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You can meet us in our conveniently located offices in Plano, McKinney, and Flower Mound. Dr. Selkin, our director, is a Harvard-educated dermatologist with extensive experience in both cosmetic and medical treatments. Browse our blog to learn more about the various conditions we treat, and innovative new happenings in the world of dermatology.

Specialists in Plano TX help cut through the “miracle” products hype with science-based ways to repair sun-damaged skin

03/04/15 | by admin | Categories: Cosmetic Dermatology

Only around 60 cities are sunnier than our corner of the state, according to government data. We share the state with five of those “sunnier cities.” On average, the Plano area gets sun 61 percent of the year.

 

Lucky us, we get to personally experience the “Sun Belt” and its mood-boosting benefits, not to mention the sun’s rays help our skin produce Vitamin D, which is beneficial for strong bones and teeth.

 

However, UV rays from the sun can produce unwanted effects, including:

  • Uneven color
  • Red patches
  • Wrinkles
  • Solar lentigines or sun spots
  • Labial lentigo, a brown spot on the lips
  • Loose, sagging skin
  • Brown patches or melasma
  • Broken blood vessels
  • Actinic or solar keratosis, a type of pre skin cancer
  • Lentigo maligna, an expanding flat brown spot

 

Lentigo maligna and solar keratosis can develop into melanoma skin cancer and squamous cell carcinoma respectively.

 

Sun damage is the body’s way of protecting itself. Consider the melanin or pigment that gives flesh, hair, and eyes color. When exposed to damaging UVA and UVB rays, the body produces more melanin as a defense mechanism. More melanin can result in a coveted tan. (Note: There is no “healthy” suntan except the spray-on kind). 

 

Melanin overproduction can also result in those irregular patches and spots commonly found on the face Permanent changes may occur underneath the skin. Small blood vessels dilate. Collagen and elastin, connective tissues responsible for skin strength and flexibility break down, producing a mottled, droopy, and deeply wrinkled appearance.

 

The best item in a bottle to prevent further sun damage is a high SPF broad-spectrum sunscreen. For existing damage, dermatological specialists distinguish between products with mere “promises” and those with “proven” science. We can prescribe stronger treatments than those available over the counter, used alone or in combination with effective procedures administered safely in the comfort of our office in Plano.

 

Chemical peels speed up cell turnover slowed by age and affected by the sun’s rays. Lighter peels eliminate the outermost layer of dead skin cells where much of that unwanted discoloration resides. Medium-strength peels use different solutions to penetrate and treat serious signs of damage in the layer of the skin between the epidermis and dermis. Pigment Punch™ Professional Clarity Peel clears away age spots, hormonal marks (such as melasma), and other discolorations. Clinical-strength alpha and beta hydroxyl acids lift away layers of dull cells, while plant-based Tyrostat™ brightens skin.

 

Just as there are many types of peels, there are also many types of light-based therapies unified by their use of energy from lasers to eliminate targeted areas of damage. Intense Pulsed Light, for example, differs from other laser technologies by its use of multiple wavelengths. The IPL Photo Facial targets photoaging caused by chronic and intense exposure to sunlight, including broken capillaries, and spots and splotches on the face, neck, chest, and hands.

 

While there are many photoaging-related conditions, selecting effective, safe sun damaged skin repair options in Plano, TX can be a dizzying and daunting experience. Turn to a specialized team with extensive medical knowledge to help you end the search for a solution that actually works.

 

 

Specialist in McKinney TX: By restoring skin to its best, whole-body health gets a boost

02/17/15 | by admin | Categories: Cosmetic Dermatology

 

A large body of research connects oral infections and systemic disease. In the dermatology world, we know how localized infections and diseases of the skin can affect whole-body health. For this reason, we have specialists in medical, surgical, cosmetic, and pediatric dermatology trained in a number of products and procedures to manage or treat the 3,000-plus conditions identified by the American Academy of Dermatology.

 

The skin can speak volumes about what’s going on inside your body. Consider the many roles this largest organ of the body plays:

 

  • Keeps fluids in to prevent dehydration
  • Keeps disease-causing microbes out
  • Protects bones, muscles, and internal organs from sickness and damage
  • Maintains healthy body temperature
  • Sunlight stimulates Vitamin D production for bone growth and cell growth, neuromuscular and immune function

 

While dermatologists have the advanced knowledge and diagnostics to identify specific skin conditions, the surface of the skin can provide clues to medical conditions such as Lupus. A hallmark of this chronic inflammation is a butterfly-shaped rash covering the nose and cheeks. Skin conditions rosacea and dermatitis may be to blame for similar types of rashes. Rough, scaly, itchy, or painful patches of discoloration can be signs of diabetes, but are also telltale marks of psoriasis.

 

Smooth, glowing unblemished skin is associated with the vibrancy and health of youth for good reason. When we look at your skin and see the following conditions, we may find they are symptomatic of other diseases or may find that some lifestyle modifications are in order:

 

  • Dark circles - It’s true you may just need more sleep or water. It’s also true that this under-eye discoloration may be attributed to allergies, especially when accompanied with other symptoms such as sneezing, stuffy nose, and itching.
  • Pale skin - Some patients may naturally have a light complexion. Others with pale skin, especially coupled with fatigue, cold hands and feet, mental fog, and other vague problems may have iron-deficiency anemia.
  • Itchy skin - Your skin may just be dry. You could have encountered an irritating substance, or you may have a virus or it can be seasonal. However, itching is associated with a number of internal diseases including thyroid problems and a lymphoma. The itch with these diseases is often very intense, and can’t be relieved with creams.

 

Even something as seemingly innocuous as cracked, dry lips may not be due to lack of moisture or habitual licking. Skin cancers can occur on the lips and other comparatively overlooked places, including the part in your hair, back of the neck, and feet.

 

The concern that brings you to our office may have a cause that’s more than skin deep. For this reason, the best skin specialist in McKinney TX must have the depth and breadth of medical expertise with cosmetic skills as well. The Center for Dermatology and Cosmetic Laser Surgery specialists apply knowledge garnered from rigorous training programs, prestigious national meetings, and top educational and health care institutions to diagnose the cause of your itch, discoloration and other symptoms accurately.

 

 

 

Mohs specialist in Plano can help you with various forms of skin cancer

01/29/15 | by admin | Categories: Mohs Skin Surgery

 

No one wants to find out they have cancer, it can cause a great deal of worrying and stress. At our Plano area dermatology office, we want our patients to know that while a skin cancer diagnosis can be scary, many types are curable with the help of Mohs micrographic surgery. Dr. Selkin works with Mohs specialist named Dr. Michael Wells, who has years of training and experience to help remove skin cancer and get patients on the road to recovery quickly.


What is Mohs?


Mohs is an in-office procedure for removing skin cancer. Mohs is different from other types of treatment of skin cancer such as excision, freezing, cutting, or scraping. It’s important to note that these methods are still valid, and in many cases, they can be the best solution for treatment.

 

One of the biggest advantages to Mohs micrographic surgery is that it takes the guesswork out of skin cancer removal. The goal of Mohs is to remove the entire skin cancer, one layer at a time. This progressive procedure carefully removes one layer at a time. That layer is then evaluated under a microscope to determine if there is any cancer left. This process is repeated until there are no abnormal cells visible in the removed layer.

 

The Mohs difference


There are many reasons that Mohs has become the standard treatment for so many types of skin cancer:

 

  • High success rate. Mohs has over a 99% cure rate for newly diagnosed cancers, and 95% for recurrent cancers.
  • Mohs is conservative. Because the cancer is removed in thin layers, the doctor is able to preserve as much healthy tissue as possible.
  • The lesion’s margins can be viewed 100 percent.
  • There is no stressful waiting period; the removed layers of tissue are reviewed immediately for signs of cancer.
  • Reconstruction can be completed much sooner than other methods.

 

As with any type of cancer, early detection is important. The sooner the cancer is diagnosed, the better the prognosis. To learn more about Mohs and find out if it is the right treatment for your cancer, visit your Plano area specialist at the Center for Dermatology and Cosmetic Laser Surgery.

 

 

Looking younger can be easy with Juvéderm Ultra in McKinney

01/14/15 | by admin | Categories: Cosmetic Dermatology

Just because you’re getting a little older, doesn’t mean that you have to look it! Loss in facial volume is a natural part of the aging process. Years spent outside in the sunlight enjoying life combined with the effects of gravity and your genetics can all contribute to a loss of skin elasticity. Lucky for you, there’s a quick, effective, non-surgical way to replace that lost volume and turn back the hands of time. Juvéderm Ultra is a hyaluronic acid dermal filler that can make you look and feel younger.

 

Juvéderm Ultra is a gel that is injected into desired areas of the face to fill in the lost volume. Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the body and is used to deliver moisture and nutrients to the skin. Hyaluronic acid helps keep skin looking soft, supple, and healthy. When the body naturally begins losing hyaluronic acid, you will begin noticing some of the most common sings of aging. Juvéderm can reverse the appearance of the following:

 

  • Loss in volume
  • Wrinkles and lines around the bottom half of the face
  • Nasolabial Folds
  • Tear troughs (dark circles and grooves under eye)

 

Additionally, Juvéderm Ultra can be used to help plump thin lips.

 

Before embarking on Juvéderm Ultra treatments, you will want to schedule a consultation with Dr. Selkin, your McKinney area dermatologist. He will meet with you to discuss your concerns and will determine if Juvéderm Ultra is the best method to address them.

 

One of the most exciting aspects of Juvéderm treatments is immediate results. You will be able to see a marked change in your appearance before you leave the office! Because there is no downtime with Juvéderm, you are free to move on with normal daily activities. Some bruising, redness or discomfort near the injection sites is normal, and will disappear within a few days. All Juvéderm patients should be careful to limit sun exposure and wear sunscreen when outside. 

 

Results from Juvéderm can last many patients for up to a year. To maintain your new look, you should schedule a follow-up appointment. If you are ready to find out how easy it is to look younger, call Dr. Selkin and his team today for a risk-free consultation.

 

 

Coping with Keratosis Pilaris in Plano

11/28/14 | by admin | Categories: Dermatology

If you have light, tiny bumps scattered along your thighs, upper arms, or even buttocks, you may have Keratosis Pilaris. Affecting nearly half of world’s population, Keratosis Pilaris is a harmless condition, although it can be bothersome for anyone who has it. The unsightly bumps can be very noticeable and can worsen during cold weather months.

 

Caused by excess keratin that plugs up the hair follicle, the condition is hereditary. It may also be triggered by puberty and can be commonly seen in patients with eczema.

 

So now that you know what these bumps are called, what can you do about them?

 

While it is impossible to prevent Keratosis Pilaris, there are steps you can take to minimize the symptoms:

 

  •  Avoid scratching or rubbing the bumps
  • Replace hot showers with lukewarm water
  • Use generous amounts of moisturizer
  • Use humidifiers in your house

 

While some people respond to over the counter moisturizers, other patients may need prescription-strength products from a dermatologist. Both topical exfoliants (such as those that contain salicylic acid, urea, or alpha-hydroxy acid) and topical retinoids can improve the appearance of Keratosis Pilaris. Sometimes prescription strength topical steroids are used to calm redness and inflammation down. In some cases, laser treatment, microdermabrasion, or even chemical peels may be used to treat inflammation or redness.

 

The biggest takeaway for anyone with Keratosis Pilaris is to maintain consistent skin care. By keeping the skin moisturized and using the right products and creams, you can keep Keratosis Pilaris from dramatically affecting your appearance or causing you any itching or pain.

 

 

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