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By Santa Monica Dermatology Group
March 18, 2022
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Mole  

When you have a mole, you may question whether or not it should be removed. Mole removal in Santa Monica, CA is something that the doctors at Santa Monica Dermatology Group specialize in. They can certainly put your mind at rest about any fears that you may have.

What is a mole?

A mole is a common skin growth. They are usually dark spots that have well-defined edges. They often appear in childhood.  Moles are quite normal and, on average, most light-skinned people have about 30 of them. It is a rare person who has none. They are nothing you need to worry about unless they change in a bad way.

What changes are bad in a mole? 

Moles that develop during childhood tend to grow as a child grows, they also change color, lightening, or darkening. These are normal changes. Some changes, however, can be signs of melanoma and these changes are bad. If, as an adult, you develop a new mole or a mole you have had for a long time grows larger or changes shape, this can be a cause for concern. If your mole bleeds or gets itchy, this is not a good thing and you should make an appointment to talk to a dermatologist. 

When should you remove a mole?

If a mole is bothering you even if it hasn't changed or caused you any problems, then you should have it removed. If a mole shows any signs that it might be melanoma, get it removed. 

How is a mole removed?

If you are looking for mole removal in Santa Monica, CA, contact a dermatologist, don't try to remove it yourself. You can cause scarring or get an infection. It is very easy to have a mole removed with a simple excision or surgically shaving the mole off. It is a quick and painless procedure. Once the mole is removed, it can be examined under a microscope to make sure there are no cancerous cells. If that is the case, you will not need any further treatment. If there are cancer cells, your dermatologist will discuss the next step.  

When it comes to mole removal in Santa Monica, CA, you can count on the doctors at Santa Monica Dermatology Group to provide you with the information and the services you need. Contact the office at 310-829-4484 to make an appointment for a consultation to answer any concerns you may have about mole removal or the moles you have.

By Santa Monica Dermatology Group
October 11, 2021
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Fillers  

Fillers from your dermatologists in Santa Monica, CA, can help you look your best.

When you look at your face in the mirror, are you happy with what you see, or do you see fine lines and wrinkles? The early signs of aging can affect how you feel about yourself. If you think you look old, then you feel old too. If this sounds like you, it’s time to take control of your skin and try fillers!

Santa Monica Dermatology Group in Santa Monica, CA, offers a wide range of skincare treatments and services, including fillers to help you look your best.

As the years go by, your skin loses vital moisture, volume, and elasticity. When you smile, laugh, frown, or show other expressions, fine lines and wrinkles begin to form. You begin to develop:

  • Crow’s feet, which are the lines at the corners of your eyes
  • Furrows, which are the lines running across your forehead
  • Glabella, which are the lines between your eyebrows
  • Marionette lines, which run from the corners of your mouth to your chin

Filler treatment begins with the injection of small amounts of filler material using a tiny needle. The injections are tolerated easily by most people, and you can request numbing beforehand. The amount of injections you will need depends on the area treated, and your individual characteristics.

How often you need maintenance treatments depends on the type of filler you select. Your dermatologist can help you make the right choice. Collagen fillers may last up to 4 months, and hyaluronic acid fillers can last up to 12 months.

You deserve to look your best and fillers can help. To learn more about the different types of fillers and how fillers can help you look your best, call Santa Monica Dermatology Group in Santa Monica, CA, at (310) 829-4484 now!

By Santa Monica Dermatology Group
June 07, 2021
Category: Dermatology

How IPL therapy from your dermatologists in Santa Monica, CA, can help you look your best this year

You can look your best in 2021, and intense pulsed light treatment can help. It’s also known as IPL, and treatment can help you and your skin look great. It’s the high-tech, state-of-the-art way to minimize early signs of aging, remove unwanted hair or tattoos, and create smooth, beautiful skin.

The dermatologists of Santa Monica Dermatology Group in Santa Monica, CA, offer a wide range of medical and aesthetic skin care services, including intense pulsed light treatment to help you look your best in 2021.

IPL uses pulses of light to stimulate collagen production and renew the vitality of your skin. It’s a popular treatment for many reasons.

Consider that IPL is:

  • Non-invasive, and won’t damage your skin
  • Quick, and you will see results fast
  • Painless, and requires no downtime

IPL can also be used for large areas of skin, so there are fewer appointments. This makes it a convenient option for your busy schedule.

So, now that you know the benefits, let’s talk about the ways IPL can help you in 2021. IPL is the perfect way to:

  • Minimize fine lines and wrinkles; IPL can smooth out your skin, making fine lines and wrinkles virtually disappear.
  • Minimize signs of sun damage; IPL can reduce blotches and discolorations, giving your skin a more even tone.
  • Minimize acne and acne scarring; IPL can kill underlying bacteria, shrink enlarged pores, and fade acne scars.
  • Minimize rosacea; IPL can reduce the appearance of broken capillaries, giving your skin a more even color.
  • Removing unwanted hair; unlike electrolysis, which only works on small areas, IPL can be used on larger areas like your legs and back. This makes removing unwanted hair much easier, quicker, and far more comfortable.
  • Removing unwanted tattoos; IPL can fade tattoos by removing layers of pigment one at a time.

IPL is often combined with other anti-aging and aesthetic services like micro-needling, dermal fillers, and others, to give your skin a rejuvenated look.

To discover more about the benefits of intense pulsed light treatment and how it can help you look your best in 2021, talk with the experts. Call the dermatologists of Santa Monica Dermatology Group in Santa Monica, CA, at (310) 829-4484. Call today!

By Santa Monica Dermatology Group
May 04, 2021
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Dermal Fillers  

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.

By Santa Monica Dermatology Group
January 28, 2021
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne   Child's Acne  

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.

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