Posts for: April, 2018
Even if you are someone who lathers on the SPF regularly, chances are good that if you’ve spent any time in the sun during your lifetime that you have some sun damage. Everything from dark spots to freckles can form as a result of exposure to the sun. Of course, if you find those dark spots becoming more visible or more widespread then you may want to consider how a dermatologist can help refresh your appear and hide those signs of sun damage.
If you are noticing more and more dark spots then it’s a good idea to seek a skincare professional who can determine the cause of these spots. There are many reasons discolorations occur and it’s important that we are able to detect early signs of skin cancer and melanoma before we decide the best course of action.
Once your dermatologist has performed a thorough screening and has determined that the dark spots aren’t cancerous, then it’s time to get down to business discussing what cosmetic option or options will work best for diminishing those dark spots, whether you are looking for at-home solutions or in-office treatments.
The number one treatment for getting rid of discolorations and dark spots is laser therapy. There are a variety of lasers available that can provide you with the results you want depending on your specific needs, goals, and skin problems. One of the most common lasers used to treat dark spots is the intense pulsed light (IPL). The goal of IPL is to reduce and even eliminate uneven pigmentation to provide a more even appearance. Another benefit to IPL is that is can also brighten the skin.
There are different wavelengths that are able to penetrate through different layers of the skin. Depending on the severity of your dark spots, your dermatologist will determine the wavelength that will provide you with the best results. As the laser is directed over the skin it will heat up and destroy the darker pigmentations of the skin. While it’s common for most people to treat their face, you can get IPL treatment just about anywhere, from your face and neck to your chest and legs.
Laser treatment can take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes to complete and can be performed without the need for anesthesia. The process is non-invasive and also boasts no downtime. Even though you may notice some redness afterwards, you can go right back to your daily routine. You’ll start to notice the dark spots flaking and going away over the course of a couple of weeks. You will most likely require a couple of sessions in order to get the optimal results.
Don’t let sun damage ruin the appearance of your skin. Turn to a dermatologist who can help meet your needs and provide you with the proper treatment option to give you the fantastic results you want. Laser treatment can be an amazing way to restore and revive sun-damaged skin.
Find out how this unique laser system could improve the look of your skin.
We all want to have clear, beautiful skin. After all, when there is even the smallest blemish we feel like the whole world only sees that imperfection, right? Unfortunately, there are a host of skin problems, from uneven skin tone and sunspots to acne blemishes, that can cause your skin to look less than perfect. The goal of our Delray Beach, FL, dermatologists, Dr. Brian Feinstein, and Dr. Bridgit Nolan, is to improve your skin’s appearance.
What is BroadBand Light (BBL)?
This laser skin treatment is used to target a variety of common skin imperfections. With BBL our Delray Beach skin doctors can easily reduce and even eliminate the appearance of:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Broken blood vessels
- Brown spots
- Enlarged pores
- Spider veins
- Rosacea (redness or flushing)
- Superficial scars
- Sun damage
BBL can treat just about any part of the body or face to reduce unwanted flaws and improve the overall texture, tone and look of your skin. Areas such as the face, neck, chest, or hands are some of the most commonly treated areas with BBL because they are most prone to sun damage.
How does BBL work?
During your treatment, we will administer the laser to the area or areas that you wish to treat. The laser provides the perfect wavelength to slowly and safely warm up the skin to not just stimulate the growth of new skin cells but also absorb unwanted melanin (for those with hyperpigmentation, dark spots or birthmarks) or blood (e.g. blood vessels; spider veins). Since the treatment also stimulates new cells this also boosts collagen production, which increases elasticity and skin’s youthfulness. About 10 days to 2 weeks after treatment you’ll begin to see these skin imperfections fade. Plus, there is absolutely no downtime after treatment so you can go back to your normal activities.
How many treatment sessions do I need?
This will depend on the extent of the skin issues you are looking to treat. On average, one to three treatment sessions is all that’s needed to achieve the optimal results; however, it could take up to 5 sessions. How many sessions you require is something that can be determined during your initial appointment.
If you are ready to find out if BBL treatment is the best way to improve the look and health of your skin then the next step is to schedule a consultation with us. Feinstein Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery in Delray Beach, FL, is here to provide your skin with the quality, personalized care it deserves.
According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes afflicts more than 25 million children and adults in the United States. Of these, 7 million do not know they have the disease. At some point in their lives, about 1 in 3 people with diabetes will develop skin problems related to the disorder.
Most skin conditions suffered by people with diabetes are due to immune-system deficiencies caused by high blood sugar. These outbreaks can be as harmless as dry skin or a rash or may result in a serious infection. Diabetics tend to get the following skin conditions more easily:
- Bacterial infections--such as styes, boils, and nail infections
- Fungal infections--such as athlete’s foot and ringworm
- Neuropathy--which can lead to foot ulcers, and in a severe case, amputation
If not cared for properly, a minor skin condition in a person with diabetes can turn into a serious problem with severe consequences. The good news is that most skin problems can be prevented and treated with proper care and early detection. The role of your dermatologist can be very important in early recognition of skin conditions associated with diabetes.
Tips for controlling your diabetes and improving your skin health:
- Control your blood glucose level. Manage your diabetes by following a proper diet, exercising and checking your blood sugar levels on a regular basis.
- Moisturize. Prevent dry skin by using a lotion after washing.
- Inspect your feet. Feet are especially vulnerable to injuries due to poor circulation and lack of sensation that is associated with diabetes. Make sure your shoes fit properly, never walk barefoot, use extra precaution when cutting toenails and check your feet daily for minor injuries that can often go unnoticed.
- Keep skin clean and dry. Keep your skin clean by washing regularly in warm water and using mild soap. Gently pat your skin dry, paying extra attention to places where water can hide.
- Protect your skin from the sun. Always apply sunscreen to protect your skin from burning and blistering that can lead to serious infections.
- Inspect skin daily. Check daily for any changes in your skin, paying special attention to known problem areas such as the feet. Changes in skin color or temperature, swelling, pain or open sores that are slow to heal may signify a problem. Notify your dermatologist right away if you suspect a problem.
Keeping your diabetes under control is the most important factor in preventing the skin-related complications of diabetes. Follow your healthcare provider's advice regarding nutrition, exercise, and medication. A dermatologist can help diabetic patients identify skin conditions and recommend the best course of prevention and treatment.