Posts for: June, 2018
Exercise and weight loss can improve your health and appearance, but sometimes layers of fat remain even after you've reached your goal weight. Luckily, it's easy to get rid of stubborn fat with laser body contouring treatments. San Antonio, TX, dermatologist Dr. Linda Banta provides a variety of cosmetic treatments designed to help you look your best.
What is body contouring?
Body contouring is used to remove fat and firm and reshape your body. Until recently, liposuction and CoolSculpting were the primary body contouring options. Although both are effective, skin sensation changes or infections can occur with liposuction, while nerve damage is a possibility if you choose CoolSculpting.
SculpSure, the newest contouring option, eliminates fat but doesn't cause any of the issues associated with other body contouring methods. SculpSure is an excellent choice if you want to eliminate fat in your abdomen, love handles, back or thighs.
How does SculpSure Work?
FDA-approved SculpSure uses heat generated by a laser to destroy fat cells under your skin without damaging your skin or cells surrounding the fat cells. Once fat cells are destroyed, they can't grow back. The cells destroyed by the laser are eliminated by your body's lymphatic system during the next three months. You'll probably begin to notice changes in as little as six weeks after SculpSure treatment, but won't see the full effects of treatment until 12 weeks.
What benefits does SculpSure offer?
SculpSure offers these advantages:
- A Non-Surgical Contouring Option: Unlike liposuction, no surgery or anesthesia is required for SculpSure treatments.
- Quick Treatments: Treatment only takes about 25 minutes.
- No Downtime: You can return to your normal activities as soon as you leave your San Antonio dermatologist's office.
- Increased Collagen Production: SculpSure increases production of collagen and elastin, two proteins that keep your skin young and firm.
Would you like to improve your appearance with SculpSure? Call San Antonio, TX, dermatologist Dr. Banta at (210) 494-0504 to schedule your appointment.
Rashes will happen to most people at some point during their lifetime, whether it’s from coming in contact with poison ivy while on a camping trip or from an allergic reaction to a skincare product. While most rashes aren’t anything to worry about, we know that the other symptoms that accompany them—redness, itching and burning—can be annoying. Find out the most common causes for rashes and when your rash requires an evaluation from a dermatologist.
What causes a rash?
There are a variety of reasons rashes develop. Your rash could be caused by:
- Contact dermatitis
- Certain medications
- Heat rash
- Viral infections
- Asthma or allergies
- Bug bite
- Poison ivy, oak and sumac
When do you seek medical attention?
Most rashes will go away on their own and won’t require medical attention; however, while all rashes might look the same it’s also important to be able to recognize when a rash is serious enough that it needs to be evaluated by a skin doctor. Since there are so many different things that can cause a rash it’s important to have a proper diagnosis so you know exactly how to treat it.
You should have a rash checked out if:
- It’s all over your body
- It’s accompanied by a fever
- It’s painful
- It’s showing signs of an infection (oozing; warm to the touch; swelling)
- It’s blistering
- It appears suddenly and continues to spread quickly
How do you treat a rash?
The treatment plan your dermatologist creates for you will really depend on the cause of your rash. Sometimes over-the-counter creams such as hydrocortisone or calamine lotion can help manage itching and other symptoms until the rash goes away. Oatmeal baths can also be soothing for rashes caused by poison ivy or poison oak. While the rash heals, avoid using any products on your skin that contain fragrances or harsh chemicals. Try not to cover the rash, as it needs to be able to breathe.
If you do have to come in for an evaluation, we will provide you with the proper medication or treatment necessary to get rid of the root cause of the rash. It’s important that you follow the treatment as prescribed in order to effectively get rid of the rash.
Learn some fun facts about these common skin blemishes.
Birthmarks are extremely common, appearing on about 80 percent of babies at birth. Even if you don’t have a birthmark, chances are good that you know someone who does. However, how much do you actually know about these dermatological markings? There are a lot of facts and folklore surrounding birthmarks and why they appear. Find out how much you really know!
Your Birthmark Is Not Caused By Your Mother!
There are many folk tales surrounding the expectant mother’s influence on whether or not her child has a birthmark. Some cultures believe that a birthmark is associated with the mother’s unfulfilled want or need, while others believe that certain foods that the mother eats or activities that she participates in can cause birthmarks to appear on her newborn. However, many doctors believe that birthmarks actually form before the child is even born.
Does a Birthmark Tell You Who You’ll Be?
Are you always looking for the next amazing adventure? Do people revel over all your successes? If so, some people might believe your birthmark has something to do with it. A birthmark on the back is believed to signify that the child is openminded, while a birthmark on the right foot means you are born to be a traveler. While there is certainly no scientific evidence to prove any of this, it’s a fun superstition nonetheless.
All lore aside, many birthmarks are benign; however, it is best to see your dermatologist to have it evaluated and to make sure it isn’t malignant. There are several different kinds of birthmarks:
- Congenital melanocytic nevus: This more rare birthmark can be found anywhere on the body and is usually light brown or sometimes black, depending on the person’s skin color.
- Mongolian spots: A bluishgray marking that may look similar to a bruise.
- Port wine stain: A purple or red blemish that often appears on the face.
- Telangiectatic nevus: Sometimes referred to as a “stork bite” or “angel kiss”, these slightly red patches are often found on the face or back of the neck.
- Hemangiomas: A raised, red mark sometimes referred to as a “strawberry mark”
- Café au lait spots: This birthmark is characterized by circular, light brown spots
- Silvermark: A silver or white streak in the hair.
If you are unhappy with or embarrassed by your birthmark then you may also want to talk to your dermatologist about having it removed. Both surgery and laser treatments may be options for having your skin blemish removed.