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By WESTGATE DERMATOLOGY AND LASER CENTER
April 25, 2019
Category: Botox
Tags: Botox  

Facial lines and wrinkles, even if they're fairly small, have an undeniable effect your appearance. Botox Cosmetic smooths and minimizes botoxlines and wrinkles for as long as three to four months, helping you look more youthful. Your Winston Salem and Thomasville, NC, dermatologists, Drs. Paul Kostuchenko and Jenny Lee Stone, offer Botox and a variety of other cosmetic treatments at Westgate Dermatology and Laser Center.

How does Botox work?

Your facial muscles contract every time you frown, squint, laugh, and smile. Over time, fine lines and wrinkles develop in the skin covering those muscles. Botox injections relax the muscles, which causes the skin to become smoother.

Is Botox safe?

Botox Cosmetic contains tiny amounts of the botulinum toxin. The toxin is purified and is perfectly safe to use for line and wrinkle reduction treatment. In fact, the injections have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of lines and wrinkles.

Who can benefit from Botox injections?

Botox is often used to minimize vertical lines between the forehead, forehead furrows, crow's feet, lip lines and nasolabial fold lines. The treatment is a good choice for many people but isn't appropriate for people who have muscle diseases, myasthenia gravis, or are pregnant or nursing.

The injections are very helpful in treating shallow to moderate lines and wrinkles. If you have very deep lines and wrinkles, dermal fillers may be a better option.

Are Botox injections painful?

Your Winston Salem or Thomasville dermatologist uses a small needle to minimize injection-site pain. You'll probably only notice a slight stinging sensation when you receive the injections. Your treatment may take as little as 10 minutes, depending on the number of areas to be treated.

When will I see results?

Your fine lines and wrinkles may begin to look a little smoother two or three days after treatment. It usually takes about 10 days to two weeks to see the full effects of Botox injections. Scheduling regular follow-up treatments every three to four months will help you maintain your appearance.

Improve your appearance with Botox! Call your Winston Salem and Thomasville, NC, dermatologists, Drs. Paul Kostuchenko and Jenny Lee Stone of Westgate Dermatology and Laser Center, at (336) 714-0238 for our Winston Salem office and (336) 714-0238 for our Thomasville office to schedule an appointment.


By WESTGATE DERMATOLOGY AND LASER CENTER
April 16, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Hyperhidrosis  

Why Do I Have Excessive Sweating? 

Do you commonly find that your armpits or feet are drenched with sweat, despite being in mild weather and not being active? If so, you may be one of the 1-3%  of the population that has hyperhidrosis, a disorder that entails having hyperactive sweat glands. Read on to learn the signs of this condition and to find out how your local dermatologist can help you cope with the often-uncomfortable symptoms that define it!

The Two Types of Hyperhidrosis

Before going further into the discussion of hyperhidrosis symptoms, it is important to establish that there are two types of the condition:

  1. Primary Hyperhidrosis: People afflicted this disorder type possess a certain type of gland, termed, “eccrine sweat glands.” These sweat glands will cover the entire body, although they will be especially prevalent on the feet, armpits, face, and palms.

  2. Secondary Hyperhidrosis: While also causing excessive perspiration on the body, this kind of hyperhidrosis is in fact a side effect of another medical condition or medication (hence the “secondary” designation). Conditions that generally cause secondary hyperhidrosis include, fever, anxiety disorder, menopause, and obesity among others.

Possible Treatment Options For Hyperhidrosis

We know how uncomfortable excessive sweating can be, and luckily, there are a number of different treatment options available to those who struggle with hyperhidrosis. Of course, given that each case differs largely from the next, you will need to meet with your local dermatologist to find out which treatment course is best for you!

Some possible treatment options include:

  • Aluminum chloride containing prescription antiperspirant
  • Glycopyrrolate containing prescription creams.
  • Nerve-blocking medications
  • Botulinum injections
  • Antidepressants or anxiety relieving medication (in the case of secondary hyperhidrosis)
  • A number of surgical options (reserved for very serious cases)

Need Relief? Give Us a Call!

We know how uncomfortable it can be to live with hyperhidrosis. If you are looking to relieve your symptoms, give contact your local pediatrician today!


By WESTGATE DERMATOLOGY AND LASER CENTER
April 04, 2019
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne  

Discover helpful acne-fighting tips and trick to achieve clearer skin.

You’re trying to find the right way to get your acne under control, right? Well, there are certainly so many options out there that it can be a bit daunting. First and foremost, if you are just starting to deal with acne then you may want to tackle the issue from the comfort of your own home before turning to a dermatologist for help.

At-Home Treatment Options

The first line of defense is usually to try an over-the-counter acne cleanser or topical cream that contains an active ingredient such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. It’s important to be patient when it comes to seeing results. No acne product will work overnight. In fact, it can take anywhere from 4-6 weeks of consistent use before you start to notice results from commercial acne products, so don’t give up on a product too soon.

Other tips to follow include:

  • Cleaning your smartphone with disinfectant wipes at lease once a day (imagine just how much bacteria your phone picks up everyday).
  • Washing your face twice a day, once in the morning and at night before bedtime, and immediately after sweating.
  • Being gentle with your skin. Harsh scrubs and being aggressive won’t get rid of acne; it will actually just make it worse.
  • Using cosmetic products that won’t clog pores (look for words like “non-comedogenic” or “oil free”)
  • Leaving acne alone (do not pick acne or try to extract it yourself, as this can lead to scarring)
  • Washing pillowcases regularly to get rid of pore-clogging bacteria

When to See a Dermatologist

If you are having trouble getting your acne under control after weeks of trial and error, or if your acne is severe and painful then it’s time to enlist the help of a dermatologist who will be able to provide you with more effective strategies for getting rid of your acne. After all, there are different things that can cause acne and it’s important that your skin doctor figures out what’s causing your acne so that they can create the right treatment plan for you.

Dermatologist-Approved Acne Treatment Options

Depending on what’s causing your breakouts, a dermatologist may recommend these treatment options:

  • Topical treatment: Prescription-strength cleansers, ointments, and creams containing glycolic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and retinoids can target and eliminate acne.
  • Topical or oral antibiotics: Antibiotics can reduce inflammation and kill the bacteria responsible for acne.
  • Oral contraceptives: If you are dealing with breakouts that occur around your menstrual cycle then hormonal fluctuations could be causing your acne. There are certain types of birth control pills that have been FDA approved to fight acne.
  • Isotretinoin: More commonly referred to as Accutane, this powerful oral medication is used for those dealing with severe cystic acne that can lead to deep scarring. This is often recommended when other treatment options haven’t been effective.

Have questions about getting your acne under control? Then it’s time to consult with a dermatologist.