Posts for category: Skin Care
Getting a facial can certainly feel like a luxurious, relaxing, and pampering experience but did you know that a facial could also provide your skin with some amazing health benefits? Not only does turning to a dermatologist ensure that you get quality and comprehensive care to treat everything from sun damage to acne, but also a dermatologist has the knowledge, skills, and tools to be able to provide customized facials that can target and treat common skin problems.
A facial offers the skin a variety of benefits including:
- Deep cleaning
- Hydration and moisturizing
A facial can also be tailored to your skin type and the concerns or dermatological issues you are worried about. A facial can be used to treat:
- Redness and uneven skin tone
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Dry, dull and flaky skin
- Acne-prone skin
- Sun damage
- Enlarged pores
One facial won’t be able to address all skin issues you may have, but our dermatological team can work with you to create a customized facial and treatment plan that will be able to treat any and all problems you’re concerned about.
The products that we use during your facial will also depend on the results you’re hoping to achieve. For example, certain enzyme peels and products with glycolic acid can help to remove dead skin cells to produce fresh, radiant skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. If you have questions about the different products we use and their ingredients, or if you have any allergies, it’s important to discuss this first with your skin doctor.
Getting regular facials can be a great way to keep skin looking and feeling its best, and it should be a normal part of most people’s skincare routines. Along with keeping skin clean and hydrated, facials can also target problem areas when they arise. Have questions about facials? Ask your dermatologist today.
With the warmer months just around the corner you may be getting ready to plan some fun in the sun. The summertime always finds children spending hours outside playing, as well as beach-filled family vacations, backyard barbeques, and more days just spent soaking up some much-needed vitamin D.
While it can certainly be great for our emotional and mental well-being to go outside, it’s also important that we are protecting our skin against the harmful effects of the sun’s rays. These are some habits to follow all year long to protect against skin cancer,
Wear Sunscreen Daily
Just because the sun isn’t shining doesn’t mean that your skin isn’t being exposed to the harmful UVA and UVB rays. The sun’s rays have the ability to penetrate through clouds. So it’s important that you generously apply sunscreen to the body and face about 30 minutes before going outside.
Opt for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 that also protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Everyone should use sunscreen, even infants. Just one sunburn during your lifetime can greatly increase your risk for developing skin cancer, so always remember to lather up!
Reapply Sunscreen Often
If you are planning to be outdoors for a few hours you’ll want to bring your sunscreen with you. After all, one application won’t be enough to protect you all day long. A good rule of the thumb to follow is, reapply sunscreen every two hours. Of course, you’ll also want to apply sunscreen even sooner if you’ve just spent time swimming or if you’ve been sweating a lot (e.g. running a race or playing outdoor sports).
Seek Shade During the Day
While feeling the warm rays of the sun on your shoulders can certainly feel nice, the sun’s rays are at their most powerful and most dangerous during the hours of 10am-4pm. If you plan to be outdoors during these times it’s best to seek shady spots. This means enjoying lunch outside while under a wide awning or sitting on the beach under an umbrella. Even these simple measures can reduce your risk for skin cancer.
See a Dermatologist
Regardless of whether you are fair skinned, have a family history of skin cancer or you don’t have any risk factors, it’s important that everyone visit their dermatologist at least once a year for a comprehensive skin cancer screening. This physical examination will allow our skin doctor to be able to examine every growth and mole from head to toe to look for any early signs of cancer. These screenings can help us catch skin cancer early on when it’s treatable.
Noticing changes in one of your moles? Need to schedule your next annual skin cancer screening? If so, a dermatologist will be able to provide you with the proper care you need to prevent, diagnose and treat both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers.
You might be surprised to discover that some of the most innocuous habits could actually be aging you. Preventing fine lines and wrinkles is certainly easier than trying to treat them once they form. While wrinkles are a normal part of life and aging, there are things you can do each and everyday to keep your skin looking young and healthy so you can knock a few years off your age and people will be none the wiser.
Wearing sunscreen each and every day without fail is probably one of the best things you can do to keep your skin looking and feeling its best. Not only does exposing skin to the sun’s rays cause sun damage and increase your risk for skin cancer, it can also cause premature lines and wrinkles. To protect your skin from the sun, always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 every day (even in the winter and on cloudy days).
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is so very important and yet not enough of us get quality sleep every night. Nights of tossing and turning won’t just leave you grumpy, tired and mentally foggy, it can also lead to wrinkles. That’s because a lack of sleep can actually accelerate the signs of aging and can also affect the skin’s ability to repair itself every night. Most adults require anywhere from 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Are you getting your beauty sleep?
Did you know that as many as 75 percent of US adults suffer from chronic dehydration? This statistic is startlingly and could have a serious impact not just on your health but also on the health and appearance of your skin. If like most people you aren’t getting more than 2.5 cups of water a day, it’s important that you up your water intake to at least 8 8-ounce glasses per day (and even more if you’re active). Staying hydrated keeps the skin looking plump and radiant (and who doesn’t want that?).
Keep Skin Moisturized
Dry skin can also leave you prone to those early signs of aging, so it’s important that you keep skin supple and hydrated. Everyone should use a moisturizer every day, which can improve skin’s glow and also reduce the appearance of facial lines. Those dealing with more severe dry skin may need to turn to their dermatologist for more intense moisturizers.
Sleep on Your Back
If you find yourself snuggling with your pillow night after night you may soon notice fine lines developing on your face as a result. Just changing your sleep position alone can easily prevent these “sleep wrinkles”. If you want to reduce wrinkles on your face avoid sleeping on your side or stomach and sleep on your back instead.
Of course, a dermatologist offers a wide range of cosmetic treatments that can also reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. From Botox and dermal fillers to customized facials, laser treatments and chemical peels, there are many options out there to help you achieve a younger appearance. Talk to your dermatologist today about ways to prevent and treat wrinkles.
If you are dealing with skin cancer find out the different skin cancer treatment options in Sandy Springs, GA.
Finding out that you have skin cancer can be rather shocking. We know that you will have a lot of questions along the way. The most important thing is that our Sandy Springs, GA, dermatologists provide you with the most immediate and effective treatment. The type of treatment or treatments you receive will depend on several factors including:
- The type of skin cancer
- The stage of the cancer
- The location, size and depth of the tumor
- Your age and your overall health
During your consultation, our skin doctors will go through your medical history and based on the factors above will discuss which treatments are right for you. Here are some of the most common types of skin cancer treatments,
This is a treatment option for removing basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas, and some early melanomas. The goal is to remove thin layers of the tumor until there are no more cancer cells. This is a conservative method that preserves as much healthy tissue as possible, making it an ideal option for treating cancer in more delicate areas such as the face, feet, genitals, ears and scalp. Mohs is also a good option for aggressive and fast-growing skin cancers.
This simple surgery can be used on most types of skin cancers including squamous cells carcinomas, melanomas and basal cell carcinomas. A doctor will use a scalpel to remove the tumor and then stitch up and bandage the area after the tumor is removed.
Also referred to as curettage and electrodesiccation, this procedure is often used to remove small squamous cell carcinomas and basal cell carcinomas. The lesion is scrapped and then burned with a special needle to kill any remaining cancer cells and to stop the bleeding.
For cancerous tumors that are hard to treat with surgery, radiation therapy may be the best option. Radiation therapy uses x-ray technology to destroy the tumor and can also be used in more aggressive cases of squamous cell carcinomas.
During chemo, medication is administered directly into the vein or taken orally to reach cancer cells that have spread throughout the body. When it comes to skin cancer, chemotherapy is usually topical and used to treat all forms of skin cancer.
Do you want a second opinion? Dealing with a suspicious growth that you need checked out? Whatever the case might be, our dermatological team here at Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Diseases in Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta and Cumming, GA, can help or answer any questions about skin cancer treatments.
No matter how well you care for your skin, wrinkles are inevitable. Luckily, the dermatologists at Atlantic Center for Dermatologic Diseases in Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta, and Cumming, GA, offer several wrinkle treatments that will help your skin look younger and smoother!
Botox injections prevent facial muscles from contracting, which allows wrinkles in the skin to relax. The injections temporarily minimize the appearance of crow's feet, vertical lines between the eyes, forehead furrows, and lines around the mouth. The effects of these injections usually begin to fade after about three or four months. Scheduling regular Botox appointments with your dermatologists in Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta, or Cumming will keep your skin line free.
Fillers plump up the skin and increase collagen production, making wrinkles much less noticeable. Fillers are often used to make thin lips fuller and improve volume in the cheeks. When your skin is fuller and firmer, lines and wrinkles smooth out and become less noticeable. Fillers can also improve nasolabial fold lines, lip lines, chin creases, and crow's feet. Fillers last six months to two years, depending on the type.
Chemical peel treatment sloughs off the outer layers of your skin revealing the smoother, blemish-free skin underneath. Peeling begins a few days after your treatment and usually lasts about three to five days. Your skin doctor may recommend a superficial, medium or deep peel, depending on the depth of your wrinkles.
Interested? Give Us a Call!
Banish wrinkles with a visit to the skin doctor! Schedule an appointment with the dermatologists at Atlantic Center for Dermatologic Diseases by calling (404) 252-4333 for the Sandy Springs, GA, office, (770) 751-1133 for the Roswell office, (770) 664-5225 for the Alpharetta office, or (770) 844-1902 for the Cumming office.