After Microneedling At Your Dermatologist | Southlake, TX

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Microneedling is all the rage nowadays. It involves using a small instrument that will poke microneedles into your skin. This will “damage” your skin in a way, causing it to produce more collagen to repair the damaged areas. The microneedles don’t actually end up hurting your skin at all, but the collagen that’s produced will give you wonderful results. You’ll look younger, and your skin will look flawless!

After getting the treatment, your skin will feel a bit raw. It may be red, and it may even start to feel dry and itchy. Aftercare is very important. Here, we’ll look at 5 things you should do after getting microneedling services. If you have any questions, make sure to ask our dermatologists for clarification!

#1. Apply a Hydrating Serum to Help Your Skin Heal

Shortly after the microneedling, your skin will feel dry. It’ll start to flake, but rest assured that this means that it’s working!

The flakiness will soon subside within about a week. The best thing that you can do in the meantime is to encourage the skin to heal. Apply a hydrating serum with growth factors to help stimulate healing and to speed up the recovery. Consider applying a moisturizer over the serum in order to seal it in. Both of these products will keep your skin hydrated and replenished.

They’ll speed up recovery, so you’ll see glowing, flawless skin even sooner! If you’re not sure whether or not your moisturizer or serum is suitable, bring it in during your appointment. Our professionals will take a look at the ingredient list to make sure that you have everything you need for a speedy recovery.

#2. Avoid the Sun

Your skin is very sensitive at this time. It’s very vulnerable and can be easily damaged. You definitely don’t want to expose it to any non-beneficial situations. This means that you should avoid direct sun exposure for at least the first 7 to 10 days. This can be quite difficult if you live in Southlake, TX. After all, it feels as if the sun is always out here!

If you go out, wear a hat and try to stick to areas that are shaded. Some dermatologists even recommend staying indoors as much as possible. If you have to go out, make sure that you wear a zinc-based physical sunblock at all times to protect your skin.

You can even look for a zinc-based physical sunblock that has hydrating properties to help keep your skin as moisturized as possible. Some of these sunblocks may even be tinted, so you can forego foundation and makeup for the time being.

#3. Do Not Aggravate Your Skin

Since your skin is still recovering, most dermatologists will recommend being as gentle as possible. This might mean that you’ll have to change up your skincare routine until your skin has completely healed. Most dermatologists will recommend avoiding any active serums or acids for the first 7 days after microneedling, as they may be too abrasive for the skin. The same goes for prescription topicals and exfoliators. This includes any type of retinol products, granular exfoliants, enzymes or acids.

After microneedling, the flakiness will get rid of quite a lot of dead skin. If you had some dermaplaning done prior to the microneedling, your skin will be even more sensitive. Applying any of those products may aggravate your skin and cause it to worsen.

#4. Avoid Overstimulating the Skin

Not only do you want to avoid being too aggressive with your skin, but you also want to avoid overstimulating it. This means that you should avoid steam rooms, hot tubs and hot showers. You should also avoid doing any type of intensive exercise for the first couple of days after the microneedling.

If you have a hot shower or do some intensive exercises, you will increase blood flow to your face. This may overstimulate your skin and affect the overall results.

#5. Keep a Skin Diary to Keep Track of Your Progress

Often, it can be difficult to tell whether a skincare treatment really did help your skin. While most dermatologists will usually take before and after pictures for you to compare results, you really should try doing this on your own. Take photos of your skin each day to keep track of the progress, and keep a diary that keeps track of things that you can’t see. For example, note down if there are certain areas that feel itchy or especially dry.

This diary will help you a lot if you ever need to speak with your dermatologist again about the results of the treatment. Your dermatologist should also call you to follow up with you sometime after a week or two. This is a good time to talk about whether the treatment is progressing as you’d like. If not, your dermatologist may be able to recommend some serums or moisturizers that can help you achieve the results you want.

Give Compassion Dermatology a Call to Schedule Your Appointment

Microneedling, when done right, is not painful at all. It’s mildly uncomfortable, but this skincare treatment can do wonders for your skin. It can make you look more youthful, get rid of fine lines and wrinkles, reduce the appearance of sunspots and acne scars and more. It’s truly the holy grail of skincare treatments. No wonder it’s so popular locally.

If you want beautiful, radiant skin, this is one of the treatments that you should really look into. It will rejuvenate your skin and turn back the hands of time. Best of all, you only need to get it done every several months for maintenance.

Our dermatologists at Compassion Dermatology can walk you through the process, so you know what to expect. We will analyze your skin to see what type of skincare treatment can give you the best results! We serve many cities in Texas, including Southlake, TX. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment.


What is Chloracne And Should You See A Dermatologist? | Fort Worth, TX

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Attributing acne to oily foods or inadequate hygiene has, thankfully, become very rare. People now understand that acne has many causes and consult dermatologists for assistance. Seeking medical help is much safer and more effective than diet fads or fancy cleansers.

Chloracne is a medical disorder caused by exposure to halogenated aromatic hydrocarbons, which are chemicals containing benzene rings and halogen atoms. TCDD, or dioxin, is one of the most common halogenated aromatic hydrocarbons. Chloracne is a rare type of acne not often seen in Fort Worth, TX, but exposure to causative chemicals is possible.

Although chloracne isn’t common anywhere in the United States, halogenated aromatic hydrocarbons are present in many types of chemical preparations. Health and safety regulations and laws protecting the environment minimize exposure to harmful chemicals, but these precautions aren’t foolproof. Chloracne does occur in the United States.

Causes of Chloracne

Most cases of chloracne occur after occupational exposure to halogenated aromatic hydrocarbons, such as machine oils containing dioxin. Accidental environmental exposure is possible too. Direct skin exposure is the most common cause of chloracne, although some cases result from chemical inhalation.

Halogenated aromatic hydrocarbons are found in a variety of chemical preparations including:

  • Fungicides
  • Herbicides
  • Insecticides
  • Wood preservatives
  • Lubricating and industrial oils

Chloracne is associated with TCDD, or dioxin, found in a very potent herbicide commonly known as Agent Orange. Agent Orange was used during the Vietnam war, but it was also used as an herbicide before the dangers of toxicity were fully understood. Residents of Fort Worth, TX, aren’t in danger of current exposure to Agent Orange, but some veterans and people that lived in other parts of the world were exposed earlier in their lives.

Mild exposure usually results in short-term chloracne, but more severe or extended exposure can cause recurrent skin lesions and scars. Consult your dermatologist if you suspect previous exposure to dioxin may be related to a current skin condition. Even if dioxin is not the cause, your doctor can help you find a solution to skin care issues.

Symptoms of Chloracne and Dioxin Intoxication

Hamartomas

The exact scientific term for chloracne is Metabolising Acquired Dioxin Induced Skin Hamartomas, or MADISH. Hamartomas are localized benign tumors related to genetic changes. Dermatologists identify many hamartomas through imaging studies and other diagnostic tests performed for other reasons.

Most hamartomas grow slowly and remain localized. Hamartomas are usually not dangerous, but they can become malignant in some cases and the causative underlying condition may cause other health problems.

Skin Lesions

Chloracne resembles other types of acne, but there are several differences. Open and closed comedones, commonly known as whiteheads and blackheads, are the most recognizable features. Nodules and cysts form across the cheeks, behind the ears, under the armpits, and in the groin area. The arms and legs are affected in severe cases.

Skin lesions can easily be mistaken for more common types of acne, but skin feels at least slightly oily in most acne cases. Dioxin toxicity changes gene expression of sebaceous glands. Skin may feel very oily during the early stages of chloracne, but oil production declines as the disorder progresses. Oil glands may actually shrink.

Other skin changes caused by chloracne include excessive sweating on palms of the hands and soles of the feet, blisters on exposed skin, and increased skin pigmentation and hair growth. Consult your local dermatologist if you notice increased or unusual acne lesions or other skin changes.

Systemic Symptoms

Dioxin poisoning begins with systemic symptoms. Gastrointestinal illness, such as vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea, is an early sign of exposure. Of course, gastrointestinal symptoms are very common and not likely to be associated with dioxin poisoning without good reason.

Progressive symptoms of dioxin toxicity include, pancreatitis, liver dysfunction, and fatigue or sleep disturbances. Neuropathy and encephalopathy result in depression and poor concentration. Exposure to halogenated aromatic hydrocarbons also increases risk of developing type 2 diabetes and hyperlipidaemia, or high levels of fats in the bloodstream. Other long-term health risks include greater incidence of cardiovascular disease, endometriosis, low sperm count, and certain types of cancer.

Skin changes occur as systemic symptoms begin to fade. Some researchers believe skin changes occur as the toxic chemicals are flushed out of other organ systems and into sebaceous glands.

Diagnosis

Dermatologists and other physicians diagnose chloracne through patient history and clinical experience. Blood tests to measure levels of halogenated aromatic hydrocarbons aren’t reliable. Chemicals are redistributed throughout and the body and metabolized after exposure. Most people don’t associate symptoms of chloracne with chemical exposure in time to rely on blood tests. Sometimes people don’t even realize they’ve been exposed to such chemicals.

The diagnosis is mostly on the grounds of history and expert clinical opinion. A dermatologist may perform a biopsy of affected skin areas. Possible indicators of chloracne include reduced sebaceous gland density and presence of skin hamartomas. An immunohistochemical test, such as CYP1A1, helps doctors identify gene regulation changes in sebaceous glands.

Treatment

After identifying chloracne, the source of contamination must be identified as well. Symptomatic treatment begins after the source is removed. A dermatologist may excise or cauterize large comedones and cysts. Antibiotics treat or prevent secondary infections.

It is very important to consult a dermatologist for suspected cases of chloracne because the disorder isn’t predictable. All symptoms may disappear within a year or two, but some cases of chloracne are resistant to treatment. Follow up is essential. Aromatic hydrocarbons may be carcinogenic. Research is ongoing and carcinogenic effects haven’t been verified or dismissed, so long-term monitoring is the safest course of action.

The knowledgeable and emphatic professionals at Compassion Dermatology will gladly help you with any skin care needs. Call 817-380-5911 at the first sign of any concerning changes in your skin. You can also set up an appointment with a dermatologist for a wellness check.

 


5 Reasons To Consider HydraFacial Treatments From Your Dermatologist | Keller, TX

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For the few remaining humans unfamiliar with HydraFacial, we break down exactly what this in-office treatment does, who can benefit, and why you should work with a dermatologist at Compassion to get your next Hydrafacial treatment.

HydraFacial is an award-winning deep cleansing experience that detoxes skin and rejuvenates it with active botanical ingredients. Nutrients such as hyaluronic acid, zinc peptides, magnesium peptides, red algae extract, and horse chestnut seed extract are delivered to the skin, boosted by powerful antioxidants to counteract skin damage caused by sun exposure, stress, pollution, and more.

Dermatologists have long understood the benefits of including magnesium peptides in skincare regimens. “Magnesium helps improve your skin’s overall appearance, reducing acne and other skin disorders by lowering cortisol levels, stabilizing hormonal imbalances, and improving cellular processes,” said Dendy Engelman, a New York City dermatologist. Similarly, the benefits of red algae extract are well known, as it’s full of natural vitamins and minerals, lipids, and proteins that your skin can quickly absorb.

As for the HydraFacial machine itself, which is used to cleanse, exfoliate, and infuse serums, it’s a medical-grade hydradermabrasion device that’s designed to simultaneously dislodge and remove impurities while delivering its hydrating skin formula. It does this through its patented spiral design HydroPeel tips. The procedure balances finely between your typical spa treatment and dermatologist-supplied laser treatments.

Reason #1: It’s compatible with other cosmetic procedures.

Sometimes, if you’ve managed to hit pause on your busy lifestyle long enough to get yourself to a professional, you’ll want to combine the treatment with other procedures. Thankfully, it’s possible to undergo a Hydrafacial session on the same day as you get injectable fillers such as Botox, non-ablative laser treatments like V-Beam, and even intense pulsed light procedures used to treat sun damage. You can also request a Hydrafacial treatment as a post-Fraxel treatment to encourage the speedup of the shedding process that skin resurfacing devices naturally induce.

Reason #2: It’s suitable for all skin types.

Whatever your reason for looking into a facial treatment, whether you’re concerned about the spread of acne or just looking to help maintain healthy skin, the Hydrafacial treatment offers a simple solution. Its 3-step process cleanses and peels, extracts and hydrates, then infuses and protects your skin, regardless of skin type. With a Hydrafacial device, your friendly Compassion dermatologist in Keller, TX, can treat:

  • Dull skin that looks tired and needs radiance
  • Dry skin that requires hydration to feel its best
  • Mild acne that needs diminishing to create skin that you’re comfortable with
  • Pigmentation that needs reducing to provide an even skin tone

For all skin types, including sensitive skin, the procedure is known to be soothing, non-irritating, and only mildly abrasive.

Reason #3: Instant, visible results.

Some skin procedures may leave you waiting impatiently for your desired results, particularly if you choose a treatment that requires multiple in-office sessions. Hydrafacial treatments are not one of these procedures. As the device has mild dermabrasion properties, you’ll see glowing, refreshed skin shortly after your treatment is over. The whole process isn’t too time-intensive, either. We simply uncover a new layer of skin through gentle exfoliation and relaxing resurfacing process, painlessly remove dead skin and debris from pores, nourish with a thirst-quenching antioxidant moisturizer, and then you’re ready to go.

There’s no downtime after a Hydrafacial treatment. Your facial can take as little as 30 minutes, and you can resume normal activities, including putting on makeup directly after the procedure.

Reason #4: We can target unique skin concerns with boosters.

With a Hydrafacial treatment, you can target the elasticity and firmness of your skin, fine lines, wrinkles, skin tone, texture, vibrancy, enlarged pores, oily congestion, brown spots, and more. If your ‘problem area” isn’t seeing the desired results from the traditional 3-step Hydrafacial treatment that utilizes its vortex technology to both remove impurities and add nourishment, your dermatologist at Compassion will discuss with you additional measures that you can take.

We can offer a complete skin evaluation to complement your facial treatment, which will evaluate any moles, growths, pigment changes, and inflammation, to identify any medical, cosmetic, or aesthetic concerns that you have about your skin. We’ll formulate a treatment plan that will both enhance your appearance and improve your skin’s health.

Reason #5: Compassion Dermatology’s monthly Hydrafacial membership program

If you’re sold on the Hydrafacial experience and would like to take advantage of regular, non-invasive facial treatments, we offer a monthly Hydrafacial membership program that gives you access to special discounted rates. You can choose the frequency of Hydrafacial treatments with your dermatologist, and with our discounted rates can book a recurring monthly procedure at a lower cost than booking sessions individually.

Many customers report seeing an improvement in skin tone and refinement after the first treatment, with the results lasting up to 7 days, or longer in some cases. However, to get the most out of Hydrafacial skin therapy, it’s recommended to undergo one treatment per month. A monthly treatment plan will gradually improve the appearance of wrinkles, brown spots, skin tone, and refinement, and provide a healthy maintenance routine.

Compassion Dermatology offers a vast range of expert cosmetic, surgical, and medical services to improve and maintain skin, hair, and nail health. Your dermatologist at Compassion will be up-to-date on the latest skin care research, and well-versed in the use of the Hydrafacial hydradermabrasion device to give you and your skin the best experience possible. The clinic promises to treat every patient with care, respect, and kindness.

We’re happy to educate patients about any diagnosis we make, and we offer a range of innovative treatment options to improve your skin’s health. You can discuss more of the benefits of Hydrafacial with a dermatologist at any time.

Before booking a Hydrafacial treatment, consult your Compassion Dermatology expert in Keller, TX. We’ll help you to determine if the Hydrafacial is right for you, and welcome you for your next treatment when you’re ready to book. As with all procedures at the clinic, payments can be made online through the customer portal.


Dermatologist Tips: The Best Cosmetic Procedures To Combat Aging Skin | Southlake, TX

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No matter what age you are, you want to look as young and attractive as possible. One of the keys to looking young is to have healthy, youthful skin. Your dermatologist in Southlake, TX offers a wide variety of skin procedures that will improve the look and texture of your skin, taking years off your appearance.

At Compassion Dermatology, our professionals can provide a comprehensive selection of skin procedures to lessen the appearance of wrinkles and lines and rejuvenate your aging skin. We can help you decide which of our services will help give you the look you desire.

When it comes to shaving years off your face, there are many options to consider. Here is a look at some of the most frequently requested cosmetic procedures and how they can work for you.

Microdermabrasion

If you are looking for a minimally invasive skin procedure to freshen up your look, microdermabrasion may be just the thing. It is used for sun-damaged skin, fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, age spots, and other skin conditions.

Using a special wand that is outfitted with an abrasive tip that sloughs away the outer layer of skin. This process encourages the growth of new softer skin, giving you a much younger appearance.

This procedure doesn’t require any kind of anesthetic and there is no recovery time from it. Your skin will heal quickly from this treatment, but depending on your individual skin issues, you may need to schedule multiple appointments to achieve the look you want.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

In this skin procedure, your dermatologist will use lasers to improve the look and texture of your skin. They will discuss whether the use of ablative or non-ablative lasers will be the best choice for your specific skin condition.

So, what’s the difference between ablative and non-ablative lasers? Ablative lasers employ carbon dioxide or erbium. Laser skin resurfacing with carbon dioxide is often used to get rid of warts, scars, and deep lines and wrinkles. For finer lines and wrinkles, along with other less dramatic skin issues, erbium lasers provide superior results.

Both types of ablative laser procedures work by eradicating the outer layers of the skin. However, non-ablative lasers work without removing a single layer of your skin. These work better for conditions like rosacea, acne, and spider veins.

Laser skin resurfacing treatments vary in intensity, including superficial, intermediate, and deep. Depending on how intense your treatment is, you could experience some redness for a day or a couple of weeks. Your results will generally last from two to five years, depending on your habits. If you do not use sunscreen when outside or are a smoker, your results will not last as long.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels can be used for many conditions, from mild acne scarring to dark age spots. They can also remove wrinkles around your mouth and eyes. The chemical peel accomplishes all these things by carefully eliminating the outer layers of your skin. Not only does the chemical peel remove the dull, discolored, wrinkled skin, it also encourages brand new skin to grow in its place.

You can choose the intensity of your chemical peel. Your dermatologist in Southlake, TX can help you decide whether a superficial, medium, or deep peel is best for your particular skin type and issues. Some chemical peels can cause the skin to redden or peel, so be sure to heed your doctor’s advice.

If you choose a superficial chemical peel, you can generally expect the effects to last about a month. However, if you opt for a deep chemical peel, the results can last for several years. It all depends on your individual skin and what benefits you are hoping to get from the procedure.

Botox or Dysport Injections

By now, nearly everyone has at least heard about the amazing effects of Botox injections. Now, there is also Dysport, another product made from botulism toxin, which can create a younger look.

When the botulism toxin is injected into specific areas, it blocks the nerve signals to the muscles beneath the skin. This causes the wrinkles to soften, giving you younger-looking skin. Generally, the effects of the botulism toxin injections last between three and six months, depending on whether you regularly receive injections. Dermatologists have noticed that the injections last longer in patients who have received repeated treatments.

Filler Injections

If you are looking to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, you might want to consider talking to your dermatologist about injections of fillers. These filler injections contain hyaluronic acid, a sugar which occurs naturally in younger skin. However, its disappearance in older skin often causes lines and wrinkles to occur.

When your dermatologist injects the filler, the hyaluronic acid plumps up the skin at the injection site. This fills in deeper lines and wrinkles, making you look much younger. You can expect the results from your filler injections to last between six months and a year, in most cases.

Cosmetic Surgery

If these procedures just don’t provide the kind of results you are looking for, you might consider cosmetic surgery. Modern cosmetic surgery procedures do not require the large incisions that tightening procedures did in the past. And they can hide the small incision marks in very discreet areas, including underneath the hairline.

There are many skin lifting procedures for eyelids, forehead, neck, and face that your dermatologist can perform using a tiny endoscope camera. These require only a very small opening to complete, and have quicker recovery times than their predecessors.

These modern skin-tightening surgeries can turn back time on your appearance in a more permanent way than many other procedures. Though your skin will continue to age, it will only do so now from the point of your surgery.

Finding a Local Dermatologist 

As with any medical professional, you need to find a dermatologist who can provide a full array of services. You also need a professional that you can talk to about your concerns. At Compassion Dermatology, we take pride in providing exceptional skin treatments and procedures in a compassionate environment.

Contact us today at Compassion Dermatology for more information about our full line of dermatological treatments.


Choosing the Right Dermatologist for You | Keller, TX

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Exposure to sunlight increases the risk of skin cancer. This is relatively common knowledge, but skin is exposed to sunlight almost every day. People often forget sunscreen, and the sunny climate in Keller, TX encourages outdoor activities.

Small growths on the skin are a common occurrence, but they should not be ignored. Consult a dermatologist to make sure growths are not cancerous. Dermatologists may recommend removal of benign growths to prevent skin cancer in the future.

Blue Light Therapy

Photodynamic, or blue-light, therapy is a medical treatment involving a photosensitizing molecule activated by light exposure. Dermatologists use blue light therapy regularly, and it is also used in oncology, cosmetic surgery, oral medicine, and ophthalmology.

Dermatologists in Keller, TXuse photodynamic therapy, PDT, to remove actinic keratosis and other superficial skin lesions. The procedure reduces the risk of developing skin cancer in the future. PDT is not appropriate for people with light-sensitive medical conditions.

Actinic Keratosis

Actinic keratosis, or solar keratosis, are small, scaly bumps on the skin. Lesions occur on skin that is frequently exposed to sunlight, such as the face, ears, head, forearms, lips, and hands. The bumps range can be as
small as a pinhead or grow to one inch across. Dermatologists remove these lesions because approximately 10% of precancerous keratosis become a type of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma.

People that spend a lot of time outdoors have a higher risk of developing actinic keratosis. Certain physical characteristics are associated with increased risk, including fair skin, red or blond hair, and gray, blue, or green eyes. People with dark complexions are also susceptible, especially if they spend time outside without appropriate sunscreen or protective clothing.

Levulan and BLU-U

Levulan Kerastick is a type of topical solution used with a BLU-U Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) Illuminator to perform photodynamic therapy. BLU-U does not emit UVA or UVB light. It works best for thin to moderately thick actinic kerosesis on the face and scalp.

The chemical solution applied to skin contains aminolevulinic acid. Photodynamic therapy, PDT, works because aminolevulinic acid reacts to the wavelength of blue light. Actinic keratosis weakens skin at lesion sites.

The weakened skin absorbs the chemical solution. Blue light hits aminolevulinic acid in the skin, and the reaction creates oxygen radicals that destroy cancerous or precancerous cells in the treated area.

PDT Procedure

Tell dermatologists in Keller, TX if you are taking any oral medications or medication applied to the scalp before treatment begins. Wash the treatment area and gently pat dry. Do not apply lotions or moisturizer before the procedure.

Dermatologists apply a light-sensitizing chemical solution to skin in the target area. The length of time between solution application and blue light exposure is called the incubation period. Patients sit in a darkened room during the incubation period, which is approximately an hour for most procedures. Treated skin is exposed to blue light for approximately 17 minutes.

Some people feel a prickling or burning sensation during treatment, but this usually fades within a minute after light exposure ends. Only 3% of people in PDT treatment studies chose to discontinue treatment due to discomfort.
Solar keratosis usually heal within a week after treatment.

Side Effects and Aftercare

Many people experience sensitivity to sunlight for a short time after skin is exposed to blue light. Bring a hat, umbrella, or other protective clothing or
accessories to the appointment to avoid sun exposure on the way home.

Shield skin from sunlight or limit time outside to avoid exposure to bright lights for 24 to 48 hours. Sunscreen may not be sufficient to protect skin from photosensitivity to visible light during this time.

Do not expose the treated lesions to sunlight or any bright lights for at least 40 hours after the chemical solution was applied. This includes household lights at close range. Sensitivity to light is only temporary and depends on the length of treatment. PDT does not cause permanent or ongoing light sensitivity.

The most common side effects of PDT include skin discoloration, crusts or scaling over the destroyed lesions, and a slight itching, stinging, or burning sensation. Redness, swelling, and scaling may occur in the treated area immediately after treatment. These side effects usually subside within a few days and resolve completely within 4 weeks.

Liquid Nitrogen and Cryosurgery

Cryosurgery is a traditional treatment that was first used over 100 years ago. Dermatologists use liquid nitrogen for cryosurgery to remove skin lesions such as precancerous growths, cancer, skin cancer, dysplastic moles, warts, and some skin cancers such as melanoma. Liquid nitrogen may be used to remove actinic keratosis as well.

Procedure and Side Effects

Cryosurgery works best on skin without thick hair cover. Liquid nitrogen is applied with a cotton-tipped dipstick or with spraying equipment. Both methods are fairly simple and effective for benign, premalignant, and malignant lesions.

Spray methods include timed spot freeze technique, the paintbrush method, and rotary or spiral patterns. Possible side effects, including bleeding, blister formation, headache, hair loss, or loss of skin pigmentation. These effects are usually very mild.

Cryosurgery vs PDT

Dermatologists perform cryosurgery and PDT as outpatient procedures without using injectable anesthesia. Cryosurgery has a very low risk of infection. Risk of infection is so low it is not listed as a possible side effect of PDT.

PDT only involves two steps and the procedure is completed within 24 hours. Patients experience very little downtime. There are no prescriptions to fill, and no need to remember a daily medication. Cryosurgery is often completed in 15 to 25 minutes. PDT requires more of a time investment, but it is still less than a day.

Blue light therapy is very flexible. People choose to have only a few lesions treated or treat several areas at once. The size of the treatment area is the most significant difference between cryosurgery and PDT.

Cryosurgery only treats a very small area with each application. It is usually targeted at only one growth at a time. PDT can be used over large areas. The dermatologists and professional staff at Compassion Dermatology in Keller, TX advise clients and help them choose the most appropriate procedure.


Non-Surgical Dermatology Procedures That May Be for You | Southlake, TX

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Are you looking for a way to improve the look and feel of some part of your body but you’re not entirely sure about surgery? Well, the good thing is there’s actually a lot that can be done for you and all you need to do is use dermatology to help you out. Luckily, in Southlake, TX, you can find exactly what you’re looking for in no time.

Skin Evaluation – One of the first things you should have whether you’re going to do surgical or non-surgical procedures is a skin evaluation. You want to make sure that you know what’s going on with your skin and that you can express what the problem areas are to you. Dermatology is all about healing skin conditions and helping you feel better about yourself when you look in the mirror. It’s entirely about you and helping you feel comfortable. Your evaluation will help you understand whatever it is that’s happening with your skin and what you could be doing to help improve things yourself, before you even look at other methods of treatment.

Chemical Peels – Chemical peels can be a great way to improve the way your skin looks. What they do is actually exfoliate the top layer of the skin through the application of a very mild for of acid. They go on very similar to a face mask and you’ll leave them on for a short period of time. Then, they’re peeled off and they can reveal a more beautiful and glowing look underneath. These aren’t the dermatology procedure for everyone and some are a little skeptical or even unable to do them because of sensitive skin or specific conditions, but they can be one of the more mild options.

Topical Products – You’ve probably tried all kinds of topic products for your at-home dermatology, but when you go to a professional you’ll have even more options at your disposal. These topical products are designed to help with specific skin conditions or specific skin wants and they’re definitely going to make a difference for you. They can feel great, smell great and actually work great all at the same time. And you’ll find a wider variety and more specialized options when you’re working with a dermatologist in Southlake, TX as well.

Botox – This is a pretty common method of getting rid of wrinkles and more and more people are starting to look into this option as the best way to go. It’s a medium-term solution that helps to relax the skin of the face and can start to relieve some of the wrinkles in very little time. The key is to get this done at a trained, professional dermatology facility. If you’re not getting it done by a professional you never know what you could actually be getting or what it could be doing to your skin.

SculpSure – This is a little more intense procedure, but it’s still completely non-invasive. What it does is use a laser to help remove fat from the thighs and the abdomen. For those who are looking to get rid of fat that just doesn’t seem to be going away in any other way, this method can actually work in as little as 25 minutes. And it’s actually a permanent procedure too. So, if you live in Southlake, TX and you want the best of the best for fat removal, this is definitely something you’ll want to take a closer look at for yourself.

Icon – For those with skincare concerns this is a method that uses cooling and melanin to help with several different markings that can appear on the skin. It can actually help to relive the look of facial vessels and pigment, scars, stretch marks, wrinkles and more. It can even help with relieving the growth of hair in areas where you just don’t want it. In the grand scheme of things, this is a great dermatology tool and it can absolutely make a big difference in the way that you look and the way that you feel about yourself as well. What could be better than that?

HydraFacial – Facials can be a great experience and the HydraFacial is actually one that can help with more than just feeling great. It can actually help you with relieving lines and wrinkles, improving elasticity of the skin, improving texture, tone and vibrancy and even relieving signs of aging, hyperpigmentation, oily skin, enlarged pores and a whole lot more. Overall, this is going to be a great experience for those who want a facial, and especially those who are concerned about the look and feel of their skin at the same time. This dermatology procedure is simple, easy and feels great the whole time.

Microneedling – If you’re looking for something a little bit invasive but still not surgical this is another way to do it. Microneedling is a dermatology procedure that uses very fine needles with platelet rich plasma. This helps your skin to start healing itself, in ways that it may not do entirely on its own. This can help to relieve the look of scars, wrinkles and stretch marks because your body sets to work on healing as quickly as it can. In the process of healing the little pricks you’ll get in your skin, it also works on healing anything else that it ‘sees’ in the area, which includes those other marks.

If you’re looking for dermatologist in the Southlake, TX area, Compassion Dermatology is the place to go! You will absolutely want to take a look at these different procedures and the way that they might fit into your needs and wants. Are you looking for a procedure that’s going to make you feel better about yourself but not put you under the knife? Maybe you want to try out some different options before you decide to do something more serious. Well, these are going to be the top procedures for you and the best way to start seeing improvements faster and with a non-invasive process.


6 Dermatological Treatments for Glowing and Youthful Skin | Dermatologist in Fort Worth, TX

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Worried about your dull and aging skin? Take a sigh of relief, because we’ve got you covered. It’s every person’s wish to have picture-perfect skin. However, factors like stress and pollution chip in to make the skin situation worse. These are not the only things that are a direct threat to our skin. In fact, hormonal changes also cause the skin to lose its smoothness as the levels of collagen decrease with age. To have a youthful glow to our skin, we need to put in some work and effort by sticking to a certain regime. Taking care of your skin is a very important aspect of self-care which should not be ignored. The best way to describe this is a comparison with the furniture inside your house.

You may have the best décor, but if it’s not cleaned and polished, it will certainly lose its charm. The scorching summer heat of Fort Worth, TX,may end up causing sunburns and redness on your skin.

It’s a known fact that sun exposure causes ninety percent of the wrinkles. Whether you need to find a dermatologist in Fort Worth, TX, for expert advice to get wrinkle free and glowing skin or need a few quick fixes, we’ll help you with a few guidelines.

1.  Radio Frequency (RF) Treatment

Radiofrequency utilizes energy to heat tissue, promoting collagen development. This results in the skin becoming plump and firm.

Radiofrequency (RF) is another excellent procedure in-clinic tightening treatment. Radiofrequency stimulates collagen breakdown and skin remodeling (skin structuring). This operation is good for younger skin to avoid the development of wrinkles and loose skin.

Moreover, this treatment is popular as it helps to tighten the jowls (the reduced cheek region), under the eyes, and loose skin after pregnancy. There are now distinct radio frequency devices; Thermage is the classic and original tool. Dermatologist in Fort Worth, TX, however, utilizes various equipment for a combination therapy to improve skin renewal and decrease wrinkle appearance.

2.  Fractional Resurfacing Treatment

The device uses radio frequency and ultrasound energy to tighten and remodel the skin’s deeper layers. If your goal is to reduce the appearance of existing deep lines and wrinkles, fractional lasers are a great skin rejuvenation method. Annual treatments by a dermatologist in Fort Worth, TX, are the key to smooth skin and even complexion.

Fractional resurfacing also induces elastin and collagen development and reduces sun damage signs. So If your skin is susceptible to dark spots or hyperpigmentation, you may want to consider fractional resurfacing treatment by a dermatologist in Fort Worth, TX.

3.  Microneedling Treatment

Microneedling is the method of using a derma roller, a roller to clean your skin with hundreds of small needles attached to it (photo a prickly lint roller). It’s a handheld device that rolls across the skin. Also known as derma rolling, it is used on two skin kinds: scarred / hyperpigmented skin and second skin, dull and lifeless skin.

It is also known to cause the development of collagen in depressed acne scars. Derma roller treatment helps nearly every other skin issue with scars, pits, wrinkles.

Only a good dermatologist in Fort Worth, TX, can get the best results with this treatment.

4.  Chemical Peel Treatment

Chemical Peels, as the name indicates, are chemical treatments that resurface and exfoliate various skin layers. There are distinct kinds of chemical peels that target multiple skin issues, such as irregular skin tone, texture pigmentation, acne. It even boosts the development of collagen. In this technique, to remove the skin surface, the physician applies chemical acid alternatives such as glycolic acid and fruit acids to your face. Mild peels are typically acid solutions of 15 to 25 percent and are often done by a dermatologist in Fort Worth, TX. Skins of higher strength can prickle or burn. Lighter peels may feel relaxed.

Chemical Peels are also ideal for anyone who wants to improve the tone and texture of the skin or who has acne, pigmentation, scarring, sun damage, and wrinkles. To achieve great results, it’s best to have a series of chemical peels performed by a dermatologist in Fort Worth, TX.

5.  Dermal Filler Treatment

When we age, as a consequence of the decrease in collagen and elastin our bodies produce, we lose volume in our face. Consequently, this can lead to facial creases and wrinkles. Dermal fillers are a non-surgical and secure way of replenishing, lifting, rejuvenating and shaping the face immediately.  Dermatologist in Fort Worth, TX makes fillers from a natural, allergy-free substance called hyaluronans. Dermal fillers are appropriate for anyone who wants to improve their facial characteristics or fill facial areas like frown lines, creases, wrinkles and hollows. It is also possible to lift deep acne and chickenpox scars with Dermal Fillers.

Dermal fillers usually last 6-8 months depending on the individual and area being treated. Some clients may experience some slight redness and swelling immediately after the procedure. There may be a little bruising, but it should subside within 3-5 days.

6.  Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment

PRP, also known as the “vampire facial,” has been given so much attention that it may seem as if we eventually discovered the youth fountain. PRP was originally recognized as being used to treat pain and speed up healing in wounded tissue and joints. Many professional athletes have benefited from PRP for years, and it wasn’t long before dermatologists in Fort Worth, TX, began using this treatment to bring back that youthful glow.

PRP uses the healing capacity of your own body to stimulate skin regeneration and increase the output of collagen. A small amount of blood will be drawn from your arm in this process and the test tube containing your blood would be placed in a medical device called a centrifuge, separating your blood into layers. One of these layers has an elevated platelet concentration. Your dermatologist will then inject the elevated platelet concentration blood using a syringe or microneedling (a device that looks like a lint roller with small needles sticking out of it). To give you immediate results, your dermatologist in Fort Worth, TX, may also inject a filler. From fine lines, sagging skin and sun damage to profound wrinkles and acne scarring, PRP can treat anything.

 

Do you wish to have a glowing and younger looking skin? Book your appointment now with Compassion Dermatology to get the best treatments for youthful skin. Call us at 817-380-5911 or visit our website https://compassiondermatology.com/