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Spider Veins and Skin Cancer: Dermatology Resources for Further Reading

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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.

Melanoma: Skin Cancer Signs and Symptoms

Melanoma describes the cancer of the melanocytes, the cells that produce melanin and give skin its pigment. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, which is why early identification is crucial for successful treatment. Watch the video below to learn more about the ABCD method of distinguishing melanoma from an ordinary mole.

By checking for asymmetry, border irregularity, changes in color or diameter, you can alert your doctor of potentially cancerous moles and seek the necessary treatment.

If you have questions about a full-body mole check or would like to discuss skin cancer treatment options, 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.

Treating Common Skin Conditions: Resources for Further Reading

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Treating Common Skin Conditions: Resources for Further Reading

The skin is a vital organ that performs many functions, including heat regulation and water retention, and it’s your body’s first line of defense from the outside world. Consult with your dermatologist and learn more healthy skin suggestions from the resources below to help you keep your skin youthful and healthy for years to come.

  • Laser therapy can be used to treat rosacea by heating the capillaries in the face. Learn more about how the treatment works at the National Rosacea Society website.
  • Rosacea is a skin condition that causes facial redness and is often confused with acne. The National Institutes of Health’s PubMed database offers an overview of rosacea to help you better understand and recognize the condition.
  • Did you know that all warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV)? This physician’s resource provides further information on the virus and warts, including how they manifest and how frequently they occur.
  • Freezing, or cryosurgery, is an effective method of removing uncomfortable warts. FamilyDoctor.org tells you how to prepare for removing a wart at home or at the dermatologist’s office.
  • Cold sores can be painful, embarrassing, and contagious. Learn more about them and the virus that causes them from the Mayo Clinic.

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.

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