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.
Do you have scaly patches of dry, itchy skin that linger and flare up from time to time? If you answered yes, then you may be suffering from psoriasis. Psoriasis is a chronic condition, but it can be managed with the right treatment. Dr. Sharon Horton is dedicated to providing care for skin disorders such as psoriasis at Advanced Dermatology and Mohs Surgery, in Batavia IL.
Psoriasis and your Skin
In the United States, as many as 8 million people suffer from psoriasis. It is a chronic auto-immune disease, which means the body mistakenly instructs the immune system to attack healthy cells. If you suffer from psoriasis, you may experience flare-ups that subside after a few days or weeks. Sometimes the cause of psoriasis is not known, but flare-up triggers can include sunburn, scrapes, insect bites, and infection. There are five types of psoriasis, having your type diagnosed is an important part of getting the right treatments.
Types of Psoriasis
The five types of psoriasis include:
- Plaque Psoriasis: This is the most common form of the disease. Plaque psoriasis causes patches of thick, scaly skin which can occur on your elbows, knees, legs, arms, and scalp. The patches often have a silvery color due to a build-up of dead skin cells. Plaque psoriasis can be painful and itchy. If the skin is not sufficiently moisturized it can crack and bleed.
- Guttate Psoriasis: This less common form of psoriasis, which often arises during childhood. It appears as small red lesions, typically about the size of a penny or smaller. Guttate psoriasis can occur on your scalp, face, ears, and sometimes on your torso.
- Inverse Psoriasis: Also known as intertriginous psoriasis, this form occurs in your body’s skin folds, such as in the armpit, behind the knee, or in the groin. The lesions are small and smooth. Inverse psoriasis can coexist with other forms of this disease.
- Pustular Psoriasis: Pustular psoriasis takes the form white, pus-filled of blisters that are surrounded by inflamed skin. It can occur on any part of your body and is painful and itchy.
- Erythrodermic Psoriasis: This is a rare and very severe form of the disease and, in some cases, can be life-threatening. It causes bright red lesions, which cover most of your body. It also causes severe pain and itching.
You don’t have to suffer the embarrassment of psoriasis; effective treatments are available to reduce and prevent flare-ups. Contact Dr. Horton today at 630-482-3700 to find out more.
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.
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.
At Advanced Dermatology and Mohs Surgery, Dr. Sharon Horton empathizes with patients who suffer from devastating skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, dermatitis, and many more. Blackheads, whiteheads, bumps, and pimples can persist, and be extremely painful unless you identify the cause and seek proper treatment. Fortunately, we provide a number of various methods to control outbreaks, improve physical appearance, reduce discomfort, and lessen the severity of symptoms.
Common Skin Issues
Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and sometimes it acquires damage from the sun, environmental factors, toxic substances, or genetics. If you have been noticing some troubling developments, visit our Batavia, IL, office for a diagnosis. We can successfully treat:
- Acne - pores that are clogged up by oil and dead skin cells
- Rosacea - a condition that produces small, red, pus-filled bumps along with redness and visible blood vessels in the face
- Eczema - an itchy inflammation of the skin that causes red patches, blisters, cracks, and roughness
- Psoriasis - a skin disorder that forms scales and itchy dry patches
- Contact Dermatitis - a red itchy rash that usually results from an allergic reaction or direct contact with a substance
If a rash covers more than 10% of your body or an open sore doesn't heal after two weeks, you should visit a dermatologist immediately.
How a Dermatologist Can Help
At our Batavia office, Dr. Horton can identify triggers for your skin issues and develop a custom treatment plan to help avoid them and decrease or eliminate symptoms. The type of technique she suggests will depend on the patient's specific case, condition, and severity of symptoms. Some of the conventional approaches we utilize at our Acne Clinic include corticosteroids, light and laser therapy, oral and topical medications, or microdermabrasion. Additionally, if you have concerns about the health of your skin, Dr. Horton can determine sufficient ways to help you protect it
Need Skin Care? Give Us a Call
If acne or any of the skin conditions mentioned above are becoming detrimental to your psychological or psychosocial well-being, consult with Dr. Sharon Horton to discuss effective treatment options. Our Batavia office is reachable at 630-482-3700.
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