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.

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.

A Look at Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing allows your dermatologist to correct imperfections on the surface of your skin and help you get a smoother, more youthful complexion. To learn more about how laser skin resurfacing works, watch this video.

Laser treatments repair skin in a few ways. The laser removes damaged surface skin, allowing healthier skin to replace it. It also sparks the production of collagen fibers below the surface of the skin to improve skin firmness and help it appear more youthful.

Could laser skin resurfacing be the right treatment for you? Find out by scheduling an appointment with a dermatologist from Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. Our doctors offer a range of medical and cosmetic dermatology treatments, from laser resurfacing and CoolSculpting to skin cancer treatment and acne care. To make an appointment, call (866) 400-3376.

Protect Your Child's Sensitive Skin

Dermatologists urge parents to keep their babies out of the sun as much as possible, especially if they're younger than six months of age. Just one blistering sunburn in childhood can dramatically increase the individual's lifetime risk of melanoma. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer.

To find out more about protecting your child, watch this featured video and consult a dermatologist. This video explains what every parent should know about sunscreen, and it discusses the importance of teaching children about sun safety early in life.

A clinical dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery is always available to speak with parents about protecting the skin health of their families. Call our office at (866) 400-3376.

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