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Posts for: May, 2017

By Stone Oak Dermatology
May 22, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Body Contouring  

Find out how this cosmetic treatment could get rid of sagging, unwanted skin and fat.body contouring

It’s frustrating when, despite our best efforts, we still have to put up with annoying pockets of fat throughout our body. Do you hate that your stomach bulges despite eating healthy and exercising regularly? Are you frustrated that you haven’t returned to your pre-baby body? Then it’s time you talked to our San Antonio, TX, dermatologist Dr. Linda Banta about SculpSure, our body contouring system.

Thanks to SculpSure, our San Antonio skin doctor can provide a non-surgical and non-invasive way to reduce fat and tighten skin in many areas of the body. If you are a healthy individual with a BMI of 30 or less but still deal with trouble areas where fat just doesn’t seem to go away, then SculpSure may be the ideal option for you.

What is it like to get SculpSure?

The process takes about 25 minutes to complete, and based on your specific needs we will determine just how many treatment sessions you will need to get the results that you want. What makes this a popular treatment among people looking to say goodbye to stubborn fat around the belly, thighs or sides is that it doesn’t require any incisions and it isn’t painful.

You will experience a cooling sensation when the treatment begins. This cooling sensation will continue throughout your treatment, while lasers are used to heat up and destroy fat cells under the skin. You may also notice a slight tingling sensation, but this isn’t typically considered uncomfortable. After your treatment, you’ll be happy to know that you can go back to your daily activities without any recovery time.

When will I see results?

Most people want to get results quickly, and while we can’t say that you’ll see the results right after your treatment, you will see results anywhere from around 6 weeks to 12 weeks. This is usually the amount of time needed for the fat cells to die and to be reabsorbed into the body.

If you have questions about body contouring and whether you are right for treatment, call Stone Oak Dermatology in San Antonio at (210) 494-0504 today to find out more.

By Stone Oak Dermatology
May 15, 2017
Category: Skin Condition
Tags: Eczema  

EczemaEczema, also called “dermatitis,” refers to several different rash-like conditions where the skin is inflamed, red and irritated. The most severe and long-lasting type of eczema is atopic dermatitis. During a flare-up, the skin becomes extremely red, itchy and scaly. This skin condition can be widespread, or confined to only a few areas on the body.

Eczema is not contagious, although if you have a family history of eczema, your risk for the disease increases. Generally, atopic dermatitis affects infants or young children and may last until the child reaches adulthood.

The appearance and symptoms for atopic dermatitis will vary for each case. Intense itching is the most common sign of eczema, which can lead to severe discomfort and even loss of sleep. Other common symptoms of eczema include:

  • Dry, red and extremely itchy patches of skin
  • Cracked, inflamed and scaly skin
  • Small bumps or blisters that ooze and weep
  • In infants, the rash generally appears on the cheeks and around the mouth

Eczema outbreaks are caused by an overreaction of your skin’s immune system to environmental and emotional triggers, such as temperature, chemicals, dust, mold or stress. While there is currently no cure, eczema sufferers can practice self-care at home to help reduce flare-ups. Lifestyle adjustments are the best line of defense in controlling all types of eczema. Goals of treatment include reducing inflammation, decreasing risk of infection and alleviating the itch. To minimize symptoms and outbreaks:

  • Moisturize every day to prevent dryness and cracking.
  • Limit contact with irritants, such as soaps, clothing, jewelry, foods and detergents.
  • Avoid sudden changes in temperatures as overheating and sweating are common triggers of flare-ups.
  • Reduce stress and anxiety.
  • Minimize exposure to mold, pollens and animal dander.
  • Opt for cotton, loose-fitting clothes and avoid wool and other rough materials.

Treatment for eczema begins with a proper diagnosis from your dermatologist. If you are diagnosed with eczema, your dermatologist can explain your type of eczema and can work with you to tailor a treatment plan that meets your individual needs to effectively manage the symptoms.

By Stone Oak Dermatology
May 02, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Melanoma  

MelanomaMelanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. Fortunately, it rarely develops without warning, and the number of fatalities caused by melanoma could be greatly reduced if people were aware of the early signs and took time to examine their skin. With early diagnosis and treatment, your chance of recovery from melanoma is very good.   

What Causes Melanoma?

The main cause of melanoma is too much skin exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. UV rays from the sun and tanning booths can damage skin cells, causing the cells to grow abnormally. The best way to prevent melanoma is to reduce the amount of time you spend in the sun, wearing hats and protective clothing when possible and generously applying sunscreen.

Melanoma can occur anywhere on the body, including the soles of your feet or your fingernails. In women, melanoma is most often seen on the lower legs, and in men, it most commonly forms on the upper back.

Anyone can get melanoma, but people with the following traits are at a higher risk:

  • Fair skin
  • Excessive sun exposure during childhood
  • Family history of melanoma
  • More than 50 moles on the skin
  • Several freckles
  • Sun-sensitive skin that rarely tans or burns easily

Melanoma can appear suddenly as a new mole, or it can grow slowly, near or in an existing mole. The most common early signs of melanoma are:

  • An open sore that repeatedly heals and re-opens
  • A mole or growth that takes on an uneven shape, grows larger or changes in color or texture
  • An existing mole that continues to bleed, itch, hurt, scab or fade

Because melanoma can spread quickly to other parts of the body, it is important to find melanoma as early as possible. The best way to detect changes in your moles and skin markings is by doing self-examinations regularly. If you find suspicious moles, have them checked by your dermatologist.

Visiting your dermatologist for a routine exam is also important. During this skin cancer "screening," your dermatologist will discuss your medical history and inspect your skin from head to toe, recording the location, size and color of any moles. Melanoma may be the most serious form of skin cancer, but it is also very curable when detected early.