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5 At Home Tricks To Improve Your Complexion

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

 


5 Easy At Home Tricks to Improve Your Complexion 

Everyone handles aging differently. Some see fine lines and wrinkles and shrug it off as no big deal, while others see aging skin and run to the dermatologist’s office for the latest and greatest skin treatment. But at some point, we all look in the mirror and think what can I do to help my skin? How can I better my skincare routine? Here are 5 tricks on how to improve your complexion at home.

Hydration

Drink your water! Keeping your skin hydrated makes it look fuller, healthier and plumped up from the inside out. Drinking water washes away the impurities that build up in the skin and gives it that healthy glow. More hydrated skin also lessens break outs since the it thins the oil build-up on the face. Make it a goal to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day. Green tea is also great drink of choice for a healthy complexion. Green tea has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Sleep

Sleep is so important for great skin. Skin repairs and replenishes itself while we are sleeping. Dermatologists recommend sleeping 7-8 hours minimum per night for optimal skin healing. It is important to sleep on your back instead of your side or tummy to prevent fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness and bags under the eyes. And try sleeping on a silk pillowcase instead of cotton. The silk causes less friction while you sleep, which can contribute to lines and wrinkles on the face.

Use a good cleanser

Use a good quality cleanser and make sure to always wash your face with clean hands. A good cleanser is one that is appropriate for your skin type. If you have oily skin, try using a foam cleanser. Drier skin types should use a moisturizing cleanser. And if you have acne prone skin, try using a deep cleanser, or one that is specific for acne. Washing the face with warm water, not too hot or cold, and using a baby washcloth or cleansing brush helps with skin tone and texture. It is always important to remember to wash your makeup off every night. Sleeping with makeup on can clog pores, cause inflammation and give the appearance of dull skin.

Moisturize

Hydrated skin looks and feels youthful and fresh. Keeping your skin moisturized allows the skin to shed its dead cells, otherwise, it holds on to that top layer of dead skin. Using a moisturizer with SPF is also necessary for healthy skin. UV exposure causes skin damage such as wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin, and sun spots. Not to mention that sun exposure can cause skin cancer. Regular use of sunscreen keeps skin young and supple looking. It’s important to apply sunscreen everyday as well as throughout the day when exposed to the sun. Using a mineral makeup powder that contains zinc is an easy way to reapply sunscreen throughout the day.

 

Exfoliate

Exfoliation facilitates cell regeneration, unclogs pores, help tame breakouts and gives your skin a more youthful appearance. Exfoliators remove dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, allowing for your other skincare products to soak in. Gentle exfoliators can be used more frequently while, stronger exfoliators, such as glycolic acids, should be used more sparingly. Your type of skin determines how often you should exfoliate. Dry skin should be exfoliated less often, while oily skin can be exfoliated daily.

 

If you have any questions or concerns about your skincare needs, please call your Denton dermatologist at Precision Dermatology. Our dermatology consultants provide comprehensive dermatology care for all our patients needs.

 

 

Why Should I Consult a Dermatologist With My Skin Concerns?

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

 


Why Consulting A Dermatologist Is Important

Dermatologists specialize in the treatment of skin, hair, nails, and mucous membranes. These skin care specialists can help when your at home treatments aren’t working anymore. Whether it’s acne, itchy skin, or the effects of aging, Dermatology Consultants of Frisco are a great resource to help with your skin concerns.

What does a dermatologist treat?

Dermatologists treat a wide variety of skin ailments. But they also treat conditions that affect the hair, such as baldness, or even the nails such as ingrown toenails. Although some skin issues can be treated at home, there are times when a dermatologist’s help is warranted. Prescription medications and creams, as well as in office procedures can help to alleviate the symptoms of your skin concerns. Some of the most common concerns for seeing a dermatologist are:

  • Acne is a disease affecting the oil glands on the skin which causes pimples on the face, chest and back. Acne can cause low self-esteem, embarrassment and possible scarring.
  • Dermatitis and Eczema is an inflammation of the skin that causes uncomfortable itching, swelling, redness, and possible oozing bumps. This affliction can be painful and embarrassing.
  • Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer. Dermatologists are trained to recognize skin cancer and recommend getting checked once a year for possible skin cancer growths. Growths that have any change in size, color, shape, thickness, or texture are reasons to get checked out by a dermatologist.
  • Hair loss is a condition that can be caused by a disease such as alopecia, or some other reason. It can be embarrassing and cause low self-esteem.
  • Fungal infections are common skin conditions such as ringworm, yeast infections, jock itch, and athlete’s foot. This ailment can cause itching, redness, oozing and can be quite uncomfortable.
  • Psoriasis is a disease that speeds up the production of skin cells. These extra cell growths form patches of red, scaly skin on the body, which can be itchy and painful. Psoriasis patches can range from small and minor, to large areas that are often embarrassing and quite painful.
  • Signs of Aging such as wrinkles, sun spots, sagging skin, and scarring are an unpleasant side effect of growing older. A dermatologist can help with the best skin care products as well as the latest technologies in skin care to help fight the effects of aging.

What procedures does a dermatologist perform?

Although many skin conditions can be treated with medications and non-invasive therapy, some require a surgical or more invasive treatment. One common procedure is a biopsy, in which skin is removed to examine the tissue more closely. Biopsies are usually used to rule out or confirm types of skin cancers.

Other procedures include cryotherapy to remove warts and other skin ailments. Hair removal for unwanted hair and hair transplants for hair loss. Laser surgery is used to remove moles, warts, unwanted hair, scars and birthmarks. Even acne can be treated with laser therapy. Dermatologists use many different procedures to combat unwanted aging effects. Laser treatments, microdermabrasion, fractional resurfacing, photofacials, chemical peels, etc…

If you feel that you should consult with a dermatologist in Frisco about your skin concerns, please call our office to schedule a consultation with our skin care specialists today!

 

 

How Can A Dermatologist Repair Sun Spots?

Wednesday, February 07, 2018


How A Dermatologist Can Repair Sun Spots:

Despite our best efforts, spending any amount of time in the sun can lead to dark spots and freckles on the face and body. Years of UV exposure can turn small freckles into large sun spots. It’s best to seek sun spot removal treatment sooner rather than later, as spots will continue to get bigger every time you’re exposed to the sun. First, it’s important to rule out that your bothersome freckle isn’t skin cancer from UV exposure. Once a dermatologist has ruled out possible skin cancer, there are several different treatments your Carrollton dermatologist can perform to help minimize those stubborn sun spots and rejuvenate your skin’s youthful glow.

Photorejuvenation and IPL

Photorejuventation is the improvement of colors, pigments and skin textures using light sources such as lasers and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light). These devices are used to remove brown spots and improve the appearance of the skin. It targets melanin, or skin pigmentation, which is vaporized. Optimal results are seen in 1-3 treatments. Pain is minimal and this procedure does not require numbing creams. There is minimal downtime.

Fraxel

Fraxel is a revolutionary laser that is used to improve the appearance of the skin. It fractionates the laser beam into thousands of microscopic laser columns which gets better results than previous lasers with fewer side effects. It is used for sun spots, skin resurfacing, improvement of texture and tone, and fine lines and wrinkles. It is usually recommended to have 3-6 treatments for optimal effects.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels remove the damaged skin cells from the upper layers of the skin. There are 3 categories of chemical peels; superficial, medium and deep. The depth of the peel will affect the inconvenience level during after the procedure, the downtime that’s required, side effects and results. This treatment is used for improved appearance of the skin, fewer wrinkles, and better overall texture and decreased pigmentation of the skin.

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a technique that uses microparticles or diamond tips to remove outer layer of the skin. It can also promote collagen growth. It is virtually painless with no anesthesia required. This treatment is good for photoaging, sun spots, fine lines and wrinkles. Typically patients need 3-12 short treatments to receive optimal results.

Mole Removal

Moles are a common skin growth, usually brown or black in color, but they can also be skin-toned. Moles typically start to develop in childhood. It is normal to have anywhere from 10-50 moles. One treatment that can help with the appearance of unsightly moles is mole removal. Mole removal also helps with the prevention of skin cancers. Exposing your skin and moles to UV rays puts you at risk for developing skin cancer, specifically melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. It is important to have a dermatologist examine your skin and moles regularly for any changes or abnormalities. It is also important to do self checks regularly and tell your dermatologist about any changes that you find.

If you would like to schedule a consultation about your sun spot removal with a Carrollton dermatologist, please call our office today.

 

 

What Is Fraxel And How Does It Work?

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

 


What is Fraxel & How Does it Work?

Aging is a natural part of life, and over time, our skin starts to show the negative effects of aging through pigmentation/sun damage, acne scars, and wrinkles. One way to help repair this skin damage is with Fraxel.

What Is Fraxel?

Fraxel is a fractional laser treatment that uses light energy on targeted areas beneath the skin’s surface. This laser treatment works by creating microscopic damage to stimulate your skin’s natural collagen production, rejuvenating your skin to smooth out wrinkles and scars.

Fraxel helps with skin resurfacing, fine lines and wrinkles, surface scarring, pigmentation, sun damage, and actinic keratosis. It can help with the face, neck, chest, shoulders and back.

How Does It Work?

The fractional laser is passed over the face several times, penetrating the top skin layers. The Fraxel light energy stimulates collagen and resurfaces the top layers of the skin. The skin’s natural rejuvenation process starts to smooth out wrinkles and scars. The treatments can take anywhere from 15-45 minutes, but the whole process is about 2 hours. Most patients experience a “sunburn” feeling immediately following the treatment. Bags of ice applied to the face can help for the first few hours after the procedure. The recovery time will require a few days off of work and activities to heal.

Typically patients can require 3-6 treatments to get the maximum results desired. As the patient heals, results begin to show, usually within 1-3 weeks and the collagen can continue to develop 3-6 months after the last treatment.

If you are considering Fraxel treatment for your skin damage, Dermatology Consultants are your Fraxel laser experts in Dallas! Dr. Weisberg is a board-certified dermatologist with many years of University training in laser treatments. Call your Frisco dermatologist today to schedule a consultation.

 

 

Welcoming Dr. Jeaneen A. Chappell, MD

Monday, February 05, 2018

 

 


Dr. Jeaneen A. Chappell, MD

 

Precision Dermatology is proud to welcome Dr. Jeaneen A. Chappell, MD, a board-certified dermatologist who was born and raised in New Orleans! She has a distinguished educational background as well as a wide range of practical training which makes her the perfect fit for Dermatology Consultants of Frisco.

Dr. Chappell earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Hampton University, where she graduated summa cum laude, ranking ninth at the University. Returning to New Orleans, she completed her Doctorate of Medicine at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans in 2007.

She is just as accomplished outside of the classroom as she is inside it. She completed her intern year in Internal Medicine at Howard University Hospital in Washington DC, sparking her continued interest in skin of color in the Dermatology Department. After that internship, Dr. Chappell moved to St. Louis, Missouri, where she completed her Research Fellowship in cosmetic and general dermatology, as well as her Dermatology Residency at St. Louis University Hospital. Following her residency, Dr. Chappell was selected by the American Academy of Dermatology to complete the prestigious Biotechnology Fellowship at Galderma Headquarters in Sophia Antipolis, France.

Her experiences have made Dr. Chappell into a true skin care specialist, with professional interests that include all aspects of cosmetic and general dermatology, including skin of color. Our patients will love that she is a people person who excels at creating tailored treatment plans for her patients, giving them the best care possible.

Dr. Chappell has an eye for detail which allows her to capture all relevant information. We will all benefit from her disciplined approach to problem solving. We strongly believeher presence will elevate the care that we are able to provide to all of our patients.

When she is not at work, Dr. Chappell enjoys exploring different cultures with her daughter, through travel, reading, and food. Her other interests include photography, cooking, and dance. We are thrilled that Dr. Chappell has made Dallas her new home, and we know having her here will truly benefit the community. If you are looking for a dermatologist, get in touch with Dr. Chappell today! Her offices are located in Carrollton and Frisco.

 


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