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By DERMATOLOGY SPECIALISTS, INC
December 03, 2018
Category: Laser Hair Removal
Tags: Laser Hair Removal  

Ugh. That unwanted hair is so disturbing. A mustache line, chin hairs, and more occupy too much personal hygiene time, and shaving and laser hair removalhair removal creams produce less than satisfactory results. What's your solution? Ask the experts at Dermatology Specialists in Oceanside, San Marcos, Fallbrook, Solana Beach, Murrieta, Menifee, and Temecula, CA. The seven dermatologists and their highly-trained staff offer laser hair removal that eliminates those problem hairs, leaving you with beautiful, maintenance-free skin.

Who needs laser hair removal?

Both men and women want certain areas of their skin smooth and hair-free. Whether it's the arms, face, armpits, bikini line, chest, shoulders, or legs, anyone's hair follicles can be extremely active. Laser hair removal at Dermatology Specialists in Oceanside creates the perfect look patients long for, and it's all done safely and conveniently right in the office.

Your medical and cosmetic dermatology professionals use the inventive and FDA-approved GentleLASE handheld laser to inactivate bothersome hair follicles. Delivering small bursts of highly concentrated light, the GentleLASE laser produces excellent results without painful or embarrassing side effects.

Treatments with the GentleLASE laser

Your dermatologist will determine if your skin type and hair color are right for laser hair removal. if you are a candidate, expect to undergo four to six treatments at three- to four-week intervals. Each procedure takes anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour, depending on the treated areas and their dimensions.

After each treatment, you may notice some redness, puffiness and tenderness, but this resolves quickly. Also, you'll see your unwanted hair gradually disappear. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons says that laser hair removal is safe and effective for people of all ages but works best when the body hair is dark.

In addition, because the laser disturbs the growth cycle of selected hair follicles, multiple treatments are necessary for a completely hair-free look and feel. Results, however, last indefinitely--up to many years, in fact, reports the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.

Treatments with the Diolaze Laser

The benefits of the Diolaze Laser for hair removal is that it can cover a large area during treatment, making it a fast and effective treatment. The laser works by heating up the root of the hairs, which works to prevent hair growth. It’s a virtually painless treatment due to its built-in cooling system. Our dermatologists can help you determine how many treatments are needed, with results visible after about 4-6 sessions.

Are you interested in smooth, beautiful skin?

Then, come to one of our seven locations for a skin care consultation. Ask questions, and your dermatologist will explain your care plan fully. We know you'll love the results from laser hair removal Call us today for an appointment in Oceanside, San Marcos, Fallbrook, Solana Beach, Murrieta, Menifee, and Temecula, CA.


By DERMATOLOGY SPECIALISTS, INC
December 03, 2018
Category: Skin Condition
Tags: Lupus   Sun Sensitivity  

Lupus can affect the skinFind out what this autoimmune disorder means for your skin health.

According to the Lupus Foundation of America, approximately 1.5 million Americans and five million people globally have some form of lupus. While lupus can affect both men and women, about 90 percent of those with diagnosed lupus are women between the ages of 15 to 44. Even though this chronic autoimmune disease affects millions, significantly less than half of people are actually somewhat familiar with the disease. 

So, what exactly is lupus, how can you contract this disorder and what treatment options are available?

About Lupus

Our immune system is meant to attack foreign agents in our body to fight diseases and other infections. However, if you have been diagnosed with lupus then your immune system actually responds by attacking the healthy cells within your body. This ultimately causes damage to certain organs in the body like your heart, skin and brain.

There are different types of lupus; however, the most common form is systemic lupus erythematosis. Discoid lupus is known for causing a persistent skin rash, subacute cutaneous lupus causes skin sores when exposed to the sun, drug­induced lupus is the result of a certain medication and neonatal lupus affects infants.

Know that you aren’t alone when it comes to handling your lupus symptoms. While symptoms can be severe and affect your daily life talk to your dermatologist about the best ways to reduce your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Lupus Risk Factors

While anyone can develop lupus, women are more likely to develop this condition. Also, African American, Hispanic, Native American and Asian women are at an increased risk over Caucasian women. While the cause is unknown, some research has found that perhaps genes play an influential role in the development of lupus; however, there are several factors that could be at play.

Lupus Symptoms

Those with lupus may experience some or all of these symptoms:

  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Joint pain and swelling
  • Skin rashes, most commonly found on the face
  • Fever
  • Chest pain when breathing deeply
  • Loss of hair
  • Pale fingers and toes
  • Sun sensitivity
  • Mouth sores
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Leg or eye swelling
  • Swollen glands

These symptoms may not be present all the time. Those with lupus have flare­ups in which the symptoms will appear for a little while and then go away. Also new symptoms may also arise at any time.

Lupus Treatments

If you’ve been diagnosed with lupus then you will most likely need to see several specialists regarding your condition. If you are dealing with skin sores and rashes, then you will want to talk to your dermatologist about the best treatment plan for you. About 40 to 70 percent of those with lupus experience symptoms when exposed to sunlight.

When you come in our office for treatment our goal is to find certain medications that can reduce pain, swelling and redness and prevent further flare­ups. Furthermore, we will recommend a sunscreen and other lifestyle changes that can help to protect your skin from damaging sun exposure.