Angiomas: Red Flag or Benign Skin Growth?

The dreaded C word: cancer. Many of us have been touched by this condition, whether personally or through someone that we’ve known over the years. What most people aren’t aware of, however, is that tumors form in our body on a regular basis. Unlike malignant tumors that metastasize, or spread, and start to cause an out-of-control chain reaction in other parts of our body, benign tumors are relatively harmless.

One particular type that is associated with skin care is known as an angioma. Whereas melanoma affects the skin cells directly, angiomas are benign tumors that affect tissue just below the surface of the skin. The result is usually a raised and reddish growth that can often be mistaken for skin problems.

Cherry Angiomas

The most common form of angioma is known as cherry angioma, or a red mole. These benign growths are actually an outgrowth of vascular cells originating just below the skin. While research continues into what actually causes them, there’s a heavy genetic component. The good news is that they’re relatively harmless, and the biggest side effect is typically cosmetic in nature. One thing to note is that, given that they’re a cluster of tiny capillaries, they are known to bleed very easily when scraped or pierced.

Other angiomas, such as bacterial angiomas, are significantly lower in number. Typically, they can form anywhere on the body, and increase in probability as we age.

Treatment

Generally speaking, due to the harmless nature of this condition, you don’t need to worry about them. However, if you do decide to have one removed, you have several different options.

  • cryosurgery (freezing of the tissue)
  • electrocauterization (an electrical shock is sent into the tissue to kill it)
  • laser surgery (light pulses are used to sear the structure)
  • excision (the angioma is physically removed from the skin)

Recovery time is typically minimal. However, if you opt for the excision, you need to give the skin time to heal over.

When to see a Dermatologist

In most cases, cherry angiomas are harmless. If yours starts to bleed regularly, change color and/shape, this may be a sign that a deeper problem is starting to take hold. In some cases, it could signify a deeper underlying problem. It could also mean nothing, but should make an appointment with a dermatologist.

At Advanced Dermatology, our dermatologists are some of the most experienced medical practitioners in the industry, and have been treating conditions like angiomas in the New York and New Jersey area for over three decades. If you have any concerns over this condition, we encourage you to call us and schedule an appointment today at one of our locations in NYC, Long Island, and NYC. As industry leaders, we strive to provide our patients with the best healthcare possible, using the most up-to-date knowledge and technologies.

Celebrity Beauty Trends: Hope or Hype?

Celebrities tend to look flawless and forever young. In the age of social media, many celebrities share their cosmetic routines and treatments with fans, sparking overnight beauty trends. Since we always see stars looking their best, these beauty tips make following celebrity cosmetic trends very tempting. The question is, are popular celebrity beauty trends really worth all the hype? Some of these trends can be viewed as extreme, as well as and costly. But are they worth it? Here are a few popular beauty trends that celebrities claim leave them looking younger and rejuvenated.

The Vampire Facelift has become hyped up over recent years. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian have done similar treatments like the Vampire Facial, boasting about the results on her reality show. However, she also complained about the discomfort during the procedure. The Vampire facelift treatment primarily works by first injecting HA fillers into the skin to shape it and then injecting the patient’s own blood into their skin. This results in an improvement in not only the smoothness of the skin but in skin tone as well. While the aesthetic outcome of the Vampire facial and Facelift may be positive, it is important to note that this treatment is not for everyone. While it may yield favorable results, it can also be uncomfortable, even painful, and must be performed by a Vampire Facelift medical professional.

Another popular celebrity beauty trend is fat reduction. Celebrities often have personal chefs and trainers to help get them looking red carpet ready but even the famous sometimes deal with stubborn fat that refuses to go away. Although diet and exercise help, certain fat deposits are difficult to get rid of, which is why celebrity dermatologists often recommend non-invasive fat reduction procedures. Advanced Dermatology offers the CoolSculpting fat removal treatment, a highly effective fat reduction procedure. This painless procedure is non-surgical and can remove persistent pockets of fat. Treatments last about thirty minutes, depending on the area of the body. Performed by highly trained dermatologists, this celebrity fat removal trick is safe and available at our New York and New Jersey offices.

While anti-aging celebrity beauty trends are very popular, younger celebrities like Kylie Jenner have talked about using dermal fillers to enhance their appearance as opposed to using them to reduce wrinkles. Jenner previously had very thin lips but with lip fillers she now has famous, fuller, more plump-looking lips. The doctors at Advanced Dermatology can perform dermal filler treatments to smooth out wrinkles, as well as enhance your features. Juvéderm’s Volbella lip filler is a subtle, painless way to augment your thin lips and further improve your appearance.

Although a star on the walk of fame may be out of reach, the beauty trends of the stars are not. The dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology in New York and New Jersey provide clients with the top trending beauty treatments, while keeping patient safety and satisfaction a priority. Our expert medical staff will also ensure clients have the correct procedure for their cosmetic and personal needs. Contact our NY and NJ area offices for more information about reaching your beauty goals today.

The Lowdown on Non-Surgical Facelifts

Surgery is not for everyone. Some patients elect not to undergo a traditional facelift because they are afraid of surgery and anesthesia, are looking for a more reasonably-priced alternative, or because they understand that their condition is not bad enough to require surgery. In any event, an increasing number of patients are electing non-surgical facelifts as their choice to eliminate facial wrinkling and fine lines. Non-surgical facelifts are most commonly performed through the use of injectable fillers, fat transfer, or through light and laser technology.

Why Go Non-Surgical?

Non-surgical facelifts are proven to have noticeable, lasting results. A non-surgical facelift at any of our New York or New Jersey offices has the potential to eliminate years of aging from a patient’s face. The procedure can potentially make a patient look and feel years younger, in the most minimally-invasive, least painful way. They are also a great option for patients who do not want to spend thousands of dollars on a surgical facelift.

Injectable Fillers

Dermal fillers like Restylane, Juvederm, Sculptra, and Radiesse, can add instant volume to the cheeks and other areas that need additional definition or plumping. The fillers can also target wrinkles and smooth skin around the lips, chin, and forehead. The treatments are done as in-office procedures, in under half an hour. There is no downtime associated with injectable fillers, which is why this type of non-surgical facelift is often referred to as a the “lunchtime lift.”

Your doctor will carefully calibrate the amount of filler to use, customizing your non-surgical facelift to best serve your needs and concerns. Results typically last anywhere from 6-18 months, depending on upkeep and on how the patient’s body responds to the fillers. Patients can always come in for additional treatment to touch up and maintain their results.

Fat Transfer

During this treatment, fat will be taken from other areas of the body and directly injected into the face to rejuvenate and revive areas that have lost volume. Fat transfer can be an effective non-surgical option to address laugh lines and crow’s feet around the eyes. Generally, a patient can be very responsive to this type of non-surgical facelift. Because the fat is taken from a patient’s own body, rejection and infection are rare. Results are best immediately following the procedure and diminish as the body begins to reabsorb the fat. The longevity of results depends on how quickly this reabsorption happens.

Light and Laser Technology

Light and laser technology, such as Ultherapy which uses ultrasound energy, are also popular options for patients who want to tighten their skin. The technologies work by re-stimulating the body’s natural collagen production and tightening skin that has become saggy from a loss of elasticity. These treatments are great for targeting the brow region, neck and chest, and chin areas. This option can also be used alongside injectable fillers to further enhance results. No anesthesia or recovery period are associated with the technologies, so patients can reap the benefits of a non-surgical facelift without compromising their busy lifestyle.

Non-Surgical Facelifts at Advanced Dermatology

If you have signs of aging, but are not ready to go under the knife, you may be a candidate for a non-surgical facelift. At Advanced Dermatology, we specialize in non-invasive anti-aging treatments. Our dermatologists in Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, and Ridgewood, NJ can determine the most appropriate treatment to rejuvenate your appearance.

Port-Wine Stain Removal – Are Treatments Safe for Your Child?

Many of us are born with a mole, a small dark patch, or other birthmark. These small imperfections or “beauty marks” can make us unique. However, a large distinctive birthmark can become a source of insecurity–especially for kids.

Port-wine stains are fairly common red or purple colored birthmarks that most often appear on the face, neck, arms, legs and scalp. If the stain is prominent it might cause low self-esteem issues or confidence problems. Parents whose children have port-wine stains often face a conundrum: is it worth it–and safe–to treat this visible discoloration?

Port-wine stains can change appearance as a child grows older.

Comprised of tiny blood vessels, these birthmarks can become darker in color over time. In some cases the port-wine stain can become lumpy or thick. Although previous treatment methods such as skin grafts were painful and could cause scarring, an advanced Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL) treatment is an effective solution for people suffering from port-wine stains, even children.

Pulsed Dye Laser treatments can reduce the appearance of port-wine stains.

The Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL) works by specifically targeting the hemoglobin inside the blood vessels that create the birthmark. The laser eliminates the stain from inside by heating up blood vessels, which damages and removes them. Usually multiple treatments are necessary with approximately 6 to 16 treatments needed for successful results. The treatments are normally spaced out about 2 months apart. Depending on the location of the port-wine stain– some locations on the body are more difficult to remove–PDL can significantly reduce this type of birthmark. After a PDL session the skin may look darker or bruised but this typically lasts only 7 to 14 days.

Pulsed Dye Laser, a safe and secure treatment for children.

Although PDL treatment can cause some discomfort, it is considered completely safe for children. Since it can be a bit painful, a topical anesthetic is usually used before treatment. However, in many cases no anesthetic is needed as babies often tolerate the PDL treatment well. In addition, the laser has a cryogen spray that helps cool the area being treated. Due to the innovative design of the laser the spray touches the skin a split second before the laser in order to reduce discomfort during treatment.

How old does a child need to be to receive PDL treatments?

The laser can be used on patients as young as a few days old. Studies have shown that 90% stain clearing can be reached if treatment is begun during infancy. In fact, it is often recommended that treatment begin when the child is an infant in order to achieve best results before the time the child is of school age. Although PDL treatment is effective in adults, early intervention often yields better stain elimination. Furthermore, by completing the treatment before the child is five or six years old the child may avoid managing potential social stigmas and self esteem issues.

Port-wine treatments for children at Advanced Dermatology

Advanced Dermatology is pleased to offer patients with port-wine stains a safe and effective solution. This is especially the case for infants or children with port-wine stains; a PDL treatment is safe and secure for kids as well. With office locations in both New York and New Jersey, Advanced Dermatology’s highly skilled dermatologists can provide expert treatment to patients at the office most convenient to them. Contact the office closest to you for more information on treatment options for port-wine stains.

Are You Losing Your Hair Due to a Skin Condition?

Can an underlying skin condition affect hair growth? Unfortunately for many, the answer is yes. Fortunately, however, with proper awareness and treatment options, hair loss can be slowed down or even stopped.

Hair loss affects both men and women and can change how a person looks and feels by giving the appearance of premature aging and lowering an individual’s self-esteem. Various skin conditions have been linked to increased hair loss. It is important for patients to be aware of this possibility so as best to prevent hair loss, or to properly address hair loss that has already begun.

The following is a list of some of the most common skin conditions that have been found to be associated with accelerated hair loss:

  • Ringworm. Ringworm is a fungal infection that can appear around the body but that typically manifests on the scalp. Because the fungus infiltrates the patient’s hair follicles, ringworm can make hair brittle and easily breakable–causing hair loss and bald patches. The condition is most commonly addressed with an antifungal medication prescribed by a dermatologist.
  • Psoriasis. Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that causes cells to build up much more quickly than usual, potentially leading to hair loss. If psoriasis is diagnosed and managed by a dermatologist, hair loss in patients can be stopped and can be reversed.
  • Seborrheic dermatitis. Seborrheic dermatitis causes the patient’s scalp to be uncomfortably itchy, flakey, and inflamed. The skin condition has been found to be linked with temporary hair loss, and can flare up when the weather gets cold and dry or when the patient is feeling particularly stressed. It can be controlled through certain shampoos and medications.
  • Scleroderma. Scleroderma is a relatively rare skin condition that causes the dermis to become hard and tight. The autoimmune condition has been linked to an overproduction of collagen and can cause hair loss, particularly on the patient’s arms and legs. With proper treatment, hair loss resulting from scleroderma can be prevented.
  • Sunburn. Though not a traditional “skin condition,” a sunburn can indeed cause hair loss and hair thinning. To protect against the sun’s harmful rays, we recommend using sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.

Don’t let a treatable skin condition get in the way of a healthy head of hair. Our team of New York and New Jersey doctors are here to help. We are among the most experienced and professional in the nation, and together, comprise a full-service, one-stop dermatological shop. With twenty-two locations between the two states, we are here to serve all your hair loss needs and answer any questions or concerns. For a list of our locations, click here.