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Microdermabrasions and its benefits for your skin

Friday, February 22, 2019


Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive procedure used to renew skin tone and texture. The procedure utilizes a wand applicator with an abrasive surface to sand away dead skin cells on the epidermis. There is also an alternative microdermabrasion technique where fine particles of aluminum oxide or sodium bicarbonate are blasted onto the skin while simultaneously having these crystals, and dead skin suctioned away. Both procedures are safe and are suitable for most skin types.

What Happens During a Microdermabrasion Treatment?

For crystal microdermabrasion, the machine will emit fine crystals through a wand, gently sandblasting the face. For diamond-tipped microdermabrasion, the abrasive tip of the wand is used to remove surface skin cells physically. With every stroke of the wand, the crystals are dislodging compacted skin cells, while the vacuum siphon the displaced skin cells, crystals, and debris.

Keep in mind that even though it might sound like a brutal procedure, it is noninvasive and generally painless. The technician will work in small areas for the best effect. While you'll feel the coarse texture and suction from the wand, it's not uncomfortable since the wand is working in such a small surface area.

The procedure will take several minutes for a whole face. After the microdermabrasion, it's normal for the skin to be slightly red. The redness will subside after a couple of hours. A moisturizer and humectant will then be applied immediately after the microdermabrasion session.

Does Microdermabrasion work?

Good candidates for microdermabrasion are individuals between the age of 50 and 60 who are looking for a non-invasive treatment, former smokers who want to remove deep lines around the lips, have fine lines, and those who have suffered sun damage. Most skin types can benefit from exfoliating treatments. The procedures have become popular among people who are suffering from hyperpigmentation and skin unevenness.

Can acne sufferers benefit from microdermabrasion? Microdermabrasion is best for those who are suffering from mild breakouts. It helps to clear out the pores and reduce non-inflamed blemishes. It is not recommended for active lesions or severe acne sufferers.

Cosmetic Benefits of Microdermabrasion

You will see an immediate improvement in the skin's texture after cosmetic skin procedures like microdermabrasion. For best results, you may need repeated treatments to reverse issues with pigment. Other benefits of microdermabrasion treatments include:

  • Circulation. The mechanical process helps to stimulate the skin's lymphatic system.
  • Improved absorption of product and efficacy. By removing the top layer of dead skin cells, your favorite products will work more effectively.
  • Pore size. Microdermabrasion can help unclog congested pores as well as help reduce their size. While your pore size cannot be altered, microdermabrasion can help reduce their perceptibility.

Dermatology Consultants of Frisco

Dermatology Consultants of Frisco provides comprehensive services for your skin's health, including microdermabrasion treatments that improve the aesthetics of your skin. If you are fighting with clogged pores, stubborn hyperpigmentation, or need a non-invasive treatment, then contact us to book an appointment.

Skincare for the Lips

Friday, February 22, 2019

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, there wouldn't be a be a better time to take care of your lips. While most of us are good at taking care of our skin, we often neglect the lips which makes them susceptible to damage.

Facts about the skin on the lips
The skin on the lips is susceptible to peeling, cold sores, splitting, and other conditions. This is because it is thinner than the rest of the skin. Besides, it lacks melanin and does not have oil-secreting glands like the rest of the skin. Due to the lack of oil-secreting glands, the lips have to be constantly moisturized.

Tips on how to keep the skin on your lips moisturized

Exfoliating
Just like the rest of your skin, it is necessary for you to remove any dead or dry skin from the lips. Exfoliating speeds up the process of renewing the skin and keeps your lips free of impurities. Exfoliate the lips every morning by rubbing them gently with your toothbrush. There are also store-bought exfoliators.
Alternatively, you can mix two teaspoons of sugar with one teaspoon of honey and applying the mixture on your lips. Let it sit for about 10 minutes and rinse off with cold water. The sugar eliminates the dull cells while honey nourishes and makes your pout plump. Do this twice every week for the best results. An occasional lip mask also helps exfoliate the skin on your lips.

Moisturizing
Follow up you're the exfoliation with a moisturizing procedure to keep them from getting chapped. The best and easiest way to achieve this is by applying some petroleum jelly. Use your fingertips to rub the jelly politely on your lips, then press them together.
Apart from petroleum jelly, you can use a natural or organic lip balm. Consider one with SPF (sun protection factor) as it will also protect your lips against harmful UV rays. Avoid balms that are rich in tints, flavors, and artificial fragrances. Keep a tube of your favorite balm in your bag and apply it whenever you feel that your drips are drying up.
Apart from using lip balm during the day, it is vital that you make it part of your night-time routine.

Lipstick application

Apply lipstick only after moisturizing your lips then kiss a tissue or the back of your hand to get rid of the excess lipstick. Avoid matte lipsticks as they could actually be the reason why your lips are dry. Choose lipsticks containing Vitamin E or glycerine.

Avoid licking your lips

Although licking your lips could provide you with some temporary relief, it does more damage in the long run as it causes your lips to become extremely dry. Saliva has digestive enzymes which break down the lips' protective barrier.

Eat healthy

For healthy and supple lips, you need to stick to nutrient-rich foods including fruits and vegetables especially those that contain Vitamin B and E. Make sure you also stay hydrated by taking 8 glasses of water a day.

Talk to a professional dermatologist
Despite all the above preventive measures, your lips could still get chapped or cracked. Should this be the case, then it's time to visit a doctor.

Dermatology Consultants of Frisco provides you with comprehensive dermatology services to Frisco, Carrollton, and Denton residents. Get in touch with us today via 469-208-7181 and let's talk about more lip care tips.

How to Exfoliate Sensitive Skin

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

 

What is Exfoliation?

This process is simply the removal of your skin’s oldest cells but don’t worry there’s no reason to fret. Most of those skin cells are already dead. Your skin replaces itself exponentially faster in your youth than it does further down the line. Thus, it is necessary to work exfoliation into your skincare regimen to keep it lush and soft. Exfoliation can be achieved through chemical or mechanical means. Shampoos and cleansers fall into the former, electric scrubbers and sponges fall into the latter. It is also recommended that one exfoliate their face at least once a week.

The Benefits of Exfoliation

According to Dermstore, there are 5 main benefits to exfoliation. The first of which is that exfoliation helps reduce the appearance of age spots. It does this through its removal of aged skin cells that contain that particular pigment. Secondly, exfoliation helps unclog the pores. Unclogging one’s pores allows for the release of natural skin oils like sebum which help hydrate and revitalize the skin. The third is that exfoliation can help minimize pore size – this is key because bigger pores are more prone to over-secreting sebum. Exfoliation also reduces the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles, and lastly it allows easier absorption of skincare products, e.g. moisturizers, antioxidants & serums.

The Dilemma

From what we’ve seen, we can ascertain that exfoliation is a net positive for your skin. However, it is an abrasive process – and if done with too much rigor can cause problems. Some of these problems include redness, dryness & flakiness. In addition to this, we have people with extremely sensitive skin types who are already susceptible to redness and irritation. In fact, you might be one of them. How do those with tender, highly reactive skin exfoliate without harming their skin? Well, allow us at Dermatology Consultants of Frisco to tell you how.

Tips

  • You should opt for chemical exfoliants, particularly acids – They help eliminate the debris on your skin’s surface. This is turn will helps unclog your pores. We recommend working with milder offerings and working your way up. This way, you’ll be able to better gauge your skin’s tolerance to an exfoliant. Starting off with a harsh chemical peel could be extremely counterproductive in the long run.
  • If you’re still keen on physical exfoliation, use washcloths and softer sponges. Many are usually skeptical about their usefulness as physical exfoliants. But they’re surprisingly good. Remember, with more sensitive skin, we recommend that you gently rub instead of scrubbing rigorously. The latter is bound to cause redness and irritation. Move the product not your skin.
  • Consider adding fruit to your skincare routine. There are a number of fruits with naturally occurring acids that provide a softer, gentler exfoliation than many of its chemical counterparts. We advise against using straight-up fruit juice – its acidic content might be far too high. Add it to a base made from water, yogurt and oils for the best results.

With the information you’ve gotten from this post, we trust you’ll begin to see that exfoliation is for everyone – even those with sensitive skin. To get even more personalized information and recommendations for your skincare routine, do not hesitate to contact us today.

 

The Benefits of Vitamin E Oil

Sunday, December 16, 2018

                

Can you imagine that? Unbeknownst to you, one of the most versatile skin moisturizers on Earth has been under your nose this whole time. Vitamin E oil is truly the good stuff your skin’s been craving all along. It’s guaranteed to add that extra sheen you need with almost no drawbacks. So, are you ready to hear about all the wonderful things Vitamin E oil can do for you? Let’s get to it. Below are a few benefits, courtesy of us here at Dermatology Consultants of Frisco:

Vitamin E Oil is Rich in Antioxidants

This may very well be Vitamin E oil’s calling card. Due to the oil’s antioxidant properties, it fights against free radicals extremely well. What are free radicals, you ask? Free radicals are electrons which have broken away from atoms. They damage the skin by trying to snag extra electrons from your skin’s other atoms, and this in turn messes with your skin’s DNA. Free radicals in the skin have been linked to a number of illnesses and are also known to bring about premature aging.

Vitamin E Oil is Anti-Inflammatory

Vitamin E oil is also famed for its anti-inflammatory properties which calm and hydrate the skin. In fact, when coupled with Vitamin C, it can act as a natural form of sun protection. This also goes a long way in helping your skin stave off the free radicals responsible for wrinkles. From what you’ve heard so far, you can probably guess that Vitamin E oil might be the key to preserving your skin’s youth.

Vitamin E Oil is Good for Your Hair Too

Vitamin is such an adaptable moisturizer that it can rejuvenate dry hair as well. In fact, Vitamin E oil can even increase circulation to the scalp. In addition to breathing life into dull hair, the added blood circulation can strengthen one’s hair follicles. Given this benefit, can rest assured that Vitamin E oil will always be a key contributor to your self-care regimen.

Vitamin E Oil can help minimize the appearance of stretch marks

The topical application of Vitamin E oil on stretch marks and scars could help with their removal. Vitamin E oil is known to speed up skin cell growth and rejuvenation. These things coupled with the added moisture that Vitamin E oil gives will be sure to help combat the problem. Because of this aspect, it’s no wonder that Vitamin E oil is usually recommended to pregnant women. Their skin undergoes rapid expansion as their body does everything to accommodate the arrival of a new bundle of joy.

However, despite all the benefits that Vitamin E oil, it is worth noting that it is not regulated by the FDA. As a result, different companies could be adding ingredients that cause allergic reactions and other skin complications. Vitamin E oil is also rather thick in its consistency and is therefore not suited for those with oily skin. However, if the glazed donut aesthetic is what you’re going for, be our guest. Before you implement Vitamin E oil into your skincare regimen, we recommend you consult with us to find out whether Vitamin E oil is the best tool for your skin type.

 

Cold Weather Skincare 101

Saturday, December 01, 2018

 


Good skincare can be challenging during the winter months, especially for those with conditions that leave their skin dry like psoriasis and eczema. The primary reason for this? The big drop in humidity which robs your skin of moisture.

Here are a few winter skincare tips endorsed by us, Dermatology Consultants of Frisco. Coupled with a dermatologist's advice, working a couple of these tips into your winter skincare routine could do wonders for you.

Invest in a Humidifier

If the lack of humidity really dries your skin out, then putting some humidity back into the air is a no-brainer. That's where humidifiers come in: they keep the air most -- hence the name.

When shopping for one, be aware that you have two options: warm mist or cool mist. Warm mist humidifiers have better moisture saturation, while cool mist humidifiers are quieter and better able to filter out impurities. The choice really depends on your needs, but go with warm mist for better overall moisture if you're not sure.

Moisturize Often

Of course, another way to combat the effects of low moisture is to apply moisture directly to your skin. Get yourself a high-grade moisturizer, and use it often. A little bottle or tube that can go with you everywhere is perfect -- especially on days where you have to spend a fair amount of time outside.

Look for a moisturizer that isn't greasy and spreads easily. Keep an eye out for brands that advertise themselves as specifically designed for sensitive or irritable skin.

Stay Hydrated

Don't just spend all your time focusing on keeping your skin itself moist; internal hydration is also very important.

Dry skin affects your body's ability to retain moisture, so you're going to feel dehydrated faster and more often than you would during warmer weather. Be sure to drink plenty of water during the day. On workdays, keep a water bottle handy if possible, and refill it during your breaks.

Be Careful With Showers

It may not seem like literally soaking your body in a bunch of water could exacerbate dry skin, but if you're not careful about how long your showers and baths are, they could indeed do just that.

Hot water strips oils off of the skin, and in low humidity our skin needs to hold onto the little oils it still has. Avoid hot showers and baths; opt for milder temperatures.

You should also avoid stepping outside shortly after you've showered or bathed. If your skin is still damp when you get a full dose of frigid winter air, you'll find that it chaps much more easily.

Stay on Top of the Thermostat

It's basic science: the higher the temperature in your house, the more moisture is going to be removed from the air.

For that reason, you should keep the thermostat at the lowest setting that you can tolerate, and just throw on a few more layers to keep warm instead. Obviously, you want to exercise some moderation; giving yourself frostbite won't be good for your skin either. Experiment with different settings until you find the sweet spot.

 

Skin Cancer Screening

Monday, May 08, 2017

We want to thank Dr. Chris Hixon, Dr. Eric Weisberg and Rachel Reid, PA-C for donating their time last weekend to see patients for the DFW city wide free skin cancer screening which took place in Frisco at Medical City Frisco.  The skin cancer screening is designed to help see those without health insurance and those without means to see a dermatologist in efforts to catch skin cancers like melanoma earlier before they become life threatening.

Dr. Chris Hixon, Dr. Eric Weisberg and Rachel Reid, PA-C, found multiple skin cancers and pre-cancers during the skin cancer screening that may have gone undiagnosed.

Giving back to the community and to those less fortunate is an important mission of our practice and our providers.  Dr. Weisberg has been a participant in these skin cancer screenings since 2004 and previously was in charge of the entire effort across the DFW metroplex for many years.  We believe that by helping our community, we make it stronger and a better place to live.

"I want to thank Dr. Hixon and Rachel Reid for donating their time and expertise to such an important cause.  They both touch lives in so many ways and I was honored that they joined me to help in this important endeavor," said Dr. Weisberg.

To schedule an appointment at our regular offices, please scroll to the top of the page and click on "Book an appointment by location" or call us at 972-335-2727.

Happy New Year!

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all of our staff, providers, friends, family and patients!

As we reflect back on 2015, there has been a lot of changes in healthcare and our office has added a lot of enhancements for our patients.  Let’s review some of the most impactful:

✓ Electronic Check-in: In January 2015, we installed and integrated iPad kiosk check-in systems for our patients, which we have now extended to all 3 locations.  The kiosks provide the following major benefits to our patients:

  1. Allows for multiple patients to be checking in at the same time, limited only by the number of kiosks, so that our patients have to wait less time in line.  
  2. Allows our patients to verify their demographic information for accuracy and update their contact information, thus reducing errors.
  3. Allows patients the option to update their insurance information and scan any new cards.
  4. Allows the staff to collect medical information upfront and confidentially to make your visit more productive.
  5. Allows you to setup your preferred pharmacy location so that your perscriptions can be sent in efficiently at the end of your visit.
  6. Allows you the option to pay any outstanding balances by swiping your credit card.

✓ Patient Portal Upgrade: The patient portal is the patient’s way to securely interact with our practice anywhere in the world there is internet access.  Some of the most impactful features are listed below:

  1. Allows the practice to send results to patients that can be accessed 24 hours a day.  Work long hours? Don’t have time to call us during the day?  You can access these results anytime.
  2. Allows the practice to release blood work results directly to the patient.  You can then print them out or keep them for your records or for your other physicians.
  3. Allows the patient to send questions to our staff 24/7.  Don’t have time to call us during the day?  Use this option and we can then answer your questions with a secure message back to you during business hours, which can then be accessed 24/7 in case you don’t have time during the day to read our response.
  4. Need a refill?  You can send a refill request to us 24/7.
  5. Want to view your statement online?  Not only can you review every statement  online (current and previous), you can now pay your statement via credit card securely and directly through the portal instead of sending it to us via snail mail.

✓ Healow App: Want to access most of the patient portal features above plus more from your smart phone?  You can download the new Healow app from the app store and connect it directly to your patient portal.  Go to our patient portal webpage for the access code needed go activate your previously downloaded Healow App (which you can get from the Apple App store or Android's App store).  You can then access many of these features secured by your 4 digit access code that you setup.

And for 2016? We have lots of new enhancements planned that are designed to enhance our patients' dermatologic care. Our first enhancement is online scheduling, which we have been piloting in 2015 and will be expanding dramatically in 2016.  Wouldn’t you rather be able to go online, see if your provider has an available appointment and book it directly online?  Our staff will then confirm your appointment during business hours.  Patients will also be able to see last minute slots that open up from last minute movement in our schedule and patients can book these as well.  Our online scheduling will allow patients to schedule appointments at any time of day or night to see us during business hours.

This is an exciting time in medicine and this is an exciting time in our practice.  Come join us by scheduling your own appointment with one of our providers.

Dr. Weisberg


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