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When the Diagnosis is Psoriasis, the Treatment is Clear. XTRAC.

XTRAC is the only FDA-cleared, clinically proven excimer laser that gets skin clear of psoriasis—and it works fast, with many patients seeing significant improvement and long-lasting remissions. Because XTRAC delivers a highly targeted, therapeutic beam of UVB light only to areas of the skin affected by psoriasis, healthy skin surrounding the lesions stays that way.

 

XTRAC clears the symptoms, prolongs the remission and returns skin to a clinically healthy state in record time. All of which means XTRAC delivers consistently predictable results so patients experience more good days of living than bad.

 

Quick Facts

  • Effective treatment—symptoms reduced generally in 10-12 treatment sessionsXTRAC_Psoriasis_TN
  • Long-lasting relief—typically several months free of symptoms”
  • Simple, painless treatment—sessions are very short
  • Relief without messy creams and daily skin care regimen
  • Covered by most major insurance companies, available by Rx

 

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*Results may vary, talk to your doctor about the right treatment protocol for you.

Side Effects/Risks: XTRAC has none of the drawbacks often associated with other psoriasis treatments-such as premature aging of healthy skin, skin thinning, resistance to medication, or potential negative systemic side effects. Some patients, however, experience a reaction similar to sunburn or blistering at the site of the treated area and in some cases, an increase in pigmentation may occur.

 

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Because of the shielding effect of hair, traditional UVB lamp therapy is not very effective against scalp psoriasis. However, studies have reported success in treating it with the [XTRAC] 308 nm excimer laser which generates a targeted beam of UVB light.

XTRAC allows for simple manual separation of the hair, provides good visualization of the psoriasis and permits rapid treatment so that a whole scalp can often be treated in less than 15 minutes.

 

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XTRAC treatments can minimize and, in many cases, even eliminate Vitligo depigmented patches. The XTRAC [308 nm] excimer laser delivers a targeted beam of UVB light and only the areas of skin affected by Vitiligo receive the laser energy.

Though the laser spot size measures only 18mm x 18mm, due to rapid exposure times, relatively large, discrete areas can be treated in just five to 10 minutes, which is much quicker than the duration of conventional phototherapy light sessions. And most importantly, XTRAC treatments achieve complete response rates faster in a higher proportion of patients.

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Thermage is a skin-tightening treatment that focuses radiofrequency energy on deeper collagen-containing layers of skin, thereby stimulating collagen production. The dermis is composed of collagen proteins arranged in parallel layers of fiber, called “fibrils,” which form the matrix that holds the skin together. With aging, the fibril layers loosen and become less organized, resulting in sagging skin. Thermage heats the dermis layer with radiofrequency energy without damaging the epidermis. When the dermal tissue is heated, the collagen fibrils become disrupted, then contract and thicken, thereby tightening the layer below the surface. As the layers heal, they are reshaped and new collagen forms, tightening the skin even more. Tighter, firmer skin results with better elasticity and a more youthful overall appearance. “Thermage” is a great option for middle-aged women who are beginning to show signs of neck, brow, and eyelid sagging and/or drooping jowls and cheek folds.

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Skin is the largest organ in the body. Our skin performs the immensely important function of providing a barrier between ourselves and our environment. Recent research shows that much of the reason that skin is so effective in this regard is because it resists tearing even under extreme stress. Using x-ray beams that enabled them to observe the microscopic changes that occur in tearing skin, researchers saw that collagen fibers in the dermis (the lower or inner layer of the two main layers of cells that make up the skin) straighten and stretch in response to tearing. By sharing the load in this manner, collagen fibers prevent further damage when a skin tear occurs. Our skin is a truly remarkable organ that deserves our appreciation and attention. Dermatologists diagnose and treat more than 3,000 different diseases and can also improve the appearance of their patient’s skin, hair and nails.

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Cup of hot latte art coffee on wooden table

 

There may now be intriguing evidence that caffeine may act as a molecular sunscreen. According to recent research, people who drank more than four cups of coffee on average per day, had a 20% lower risk of developing melanoma over ten years.

 

Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is triggered by DNA damage in skin cells caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun or tanning beds. As the mutations cause the cells to grow abnormally, they can metastasize and become fatal. In light of this potentially dire outcome, dermatologists urge their patients to shield themselves from the sun’s damaging effects with sunscreen and protective clothing and to shun tanning beds. The only way to truly know if you have skin cancer is to get a screening from a reputable medical professional.

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One of the primary reasons that men’s faces seem to age better than women’s is that men exfoliate their skin with safety razors. Now, an increasing number of women are shaving their facial hair to gain the same benefit. While this may seem to be a somewhat odd (and even counterproductive) habit, notable women such as Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe reportedly shaved their faces. Contrary to popular belief, shaving does not encourage women’s facial hair to grow back thicker. Cutting off hair at the skin’s surface does not cause hair to change on a cellular level, and removing fine facial hair will not result in thicker, darker hair unless it was there to begin with. On top of that, shaving with a razor mechanically removes the top layer of skin. This form of exfoliation promotes collagen production and removes fine wrinkles, which makes facial skin look younger.

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No longer willing to endure tedious plucking or painful and lengthy electrolysis, increasing numbers of women and men are turning to laser hair removal. In fact, it has become one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed in the United States, ranking only behind wrinkle-relaxing injections in terms of frequency of procedures performed. Quick and effective, laser hair removal involves directing beams of highly concentrated light that are designed to selectively penetrate the hair follicle. Each pulse of a hair-removal laser takes a fraction of a second, treating many hairs simultaneously in an area approximately the size of a quarter.

 

Because the procedure requires absorption of laser impulses by pigment, it was originally best suited for people with dark hair and light skin. However, newer technologies have made the procedure safer for patients with darker skin. Permanent hair loss may require several sessions.

 

For best results, laser hair removal requires at least four treatments spread out over 4-6 week intervals. Some maintenance sessions may be necessary and will be determined by your physician and your response to the laser.

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Man in bathroom applying cosmetics on his face

 

Middle-aged and older adults are particularly likely to experience little yellow deposits that develop under the skin, most commonly on the eyelids near the nose. These cholesterol-filled plaques, known as “xanthelasma,” occur more often in women and are always benign. However, they are often indicative of high levels of cholesterol, triglycerides or other lipids in the blood. This is reason enough for those with xanthelasma to consult with their primary care physicians about screening for high fat levels in their blood. As far as the cosmetic aspect of these plaques is concerned, they can be removed through the use of cryotherapy (freezing), laser ablation, surgical excision, electrodessication or chemical cauterization, although no treatment will prevent recurrence.  Xanthelasma, which do not go away by themselves, may eventually coalesce and become increasingly unsightly without proper removal.

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The chronic connective tissue disease known as “scleroderma” is derived from the two Greek words “sclero,” meaning hard, and “derma,” meaning skin. Generally classified as an autoimmune rheumatic disease, scleroderma is not contagious, infectious, cancerous or malignant. Research thus far only indicates that the disease is not necessarily genetic (although there is a susceptibility gene) and that it involves an overproduction of collagen. In some cases, the disease affects only the skin, but it also can involve important structures such as blood vessels, internal organs, and the digestive tract. One of the earliest signs of scleroderma is an exaggerated response to cold temperatures that causes numbness, color changes, or pain in the fingers and toes. Women are affected more commonly than men, and the disease usually occurs between ages 30 and 50. A variety of treatments are available for symptoms, but there is no cure.

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Itching In A WomanWe all know that scratching provides temporary relief from itchy skin by creating a mild sense of pain that nerve cells transmit to the brain instead of itch signals. The problem is, particularly among those with chronic itching problems, scratching often leads to a vicious cycle of more itching and scratching. Recent research has led to new insight into this phenomenon, which could lead to better treatments. It seems that scratching causes the brain to release the pain-relieving hormone serotonin, which also targets cells that control itch intensity, further increasing the impulse to scratch. New research may lead to ways of blocking communication between serotonin and itch-transmitting cells.

 

See a dermatologist if itchy skin lasts more than two weeks and doesn’t improve with self-care measures. The best way to deal with chronic itching involves having the dermatologist identify its cause and treat it accordingly.

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Botox or plastic surgery concept.

 

Botox treatments have already gained widespread popularity as a non-invasive way to reduce facial wrinkles. Not only does Botox temporarily relax the muscles that cause wrinkles, but recent research suggests that it also improves skin’s “pliability” and “elasticity” for up to four months. This is an important finding, because pliability (stretchiness) and elasticity (the ability to recoil) are two important characteristics of skin that tends to weaken as we age. However, research involving 43 women, who were observed over a four-month period, showed that Botox treatments appeared to reverse skin damage caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation for as long as the effects of the Botox lasted (four months). This finding may lead to improvements in future skin-enhancing procedures. According to the study mentioned above, once the muscle-relaxing and skin-enhancing effects of Botox wore off, skin pliability and elasticity returned to their previous levels.

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Dermatologist examining patient skin

 

Melanoma may be less common than other types of skin cancer, but it is also the most serious. As researchers look for new ways to extend the survival rates of those with advanced cases of this life-threatening disease, their focus centers on a new generation of virus-based drugs that have shown benefits in cancer trials. Among the most notable of these drugs is Talimogene Laherparepvec  (T-VEC), which has shown great promise as a first-line treatment in the fight against metastatic melanoma. T-VEC is a genetically modified form of the herpes virus, which multiplies in cancer cells and destroys them by bursting them open from within. Because normal cells destroy T-VEC before it can cause damage, side effects are minimal. In a study involving 163 patients with stage three and four melanoma, those treated with T-VEC lived, on average, nearly twice as long (41 months) as those in the control group (21.5 months).

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“Chronic idiopathic urticaria” is the medical term for hives that appear on the skin for no readily identifiable reason. When these itching, burning, painful skin rashes appear daily over prolonged periods, it can lead sufferers to become demoralized. While most cases of “acute urticaria” lasting less than six weeks seemed to be triggered by an allergic reaction, longer-lasting chronic idiopathic urticaria is seldom due to an allergy. In approximately one-third of cases, an autoimmune reaction may underlie the condition. In the absence of any identifiable cause to treat, chronic hive sufferers should avoid harsh soaps as well as any known triggers. In the meantime, the dermatologist can prescribe a number of medications, ranging from antihistamines to anti-inflammation drugs. Some chronic urticaria sufferers have other signs of autoimmune problems. Some have autoimmune thyroid disease, vitiligo, swollen joints, or certain abnormalities in the blood. Research shows that the injectable drug omalizumab (Xolair) is very effective against difficult-to-treat chronic hives without side effects.

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Psoriasis on elbows

 

The FDA recently approved a drug to treat plaque psoriasis, which is characterized by patches of thick, red skin and silvery scales that most commonly form on the elbows, knees, scalp, face, and folds in the skin. Psoriasis patches appear as a result of the body’s immune system attacking healthy skin by mistake, causing excess skin cell production.

 

The good news is that, in clinical trials involving 2,403 psoriasis patients, more than 80% of the patients taking secukinumab (Cosentyx) saw 75% or more of their symptoms disappear. After three months, nearly two-thirds (65%) of those taking secukinumab assessed their psoriasis symptoms at “0” or “1” on a disease assessment scale, indicating that their skin was totally (or almost totally) clear.

 

No one psoriasis treatment is best for everyone, and psoriasis is not always persistent and may go through periods of improvement or worsening. It has only recently been discovered that the protein interleukin (IL)-17A plays a role in plaque psoriasis development by triggering an inflammatory response from the immune system.

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Unlike other parts of the skin, lips do not contain oil glands, so they are a great deal more susceptible to drying out and chapping (cracking). While this may be an occasional problem for most people, some may develop “cheilitis,” which is a more severe form of chapped lips. Dental trauma and excessive saliva production may transform a regular case of chapped lips into cheilitis.

 

Characterized by cracked skin at the corners of the lips, cheilitis can be caused by an infection. The condition may produce ulcers and white plaques on the surface of the lips, which may be lumpy and appear dark pink or red. Chelitis may progress to more widespread impetigo or candidal skin infection on the adjacent skin and elsewhere. These symptoms often do not respond to self-help measures and require medical treatment from a dermatologist.  Cheilitis is most common in patients over the age of 59.

 

 

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Several studies suggest that psoriasis is linked with an increased risk of certain cancers, including non-melanoma skin cancer (squamous cell carcinoma) and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. This heightened risk might be due, in part, to chronic inflammation associated with psoriasis. Because the severity of the psoriasis is one of the factors that links the skin disease to the development of certain cancers, those with very mild psoriasis may not be at risk.

 

Inflammation-fighting drugs known as tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor agents used in the treatment of psoriasis and other autoimmune diseases work by suppressing the immune system, leading some to come with a warning about increased lymphoma. Psoriasis therapies such as phototherapy, cyclosporine, and methotrexate may also increase the risk. This increased risk is relatively modest, but psoriasis patients may  want to be more diligent than they already are about undergoing skin-cancer screening and being on the lookout for symptoms of lymphoma. New treatments for skin cancer are appearing and evolving rapidly in recent years.

 

 

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Patients undergo chemical peels to treat acne scars, sun-damaged skin, crow’s feet, sagging skin, and wrinkles. This skin-rejuvenating technique improves the appearance of facial, neck or hand skin with the application of a chemical solution that exfoliates skin to promote the emergence of new, regenerated skin underneath. A superficial chemical peel treats mild skin discoloration and rough skin, while medium and deep peels address age spots, fine to medium lines, freckles, moderate skin discoloration, and shallow scars.

 

A superficial (“lunchtime”) peel involves using alpha-hydroxy acid or another mild acid to penetrate only the outer layer of skin to gently exfoliate it.  A medium peel utilizes glycolic or trichloroacetic acid to penetrate the outer and middle layers of skin to remove damaged skin cells, while deep peels use trichloroacetic acid or phenol to deeply penetrate the middle layer of skin to remove damaged skin cells. A careful dermatological evaluation precedes treatment.

 

As we age, it’s natural to develop wrinkles, unwanted sunspots, acne, spider veins, and freckles. Our dermatologists can help restore your skin so that you can feel more confident. Please call ADORA DAY SPA at 773-8520 for a consultation and visit us on the web at adoradayspa.com to learn more about the services we offer.

 

 

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While the very mention of the word “scar” seems to imply permanence, there are a number of ways to minimize fibrous tissue deemed to be unattractive. Depending on the patient’s age and the severity and type of scar, the dermatologist may recommend any number of dermatological procedures to minimize scars. These include “dermabrasion,” which involves removal of the top layers of skin with a device that abrades the skin. Used to minimize small scars, minor skin surface irregularities, surgical scars, and acne scars, dermabrasion leaves healed skin looking smoother and fresher.
Other available options include chemical peels, collagen injections, and laser resurfacing. In addition, there is scar-revision surgery, which involves removing the entire scar and rejoining the skin. Punch grafts, which are sometimes used to treat deep acne scars, involve punching a hole in the skin to remove the scar and replacing it with unscarred skin (often from the back of the earlobe).

 

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If you are recovering from laser resurfacing or a chemical peel, be good to your new skin! When the doctor provides you with clearance to use makeup, give careful consideration to the type of makeup you use during your recovery period. Consider using mineral makeup which is made with few, if any, preservatives. Its colors come from the pigments of inert earth minerals. This feature makes it more appropriate for use by women with healing, sensitive, and acne-prone skin than conventional cosmetics.

 

It is imperative that patients who have undergone laser resurfacing and chemical peels protect their skin from the ravaging effects of the sun during the post-operative period and beyond. As an added benefit, mineral-based foundations, pressed and loose powders, blushes, bronzers, and eye shadows often contain titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide that provide the skin with sun protection.

 

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Those rough patches and small acne-like bumps usually found on the arms, thighs, cheeks, and buttocks may not hurt, but they can be difficult to treat. Keratosis pilaris is an inherited skin condition that arises from a buildup of a hard protein (keratin) that gets trapped around hair follicles. The keratin forms a scaly plug that blocks the opening of the hair follicle. Usually many plugs form, causing patches of rough, bumpy skin. The condition often worsens during winter when low humidity dries out skin. While keratosis pilaris improves with age and may go away on its own, temporary relief can be achieved with applications of moisturizer and manual exfoliation, followed by use of alpha-hydroxy-acid lotions.
Keratosis pilaris is a common but harmless skin condition. Except for some itching, keratosis pilaris doesn’t hurt and doesn’t get worse. Many children and teens get it, and it usually disappears as they get older. Certain types of keratosis pilaris involving severe redness and inflammation can be successfully treated with laser therapy.

 

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As millions of people continue their fight against wrinkles, it is reported that Americans spent more than $2.7 billion on Botox and injectable cosmetic fillers in 2013. While Botox is used to relax facial muscles that can induce facial wrinkling, injectable gel fillers consist of substances such as hyaluronic acid or calcium hydroxylapatite (Juvederm, Restylane, Perlane, and Radiesse), which fill in lines and wrinkles. These fillers produce effects that can last from six to twelve months. While it is very rare, injectable cosmetic fillers can sometimes leave tender, hard growths beneath the skin, particularly in cases of non-professional treatment.

 

Botox and the cosmetic fillers listed above are considered to be safe and effective as long as they are administered by a dermatologist or medical professional trained in their use. Fillers injected at parties, homes, non-medical spas, and other unsuitable venues can lead to questionable and even disfiguring results.

 

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Many of the approximately 7.5 million Americans who have psoriasis do not fully realize the degree to which the disease affects them and those with whom they live. Accumulating research concerning psoriasis patients increasingly shows that their quality of life may be impaired by the disease to the extent that they may experience higher levels of anxiety and depression, feelings of stigmatization, and other problems. The most recent research now also indicates that cohabitants of psoriasis patients have difficulty coping with issues related to psoriasis, such as having to avoid certain activities or helping with treatment.

 

This research points out that psoriasis patients should avail themselves of treatment, for their own benefit and for those they love. Psoriasis treatment depends upon the type and severity of your disease, and one treatment does not work for everyone. There is a wide range of therapeutic options for patients with psoriasis, from classic topical treatments to the more sophisticated new drugs.

 

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There is little question that vitamin D provides a number of health benefits. This important nutrient is produced when the skin is exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. However, no one is suggesting that anyone bathe in the sun to get the needed amounts. It is well-known that overexposure to the sun is damaging to the skin. Many of us forget that water, sand, and snow all reflect and intensify the sun’s rays. These environmental factors along with genes contribute to your skin’s response. Ultraviolet exposure breaks down collagen and impairs the body’s ability to create new collagen and elastin.

 

It is even less advisable to visit a tanning salon to get vitamin D, as many in the indoor tanning industry suggest. Five years ago, the International Agency for Research on Cancer categorized UV-emitting tanning devices as “carcinogenic to humans,” the highest cancer-risk category (on a par with cigarettes and asbestos). While the FDA allows indoor tanning, the American Academy of Dermatology, the World Health Organization, and several other major health and government groups worldwide strongly advise against indoor tanning. There is no justification for lying in a tanning bed to get the needed amount of vitamin D, which is readily available in milk and supplements.

 

 

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Sagging skin is one of the most noticeable signs of aging. When you look old, you tend to feel old and perhaps a bit depressed. These feelings are not necessary in today’s age of non-surgical face lifts. A traditional facelift may tighten facial skin and get rid of wrinkles, but it does not address the underlying cause of sagging skin. The fact is that, as fat pads located in various areas of the face begin to atrophy and consequent bone loss occurs, the facial skin loses its underlying scaffolding and begins to droop.

 

One way to address these losses makes use of ultrasound to spur the body’s own natural healing into action in order to plump up and tighten loose skin on the eyebrow and neck, and under the chin. FDA-approved Ultherapy works to build up structural areas of support under the skin by using radiofrequency to stimulate collagen production. Ultherapy entails a single 60 – 90-minute in-office visit, after which results will unfold over a two or three month period, perhaps longer.

 

This treatment is a good choice for those wishing to avoid surgery. Since everyone’s skin is different, our experienced staff will examine you and create a personal treatment regimen. Learn more about the services we offer by visiting us on the web at www.adoradayspa.com.

 

 

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Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common type of skin cancer, with diagnoses of an estimated 2.8 million cases in the United States annually. This type of skin cancer arises from the skin’s basal cells, which line the deepest layer of the epidermis (the outermost layer of the skin). BCC is seldom life-threatening, but it can be disfiguring if allowed to grow untreated.

 

As a result of cumulative exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays and intense occasional UV exposure, open sores, red patches, pink growths, shiny bumps, or scars may develop, but they rarely spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body. Basal cell carcinoma is first noticed when abnormal growths or lesions can be seen on the surface of the skin. Regular body scans by a board-certified dermatologist will aid in the detection of these growths before they are too large to be removed without causing disfigurement.

 

“Mohs surgery” is viewed as the most effective treatment for BCC because it spares healthy skin. Mohs surgery involves removing diseased skin layer by layer and microscopically examining each removed layer until the cancer cells have been totally excised.

 

 

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While it is known that antibiotics and birth control pills together can improve acne in women, researchers sought to compare the two treatments side by side. They found that, while antibiotics cleared acne more effectively in the short term, birth control pills caught up in terms of effectiveness in the long term. After three months of treatment, antibiotics had reduced the number of whiteheads or cysts by 48% compared to 37% with oral contraceptives. However, by six months, oral contraceptives’ effectiveness roughly equaled antibiotics’, reducing acne by 55% compared to 53%, respectively. These findings suggest that oral contraceptives are a good alternative for women who want to avoid the drawbacks of stronger oral acne medications or long-term antibiotic use. Antibiotics help fight existing acne by reducing inflammation while oral contraceptives reduce free or circulating “androgens” (male hormones), thereby lowering production of the oily sebum that plugs pores.

 
Acne, the bane of the teenage years, can cause both emotional and physical damage when it persists into adulthood. Men and women may be embarrassed by breakouts or by the scars left behind from earlier problems. Many treatment options for acne are available, all of which depend upon the type and severity of the lesions.

 

 

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One of the primary reasons that young people start smoking cigarettes is that they want to look older, and ironically, that is exactly what smoking does. Scientific proof of this fact comes from a study involving analysis of the faces of identical twins who recently celebrated the annual Twin Days Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio. When medical doctors compared the faces of twin pairs, one of whom smoked and the other of whom did not, they found that the smokers were much more likely to have sagging upper eyelids, bags under their eyes, and more wrinkling of the lower portions of their faces. The good news is that quitting the smoking habit helps arrest further deterioration of smokers’ facial skin.

 
Nicotine dramatically narrows tiny blood vessels so that they are unable to supply the skin with sufficient oxygen and vitamin A. Since your skin is a living organ, it needs oxygen and nutrients to retain its elasticity and healthy color. The act of smoking itself not only mechanically causes wrinkles to form around the puckered lips of smokers, but it also impairs circulation that normally feeds and replenishes skin. A dermatologist can create a treatment protocol to minimize puckering lines around the lips, sagging under the eyes and wrinkling skin.

 

 

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If you believe that having healthy skin is as important as having healthy teeth, you should visit the dermatologist at least as often as you visit the dentist. That is to say that even people with a low risk of developing skin cancer should visit the dermatologist once a year. If you have a history of cancer or are in a high-risk group, the number of visits to the dermatologist should be tailored to your needs. Factors that raise skin cancer risk and make it necessary to visit the dermatologist more often (such as every four to six months) include being fair-skinned, having one or more childhood sunburns, advanced age, and having many moles or precancerous skin lesions such as actinic keratoses (scaly pink or brown patches that most often develop on the arms, face, and hands of fair-skinned individuals as a result of sun exposure.
Early diagnosis is the key to successful treatment of skin cancers, including melanoma. A dermatologist can use a dermatoscope to magnify areas of the skin so that pigmentation and structure can be examined. Questionable areas may be treated or partially removed for biopsy at a lab.

 

 

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Sometimes research uncovers something that cannot readily be explained but should not be dismissed out of hand. Such was the case recently when a study involving 26,000 men revealed that those who used the erectile dysfunction drug sildenafil (Viagra) had nearly twice the risk of developing melanoma than men who never used the drug. While recent sildenafil use was linked with an 84% melanoma risk, taking the drug was not found to be associated with the risk of developing non-melanoma skin cancers, nor was erectile dysfunction by itself found to be correlated with any melanoma risk. Although the study doesn’t prove cause and effect, men taking PDE5A inhibitors (the sildenafil drug class) should take notice of these findings.

 
Areas of the body that are most prone to developing skin cancer in men are the face, bald scalp, ears, and neck. Whether or not you are presently taking Viagra, you may want to protect your health by having a whole-body skin scan performed by a qualified dermatologist on a regular basis. Men tend to schedule fewer regular visits to the dermatologist than women, but they should understand that skin cancer doesn’t discriminate on the basis of gender, particularly if you are a man who is regularly active outdoors.

 

 

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A woman’s skin can reveal more than her age. It can also divulge important health information regarding blood pressure and susceptibility to heart disease and stroke. According to research involving 260 women with an average age of 63, those with fewer wrinkles were found to have lower blood pressure, lower risk of heart disease/stroke and increased longevity (compared to their older-looking counterparts). This study identified blood pressure as the driving factor behind the association between cardiovascular disease risk and perceived age. For the first time, it established a link between low blood pressure and more youthful (non-wrinkled) looks. More research is needed to determine if the link is based on genetics or simply greater overall attention to health.

 

If you are not blessed with low blood pressure and minimal age-related wrinkling, you can still look more youthful with some help from a dermatologist. There are many cosmetic creams, several injectables, as well as laser options available to you. Additionally, women who carefully attend to their facial skin may also want to direct similar care to the backs of their hands, which endure just about the same amount of exposure to UV light and other elements as their faces do.

 

At ADORA DAY SPA, we pride ourselves in offering the highest quality, individualized treatment for our patients. Call 307-773-8520 to schedule an appointment at our office located at 123 Western Hills Blvd. We will listen to your concerns and evaluate your condition, before discussing the treatment or procedures best suited to meet your needs. New patients are always welcome. You can learn more about the services we offer by visiting us on the web at www.adoradayspa.com.

 

 

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About 80 percent of people who develop the inflammatory skin condition known as psoriasis have so-called “plaque” psoriasis. Symptoms include patches of raised, reddish skin covered by silvery-white scales. These plaques usually form on the elbows, knees, lower back, and scalp, although they may appear anywhere on the body. This uncomfortable skin condition is also associated with severe itching and cracked and bleeding skin. Treatment for moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis includes the use of adalimumab (Humira), a tumor necrosis factor blocker. This drug is administered by injection under the close supervision of a dermatologist and is approved for use in adult patients who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy.
Psoriasis is not contagious, although it may be hereditary. Climate, stress, infections, and some medications are things that can sometimes trigger flare-ups. About one in ten people develop psoriasis in childhood, which makes it more likely that the condition will be widespread and recurrent. If you suspect that you have psoriasis or some other irritated skin condition, a board-certified dermatologist should examine you, carefully analyze your condition and create a treatment protocol to meet your personal needs. Don’t let reddened, itchy, flaking skin curtail the quality of your life.

 

 

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The danger of suffering serious skin burns does not begin and end with seasonal fireworks. Family camping with open campfires and/or barbeque cooking can also pose a real danger any time of the year. Children are usually thrilled at the sight of an open campfire, and rightly so, because it gives them the chance to roast hot dogs and marshmallows on sticks and long forks. At the same time, adults should be particularly careful to supervise these activities. Trips and falls around campfire sites are common causes of burns among children. With this in mind, it is a good idea to establish a safety circle of at least 10 feet around campfires with some type of barrier.

 
Burns are classified as first, second, and third degree. The most damaging is a third degree burn which causes scarring and sometimes physical disfigurement. In the event of a burn injury, immediately “stop, drop, and roll” and call 911. Until help arrives, remove any clothing that may be on fire and place a dry bandage on the burn to prevent heat loss and help control pain. Dermatologist can treat burns as well as a wide-spectrum of issues involving hair, skin, or nails.

 

 

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