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,
- Upper lip and chin
- Bikini line
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.
If you’ve suddenly noticed your skin breaking out in a red, itchy rash, you could be dealing with dermatitis, a common skin condition that often leads to a red, swollen rash, or dry and intensely itchy skin. Sometimes dermatitis can even cause oozing or scaling blisters to form. This condition may be embarrassing but don’t worry—it isn’t contagious.
The most common types of dermatitis include:
- Contact dermatitis: occurs when an allergen comes in contact with your skin
- Eczema or atopic dermatitis: most commonly inherited
- Dyshidrotic dermatitis: often appears on the hands and feet
- Seborrheic dermatitis: a type of dermatitis that often affects the scalp (dandruff)
The causes really depend on the type of dermatitis you have. For example, contact dermatitis occurs when you come in contact with an allergen such as certain detergents, poison ivy, or nickel. Eczema most often runs in families and occurs more frequently in those with allergies or asthma.
With dermatitis, it is common to experience flare-ups with bouts of remission. Common symptom triggers include environmental or hormonal changes, stress, or certain irritants (e.g. new detergents; perfumes).
Since the symptoms of dermatitis are similar to other skin conditions, it is important to see a dermatologist for a proper diagnosis. Some types of dermatitis can be diagnosed through a simple physical exam; however, if your dermatologist believes that your symptoms are due to an allergic reaction, then allergy testing may be necessary to determine what’s causing your dermatitis.
Those with mild symptoms may find relief through over-the-counter antihistamines and topical creams to stop itching and redness; however, a dermatologist can create a customized treatment plan based on the type of dermatitis you are dealing with and your symptoms. Along with home care (e.g. oatmeal baths; cold compresses) and over-the-counter medications, a dermatologist may also prescribe stronger antihistamines, topical steroids, or oral medication to ease more serious flare-ups.
Your dermatologist can also discuss ways to prevent flare-ups including treating and preventing dry skin, using a proper moisturizer, and implementing necessary dietary changes. Some patients also find that alternative therapies such as acupuncture or massage therapy help reduce the number and severity of flare-ups.
If you are experiencing symptoms of dermatitis, it is important that you see your dermatologist right away for care. The sooner you seek treatment the sooner you will experience relief.
Dermatologists at Westgate Dermatology and Laser Center, located in Kernersville, Thomasville and Winston Salem, NC, understands what it means to have acne. About 5% of adults and 80% of adolescents suffer from acne, which can cripple an individual's confidence.
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Secretions from the sebaceous glands provide much needed skin moisture it needs. Naturally, sebum, the oily secretion from the sebaceous glands, moves from the root of the hair follicle to the top. Sebum doesn't reach the surface of skin and creates a blockage consisting of sebum and dead cells when people suffer from acne.
Whiteheads are formed when the opening of the hair follicle is completely blocked. Blackheads, on the other hand, are formed when the hair follicle's pore is still open. The inflammation of whiteheads and blackheads can produce red pustules that, when inflamed, lead to the scarring of the skin.
Acne Treatment Options
Modern-day dermatology aids in acne treatment. Your Kernersville, Thomasville and Winston Salem dermatologist can provide you with some techniques to help treat your problems:
- Mild acne requires Benzoyl Peroxide to reduce blockage of skin pores.
- Antibiotics, both oral and topical, may be important to prevent hair follicle infections.
- Tretinoin, a source of Vitamin A, helps exfoliate blocked pores.
- Whiteheads and blackheads are manually removed using metal instruments.
It's difficult to keep your skin healthy, even if you wash every day. You may still develop acne and acne scars. Modern technology has several techniques to help reduce or eliminate those scars.
Here are some procedures your dermatologist provides:
- Chemical peels
- Laser Skin Treatment
Need a consultation?
For more information on acne, acne scars and the various acne treatments, don't hesitate to call your Westgate Dermatology and Laser Center dermatologist in Kernersville (336) 768-1280, Thomasville (336) 714-0238 and Winston Salem (336) 768-1280, NC, today.
Tattoo removal has become one of aesthetic and medical dermatology's most sought-after services. Read on to learn about how this treatment works.
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.
Want to learn more about spider veins from your Winston Salem, Thomasville, and Kernersville, NC, dermatologist?
Dermatology deals with skin issues, like spider veins. Spider veins are tiny purple, red or blue web-like lines that appear anywhere on the body, but most often on legs.
Spider veins aren't the prettiest sight but they don't actually cause serious bodily harm. People do, however, experience aching, burning, or leg cramping. Women are more likely than men to develop spider veins but there are other risk factors to consider:
- Being on your feet all day
- Hormonal changes
- Traumatic injuries
- Prior leg surgeries
How do you treat spider veins?
Your Winston Salem, Thomasville and Kernersville dermatologist can remove spider veins using Sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy is a solution that is injected into the vein so that it collapses and is reabsorbed by the body.
Consult your dermatologists at Westgate Dermatology and Laser Center in Winston-Salem, Thomasville, and Kernersville, NC, if you are dealing with spider veins. Call today to schedule an appointment. Please Note: Sclerotherapy treatments are done at our Winston-Salem ofiice.
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