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.

Top Causes of Premature Skin Aging

Premature skin aging is one of the most common complaints that cosmetic dermatologists hear. There are many problems that can make your skin look older than it should, such as age spots, uneven skin tone, and fine lines and wrinkles. Premature skin aging can be caused by a number of factors. Your dermatologist may ask you some questions about your lifestyle, such as whether you spend a great deal of time outdoors. Excessive sun exposure without the protection of sunscreen is a leading cause of premature wrinkles.

Smoking is another major cause of wrinkles. Specifically, it can accelerate the formation of wrinkles around the mouth due to the repetitive puckering movements. When you watch this video, you'll learn about four additional causes of premature skin aging.

At Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery, our dermatologists can conduct personalized skin assessments and develop customized treatment plans to help you combat the signs of premature aging. Call us at (866) 400-3376 to learn more about our cosmetic dermatology services.

Which R Essentials Products Are Right for You?

Any given drugstore or supermarket will have shelves of skincare and beauty products, but it's difficult to know which products are right for you. Your skin is unique and you deserve skincare products that you can trust to be effective and safe. That's why Dr. Leavitt at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery has developed his exclusive line of skincare products, R Essentials. A dermatologist can help you decide which R Essentials products are most appropriate for your skin.

Anti-Aging Therapy

When dermatologists ask patients about their aesthetic goals, wanting to look younger is often the response. R Essentials anti-aging products are an excellent way to complement anti-aging treatments like dermal fillers. The AHA Face Cream harnesses the potency of glycolic acid and antioxidants to nurture smooth skin while fighting the signs of aging. You can also try the convenient AHA Face Pads, Antioxidant-Infused Foamy Cleanser, Ultra Moisture Cream, or Lite Moisture Cream.

Acne Treatment

Acne isn't just a problem among teenagers; it often affects adults. R Essentials products can treat both acne and acne-prone skin. Choose the 5/2 Cleanser for a potent, yet gentle product with salicylic acid and glycolic acid. For a more powerful concentration of glycolic acid, you can select the 10/2 Cleanser. The BP 5% Cleanser is ideal for acne-prone individuals who prefer soap-free cleansers. Not sure what to get? Try the Acne Kit, which is our proprietary treatment that offers step-by-step instructions to achieve clear skin.

Sun Protection

With so many sunscreen products available in the average store, it's hard to know which type to choose. R Essentials makes it easy. Choose our dermatologist developed and approved Daily Oil-Free Sunscreen SPF 30. It's a sheer product that treats skin gently and is ideal for acne-prone skin. Our Ultra Gentle Chemical-Free Sunscreen SPF 30 is another popular choice.

To check out the entire line of R Essentials products, visit the website of Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery or schedule a visit with our cosmetic dermatology team. We offer a full array of dermatology services, including acne laser treatment, eczema treatment, scar management, and so much more. New and current patients can reach us at (866) 400-3376.

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.

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