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Find out the many ways a dermatologist can help rejuvenate your appearance.
It’s important to feel confident in your appearance, but that may be difficult to do when you feel self-conscious about the lines and wrinkles in your face. Luckily, our Buffalo, NY, dermatologist, Dr. Anthony Dee, offers a variety of ways to reduce, and even get rid of, these annoying signs of aging. Here are some options to consider:
One way to reduce wrinkles and pigmentation is with retinoid containing skin care products. Retinoids are extremely effective, although they can possibly cause some side effects. Conversely, products containing alpha-hydroxy acids and antioxidants have also been known to reduce the appearance of fine lines and minor wrinkles.
There are a variety of different chemical peels on the market that can provide everything from superficial to deep cleanses depending on the issues you are looking to treat. While superficial or minor peels can make small changes in the appearance of your skin, if you are dealing with more serious pigmentation (i.e. wrinkles, lines, and scarring), then a deeper peel will be able to target these problems more effectively.
Chemical peels, particularly deeper peels, may require up to a week or more downtime. During that time, the outer layer of the skin will peel away, revealing healthier and smoother skin underneath.
Instead of applying a chemical solution to your skin, our Buffalo, NY, cosmetic dermatologist will guide a handheld device over the skin to buff away the outermost layer of skin. This skin resurfacing technique exfoliates the skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines, sun damage, acne scars, and pigmentation. It can take up to one week for the skin to fully peel and for your results to appear.
In some instances, a dermatologist may recommend laser treatment to produce similar effects as other skin resurfacing techniques. Laser treatment has the ability to stimulate the production of collagen, which helps keep skin elastic, firm and plump. Depending on the type of laser treatment you decide on, our dermatologists will discuss how much downtime you may require after your treatment.
If you are looking for a simple solution for those lines and wrinkles that appear whenever you laugh or smile, then Botox is right for you! With this treatment, you can temporarily smooth away those lines by preventing facial muscle contraction. Results last around 3-4 months and can target minor to more severe crow’s feet and laugh lines.
Give Us a Call!
If you are interested in any of the treatments above, it’s time to call Dermatologic Center for Excellence in Buffalo, NY, to schedule a consultation. Dial (716) 636-DERM (3376) today to chat about the different treatment options that will meet your cosmetic goals!
Worried about skin cancer? Skin cancer is a disease in which the skin cells grow out of control. It comes in three major types: squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma, and basal cell carcinoma. Other less common types of skin cancer include Kaposi sarcoma and actinic keratosis. Led by Dr. Anthony Dee, Dermatologic Center for Excellence (located in Clarence, NY) offers cancer screenings to their Buffalo area patients. Here are 5 signs that you should visit our office for an examination.
1. A New or Changing Mole- People generally think that cancer on the skin comes in a brown color. However, this is not always true. Non-melanoma skin cancers, such as basal cell and squamous cell are not typically brown. Even melanoma can appear as red or pink. If a mole, spot, or growth is new or changing, show it to a dermatologist—the sooner the better!
2. An Itchy Patch of Skin- Skin with an excessive irritated sensation may be a sign of cancer, for the body’s inflammatory response could be a reaction to abnormal cells making up the skin cancer. If you have itchy skin over a small area, it’s best to bring it to your dermatologist's attention.
3. A Scrape That Won’t Heal- Harmless scrapes can be caused by numerous things. However, a scrape that appears out of nowhere could be a sign of something serious, such as the early stages of basal cell or squamous skin cancer. If a scab or sore persists for one month or longer and doesn't heal as expected, schedule an appointment with our Buffalo office.
4. A Pimple-Like Growth- Most sores turn out to be as harmless as a blemish. However, if a sore is growing, bleeding, and not healing, it may be a sign of skin cancer. If you notice a pimple-like mole or growth that’s reddish in color and mutating, make an appointment with your doctor right away.
5. A Mole That's Fading Away- Another sign of skin cancer is when a brown mole starts to lose its color. A disappearing mole may begin as a flat spot, then get pale, and eventually disappear. Despite the popular belief that a mole has to be changing colors, especially turning dark, to be skin cancer, even a mole that's losing color could be a sign of the condition.
Skin cancer can be serious and sometimes deadly. Annual skin exams are the key to diagnosing the disease at an early stage when it is most easily cured. Call Dermatologic Center for Excellence's Buffalo office at (716) 636-DERM (3376) today to schedule your annual skin cancer screening. A skin cancer screening could save your life!
Acne is one of the most common skin conditions affecting adults and teens in the U.S. It can be frustrating dealing with acne, especially as an adult when you thought the days of struggling with acne as a teen were behind you. Fortunately, numerous dermatologic options are available for successfully treating acne. A dermatologist can identify which treatments might be most effective for you. At the Dermatologic Center for Excellence, Dr. Anthony Dee is your Buffalo dermatologist for the treatment of acne.
Causes of Acne
Acne can form when the pores become blocked or clogged by sebum, dead skin cells, and other debris. The skin naturally produces sebum, which moisturizes and protects the skin. Sebum is secreted through the hair follicles inside pores. As sebum travels along the hair follicles, it carries away dead skin cells and other debris, which helps keep the pores clean. However, when this process is interrupted, the sebum can become trapped in the pores along with dead skin cells and debris, which can clog the pores and cause acne to form.
Treatments for Acne
Several different methods and options are available for treating acne. Many treatments are applied topically or taken orally, while others involve a simple procedure performed by a dermatologist. Acne treatments can work in different ways. Some treatments work to clear up existing acne, while others work to prevent future breakouts. There are also combination treatments that both clear up existing acne and prevent future occurrences of it. Your Buffalo dermatologist can recommend an appropriate treatment for you. Acne treatments include:
- Oral antibiotics
- Topical antibiotics
- Hormonal treatments
- Benzoyl peroxide
- Laser therapy
- Chemical peels
If you are struggling with acne, help is available. A dermatologist can develop a treatment plan specifically for you. For the treatment of acne by a dermatologist in Buffalo, schedule an appointment with Dr. Dee by calling the Dermatologic Center for Excellence at (716) 636-3376.
Ugh. That red skin bump now seems pus-filled. Located in your armpit, this boil needs treatment, and you need relief. For boils, rashes, and other skin conditions which persist, contact your Buffalo dermatologist, Dr. Anthony S. Dee. At the Dermatologic Center for Excellence, Dr. Dee and his professional staff deal with a wide variety of skin conditions. Boils are one of the most common.
What is a boil?
It's a red, raised, itchy tender bump typically associated with a hair follicle or sweat gland in the epidermis ie the topmost layer of the skin. Also called a furuncle, a boil may be infected with Staph aureus, a prevalent bacteria which attacks the skin, particularly in areas of moisture (such as the groin) or if the person is immunosuppressed from diabetes, cancer therapy or other health condition.
When grouped in multiples, furuncles are called carbuncles. These boils are particularly painful as are pilonidal cysts, which are infected boils located in the fold of skin between the buttocks. Other common types of boils include sties, small boils associated with the eyelids and lashes, and hidradenitis suppurativa, which often occur in hairy areas such as the armpits or groin.
What you can do
Many boils are self-limiting, coming to a head within five to seven days. Never squeeze or lance a boil at home, as this can only aggravate the lesion or cause further infection.
Instead, apply warm compresses three times a day for 20 to 30 minutes each. Once the furuncle opens, says Harvard Health, cover it with a sterile compress (4x4 or larger as needed), and use over the counter antibiotic cream or ointment to combat infection.
If, however, the boil increases in size, discoloration or tenderness, does not resolve within a week, interferes with your ability to move, or you develop a fever, contact your Buffalo dermatologist for an examination. Likely, Dr. Dee will prescribe oral antibiotics and may lance the boil to relieve the pressure.
Professional evaluation and treatment reduce the changes of sepsis, or superinfection, throughout the body. Your skin doctor also expertly lances boils, thus avoiding scar formation.
In the future...
If you seem prone to boil formation, there are steps you can take to prevent them. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends:
- Daily washing and thorough drying of all areas of the skin.
- Using clean razor blades in areas shaved on a regular basis.
- Seeing your skin doctor routinely for skin evaluations and recommendations on how to keep ahead of acne.
- Staying dry by changing clothing, particularly underwear, on hot, humid days.
Do you have a boil?
We can help. At the Dermatologic Center for Excellence, Dr. Dee sees and treats numerous boils. He'll set up a treatment plan to take care of yours and to help keep them from returning. For more information or to book an appointment, please call the office at (716) 636-3376. We have early morning hours!
What is a birthmark, and does it need to be removed?
Most people are born with birthmarks, dark blemishes on the skin that can vary in shapes, sizes, and colors. They can even change throughout your lifetime. There are two types of birthmarks, known as vascular and pigmented birthmarks, and our Buffalo, NY, dermatologist, Dr. Anthony Dee, is here to tell you more about the different kinds of vascular and pigmented birthmarks, as well as whether or not it’s necessary to have your birthmark checked out.
Types of Pigmented Birthmarks
As you may be able to tell by the name, pigmented birthmarks are markings that can range in color, from light brown to blue or gray. Types of pigmented birthmarks include:
- Congenital moles: these moles are present at birth and can develop skin cancer over time.
- Pigmented moles: these birthmarks may develop together or alone. These moles will get darker in the sun and can be found anywhere on the body.
- Café-au-lait spots: as the name suggests, these birthmarks are usually tan or light brown in color.
- Mongolian spots: these bluish markings often look more like bruises than moles and are often found on the back or buttock.
Types of Vascular Birthmarks
Vascular birthmarks are discolorations of the skin caused by the abnormal growth or development of blood vessels. Types of vascular birthmarks include:
- Nevus simplex (also known as salmon patches): a pink or red patch of skin that is usually small and appears on the face or neck. This is very common in newborns.
- Strawberry hemangioma: a raised, bright red marking that is usually found on the face, chest, or back. This type of birthmark is rare but in some cases, this birthmark can potentially affect organs in the body and lead to serious health risks.
- Nevus flammeus (also known as port-wine stains): another rare birthmark, the port-wine stain is usually dark red or purple in appearance and often appears on the face or neck.
When to See a Dermatologist
Everyone should visit their skin doctor in Buffalo at least once a year for screenings to look for changes or potential warning signs of skin cancer and other possible skin issues. If you have a congenital mole, it is possible that this mole could develop skin cancer at some point, so it’s important to keep an eye on it for any changes.
Of course, if the birthmark is in a location that affects vision or hearing it’s important to talk to your dermatologist about surgical removal options. If your child was born with a vascular birthmark a pediatrician will tell you whether a dermatological specialist should check it out.
Whether you are interested in having a birthmark removed or you just want to schedule a routine checkup, call Dermatologic Center for Excellence in Buffalo, NY, to book an appointment with us.