Acne is a skin condition which has plugged pores (blackheads and whiteheads), inflamed pimples (pustules), and deeper lumps (nodules). Acne occurs on the face, as well as the neck, chest, back, shoulders, and upper arms. Although most teenagers get some form of acne, adults in their 20's, 30's, 40's, or even older, can develop acne. Often, acne clears up after several years, even without treatment. Acne can be disfiguring and upsetting to the patient. Untreated acne can leave permanent scars; these may be treated by your dermatologist in the future. To avoid acne scarring, treating acne is important.
Acne scarsREAD MORE
Acne scars no longer have to be lived with forever. Often occurring on the face, back and chest these scars can now be treated with a variety of lasers (Fraxel, V-Beam), subcission or chemical peels. These treatments require no social downtime and can be performed on all skin colors.
Actinic or Solar Keratosis (Pre-cancer)READ MORE
These represent pre-cancerous growths that can become skin cancer if left untreated. They are most frequently caused by sun. Besides many topical treatments that can be cumbersome, laser and other rejuvenation treatments can result in dramatic improvement and excellent cosmetic results with no social downtime. Dr. Robinson can discuss all the treatment options with you.
Alopecia AreataREAD MORE
Alopecia areata (AA) causes hair loss in small, round patches that may go away on their own, or may last for many years. Nearly 2% of the U.S. population (about four million people) will develop AA in their lifetime. Some people with AA (about 5%) may lose all scalp hair (alopecia totalis) or all scalp and body hair (alopecia universalis). The immune system, for unknown reasons, attacks the hair root and causes hair loss.
Atypical Nevus (Dysplastic Nevus)READ MORE
An atypical nevus or dysplastic nevus (mole) is a benign growth that may share some of the features of a melanoma, but is NOT a melanoma or any other form of cancer. The presence of an atypical nevus, however, may increase the risk of developing a melanoma, or be a marker for it. A single atypical nevus may indicate a small risk; this risk increases with the number of atypical nevi present.
Basal Cell CarcinomaREAD MORE
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of cancer worldwide. In the vast majority of cases, it is thought to be caused by exposure to the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. It is becoming more common, perhaps because people may be spending more time outdoors. Some believe that the decrease in the ozone layer is allowing more ultraviolet radiation from the sun to reach the earth's surface. Basal cell cancer does not usually metastasize or travel in the bloodstream; rather it infiltrates the surrounding area destroying tissue. For this reason, basal cell cancer should be treated promptly by your dermatologist with dermatologic surgical techniques.
A birthmark can be red or brown. A red birthmark made up of dilated blood vessels is known as a Nevus Flameus. Although they can resolve spontaneously, some can cause deformities and become more purple in color. With the advent of laser treatment, the Nevus Flameus can be cleared and subsequent deformities prevented.
Brown SpotsREAD MORE
Brown spots sometimes known as age spots are caused by sun, the natural aging process and genetics. Thanks to lasers they can be easily removed with minimal discomfort and no downtime.
Cysts are benign growths that consist of a wall that makes the contents. An analogy would be a wall of a balloon that makes helium. Often these bumps are cosmetically unacceptable or patients desire removal in the event they may rupture. Although cysts can remain intact for a lifetime their rupture can lead to a great deal of inflammation and occasionally infection. This necessitates surgical excision.
Dry Skin & Keratosis PilarisREAD MORE
Dry skin (eczema) and Keratosis Pilaris (bumps on the backs of the upper arms and occasionally on the thighs and buttocks) are commonly worse in the winter. Keratosis Pilaris often runs in families. If moisturizing doesn't help make an appointment as prescription strength treatment may be needed.
Earlobe Repair / Torn EarlobesREAD MORE
Does your torn or expanding earring hole(s) cause you to worry about loosing an earring? If you are feeling limited because the hole is too big to accommodate some of your favorite earrings then Earlobe repair may be a solution for you. It is an easy in office procedure that restores your earlobe in about 30 minutes.
Eczema / Atopic DermatitisREAD MORE
The terms "eczema" or "dermatitis" are used to describe certain kinds of inflamed skin conditions including allergic contact dermatitis and nummular dermatitis. Eczema can be red, blistering, oozing, scaly, brownish, or thickened and usually itches. A special type is called atopic dermatitis or atopic eczema.
Facial VeinsREAD MORE
Light emitted from the handpiece safely passes through the outermost layers of skin in search of the targeted vascular or pigmented lesions. Without damaging the surrounding skin, the laser's intense light is absorbed by the targeted lesion. The light energy is then converted to heat and this initiates the process of eliminating the lesion. The treated lesion will gradually fade or diminish. In many cases, smaller vessels or pigmentation spots are eliminated in 2 to 4 treatments. Medium or larger vessels may take additional treatments.
Genital WartsREAD MORE
Genital warts, also known as venereal warts, or condylomata acuminata, are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). More than 100 types of HPV are known to exist. Low risk types (HPV 1, 2, and 3) cause warts on the hands, feet, and other parts of the body. Types (6 and 11) can cause warts on the genitals or anus (genital warts), and other types (HPV 16 and 18) can cause cancer of the cervix, external genitalia, and anus. The HPV types that cause genital warts only rarely cause cancer. Genital warts are usually sexually transmitted and all partners should be checked thoroughly. They can also be seen in infants who have been delivered vaginally to mothers with HPV in their genital tracts; therefore, alternate methods of delivery should be considered.
Hand EczemaREAD MORE
Hand Eczema is dry skin of the hands. It is more common in the winter when the air holds less moisture and the cold wind increases water loss from the skin. It is worsened by frequent hand washing, using harsh soaps, not using moisturizer, and not using cotton-lined rubber gloves when doing work with detergents.
Hemangiomas / Angiomas / Red SpotsREAD MORE
Hemangiomas/Angiomas are growths of blood vessels and other red spots can be dilated blood vessels that can take the form of a birthmark (Nevus Flameus).
Herpes SimplexREAD MORE
The herpes simplex virus (HSV) causes blisters and sores often around the mouth, nose, genitals, and buttocks, but they can occur almost anywhere on the skin. HSV infections can be very annoying because they may reappear periodically. The sores may be painful and unsightly. For chronically ill people and newborn babies, the viral infection can be serious, but rarely fatal. There are two types of HSV - Type 1 and Type 2.
Melanoma is a cancer of the pigment producing cells in the skin, known as melanocytes. Cancer is a condition in which one type of cell grows without limit in a disorganized fashion, disrupting and replacing normal tissues and their functions, much like weeds overgrowing a garden. Normal melanocytes reside in the outer layer of the skin and produce a brown pigment called melanin, which is responsible for skin color. Melanoma occurs when melanocytes become cancerous, and then grow and invade other tissues.
Everyone has moles, sometimes 40 or more. Most people think of a mole as a dark brown spot, but moles have a wide range of appearance. At one time, a mole in a certain spot on the cheek of a woman was considered fashionable. These were called "beauty marks." Some were even painted on. However, not all moles are beautiful. They can be raised from the skin and very noticeable, they may contain dark hairs, or they may be dangerous.
Molluscum ContagiosumREAD MORE
Molluscum Contagiosum is a common skin disease caused by a virus which affects the top layers of the skin. The name Molluscum Contagiosum implies that the virus develops growths that are easily spread by skin contact. Similar to warts, this virus belongs to the poxvirus family and enters the skin through small breaks of hair follicles. It does not affect any internal organs.
Pityriasis RoseaREAD MORE
Pityriasis rosea is a rash that occurs most commonly in people between the ages of 10 and 35, but may occur at any age. The rash can last from several weeks to several months. Usually there are no permanent marks as a result of this condition, although some darker-skinned persons may develop long-lasting flat brown spots that eventually fade. It may occur at anytime of year, but pityriasis rosea is most common in the spring and fall.
Poison Ivy, Sumac & OakREAD MORE
Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, and Poison Sumac are the most common cause of allergic reactions in the United States. Each year 10 to 50 million Americans develop an allergic rash after contact with these poison plants. Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, and Poison Sumac grow almost everywhere in the United States, except Hawaii, Alaska, and some desert areas in the Western U.S. Poison Ivy usually grows east of the Rocky Mountains and in Canada. Poison Oak grows in the Western United States, Canada, Mexico (Western Poison Oak), and in the Southeastern states (Eastern Poison Oak). Poison Sumac grows in the Eastern states and southern Canada.
Pruritus is an itch or a sensation that makes a person want to scratch. Pruritus can cause discomfort and be frustrating. If it is severe, it can lead to sleeplessness, anxiety, and depression. The exact cause of an itch is unknown. It is a complex process involving nerves that respond to certain chemicals like histamine that are released in the skin, and the processing of nerve signals in the brain. Pruritus can be a part of skin diseases, internal disorders, or due to faulty processing of the itch sensation within the nervous system.
Psoriasis is a chronic relapsing skin condition where the skin cells are made to quickly often resulting in silvery scaling areas. The onset has been reported from birth to 108. However, the usual age of onset is during the 20's. There is family history in about 66% of cases and environmental forces also seem to be at play. Trigger factors include infections (stept throat), stress and certain medications. Psoriasis can also be accompanied by Psoriatic Arthritis.
Rosacea is a common skin disease that causes redness, papules, and swelling on the face. Often referred to as "adult acne," rosacea frequently begins as a tendency to flush or blush easily. It may progress to persistent redness in the center of the face that may gradually involve the cheeks, forehead, chin, and nose. The eyes, ears, chest, and back may also be involved. With time, small blood vessels and tiny pimples begin to appear on and around the reddened area; however, unlike acne, there are no blackheads.
Scabies is caused by a tiny mite that has infested humans for at least 2,500 years. It is often hard to detect, and causes a fiercely itchy skin condition. Dermatologists estimate that more than 300 million cases of scabies occur worldwide every year. The condition can strike anyone of any race or age, regardless of personal hygiene. The good news is that with better detection methods and treatments, scabies does not need to cause more than temporary distress.
Today, there are many treatment options which, when properly chosen for the specific type of scar and/or skin type, can greatly improve and repair your skin to it’s natural and more healthy state. These treatment options include surgical excision, laser skin resurfacing, laser skin rejuvenation, intense pulsed light skin rejuvenation, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, dermabrasion, cortisone injections, and bleaching or age defying softening topicals.
Seborrheic DermatitisREAD MORE
Seborrheic dermatitis is a common skin disorder that can be easily treated. This condition is a red, scaly, itchy rash most commonly seen on the scalp, sides of the nose, eyebrows, eyelids, skin behind the ears, and middle of the chest. Other areas, such as the navel (belly button), buttocks, skin folds under the arms, auxillary regions, breasts, and groin, may also be involved.
Seborrheic KeratosesREAD MORE
Seborrheic Keratoses are often confused with warts or moles, but they are quite different. Seborrheic Keratoses are non-cancerous growths of the outer layer of skin. There may be just one growth or many which occur in clusters. They are usually brown, but can vary in color from light tan to black and range in size from a fraction of an inch in diameter to larger than a half-dollar. A main feature of Seborrheic Keratoses is their waxy, "pasted-on" or "stuck-on" appearance. They sometimes look like a dab of warm brown candle wax that has dropped onto the skin or like barnacles attached to the skin.
Skin CancerREAD MORE
The three most common skin cancers include: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Melanomas. Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common cancer known. It is also one of the easiest to spot and treat. Squamous Cell Carcinoma is the second most common skin cancer and Melanoma the third. Despite Melanoma being the third most common form of skin cancer, it is the most deadly, accounting for 75% of all skin cancer deaths. Therefore, an annual skin check by a dermatologist and a monthly skin check by you is vital to good skin care. When these skin cancers are detected, early treatment often result in cure.
Skin TagsREAD MORE
Skin Tags are growths that occur mainly in the folds of the skin such as the neck, underarms, groin, and beneath the breasts. Routinely found in families -- a father, mother or grandparent -- skin tags become more numerous with age. These growths, also referred to as barnacles, can easily be removed with an excellent and immediate cosmetic result.
Skin ToneREAD MORE
Just like a precious piece of jewlery or a beautiful piece of furniture, the skin can become dull, weathered and aged. With the modern age of dermatology one can restore the brightness, alleviate lines, get rid of dark marks, erase broken capillaries and scars with no social downtime and superior cosmetic results. To find out more please schedule a consultation with Dr. Robinson.
Spider (leg) VeinsREAD MORE
Spider Veins are very small veins caused by a dilation of the small venules under the skin. This occurs when the pressure inside the vein increases enough to overcome normal resistance of the vein wall. The ability of veins to resist increased pressure is reduced with hormonal changes.
Reticular Veins are small, bluish-colored veins that carry blood to the skin venules and are larger than spider veins. These veins have thin walls and dilate with excessive venous pressure. When this occurs, they become large enough to be unsightly, but are not considered to be varicose veins.
Squamous Cell CarcinomaREAD MORE
Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common cancer of the skin. More than 250,000 new squamous cell carcinomas are diagnosed every year in the United States. Middle-aged and elderly people, especially those with fair complexions and frequent sun exposure, are most likely to be affected. The cancer develops in the outer layer of the skin (the epithelium). Some squamous cell carcinomas arise from small sandpaper-like lesions called solar (sun) or actinic keratosis. It is possible for squamous cell carcinoma to spread to other areas of the body; therefore, early treatment is important.
Subcission is the act of loosing underlying scar tissue from the overlying skin. This then allows a depressed scar to regain its smooth appearance. This treatment may be combined with other scar treatments to yield the best cosmetic results.
Lately, the decision to obtain a tattoo has become increasingly popular, and so has the decision to remove them! An estimated 20 million Americans have tattoos, and many of them now feel that having a tattoo does not fit their new image. Those remorseful about their tattoos are consulting with cosmetic laser physicians to determine if the removal of their tattoo is possible. Today's advanced laser technology provides the means for tattoo removal safely and quickly and, in most cases, without leaving a scar.
Telangiectasias (Dilated Blood Vessels)READ MORE
Telangectasias, or dilated red blood vessels, often occur on the face and particularly on the sides of the nose. They often look like small red lines and can be due to medical conditions such as Rosacea, collagen vascular disease or simply too much sun. Thankfully, laser is an easy in office treatment that can be performed during ones lunch break. In 10 minutes those red lines are gone and you can go right back to work. No wound care or dressings needed.
Tinea VersicolorREAD MORE
Tinea versicolor is a common skin condition due to overgrowth of a skin surface yeast. This overgrowth results in uneven skin color and scaling that can be unsightly and sometimes itch. The yeast normally lives in the pores of the skin and thrives in oily areas such as the neck, upper chest, and back. Tinea versicolor has small, scaly white-to-pink or tan-to-dark spots which can be scattered over the upper arms, chest and back. They may sometimes appear on the neck and the face. On light skin, Tinea versicolor may be faint or can appear as tan-to-pink spots, while on dark skin Tinea versicolor may be light or dark. The fungus grows slowly and prevents the skin from tanning normally. As the rest of the skin tans in the sun, the pale spots, which are affected by the yeast, become more noticeable, especially on dark skin.
Urticaria (Hives)READ MORE
Urticaria, also known as hives, are localized, pale, itchy, pink wheals (swellings) that can burn or sting. They may occur singularly or in groups on any part of the skin. They are part of an allergic reaction and are very common. Approximately 10-20 percent of the population will have at least one episode in their lifetime. Most episodes of hives disappear quickly in a few days to a few weeks. Occasionally, a person will have them for many months or years. New hives may develop as old ones fade. Hives can vary in size from as small as a pencil eraser to as large as a dinner plate, and may join to form even larger swellings.
Venous LakeREAD MORE
A venous lake is a blue bump on the lower lip caused by a dilated vein. While it is benign it can be cosmetically unsightly. With the use of laser a venous lake can be treated within seconds and resolved without scarring.
Vitiligo is a skin condition resulting from the loss of pigment which produces white patches. Any part of the body may be affected. Usually both sides of the body are affected. Common areas of involvement are the face, lips, hands, arms, legs, and genital areas.
Warts are non-cancerous skin growths caused by a viral infection in the top layer of the skin. Viruses that cause warts are called human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts are usually skin-colored and feel rough to the touch, but they can be dark, flat and smooth. The appearance of a wart depends on where it is growing.
Wrinkles are caused by the natural aging process, expressions made by muscles and sun damage. With the latest techniques such as Botox, Fillers and Fraxel laser, wrinkles can be improved and prevented. These treatments are easy in office procedures that require no social downtime. The results can be immediate or seen in just a few days with the end effect of smooth skin.