This patient presented to me with a mottled, lacy red rash on her lower back. She had chronic lower back pain, and was using a heating pad every night to sleep. I diagnosed with her erythema ab igne (EAI). This is a skin reaction caused by chronic exposure to infrared radiation in the form of heat. It was once a common condition seen in the elderly who stood or sat closely to open fires, or electric space heaters. Although the introduction of central heating has reduced EAI of this type, it is still found in individuals exposed to heat from other sources.
This patient had pulse dye laser for her mild rosacea, and the photo was taken right after her treatment. You can see the small, plum-colored bumps on her skin where the laser targeted her blood vessels. This mild-moderate bruising can be expected with this particular laser. We tell our patients you can expect to look worse before you look better, and the bruising can be covered with make-up. The bruising lasts about one week. We may also tailor your treatment to your needs.
Follow these tips from board-certified dermatologists to increase your chances of spotting skin cancer early, when it’s most treatable. If you notice any new spots on your skin, spots that are different from others, or spots that are changing, itching or bleeding, make an appointment to see a board-certified dermatologist.
A = Asymmetry
One half is unlike the other half.
B = Border
An irregular, scalloped or poorly defined border.
C = Color
Is varied from one area to another; has shades of tan, brown or black, or is sometimes white, red, or blue.
After seeing my neck in a few selfies, I was concerned about the fine lines I was beginning to notice. Little horizontal creases, etching their way into my neck and threatening to become permanent if I didn't act fast! I decided it was time to get these little lines gone. My schedule is super busy, so I thought the simplest way would be to inject Botox into my "platysma" muscles. Botox is not just strictly for your "11's", or crow's feet. A little-known technique is also using Botox to paralyze neck muscles, and smooth out fine lines.
Here is a photo of my patient with rosacea of the central face, and thick, dilated, purple colored vessels around her nose. After three sessions of Vbeam/Pulse Dye Laser, the patient was ecstatic with her results! We have been getting great, consistent results with this laser, and my patients have been so grateful. They are more confident about their skin, and many of my patients tell me they can finally walk out of their house without make-up!
Chemical peels are topically applied formulas that revitalize the skin surface by creating an even, and controlled shedding of skin cell. Chemical peels remove old, dead skin cells from the outer layers of the skin in order to reveal new under layers of skin that are softer, smoother, brighter, even toned, and more radiant appearance. Peels can address a myriad of skin issues including acne, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles and lines, clogged pores, and even pre-cancerous skin lesions.
As you get older, more than half of the general population will develop some form of skin tags within their lifetime. For many people unwanted skin tags can be a source of embarrassment, or poor self image. Skin tags often look like small little skin colored balls, and can dangle off of your skin. They like to occur in areas that rub, such as the neck, under the arms, groin area, and around the eyes. Skin tags can vary in number from a single tag, to a cluster of dozens. One may have a genetic predisposition, but they can grow in anyone.
This is a photo of a patient who had actinic keratoses on his skin, also know as pre-cancers of the skin. He was previously treated with liquid nitrogen. However, he had recurrent lesions and we decided we needed to treat him with a chemotherapy cream called 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) cream to obtain better response and clearance rate. This photo is 2 weeks into his treatment.
Chemical peel progression! This patient had four peels to help improve her acne scarring. Acne scarring is the direct result of deep trauma or inflammation. External factors, such as picking or scratching your acne, can make acne scarring even worse. Acne scars manifest as areas of pitted or raised skin, and can occur any where on the body.
There are my favorite sun protective gloves! They are from Coolibar clothing, and online retailer that offers sun protective clothing, UV protection swimwear, sun hats, and sunscreen that will help protect against the UV rays that cause skin cancer. The bonus is these gloves will also help your skin from getting sun spots. One of the most common concerns I hear from patients is how one's hands look older, typically because of sun spots and thinning of the skin. I wear these every time I drive, even if it is cloudy or raining. I also wear these when I am getting my nails done.