Posts for: December, 2019

By Hecker Dermatology Group, PA
December 23, 2019
Tags: Wrinkles  

Do you feel far too young to have so many wrinkles and fine lines? If so, we have good news—preserving your youthful experience can be as simple as visiting your Pompano Beach, FL, dermatologists, Drs. Melanie and David Hecker of Hecker Dermatology Group, for Botox injections. Read on to learn more!

How does Botox work?

Many of the lines and wrinkles you see are the result of dynamic expressions that occur every time you move your face. When you're younger, you may notice a temporary crease between your eyes when you frown, or lines around your eyes when you laugh. Although these lines initially disappear the moment you stop frowning or smiling, they may become permanent as you grow older.

Botox injections minimize lines by preventing your muscles from contracting when you make dynamic expressions. When the muscles relax, your skin begins to smooth out, making these lines and wrinkles much less prominent.

Is Botox the right choice for me?

Botox is an excellent option if you're unhappy with your lines and wrinkles, are in good health, and are between the ages of 18 and 65; however, you won't be able to receive the injections if you are pregnant, nursing, or have multiple sclerosis or another neuromuscular disease. Botox results are temporary and usually last between 4-6 months, depending on the area being treated.

Why types of lines and wrinkles does Botox treat?

It's amazing the effect one or two little lines can have on your appearance. When vertical lines appear between your eyes, you may look tired, angry or sad. Botox smooths the lines, rejuvenating your appearance.

Have the crow's feet at the corners of your eyes become much more noticeable lately? Botox offers a simple way to minimize these lines that appear when you laugh or smile.

Do you wish you could pull your hair back or wear forehead-baring hairstyles but feel self-conscious about the horizontal lines on your forehead? After your Pompano Beach skin doctor injects Botox into your facial muscles, your forehead furrows will be much less noticeable. The injections can also improve the appearance of lines around your mouth and decrease the dimples in your chin.

Contact us

Minimize fine lines and wrinkles with Botox treatment! Call your Pompano Beach, FL, dermatologists, Drs. Melanie and David Hecker of Hecker Dermatology Group, at (954) 783-2323 to schedule an appointment.


By Hecker Dermatology Group, PA
December 12, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Eczema  

Do you have itchy, scaly rashes? If so, you could have eczema, a common skin condition that could be effectively treated by your dermatologist. Eczema is also called atopic dermatitis, and it can be caused by environmental factors, such as exposure to harsh chemicals. Dry skin can also affect your skin’s ability to form a barrier to allergens, which can lead to eczema. Another common cause of eczema is genetics. If someone in your family suffers from eczema, it increases your chances of developing eczema as well. Immune system problems can also cause eczema.

Both adults and children can develop eczema, however, children are most often affected, especially before they reach the age of five. Eczema develops into a chronic skin condition, with intermittent flare-ups. These flare-ups can often be accompanied by hay fever or asthma.

There are many common signs and symptoms of eczema, including:

  • Reddish-brown patches on your feet, hands, ankles, knees, chest, elbows, face, and scalp
  • Chronic, severe itching which often worsens at night
  • Inflamed, raw, red, sensitive, and swollen skin
  • Dry, cracked, scaly skin patches on various areas of your body
  • Bumps appearing on your skin which drain fluid and crust over later

For mild cases of eczema, there are a few simple home remedies you can try, including:

  • Taking over-the-counter antihistamine medications
  • Smoothing calamine or other anti-itch lotion over your skin
  • Applying moisturizer when you take a shower
  • Applying cool, wet dressings and bandages to affected areas
  • Taking a warm baking soda or oatmeal bath
  • Placing a humidifier in your home to moisten dry air
  • Wearing breathable, cool, cotton clothing

For moderate to severe cases of eczema, you should visit your dermatologist. There are several effective professional treatments your dermatologist may recommend, such as:

  • Prescription-strength oral and topical medications to stop itching
  • Antibiotic medications to eliminate any underlying infection
  • Oral or injectable anti-inflammatory medications to reduce swelling and pain
  • Corticosteroid dressings to reduce inflammation
  • Natural light or ultraviolet therapy to reduce or eliminate skin patches

You don’t have to suffer with eczema when relief is just a phone call away. Learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of eczema by calling your dermatologist today!


By Hecker Dermatology Group, PA
December 06, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Vitiligo  

Vitiligo is a skin condition that affects more than 200,000 men and women in the United States each year, with half of those affected noticing symptoms before age 20. Although the exact cause of vitiligo is unknown, it is thought to be an auto-immune condition. In fact, it often occurs in combination with other auto-immune conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis. Additionally, the condition is directly linked to hereditary causes in about one-third of cases.

When you have vitiligo, you will have patches of white skin, caused by loss of melanocytes, the skin cells responsible for skin color. It can start on the feet, hands, or face, and become progressive over other areas of the body. The condition can cause problems with your skin, eyes, inner ear, hairs, and mucous membranes, causing white blotches in these areas.

Vitiligo cannot be cured, however, your dermatologist can help treat its symptoms and minimize its impact on your life. Treatment for this condition generally aims to restore normal skin color by repigmenting the skin. New melanocytes may be transferred from other areas of the body, including the base of hair follicles, or the edge of the affected area. Repigmentation is a gradual process that can take months to years.

Other treatments for vitiligo include prescription steroid creams or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory creams, These creams are applied twice each day and begin to show results in three-to-six months.

Lasers are also an effective treatment to promote repigmentation of the skin. The Excimer laser is a common tool that uses ultraviolet B light. A series of laser sessions is required with touch-up maintenance sessions later on.

Vitiligo can also be treated with some cosmetics to create a more uniform skin color and hide white patches. Sunless tanning products can also help darken the white patches, creating a more harmonious skin color. For extensive areas of pigmentation loss, depigmentation therapy might be recommended to bleach out all pigmented skin, producing an even skin tone.

If you have been struggling with vitiligo, call your dermatologist today to learn about your treatment options!




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