Posts for: May, 2017
What your dermatologist in Duluth wants you to know
You may know someone who looks younger and you’re not sure why. The answer may be lip injections! Dr. Kendra Cole at Cole Dermatology & Aesthetic Center in Duluth, GA, wants to share the facts about what lip injections can do for you.
Dermal fillers are commonly used for lip injections. Dermal filling materials are state-of-the-art products designed to add youthful volume, diminish wrinkles and smooth out skin. After lip injections, your lips will look plumper and fuller, giving you a younger appearance overall.
Aging causes loss of volume, sagging, wrinkles and other issues with your skin, including your lips. Aging causes your lips to thin out, giving you a much older look. Lip injections with dermal fillers restore the roundness and full contours of your lips.
Many dermal filler products contain hyaluronic acid which is naturally produced by your body and helps your skin look youthful. Common dermal filler products used at Cole Dermatology & Aesthetic Center are Restylane and Juvederm.
The number of lip injections you need will vary depending on the look you want and your individual characteristics. Injections are performed using a tiny needle and dispersing a small amount of dermal filler into different areas around your mouth and lips. The procedure is tolerated well by most people however you can request a numbing gel be applied before treatment.
Lip injections are just one of the many cosmetic, age-defying services available at Cole Dermatology & Aesthetic Center. For a complete listing of available treatments, please visit the services page on the website at http://www.coledermcosmetic.com/services.html
You can fight aging with lip injections from Cole Dermatology & Aesthetic Center. You can renew your lips and create a more youthful appearance by calling Dr. Cole at Cole Dermatology & Aesthetic Center in Duluth, GA. Call today and look younger tomorrow!
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.