What color is sun damage?
Sun damage can vary in color. It occurs in sun-exposed areas like the face, scalp, next, hands and arms. It can be pink/red, brown, or white. Brown spots are called solar lentigo and they are due to either short or long term exposure to sunlight. They are flat, vary in size, and are are most common in Caucasians. Pink or red dry scaly lesions can be actinic keratosis. They are also located in sun-exposed areas and are common in Caucasians as they age. Actinic keratosis are pre-cancers can progress to squamous cell carcinoma so they must be removed. Also, severe deep wrinkling and white spots can occur due to chronic sun-damage.
How do you treat sun damage?
The best way to prevent sun damage is to avoid chronic sun-exposure. We recommend regularly wearing UVB/UVA sunscreens and wearing protective long sleeve clothing and hats while outside. Our office offers a variety of treatments depending on the type of sun damage. We can remove the lesions by cauterizing or "zapping," LASER treatments, or chemical peels.
How do you get neurofibromas?
Neurofibromas are apart of a rare genetic disorder called neurofibromatosis. It is a nerve disease that is diagnosed in childhood and the neurofibromas are the multiple skin-colored bumps that grow on the skin. They are usually painless but can be considered cosmetically unappealing.
How do you treat neurofibromas?
Even though neurofibromas are rare, our office has treated many neurofibromas and we offer several options. We can remove the small neurofibromas by "burning" them off the skin or by cutting them from the skin. If they are larger, we can inject them with a steroid to try to shrink them. If you have these rare neurofibromas, contact our office to we can discuss the best treatment option for you.
Hyperhidrosis or "Excessive Sweating"
What is Hyperhidrosis?
Have you noticed that you are always excessively and abnormally sweating compared to the people around you? Not only are you uncomfortable and hot, but you're also trying to avoid showing your sweat stains and the smell of your body odor. If this sounds like you, you may have hyperhidrosis. It can cause a lot of social anxiety and embarrassment and can deeply affect the people who have it.
How do you treat hyperhidrosis?
The good news is there are treatments available for hyperhidrosis. There are different topical and oral medications available that decrease the production of sweat from your sweat glands. The class of these medications are called anticholinergics. We can also inject botox in the locations of excessive sweating such as your scalp and underarms. Our patients are very happy with the botox because it can last up to 6 months and they don't have to worry about their hyperhidrosis for many months. And don't worry, we inject a safe amount into these regions and they don't affect your use of your major muscles in those areas. Contact our office to schedule a consultation to find the best treatment for you.
What is PCOS?
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common health condition that affects women during their childbearing years. It occurs when the ovaries, which are the reproductive glands in women, develop several cysts (small fluid-filled sacs) and produce more male hormones than normal.
What are the symptoms of PCOS?
PCOS can cause a range of symptoms, including:
Irregular menstrual periods: Women with PCOS may have fewer than nine periods a year or go several months without a period.
Trouble getting pregnant: PCOS can make it difficult to get pregnant because it can interfere with ovulation.
Excess hair growth: Women with PCOS may develop unwanted hair growth on their face, chin, and other areas where men typically grow hair.
Acne: Hormonal imbalances associated with PCOS can cause acne, especially on the face, neck, and back.
Weight gain: PCOS can cause weight gain and make it difficult to lose weight.
How do you treat PCOS?
At Newman Dermatology, we can treat a variety of the symptoms of PCOS.
Treatment for PCOS typically involves managing the hormonal imbalances that cause the symptoms.
Irregular menstrual periods can be regulated with birth control pills.
Excess hair growth can be controlled with a medication called spironolactone and LASER hair removal.
Acne is our specialty and can be treated with a wide variety of medications and LASERs. Topical medications, such as retinoids and benzoyl peroxide, can be effective for treating acne. We also offer a wide variety of LASERs such as Vbeam, Genesis, Aura, and Coolglide that target the redness in acne and have absolutely no downtime after treatment.
Some women may develop dark and thick skin patches, called acanthosis nigricans, which usually occur in the neck, groin, and under the arms. These can be treated with LASERS, bleaching creams, or chemical peels to even the skin tone.
Lastly, we can treat the weight gain caused by PCOS with medications or our sculpting LASERs such as CoolSculpting, Emsculpt and Thermi.
A healthy diet and regular exercise can also help manage symptoms. If you think you might have PCOS, it's important to see a doctor who can diagnose and treat the condition. Schedule a consultation with us at Newman Dermatology if you think you suffer from PCOS.