Posts for: August, 2017
Take a Night Off
(Free Consults & 10% off Procedures)
Cosmetic Open House
August 29th, 2017
- Free MD Cosmetic Consults (normally $75)
- Free Esthetician Consults
- Coupons and discounts for future services
- 10% off cosmetic treatments if scheduled that night
- Cosmetic Presentation by Arun Venkat, MD
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3629 Vista Way
Oceanside, CA 92056
Learn how you can look younger and recapture your natural beauty at this fun, free and educational event!
Find out if Botox treatment is exactly what you need to say goodbye to your wrinkles.
You know that you would love to refresh your appearance and smooth away some of those lines around your forehead and eyes, but the idea of undergoing surgery or invasive cosmetic dermatology just doesn’t seem like something you are ready for. Don’t worry; our Oceanside, San Marcos, Fallbrook, Solana Beach, Murrieta, Menifee and Temecula, CA dermatologists are here to tell you how Botox could still give you the more youthful appearance you want.
What is Botox?
Botox is an injectable cosmetic treatment that uses a purified form of the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. This bacterium, when injected into the muscles of the face, temporarily paralyzes them and prevents them from contracting. Since the muscles are no longer able to contract, this instantly smooths away dynamic wrinkles and lines that have formed as a result of smiling, frowning, laughing or squinting.
Botox is great for reducing the appearance of wrinkles and lines around the forehead, eyes (crow’s feet), mouth (laugh lines) and nose.
What should I expect when I get Botox?
This treatment is minimally invasive and only takes a couple minutes to administer, making it a popular option for patients on-the-go. Some patients even choose to get this treatment during their lunch break since they can return to their normal activities immediately after (while there may be a little redness or soreness at the injection sites, there is no downtime associated with Botox).
When do results show up?
It usually takes a couple days before results start to appear. On average, it usually takes about five days for the full effect. It’s also important to note that Botox results are only temporary. Botox can last up to six months or more, but you can choose to see our Oceanside, San Marcos, Fallbrook, Solana Beach, Murrieta, Menifee and Temecula, CA, skin doctors regularly for maintenance Botox treatments to refresh your results.
Who should consider Botox?
If you want to get a more youthful appearance but you don’t want to undergo more invasive cosmetic procedures, then Botox may be the best option for you. Botox isn’t right for everyone. If you are allergic to Botox, or if you are pregnant or nursing, then this cosmetic treatment won’t be right for you.
Dermatology Specialists, INC. offers six convenient locations in Oceanside, San Marcos, Fallbrook, Solana Beach, Murrieta, Menifee and Temecula, CA. We make it easy to get the skincare services you want, from Botox to acne treatments. Call us today!
Eczema, also called “dermatitis,” refers to several different rash-like conditions where the skin is inflamed, red and irritated. The most severe and long-lasting type of eczema is atopic dermatitis. During a flare-up, the skin becomes extremely red, itchy and scaly. This skin condition can be widespread, or confined to only a few areas on the body.
Eczema is not contagious, although if you have a family history of eczema, your risk for the disease increases. Generally, atopic dermatitis affects infants or young children and may last until the child reaches adulthood.
The appearance and symptoms for atopic dermatitis will vary for each case. Intense itching is the most common sign of eczema, which can lead to severe discomfort and even loss of sleep. Other common symptoms of eczema include:
- Dry, red and extremely itchy patches of skin
- Cracked, inflamed and scaly skin
- Small bumps or blisters that ooze and weep
- In infants, the rash generally appears on the cheeks and around the mouth
Eczema outbreaks are caused by an overreaction of your skin’s immune system to environmental and emotional triggers, such as temperature, chemicals, dust, mold or stress. While there is currently no cure, eczema sufferers can practice self-care at home to help reduce flare-ups. Lifestyle adjustments are the best line of defense in controlling all types of eczema. Goals of treatment include reducing inflammation, decreasing risk of infection and alleviating the itch. To minimize symptoms and outbreaks:
- Moisturize every day to prevent dryness and cracking.
- Limit contact with irritants, such as soaps, clothing, jewelry, foods and detergents.
- Avoid sudden changes in temperatures as overheating and sweating are common triggers of flare-ups.
- Reduce stress and anxiety.
- Minimize exposure to mold, pollens and animal dander.
- Opt for cotton, loose-fitting clothes and avoid wool and other rough materials.
Treatment for eczema begins with a proper diagnosis from your dermatologist. If you are diagnosed with eczema, your dermatologist can explain your type of eczema and can work with you to tailor a treatment plan that meets your individual needs to effectively manage the symptoms.
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. Fortunately, it rarely develops without warning, and the number of fatalities caused by melanoma could be greatly reduced if people were aware of the early signs and took time to examine their skin. With early diagnosis and treatment, your chance of recovery from melanoma is very good.
What Causes Melanoma?
The main cause of melanoma is too much skin exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. UV rays from the sun and tanning booths can damage skin cells, causing the cells to grow abnormally. The best way to prevent melanoma is to reduce the amount of time you spend in the sun, wearing hats and protective clothing when possible and generously applying sunscreen.
Melanoma can occur anywhere on the body, including the soles of your feet or your fingernails. In women, melanoma is most often seen on the lower legs, and in men, it most commonly forms on the upper back.
Anyone can get melanoma, but people with the following traits are at a higher risk:
- Fair skin
- Excessive sun exposure during childhood
- Family history of melanoma
- More than 50 moles on the skin
- Several freckles
- Sun-sensitive skin that rarely tans or burns easily
Melanoma can appear suddenly as a new mole, or it can grow slowly, near or in an existing mole. The most common early signs of melanoma are:
- An open sore that repeatedly heals and re-opens
- A mole or growth that takes on an uneven shape, grows larger or changes in color or texture
- An existing mole that continues to bleed, itch, hurt, scab or fade
Because melanoma can spread quickly to other parts of the body, it is important to find melanoma as early as possible. The best way to detect changes in your moles and skin markings is by doing self-examinations regularly. If you find suspicious moles, have them checked by your dermatologist.
Visiting your dermatologist for a routine exam is also important. During this skin cancer "screening," your dermatologist will discuss your medical history and inspect your skin from head to toe, recording the location, size and color of any moles. Melanoma may be the most serious form of skin cancer, but it is also very curable when detected early.