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!

Skin Tags: The Right Way to Get Rid of Those Pesky Growths

Skin tags can pop up anywhere, at any time, unexpectedly. Though they are technically harmless, these unsightly growths can make a person feel self-conscious and can attract unwanted attention. Our team of New York and New Jersey dermatologists are here to help you remove these pesky skin tags once and for all.

What Are Skin Tags?

Skin tags are those elevated balls of extra skin that are small and soft and that most commonly form on a patient’s armpits, eyelids, neck, or beneath the breasts. They can be present at birth, or can pop up at any time during adulthood, but are often associated with middle-aged and overweight adults.

A person can have anywhere from one to a hundred growths at any time. The tags can be removed by a dermatologist if they are irritating, uncomfortable, or simply causing a cosmetic concern. Often, there is no medical need to get rid of the growths. However, many patients elect to have a minor procedure to remove them.

How to Get Rid of Skin Tags

The two most common ways that skin tags are removed are through freezing or through burning and snipping. Similar to the technique involved with removing a wart, freezing a skin tag hardens the area through the use of cold liquid nitrogen. The tags can also be easily removed through burning the base and cutting it off with a scalpel or surgical scissors. In this case, your doctor will administer local anesthesia to numb the area and avoid any pain or discomfort.

There is no evidence that shows that removing a skin tag is in any way correlated with the appearance of a second tag. And, although there is virtually no risk associated with getting rid of skin tags, we do not recommended taking matters into your own hands or using any at-home methods to remove them. Instead, we encourage you to visit a licensed dermatologist, in person, at his or her office. A dermatologist can offer professional guidance and expertise, and can ensure that the skin tag removal is safe and sanitary.

Our Board-Certified Dermatologists

With over twenty locations between New York and New Jersey, our board-certified dermatologists can remove your unwanted skin growths in just a single visit. And the best part? There is almost no downtime following the procedure, so you won’t have to put your life on hold or set aside any time for recovery. Just call any of our offices today or request an appointment online, and you will be one step closer to saying goodbye to those skin tags for good.

Student Stress: How to Keep Your Complexion Healthy on Campus

It’s back to school season and time to hit the books. Start the academic year with a skin care plan designed to keep you looking fresh–even when the pressure’s on. Here are Advanced Dermatology’s tips for a glowing complexion.

Get your sleep.

To stay on top of your studies, you may be tempted to sacrifice some sleep. You’re not alone. According to a study, 70% of college students surveyed reported insufficient sleep. But don’t skimp on your rest. Sleep deprivation and irregular sleep schedules can have an impact on your performance, as well as your skin. Too little sleep can contribute to a drab complexion, puffy eyes, and drier skin. Your skin repairs itself and makes new collagen when you sleep, so it is important to give your body time for this important regeneration process.

Eat well, exercise and stay hydrated.

Unhealthy eating habits can take a heavy toll on the skin. It’s common to skip meals, overeat or forget to drink water when your schedule is busy. Weight fluctuations can affect the skin’s appearance, particularly rapid weight loss. Plan your menus to make sure that you are well-nourished and and build in time for exercise. Adequate water can help your body purge toxins. Many student health centers offer health and fitness consultations. If you are feeling overwhelmed or need guidance on how stay in balance, make an appointment with campus health services.

Cleanse your face and remove makeup and before bed.

After a long day, you may want to head straight to bed and skip the nightly cleanse. But leaving the day’s debris on your face can contribute to breakouts and unhealthy skin. Make it a habit to wash your face before going to bed–no matter what. Also, change your pillowcases regularly. Dirt and oil can accumulate quickly on bed linens, which can exacerbate acne and other skin conditions.

Avoid touching your face.

Many of us touch our faces while concentrating on a task or in times of stress. This unfortunate habit may be unconscious, but it is detrimental to your skin. Why? Unwanted dirt and bacteria will wind up on your facial skin, leading to clogged pores and flare-ups. If you tend to touch your face, try to stay aware that you are doing it.

Treat yourself to a facial.

Even a 30 minute break to nurture your skin can help fortify it. A weekly at-home facial can help clear and moisturize the skin, giving it a periodic boost. After an exam or term paper, reward yourself with professional facial if you can. A deep cleansing to remove impurities, a relaxing facial massage, and a deep penetrating moisturizing treatment can revitalize the skin’s appearance and help you decompress and recharge.

Skin Care at Advanced Dermatology, NY, NJ

Stress can contribute to a range of skin problems, from acne to eczema. At Advanced Dermatology, we specialize in medical and cosmetic dermatology. With offices in New York and New Jersey, we serve students and other patients in the greater metropolitan area, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island.

The Best Skin Care Treatments for Darker Skin–And What to Avoid

Botox, dermal fillers, laser resurfacing, chemical peels–the list of skin-enhancing treatments is long. But what treatments are safe for darker skin? When it comes to basic skin care and cosmetic treatments, it pays to know what’s best for your complexion. To avoid potential problems, our dermatologists recommend following some guidelines.

Basic Skin Care

Great skin starts with a solid skin care routine that is appropriate for your skin type. Determine whether you have dry, oily, or combination skin and use products designed for your needs. Individuals with darker skin may be more susceptible to uneven skin tone, discoloration, excess oil, and scarring. If you have darker tone and acne-prone skin, try to stay ahead of flare-ups. This will help decrease the risk of developing acne scars or hyperpigmentation. Topical antibiotics, retinoids, and vitamin A fortified topicals, are considered safe for all shades of skin.

A gentle reminder: The sun’s harmful ray’s affect everybody, even those who do not burn easily. So be sure to apply sunscreen or use a moisturizer with SPF everyday.

Safe Bets for Cosmetic Treatments

Anti-aging and rejuvenation: As we grow older, our skin begins to produce less collagen and other substances that give our skin its resilience. Forehead wrinkles and lines between the brows can be treated safely with Botox, and those with darker skin can benefit from injections. If you want to recover lost volume in the cheeks or minimize deep creases around the mouth, hyaluronic acid-based fillers like Juvéderm are an excellent option. Hyaluronic acid fillers are well tolerated by most and can be used on all skin types.

Scar repair: Skin injuries such as scratches, acne and piercing can lead to scarring. A keloid scar is a type of scar that occurs when scar tissue grows excessively–and people with darker skin are more likely to develop them. Fortunately, there are laser treatments that can reduce their appearance. The SRT-100 laser is a safe and effective option for keloid removal.

Treatments to Avoid

Laser resurfacing: Laser treatments are associated with certain complications for darker skin. The treatment can cause superficial burns on the skin, which can lead to discoloration. However, laser technology has improved in the last few years, so talk to your dermatologist about the risk factors for your skin tone.

Deep chemical peels: Chemical peels are available in different strengths. While stronger peels can achieve excellent results, they carry the risk of scarring. Lighter chemical peels may be safe and effective, depending on your skin type.

Some safe alternatives to lasers and deep chemical peels include microdermabrasion and microneedling. To avoid serious damage, consult with your dermatologist about the benefits and risks of resurfacing treatments.

Skin Treatments at Advanced Dermatology, NY and NJ

If you have darker skin and would like to know more about safe skin care options, contact Advanced Dermatology in New York and New Jersey. Our dermatologists have extensive experience treating all types of skin. With offices in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island, we offer a range of medical and cosmetic dermatological services.