Dermatologist Blog - Stone Oak Dermatology
By Linda Banta, MD
February 05, 2021
Tags: Wrinkles   Fine Lines  

How your dermatologist in San Antonio, TX, can help you fight the signs of aging

If you are starting to see fine lines and wrinkles, you are not alone! In fact, anti-aging procedures are some of the most sought-after services from dermatologists.

Fine lines and wrinkles are one of the first signs of aging but don’t worry, your dermatologist can help! Dr. Linda Banta of Stone Oak Dermatology in San Antonio, TX, offers a wide range of dermatology services, including treatment for fine lines and wrinkles.

Fine lines and wrinkles form on the lines of expression. That means when you frown, laugh, or show other expressions, your skin doesn’t snap back the way it did when you were younger. As you age, you lose collagen, elastin, and moisture, key ingredients for younger-looking skin.

There are many ways you and your dermatologist can help you say goodbye to fine lines and wrinkles. For shallow, fine lines, consider using:

  • Antioxidant and vitamin creams to help smooth out the lines
  • Products with vitamin A to even out skin tone
  • Alpha-hydroxy acid products to help reduce lines and wrinkles

If you have deep wrinkles and lines, don’t despair! Professional treatment from your dermatologist can do wonders. Dr. Banta may recommend:

  • Dermal fillers to fill in wrinkles, making your skin appear plump, smooth, and younger. Common dermal fillers include Juvederm.
  • Wrinkle relaxers temporarily freeze the nerves and muscles, making your skin look smooth and revitalized. Botox is a very common wrinkle relaxer.

There are many other treatments and products including chemical peels, facials, and cosmetics that can help you look years younger.

To find out more about anti-aging treatments and other services from your dermatologist, call Dr. Linda Banta of Stone Oak Dermatology in San Antonio, TX, at (210) 494-0504. Call now and say goodbye to your fine lines and wrinkles, and hello to a younger-looking face!

By Linda Banta, MD
January 26, 2021
Category: Skin Conditions
Cold sores are small, painful blisters that develop on the lips and around the mouth. These sores are caused by a viral infection known as herpes simplex. More specifically, Herpes Simplex Type 1 is typically the cause of cold sores. This condition is very common, affecting around 67% of the global population. Here’s what you should know about cold sores, including how to treat them when they surface.
How did I get cold sores?

Cold sores are highly contagious, so it is possible to get a cold sore from,
  • Kissing an infected person
  • Sharing utensils and drinking from the same glass as an infected person
  • Oral sex
While the herpes simplex virus is typically considered a sexually transmitted disease when it comes to cold sores many cases of HSV1 are passed between family members. If you have a parent or grandparent who has cold sores who has also kissed you or shared food and drink items with you, then chances are good that you got your cold sore from them.
What are the symptoms of a cold sore?

Before a blister even develops, you may notice burning, tingling, pain, or itching around the affected area of the lip. If this is your first time dealing with a cold sore, it is common for the first outbreak to be the worst. In this case, you may develop a fever, body aches, or other flu-like symptoms.
The cold sore itself may look like a cluster of blisters or an inflamed, open sore. Eventually, the blister will scab over and go away, usually in about two weeks.
How can I treat a cold sore?

When it comes to treating a cold sore, you can find simple over-the-counter creams that help to ease symptoms. If you deal with severe cold sore outbreaks you may wish to talk with your dermatologist about a prescription antiviral medication, that can help to reduce the length of your outbreak and reduce symptom severity.
Are cold sores and canker sores the same thing?

Cold sores and canker sores can often be mistaken for each other, but they are not the same. First, cold sores usually develop on the lips while canker sore cause painful sores to develop in the mouth. Secondly, cold sores are due to a virus while we still don’t know exactly what causes canker sores.
If you are dealing with cold sores your dermatologist can provide you with both over-the-counter and prescription options, depending on the severity of your symptoms. If you have questions about cold sores, call your dermatologist today.
By Linda Banta, MD
January 14, 2021
Category: Skin Conditions
Molluscum ContagiosumMolluscum contagiosum is a viral infection that most commonly affects children under 10 years old, that causes hard, raised red bumps known as papules to develop on the skin. These papules usually develop in clusters on the armpits, groins, or back of the knees, but can develop just about anywhere on the body. If you suspect that your child might have molluscum contagiosum here’s what you should know,

How is molluscum contagiosum contracted?

You may be wondering how your child contracted this poxvirus. There are several ways to transmit this viral infection: skin-to-skin contact, sharing items such as towels or clothes, sexual transmission (in adults), and scratching your own lesions (this can lead to further spreading of the papules).

It can take anywhere from two weeks to six months to develop symptoms after exposure. Once a child or person has molluscum contagiosum they typically aren’t infected again in the future.

How is this condition diagnosed?

If you notice any bumps on your child that persist for days, you must consult your dermatologist to find out what’s going on. A simple dermatoscopy (a painless, non-invasive procedure that allows your dermatologist to examine a skin lesion or growth) can determine whether the papule is due to molluscum contagiosum. If MC is not suspected, your dermatologist may biopsy the bump for further evaluation.

How is molluscum contagiosum treated?

Since this is the result of a viral infection, antibiotics will not be an effective treatment option. In fact, the body simply needs time to fight the virus. Your dermatologist may just tell you to wait until the infection runs its course and clears up on its own.

If the papules are widespread and affecting your teen’s appearance and self-esteem, then you may wish to talk with a dermatologist about ways to get rid of the spots. Cryotherapy or certain creams may be recommended to treat and get rid of these spots.

If you are living with others, it’s important to avoid sharing any clothing or towels with the infected child or person. Make sure that your child does not scratch the bumps, which can lead to further spreading of the infection.

If your child is dealing with a rash, raised bumps, or any skin problems and you’re not sure what’s going on, it’s best to talk with a qualified dermatologist who can easily diagnose the issue and provide you with effective solutions for how to treat it.
By Linda Banta, MD
January 08, 2021
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Juvederm  

How Juvederm from your dermatologist in San Antonio, TX can help you look your best.

If you are beginning to look your age, you want a treatment that will help you look younger quickly and easily. You want a treatment that can minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, two of the earliest signs of aging.

The treatment you want is Juvederm! It’s a dermal filler that can smooth out your skin, making the fine lines and wrinkles virtually disappear. Dr. Linda J. Banta at Stone Oak Dermatology in San Antonio, TX offers a full line of aesthetic and anti-aging treatments, including Juvederm, to help you look your best.

Aging wreaks havoc on your body, especially your skin. Collagen production decreases, so your skin loses elasticity. Your skin also doesn’t retain moisture as well, leading to dryness. Both of these issues lead to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.

Juvederm is an injectable dermal filler that fills in the lines and wrinkles. It’s the perfect treatment for:

  • Furrows, which are the lines running across your forehead
  • Marionette lines, which form at the corners of your mouth and run down to your chin
  • Juvederm Voluma can be used for a liquid lift, giving you your cheek contour back and lifting the cheeks up, and decreasing jowls.

Dr. Banta will inject small amounts of Juvederm, using an ultra-thin, tiny needle. The number of injections you need will depend on the areas being treated. Treatment is tolerated well by most people, and you can also request a numbing spray be applied before your treatment.

Juvederm treatment is quick, taking only about 15 to 30 minutes. You will notice results almost immediately, and your results can last up to one year too. Maintenance treatments are recommended so you can look your best.

Who says you have to age gracefully? You can fight the early signs of aging with Juvederm. To find out more about this amazing treatment and additional anti-aging solutions, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Linda J. Banta of Stone Oak Dermatology in San Antonio, TX at 210-494-0504. Do it today, and look forward to a younger you!

By Linda Banta, MD
December 29, 2020
Tags: Body Contouring  

Are you feeling very self-conscious about your love handles or muffin top? Or perhaps are looking to deal with stubborn fat that just won’t go away even with a proper diet and workout plan. You may be eligible for body contouring.

A consultation here at Stone Oak Dermatology in San Antonio, TX, with Dr. Linda Banta, will determine your eligibility for non-surgical body contouring. Until then, here’s what you need to know about it.

What Exactly is Non-Surgical Body Contouring?

Also referred to as non-surgical fat reduction, essentially, it’s a cosmetic procedure used for sculpting people’s bodies into their desired shape, without having to undergo surgery. Body contouring treatments are highly effective at getting rid of stubborn fat pockets to shape and contour the body. Here in our practice in San Antonio, TX, we use SculpSure, which is an innovative, FDA-approved, and effective fat removal and body contouring system that breaks down stubborn fat using laser energy.

SculpSure functions by heating up fat cells as well as surrounding tissues with laser energy, resulting in the permanent destruction of the targeted fat cells to leave the treated site tighter and more toned. As a bonus, SculpSure likewise promotes the production of essential building blocks for healthy and younger-looking skin, elastin, and collagen.

Who Can Benefit From Non-Surgical Body Contouring

  • You’re Close to Your Goal Weight: The majority of individuals that usually qualify for body contouring are those who are about 10 to 20 pounds from their desired weight. Likewise, individuals who work out regularly and eat a healthy diet but can’t seem to lose those last extra pounds are typically suitable for body contouring.
  • You Need to Get Rid of Saggy Skin: In some people, weight loss could result in excess skin that masks your healthy eating and exercise results. Depending on the severity of excess skin, non-surgical body contouring can help tone up problematic areas so you can show off your weight loss results.
  • You’re Living a Generally Healthy Lifestyle: Ideally, individuals who are looking to undergo body contouring treatments must be dedicated to eating right, exercising regularly, and capable of maintaining these healthy habits to preserve their results. Ideal body contouring candidates must likewise have realistic and positive body goals.

Want to See If Body Contouring is Right For You? Talk to Us

Call (210) 494-0504 to arrange an assessment here at Stone Oak Dermatology in San Antonio, TX, with Dr. Linda Banta, today.

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