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The largest dermatology practice in America, Advanced Dermatology provides complete clinical and cosmetic skin care. Immediate appointments available at one of our 180+ locations.

Dermatologist Suggestions for Treating Rosacea

Rosacea, sometimes called “adult acne” for the breakouts it can cause, it a skin disease that causes redness and acne-like pimples on the nose, cheeks, chin and forehead. Sensitivity to the sun is not uncommon in rosacea patients, and in rare occasions, patients may also experience swelling of the nose.

In the video below, learn more about how to treat rosacea and minimize its effects. If you are prone to redness, look for zinc or titanium sunscreens and apply daily. Other changes patients can make to treat rosacea include dietary choices like avoiding red wine and spicy foods.

For more information about rosacea and rosacea treatment, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our 50+ Florida offices.

To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Laser Skin Resurfacing: What You Need to Know

Beauty shot of a young, beautiful, blue eyed brunette woman

For those who want smooth and youthful skin, laser skin resurfacing can be an effective alternative to injections or surgery. If you are concerned about fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars or other blemishes, talk to your dermatologist about laser skin resurfacing and how it could help reveal smoother, more radiant skin.

How Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Work?

The lasers used in laser skin resurfacing vaporize superficial, damaged skin in order to reveal newer skin cells. CO2 laser skin surfacing uses pulsed light to remove thin layers of skin with minimal heat damage to surrounding tissue or skin. This treatment can be effective for people with wrinkles, scars, birthmarks, warts and other blemishes. For patients with darker skin tones, ask your dermatologist about erbium resurfacing, which can remove superficial to moderately deep facial lines and wrinkles.

Am I a Good Candidate?

Patients with fine lines, wrinkles or acne scars may find laser skin resurfacing beneficial and effective. Patients with darker skin or active acne may not be suitable laser skin resurfacing candidates, nor are those on certain medications or with skin conditions that can increase scarring.

What Results Can I Expect?

Laser skin resurfacing uncovers fresh, new skin to reveal a more youthful and even complexion. Patients may find that complete healing can take up to three weeks, but once the skin has healed, oil-free makeup can be used to minimize redness and skin irritation.

For more information about laser skin resurfacing, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our 50+ Florida offices.

To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Spider Veins and Skin Cancer: Dermatology Resources for Further Reading

Beauty on Blue

Whether from genetics or lifestyle choices, our skin can often become marred, damaged or diseased. Looking for the outward signs of skin damage, like cancerous moles or spider veins, can help patients seek the proper medical attention and treatment. To learn more about what you can do to prevent and treat skin conditions like skin cancer or varicose veins, talk to your dermatologist.

  • For patients who suffer from severe spider or varicose veins, vein stripping is one treatment that can address the sometimes painful build-up of blood in the veins. Learn more about this treatment with this educational guide from the National Institutes of Health.
  • Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive treatment for varicose veins and is performed by injecting medicine into the veins to shrink them. To learn more about why the treatment may be needed and the kinds of results it can provide, read this sclerotherapy guide from the Mayo Clinic.
  • It’s important to conduct frequent full body mole checks to detect early melanoma and other signs of skin cancer. Learn how to perform a proper self-exam with this guide from the National Cancer Institute.
  • Sun tanning and tanning booths work by stimulating the production of melanin with ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Learn more about UV radiation and why there is no such thing as a “healthy” tan at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website.
  • Keep your skin safe from sun damage by applying sunscreen daily and checking the local UV index before you go outside. The Environmental Protection Agency website has this calculator to help you identify the UV index in your local area.

For more information about keeping your skin healthy and beautiful, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our 50+ Florida offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Varicose Veins: a Rapid Remedy

Varicose Vien on leg.

Varicose veins affect millions of Americans and are especially common in women and the elderly. A condition that describes a twisting of the vein that causes blood vessels to swell and bulge, varicose veins can be prominent and even painful. This twisting can cause improper functioning of the one-way valves used to keep blood flowing in one direction and, ultimately, cause bulging, aching and cramping.

Many people with varicose veins may find this swelling embarrassing and unattractive. Because the veins carry deoxygenated blood, they appear blue or purple in color and can stand out starkly against fair skin. Fortunately, several treatment options exist that can improve the appearance of varicose veins in as little as one day. Talk to your dermatologist about your condition and which treatment would be the most effective for you.

  1. Sclerotherapy: Sclerotherapy involves injecting a saline solution into the veins, causing them first to swell and then to slowly fade away. The injected solution is typically salt-based and may foam for better distribution throughout the blood vessel.
  2. Endovenous Laser Treatment: This procedure is performed by threading an optical fiber into the affected veins and then pulsing laser light that heats the vessels and causes them to constrict. The recovery time is generally minimal and the results may be noticed immediately. Usually, only a local anesthetic is needed, so the procedure carries fewer risks than a traditional surgical one.
  3. Surgical Removal: In cases of severe varicosities, your dermatologist may recommend surgical removal of part or the entire saphenous vein trunk, which runs along the back side of the leg. This procedure is known as “stripping” and generally takes about 1 to 2 hours.

If you suffer varicose or spider veins, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our 50+ Florida offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Away with Warts: Medications and Treatments

Treating wart on finger

Warts are tough, raised lumps on the skin that can be painful and embarrassing. All warts are caused by a form of the human papillomavirus (HPV), the same virus that is responsible for approximately 70% of cervical cancers in women. Warts may go away on their own in a matter of weeks or months, but they can recur years later and are sometimes contagious. Treatments for warts can be broadly separated into two classes: medications and procedures.

  • Medications: Some topical medicines for warts are available over-the-counter while others are available by prescription only. Over-the-counter medicines typically contain salicylic acid and could take up to a year to remove the wart. Prescription medicines like imiquimod (Aldara) or fluorouracil (Efudex) work by inhibiting the replication of the virus on the affected skin. Any course of treatment should be monitored by your dermatologist.
  • Procedures: Medical procedures for dealing with warts include surgical removal, cryosurgery (freezing), and electrocautery (burning). Laser therapy for warts is another option, but the treatments can be painful and costly. Over-the-counter freezing pens are affordable and readily available, but the freon refrigerant does not achieve temperatures as low as the liquid nitrogen used by skin care doctors. You should never attempt to burn, cut, pick, or tear a wart yourself.

For more information about wart treatment, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our 50+ Florida offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

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