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IPL laser for Acne

The IPL laser can treat both inflammatory lesions as well as scars. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) uses high intensity light source to emit polychromatic light in a broad wavelength spectrum (400-1400nm) and it utilizes filters to better regulate the light spectrum to target skin problems with minimal discomfort and downtime. It is the newest and latest technology to provide a variety of aesthetic and therapeutic treatments for acne. We feel that the IPL laser is an excellent way to treat acne and avoid antibiotics with side effects. Research shows that the bacteria that causes acne is reduced by IPL. It’s a bonus that the IPL can also get rid of flat vascular red scars as it targets the pigment cells. A single cystic lesion can disappear in 24 hours after treatment with one laser blast. But, when treating the whole face, it can take 3-5 treatments to get results. The

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Acne

Teenage acne is common but that doesn’t mean the condition should be ignored.  Mostly aggravated by the abrupt arrival of new hormones that stimulate the dormant oil glands, causing plugging of glands followed by redness, swelling,  and sometimes even pain. Teenage acne is usually emotionally distressing at a time when self-esteem may be somewhat fragile. Treating acne can not only prevent scarring but also alleviate self-esteem concerns. We offer a large variety of acne treatments for teenagers utilizing a broad range of prescription topical medicines, oral prescription antibiotics, and vitamins, chemical peels, hormonal therapy such as birth control and Isotretinoin (Accutane). When deciding how to treat teenage acne, our providers will assist by evaluating all of the options available and assembling a treatment plan with the teen and parent based on a patient’s individual circumstances. The treatment of teenage acne will often combine different modalities based upon the type and severity of the acne. Acne

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Hives

Hives are an inflammation of the skin that are identified by their pink or red tones and itchiness. Hives look different from person to person, ranging from tiny dots to large welts. Sometimes, hives occur as the result of an allergic reaction. But for some people, hives can appear without warning, regenerating and staying for weeks or months on end. Dermatology patients who have hives for more than 6 weeks are diagnosed with having chronic hives. Hives that appear and disappear in less than 6 weeks are known as acute hives. In most cases, they do not present any serious health threat. However, they can be uncomfortable, unsightly, and inconvenient.   Did you know? Severe cases of hives may cause serious health complications. The airway can swell shut or nearly shut, impairing breathing and swallowing capabilities. Anyone with these types of symptoms should seek immediate emergency help and use an

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Moles

A mole is a pigmented spot on the outer layer of the skin. Moles are produced when cells called melanocytes cluster with tissue. Melanocytes are spread evenly all over your skin and when your skin is exposed to sun, they cause the area to tan. Almost everyone has at least one mole. Whether hated for aesthetic reasons or worn proudly like  Cindy Crawford’s famous beauty mark, moles are more common than you may realize. The average person has anywhere from 10 to 40 moles. Moles are not only brown. They can be the color of your skin, or different shades of pink, tan, or even dark blue. Hormonal change in puberty or during pregnancy can make moles darker or larger. Only about 2% of babies are born with moles. Moles can appear early in childhood. Some will appear later, usually until around age 20. The cause of moles is unknown,

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Warts

Warts are caused by a viral infection in the top layer of the skin. Warts are contagious and can be passed from person to person. The treatments for warts include prescription creams applied to the warts , oral medications, freezing the warts with liquid nitrogen, or the candela V beam laser. The treatment is tailored to the location, size and age of the patient.

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Scabies

Scabies is a skin condition caused by mites that burrow into the skin and lay eggs. Mites are not visible on the skin and go relatively unnoticed until the skin begins reacting to the mite infection. Usually, the skin responds by forming a rash that itches and worsens without treatment. However, it can take up to 6 weeks for this reaction to occur, giving the mite plenty of time to feed and reproduce. People who suspect they may have scabies or have been exposed to the mite that causes it should see a dermatologist. Did you know… that scabies is contagious and can affect anyone regardless of how clean they are? Though the mite responsible for scabies cannot survive without a host, it can live for 2 to 3 days while it searches for one. This means that it is possible to contract scabies mites from objects like clothing, although

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Photodynamic Therapy

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is an extremely  effective treatment used to treat sun damaged skin in our patients. This treatment involves applying a photosensitizing medication to the skin and then using a light source to activate it.  We have perfected the procedure and prefer to perform it with a laser. Our protocol involves applying one of the FDA approved photosensitizers (Levulan or methyl aminolevulinate) to the to the entire face or affected areas for 1-3 hours. Then, the Candela laser beam is precisely pulsed onto on the areas where the medication was applied. The laser allows Dr. Woods to tailor the treatment more precisely. After the laser procedure, the medicine is washed off the face and patients may return home. It is important to avoid the sun for 48-72 hours after the procedure. Patients will experience redness for 1-3 days after the procedure and then the areas will peel for a

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Warts and Skin Tags Removal

Warts and skin tags are skin growths that grow to the size of a few millimeters. Warts grow quickly, are bumpy, and are caused by the human papilloma virus. Skin tags, on the other hand, are simple overgrowths of flesh often found on neck, back, and in the armpits. Both warts and skin tags can be a cosmetic problem and may also become irritated as they rub up against clothing. Though some warts and skin tags go away or fall off on their own, it can take many months or years. Instead, many people choose to remove warts and skin tags during in a quick visit to a nearby urgent care center. Did you know… that between 7 and 10 percent of all people have at least one wart? Skin tags are even more prevalent, affecting 50 percent of all people at some point in their lives (usually during middle-age

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Phototherapy

Phototherapy is the use of light to treat skin disorders. The phototherapy unit emits specific wavelengths of light proven to benefit patients with various skin disorders. Types of phototherapy are PUVA (Photochemotherapy) and UVB. Please contact us to schedule a consultation or to refer a patient. PUVA phototherapy uses UVA rays in conjunction with an oral medication, psoralen, which sensitizes skin to emitted light. UVB phototherapy uses UVB light rays without the use of an oral medication. Some skin disorders that both PUVA and UVB may be used to treat include: Atopic dermatitis / Eczema Psoriasis Pruritus (itching) Graft-versus-Host Disease Vitiligo Morphea Scleroderma Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis

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Injections for Eczema and Psoriasis

Biologic drugs have transformed the lives of patients with severe eczema and psoriasis. In the case of psoriasis, these drugs also help arthritis as well.  Biologics represent a class of medications that is distinct from conventional drugs. .A biologic is a protein-based drug derived from living cells cultured in a laboratory.  Biologics are different from traditional systemic drugs that impact the entire immune system. Biologics, instead, target specific parts of the immune system. The biologics used to treat psoriatic disease block the action of a specific type of immune cell called a T cell, or block proteins in the immune system, such as tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), interleukin 17-A, or interleukins 12 and 23. These cells and proteins all play a major role in developing psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. There is now a Biologic drug available for patients with severe eczema. Some of these biologic drugs are given as injections in

Read More »

IPL laser for Acne

The IPL laser can treat both inflammatory lesions as well as scars. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) uses high intensity light source to emit polychromatic light in a broad wavelength spectrum (400-1400nm) and it utilizes filters to better regulate the light spectrum to target skin problems with minimal discomfort and downtime. It is the newest and latest technology to provide a variety of aesthetic and therapeutic treatments for acne. We feel that the IPL laser is an excellent way to treat acne and avoid antibiotics with side effects. Research shows that the bacteria that causes acne is reduced by IPL. It’s a bonus that the IPL can also get rid of flat vascular red scars as it targets the pigment cells. A single cystic lesion can disappear in 24 hours after treatment with one laser blast. But, when treating the whole face, it can take 3-5 treatments to get results. The

Read More »

Acne

Teenage acne is common but that doesn’t mean the condition should be ignored.  Mostly aggravated by the abrupt arrival of new hormones that stimulate the dormant oil glands, causing plugging of glands followed by redness, swelling,  and sometimes even pain. Teenage acne is usually emotionally distressing at a time when self-esteem may be somewhat fragile. Treating acne can not only prevent scarring but also alleviate self-esteem concerns. We offer a large variety of acne treatments for teenagers utilizing a broad range of prescription topical medicines, oral prescription antibiotics, and vitamins, chemical peels, hormonal therapy such as birth control and Isotretinoin (Accutane). When deciding how to treat teenage acne, our providers will assist by evaluating all of the options available and assembling a treatment plan with the teen and parent based on a patient’s individual circumstances. The treatment of teenage acne will often combine different modalities based upon the type and severity of the acne. Acne

Read More »

Hives

Hives are an inflammation of the skin that are identified by their pink or red tones and itchiness. Hives look different from person to person, ranging from tiny dots to large welts. Sometimes, hives occur as the result of an allergic reaction. But for some people, hives can appear without warning, regenerating and staying for weeks or months on end. Dermatology patients who have hives for more than 6 weeks are diagnosed with having chronic hives. Hives that appear and disappear in less than 6 weeks are known as acute hives. In most cases, they do not present any serious health threat. However, they can be uncomfortable, unsightly, and inconvenient.   Did you know? Severe cases of hives may cause serious health complications. The airway can swell shut or nearly shut, impairing breathing and swallowing capabilities. Anyone with these types of symptoms should seek immediate emergency help and use an

Read More »

Moles

A mole is a pigmented spot on the outer layer of the skin. Moles are produced when cells called melanocytes cluster with tissue. Melanocytes are spread evenly all over your skin and when your skin is exposed to sun, they cause the area to tan. Almost everyone has at least one mole. Whether hated for aesthetic reasons or worn proudly like  Cindy Crawford’s famous beauty mark, moles are more common than you may realize. The average person has anywhere from 10 to 40 moles. Moles are not only brown. They can be the color of your skin, or different shades of pink, tan, or even dark blue. Hormonal change in puberty or during pregnancy can make moles darker or larger. Only about 2% of babies are born with moles. Moles can appear early in childhood. Some will appear later, usually until around age 20. The cause of moles is unknown,

Read More »

Warts

Warts are caused by a viral infection in the top layer of the skin. Warts are contagious and can be passed from person to person. The treatments for warts include prescription creams applied to the warts , oral medications, freezing the warts with liquid nitrogen, or the candela V beam laser. The treatment is tailored to the location, size and age of the patient.

Read More »

Scabies

Scabies is a skin condition caused by mites that burrow into the skin and lay eggs. Mites are not visible on the skin and go relatively unnoticed until the skin begins reacting to the mite infection. Usually, the skin responds by forming a rash that itches and worsens without treatment. However, it can take up to 6 weeks for this reaction to occur, giving the mite plenty of time to feed and reproduce. People who suspect they may have scabies or have been exposed to the mite that causes it should see a dermatologist. Did you know… that scabies is contagious and can affect anyone regardless of how clean they are? Though the mite responsible for scabies cannot survive without a host, it can live for 2 to 3 days while it searches for one. This means that it is possible to contract scabies mites from objects like clothing, although

Read More »

Photodynamic Therapy

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is an extremely  effective treatment used to treat sun damaged skin in our patients. This treatment involves applying a photosensitizing medication to the skin and then using a light source to activate it.  We have perfected the procedure and prefer to perform it with a laser. Our protocol involves applying one of the FDA approved photosensitizers (Levulan or methyl aminolevulinate) to the to the entire face or affected areas for 1-3 hours. Then, the Candela laser beam is precisely pulsed onto on the areas where the medication was applied. The laser allows Dr. Woods to tailor the treatment more precisely. After the laser procedure, the medicine is washed off the face and patients may return home. It is important to avoid the sun for 48-72 hours after the procedure. Patients will experience redness for 1-3 days after the procedure and then the areas will peel for a

Read More »

Warts and Skin Tags Removal

Warts and skin tags are skin growths that grow to the size of a few millimeters. Warts grow quickly, are bumpy, and are caused by the human papilloma virus. Skin tags, on the other hand, are simple overgrowths of flesh often found on neck, back, and in the armpits. Both warts and skin tags can be a cosmetic problem and may also become irritated as they rub up against clothing. Though some warts and skin tags go away or fall off on their own, it can take many months or years. Instead, many people choose to remove warts and skin tags during in a quick visit to a nearby urgent care center. Did you know… that between 7 and 10 percent of all people have at least one wart? Skin tags are even more prevalent, affecting 50 percent of all people at some point in their lives (usually during middle-age

Read More »

Phototherapy

Phototherapy is the use of light to treat skin disorders. The phototherapy unit emits specific wavelengths of light proven to benefit patients with various skin disorders. Types of phototherapy are PUVA (Photochemotherapy) and UVB. Please contact us to schedule a consultation or to refer a patient. PUVA phototherapy uses UVA rays in conjunction with an oral medication, psoralen, which sensitizes skin to emitted light. UVB phototherapy uses UVB light rays without the use of an oral medication. Some skin disorders that both PUVA and UVB may be used to treat include: Atopic dermatitis / Eczema Psoriasis Pruritus (itching) Graft-versus-Host Disease Vitiligo Morphea Scleroderma Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis

Read More »

Injections for Eczema and Psoriasis

Biologic drugs have transformed the lives of patients with severe eczema and psoriasis. In the case of psoriasis, these drugs also help arthritis as well.  Biologics represent a class of medications that is distinct from conventional drugs. .A biologic is a protein-based drug derived from living cells cultured in a laboratory.  Biologics are different from traditional systemic drugs that impact the entire immune system. Biologics, instead, target specific parts of the immune system. The biologics used to treat psoriatic disease block the action of a specific type of immune cell called a T cell, or block proteins in the immune system, such as tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), interleukin 17-A, or interleukins 12 and 23. These cells and proteins all play a major role in developing psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. There is now a Biologic drug available for patients with severe eczema. Some of these biologic drugs are given as injections in

Read More »
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