Posts for: March, 2020

By Hecker Dermatology Group, PA
March 30, 2020
Category: Dermatology

Tired of having to pluck, wax, and shave every few days? Dealing with thick, dark and unsightly hair in visible areas such as the chin or shoulders? If so, a dermatologist can provide you with a more effective solution for getting rid of unwanted body hair faster and easier. The answer lies in laser hair removal.

Plucking and waxing can be painful and shaving can leave you with ingrown hairs and irritation. None of these methods are fun. Plus, you have to keep doing it every few days or every week if you want smooth skin. Why go through the hassle when a dermatologist can help you get rid of hair without ever having to lift a finger?

It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that laser hair removal is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments. This procedure makes it easy to get smoother skin without having to deal with tweezing, shaving, or waxing. This non-invasive laser treatment can treat just about any part of the body; however, it’s most often used to treat the,

  • Chest
  • Upper lip and chin
  • Back
  • Bikini line
  • Underarm
  • Legs
  • Shoulder

Thanks to advanced laser technology, our dermatologist can provide patients with a safe, effective, and comfortable laser treatment to help them target and remove unwanted hair for the long term. Most laser systems offer a built-in cooling system to make treatment as comfortable as possible. Depending on the size of the treatment area, laser hair removal can take as little as 10 minutes for regions such as the upper lip or chin and as long as one hour (for a full back).

Since hair grows in cycles, you will need to get several laser hair removal sessions to ensure that our dermatologist removes as much of the hair as possible. The average person will get anywhere from 4-6 sessions. During laser hair removal, the handheld device will be directed over the skin to target and heat up the hair follicles to destroy them, preventing them from growing back. While laser hair removal will not permanently get rid of the hair, it will help the hair grow back fewer, finer, and lighter so they are far less visible.

If you think laser hair removal could help you feel more confident in your appearance, then your cosmetic dermatologist can give you the smoother results you want before summer hits.


By Hecker Dermatology Group, PA
March 25, 2020
Tags: Botox  

Wrinkles are a fact of life. Although genetics, sunscreen, and lifestyle can all slow the development of fine lines, wrinkles are inevitable for even the most healthy and diligent of people.

If you are hoping to turn the clock back a few years while still looking natural, botox can help you achieve a youthful complexion discreetly, allowing you to maintain your facial expressions so no one knows that you have received a bit of a boost.

Here at Hecker Dermatology Group in both Tamarac and Pompano Beach, FL, we offer safe and effective botox injections to help you look your best—read on to learn more.

What is botox?

Botox injections contain the chemical acetylcholine, which works by stopping the muscle contractions that create wrinkles. At our Tamarac and Pompano Beach offices, we can target your botox injections to diminish fine lines in various areas of your face. Botox can minimize the appearance of crows feet, laugh lines, creases between your eyebrows, and worry lines on your forehead.

Are botox injections painful?

Botox injections are surprisingly painless and do not require anesthesia. Some individuals may experience discomfort, tenderness, redness, or light bruising, which should diminish quickly. The procedure can be done at our offices in Tamarac and Pompano Beach in just minutes. You can expect to see results within a few days.

How long does botox last?

Depending on the site of your botox, you can expect results to last between three to six months. Botox is not permanent, so you will need to have periodic injections at our Tamarac or Pompano Beach offices to maintain your results.

Is botox safe?

Absolutely! Botox is approved by the Food and Drug Administration as safe for individuals age 18 to 65.

Interested? Give us a call

If you are looking to freshen up your facial appearance quickly and effectively, call us today at 954-783-2323 to schedule an appointment with either Dr. Melanie or David Hecker.


By Hecker Dermatology Group, PA
March 11, 2020
Category: Skin Condition
Tags: Dermatitis  

If you’ve suddenly noticed your skin breaking out in a red, itchy rash, you could be dealing with dermatitis, a common skin condition that often leads to a red, swollen rash, or dry and intensely itchy skin. Sometimes dermatitis can even cause oozing or scaling blisters to form. This condition may be embarrassing but don’t worry—it isn’t contagious.

The most common types of dermatitis include:

  • Contact dermatitis: occurs when an allergen comes in contact with your skin
  • Eczema or atopic dermatitis: most commonly inherited
  • Dyshidrotic dermatitis: often appears on the hands and feet
  • Seborrheic dermatitis: a type of dermatitis that often affects the scalp (dandruff)

The causes really depend on the type of dermatitis you have. For example, contact dermatitis occurs when you come in contact with an allergen such as certain detergents, poison ivy, or nickel. Eczema most often runs in families and occurs more frequently in those with allergies or asthma.

With dermatitis, it is common to experience flare-ups with bouts of remission. Common symptom triggers include environmental or hormonal changes, stress, or certain irritants (e.g. new detergents; perfumes).

Since the symptoms of dermatitis are similar to other skin conditions, it is important to see a dermatologist for a proper diagnosis. Some types of dermatitis can be diagnosed through a simple physical exam; however, if your dermatologist believes that your symptoms are due to an allergic reaction, then allergy testing may be necessary to determine what’s causing your dermatitis.

Those with mild symptoms may find relief through over-the-counter antihistamines and topical creams to stop itching and redness; however, a dermatologist can create a customized treatment plan based on the type of dermatitis you are dealing with and your symptoms. Along with home care (e.g. oatmeal baths; cold compresses) and over-the-counter medications, a dermatologist may also prescribe stronger antihistamines, topical steroids, or oral medication to ease more serious flare-ups.

Your dermatologist can also discuss ways to prevent flare-ups including treating and preventing dry skin, using a proper moisturizer, and implementing necessary dietary changes. Some patients also find that alternative therapies such as acupuncture or massage therapy help reduce the number and severity of flare-ups.

If you are experiencing symptoms of dermatitis, it is important that you see your dermatologist right away for care. The sooner you seek treatment the sooner you will experience relief.




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