Find out the most effective ways to remove a wart.
The common wart is a small tumor caused by a virus known as the human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts can occur anywhere on the body. They may come and go over the years. The HPV infection can produce everything from the common, noncancerous wart, to cancerous warts of the mouth or genitals.
Since a virus causes warts, these benign growths are also contagious. Sharing towels and clothing, or even just coming in contact with their wart can cause the virus to spread. The good news is that most warts often go away on their own without treatment; however, it can often take months or even years for them to go away. If the wart is unsightly or in an uncomfortable spot then you may want to have it removed. Here are some of the top ways to effectively remove a wart yourself.
Salicylic Acid Treatment
Salicylic acid treatment can come in several forms including pads or gels. They can be used to get rid of a variety of different kinds of warts from the small ones to the large, lumpier ones. Salicylic acid works by breaking down the protein that makes up the layers of the wart.
At Home Freezing
While your dermatologist is able to remove warts with liquid nitrogen, if you’re looking to remove the wart yourself, then you can also opt for aerosol wart removals that can be sprayed on the wart to freeze it. While the overthecounter products are nearly as effective as the freezing methods your dermatologist can use, many patients still find athome freezing to be just as effective.
If none of these athome treatments remove your wart, then it’s time to talk to your dermatologist about other treatment options. Keep in mind that even the most effective wart treatment can’t guarantee that the wart won’t grow back. This is because most of the treatments available only get rid of the wart but not the actual virus.
If you’re dealing with a painful or unsightly wart but overthecounter treatments aren’t working, then it’s time to call our dermatology office today.
Find out how your dermatologist can improve the appearance of your facial scars.
From traumatic injuries to acne, there are a variety of reasons why you may be dealing with facial scars; however, it doesn’t mean you have to live with them for the rest of your life. Your dermatologist offers up a range of cosmetic treatment options that can improve the appearance of your skin and reduce the look of your scars. If you’re ready to get newer, healthierlooking skin, find out more about what treatments could help you.
Dermabrasion: This cosmetic procedure uses a handheld device to remove the outermost layer of the skin. By abrading this top layer, we are able to remove dead skin cells and promote the growth of healthy new skin. Dermabrasion is used to effectively reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, enlarged pores and acne scars. However, this treatment is not effective against deepset scars.
Laser Resurfacing: By using a highpowered laser, we can remove damaged skin and surface scars, helping to minimize the appearance of unsightly dermatological problems like lines, wrinkles, age spots, pigmented areas and scars caused by acne, injury or surgery.
Chemical peels: This treatment requires your dermatologist to apply a strong chemical solution over your skin to remove the top, damaged layer of skin and exfoliate the healthier, smoother-looking layer of new skin that is revealed. Chemical peels are another great way to dramatically reduce wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots and acne scars.
If you are dealing with superficial scars that are close to the surface of the skin, you will benefit greatly from this cosmetic procedure; however, those with deeper scars will not experience a significant improvement.
Injections: Your dermatologist is happy to offer both collagen and cortisone injections to help shrink and reduce the appearance of scars. By increasing the collagen in your face, we can give your skin more fullness to smooth out visible scars.
If you are interested in any of these dermatological treatments talk to your dermatologist today. Don’t let facial scarring affect your selfesteem. Make the choice to improve your skin and your confidence!
When considering procedures to get rid of wrinkles, brown spots, red spots, sagging skin, or loose skin, it is imperative to use the right topical products to protect your investment.
I tell my patients to think of the acronym GRASS to remember what classes of products are best to enhance and maintain whatever else they are doing at the dermatology office. Growth factors, Retinols, Anti-oxidants (like Vitamin C and E), Sunscreen, and Specialty products.
Some of the specialty products include those that help redness, bruising, hyperpigmentation, and skin laxity. We only carry products in our office that the health care providers and/or staff have tried themselves, so we have confidence in their efficacy and safety.
If you've ever had a C-section or open heart surgery, or know someone who has, you know the unsightly raised scars that result.
Many of these raised scars are keloids, and any treatment for them in the past has an extremely high recurrence rate.
Now with the FDA-approved SRT-100 for the treatment of keloids, recurrence rate goes down to less than 8%! What the treatment entails is to have the keloid excised with sutures on the first day, then followed over the next 2-3 days with SRT treatments.
The before and after pictures for SRT as keloid treatment are amazing, and they are what enticed our practice to consider purchasing the SRT-100 machine in the first place.
One of the most satisfying treatments that became available to me in the last 2 years has been the SRT-100, a device in my office that treats basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas with superficial radiotherapy.
My patients have responded to SRT in an overwhelmingly positive manner. Imagine having a skin cancer on the tip of the nose, ear, or over the shin bone, and being told that they must have surgery (with a subsequent unsightly scar or anatomic deformity) to cure this cancer.
SRT-100 has five-year data that shows its cure rate is equal to Mohs surgery. With SRT, there's no cutting, no pain, no scar, and no post-operative complications.
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