Safely Remove Those Nasty Warts with Laser Technology!

If you are someone who has ever had or has a wart or warts, especially if they’re visible to others, then you know how uncomfortable and embarrassing they can be. Though they typically don’t cause any pain, they are often rough to the touch, and depending on where they’re located, they can get in the way of daily activities (like having one on your thumb or ring finger). Warts can impact individuals of all ages, from young children to elderly adults.

What causes warts? Are they contagious?

Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). When the virus infects the top layer of the skin, or

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epidermis, a wart will appear. Warts are not cancerous but are contagious. They can be spread by contact with the wart or something that came in contact with it. Though they are typically rough and skin-colored, they can also be smooth, flat, and darker in color.

Are there different types of warts?

Yes, there are a few different types of warts that vary in size, how they look, and grow on different parts of the body.

Common warts

Common warts often grow on the fingers, back of the hands, and around the nails. They often feel like rough bumps and can have little black dots that look like seeds.

Plantar warts

Plantar warts can grow in clusters, are often flat or grow inward with black dots, and mostly grow on the soles of the feet. They often hurt when you walk on them.

Flat warts

Flat warts are typically smoother and smaller than other warts and often grow in groups of 20 to 100. They can occur anywhere on the body, though men often get them in the beard area, women on their legs, and children on their face.

Filiform warts

Filiform warts stick out like long threads and typically grow quickly around the eyes, mouth, and nose.

How can you treat warts?

Warts sometimes go away on their own, or if they’re hidden and not bothersome, then one might choose to leave them alone. Many, however, prefer to have them removed. With some treatments, there’s a risk of warts returning after removal. At DermaTouch RN, however, we first remove the hard overgrowth of epithelial cells with the Sciton Ablative Laser. Patients then return two weeks later for us to utilize the 532nm Aura Laser to target the vascular system that was hijacked by the virus. With the 532nm Aura Laser, the blood supply is cut off from the wart, and after this occurs, the wart will not grow back.

How can you prevent warts from spreading?

As mentioned earlier, warts are contagious and can spread. Per the American Academy of Dermatology, “To prevent warts from spreading, dermatologists recommend the following: Do not pick or scratch at warts. Wear flip-flops or pool shoes in public showers, locker rooms, and pool areas. Do not touch someone’s wart. Keep foot warts dry, as moisture tends to allow warts to spread.”

Why DermaTouch RN vs. a dermatologist or doctor’s office?

MedSpas like DermaTouch RN treat many of the same skin conditions that Dermatologists and doctor’s offices treat, and they do so at a fraction of the cost. To find a reputable MedSpa, do your research and look for a facility backed by reputable practitioners and positive reviews for the treatment that you’re seeking.

Contact DermaTouch RN today and let our more than 10 years of experience help you eliminate warts and conquer any other skin care problems you might have!

Successfully Remove Your Skin Tags with Laser Technology

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Skin tags—extremely common, small skin growths—are typically harmless. However, if you have any of these growths on your skin, you might find them annoying or embarrassing to deal with. They often occur on the eyelids, under the breasts, in groin folds, under armpits, and on the neck.

What causes Skin Tags?

Some people have just one or a few skin tags, whereas others could have a hundred of them. The cause of skin tags is unclear, though obesity does seem to be a factor. However, skin tags can occur on people of all types and tend to increase in number as we age, with middle-aged and older being impacted the most.

How can you treat Skin Tags?

At some point in their life, almost everyone will develop a skin tag. Similar to how we treat Seborrheic keratosis, we use the 532nm Aura Laser at DermaTouch RN. Some of the benefits of using the 532 is that the healing time, bleeding, and pain are all minimized because laser light seals and sterilizes tissue as it cuts. The laser works when an intense beam of light burns and destroys the growth. By treating the peduncle (stem) of the skin tags, the aura laser targets the vascular system causing the skin tag to fall off within a week. The growth rarely grows back, making it the best laser choice for such procedures. Most patients experience little pain and no downtime, and when necessary, a topical anesthetic can be used to numb the area.

Why DermaTouch RN vs. a Doctor’s office?

DermaTouch RN and similar facilities can treat many of the same skin conditions that Dermatologists treat with similar results at a fraction of the cost. Look for a MedSpa, like DermaTouch RN, backed by positive reviews and a long track record for treating the condition you need help with.

Contact DermaTouch RN today and let our more than 10 years of experience work for you. We’ll help you get rid of those bothersome skin tags in not time!

Treating Seborrheic Keratosis with Laser Therapy at DermaTouch RN  

 

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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

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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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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!

Celebrate The Holidays with Daily Specials from DermaTouch RN!

 

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With December here, it’s time to get ready for all of those holiday parties and family get togethers! And of course, we all want to look our best when we bring in the New Year.

DermaTouch RN wants to celebrate with you while helping you feel and look your best throughout the holiday season and beyond. That’s why, for the month of December, we’re offering 2 vials of Kybella and 1 Ulthera upper neck treatment for only $1200! This treatment package is great for those who are tired of the double-chin or “turkey-neck” look, and with these treatments, there’s little to no down time!

We are also offering our Daily Deals in December. For each day of the month, we’ll be offering special deals that you can purchase the day of or in advance. So, watch for our newsletter, monthly specials page, and stay in touch with us via Facebook to learn what the daily deals are for December. It’s a great time to save on and share our cosmetic and aesthetic services throughout the holidays and into the New Year.

DermaTouch RN recently celebrated our 10th anniversary, and we’re still going strong. Give us a call today to create a package to meet your cosmetic and skin care needs!

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Kybella before and after treatment

Injection Skill Levels are Different from Injector to Injector

 

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When you’re in the market for Botox or dermal fillers, such as Juvederm or Restylane, you want to know that you’re in good hands. You want to be able to walk into an establishment with confidence knowing you’ll walk out with the results you desire. The goal is to do your homework and ask the right questions to find a MedSpa or cosmetic service provider you are comfortable selecting to handle your dermal filler or Botox injections.

You want to work with an injector backed by numbers and experience.

The skill level and experience of injectors can vary greatly, even within a single establishment. Below are some questions to consider when you’re in the market for an experienced injector.

How many years has the establishment been in business and what’s its reputation? You want to find a MedSpa or aesthetic services provider backed by at least 5 years in the business with a positive reputation. You can do research online to find reviews, or ask for referrals.

How many procedures has the practitioner completed on individuals? You want to find a provider that has several successful procedures on his or her resume!

How many years of experience does the practitioner have in the services you’re seeking? Someone with at least a couple years of experience is ideal.

Do you tend to take a conservative approach to fillers and Botox? Each injector has a different approach to looking at facial anatomy and what is needed in way of dermal fillers and Botox, as well. Some are more conservative and prefer to begin with a smaller amount vs. inject too much filler that a client might not be happy with. It’s easier to add filler vs. remove it.

Doctors are not necessarily better than nurses.

We’ve shared this before, but to reiterate, just because someone has the title of Doctor does not mean he or she will be better equipped to inject fillers or Botox compared to a nurse. Nurses often have more experience in administering fillers and Botox when compared to doctors, so again, ask to see how many successful procedures or years of experience the individual has before choosing a doctor over a nurse for your cosmetic procedures.

For more information on selecting a reputable provider for any cosmetic service, check out our previous blog, “What to Look for In Reputable MedSpa and Cosmetic Service Establishments.”

DermaTouch RN has been in business for more than 10 years. Contact us today to determine the right approach to dermal fillers and Botox to meet your desired results.

Our Goals are to Keep Our Patients Happy and Safe at DermaTouch RN

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It’s important that any MedSpa or Aesthetic Services provider put the patients’ and clients’ needs and welfare first, which is what we stand by at DermaTouch RN. Providing services that support our client’s overall health and cosmetic goals is why we’re in business, and without our patients and clients, we don’t have a business!

Some of our goals to support our clients, and consumers, in general, include:

  • Offering state-of-the-art treatments and services.
  • Focusing on the overall health and well-being of our patients.
  • Educating our staff, as well as our patients, on industry best practices, and more.
  • Giving back to our patients through specials, promotions, and discounts.

DermaTouch RN is a State-of-the-Art Aesthetic and Wellness Center that focuses on the overall well-being and health of each patient.

At DermaTouch RN, we’re not just about cosmetic services. We also offer holistic health solutions like nutritional consultations and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), as well as skin care and cosmetic support, to support the overall health and needs of our patients.

Our staff—made up of some of the top doctors, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and aestheticians—is also backed by years of experience and training, so we know we’re bringing the best service and care, as well as the newest and most innovative technologies to our patients. Our staff is comprised of Allergan (the maker of treatments such as Juvederm and Botox) trainers, Advanced Botox injectors, and is nationally recognized as being one of the top 20 cosmetic providers it the country.

Education and training are important at DermaTouch RN.

Aside from ongoing education for our staff, we also believe it’s important to educate consumers on industry best practices, illegal and legal practices, and the specific needs of the aging body. By educating clients through our blog, website, consultations, in-office printouts, and more, we can ensure our patients’ safety and increased knowledge so they can make informed decisions.

Giving back to our clients is a must.

We grow, in part, because of our referrals. When you refer a new client to us, we offer a 10 percent referral reward—you’ll receive 10 percent of what your friends spend during their first visit. You can use the reward towards Skin Medica skin care products, any laser treatment, any chemical peel, skin pen treatments, or an Ultherapy treatment.

We support our clients in keeping up with their Brilliant Distinctions® by Allergan® coupons and points, as well, which means every time you spend money on Allergen products, such as Botox, Kybella, Latisse, and Juvederm, you receive points that equate to dollars off of future services.

In addition to the above discounts, we offer Monthly Specials to pass our savings onto the client.

To find out how we can educate you and support your overall health and wellness goals, contact us today. We’re here to help when you’re ready!

FDA-Approved Label vs. Off-Label: What Does It Mean?

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If you’ve done research online for certain MedSpa or cosmetic procedures, you might have stumbled across the term “off-label.” In the US, prescription drugs require an FDA approval to be prescribed to patients, but these drugs are often prescribed for uses outside of the FDA approval guidelines for that drug—that’s where the term “off-label” comes from. Per WebMD, “Off-label” means the medication is being used in a manner not specified in the FDA’s approved packaging label, or insert.”

Why does the FDA allow off-label use?

After the FDA approves a drug—which is an extensive process where the FDA evaluates the safety, effectiveness, and indication for a drug—healthcare providers can generally prescribe the drug for an “off-label” use if they come to the determination that it is medically appropriate for a particular patient. A practitioner might choose to take such an approach if all other prescriptions have failed or if the patient would benefit from the off-label use, as is the case with many cosmetic and aesthetic procedures.

What cosmetic treatments are considered FDA approved vs. “off-label?”

Botox is FDA approved for the crows feet and glabella area (the area between the eyes) to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. However, Botox is often used in the forehead, nose, lip, jaw, chin, and underarm areas, as well, meaning these are “off-label” uses for the prescription.

Likewise, some fillers, such as Juvederm, Voluma, and Restylane, are FDA approved for use in the nasal labial folds, lips, and cheeks, but are also used in the chin, bridge of the nose, and under the eyes.

What do I need to consider if a practitioner uses “off-label” practices?

Many MedSpas and clinics offering cosmetic services will apply treatments and prescriptions for both their FDA-approved and “off-label” uses. Doing so serves the client by offering the benefits of a prescription, such as Botox or fillers, to fully meet the patient’s goals. What you want to be sure of is that you’re working with a reputable provider that knows what they’re doing and has conducted several of the procedures you’ve been prescribed. Read more about selecting a reputable provider by reviewing “What to Look for in a Reputable MedSpa and Cosmetic Services Establishments.”

DermaTouch RN just celebrated their 10 year anniversary and plan to be around for several more decades to come. Contact us today to determine the best approach to meet all of your skin care and cosmetic needs and to better understand “off-label” utilization!