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Posts for: August, 2019

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.