Treating Seborrheic Keratosis with Laser Therapy at DermaTouch RN  

 

seborrheic keratosis

This month, our blogs posts have focused on ways to treat common skin conditions, such as melasma and cherry angiomas. Continuing with that trend, today’s post will focus on how to treat the common, yet bothersome, skin condition known as Seborrheic Keratoses. Per the American Academy of Dermatology, Seborrheic keratosis (seb-o-REE-ik care-uh-TOE-sis) is a common skin growth. It may look worrisome, but it is benign (not cancer). These growths often appear in middle-aged and older adults. Some people get just one. It is, however, more common to have many. They are not contagious.”

What causes Seborrheic Keratosis?

As with many skin conditions, the cause of seborrheic keratosis is unknown. However, the occurrence of this condition seems to run in families and be linked to sun exposure and estrogen replacement therapy. They are not contagious and rarely occur in children.

What are the symptoms of Seborrheic Keratosis?

Other than the palms and soles, seborrheic keratosis can develop anywhere on the body. They typically start as small, rough bumps that thicken and develop a wart-like surface over time. The spots have a wax-like appearance and can range in color from black to white, but are generally brown in color. They can range in size from very small to the size of a half-dollar. Other than seeing or feeling that they’re there when you touch the skin, they typically cause no pain or itching of the skin.

How can you treat Seborrheic Keratosis?

At DermaTouch RN, we use the Profactional Laser or 532nm Aura Laser. The laser burns and destroys the growth when an intense beam of light is directed onto the growth. Bleeding, healing time, and pain are all reduced with the use of a laser because the laser light sterilizes and seals as it cuts tissue. A topical anesthetic can be used to numb the area, though it often isn’t needed; it depends on the patient’s pain tolerance and size of the growth.

Why DermaTouch RN or a MedSpa vs. a Doctor’s office?

Often, MedSpas can treat the same skin conditions that Dermatologists treat, but at a fraction of the cost. Do your research to find a cost effective MedSpa, like DermaTouch RN that has years of experience treating the condition you need help with.

Contact DermaTouch RN today and let our decade of experience work for you. We’ll help you get rid of your seborrheic keratosis with positive results in no time.

Treating Hyperhidrosis with Botox at DermaTouch RN

If you’re someone who suffers from hyperhidrosis, then you know what it’s like to feel embarrassed by the excessive sweat that forms under your arms. Stained shirts, excessive sweat during workouts, and more all create scenarios that are unpleasant for those who are all too familiar with hyperhidrosis.

Botox Can Treat Hyperhidrosis.

It’s true that sweating is a natural part of life, but if you suffer from hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, then your level of sweat is far from natural and likely impacts your day to day life and activities. Fortunately, there are treatments approved to help, and Botox is one of them.

Per the International Hyperhidrosis Society, “In 2004, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved BOTOX (onabotulinumtoxinA) for the treatment of severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating of the underarms) in patients unable to obtain relief using antiperspirants.”

Botox has been shown to decrease sweating by 82 to 87 percent when used to treat underarm excessive sweating. Results vary but are typically noticeable within four days of treatment with the full effects showing after about four weeks. Some studies have shown that dryness can last up to 14 months, with four to 12 months being the average.

DermaTouch RN Uses Botox to Successfully Treat Hyperhidrosis.

For more than a decade, DermaTouch RN has been treating patients for several skin care and cosmetic concerns. We’ve had success in treating several patients with hyperhidrosis for a fraction of the cost of going to a dermatologist. We treat the condition with 50 units of Botox under each arm, which requires no downtime for the patient.

Contact DermaTouch RN today to find out how we can help you say goodbye to underarm sweat!

Treating Cherry Angiomas in Houston, TX with Amazing Results

cherry angioma, also known as campbell de morgan spots

As shared in last week’s blog, Melasma treatments that do and do not work, many people turn to dermatologists for their skin care issues because of their perceived expert status in treating skin conditions. However, MedSpas and aesthetic service providers, like DermaTouch RN, often have proven success at treating skin conditions at a fraction of the price.  For example, Cherry Angiomas are frequently treated at DermaTouch RN.

What are Cherry Angiomas?

Cherry Angiomas are a proliferation of benign dilated blood vessels. Per Healthline.com, ” A cherry angioma is often bright red, circular or oval in shape, and small — ranging in size from a pinpoint to one-fourth of an inch in diameter. Some cherry angiomas appear smooth and even with your skin, while others appear slightly raised. They most often grow on the torso, arms, and shoulders.”

What Causes Cherry Angiomas?

The cause of cherry angiomas is unclear, though some studies show that they might be linked to climate, pregnancy, aging, and exposure to chemicals. They often occur in individuals 30 years of age and older, and after 30, often increase in size and number.

How do we treat Cherry Angiomas?

At DermaTouch RN, we treat Cherry Angiomas with our 532nm Aura Laser. The laser works by coagulating the blood, which temporarily turns the red spot darker. The body then absorbs the treated area, and the lesion disappears. This spot treatment causes little to no discomfort for patients with amazing results.

For more than a decade, DermaTouch RN has been treating skin conditions like cherry angiomas. Contact us today so we can help you remove cherry angiomas from your skin with the right combination of laser treatments. You’ll love the results!

Melasma Treatments that Do and DO NOT Work

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close up dry face skin with freckles, melasma, acne

Many people turn to dermatologists for their skin care issues. This is understandable given they are said to be experts in the field of skin conditions and treatments. At the same time, many MedSpas and aesthetic service providers, like DermaTouch RN, have years of experience in treating certain types of skin conditions with proven success.

Also, treatments for skin conditions, such as Melasma, are often less costly at a MedSpa compared to a Physician’s office. With that said, it is extremely important that you do your research and truly find an aesthetic or cosmetic service provider or MedSpa backed by high ratings and experience for the treatment that you seek, and this is the case for doctors who treat such conditions, as well.

The skin condition we’ll focus on for this blog is Melasma. In our upcoming blogs, we’ll also discuss treatment options for skin conditions such as skin tags, Seborrheic Keratosis, and Cherry Angiomas.

What is Melasma?

Per the American Academy of Dermatology, “Melasma (muh-LAZ-muh) is a common skin problem. It causes brown to gray-brown patches on the face. Most people get it on their cheeks, bridge of their nose, forehead, chin, and above their upper lip. It also can appear on other parts of the body that get lots of sun, such as the forearms and neck.”

What causes Melasma?

The cause of Melasma is still a mystery to the medical community. It is thought to occur when melanocytes—the skin’s color-making cells—produce too much color. Individuals with darker skin are more prone to melasma because they have more active melanocytes compared to those with fair skin.

Though it’s not clear what the cause of Melasma is, there does seem to be some clear triggers, which include:

  • Hormone changes: Hormone replacement therapy and birth control pills can trigger Melasma. Melasma also occurs in pregnant women. When this happens, it’s called the mask of pregnancy, or chloasma.
  • Sun exposure: Melasma is often worse in the summer because the sun, or the ultraviolet light from the sun, rather, stimulates melanocytes. Just a small amount of sun exposure can increase melasma after treatment has faded it.
  • Cosmetics: Cosmetic products that irritate the skin can make melasma worse.

Many treatments “prescribed” for Melasma MAKE IT WORSE!

Unfortunately, many are prescribed a treatment regimen that includes lasers that make the condition worse. For example, Photofacials and BBLs (also known as IPLs) are often used to treat melasma but typically make the dark spots darker. This is why you want to make sure you’re working with a provider who has a track record of success when it comes to treating melasma.

What DOES work to treat Melasma?

At DermaTouch RN, we’ve had a lot of success in treating melasma with Cynosure’s PicoSure laser, chemical peels, and a combination of skin care products, such as glycolic acid, tretinoin and corticosteroids, and hydroquinone. It’s also important to protect the skin with a high SPF sunscreen when in the sun.

How does the PicoSure Laser Work?

The PicoSure Laser works by using different wavelengths of light to address the level of color of the melasma. The laser then breaks down the color particles into smaller fragments so they can be removed by the body’s natural cleansing process. It’s a noninvasive method with proven results.

DermaTouch RN has been treating skin conditions like Melasma for more than a decade. Contact us today so we can help you reduce or remove the appearance of melasma from your skin with the right combination of treatments. Dark spots be gone!