is that warts are not cancerous. They are caused by HPV—human papilloma virus. The virus is extremely contagious, and you are even more likely to develop warts of you have a cut on your skin when you are exposed to the virus. In most cases, your dermatologist can diagnose warts simply by looking at them. Many different treatments are available, including cryotherapy, excision, and chemical peels.

If you have warts, schedule a consultation with Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery to find out what treatment is right for you. To make an appointment with a clinical dermatologist, please dial (866) 400-3376.

Did You Get Your Shingles Vaccine Yet?

Shingles is a painful, blistering skin rash that can occur in anyone who has had chickenpox at any point in his or her life. Fortunately, a new vaccine can lessen the risk of developing shingles and make cases that do develop less serious. If you haven't yet had the shingles vaccine, consider talking to your dermatologist to see if it is right for you.

What exactly is shingles?
Shingles is a rash caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you heal from chickenpox, the virus remains in your body. If it becomes reactivated, shingles will develop. Shingles causes a blistering rash that can be extremely painful. The blisters themselves may clear within a few weeks, but the pain they cause can linger for months or even longer. Fever, headache, and flu-like symptoms may also occur with shingles.

Why should I get a vaccine?
Shingles can be an extremely painful condition, and for some people, the pain does not subside after the infection has passed. People with shingles are at risk of developing post-herpetic neuropathy, or PHN. This condition causes severe nerve pain that can interfere with every day activities for several years after the shingles rash has cleared. The vaccine can greatly reduce the risk of shingles. In people who still develop shingles, having had the vaccine reduces the chance of long-term complications.

Who should be vaccinated?
Most people should consider getting the shingles vaccine after turning 50 or no later than 60. Depending on your risk factors, your dermatologist may also recommend getting the vaccine sooner. People with a weakened immune system, such as those who are HIV positive or are undergoing chemotherapy, for example, have a higher risk of developing shingles and could benefit from an earlier vaccine. Your dermatologist can help you decide what is right for you.

Take control of your skin health by scheduling an appointment at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. To make an appointment with a clinical dermatologist for a comprehensive range of skin conditions, please call (866) 400-3376.

That Skin Under Your Eyes Is Different-Here's How to Care for It

The skin under your eyes simply isn't like the rest of the skin on your face. It's no mistake that the signs of aging often appear around the eyes first. This sensitive skin is much more prone to damage and shows signs of damage faster than other areas, so it makes sense that you have to treat it differently to keep it healthy. Your dermatologist is the best source of information about caring for the skin under your eyes and the treatments you can use to keep in top shape. This information will also help.

Why is the skin under my eyes different?
One of the biggest differences between the skin under your eyes and the rest of your skin is that it is much thinner. The skin is thin to make room for small pads of fat that help to protect your eyes from injury, and because the muscles under your eyes don't move a great deal, they don't build up and plump up your skin. It is also much more photosensitive than the skin on the rest of your body because of its proximity to your delicate eyes. The thinness of this skin is necessary to work with your eyes, but it does leave it more likely to show the signs of everything from dehydration to sleep deprivation and aging.

What is the best way to care for the skin under my eyes?
The skin under your eyes is very sensitive, so it's important to treat it delicately. You can keep this skin healthy and prevent irritation with these steps:

  • Avoid using harsh cleansers or creams under your eyes.
  • Wear sunscreen for sensitive skin, and when you're outdoors, wear sunglasses.
  • Use an eye creams or serums to treat the signs of aging.
  • Live a healthy lifestyle with an adequate amount of sleep and water daily.

Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery is pleased to offer our line of eye serums specially designed for this sensitive skin to help you look and feel your best. Tackle your skin issues with the help of a cosmetic dermatologist and learn more about our treatment line by calling (866) 400-3376.

Teen Acne: The Dos and Don'ts for Parents

Acne is common in adolescence, but that doesn't make it any easier for teens to tolerate. As a parent, it can be hard to know what to do to help your teen cope with the distress that acne can cause. Fortunately, there are more treatments than ever before, from topical medications to acne laser treatments, that can help control breakouts. If you're the parent of a teen who is dealing with acne, these dos and don'ts will guide you to the best ways to be supportive.

Do Recognize the Impact of Acne
Although it can be tempting to reassure your teen that his or her acne is destined to clear up, it's important to take breakouts seriously. Undermining your teen's concerns will only contribute to the self-esteem issues he or she may be experiencing, particularly if he or she is also experiencing bullying at school. Further, failing to seek prompt treatment for acne can allow it to become severe, which in turn can cause permanent scarring. Taking acne seriously when it begins can prevent these lifelong complications.

Don't Nag Your Teen About Acne Treatments
It's natural to want to make sure your teen is using his or her acne treatment diligently, but studies have found that when parents remind teens about their treatments daily, teens were actually less compliant with their treatment plans. Checking in with your teen periodically about his or her treatments can be helpful, but hold back on daily prompting.

Do Let Your Teen See a Dermatologist Alone
Make sure your teen gets to meet with the dermatologist alone for at least a portion of his or her appointment. This will allow your teen and the doctor to develop trust and will give your teen an opportunity to discuss concerns he or she may not want to voice in your presence.

Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery offers cutting edge care for patients of all ages suffering from acne, including acne laser treatments. Call (866) 400-3376 to schedule a consultation with a clinical dermatologist.

Causes and Risk Factors of Impetigo

Impetigo is a common skin condition that often impacts infants and children. It is extremely contagious, but fortunately, it is rarely serious and is typically easily treated by a pediatric dermatologist. Here is a closer look at the causes of impetigo and who is most at risk of contracting it.

Impetigo is a bacterial infection. It occurs when they bacteria enters the skin, usually through some sort of injury such as an insect bite or cut. Bacteria associated with strep and staph infections are the most common culprits in impetigo outbreaks. Impetigo is extremely contagious and can be passed through skin-to-skin contact or via a surface that has been touched by someone who is infected. For instance, it can be transmitted by sharing a towel or toy with someone who has the condition.

Risk Factors
Impetigo is much more common in kids than in adults. Kids between the ages of two and five are most likely to develop it. However, anyone can catch impetigo. Generally, adults who get it have been infected by a child with the condition.

There are additional risk factors for impetigo:

  • Crowded conditions. Because impetigo is so contagious, it easily spreads in crowded environments where multiple people are touching the same surfaces. Schools and daycares are especially prone to impetigo outbreaks.
  • Humid conditions. The bacteria that cause impetigo thrive in humid conditions. As such, impetigo occurs more often in the summer months and in places with humid climates.
  • Participation in some sports. Any sport that involves skin-to-skin contact increases the risk of impetigo. Football players and wrestlers are particularly vulnerable. Sharing equipment such as helmets and facemasks also increases the risk.
  • Weakened immune system. Anyone with a chronic medical condition, such as diabetes, that weakens the immune system is more vulnerable to impetigo infections.

Could you or your child have impetigo? Visit a dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery for a diagnosis and treatment plan. Our pediatric dermatologists and medical dermatologists diagnose and treat a wide range of skin conditions. To make an appointment, call (866) 400-3376.

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