OTHER CONDITIONS

At Bellaire Dermatology, we treat the entire spectrum of medical dermatologic problems. Our physicians treat conditions in all age groups, and continually comb scientific meetings and current journals to seek the best treatments for our patients.

From acne and eczema, to excessive sweating, to warts and skin infections, Bellaire Dermatology’s physicians confidently treat conditions in all age groups. From infants to retirees, Bellaire Dermatology’s physicians offer care to meet patient needs. Our physicians know that education makes the difference, and provide detailed information on diagnosis and treatment.

Vitiligo is a skin condition caused by a loss of pigment that results in symmetrical white patchy areas. There are several ways to treat vitiligo, including topical and oral medications, as well as light therapy (narrow band UVB).

Over time as our skin ages, it shows signs of aging, including dark spots or age spots, wrinkles, and fine lines. While the sun can feel good and produce a tan, over time sun exposure produces cellular damage and increases the risk of skin cancer. Smoking also rapidly increases the aging process of the skin. Widely available are state-of-the-art anti-aging laser skin treatment procedures that reduce wrinkles and help resurface the skin. In addition, plastic surgery options are available which can help reduce the appearance of the effects of aging.

Devices used to treat this condition:

  • Fractional 1540 non-ablative laser resurfacing
  • Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing (Mixto)
  • Palomar Photofacial

Treatments for this condition:

  • BOTOX® Cosmetic
  • Chemical Peels
  • Dysport®
  • Juvederm XC
  • Laser Skin Resurfacing
  • Liquid Face Lift
  • Perlane®
  • Radiesse
  • Restylane Therapy – Filler Replacement Therapy
  • Sculptra® Aesthetic
Some patients that suffer from acne will develop scarring after outbreaks. The severity of scarring can vary from superficial blemishes to deep pits on the face. However, there are numerous treatments that can be used alone, or in combination, to markedly reduce or soften acne scars that cause discomfort and embarrassment. Available treatments include topical agents, surgical excision, or minimally invasive laser therapies. We even offer a special facial filler that is FDA approved to drastically minimize the appearance of acne scarring. At Bellaire Dermatology we are experts at determining and implementing the most effective therapies for the quickest route to clearer skin.
More than 10 million is generally accepted as the best current estimate of the number of Americans with actinic keratosis (AK). People with a fair complexion, blond or red hair, and blue, green or grey eyes have a high likelihood of developing one or more of these common precancers if they spend time in the sun.

Actinic keratosis can be the first step leading to squamous cell carcinoma and is therefore known as a “precancer.” Although the vast majority of actinic keratoses remain benign, some studies report that up to ten percent may advance to squamous cell carcinoma. This percentage does not sound very large, but it has a large impact. When it comes to squamous cell carcinomas, 40-60 percent begin as untreated actinic keratoses and may advance to invade the surrounding tissues. Another form of actinic keratosis, actinic cheilitis, develops on the lips and may evolve into squamous cell carcinoma. The more keratoses you have, the greater the chance that one or more may turn into skin cancer. In fact, some scientists interpret actinic keratosis as the earliest form of squamous cell carcinoma.

Athlete’s foot is a very common skin condition that can be easily treated. This fungal infection can grow and multiply on human skin, especially the feet. Simple cases can be treated with anti-fungal creams that relieve symptoms such as burning and itching fairly quickly. In more severe cases, antifungal pills may be prescribed. You can help prevent athlete’s foot by washing and drying your feet, avoiding tight footwear, and wearing cotton socks that wick moisture away from the feet.
Acne in the form of blackheads and whiteheads is extremely common and easily treatable. Sebum, which is responsible for keeping the skin and hair moisturized, can get trapped in follicles and produce blackheads and/or whiteheads. Good basic facial care is the foundation for clear skin, and Bellaire Dermatology can quickly determine the appropriate skin care regimen, best products, and in-office treatments that will produce smoother, clearer skin, free of unattractive blackheads and whiteheads.
Telangiectasia are dilated superficial blood vessels. They may occur in rosacea, in certain systemic diseases, or in long-term therapy with topical fluorinated corticosteroids; most cases are idiopathic (of unknown cause).
Liver spots, also known as “Solar lentigines,” are blemishes on the skin associated with aging and exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. They are also known as age spots, sun spots, lentigines, or senile/solar lentigines. They range in color from light brown to black and are located in areas most often exposed to the sun, particularly the hands, face, shoulders, arms and forehead, and the head if bald.

Liver spots are not related to the liver physiologically, but do have a similar color. It was once believed, incorrectly, that liver spots were due to liver problems. From the age of 40 onwards the skin is less able to regenerate from sun exposure, and liver spots are very common in this age group, particularly in those who spend time in the sunshine. In the vast majority of cases liver spots pose no threat, and no treatment is necessary; however, some people wish to have these spots removed as they consider them unsightly. This can be done by cryotherapy or laser treatment.

As the body ages, collagen in the skin loosens. Fine lines and wrinkles arise because of irregular thickening of the dermis and because of a decrease in the amount of water held by the epidermis. This is mainly caused by sun damage and exposure to environmental toxins such as tobacco smoke. Wrinkles and fine lines appear in areas of high activity such as forehead, cheeks, eyes, and mouth.
Flushing, where the skin turns bright red, can be a problem for many. Determining the underlying cause is key to treatment.

Flushing of the face with heat, alcohol and certain foods commonly appears in patients with rosacea. Flushing at night or associated along with hot flashes can be hormonal. Redness and fine veins of the face can be due to chronic sun damage. Redness that is associated with diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting can indicate more complex medical problems.

Our physicians ask these questions and thoroughly examine patients to help get the treatment needed.

From preventative treatments like sunscreens, to topical treatments that clamp down on the blood vessels, to intense pulsed light treatments/photofacials, there are solutions for troubling redness and facial veins.

Hair loss, also known as alopecia, can affect anyone and is often very stressful. There are a number of conditions that can lead to hair loss including genetic pattern, alopecia areata, and even scarring alopecias. After diagnosing the underlying reason for your hair loss, Bellaire Dermatology can discuss a multitude of treatment options to consider alleviating these conditions.
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