Having healthy, fresh, and young-looking skin is important to most people; however, we know that as we age our skin loses its firmness and elasticity. We also know that certain areas like the cheeks and lips start to lose volume as we age; fortunately, our Santa Monica, CA, dermatologists at Santa Monica Dermatology Group know how to tackle these aging issues with dermal fillers.
What are dermal fillers?
Sometimes referred to as injectable fillers by our Santa Monica dermatology team, these cosmetic treatments use a special formula that is injected into the soft tissue of the face to reduce the effects of aging and to provide a more youthful appearance.
What problems can dermal fillers treat?
Dermal fillers are a great way to temporarily reduce the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles and even superficial scars; however, most people don’t realize that these injections are also great for enhancing facial volume as well.
Everyone experiences some amount of volume loss and thinning skin as they age. Over time you may notice that cheeks begin to look more concave and hollow. Lips may thin out, as well. To improve the contouring and shape of your face, dermal fillers can be used to plump up the lips or facial skin.
Are there different kinds of dermal fillers?
There are so many dermal fillers on the market that it can often be difficult to choose the right one for you. This is where our Santa Monica cosmetic dermatologist comes in. During your consultation, we will discuss your treatment goals to determine which dermal filler is right for you.
A lot of popular dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid, a substance that is naturally occurring within the body that helps keep skin look firm, full, and hydrated. Of course, over time, our bodies stop producing as much hyaluronic acid. By injecting these hyaluronic acid fillers into the skin we can keep skin looking supple and young while reducing lines, wrinkles, and volume loss.
If you are ready to find out whether dermal fillers are what you need to give you that more youthful glow, then it’s time to schedule a consultation with Santa Monica Dermatology Group in Santa Monica, CA.
Discover the best way to get your child’s acne under control.
You may be surprised to discover that acne isn’t just for those teen years. While acne does happen most often to children and teens between the ages of 12 to 17, it can also happen earlier in life. If your little one is dealing with breakouts, our Santa Monica, CA, pediatric dermatology team can provide you with the answers and treatments you need. Here are tips for addressing childhood acne,
Stick to a Daily Cleansing Routine
By the time your child is nine, they should be washing with a gentle cleanser every night before bed and in the morning. This can help to prevent pores from getting clogged and to reduce the risk for more serious forms of acne developing later in your child’s life.
Use Acne-Fighting Cleansers
If you start to notice papules, whiteheads or blackheads, you may want to pick up a cleanser that contains either benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. These are the two most commonly used acne-fighting ingredients. With everyday use, your child should start to see an improvement within 6-8 weeks, with the full efforts happening by 12 weeks. If you don’t notice an improvement in 12 weeks, you may want to switch cleansers or try a new product.
Leave Pimples Alone
While your child may be tempted to pick at or try to pop pimples, it’s important they leave them alone. While our dermatologists can safely extract pimples and cysts, your child runs the risk of causing an infection or scarring if they try to pop or squeeze pimples themselves. Leave it to the professionals!
Consult a Dermatologist
If your child’s current skincare routine isn’t enough to get your child’s pimples under control, our Santa Monica, CA, dermatologists can help. We offer comprehensive pediatric dermatology services to children and teens. If in doubt about whether your child is dealing with acne or not, give us a call. Our dermatologists can often determine if your child is dealing with acne, or another skin condition, through a simple physical exam.
Treatment with Vary
How we decide to treat your child’s acne will depend on several factors including your child’s age, their health, the type of acne they are dealing with and the severity of their symptoms. Common treatment options include,
- Over-the-counter creams or cleansers
- Topical or oral prescription medication (prescribed by a qualified dermatologist)
- Draining and extractions
If your child is dealing with pimples, know that our Santa Monica, CA, dermatology team provides pediatric services to help your child or teen get clearer skin. To schedule a consultation with us here at Santa Monica Dermatology Group, simply call (310) 829-4484.
Yes, even kids deal with skin issues. Here’s what you can do about it.
Skin problems don’t just affect teens and adults. In fact, babies and young children can also deal with a variety of dermatological conditions that our Santa Monica, CA, dermatologists can diagnose and treat when necessary. Here are the most common types of skin problems in children and how to handle them.
Viral Skin Infections
It is possible that your child’s skin problems are due to a viral infection. While some of these infections will go away on their own, others require immediate medical attention.
One of the most common types of viral skin rashes is known as pityriasis rosea, which is completely harmless and doesn’t usually require treatment. It causes mild red spots or patches on the trunk of the body that lasts several weeks and will go away once the body fights the infection.
However, if your child develops itchy or inflamed skin lesions or sores on their body, it’s important that you talk with your child’s dermatologist. The good news is that many of these infections such as measles and chickenpox can be prevented by getting your child vaccinated.
Parasitic Skin Infections
Many parasitic infections are contagious, making this type of infection more common among school-aged children. Common parasitic skin infections include scabies and lice. Common symptoms associated with scabies include severe itching, a small pustule-like rash and crusted skin. Lice tend to infect the scalp and may result in intense itching. Both can be treated with medication.
Fungus lives all around us, so it’s actually fairly easy to pick up a fungal infection. Common childhood fungal infections include tinea versicolor and ringworm. Tinea versicolor will cause dark or white patches of skin, typically on the chest or stomach. Ringworm often causes a red, circular raised lesion that itches. It’s also possible for children to develop fungal infections within the nails, which can lead to brittle, thickening or yellowing nails.
Sometimes red, itchy dry patches of skin may be caused by atopic dermatitis or eczema. Dermatitis is also responsible for diaper rash. Most children will grow out of this condition. In the meantime, it’s important to find out what triggers your child’s symptoms so you can avoid flare-ups. This is something that your dermatologist can help you determine.
If you are concerned about a worrisome rash or other skin problems your child is dealing with don’t hesitate to call Santa Monica Dermatology Group at (310) 829-4484 or book an appointment online.
Do you have a mole that catches on clothing or has started to look a little different lately? You may want to talk to the Santa Monica, CA, dermatologists at Santa Monica Dermatology Group about mole removal.
Reasons you may need your mole removed
Appearance issues often prompt people to remove their moles. If you feel self-conscious about a mole on your face, arms, neck, chest, legs or another conspicuous area, mole removal offers a quick, simple way to improve your appearance.
Moles located in inconvenient areas can become irritated if your clothing constantly rubs against them. Other moles may catch on jewelry or bleed when you shave your face or legs. Removing these moles can ease your discomfort.
Changes in moles may also warrant removal. A change in the mole's appearance may be a sign of skin cancer. Of course, a change in a mole doesn't absolutely mean you have cancer. Mole changes can be completely harmless or may occur due to precancerous or cancerous cells.
Make an appointment with your Santa Monica skin doctor if you notice any of these changes in a mole:
- The mole has irregular or blurred borders.
- One part of the mole is bigger than the other part.
- The color has changed. (Changes may occur in the entire mole or just one part of it.)
- Your mole is bigger than a pencil eraser.
- The mole hurts, bleeds, oozes or itches.
Ways to remove moles
Home removal of moles isn't recommended. Your dermatologist may send the mole removed to a laboratory for analysis. If your mole isn't biopsied, and you have skin cancer, you won't learn that you have the disease until it spreads.
You're more likely to notice scarring if you attempt a do-it-yourself mole removal. Dermatologists use special techniques to reduce scars when they remove moles.
Moles are commonly removed by one of these methods:
- Shaving: Your dermatologist uses a surgical blade to neatly shave the mole offer your skin.
- Laser Removal: Lasers are sometimes used to remove small, shallow moles.
- Surgical Excision: Excision is usually used for deeper moles. Your skin doctor removes the entire mole and the layer of fat underneath it. The skin is then closed with stitches.
Mole removal can protect your health, improve your appearance, or ease your discomfort. Call your dermatologists at Santa Monica Dermatology in Santa Monica, CA, at (310) 829-4484 to schedule your appointment.
How your dermatologists in Santa Monica, California can help your child.
Dermatology services are important for adults, but they can be just as important for children. The dermatologists at Santa Monica Dermatology Group in Santa Monica, California offer a wide range of skincare services for both adults and children too.
If you have a child with a skin condition, chances are you have a few questions about pediatric dermatology services. These are just a few of the frequently asked questions and answers about dermatology services for children:
What is a pediatric dermatology?
Pediatric dermatology treats newborns through teenagers who have skin conditions. Dermatologists typically treat children on an outpatient basis, but may occasionally need to see children in a hospital setting. Pediatric dermatology is a sub-specialty of dermatology.
How common are skin conditions in children?
In an article published in The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, it is stated that "up to 30 percent of pediatric primary care visits involve a skin-related problem."
What are some of the most common children’s skin conditions a dermatologist can treat?
There are several common skin conditions in children that can be treated effectively by a dermatologist. Rashes like poison ivy, hives, eczema, head lice, warts, moles, acne, and birthmarks are all very common skin conditions frequently seen by a dermatologist.
What types of procedures are performed by a pediatric dermatologist?
A pediatric dermatologist is skilled in all of the same procedures as a general dermatologist, but a pediatric dermatologist often has additional training in procedures more frequently performed on children. For example, a pediatric dermatologist may use lasers to treat birthmarks like port-wine stains, and can treat common skin conditions such as acne, rashes or allergic reactions.
These are just a few frequently asked questions and answers about pediatric dermatology. To find out more about how a pediatric dermatologist can help your child, call the dermatologists of Santa Monica Dermatology Group in Santa Monica, California at (310) 829-4484. Call today.
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