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.

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.

Extreme Scars: Stop a Keloid from Growing

Ideally, scars should become less prominent as time goes on. But what about those scars that won’t fade, or worse, that actually enlarge?

Keloid scars, often referred to as keloids, are fibrous growths that form when scar tissue grows in large quantities. This excessive scar tissue is usually hard, irregular, and smooth. Keloids are normally larger than the original skin abrasion and can sometimes take several weeks to develop. While they commonly appear on the shoulders, chest, cheeks and earlobes, keloids can be found anywhere on the body. Because keloids continue to grow after being removed, they can be difficult to treat. The good news is there are new effective treatment options for keloid scars.

Keloids arise when the skin doesn’t turn off its healing response.

Keloids can result from an injury to the skin, including surgery, cosmetic procedure, or slight skin damage from, for example, ear piercing, acne or chickenpox scars. When the skin is injured, scar tissue begins to grow over the wound to protect the skin. However, in the case of keloids the scar tissue overgrows.

Is it a keloid or another type of scar?

Keloid scars are not harmful to a person’s health, however they can be a cosmetic nuisance and in some cases cause discomfort. Normally keloids are a pink, red or flesh-colored raised scar that continues to grow over time. Sometimes the keloids can be an itchy patch of skin. In certain extreme cases the keloids may grow large enough to cause restriction of movement. For more information on keloids, as well as other types of scars and their formation, see our detailed guide to scars.

Laser therapy can help stop keloids from growing.

Until now traditional keloid treatment options tended to be painful and ineffective, in addition to causing unwanted side effects. The highly experienced team of dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology is pleased to offer Superficial Radiation Therapy (SRT-100) as an extremely effective treatment method for keloid scars. Although keloids were once considered complicated to treat, the SRT Laser offers an innovative and effective treatment option. Furthermore, the SRT is a painless and safe way to remove keloids.

The SRT Laser inhibits the production of excess collagen.

With a cure rate of upwards of 90%, the SRT Laser specifically targets the skin on a superficial level, allowing it to destroy the cells that cause irregular, extra scar tissue–without damaging healthy tissue or any other organs. The SRT Laser is able to achieve this by using a specially calibrated low dose of superficial radiation therapy. After the keloid is excised by one of our expertly trained dermatologists, the area is treated with the SRT Laser within a 24-hour period. The SRT laser’s groundbreaking technology reduces the production of abnormal collagen, ensuring that the skin remains flat and soft during the healing process. Furthermore, multiple treatments with the SRT Laser can bring the keloid recurrence rate to 10% or lower.

Advanced Dermatology makes patient safety and satisfaction a top priority. With several office locations, Advanced Dermatology’s highly skilled dermatologists can provide patients in both the New York and New Jersey areas with expert care. For more information on how the SRT laser can help eliminate an unsightly keloid scar, do not hesitate to contact the office nearest you.

Seasonal Skin Rash? Stay Ahead of Your Autumn Allergies

The long, hot, days of summer are finally coming to an end. School is back in session, the leaves are changing colors, mosquitoes are biting less and jackets and boots are coming out of storage. Although the change of season brings pumpkin spice lattes, apple picking and scarves back into our lives, it can also bring unwanted allergies. Many people think allergies only crop up during springtime, but with ragweed blowing in the wind, mold growing in damp areas and dust mites ever present, we just can’t seem to get away from allergies and irritating skin rashes. Luckily, Advanced Dermatology has some tips to help you prevent and manage your autumn allergies.

Understand Your Skin

When it comes to seasonal allergies, many people do not know that pollen or ragweed can cause irritations on the skin. This is not the most common allergy during this time, but several people will notice itchiness or redness on various areas of the skin. Pollen can come into contact with different areas of exposed skin; because of this, excessive itching may occur and a skin rash may develop. For some people, hives may even appear. Knowing how your skin reacts to the diverse changes in the quality of air come autumn can help you get ahead of skin rashes. Ideally, no exposure to irritants and allergens would work best, but that is not always a viable option. Knowing your skin and how it changes with the seasons is extremely helpful. We want to be able to keep living our lives, but in the healthiest and most comfortable way.

Quick Tips to Help Prevent Skin Rashes

If your skin is being affected by the change of season, you do not need to suffer in silence. There are a few things that you can do that can help soothe and heal your skin rash.

Change and wash your clothing: After spending time outside change your clothes and launder the articles previously worn.

Shower: Showering can help lessen the effect of allergy ridden substances on your skin.

Take allergy medication: Over the counter allergy medications can help, but ask a doctor to know which one is right for you.

Disinfect surfaces: Disinfecting surfaces can reduce contact with allergens.

Keep your windows closed: This can help prevent pollen/ragweed from entering your home and finding its way to your skin or bedding.

Use aloe vera gel: Aloe vera gel can help with comfort and reduce inflammation and irritation of affected areas.

Modify outfits: Wear long pants and jackets while outside, this can hinder pollen from reaching the skin.

A few small changes to your lifestyle during autumn can really make a tremendous difference. So give a few a try and see how much better the fall feels with your allergies under control!

Have More Concerns About Seasonal Skin Rashes? Give Us a Call!

If you are having a hard time this autumn dealing with allergies and finding that you are constantly itching or inflamed, do not hesitate to call us. We are eager to assist and soothe any skin issues you may be having and to find the right solution for you. Schedule a consultation with us in our New York or New Jersey offices today!