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By WESTGATE DERMATOLOGY AND LASER CENTER, P.A.
May 21, 2021
Category: Skin Care
Skin Cancer ScreeningWhen was the last time you saw a dermatologist? We’re pretty sure most people don’t know or perhaps have never stepped foot inside a dermatologist’s office; however, 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70, and more than two people die every hour in the US from skin cancer. This is why everyone needs to visit their dermatologist for regular skin exams and skin cancer screenings.

What should I expect from a skin cancer screening?

There is nothing uncomfortable, painful, or invasive about a skin cancer screening. This can be a relief to know and may even make someone more likely to come in for the screening they need. A skin cancer screening involves a simple, non-invasive visual examination that is performed by a qualified dermatologist. Your skin doctor will examine all growths, moles, and birthmarks to check for any changes in shape, color, size, or texture that could be warning signs of cancer.

Just as with any health screening, a skin cancer screening can help your dermatologist detect skin cancer during the very early stages when it’s highly treatable. If your dermatologist does detect a suspicious growth, they may recommend a biopsy. A biopsy simply means that your dermatologist will remove a small amount of tissue from the area to test for cancer cells.

Who should get a skin cancer screening?

Everyone can benefit from a skin cancer screening; however, certain risk factors can increase your odds of developing skin cancer over your lifetime. It’s important to know your risk level so you can talk with your dermatologist about how often you should come in for screenings. Those at increased risk may need to come in more than once a year. These risk factors include,
  • Being fair-skinned
  • Having blonde or red hair
  • Light eyes
  • Skin that burns or freckles easily
  • A history of sunburns
  • Family history of skin cancer
  • Extensive sun exposure (e.g. working outdoors)
If it’s been more than a year since your last skin cancer screening you must schedule your exam with a dermatologist as soon as possible. While wearing sunscreen and protecting your skin from the sun can certainly help, it’s still necessary to see a dermatologist at least once a year.
By WESTGATE DERMATOLOGY AND LASER CENTER, P.A.
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.

By WESTGATE DERMATOLOGY AND LASER CENTER, P.A.
May 07, 2021
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Rash  
Skin RashFrom coming in contact with poison ivy to dealing with a high dose of stress, there are many reasons a rash might appear. Most of the time, a rash will go away on its own without treatment; however, it’s also important to recognize when a rash may warrant turning to a dermatologist for treatment.

What causes rashes?

There are so many reasons why a rash may surface. Rashes may be the result of a bacterial, fungal, or viral infection, or it could be caused by an allergy. Common causes of a rash include,
  • Atopic or contact dermatitis
  • Eczema
  • Pityriasis rosea
  • Hives
  • Insect bites and stings
  • Poison ivy, oak, or sumac
  • Rosacea
  • Measles
  • Ringworm
  • Impetigo
  • Psoriasis
  • Diaper rash
  • Shingles
  • Lichen planus
  • Chickenpox
  • Lupus
  • Scabies
  • Allergy to a drug/medication
How do I treat a rash?

Most rashes are mild, self-limiting, and can be treated on your own without having to turn to a doctor. Some ways to ease a rash and promote faster healing is by,
  • Using only gentle cleansers and soaps that do not contain harsh chemicals or fragrances
  • Avoiding hot water and only using lukewarm or cold water
  • Being gentle when cleansing, bathing, and handling the skin
  • Not covering the rash (let it breathe)
  • Using only unscented products
  • Applying calamine lotion to control itching
  • Using hydrocortisone cream to reduce itchiness, swelling, and redness
  • Not scratching the rash, as this can lead to an infection
When should I see a dermatologist about my rash?

It’s important to recognize when a rash probably requires medical attention. You should schedule an appointment with your dermatologist if,
  • The rash is widespread and takes over most of your body (this could be a sign of an allergic reaction, which requires immediate attention)
  • The rash is spreading quickly and suddenly
  • Your rash is accompanied by a fever (this is often a sign of serious infection)
  • The rash is painful or contains blisters
  • There are signs of infection such as oozing, crusting, or skin that’s warm to the touch
Dealing with a rash that is painful or causing your concern? If in doubt, don’t hesitate to call your dermatologist. We can discuss your symptoms over the phone and determine whether you should come in for a consultation.
By WESTGATE DERMATOLOGY AND LASER CENTER, P.A.
April 16, 2021
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Bed Sores  
Bed SoresIf you or a loved one is bed-bound, one of the main concerns is bedsores, which can develop when there is persistent pressure placed on the skin for extended periods. Bedsores can develop within as little as 2-3 hours. Bedsores most often develop on bonier areas of the body where there isn’t as much skin, such as the shoulder blades, buttocks, hips, and tailbone.

It’s important to follow these tips to treat bedsores,
  • Immediately take the pressure off the area
  • Apply dressings to the area to cover the wound
  • Make sure to clean and dress the wound daily to prevent infection
If the person has diabetes or any chronic health problems, you must turn to your doctor right away for treatment, as even minor bedsores can lead to ulcers and serious infections.

A dermatologist can easily remove damaged or dead tissue and prescribe medications such as antibiotics to treat any infection that may be present. Your doctor will need to closely monitor bed sores to make sure it is responding to treatment and isn’t getting worse. If you or a loved one is dealing with bedsores, call your physician immediately.

How do you prevent bedsores?

Even though they are called bedsores, these ulcers can develop in any part of the body in which a lot of pressure is being placed. Therefore, people who are sitting or lying down for long periods, as well as those who are wheelchair-bound, are more at risk for developing bedsores. The person must be checked every day for redness and early signs of bedsores so the problem can be treated right away.

Some ways to reduce your risk for developing bedsores include,
  • Moving or at least changing position every 2-3 hours
  • Using additional pads or cushions in your bed or wheelchair to help take the pressure off certain areas of the body that are prone to bedsores
  • Making sure that you get adequate and proper nutrition to assist in healing
  • Properly care for and clean the skin every day
If you notice any changes in the skin that indicate bedsores, you must continue to change positions every 2-3 hours every day. If symptoms don’t improve within a day, or if there are signs of an infection, it’s important to see your dermatologist immediately for care.
By WESTGATE DERMATOLOGY AND LASER CENTER, P.A.
April 05, 2021
Category: Skin Conditions
Atopic DermatitisWhen we think of skin disorders, we most often assume that these are problems that mostly adults deal with; however, children and teens can also deal with a wide range of skin problems. One of them is atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis, also referred to as pediatric eczema, is a chronic skin problem that causes flare-ups of itchy, dry, red skin.

What causes atopic dermatitis in children?

Atopic dermatitis is surprisingly common among newborns and kids. Certain factors may play a role in whether your child develops atopic dermatitis. Some of these factors include genetics, weather, environment, temperature, and allergies. If dermatitis runs in your family then your child may be more at risk.

What are the signs of pediatric atopic dermatitis?

Not sure if your child is dealing with atopic dermatitis? Many of the symptoms are not unique to atopic dermatitis so it can be difficult to tell. This is why it’s important to turn to a qualified dermatologist if your child is dealing with any of these issues,
  • Dry skin
  • Intensely itchy skin
  • Thick, red, or swollen skin
  • Fluid-filled or crusty bumps on the skin
  • Rough bumps on the face or arms
  • Hives
How is atopic dermatitis treated?

There are several factors that a dermatologist will need to take into account to determine the best treatment plan for your child. Factors such as their overall health as well as the severity of their symptoms will play roles in the type of treatments we recommend. Your child’s treatment plan will include,
  • Avoiding known irritants and triggers such as certain soaps, detergents, and allergens (e.g., pet danger)
  • Keeping your child’s nails trim to prevent scratching and infection
  • Using gentle cleansers and products on your child’s skin
  • Corticosteroid creams
  • Antihistamines
  • Phototherapy (light therapy)
  • Biologics (strong medications used only in severe and unresponsive cases)
If your child is displaying signs of atopic dermatitis, you must schedule an appointment with your dermatologist to find out what’s going on. Any kind of persistent or recurring rash should be looked at by a skincare professional.




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