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.

Spotting Skin Cancer: Tips for Families

Visually inspecting the skin is one of the most important steps when it comes to detecting skin cancer. While it's important to see a dermatologist for skin cancer screenings, you should also keep an eye on your own skin and that of your family. Watch this video for tips on spotting skin cancer.

Men sometimes miss things. In fact, research indicates that women are nine times more likely to spot melanoma on others than men are. Men over age 50 are at a higher risk for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, so check out the skin of the man in your life for changes or suspicious spots.

To make your appointment for a skin cancer screening with one of the clinical dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery, please call (866) 400-3376.

Questions and Answers About Retinol

One common reason why people choose to undergo cosmetic dermatology procedures is to obtain younger-looking skin. In addition to anti-aging procedures, your dermatologist can provide you with products that help promote better-looking skin, many of which contain retinol. Read on for the answers to some common questions about this anti-aging skin care ingredient.

What is retinol?

Many skin care products are formulated using derivatives of vitamin A, called retinoids. Retinol is a pure, highly effective type of retinoid.

What are the benefits of retinol?

When applied to the skin, retinol may help reduce the appearance of fine lines, improve skin tone, and minimize roughness.

How does retinol work?

Retinol helps improve and normalize the appearance of skin in a number of ways—for example, by hindering the breakdown of collagen and encouraging new skin cell growth. Also, retinol can improve skin tone by reducing melanin production and causing older skin cells on the surface of the skin to slough off.

What is the difference between prescription and over-the-counter retinol products?

The skin care products made with retinol or retinoids that you can get a prescription for from your dermatologist are often more potent than retinol-containing products that you can purchase over-the-counter.

What skin issues can retinol address?

Retinol is a common ingredient in anti-aging treatments because it can boost collagen production, reduce the appearance of small wrinkles and age spots, and enhance skin texture. Retinol may also help improve the appearance of pores, thicken the skin, and improve overall skin quality.

Does retinol have any side effects?

Retinol can sometimes cause skin redness and irritation. Also, this skin care ingredient may increase skin sensitivity and the skin's vulnerability to sunburn. Speak with your dermatologist to learn more about the potential side effects of retinol and if products containing this ingredient may be right for you.

Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery offers a selection of cosmetic dermatology products and treatments designed to promote youthful-looking skin. To schedule your visit with one of our dermatologists, please call (866) 400-3376.

What Your Dermatologist Wants You to Know About Blood Circulation

For many people with spider and varicose veins, physical appearance is only one associated concern, as these veins can also cause symptoms such as discomfort and fatigue. If you have spider or varicose veins, then there are a few things that your dermatologist would want you to know about blood circulation.

Inside of healthy veins, there are valves that open and close as blood is pushed through. When these valves fail to close properly in veins in the legs, this can allow blood to pool and create extra pressure. This pressure can cause damage and is what leads to spider and varicose veins. Wearing compression stockings and avoiding a sedentary lifestyle are two methods of improving the blood circulation in your legs. However, if you want to get rid of these unattractive veins, then speak with your dermatologist about your treatment options.

At Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery, our dermatologists offer sclerotherapy and varicose vein therapy to address damaged veins. Schedule your appointment today by calling us at (866) 400-3376.

Here's Why DIY Tattoo Removal Creams Are Too Risky

Do you have a tattoo that you once loved but has since become an eyesore? When it comes to getting rid of old tattoos that you’d rather not have marring your skin, do-it-yourself options can seem very appealing. However, there are a few things that your dermatologist would want you to know about the safety and effectiveness of DIY tattoo removal creams.

The DIY kits, creams, and ointments advertised for tattoo removal contain harsh ingredients that can harm the skin and even cause scarring. Also, there isn’t any evidence that shows these creams are effective for removing tattoos, which makes them even less worth the risk. Instead of taking this approach, consider speaking with your dermatologist about laser tattoo removal, which can eliminate tattoos from the skin much more safely and successfully than DIY creams.

To schedule your tattoo removal consultation with one of the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery, call (866) 400-3376.

Simple Steps to Prepare Your Skin for Treatments

There are a number of minimally invasive procedures, such as acne laser treatment and scar management therapy, that can be performed by your dermatologist, allowing you to achieve healthier-looking skin with little to no downtime. However, even for options like these, performing some prep work can be a smart decision. Continue reading for steps on preparing your skin for treatments.

Speak with your dermatologist.

No matter what type of procedure you're interested in having performed on your skin, speaking with your dermatologist about how you can prepare is a must. During your consultation appoint, ask if there are any activities that you should avoid in the weeks leading up to your procedure, such as tanning or smoking. Also, find out if there are any foods, supplements, or medications that you should abstain from during this period.

Choose milder skin care products.

While you may be quite attached to your current skincare routine, if it involves any strong or abrasive products, then consider making some adjustments. Harsh skin care products may suit your skin well day-to-day, but using these may not be the best way to get your skin ready for treatment. For this reason, consider using only mild, simple skin care products to prepare for your dermatological procedure.

Make post-procedure arrangements.

In most cases, you will be able to drive yourself home after your procedure. However, making arrangements for a friend or family member to drive you home may help maximize your comfort and convenience following your appointment. Also, to help prepare your skin, ask your dermatologist if there are any medications you should take before your procedure. Then, consider purchasing these or filling any prescriptions before the day of your visit.

Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery offers a wide range of dermatological services throughout the United States. If you're interested in learning about ways to help your skin look its best, then call (866) 400-3376 to schedule an appointment with one of our dermatologists near you.

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