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Medical Dermatology

Sun Damage

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 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 them off," LASER treatments, or chemical peels. 

Neurofibromas 

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 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.