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September 14, 2021
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Dermatologist  

Westgate Dermatology and Laser Center have convenient locations for you in Winston-Salem, NC, Thomasville, NC, and Kernersville, NC. Our skilled team of dermatologists and medical professionals is here for all your skincare needs.

Why do I need a dermatologist?

If you're looking for a new dermatologist in Winston Salem, Thomasville, or Kernersville, NC, or you've never seen a dermatologist, Westgate Dermatology and Laser Center is here for you.

Some of the most common reasons people seek out a dermatologist are:

  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Skin cancer
  • Rashes
  • Wrinkles and signs of aging
  • Varicose veins

We can help diagnose and treat these different skin conditions and address cosmetic concerns with aesthetic treatments. Come see us today so we can get you looking and feeling your best. 

How often should I go?

The typical recommendation is to see your dermatologist at least once a year for a check-up. Even if you don't have a history of skin cancer, you should get a full-body exam. Your doctor can examine areas you aren't able to inspect and detect any new problems. If you have a history of atypical moles or are prone to other skin issues, you'll want to see your doctor for an exam more often.

Tips for your appointment

When you see your dermatologist, be honest with your provider about your routines and hygiene habits. Make sure you take the opportunity to ask questions about anything that concerns you and ask your provider about doing self-exams and what to look out for.
Westgate Dermatology and Laser Center are here for all your skincare needs. See one of our dermatologists at least once a year for an exam. Contact us for an appointment in Winston Salem at (336) 768-1280, in Thomasville at (336) 714-0238, and in Kernersville at (336) 768-1280.

May 19, 2021
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Botox  

Are you missing the youthful skin you used to have? Aging takes a toll on your body, and your face can reflect that. If you have fine lines and wrinkles, Botox can help. Dr. Paul Kostuchenko and the providers at Westgate Dermatology and Laser Center, offer Botox in Winston Salem and Kernersville, NC, to rejuvenate your skin.

What is Botox Treatment?

Botox is an injectable treatment made from a neurotoxin that works on the muscles and their movement. The muscles make lines and wrinkles pronounced as they contract. When they are relaxed, the area looks smooth. Botox can be used to treat crow’s feet, furrows between the eyebrows, and fine lines.

What is it Like To Get Botox in Winston Salem and Kernersville, NC?

Your provider will administer treatment with a very thin needle. The number of injections will depend on the area being treated. You should feel minimal pain.  Treatment only takes around 15 minutes, making Botox one of the fastest cosmetic procedures. There is also no downtime, so you can get back to your routine immediately.

Most people do not experience any side effects, but slight swelling or redness in the injection site can happen. Your final results will be visible within 7-10 days. You will see the fine lines and wrinkles significantly reduced, and your skin will look smoother and younger. Botox treatments are temporary, and your results will last for up to 3-4 months before you can come into our offices for refresher treatments to maintain your new look.

Visit Your Dermatologist Today

If you are interested in Botox in Winston Salem and Kernersville, NC, contact Westgate Dermatology and Laser Center. You can reach us at (336) 768-1280 to schedule an appointment for a free consultation to hear about Botox treatments and our other cosmetic services.

December 22, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Laser Hair Removal  

Curious about getting laser hair removal here in Winston Salem, NC?
Wondering whether laser hair removal is the right option for you? Maybe you’re tired of having to shave all the time, or perhaps you’re looking for more permanent results that you don’t have to keep up with as often. There are many reasons people say “yes” to laser hair removal. Here’s what to expect when you turn to our providers for laser hair removal treatment.
What areas are treated with laser hair removal?
Pretty much anywhere that has unwanted hair can be treated with our laser hair removal system. This includes:

  • Chest and back
  • Shoulders
  • Underarms
  • Bikini line
  • Chin
  • Stomach
  • Upper lip
  • Arms
  • Legs

How long does it take?

The length of your treatment will depend on the size of the area or areas we are treating. Smaller regions such as the chin or underarms take a few minutes while larger areas like the chest and back can take anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour. Your provider will be able to give you a better idea of your treatment time during your consultation.
How many sessions will I need?

Most patients will require anywhere from 6-8 sessions depending on the color and thickness of the hair. Since hair grows in cycles, we will need to space each treatment out by several weeks so that we are targeting as much hair as possible during each session. You will also notice fewer, finer hairs growing in between treatments.
Does it hurt?

Laser technology continues to advance, which means that our providers offer state-of-the-art laser treatment including hair removal right here in Winston Salem. While you may feel a slight zapping feeling as the hair is targeted, it’s easily tolerated.
Here at Westgate Dermatology and Laser Center, we offer a wide range of dermatological services including laser hair removal in Winston Salem, NC. To schedule an appointment for a consultation please call (336) 768-1280.

May 26, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Mohs Surgery  

Mohs surgery, also called Mohs micrographic surgery, is a surgical procedure used for treating skin cancer. During treatment, thin layers of cancer-cell-containing skin are extracted and inspected until only tissues without cancer cells are left.

When is Mohs Surgery Recommended?

Mohs surgery is commonly recommended for treating common types of skin cancers including squamous and basal cell carcinomas, some forms of melanoma, and other more atypical forms of skin cancer. It is, however, particularly effective for skin cancer types that:
•    Are aggressive and/or large
•    Have indefinable borders or edges
•    Are situated in bodily areas where preservation of healthy tissue is paramount, like those around the ears, eyes, mouth, nose, genitals, feet, and hands
•    Have an increased risk of recurring or have already recurred following treatment in the past

Mohs Surgery Results and Other Vital Things to Remember

Among the most practical advantages offered by Mohs surgery is that you’ll be able to quickly obtain results. It’s also performed under local anesthesia and is an outpatient procedure. To ensure that the site is healing properly, you simply need to attend follow-up appointments at our Winston Salem, NC office.

It’s also crucial to keep in mind that while Mohs surgery is usually successful, your risk of developing another type of skin cancer or your previous cancer recurring will always be there. Studies have shown that individuals who’ve had skin cancer have a higher risk of developing it again when compared to individuals who haven’t had skin cancer. This is why routine follow-up visits and skin cancer screenings with your dermatologist are vital.

For Any Concerns or Questions About Skin Cancer, Contact Us

Mohs surgery is performed by Jenny Stone, M.D. at our Winston Salem, NC office.  Arrange a consultation with her at Westgate Dermatology and Laser Center by calling (336) 768-1280

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.