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5 Common Reasons to See a Dermatologist

Friday, September 07, 2018

 

A dermatologist is a medical doctor who specializes in evaluation and management of conditions affecting the skin, hair, nails and the lining within the mouth, nose, and eyelids— mucus membrane. It is highly recommended to visit a dermatologist at least once every year for signs of skin cancer checkup and other skin related diseases, and at least every six months if you have a history of genetic predisposition or that of skin cancer. Below are some of the main reasons why you should make an effort to see a dermatologist for at least once a year:

 

 

 

 

Acne

It is the most common skin condition that dermatologist deals with on a daily basis. It involves skin oil glands and affects three in every four individuals aged 11 to 29. Acne is unpleasant, and inflammatory skin condition, which causes pimples and dark spots on your face, shoulders, neck and on your back. When the pimples heal, they leave scars on your skin that are hard to get rid of. It is advisable to visit a doctor for treatment immediately the pimples start showing up. Depending on the severity and persistence of the condition a dermatologist can diagnose the specific type of acne and formulate a better treatment plan to reduce the visual appearance of acne marking. Commonly known risk factors include genetics, humid and hot climates, menstrual cycles, and stress.

Skin cancer

Visit a dermatologist for professional skin cancer screening since its early detection is crucial for successive treatment. The doctor removes some suspicious tissues on your skin and conducts a test under a microscope to see if there are any cancerous cells. In case of a positive result, the dermatologist puts you under treatment plan and therapy sessions.

Rosacea

Rosacea starts as a facial redness that may resemble a sunburn or unexplained blush on the cheeks, nose, or chin that comes and goes. As time passes by, the color deepens and becomes reddish in appearance. Eventually, visible blood vessels may start appearing. Without adequate treatment, bumps, and pimples may start to develop, worsening over time. In extreme cases, the nose may become swollen, deformed and enlarged. Rosacea is a chronic disease and often becomes a permanent condition if it is not treated early. You are therefore advised to make sure you see a doctor for proper medication, laser therapy, lifestyle changes guidelines and photodynamic therapy, which helps to control it. The doctor may evaluate the stage of your condition and provide a management program that will work best for you. The plan may include a combination of skin care products, triggers to avoid, prescription medications and laser treatments.

Pigmentation

Aged skin and skin exposed to the UVA and UVB rays are often affected by discoloration spots, brown or age spots, which are also known as pigmentation. Many people seek help from a dermatologist to assist them clear-up these unfavorable spots. The doctor may recommend some treatments that include chemical peels, laser therapy, and active skincare

Psoriasis

This is an unpleasant itchy and painful skin disorder that stems from a problem with your immune system. Your skin cells form quickly and build upon the surface of your skin forming 'plagues' in severe cases, they can be thick, red and have silvery scales. Visit a doctor to get recommendations for effective creams or oral medication, injections, which will help in suppressing the over-reactive immune system.

The experts at Dermatology Consultants of Frisco are specially trained to treat skin conditions no matter how severe. We'll also recommend a daily skin care routine to help you achieve a younger, healthier and more vibrant appearance. Contact us today at 972-335-2727 to schedule your consultation.


 

How to Take Care of Your Skin After a Vacation?

Thursday, August 16, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you're going on vacation. you might not want to have to think about your skin care in general. However, lots of people will develop skin problems of some kind while they're traveling. Fortunately, it is possible to prevent some of these skin conditions. The Frisco dermatology center will be able to help the patients who develop skin conditions on their vacations. 

Sunburns

You should always take sunburns seriously. A sunburn literally signals DNA damage, even if it doesn't look serious. Your skin might be more damaged if it's blistered or peeling, but red and pink sunburned skin still needs to be treated. If you get a sunburn every couple of years, your chances of developing melanomas will triple.

It's important to wear sunscreen whenever you go outside during the day, even if it doesn't look particularly sunny outside. The sun might be particularly strong in certain areas. You might want to visit organizations like the dermatology center of Frisco after a particularly severe sunburn, giving doctors the chance to monitor this area of permanently damaged skin.

People who wear sunscreen frequently will be able to maintain youthful skin for a longer period of time, since ultraviolet radiation contributes so strongly to the process of skin aging. Wearing sunscreen needs to be part of your normal skin care routine, and this is certainly true when you're on vacation.

Dry Skin

People might be traveling to climates that have low humidity levels. The air on planes is famous for being dry. This can dry out a person's skin. People who are prone to dry skin in the first place might have a lot of issues with this.

Using an effective moisturizer can help to prevent a lot of these issues. Some people will start to experience acne breakouts as a result of their dry skin, which can only introduce additional issues. Using a good moisturizer might help you ward off an acne breakout. However, you might experience acne for other reasons.

Acne

People will get acne for a wide range of different reasons. Some of the food that you might consume on vacation will cause your skin to break out. Your skin might break out if you don't moisturize it well enough while you're on vacation. There is some evidence that there's a connection between acne breakouts and the consumption of alcohol, and people tend to drink more when they're on vacation.

Obviously, you'll still want to enjoy yourself when you're on vacation, and you won't want to limit your diet too much in order to prevent acne breakouts. Moisturizing and cleaning your skin regularly might make a difference in preventing some breakouts. If you're having consistent acne problems after a vacation, the Frisco dermatology center might be able to help you find a solution.

Tired-Looking Skin

Lots of people won't get enough sleep on their vacations. You will also probably have to adjust to different time zones during these vacations. Moisturizing your skin can help to keep it from looking dehydrated and dull. However, resuming your normal sleep cycle can also make a difference in that regard. You can also contact the dermatology center of Frisco in order to get some help with this process.

 

What to Look Out for While Camping

Monday, August 06, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camping in the wild outdoors can be great family fun. Crackling campfires, inspiring nature walks, swimming at the beach, adventurous hikes on dusty, rugged trails, fun outdoor games, basking in the sunshine and the very best grilled foods - these are some of the family's best memories. But along with these enjoyable festivities, spending time with nature can also produce some very special hazards.

The Dangers

Here are some of the potential dangers to be aware of when camping:

Ultraviolet Light Exposure

There are three basic types of skin cancer: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, and Melanoma. The most common cause of all three is extended exposure to ultraviolet light, such as found in direct sunlight.

Camping can be fun, but it's important to monitor how much time is spent in the sun. Long sleeves, pants, gloves, and wide-brimmed hats all provide protection from direct sunlight. Finding locations to relax in the shade of trees or under an umbrella can keep that outdoor experience without the hazard of direct UV sunlight. A good, high-protection sunblock is also very helpful for reducing the effects of the sun’s rays if applied directly and often.

A potential problem can manifest itself through changes to a mole or other patches of skin. Differences in color, size or texture may be a warning sign and require immediate attention.

Poison Ivy and Poison Oak

Two of the most troublesome hazards found in the wild are poison oak and poison ivy. Exposure to either of these vining plants can produce painful sores, incessant itching, and overall general discomfort.

A good plan for avoiding these when camping is to study the appearance of each, along with how they grow and where they are commonly found. Avoid walking through clusters of unknown grasses, brush, or rubbing against trees with foliage attached. Learn to identify the two plants by their leaves and vines, and note any occurrences to share with the other campers.

Any suspected outbreak should be immediately diagnosed and treated by a dermatological professional before it has a chance to spread.

Ringworm

Despite its name, ringworm is not a worm but instead a fungus. It can be contracted nearly anywhere in the wild and is identified by its typical circular pattern of rash. A suspected ringworm infliction should be treated by a professional dermatologist as soon as possible.

The Solution

Camping is fun but the potential for complications exist. Staying aware and alert can catch a problem quickly that might otherwise go undetected.

Any symptoms or possible evidence of an issue, however minor, should be checked out. The most effective treatments for skin problems come with early detection, so it is crucial that any possible afflictions be located and treated immediately.

Dermatology Consultants of Frisco provides full-featured, professional diagnosis and treatment of skin afflictions and diseases. A simple consultation can catch many serious problems in their infancy and resolve them quickly, professionally and effectively.

Common Skin Conditions

Tuesday, July 24, 2018


Skin is the largest organ in our bodies and our protection against the outside world. Just about everyone encounters issues from time to time with their skin. Thankfully though, many of the more common skin conditions can be addressed through modern dermatology. Below are outlined a few of these conditions, including acne, moles, and rashes, as well as how they are normally treated.

Acne

Acne is probably the most well-known skin condition on earth. Most adolescents go through a phase where facial acne is very common due to high levels of oil production. However, acne in adulthood and in other areas of the body are also fairly common.

Acne causes small pustules, most frequently red pimples filled with pus, to form on the surface of the skin. Other types of acne include papules, caused by hair follicles, as well as nodules and cysts, both of which develop below the surface of the skin.

Acne can be treated with topical cleanser and creams and, if necessary, advanced medication. Prescription medication can help in severe cases and with the treatment of cysts specifically.

Hives

Another common skin condition is hives. Hives are small, itchy bumps that form on the surface of the skin. Generally, hives result from an allergic reaction in the body, but may be a response to stress or sickness. The best way to prevent hives is to avoid all allergens. If an outbreak occurs, it can be treated with antihistamines.

Warts

A very unpleasant but common skin condition faced by many is warts. Warts are a highly contagious skin condition that can affect any part of the skin, but usually show up on the hands and feet. Warts will often disappear naturally, but they can also be treated by a dermatologist. Usually, the use of medicated creams or freezing can clear up warts.

Cold sores

It's not uncommon to develop cold sores, especially when coming down with a case of a full cold. A cold sore is usually a red blister which forms around the mouth. Cold sores can be irritating or painful, but you will likely experience discomfort or itching in the spot of the sore.

Cold sores can last for several weeks and recur over time when associated with the herpes virus. The herpes virus does not currently have an established cure. That said, cold sores can be treated by dermatologists using creams or prescription medicines.

Measles

Those with children know that measles is a very contagious condition. In addition to young children, measles tends to affect pregnant women more than other adults. Measles in not just a skin condition, however. Symptoms include fever, runny eyes and nasal passages, and often coughing. Additionally, measles tends to cause red spots within the mouth and a generalized body rash. Measles can be treated by a doctor but will taper off on its own after one or two weeks.

Skin issues are a fact of life. With the right dermatological care, however, you can regain your perfect skin. Contact Dermatology Center of Frisco for more information or to schedule a consultation today.


Summer Skin Cancer Alert

Tuesday, July 10, 2018


What Is Skin Cancer?

You may not know this, but skin cancer is the most common type of cancer that is diagnosed in the United States. Skin cancer is commonly accepted to be an abnormal growth of skin cells. It usually begins to develop on areas of an individual's skin that has been exposed to the sun's harmful rays.

There are a variety of different types of skin cancer that are commonly diagnosed including, basal and squamous cell carcinoma, actinic keratoses, and melanoma. Melanoma is the most aggressive form of skin cancer. Each of the different types of skin cancer displays different symptoms, varying from pink patches of skin, to dark spots that suddenly appear on skin that has been exposed to the sun.

Preventing Skin Cancer

The primary way of preventing skin cancer is to protect your skin from the potentially harmful ultraviolet rays that are emitted by the sun. A good way to do this is by seeking shade when the sun's rays are the most powerful, generally between 10 am and 2 pm. Protective clothing is a must if it is necessary that you are out when the sun's rays are at their strongest. Hats, sunglasses, and long-sleeved shirts are the ideal apparel to protect you. The most important thing that you can do to protect yourself from skin cancer is to apply sunscreen or sunblock regularly, and to avoid tanning beds. This is your most effective means of protecting against skin cancer and doing this will also help to combat the aging effects that the sun has on your skin, like wrinkles, blotches, and crow's feet.

The Most Effective Sunscreen

Every time that you plan to be outside for extended periods of time, especially during the sun's most powerful hours as mentioned above, then you should be applying sunscreen and reapplying it at least every 2 hours. It is important to always use a sunscreen that protects against a broad spectrum of light as this protects the skin from both UVA and UVB rays. You should aim to use a sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher to ensure that you have maximum protection. Finally, you should ensure that your sunscreen is water resistant, and reapplied often, as, despite manufacturer's claims, there is really no sunscreen that is waterproof or sweatproof.

Detecting Skin Cancer

When it is detected early, skin cancer is often treatable and has extremely high rates of survival. That is why you should always check your skin regularly, and if there is something that seems out of place, then arrange an appointment with Dermatology Consultants of Frisco and have them check it. Remember, if there is something that you are not sure about, something that does not look right, Dermatologist Consultants of Frisco can help put your mind at ease.

Dermatology Consultants of Frisco, your Frisco dermatologists, offers comprehensive cosmetic services to all of our patients. To discuss your skin needs or to check a questionable spot on your skin, call our office for a consultation today.

 

Finding a Dermatologist in Dallas

Friday, July 07, 2017


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Finding a Dermatologist in Dallas

The availability of medical spas, dermatologist, face therapists, estheticians, doctors and a plethora of other face and skin related specialists are sometimes overwhelming in Dallas today. At our fingertips, we have access to the top doctors and dermatologists in their fields of study, all promising to promote skin health and clear complexion longevity. Precisions Dermatology in Frisco, Carrollton, and Dallas provides dermatology care to residents of Dallas through five different specialists in dermatology.

When searching for a dermatologist, it can be helpful to be specific with your search and seek those out who specializes in what you are looking for. Cosmetic dermatology, pediatric dermatology, and surgical dermatology can all be practiced and specialized by the dermatologist who is right for you.

What to Look for in a Dermatologist:

  1. Know the types – A general dermatologist will treat rashes, acne, and rosacea, skin exams for questionable moles are typically done by a general dermatologist, along with concerns about thinning hair or eczema. A cosmetic dermatologist will assist in deep scars, wrinkles, injections, lasers, and peels.
  2. Check their bios – All doctors on My Derm Consults have their bio listed on the website, in checking, look for board certification from the American Academy of Dermatology.
  3. Go for a consult – Most doctors charge for a consultation, but often that fee is put toward the cost of a procedure. It is a good sign if you have to wait several weeks for a consultation; the doctor is in demand and their services are sought after.
  4. Listen up – When you meet for the first time, let your dermatologist know your concerns and listen to how they plan on addressing the issues. This will give you a sense of their opinions, aesthetic philosophy and an idea of how aggressive their treatment plans typically are.
  5. Ask the right questions – You want a dermatologist that is consistent in their practice and treatment methods. They should own and not rent their laser machine to showcase the amount of use it receives. Ask if the doctor is always hands-on, that is a huge plus and what you want!
Finding a dermatologist in Dallas is made easy when you know the things to look for and know what specialty you are looking for. The difference in cosmetic and general dermatology will allow you to hone in on the practices and treatments you should seek for your complexion and skin care issues.    

How Quickly Can a Dermatologist Clear Your Skin

Friday, July 07, 2017

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How Quickly Can A Dermatologist Clear Your Skin

Your face is typically the first impression and a major recognition marker for everyone you meet. Having a complexion that is clear, confident and blemish free is unfortunately not a guarantee for everyone. With the help of dermatologists and products that treat and prevent blemishes and dark spots, we are able to successfully create clear complexions in a reasonable amount of time. 

Understanding the root cause of your pore problems is a major component in allowing dermatologists to diagnose and ultimately treat your complexion woes. As certain treatments and methods of care can differentiate between causes, a correct diagnosis is beneficial in treating a flawed complexion. Dermatologists are able to determine a cause for breakouts, dark spots, imperfections and more by learning your history, medications, and routines to piece together your best course of action. Submitting yourself to a course of treatment allows your complexion to rid itself of toxins and treat itself from the inside and outside out. This process allows for noticeable results that progress daily.

A dermatologist uses methods in clinic combined with take home methods to increase the longevity of your cleared complexion. Developing habits at home in sync with your dermatologist’s office visits allows the highest chance of a perfectly cleared complexion. Your cleared complexion relies heavily on the take home methods a dermatologist will recommend as treatment. In office visits are great opportunities for your dermatologist to administer injections or treatments that require professional mechanisms. Dermatology Consults of Frisco specializes in treatments of the complexion such as;

In searching for a dermatologist, or treatment option for your chronic bad skin, you may find yourself searching for a ‘quick fix’. The temptation for a quick fix is heightened by our desire to look our best all the time, and the belief that a quick fix is always going to work. Although a quick fix seems tempting and the best option for guaranteeing beautiful skin, learning the root cause of your pore problems will increase the longevity of your beautiful skin. Dermatologists look beyond your face to target the specific hormones that create collisions in your complexion. This is why determining the root cause of your skin issues is the most important factor in your treatment plan timeline.

In Frisco, dermatologists play a major role in the overall health and care of all skin types. When asking your dermatologist how quickly you can expect to clear your complexion, be prepared to create a timeline that includes in office visits and at home treatments. 



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