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December 13, 2017
Category: Skin Condition
Tags: Varicose Veins  

Varicose VeinsMany people are bothered by the small, unsightly clusters of purple, red and blue veins that commonly appear on the legs. These blemishes are called spider and varicose veins. Factors that lead to the formation of these veins include heredity, gender, and pregnancy. Prolonged standing, obesity, hormones, and physical trauma may also contribute to the development of varicose veins.

In addition to the visual appearance of the veins, many people may experience the following symptoms:

  • Leg pain
  • Leg fatigue or heaviness
  • Burning sensations in the leg
  • Swelling/throbbing in the leg
  • Tenderness surrounding the veins

Varicose veins may remain merely a cosmetic issue or can progress to more serious health complications. Delaying treatment may cause leg discoloration, swelling and ulceration, or predispose to blood clots. It’s important to consult your regular physician when you first notice signs of varicose veins.  

For patients troubled by the appearance of their veins, there is help. Varicose veins can easily be removed with the help of a dermatologist. A time-tested treatment, sclerotherapy is a simple, safe, and effective non-surgical procedure used to treat unwanted varicose veins.  

Sclerotherapy diminishes the appearance of varicose veins by injecting a “sclerosing agent” into target veins to shrink the vessels and minimize their appearance. While a specific treatment plan can only be determined following a consultation with your dermatologist, most patients notice a significant reduction, if not total elimination, of their unwanted veins over the treatment period.

Sclerotherapy has been used for generations by dermatologists to help patients eliminate spider and varicose veins. Sclerotherapy can enhance your appearance and improve your self-confidence. Visit your dermatologist for an initial consultation and find out if you are a good candidate.

December 08, 2017
Category: Skin Disease
Tags: Skin Cancer   Mohs surgery  

What your dermatologists in Oceanside, Murrieta, San Marcos, Fallbrook, Solana Beach, Temecula and Menifee, California want you to know.

If you’ve been diagnosed with skin cancer, you may be confused with the many treatment options available. What’s the most effective mohs surgerytreatment? Which treatment is easiest? Will I have a scar after treatment? The truth is there is one treatment that stands out above the rest. It’s called Mohs surgery.

Your dermatologists at Dermatology Specialists, Inc., want to share how Mohs surgery can help you. They have several convenient office locations in Oceanside, Murrieta, San Marcos, Fallbrook, Solana Beach, Temecula and Menifee, California to serve you.

Mohs micrographic surgery is a highly effective procedure used to treat common skin cancers including basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. During surgery, a thin layer of tissue is removed and examined under a microscope for cancerous cells. Layer-by-layer microscopic examination of your tissue is performed until all of the cancerous cells are removed.

There are many benefits of Mohs surgery when compared to conventional surgery. Consider that Mohs surgery is:

  • Less invasive because only cancerous cell layers are removed, with less damage to surrounding tissue
  • More comfortable because treatment usually requires only local anesthetic
  • More convenient because Mohs surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, with no hospital stay
  • More cosmetically beneficial because Mohs surgery leaves minimal scarring

Mohs surgery also has the highest cure rate of skin cancer surgery, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Up to 99 percent of initial skin cancers are cured, and up to 94 percent of recurring skin cancers are cured.

Remember that early diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer is critical to a good outcome. Remember to pay attention to moles or skin discolorations that have changed shape, color, size or height. Changes in mole appearance could be an early sign of skin cancer. Remember to use a sunscreen of at least SPF 15 every day and at least SPF 30 if you are outdoors for a long period of time.

To learn more about Mohs surgery and other skin treatments call your dermatologists at Dermatology Specialists with offices in Oceanside, Murrieta, San Marcos, Fallbrook, Solana Beach, Temecula and Menifee, California. Protect your skin by calling today!

December 01, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Dry Skin  

Seasonal ItchCold winds, low temperatures and dry indoor conditions can strip the skin of its natural oils that serve as a natural moisturizer. Although the cold winter months often cause dry skin, with proper skin care habits you can have a healthy complexion that lasts all season long.

You can’t control the harsh winter climate, but you can protect your skin by learning how to manage the factors that trigger dry, flaky skin.

How Can I Protect My Skin from Dryness

For starters, apply a heavy moisturizer or cream daily to help retain moisture and keep skin from drying out. Since strong, brisk winds can cause chapped skin, it is also important to cover exposed areas by wearing a hat, scarf or mittens when going out into the cold air.

Furnaces, radiators and fireplaces that you use to heat your home during cold winter months may feel wonderful in the middle of winter, but they can be extremely drying. To add moisture back into your home, try using a humidifier. Frequent showering and hand washing can also dry out your skin. Keep skin moist with lotion or cream immediately after you shower and wash your hands to seal in moisture.

No matter what season you’re in, if your dry skin becomes inflamed or develops a painful itch, visit our practice for a proper evaluation and treatment plan. A dermatologist can help you modify your current skin regimen accordingly to help your skin stay healthy with the changing seasons.