Dermatologist Blog - Stone Oak Dermatology
By Linda Banta, MD
August 16, 2019
Category: Dermatology

Sun DamageToo much exposure to sunlight can be harmful to your skin. Dangerous ultraviolet B (UVB) and ultraviolet A (UVA) rays damage skin, which leads to premature wrinkles, skin cancer and other skin problems. People with excessive exposure to UV radiation are at greater risk for skin cancer than those who take careful precautions to protect their skin from the sun.

Sun Exposure Linked to Cancer

Sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers, including melanoma. To limit your exposure to UV rays, follow these easy steps.

  • Avoid the mid-day sun, as the sun's rays are most intense during 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Remember that clouds do not block UV rays.
  • Use extra caution near water, snow and sand.
  • Avoid tanning beds and sun lamps which emit UVA and UVB rays.
  • Wear hats and protective clothing when possible to minimize your body's exposure to the sun.
  • Generously apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30 to your exposed skin. Re-apply every two hours and after swimming or sweating.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and area around your eyes.

Risks Factors

Everyone's skin can be affected by UV rays. People with fair skin run a higher risk of sunburns. Aside from skin tone, factors that may increase your risk for sun damage and skin cancer include:

  • Previously treated for cancer
  • Family history of skin cancer
  • Several moles
  • Freckles
  • Typically burn before tanning
  • Blond, red or light brown hair

If you detect unusual moles, spots or changes in your skin, or if your skin easily bleeds, make an appointment with our practice. Changes in your skin may be a sign of skin cancer. With early detection from your dermatologist, skin cancers have a high cure rate and response to treatment. Additionally, if you want to reduce signs of aged skin, seek the advice of your dermatologist for a variety of skin-rejuvenating treatment options.

By Linda Banta, MD
August 05, 2019
Tags: SculpSure  

Would you like to improve your physique without any downtime? SculpSure, an innovative laser treatment, gets rid of stubborn fat in your weightabdomen, thighs, back, and love handles. Your San Antonio, TX, dermatologist, Dr. Linda Banta, offers SculpSure at Stone Oak Dermatology.


The SculpSure method

Excess fat can be a problem, no matter how diligently you exercise and stick to your diet. Despite your weight loss, clothes may not fit as well as you expected, and you may be disappointed in the shape of your body. SculpSure removes fat using laser energy to heat and kill the cells. Once heated, the cells separate from the surrounding tissue and are gradually removed by your body's lymphatic system. Thanks to the laser's pinpoint accuracy, the surrounding tissue and skin aren't damaged during your treatment.

Fat cell removal isn't the only benefit of the treatment. SculpSure also triggers your body to produce collagen and elastin. The substances keep your skin supple and elastic and help firm the treated areas.


Does SculpSure offer immediate results?

It takes a little while for your lymphatic system to remove the fat cells. In just six weeks, you'll begin to see some improvement in your physique. The full effects of SculpSure usually appear about three months after your treatment.


How long does each treatment take?

Each treatment takes less than 30 minutes. Depending on the amount of fat to be removed, your San Antonio, TX, dermatologist may recommend one to three treatments spaced six weeks apart. Multiple areas can be treated during each visit.

You can go back to work or your usual activities immediately after your treatment. A little soreness or bruising is possible, but these effects won't last long and won't prevent you from doing anything you want.

Improve your shape with non-invasive SculpSure treatments. Call your San Antonio, TX, dermatologist, Dr. Banta, at Stone Oak Dermatology at (210) 494-0504 to schedule an appointment.

By Linda Banta, MD
July 30, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Fillers   Dermal Fillers  

Are Fillers Right for You?

Thinking about fillers? Dermal filler injections can give you a more youthful look for a fraction of what a facelift costs. Dermal fillers are soft tissue fillers injected into the skin to improve your facial appearance or reverse the signs of aging. Dermatologists offer a variety of dermal fillers to meet their patients' individual needs. Here are several signs that dermal fillers are right for you.

1. You want to erase facial wrinkles.

As people age, fine lines, folds, and wrinkles start to appear. The hyaluronic acid and collagen in the skin diminishes, causing the skin to lose volume and structure. Dermal filler injections eliminate wrinkles by adding plumpness to the skin and replacing the collagen lost due to skin damage or aging. The treatment will fill fine lines and wrinkles in less than 30 minutes with results that can last up to 18 months.

2. You want to smooth away laugh lines.

Don't be afraid to laugh! Nasolabial folds, also known as laugh lines, are nothing to laugh about. These creases and lines run from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth, and are the result of the loss of facial volume as we age. Dermal filler injections smooth laugh lines by filling in deep creases. For laugh lines, you should opt for hyaluronic acid fillers, like Juvéderm, Sculptra, Restylane, or Juvéderm Voluma.

3. You want to enhance your cheeks.

Wrinkles and fine lines aren't the only signs of aging. Over time, your skin may start to sag and your cheeks may flatten. This happens because volume is lost in the cheeks. Using dermal fillers, your doctor can improve the appearance of your cheeks without surgery. Injectable treatments add volume to correct age-related volume loss in the cheeks and help create a youthful appearance.

4. You want to get rid of acne scars.

While acne scars may fade over time, they often don't go away completely without treatment. Injectable treatment fades acne scars by adding volume to them. Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse, and Belotero are the injectables for treating acne scars. They are able to reduce the appearance of certain types of scars and improve the texture of your skin.

5. You want to make your lips look bigger.

Some patients have thin lips and want to make them bigger. Other patients have noticed their lips thinning over time. Your dermatologist can use dermal fillers to increase volume in your lips. Juvederm can improve the appearance of your lips by adding volume, structure, and shape. The effects typically last up to one year. After that, more injections will be required to maintain your new look.

Say goodbye to those signs of aging. Search for a qualified dermatologist in your area right now and schedule an appointment for a dermal filler treatment. Dermal filler treatment is the secret to looking younger! With dermal filler treatments, you will look as incredible as you feel!

By Linda Banta, MD
July 25, 2019
Tags: Microneedling  

Microneedling is a cosmetic dermatology service for improving the texture, tone, and color of skin. Microneedling can help you achieve a nice skinmore youthful and refreshed appearance. Microneedling treatment is performed by a dermatologist who can help you decide if it is the right cosmetic treatment for you. At Stone Oak Dermatology, Dr. Linda Banta is your San Antonio dermatologist for microneedling.


What is Microneedling?

Microneedling, also referred to as Epidermal Collagen Induction Therapy, is a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment for improving the appearance of skin. During microneedling treatment, a small needle called an Eclipse MicroPen® is used to create micro-injuries to the skin. As the skin responds to the micro-injuries and begins the repair process, collagen and elastin production are stimulated, as well as the development of new skin tissue. This process helps the skin appear smoother, firmer, and more youthful.

Most patients find microneedling treatments to be painless, but some patients might experience mild discomfort as the small needle pricks the skin when creating a micro-injury to stimulate collagen and elastin production. Some patients also develop minor redness in the area where treatment was performed. In most cases, the redness usually dissipates shortly after treatment. Your San Antonio dermatologist can discuss any concerns you might have and help you decide if microneedling is the right treatment for you.


Benefits of Microneedling

The benefits of microneedling are numerous. Microneedling treatment can improve a wide range of skin concerns and conditions. It can minimize the appearance of scars from acne or other causes. Microneedling can also smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, making skin feel smoother and firmer. It can also even out skin tone and create a more youthful and refreshed appearance.

Another benefit of microneedling is that treatment sessions are quick and only a few are needed to achieve the desired results. An average treatment session takes about 20 minutes and most patients achieve the desired results after just three or four treatment sessions. Further, the appearance, texture, and tone of the skin continues to improve for up to three months following microneedling treatment.

Discover the benefits of microneedling for yourself and experience smoother, more youthful looking skin. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Banta, your San Antonio dermatologist, call Stone Oak Dermatology at (210) 494-0504.

By Linda Banta, MD
July 15, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Poison Ivy  

Have you heard of Toxicodendron radicans? No? Well, you have likely heard of their colloquial name—poison ivy. Sporting leaves filled with Urushiol, an oily resin that can cause a painful rash when in contact with human skin, poison ivy can cause a number of painfully uncomfortable symptoms. 

Read on to learn the symptoms of poison ivy exposure, how to treat its symptoms, and whether those symptoms warrant a trip to your local dermatologist.

Rash Symptoms

Poison ivy rashes often show up right after exposure to the plant leaves, although they do sometimes spring up a couple days afterward, as well. Symptoms of the rash include:

  • Red streaks and patches on the skin
  • The emergence of hives, blisters, and red bumps
  • General swelling
  • Acute itching

Treatment Options

Once you have discovered the rash, there are some initial steps that you can take to relieve your symptoms. These include:

  • Immediately run cool water over your skin at the first sight of rash
  • Use over-the-counter cortisone and calamine creams to relieve itching
  • Take an oral antihistamine (e.g. Benadry) to reduce itching and inflammation

After 1 to 3 weeks, the rash should dissipate on its own, without the requirement for medical care. However, there are some scenarios in which you should seek out the attention of your local dermatologist. For instance, call a doctor if you experience:

  • Pus emitting from the rash
  • A general spreading of the rash
  • A failure of the rash to clear up after a couple weeks

In other scenarios, emergency care may prove necessary. Call 911 if you experience:

  • Trouble breathing or a swelling of the throat
  • Extreme swelling, especially around the eyes
  • A spreading of the rash to the mouth, eyes, or genitals

Concerned? Give Call Your Local Dermatologist

Are you experiencing overly distressing symptoms of poison ivy exposure or a rash that just won’t go away? If so, contact your dermatologist and find relief. 

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