Posts for category: Dermatology

December 29, 2021
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Warts  

Warts are often unwanted, unsightly growths that develop on the surface of the skin. While it may be possible to treat warts at home, it is important to keep in mind that warts are highly contagious and may not go away on their own. If you are looking for a treatment for warts in Roswell, Sandy Springs, Cumming, and Alpharetta, GA, consider reaching out to the Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Diseases.

What Is A Wart?

A wart is a non-cancerous growth that is caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which is why it can spread easily from person to person or from one part of the body to another. Most often, warts occur on the hands and feet and are painless. Warts in Roswell, Sandy Springs, Cumming, and Alpharetta, GA, have different forms, sometimes appearing flat and smooth while other times seeming domed or cauliflower-like. Types of warts are often categorized by their location on the body and can include common, filiform, flat, genital, plantar, subungual, and periungual warts.

How Are Warts Removed & Treated?

Warts may be removed and treated with either in-office or over-the-counter methods. In some cases, warts may disappear on their own, which is less common in adults than it is in children. However, if you are having trouble getting rid of your wart on your own, your dermatologist can help to diagnose the type of wart you have and the best method for removal and treatment. This may include cryotherapy, electrosurgery, or injection for in-office treatments, or aerosol freezing sprays and salicylic acid preparations in the form of gels, pads, drops, and plasters available over-the-counter. Typically, in-office treatments are going to result in faster or even immediate removal of the wart as compared to over-the-counter treatments.

Seeing A Dermatologist Near You

If you or a loved one is experiencing warts in Roswell, Sandy Springs, Cumming, or Alpharetta, GA, they may be treated at Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Diseases. With multiple office locations, you will likely find one at a convenient distance to you! Give us a call today at (404) 252-4333 for the Sandy Springs office, (770) 751-1133 for the Roswell office, (770) 664-5225 for the Alpharetta office, and (770) 844-1902 for the Cumming office.

December 20, 2021
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Dermatologist  

At the Atlanta Center for Dermatological Diseases, we can work with a dermatologist in Roswell, Alpharetta, Cumming, and Sandy Springs, GA, to keep your skin healthy and clean. However, you can also take several steps to protect your skin from drying out and getting damaged. The following simple steps are all things you can do yourself. Each will provide noticeable benefits for your skin.

Keep Your Skin Moisturized

This point may seem obvious but is more complex than you might think because people don't understand what makes their skin dry. Many factors can trigger dry skin, including a lack of proper hydration. Make sure you keep drinking water throughout the day to avoid dehydration. A good water bottle can help, mainly if you buy a model that keeps the water cool throughout the day.

Don't forget to use a moisturizer on your skin throughout the day. Add some to your skin after you shower and throughout the day as you feel it drying up. You may need to add more depending on where you spend time. For example, if your office has a very dry atmosphere, you may find your skin drying out more quickly and need more moisturizer here than you would normally.

Take Good Care of Your Skin

Exfoliation is a process that a dermatologist in Roswell, Alpharetta, Cumming, and Sandy Springs, GA, can help you with at any time. However, you can also exfoliate at home by using a light scrub with warm water. This process opens up your pores, gets rid of dead skin, and helps the rest of your skin feel moist. You probably don't need to do an exfoliation more than once a week to get good results.

It would be best if you also avoided excessive temperatures when showering or washing. It does feel great to run that hot water every morning in your shower, but it quickly dries out your skin. Here's a cool trick you can use: keep the water very hot until it builds up steam in your room and wash with lukewarm water. This step makes your shower seem hotter without drying out your skin in the process.

Work With a Professional

Call us at Atlanta Center for Dermatological Diseases to work with a dermatologist in Roswell, Alpharetta, Cumming, and Sandy Springs, GA, and keep your skin moist. Call our Sandy Springs office at (404) 252-4333, Roswell at (770) 751-1133, Alpharetta at (770) 664-5225, or Cumming at (770) 844-1902 to get started on the path towards healthier skin.

March 30, 2020
Category: Dermatology

Tired of having to pluck, wax, and shave every few days? Dealing with thick, dark and unsightly hair in visible areas such as the chin or shoulders? If so, a dermatologist can provide you with a more effective solution for getting rid of unwanted body hair faster and easier. The answer lies in laser hair removal.

Plucking and waxing can be painful and shaving can leave you with ingrown hairs and irritation. None of these methods are fun. Plus, you have to keep doing it every few days or every week if you want smooth skin. Why go through the hassle when a dermatologist can help you get rid of hair without ever having to lift a finger?

It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that laser hair removal is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments. This procedure makes it easy to get smoother skin without having to deal with tweezing, shaving, or waxing. This non-invasive laser treatment can treat just about any part of the body; however, it’s most often used to treat the,

  • Chest
  • Upper lip and chin
  • Back
  • Bikini line
  • Underarm
  • Legs
  • Shoulder

Thanks to advanced laser technology, our dermatologist can provide patients with a safe, effective, and comfortable laser treatment to help them target and remove unwanted hair for the long term. Most laser systems offer a built-in cooling system to make treatment as comfortable as possible. Depending on the size of the treatment area, laser hair removal can take as little as 10 minutes for regions such as the upper lip or chin and as long as one hour (for a full back).

Since hair grows in cycles, you will need to get several laser hair removal sessions to ensure that our dermatologist removes as much of the hair as possible. The average person will get anywhere from 4-6 sessions. During laser hair removal, the handheld device will be directed over the skin to target and heat up the hair follicles to destroy them, preventing them from growing back. While laser hair removal will not permanently get rid of the hair, it will help the hair grow back fewer, finer, and lighter so they are far less visible.

If you think laser hair removal could help you feel more confident in your appearance, then your cosmetic dermatologist can give you the smoother results you want before summer hits.

February 11, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Acne   Acne Treatment  

Anyone who has ever walked through the skincare aisle of their local drugstore knows that there are tons of acne-fighting products on the market. So, which one is right for you? Should you opt for an acne cleanser or spot treatment, or both? Choosing the right acne treatment can be challenging, to say the least.

While acne is a common problem among teenagers, many people don’t just leave acne behind the minute they toss out those graduation caps. In fact, many adults well into their 20s, 30s and beyond still deal with regular acne outbreaks. So, how do you properly treat acne? There is no singular way to treat acne and the best treatment option for you and your skin will depend on the cause. While you might not know what’s to blame for your acne symptoms a dermatologist certainly can help.

Treating Acne on Your Own

If you are dealing with mild to moderate acne, look for products that contain these powerful acne-fighting ingredients:

  • Salicylic acid
  • Benzoyl peroxide
  • Glycolic acid
  • Sulfur
  • Retinol

How a Dermatologist Treats Acne

If you’ve tried over-the-counter acne products for more than 12 weeks and aren’t seeing results, or if you are experiencing severe, deep or cystic acne then it’s time to turn to a skin care professional for help. The first thing your dermatologist will do is determine the cause of your acne. From there, one or more of these treatments may be recommended:

Prescription topical medications: Certain topical medications act as an anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory, which reduces redness and inflammation associated with acne while also removing acne-causing bacteria from the surface of the skin.

A simple extraction: You should never pick at your acne or try to pop a pimple on your own, as you could end up causes further irritation or scarring; however, a dermatologist knows the safest and most effective techniques for extracting blackheads and whiteheads safely.

Birth control pills: For women who notice breakouts that correspond to their menstrual cycle, certain birth control pills may be able to reduce the amount of androgen hormones, which in turn can reduce breakouts. Talk to your dermatologist about the birth control pills that are FDA approved to treat acne.

Isotretinoin: This is an extremely intense oral retinoid that is used for treating severe, cystic acne that isn’t responsive to other treatment options. Isotretinoin is better known as Accutane, and this treatment can take up to nine months to see full results. Some patients will require multiple courses of treatment. Due to the nature of this strong medication, there are some possible side effects. It is important to discuss these side effects with your dermatologist before beginning Isotretinoin.

If you are having trouble getting your acne under control it’s important that you have a dermatologist that you can turn to for customized care. Take control of your acne once and for all.

By Judith Silverstein, MD
January 29, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Moles  

Do you have a mole? Chances are good that you have few of them, actually. The average person has around 30-40 moles, and while moles are usually nothing to worry about it is important to be able to spot any changes that could be warning signs of skin cancer. That’s why you should perform self-exams every month to check the state of your moles. Just because they could be harmless doesn’t mean you should ignore them.

A mole that develops after the age of 30, a mole that bleeds or a changing mole could be a sign of melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer. This is why it’s important to check your moles regularly. When found early, melanoma is highly treatable. When it comes to pinpointing melanoma your dermatologist may teach you about the ABCDE's of skin cancer:

Asymmetry: If you were to draw a line down the middle of a mole both sides would be completely symmetrical; however, an asymmetrical mole could be a sign of melanoma.

Border: Melanoma is more likely to produce growths that have jagged or poorly defined edges.

Color: Healthy moles are usually a single color, while melanoma will often contain different colors or dark spots.

Diameter: Most healthy moles are smaller than a pencil eraser. If you notice that one or more moles are getting bigger you should speak to your dermatologist.

Evolution: Moles stay relatively the same over time; therefore, if you notice any changes to the size, color, shape, or texture then it’s time to consult with a skincare professional.

Of course, melanoma isn’t the only type of skin cancer to be on the lookout for. The two most common types of non-melanoma skin cancers include basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas. Basal cell carcinomas often present as waxy-looking pale bumps on the skin, often on the head or neck, while squamous cells feel like firm nodules that may be smooth at first but become scaly.

Even if you aren’t noticing changes in your moles it’s still a good idea to schedule a skin cancer screening with your dermatologist once a year. Those at an increased risk for skin cancer may want to discuss coming in more often for exams. This exam is non invasive and could just save your life. If you’ve never had a skin cancer screening before it’s high time that you scheduled one.