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By Santa Monica Dermatology Group
September 08, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Mole Removal   Mole  

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.

By Santa Monica Dermatology Group
September 08, 2020
Category: Skin Care

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.

By Santa Monica Dermatology Group
April 10, 2020
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Fungal Infection  

Fungi are organisms such as yeasts, molds, and mushrooms. While these organisms live in or on animals and plants, other types of fungi can live on people and cause all sorts of skin diseases. The most common fungal infections caused by fungi in children include scalp ringworm, body ringworm, and tinea versicolor.

If you think that your child has a fungal infection, you should visit one of the pediatric dermatology experts here in the Santa Monica Dermatology Group at Santa Monica, CA. After all, prompt diagnosis and treatment are vital for fungal infections, especially in children.

Common Fungal Infection Causes

Fungal infections could occur when a fungus attacks the skin’s outer layer, either on the body or the scalp. In most cases, fungi need unclean, moist, and warm skin to flourish. This means that you should encourage your children to practice proper hygiene habits to prevent developing a fungal infection. Kids can likewise catch a ringworm infection directly from the infected pet, person, or from the soil. In addition, they can catch fungal infections from clothing, combs, hats, or household items such as beddings and carpets among others.

How to Know If Your Child Has a Fungal Infection

See your pediatric dermatology doctor in Santa Monica, CA, if your child has the following symptoms:

  • Body Ringworm – Symptoms include itchiness, oval or round flaky patches with slightly reddened and raised borders, and inflamed portions with oozing pus.
  • Scalp Ringworm – Symptoms include itchy and scaly patches, one or several hairless patches, tiny blackish spots on the scalp, tender boggy areas, and short broken hairs.
  • Tinea Versicolor – Symptoms include discolored skin patches on the upper arms, neck, chest, or back. The patches could be itchy, darker or lighter than the skin surrounding pale-colored or darker-colored skin, slightly flaky, and have well-defined edges. The patches could likewise be more visible after being exposed to the sun.

How to Treat Fungal Infections in Children

If your child has a fungal infection on the face or body, your doctor will prescribe an antifungal lotion or cream with antifungal ingredients such as clotrimazole, selenium sulfide, or ketoconazole. However, for widespread infections or those affecting the scalp, your child may be prescribed oral antifungal medication.

How to Prevent Fungal Infections in Children

The most common way that fungal infections spread is through direct contact with infected people and things. Teach your child to keep away from infected pets, people, or things, and get your precious pets checked up if you suspect that they have a fungal infection. Additionally, discourage your child from using other people’s things such as hats, combs, and jackets.

Get Rid of That Fungal Infection Today

Dial (310) 829-4484 to schedule a consultation with our pediatric dermatology specialist here in Santa Monica Dermatology Group in Santa Monica, CA.

By Santa Monica Dermatology Group
August 21, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Laser Treatment  

From acne scars to sunspots, many of us deal with skin imperfections that would rather not have. Fortunately, there is a simple, non-invasive way to target and treat your specific skin problems for healthier and even younger-looking skin. It's called laser treatment, and here at our Santa Monica, CA, office, our dermatologists offer a few different varieties to help your skin look great. Here are some of the most popular laser procedures that we offer:

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

Also referred to as photofacial therapy, this treatment is great for reducing or removing varicose veins, broken blood vessels, and brown spots, as well as freckles, birthmarks, and redness due to rosacea. When the IPL is directed over the skin it penetrates into the dermis, where the pigmented cells absorb the light’s heat and break apart.

IPL treatment usually takes 20-30 minutes depending on what area or areas you wish to treat. This laser treatment may cause a slight stinging sensation. Most patients will require more than one treatment session in order to get results (most will undergo anywhere from 3-6 treatment sessions).

Laser Hair Removal

If you are tired of shaving, waxing, and plucking away unwanted hair, you may be looking for a permanent solution to reduce and even get rid of hair for good. Laser hair removal helps get rid of unwanted hair just about anywhere on the body or face. Patients most often treat their back, chest, upper lip, chin, and underarms with this laser treatment.

Laser hair removal can take anywhere from 20 minutes to more than one hour, depending on the area you wish to treat. Since hair grows in phases, our dermatologists will need to perform multiple sessions in order to remove all of the unwanted hair.

Non-Ablative Fractional Resurfacing

If you are dealing with scars, stretch marks, fine lines, wrinkles, or uneven skin tone, then non-ablative fractional resurfacing may be right for you. As the laser is directed over the skin, it removes old cells and stimulates the production of collagen to help tighten and firm up the skin while also smoothing away minor lines and wrinkles.

The procedure takes about 20 to 25 minutes and is completely non-invasive. As we mentioned above, it is normal to feel a slight pricking or stinging sensation during treatment. While you will see results right away, you will continue to see results over the next few months as new collagen is produced to help improve skin’s elasticity and tone.

Interested? Give Us a Call

If you want to talk to one of our Santa Monica, CA, cosmetic dermatologists about getting laser treatment to improve your appearance, the next step is to schedule a consultation to find out how we can best help you. Call Santa Monica Dermatology Group today at (310) 829-4484.

By Santa Monica Dermatology Group
June 20, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Acne  

How your dermatologists in Santa Monica, CA, can help you have clear skin!

Acne isn’t just unsightly, it can also cause pain, reduce self-esteem, lower self-confidence, and even leave scars after it goes away! Acne TreatmentFortunately, your dermatologist has several effective ways to treat your unique acne issues. Here at Santa Monica Dermatology Group in Santa Monica, CA, our team of skin doctors can help you have the clear, beautiful skin you've always wanted!

 

More about acne

Acne doesn’t discriminate—it can affect both teenagers and adults, afflicting them both with ugly blemishes, blackheads, whiteheads, cysts, and pustules. If acne goes untreated, it can also result in permanent, ugly scarring. Accordingly, the best way to treat acne is by consulting with a professional dermatologist.

Here at Santa Monica Dermatology Group, your dermatologist may recommend:

  • Topical and oral antibiotics to eliminate the bacteria which cause acne.
  • Benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid products to help unblock clogged pores; these are helpful for cases of mild acne.
  • Isotretinoin which unblocks pores; this treatment is often used for cases of severe acne and to eliminate painful cystic acne.

Lifestyle and diet play a huge part in acne formation, as well. You can reduce acne breakouts by following a healthy lifestyle, including:

  • Maintaining a healthy diet that avoids greasy, fatty foods, and dairy products
  • Exercising regularly, for sweating helps eliminate the toxins from your body
  • Staying hydrated, for drinking water helps eliminate acne-causing toxins
  • Using non-comedogenic, oil-free makeup to keep your pores clear

Our dermatologists not only treat acne, but acne scarring, as well. At our Santa Monica office, we offer several options to get rid of scarring, including laser treatment, chemical peels, dermal fillers, and skincare products to help your skin stay smooth and clear.

To read more detailed information about acne and acne treatment, please visit the acne section on our website at https://www.santamonicadermatologygroup.com/library/3901/Acne.html

 

Give us a call!

To get started on the road to clearer skin, call the dermatologists at Santa Monica Dermatology by dialing (310) 829-4484.





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