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.

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.

Ringworm: Its Causes and Symptoms

Do you have a round rash on your skin and wonder if you should see your dermatologist for ringworm treatment? If so, then watch this video to learn about the symptoms and causes of ringworm.

Ringworm is a common fungal disease that can affect the skin, hair, and nails. This skin issue is characterized by a ring-shaped rash with a scaly border, and it can also manifest as round or oval-shaped patches. Anyone can get ringworm, and the rashes can cause intense itching and may grow in size over time. If you suspect that you may have this fungal disease, then see your dermatologist for evaluation and treatment.

If you're experiencing ringworm symptoms, then call Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery at (866) 400-3376 to schedule an appointment with one of our clinical dermatologists in your area.

Anti-Aging Options for Women in Their 30s

In the field of cosmetic dermatology, many experts agree that it is never too early to promote youthful-looking skin. Keep reading to learn about some of the anti-aging options that dermatologists often recommend to women in their 30s.


The expressions that you make now may lead to wrinkles in your skin later. For example, lifting your eyebrows upward may promote the formation of forehead lines. Botox offers a solution for people who want to help prevent the formation of expression lines and wrinkles, and it works by temporarily paralyzing the facial muscles in the treatment area. Also, Botox treatment can also help promote younger-looking skin by preventing you from making expressions that may make you appear older, such as frowning.

Laser Treatments

In recent years, advances in laser technology have had a significant impact on cosmetic dermatology, allowing doctors to provide patients with improved skin rejuvenation treatments. For this reason, if you're in your 30s and wish to improve the look and texture of your skin, then your dermatologist may recommend that you consider anti-aging laser treatments. Fractional laser treatments, for example, may be able to improve the tone and texture of your skin, address fine lines, reduce the appearance of age spots, and repair sun damage. For these reasons, undergoing laser treatments now can be an excellent way to promote healthy-looking skin that appears smooth and youthful.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are a type of injectable, minimally invasive anti-aging treatment, and these products are injected into the skin to provide more volume and smooth out lines and wrinkles. Different types of fillers can be used to address various signs of aging in the skin and may contain anti-aging ingredients like collagen and hyaluronic acid.

If you're in your 30s and ready to learn more about what you can do to help prevent signs of aging in your skin, then call (866) 400-3376 to schedule your appointment with one of the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery.

Preparing for Your Sclerotherapy Appointment

If you have spider veins or varicose veins, then your dermatologist may recommend sclerotherapy. During this procedure, your dermatologist will inject a solution into the affected veins to cause them to collapse. As these veins collapse, the blood flow is automatically rerouted to other veins. The procedure only takes about 15 to 30 minutes and only causes minor discomfort and cramping. If you have decided to try sclerotherapy for your veins, here are some tips for getting ready for your appointment.

Review Your Medical History

Sclerotherapy is safe for the vast majority of patients, but talk to your dermatologist about your medical history before undergoing treatment. In some cases, cardiovascular conditions and chronic health conditions that interfere with healing could impact your sclerotherapy, so it is important for your dermatologist to know as much as possible before your session starts.

Adjust Your Medications

Before treatment, your dermatologist may ask you to avoid certain medications, including some prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines, and herbal therapies. Keep in mind that you should never stop a prescribed medication unless specifically told to by your doctor. Before treatment, avoid taking aspirin and ibuprofen, which can increase the risk of excessive bleeding. Tylenol is generally considered to be safe, but ask your dermatologist first. You should also avoid putting lotion on your legs before your treatment.

Get Compression Stockings

Your dermatologist is likely to recommend that you wear compression stockings for a period of time after your treatment to compress the blood vessels that were treated. Note that compression hosiery is not the same as stockings and socks you wear on a regular basis. Rather, you must purchase them from a drug store or medical supply company, and they should be rated as light or heavy compression. Ideally, you should bring the stockings with you to your appointment so that you can put them on right away.

Varicose veins and spider veins can make you feel self-conscious about showing your legs, but sclerotherapy can help. Make an appointment with a dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery today by calling (866) 400-3376 to find out more.

Answers to Your Questions About Laser Skin Treatments

Laser skin treatments have had a profound effect on dermatology. Using lasers, your dermatologist can help you treat acne, reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and repair sun damage. There are a number of different laser therapies available that can be tailored to your specific needs. If you are considering scheduling an appointment with your dermatologist for laser therapy, here are the answers to some questions that may be on your mind.

Are laser skin treatments painful?

Some patients are hesitant when they hear about laser therapy, because they think that the laser will be painful. In reality, most patients find laser skin treatments comfortable and that any discomfort they experience is tolerable. Your dermatologist may apply a cooling cream to your face before and after your laser skin treatment to reduce the impacts of skin heating caused by the laser. If you are concerned about what your laser treatment will feel like, talk to your dermatologist. He or she may recommend other strategies for staying calm and comfortable, including a mild sedative.

Who is a good candidate for laser skin treatments?

Laser treatments are generally ideal for reducing acne breakouts and scarring, boosting collagen production for improved tone and texture, dulling the appearance of discolorations, and reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Different laser treatments have different applications, and not all lasers are appropriate for all skin types. Your dermatologist will help you decide which treatments are right for your treatment goals.

How many treatments will I need?

In some cases, you may achieve the results you want with a single treatment, while in other cases, you may need multiple sessions. Your dermatologist will work out a treatment plan for you so you understand exactly what to expect from your treatment, including how many sessions and how far apart they should be.

The best way to find out how laser skin treatments can give you the complexion you've always wanted is to make an appointment with a dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. Contact us today at (866) 400-3376 to find out more about our services and to schedule your visit.

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