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By Mid Atlantic Dermatology & Laser Center
October 17, 2022
Category: Dermatology

Dermatology is an important area of medicine. Many people think of dermatology as the medical specialty to help them look more attractive. This is cosmetic dermatology. There is another type of dermatology which treats skin conditions and skin cancers and can potentially save your life. This is medical dermatology.

Medical dermatology services can be the answer if you are suffering from:

  • Acne
  • Rashes
  • Rosacea
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Sun damage
  • Skin cancer

If you have acne, your dermatologist can provide several medical dermatology treatments to help you enjoy clear skin. Your dermatologist may recommend:

  • Benzoyl peroxide products to unclog pores
  • Tretinoin for severe acne
  • Laser treatment to kill underlying bacteria
  • Extraction treatment to remove blackheads and whiteheads

If you have a rash, your dermatologist may recommend:

  • Cortisone cream or lotion
  • Oral or topical antihistamine
  • Oatmeal or Aveeno baths
  • Allergy testing to find out if the rash is allergy related

One of the most serious skin conditions your dermatologist can treat is skin cancer. To protect yourself from skin cancer, wearing a daily sunscreen is vitally important. Make sure to:

  • Wear a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15 every day
  • Wear a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 if you are outside for long periods

You should also perform a self-check of your skin regularly, looking for any abnormalities like these:

  • A large mole, with a diameter over 6 millimeters
  • A mole with ragged, irregular borders
  • A mole with an asymmetrical shape
  • New moles, or moles that have grown back after previous removal
  • Rough, scaly patches of skin

Your dermatologist can remove any abnormal moles and have them biopsied to check for abnormal or cancerous tissue. Mole removal can be performed several ways, including shaving the mole, or removing the mole completely.

Your dermatologist can provide medical dermatology services that can help you enjoy clear skin, make you more comfortable, and potentially even save your life. To find out more about how medical dermatology can help you, talk with your dermatologist today.

By Mid Atlantic Dermatology & Laser Center
October 03, 2022
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Skin Care  

Your skin needs protection through all seasons of the year. Now that fall is here, and winter is approaching fast, you need to know how to protect your skin through fall and winter. Your dermatologist can help with the expertise, guidance, and skincare treatments you need.

In the colder months, your skin can dry out, from spending time indoors in heated rooms. During fall and into winter, your skin can become:

  • Dry
  • Red
  • Flaky
  • Irritated

When you are out in colder weather, you need to protect your skin from harsh winds and colder temperatures. Remember to:

  • Wear a thicker moisturizing cream on exposed skin.
  • Avoid products with alcohol because they can dry your skin.
  • Cover as much of your skin as possible with face masks, hats, gloves, and other warm clothing.
  • Wear sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher for everyday protection because sun exposure can be just as damaging to your skin in colder weather.
  • Use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher if you are outdoors in the weather for a long period of time.
  • Avoid taking long, hot showers because they can dry your skin.
  • Take shorter showers with lukewarm water.
  • Use gentle soaps and washes to clean your skin and avoid exfoliating during the winter.
  • Wear lip balm to protect your lips when you are outside.
  • Consider installing a humidifier in your home to help moisten the air. It will soothe your skin, and your sinuses, and nasal passages.

Fall and winter months contain less moisture, so the drier climate can dry out your skin. If you suffer from psoriasis or eczema, it can get worse in the fall and winter. You should visit your dermatologist for psoriasis and eczema care.

Fall is the gateway to winter and fall and winter weather can be harmful to your skin. The effects of harsh winds, cold temperatures, and sun exposure can all accumulate and age your skin prematurely. You can develop fine lines, wrinkles, creases, and other early signs of aging, especially if you don’t protect your skin. To find out more about skin care tips for the fall and into winter, call your dermatologist today.

By Mid Atlantic Dermatology & Laser Center
August 05, 2022
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Dermatologist  

Is it time to see a skincare specialist?

Your skin is your largest organ, so it’s important that you take care of it. That sometimes means turning to a dermatologist for specialized care. Whether you are dealing with skin problems or want to improve your skin’s appearance, a dermatologist can provide you with the cosmetic and medical treatments you’re looking for. Here are some reasons to turn to a dermatologist,

Your Acne Doesn’t Respond to Home Care

Yes, it will take time for acne to respond to treatment. There is no overnight fix; however, if you’ve been using the same over-the-counter acne treatments for twelve weeks or more and aren’t seeing results, it might be time to turn to a dermatologist. Over-the-counter options are only good for milder acne cases. A dermatologist can provide customized treatment options if acne is more severe or treatment-resistant.

You Want a Skin Cancer Evaluation

You don’t have to be fair-skinned or have a family history of skin cancer or tanning beds to benefit from turning to your dermatologist once a year for a skin cancer screening. Everyone can benefit. An annual screening with a dermatologist can catch melanoma and non-melanoma cancers early.

You Have a Chronic Skin Condition

When dealing with eczema, psoriasis or chronic dry skin, these problems require personalized care only a dermatologist can offer. If you are dealing with red, itchy, scaling or burning patches of skin and you’re not sure what’s going on, a dermatologist can provide you with a swift diagnosis and a customized treatment plan to help you get your flare-ups under control.

You Want to Look Younger

Apart from all the medical benefits of turning to a dermatologist, another reason to seek care from a skin care professional is that you’re looking to enhance your skin’s appearance. Whether you want to smooth away lines and wrinkles with Botox or improve skin tone and texture with microneedling or laser resurfacing, a dermatologist is an ideal doctor to turn to for safe, effective cosmetic treatments.

Are you dealing with skin problems that impact your everyday routine or self-esteem? Do you want to treat imperfections to get skin you feel more confident in? If so, call your dermatologist today to schedule a consultation and find out how this specialist can help you get healthy, radiant skin.

By Mid Atlantic Dermatology & Laser Center
March 31, 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.

By Mid Atlantic Dermatology & Laser Center
February 26, 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.