South County Dermatology

Posts for: February, 2019

By SOUTH COUNTY DERMATOLOGY
February 26, 2019
Tags: Botox  

Are you looking for a fast, easy way to refresh your skin’s appearance? Botox might be for you.

Botox Treatment ResultsDo you hate that lines and wrinkles appear whenever you smile? If you are looking for a simple, nonsurgical way to smooth away some of these fine lines and wrinkles, then our East Greenwich, RI, cosmetic dermatologists, Dr. Robert Dyer and Dr. Vincent Criscione, are the doctors to turn to. Read on to learn how you can fight off those early signs of aging with Botox treatment.

 

What is Botox treatment?

Botox is a cosmetic injectable that uses a medical-grade form of botulinum toxin. This safe, FDA-certified neurotoxin is known to temporarily relax muscles, which in turn can smooth away dynamic lines and wrinkles that appear when smiling, squinting, or frowning. As you can imagine, this makes Botox a great way to reduce the early signs of aging.

Botox is most commonly used to treat,

  • Crow’s feet (lines around the eyes)
  • Smile lines (lines around the mouth and nose)
  • Forehead wrinkles
  • Lines between the eyebrows

 

When will I see results?

Once one of our East Greenwich, RI, dermatologists has administered the Botox (a procedure which only takes a few minutes) you will start to see results in about 2-4 days. Results usually last about 3-4 months.

 

What are the benefits of getting Botox at your East Greenwich office?

The first and most important benefit is that Botox offers a simple, non-invasive, and non-surgical way to hide those early signs of aging. This treatment is also a great option because it can get you acclimated to cosmetic dermatology in a safe and easy way.

Additionally, Botox boasts absolutely no downtime and minimal side effects. This treatment only takes a couple of minutes, which means that it can fit into anyone’s busy schedule. Plus, you can return to your normal routine immediately after. Don’t have a lot of free time? No problem; you can even schedule your Botox treatment during your lunch break!

 

Interested? Give us a call!

If you are looking to improve your appearance by taking years off your skin, then it’s time to think about getting Botox. To find out more about this cosmetic treatment and how it can benefit you, call South County Dermatology in East Greenwich, RI, today at (401) 471-3376.


By SOUTH COUNTY DERMATOLOGY
February 14, 2019
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Spider Veins  

At some point during our lifetime most of us will develop spider veins, those tiny little purple, red or blue web-like lines that are the result of twisted blood vessels. While they can develop anywhere on the body they most often appear on the legs.

What causes spider veins?

The purpose of veins is to deliver blood to the heart. Of course, if something is wrong with the vein blood can pool inside of it, causing a buildup of pressure that can weaken the walls of the vein. This can cause the veins to twist, which results in spider veins.

While anyone can develop spider veins women are far more likely than men to deal with this problem. There are certain risk factors that can make you prone to spider veins. These factors include:

  • Being on your feet all day
  • Age
  • Hormonal changes
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Prior leg surgeries
  • Genetics

Are spider veins painful?

Even though spider veins can be unsightly they are usually harmless; however, there are instances where someone with spider veins may experience aching, burning, or leg cramping.

Can you get rid of spider veins?

If you are experiencing discomfort due to spider veins you may want to wear compression stockings, which can apply the ideal amount of pressure to the damaged vein to improve blood flow to the heart. Compression stockings are great if you are looking to improve blood flow while also reducing the aching or cramping you may experience as a result of your spider veins; however, compression stockings will not repair or remove spider veins.

If you want to have your spider veins removed then it’s time to turn to a dermatologist. There are two ways in which a skin doctor can treat your spider veins. The most common method is sclerotherapy, in which a special solution is injected into the vein. The solution will cause the vein to collapse, where the vein will then be reabsorbed by the body and fade over the course of a few weeks. Depending on the severity of your spider veins, you may require more than one sclerotherapy treatment.

Another treatment option is called endovenous laser treatment (ELT), in which a catheter is inserted into the vein. Inside the catheter is a laser that will heat up the vein to seal it. This will seal out blood so that the blood can be rerouted through healthy veins. This is an ideal option for those with smaller veins or those dealing with spider veins that are on the surface of the skin. Again, several treatment sessions may be necessary to see full results.

 

If you are dealing with unsightly spider veins then it’s time to consult your dermatologist to find out the best treatment options to match your needs.


By ROBERT K DYER, MD DERMATOLOGY, LLC
February 05, 2019
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Keratosis Pilaris  

Keratosis Pilaris can cause bumps on your armsCould those rough, white bumps actually be Keratosis Pilaris?

If you are dealing with rough patches of skin on your body, then you may be dealing with a condition known as keratosis pilaris. While this is a fairly common and non­threatening dermatological issue it can be hard to effectively treat. Luckily, most cases of keratosis pilaris go away by the age of 30. However, find out everything you need to know about this condition and how to manage your symptoms properly.

Are you noticing any of these symptoms?

  • Rough, scaly patches that are sometimes itchy
  • White or red bumps that look like acne
  • Bumps on the arms, legs, cheeks or butt
  • An increase in symptoms during the winter

If you’ve said “yes” to any of these symptoms above, then your bumps may be the result of keratosis pilaris. Luckily, this isn’t a serious condition and often won’t require treatment. However, some people feel embarrassed by how their skin looks. If this is the case, then consult your dermatologist.

Keratosis Pilaris Treatments

There is no one treatment that effectively helps those with keratosis pilaris. However, your dermatologist might recommend a medicated exfoliant, a retinoid cream or gel, or laser treatment. While using these medications may improve the look of your skin, if you stop taking this medication there is a significant chance that the problem will return. The biggest issue with this dermatological condition is that it lasts for many years.

Self­Care Measures for Keratosis Pilaris

While your treatment options might not sound ideal, there are also some easy things you can do at home that can improve the look of your skin.

  • Avoid scrubbing or rubbing your skin, which can further aggravate your condition.
  • Always pat your skin dry and never rub. This will also help to maintain moisture.Apply a moisturizer after getting out of the shower. This can further help to improve the appearance of dry, irritated skin.
  • Look for products with urea or lactic acid. Both of these ingredients can be found in over-the­counter skin care products and they remove excess keratin from the outermost layer of the skin.

Talk to your dermatologist about which prescription medications and lifestyle changes would improve your condition. Even though this condition isn’t serious you can still seek medical advice and treatments to help with your problem.