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Atlanta Center for Dermatology has convenient locations in Roswell, Alpharetta, Cumming, Sandy Springs, GA. Our dedicated team of dermatologists can help when you're concerned about wrinkles. Wrinkles can age us and Botox treatment offers a way to soften your appearance with simple injections. Keep reading about Botox, and come see us to improve the appearance of wrinkles!
Laughing, smiling, and living life to the fullest can sometimes show in our facial wrinkles. Botox treatment can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles like:
- Crow's feet
- Vertical lines between the eyes
- Wrinkles around the mouth
- Forehead lines
If you have any of these wrinkles in Roswell, GA, Botox can help you look younger. We love to see patients get a boost of confidence from improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Botox injections are a subtle way to achieve a more youthful appearance that still looks like you.
How Botox Works
Botox is an injection of the botulism toxin in a safe, refined form. Botox works by relaxing the facial muscles. When the muscles are relaxed, the skin over them appears smoother. Getting an injection is relatively painless, you should only feel a small prick at the injection site. You may notice redness or swelling at the injection site immediately afterward but this should quickly subside. It may be a week before you see the full effect of the injections.
There is maintenance recommended with Botox injections. Botox can keep your muscles relaxed for up to four months, but your doctor will recommend follow-up injections every three to six months to maintain the results.
If you have wrinkles, Atlanta Center for Dermatology offers Botox treatment to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Come see us at our locations in Roswell, Alpharetta, Cumming, Sandy Springs, GA. Contact us for an appointment in Sandy Springs at (404) 252-4333, in Roswell at (770) 751-1133, in Alpharetta at (770) 664-5225, and in Cumming, at (770) 844-1902.
How is vitiligo treated?
There is currently no cure for vitiligo but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t ways to target and add pigment back into these depigmented patches of skin. Some of these treatment options include:
UVB Light Therapy
This is one of the oldest and most commonly used treatment options for vitiligo, which exposes areas of the body to light therapy multiple times a week. This narrow-band light therapy works by triggering the production of melanocytes, a skin cell responsible for producing pigmentation in the skin.
Various topical creams can repigment the skin. Your dermatologist will look at the size and location of your vitiligo patches to determine the best topical medications for the job. Common topical medications include corticosteroids, calcineurin inhibitors, calcipotriene, and depigmentation medications.
Steroids are topical anti-inflammatories that can slow vitiligo and allow the body to produce more melanocytes. It can take up to a month to start seeing results. When steroids aren’t the ideal option, which is particularly common if a patient has patches of vitiligo in more sensitive areas such as the genitals or lips, your dermatologist may recommend calcineurin inhibitors.
If the majority of your body contains vitiligo patches, the best option may be to lighten the rest of your skin to reduce the appearance of these depigmented patches. This can be done with a topical depigmentation medication or light therapy. Medications are often recommended in conjunction with light therapy, but if light therapy isn’t being used then your dermatologist may recommend two or more medications to be used at the same time.
You don’t have to deal with vitiligo alone. A dermatologist can be the best medical specialist for helping you treat and manage your vitiligo symptoms. To learn more or to schedule an evaluation, call your dermatologist today.
If you are a healthy individual then you can easily treat blisters with simple first aid and home care; however, those with diabetes or weakened immune systems should call their dermatologist for treatment. Even minor skin injuries such as blisters can lead to an infection if you have certain preexisting conditions.
To treat a blister at home here are some helpful tips:
Cover the area: Just as you would place protective padding over a bunion or a callus, you should do the same for a blister. This will provide an additional layer of protection to prevent shoes or clothes from rubbing against the blister to make it worse.
Don’t pop the blister: We know that it might be tempting to pop the blister but it’s best just to leave it alone and to let your body heal it naturally; however, we also understand that the blister may be large, painful, or in an awkward place and you may need to drain it. In this case, make sure to thoroughly sterilize a needle with alcohol before gently piercing the blister so that it can drain.
Clean the area: If you do decide to drain the blister yourself, it’s important that you keep the area as clean as possible afterward to prevent infection. This means cleaning the area with soap and water after draining it.
When to See a Doctor
In some cases, a blister may need to be treated by a medical professional; more specifically, a dermatologist. If the blister doesn’t get better in a few days or shows signs of infection, you need to see a doctor as soon as possible. If you develop clusters or several blisters on your body, along with other symptoms such as fever and pain, these could be signs of a viral infection, skin disease, or autoimmune disorder. Conditions such as impetigo, herpes zoster, and dermatitis herpetiformis can also cause blisters.
If you are dealing with a painful or infected blister, or if you have diabetes, it’s important that you turn to a dermatologist right away for treatment to prevent complications.
Change is inevitable, particularly when it comes to your appearance. Over the years, fine lines and wrinkles begin to appear, making you look older than you feel. Fortunately, your dermatologists at Atlantic Center for Dermatologic Diseases in Cumming, Atlanta, Alpharetta, Roswell, and Sandy Springs, GA, offer treatments that will smooth your lines and wrinkles.
Which treatment is right for you?
As you age, the muscles in your face begin to sag slightly. At the same time, collagen, a protein important for skin elasticity, declines. As a result of these changes, you may notice a few fine lines or wrinkles in your skin. Although plastic surgery was once the only option if you were unhappy with your wrinkles, today dermatologists offer many non-surgical treatments that can revitalize your appearance.
During your visit to the Cumming, Atlanta, Alpharetta, Roswell, or Sandy Springs dermatology office, your skin doctor may recommend one or more of these treatments:
- Retinoids: These medications are applied directly to your face before you go to bed. Retinoids speed skin cell turnover, increase collagen production and improve skin texture.
- Botox: Wrinkles that appear between and around your eyes and on your forehead are related to the facial expressions you make. Although the wrinkles vanish the moment you stop frowning or laughing when you're younger, they tend to become permanent as you get older. Botox injections prevent muscles from contracting when you make facial expressions, which allows the skin over the muscle to become smoother.
- Fillers: If sagging skin is the cause of your wrinkles, fillers offer a simple solution. The injectable treatment adds volume to your face and smooths wrinkles and relaxes lines around the eyes, nose, mouth, and chin. Fillers can also help improve collagen production.
- Chemical Peels: Chemical peels remove the outer layers of the skin that contain lines and wrinkles. A few days after the peel solution is applied, your skin will become flaky. Once the flakes fall off, you'll notice that your skin is smoother and younger-looking. Peels are available in several strengths.
Would you like to renew and refresh your appearance? Schedule an appointment with the dermatologists at Atlantic Center for Dermatologic Diseases in Cumming, Atlanta, Alpharetta, Roswell, and Sandy Springs, GA, by calling:
(404) 252-4333 (Atlanta and Sandy Springs)
(770) 751-1133 (Roswell)
(770) 664-5225 (Alpharetta)
(770) 844-1902 (Cumming)
Twenty percent of Americans will develop skin cancer by the time they're 70, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Fortunately, your dermatologists at the Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Diseases in Cumming, Atlanta, Alpharetta, Roswell, and Sandy Springs, GA, offer skin cancer treatments that can help protect you should you ever develop the disease.
Skin cancer treatment options
Surgery used to be the only way to remove skin cancers. Today, a variety of innovative treatment options and surgical techniques treat skin cancers while minimizing scarring. Skin cancer treatments include:
- Medication: Medication may be all that's needed to remove skin cancer or precancerous spots in the outer layers of the skin. Medicated cream, lotion, or gel offer an effective way to kill cancerous cells that haven't reached the deeper layers of the skin.
- Cryotherapy: During cryotherapy, your Cumming, Atlanta, Alpharetta, Roswell, and Sandy Springs, GA, doctor sprays liquid nitrogen on your skin. This freezes cancer cells, causing them to blister and fall off. Cryotherapy can be helpful in treating precancerous or cancerous growths.
- Curettage and Electrodessication: The treatment involves scraping off the skin cancer with a special instrument, then applying a gentle electrical current that kills any remaining cells and stops bleeding.
- Excision: Excision involves removing cancerous cells and a margin of healthy cells surrounding the area with a scalpel. Reconstructive surgery or skin grafts may be needed if the skin cancer is extensive or deep.
- Mohs Micrographic Surgery: During Mohs surgery, your dermatologist removes a single layer of your skin and examines it under a microscope. If he or she sees cancerous cells, additional layers will be removed one layer at a time until no cancerous cells remain. This surgical technique minimizes scarring, reduces the loss of healthy tissue, and offers a faster recovery time.
- Radiation Therapy: Radiation therapy may be combined with other therapies or used to treat large tumors or skin cancer in hard-to-reach areas. It may also be an option if you're not healthy enough to undergo surgery.
Are you concerned about a suspicious spot or a change in a mole? Your Cumming, Atlanta, Alpharetta, Roswell, and Sandy Springs, GA, dermatologists at the Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Diseases can diagnose your condition and offer skin cancer treatment options if needed. Schedule your appointment by calling (404) 252-4333 for the Sandy Springs office, (770) 751-1133 for the Roswell office, (404)-252-4333 for the Atlanta Office,(770) 664-5225 for the Alpharetta office, or (770) 844-1902 for the Cumming office.