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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.

February 25, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Tattoos   Tattoo Removal  

Tattoo removal has become one of aesthetic and medical dermatology's most sought-after services. Read on to learn about how this treatment works.

The procedure

Dermatologists mostly use Q-switched, or quality-switched, laser instruments for tattoo removal. Short, focused bursts of light break up the tattoo pigment that lies embedded in skin. With repeated treatments, the pigment particles eventually clear the body, and the tattoo lightens or fades away completely. Your skin doctor will tailor your treatments to your skin and to your tattoo.

Skin doctors find that older tattoos composed of darker hues such as brown or green respond best to laser removal. Colors such as red or yellow are more easily retained and may not fade completely.

These treatments are best performed by a board-certified dermatologist who will examine your skin and your tattoo, review your medical history, and give you the safest and most effective treatment options available.

The American Society for Aesthetic Surgery reports that skin doctors performed more than 45,000 tattoo removal procedures in 2013, and those numbers continue to rise. In just a few treatments, many patients experience complete erasure of their body artwork.

After your tattoo removal

As you may have some blistering, bleeding, and swelling after your laser removal procedure, you must treat your skin gently afterward. Keep the area clean and dry to avoid infection.

Additional aftercare involves:

  • Avoiding sun exposure
  • Keeping the treated skin covered
  • Wearing loose clothing over the tattoo site
  • Applying antibiotic ointment or cream as directed

If you want a tattoo removed...

See your board-certified dermatologist for a personalized consultation. They have the credentials, skill, and tools to do the job safely and effectively. Call your skin doctor today to find out more about removing tattoos.