Southlake Dermatology

Ready for a New You?

As the summer approaches, you may have a concern about skin issues, or small pockets of fat on the body, loose and sagging skin, or cellulite. Compassion Dermatology can help you to achieve the new look you want for summer. Contact us today for reliable results in a holistic setting with our Southlake dermatology.

Reshaping Your Contour

At Compassion Dermatology, we are able to use the latest non-invasive technology to help reshape all areas of the body and provide you with a rejuvenated appearance. Before summer arrives, schedule a consultation in our Southlake dermatology clinic and let’s get started helping you look and feel better for summer clothing and activities.

The ICON Aesthetic System uses a targeted cooling process that safely destroys fat cells and leaves the surrounding structures unharmed. Being noninvasive, it requires minimal to no down time, and can be performed on almost any area of the body. In addition, it is effective for vessel and pigment clearance, the treatment of scars and stretch marks, reducing wrinkles and provides permanent hair reduction. In the treated area, it is typical to see as much as a 25 percent reduction in fat. The procedure is recommended in almost any part of the body, including the abdomen, hips, inner and outer thighs, love handles, arms, chin and bra fat. Contact us at our Southlake dermatology clinic for additional information.

Sculpsure is an FDA approved laser treatment for non-invasive lipolysis ideal for the treatment of stubborn fat. It provides permanent removal of fat cells in just 25 minutes.

In addition to these we offer a solution for your cosmetic concerns, including non-invasive treatments. For example, we can provide a treatment for loose, sagging skin and cellulite. We offer treatments that can stimulate the formation of new collagen for firmer skin and wrinkle reduction. Other treatments include our hydra-facial, dermaplaning and Kybella, a treatment that can provide you with a firmer, more youthful jawline. Radio frequency provides a safe procedure for heating deep fat deposit, ridding you of them permanently, while stimulating new collagen production.

Indoor Tanning

Indoor tanning is especially popular among teens. Unfortunately, the link of indoor tanning with UVB enhanced and UVA emitting devices and melanoma is well established. Regardless of your age, the risk increase grows directly with the frequency in which you use these devices. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, indoor tanning is responsible for a 75% increase in the risk of melanoma. In addition, it is also responsible for premature aging and other types of skin cancer. Your dermatologist offers safer options for a healthy and natural looking tan. Give us a call today in our Southlake dermatology clinic to find out how!

Reducing Sun Damage

Damage from the sun to your skin can accumulate over time. Fortunately, help is available. From procedures to products that reduce skin discoloration from the sun, reduce pores and unclog them, even out pigment and reduce fine lines and flab, your dermatologist offers a solution for your skin concerns in our Southlake dermatology clinic.

Fillers

Injectable fillers can add volume in areas where we have lost it and can also soften the effects of age lines. As we age, changes in fat, muscle and bone can cause the lower face to appear fuller. Fillers help increase volume to restore a more youthful appearance, by restoring youthful features such as high cheekbones, full cheeks and a defined jaw line.

How long the results of a filler last depend several factors, such as how quickly your body will metabolize the product, where it is injected, and the type of product. Most fillers will average lasting approximately 6-12 months, but up to 2 years is possible, again depending on the type and your individual metabolism. In addition, injectable filler is also useful for scar reduction. Ready to rejuvenate your appearance just in time for summer? Contact our Southlake dermatology clinic today to schedule the first day of a new you.

Basic Skin Care

Basic skin care always begins with the appropriate skin cleanser. Whether your skin type calls for a foaming cleanser, a beauty bar for sensitive skin or other, start fresh with clean skin. In your morning routine, apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher after cleaning.

In the evening, after cleaning, apply a retinoid every third day to avoid excessive peeling. Next, apply a moisturizer or hydration repair product. Moisturizing masks and eye masks for under-eye bags are also a means of improving your skins health and appearance. Eat more fruits and vegetables. They help to hydrate your skin, and provide skin protecting antioxidants. A consultation in our Southlake dermatology clinic will provide you with a comprehensive evaluation, and a regimen developed just for you and your skin.

Moisturizers

Healthy skin is hydrated skin. Scorching temperatures and sweating is no excuse to avoid using a moisturizer. Moisturizers are available as lotion, cream or ointment. Those with dry skin should choose a thick cream or ointment. However, in the summer, your skin type may require a lighter formula. Your skin will produce more oil in the summer, and the use of heavy moisturizers with Shea butter and petroleum can result in clogged pores and breakouts. Dermatologists recommend the use of a lighter formula, ask your doctor in our Southlake dermatology to recommend one for your skin type during the summer season.

 Eczema

Those with eczema should practice the following tips:

  • Avoid applying drying products to your skin.
  • Avoid jewelry or materials that can irritate your skin. Wear loose fitting clothing of cotton.
  • Wash with warm water and avoid hot baths or showers. Immediately apply a moisturizer after drying off from a bath or shower.
  • Do not use soap unless required. Avoid rough washcloths, scrubbers and exfoliating tools.
  • Use a humidifier during the dry air months of winter.

If you suffer from eczema, give Compassion Dermatology a call today. We will provide a comprehensive evaluation and treatment plan customized for you. Compassion Dermatology offers a number of solutions for a more youthful you. Give us a call today to schedule a consultation in our Southlake dermatology clinic.


Contact Dermatitis | Dermatologist in Fort Worth, TX

Contact dermatitis is a localized rash or skin irritation resulting from contact with irritants or substances you are allergic to. Inflammation occurs in the outermost layer of skin, called the epidermis, and the layer beneath it called the dermis. Discomfort is often present with burning and/or itching in potentially large areas. The affected area often takes from days to weeks to heal. However, if contact with the irritant continues, the skin rash will not clear until the irritant is removed. In addition, the condition can become chronic. If you are experiencing skin irritation that will not heal, a dermatologist in Fort Worth, TX can help you. Contact Compassion Dermatology today to schedule a consultation.

Irritant Vs. Allergic Contact Dermatitis

Irritant dermatitis typically affect only the skin actually in contact with the irritant. On the other hand, allergic dermatitis can affect larger areas. Sings and symptoms of either condition can include:

  • Red rash is the most common sign, and appears quickly after contact in irritant dermatitis. A skin rash may not develop in allergic dermatitis for 24 to 72 hours after exposure to the allergen. The rash is raised and may be weeping, crusty or welted.
  • Irritant dermatitis is typically more painful and burning than itchy, its symptoms may include blisters or welts. Allergic dermatitis tends to be more itchy than painful. A dermatologist in Fort Worth, TX can help you with either type of dermatitis. We can prescribe a treatment plan for your dermatitis that will soothe the itch and burning, and promote the healing of your skin.
  • Blisters, welts and hives typically form in the shape of the irritant of exposure.

A Compassion Dermatology dermatologist in Fort Worth, TX can identify dermatitis, its type and an effective treatment for you.

Allergic Dermatitis

There are a number of potential irritants that may be involved with allergic dermatitis. Common causes include nickle, gold, chromium, poison oak, poison, sumac or poison ivy. In addition, latex (such as gloves or bandages), detergents, cleaners, perfumes, dyes and many others may be causing your skin rash. Sources include jewelry, the metal in jeans, cosmetics and hair dyes, and even foods, for example. A number of children often experience a burning rash around their mouth after eating certain fruits. It can be prevented by rinsing the affected area off after eating. If the rash extends to the inside of the mouth see your pediatrician.

Irritant Contact Dermatitis

This category of contact dermatitis is commonly caused by either chemical irritants, such as solvents or alkali, for example, or physical irritants, such as the plant poison ivy.

An example of a common form of contact dermatitis is a baby’s diaper rash.  The following tips treat and can prevent diaper rash:

  • Change a soiled or wet diaper as soon as possible.
  • If you use baby wipes, be sure to use wipes that are alcohol and fragrance free. Otherwise use water and a soft washcloth. For severe rashes, gently rinse the area with lukewarm water and allow to air dry. Allow the child to go without a diaper as long as possible when a diaper rash is present.
  • Use a zinc oxide diaper rash cream to act as a barrier and promote healing. Apply the cream liberally.
  • Watch for the signs of a skin infection. Potential signs include blisters, fever, infectious drainage, a rash that worsens or will not resolve and a fussy baby or one in obvious pain. If your child appears to have a worsening rash or signs of infection, contact your pediatrician, or contact a dermatologist in Fort Worth, TX.

Diagnosis

Allergic dermatitis relies on identification of the allergen, in order to avoid it and future problems. Patch testing is used to identify potential allergies. In the patch test, small amounts of potential allergens are applied to adhesive patches, and are placed on the skin. The patches remain on the skin for a few days, afterwards, the skin is checked for a reaction. In general, contact dermatitis may also depends on tissue morphology, immunological findings and histology to assist in the diagnosis. Irritants may also cross over into both allergic and irritant contact dermatitis. Contact a Compassion Dermatology  dermatologist in Fort Worth, TX today to schedule a consultation for your skin problems.

At Home Care

Use the following tips for self care when you or a loved one experience contact dermatitis. If improvement is not noted within a few days, contact Compassion Dermatology to schedule a consultation with a dermatologist in Fort Worth, TX:

  • Use calamine lotion for itching
  • Apply cold, moist compresses to blistered areas for 30 minutes, 3 times a day
  • Talk to your doctor about using oral antihistamines, such as Benadryl to relieve itching
  • Avoid scratching the affected area, and trim your nails or cover the area with a bandage to protect it
  • After contact with a known allergen or irritant, wash with soap and cool water

When to Contact a Dermatologist in Fort Worth, TX

When the rash fails to improve after 2 to 3 days of home care, or when the pain and/or itching is intense or worsening, contact your doctor or a dermatologist in Fort Worth, TX. Treatment of contact dermatitis typically consists of lotions, creams and or oral medications. At Compassion Dermatology, you will experience the commitment of our experienced medical staff to resolve your skin issues with a holistic approach. Give us a call today.


Psoriasis | Dermatologist in Keller, TX

Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease characterized by abnormal skin patches that are red and form plaques of silvery scales on the skin. However, mild cases may appear as nothing more than a dry patch of skin. Psoriasis is not contagious, you cannot pass the condition from one person to another.  The condition typically affects the skin on the knees, elbows, scalp, lower back and hands, but may occur throughout the body. While psoriasis is considered an autoimmune response, it’s exact cause is unknown. A family history of the disease increases your risk of developing psoriasis. Currently, research is centered on approximately 25 genes thought to be related to psoriasis. At Compassion Dermatology, we can provide a treatment customized to your type and severity of psoriasis that will best provide you with symptomatic relief, a reduction of inflammation and controlling the disease. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with a dermatologist in Keller, TX.

Diagnosis

A diagnosis of psoriasis is typically based on the skin’s appearance. If the clinical diagnosis is uncertain, your dermatologist in Keller, TX may take a skin biopsy or scraping, to rule out other potential disorders.

The Four Main Types

While there are a number types of psoriasis, the four main types include erythrodermic,  plaque, inverse and pustular. Ninety percent of cases are plaque psoriasis, also known as psoriasis vulgaris. This type generally presents as areas of red skin with scales. It most commonly affects shins, forearms, scalp and the navel area. Inverse psoriasis typically present as red patches in the skin folds. Pustular psoriasis present as small non-infectious pus-filled blisters. Erythrodermic psoriasis is the term used when the condition becomes widespread, and can begin from any of the other types. This type commonly involves intense itching, swelling and pain. Left untreated, this form of psoriasis can be potentially fatal, although it is rare. The skin is an organ which acts as a barrier to infection and disease, when its function is impaired due to a large scale condition, your health can suffer. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with a dermatologist in Keller, TX.

Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis often occur together.  Thirty percent of those with psoriasis will develop psoriatic arthritis, and are more vulnerable to developing other diseases. For example, those with both conditions are more likely to develop specific cancers, such as lymphoma and non-melanoma skin cancer. Due to the risks, those with psoriasis should schedule regular cancer screenings.

Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease is also more likely in those with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, especially if it is severe. Fortunately, treating the disease reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with a dermatologist in Keller, TX.

Crohn’s Disease

Those with psoriasis may develop Crohn’s disease. However, those with both psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are at even greater risk of developing Crohn’s disease. Talk to your doctor if you have symptoms of Crohn’s or other inflammatory bowel disease, such as abdominal cramping, diarrhea and bloody stools.

Obesity

Having psoriasis commonly increases the risk of being obese in children. By age 18 if the obesity remains, the risk of developing psoriatic arthritis increase. Studies reveal losing weight greatly improves symptoms and  the effectiveness of treatment for psoriasis.

Diabetes

Psoriasis increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Metabolic Syndrome

An association between psoriatic disease and metabolic syndrome has been established. Metabolic syndrome includes a cluster of conditions including heart disease, high blood pressure and abdominal obesity. A survey of 6500 people found that 40% of those with psoriasis had metabolic syndrome. Those with psoriatic arthritis are at even greater risk of developing metabolic syndrome.

Liver Disease

Those with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis may be more likely to develop nonalcoholic fatty liver disease according to recent studies. In addition, when the psoriasis is a severe form, they are more than twice as likely to develop chronic kidney disease than those with mild psoriasis.

Other diseases are possible if you have psoriasis. Treatment is essential to reduce your risks. Contact Compassion Dermatologist for a consultation with a dermatologist in Keller, TX.

Treatment

There is no cure for psoriasis, treatment reduces inflammation and clears the skin. However, numerous treatments are available to control the symptoms. Mild cases are often treated with topical creams, lotions, medicated sprays and localized steroid injections. The more severe cases of psoriasis may require systemic medications and/or light treatments. Light therapy may use natural or artificial light treatments, including ultraviolet therapy. Brief controlled exposure to natural sunlight may improve the symptoms of psoriasis. However,  intense or prolonged exposure may worsen it, or cause skin damage. Follow your treatment plan if photo-therapy is part of it. Your dermatologist in Keller, TX will provide you with a treatment individualized for you.

When you have psoriasis, managing your life can be challenging. Making healthy choices and limiting the stress in your life can help you to live more comfortably. Diet is especially important, as overweight psoriasis sufferers can benefit greatly from losing weight. Talk to your doctor or dermatologist in Keller, TX before making any drastic changes to your diet. Other triggers include injury, some medications, alcohol and infection.

Follow your doctor’s recommendations. If your doctor recommends specific home treatments such as daily baths, applying moisturizer and others, be sure to follow them. If any instructions are unclear, ask your dermatologist in Keller, TX for clarification. Contact Compassion Dermatology today to schedule a consultation.


Dermatologist in Southlake, TX

Winter Skin Care

For many people, winter leads to dry skin. For some, the dryness is more severe, with itching, cracking, flaking and may even result in eczema. The home’s heating system is a major cause, regardless of type. When your skin condition suffers severe dryness, contact Compassion Dermatology to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist in Southlake, TX.

It is normal for the body to shed approximately 30,000 to 40,000 skin cells each day. As the old cells are shed, new ones replace them. However, you should not see dry, flaky skin, or experience discomfort.

The dead skin cells and the body’s natural oils help the skin to retain moisture. Aging, excessive sunlight exposure and products containing harsh chemicals applied to the skin, along with some medications and diseases can result in flaking or scaling of skin. A Compassion Dermatology, dermatologist in Southlake, TX can assist you when dry itchy skin is an uncomfortable problem.

The following tips can assist you in maintaining healthier skin throughout the winter months:

The Proper Care

If you have tried numerous over-the-counter-products for dry skin without success, seeing a dermatologist in Southlake, TX can be beneficial. A dermatologist will identify your skin type, consider your current skin care, and provide you with the professional advice on the products that will help relieve your dry skin, and the discomfort it causes.

Moisturizing

Your current moisturizer may work fine during the summer, but may fall short dry skin during the winter. Winter’s drying conditions are hard on the skin, and the condition often calls for a change in skin care. Many persons find an oil based moisturizer helps to retain moisture more efficiently than a water based product. Some oil based products are often labeled as a night cream. However, not just any oil will do. Some oils will clog the pores, and lead to breakouts and other problems. Choose oil based products with avocado oil, primrose oil, or almond oil, for example. Creams and ointments work better than lotions, and those containing lanolin is another excellent choice. Contact Compassion Dermatology for a consultation with a dermatologist in Southlake, TX to learn which treatment is best for you based on your skin type, and health considerations.

Lotions containing glycerin, and alpha-hydroxy acids may also a good choice. A consultation with a dermatologist in Southlake, TX for your dry skin is the best way to ensure you know the best moisturizer and skin care for your dry skin.

Helping Hands

The skin on your hands has fewer oil glands, and is thinner than elsewhere on the body. This is why dry hands are a common complaint, especially in the winter. Add to it household cleaning chores, and dry hands can result with cracking and itching. Moisturize your hands often, and wear waterproof gloves when cleaning, and cotton lined gloves if possible, when outdoors in cold weather. Apply moisturizer each and every time you wash your hands.

Humidify Your Home

Heating systems send dry air throughout the home and can irritate skin and mucous membranes. The dry indoor air can result in a higher vulnerability to colds, flu and other illnesses, as well as dry skin. The solution is to provide your home with humidified air. Humidifiers can be installed in your central heating system, or you can place individual humidifiers throughout your home. Humidified air is a key factor in reducing seasonal dryness.

Take Care of Your Feet

During the winter months, pay extra attention to your feet. Use lotions or creams that contain petroleum jelly or glycerin for extra benefit. In addition, your feet will benefit from routine exfoliation; it helps the moisturizer to penetrate more effectively. Careful foot care is especially important for diabetics, who can experience dire effects due to wounds and injury to the skin. Contact our dermatologist in Southlake, TX if you suffer dry skin on your feet.

The Face

If your facial skin is dry, avoid using peels, masks, and alcohol-based toners or astringents during the winter months. These products may strip your skin’s natural oil away, and worsen dry skin. Instead, use a mild foaming cleanser or cleansing milk. Look for masks that claim they hydrate, and remember to avoid all products containing alcohol. After washing your face, apply moisturizer and use sunscreen when outdoors, especially if you will be outdoors in the snow.

Hot Water and Your Skin

Long steamy tub soaks and showers are welcome relief from the cold, but are bad for your skin. Warm water and a short time in the bath will prevent the worst of the drying effects.

When your skin is already dry, bathe in a lukewarm oatmeal bath, or use baking soda in the water for some dry skin relief. Do not forget to moisturize your dry skin after a bath or shower. Moisturizers trap existing moisture in your skin, so as soon as you dry off, apply moisturizer for the maximum benefit. If these tips do not provide relief for your dry skin, see a dermatologist in Southlake, TX. Severely dry skin may require a prescription lotion, or you may have a skin condition other than dry skin, requiring a different treatment.

Contact Compassion Dermatology today, to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist in Southlake, TX for your skin problems. We offer professional services in a relaxing environment. Our advanced dermatology practice and holistic approach help to ensure your health and well being.