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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
June 03, 2019
Tags: Shingles  

The effects of chickenpox may last beyond your childhood infection. Shingles, a widespread, itchy, painful rash, can break out at any time in adulthood because the causative agent, the Varicella Zoster virus, lies dormant within the body for life. Your dermatologist can help you control the awful pain and dangerous complications of shingles. He or she also has suggestions on avoiding an outbreak of this common and contagious skin disease.

What does shingles look like? A shingles rash is a reddened, itchy, oozing skin rash composed of raised blisters. Typically, it is widespread on the face near the eye, on the torso (front wrapping around to the back), or on the neck. People experience exceptional pain for at least two to six weeks, and due to damaged nerve endings, some individuals have unresolved pain for years.

What are the potential complications? Just like its childhood counterpart, shingles is contagious. So, people exposed to your shingle rash may develop chickenpox if they have never been sick with it previously.

Plus, shingles may lead to serious vision or hearing problems, fever, balance issues, and light sensitivity. People with a weakened immune system are potential shingles sufferers, and unfortunately, perfectly healthy people who have a shingles flare-up can then become immunosuppressed. In short, shingles is nothing to joke about.

How is it treated? Mild cases respond to cool baths, skin calming lotions, topical steroids and over the counter pain relievers. More severe flare-ups may require narcotic pain relievers, anti-convulsants, steroidal injections and numbing medications applied directly to the skin. Medications such as Acyclovir and Valacyclovir help dampen the spread of the virus.

Can you prevent an outbreak of shingles? Your dermatologist or primary care physician may provide you with a shingles vaccine to greatly reduce your chances of having shingles. The American Academy of Dermatology says that Zostavoax is for patients over 60, and the Shingrix vaccine may be administered beginning at age 50.

Find out more

Your dermatologist is an excellent resource for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide array of simple to complex skin conditions and diseases. If you are starting a shingle outbreak or desire to prevent one, call your skin doctor for a consultation. He or she will inform you on the best ways to stay as healthy as possible.

By Stone Oak Dermatology
March 25, 2019
Tags: Juvederm  

Are you looking for a simple cosmetic treatment that will take years off your appearance?

Have you started to notice certain lines and wrinkles in your face whenever you look in the mirror? Are these wrinkles making you feel a botoxlittle self-conscious about getting older? Don’t worry—you aren’t alone! Fortunately, our San Antonio, TX, dermatologist, Dr. Linda Banta, offers Juvederm, a non-invasive and non-surgical option for boosting volume and reducing the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and superficial scars. Read on to learn more!

 

How does Juvederm work?

Juvederm uses hyaluronic acid, a substance that is already naturally occurring within the body but decreases with age. As a result, certain areas of the face such as the cheeks lose volume. Fortunately, by administering Juvederm to these areas, our San Antonio dermatologist can smooth away lines and wrinkles from the nose, mouth, and chin, while also plumping up the regions that have lost volume.

 

What are the benefits of Juvederm?

Unlike Botox, which can take a couple of days to see the full results, results with Juvederm are instant. That means that you’ll already be able to see a difference in the plumpness and smoothness of your skin once you leave our office! Along with smoothing away the lines, wrinkles, and creases of the face, Juvederm also has the ability to plump up thin lips. You’ll enjoy both of these results for up to six months or more and if you love the way you look with Juvederm you can come back in for maintenance injections.

 

Interested? Give us a call!

Are you interested in getting Juvederm from our San Antonio office? Want to find out if you are an ideal candidate for this quick cosmetic treatment? If so, call Stone Oak Dermatology today at (210) 494-0504 to schedule a consultation with us!

By Stone Oak Dermatology
January 30, 2019
Tags: double chin  

Find out how our dermatologist can improve the shape of your face.

Tired of dealing with a double chin? If so, you aren’t alone. There are many reasons why this may be happening to you, from genetics to weight gain. While diet and exercise may be able to help you shed pounds from your body, it often can’t do this for the face. Fortunately, our San Antonio, TX, dermatologist, Dr. Linda Banta, offers Kybella to help patients eliminate their double chins.

 

What is Kybella?

Kybella is currently the only FDA-approved injectable medication used to treat a double chin. This treatment is only to be administered to the chin, and isn’t used to treat fat anywhere else on the face or body.

 

How does Kybella get rid of submental fat?

Contained within these injections is a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, a molecule that already naturally occurs within the body to naturally break down and absorb fat. When Kybella is injected underneath the chin, the deoxycholic acid breaks down the fat cells to improve the shape and contour of your face.

 

How many treatment sessions will I need?

During your consultation, our San Antonio, TX, skin doctor will create a customized treatment plan in which we will also decide how many Kybella treatments you’ll need to get the results you want. As you might expect, patients with moderate double chins will require fewer treatments than patients with more severe double chins. The average amount of sessions is 2 to 3 with some requiring more, spaced out about a month apart.

 

How long do Kybella’s results last?

Because this treatment works by destroying the fat cells within the chin, the cells will no longer be present and able to store fat. This means that the results you’ll get through Kybella are permanent.

 

Am I a good candidate for Kybella?

If you are an adult over the age of 18 years old who is dealing with excessive fat under the chin but doesn’t want to under surgery, then it’s time to talk to us about getting Kybella.

 

Interested? Call us today!

Are you interested in getting Kybella treatment in San Antonio, TX? If so, call Stone Oak Dermatology today at (210) 494-0504 to schedule an appointment with us!

By Stone Oak Dermatology
January 03, 2019
Tags: Botox  

The Benefits of Botox

Want to erase the signs of aging this year? Millions of men and women are discovering the benefits of BOTOX treatments. BOTOX is a medicine that is injected into muscles to erase the signs of aging and treat certain conditions. Dermatologists are physicians who are trained in diagnosing and treating conditions and diseases of the skin. BOTOX is available from dermatologists. Read on to learn about the benefits of BOTOX.

1. It rejuvenates the skin.

BOTOX treatment is an excellent adjunct for rejuvenation of the face. BOTOX should be considered in addition to laser therapy, skin care, chemical peels, and resurfacing to improve the appearance of the face. It tightens and rejuvenizes your skin to help you look and feel younger. 

2. It can remove your wrinkles.

BOTOX works by blocking nerve impulses that cause muscles to contract and cause wrinkles. It's commonly injected into the face to eliminate wrinkles. Many patients who get BOTOX treatments can experience an improved complexion without the need for surgery. 

3. It can erase smile lines.

For most people, nasolabial folds— also known as smile lines— are nothing to smile about. Smile lines are fine lines that primarily develop around the sides of your mouth. They are more noticeable when you laugh or smile. BOTOX can reduce the appearance of smile lines. BOTOX can improve your look with minimal to no downtime. You will be able to go about your normal routine immediately after your treatment.

4. It can make crow's feet disappear.

Before you know it, crow's feet can leave you looking older than you feel. Crow’s feet are the lines that appear around the eyes. BOTOX is injected into crow’s feet with a tiny needle to improve the skin’s appearance. You may begin to notice the results of your BOTOX treatment within a few days, with results lasting up to 4 months.

Ready for an anti-aging makeover? Say yes to BOTOX! Find a dermatologist near you and schedule a consultation. BOTOX has helped many people enhance their appearance, giving them more self-confidence and improving their lives. And it will do the same for you.