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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.

March 26, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Dermal Fillers  

Do you wish to improve your facial appearance? Dermal fillers from the Center for Dermatology Cosmetic & Laser Surgery in Fremont and Milpitas, CA, may be your best choice. Here, Drs. Roth, Chang, and Dhawan deliver numerous skin rejuvenation services to give you a renewed look and boost your confidence.

Effective facial rejuvenation

Here at the Center for Dermatology Cosmetic & Laser Surgery, our board-certified dermatologists offer innovative medications called dermal fillers to rejuvenate your skin. These dermal fillers offer a non-surgical path to wrinkle reduction, as they tighten sagging skin and smooth our fine lines and crepe-like skin. In other words, you can have a more youthful facial appearance without the need for a facelift procedure!

The details on dermal fillers

Dermal fillers are largely composed of a naturally occurring substance called hyaluronic acid. HA addresses the problem of lost volume, and according to the American Academy of Dermatology, about one million Americans—both men and women—use dermal fillers to:

  • Reduce the appearance of vertical lip lines
  • Increase lip volume
  • Improve facial symmetry
  • Fill out cheeks and temples
  • Reduce the depth of lines around the nose and mouth
  • Smooth acne scars
  • Plump the backs of the hands

Once you're examined and medically cleared by one of our board-certified dermatologists, you can begin your skin rejuvenation treatments. Placed directly under the skin with a fine needle, dermal fillers come with a local anesthetic, allowing you to rest assured that your treatments will be comfortable.

Additionally, aesthetic effects appear almost right away and last indefinitely. HA products such as Belotero, Juvederm, and Restylane can last up to a year or more.

Love your skin

Look and feel your best when you smooth, lift, and plump your skin with dermal fillers from the Center for Dermatology Cosmetic & Laser Surgery. Dr. Robert Roth, Dr. Shurong Chang, and Dr. Sunil Dhawan offer an impressive range of both medical and aesthetic dermatology services. Call one of our two offices for a skin rejuvenation consultation. For Fremont, CA, call (510) 797-4111, and in Milpitas, phone (408) 957-7676.

March 11, 2020
Category: Skin Conditions
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.

March 02, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Tattoos   Tattoo Removal  

Tattoo removal has become one of aesthetic and medical dermatology's most sought-after services. Read on to learn about how this treatment works.

The procedure

Dermatologists mostly use Q-switched, or quality-switched, laser instruments for tattoo removal. Short, focused bursts of light break up the tattoo pigment that lies embedded in skin. With repeated treatments, the pigment particles eventually clear the body, and the tattoo lightens or fades away completely. Your skin doctor will tailor your treatments to your skin and to your tattoo.

Skin doctors find that older tattoos composed of darker hues such as brown or green respond best to laser removal. Colors such as red or yellow are more easily retained and may not fade completely.

These treatments are best performed by a board-certified dermatologist who will examine your skin and your tattoo, review your medical history, and give you the safest and most effective treatment options available.

The American Society for Aesthetic Surgery reports that skin doctors performed more than 45,000 tattoo removal procedures in 2013, and those numbers continue to rise. In just a few treatments, many patients experience complete erasure of their body artwork.

After your tattoo removal

As you may have some blistering, bleeding, and swelling after your laser removal procedure, you must treat your skin gently afterward. Keep the area clean and dry to avoid infection.

Additional aftercare involves:

  • Avoiding sun exposure
  • Keeping the treated skin covered
  • Wearing loose clothing over the tattoo site
  • Applying antibiotic ointment or cream as directed

If you want a tattoo removed...

See your board-certified dermatologist for a personalized consultation. They have the credentials, skill, and tools to do the job safely and effectively. Call your skin doctor today to find out more about removing tattoos.

February 21, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Skin Treatment  

A wide variety of skin treatments are available for rejuvenating your skin and helping you appear more rested and youthful. Whether you are interested in diminishing fine lines and wrinkles or simply desire smoother skin, there is a treatment that is right for you. At the Center for Dermatology Cosmetic & Laser Surgery in Fremont, CA, we perform several skin rejuvenation treatments. One of our knowledgeable dermatologists or estheticians can recommend a specific treatment for you.

Skin Treatment Options

Skin rejuvenation treatments deliver several benefits. Depending on the treatment selected, results can include smoother skin, an evener skin tone, and the reduced appearance of lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and sun damage. Additionally, these treatments can leave you looking more rested, refreshed, and youthful. At our dermatology office in Fremont, CA, skin rejuvenation treatments include:

Botox: Injected into muscle tissue to relax it, smoothing out the skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, eyebrows, and forehead.

Dermal Fillers: Injected into the skin to reduce the presence of fine lines, wrinkles, and facial folds. Popular brands of dermal fillers include Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm, and Belotero.

Chemical Peels: Used to improve the complexion, texture, and color of the skin while reducing the signs of aging. Helpful for addressing acne scars, melasma, sun-damage, discoloration, age spots, and freckles.

Photofacial: Similar to laser therapy and used to refresh skin on the face and neck. Used to treat spider veins, broken capillaries, age spots, sun spots, freckles, uneven skin tone, rosacea, and superficial lines or wrinkles.

Microdermabrasion: A non-invasive treatment for gently exfoliating the upper layer of skin. Used to treat uneven skin tone, rough skin texture, and aging skin.

MicroLaser Peel: Similar to chemical peels and microdermabrasion. Highly effective for treating acne scarring, keratoses, pigmentation concerns, uneven skin tone, rough skin texture, sun spots, freckles, and fine lines and wrinkles.

Profractional: A form of laser technology that replenishes the skin’s natural collagen levels. Helpful for treating acne scars, post-surgery scars, and fine lines and wrinkles.

Laser Resurfacing: Laser therapy for addressing the signs of aging on the face, as well as sunspots and freckles. Also helpful for minimizing the appearance of blemishes, acne scars, pigmentation concerns, and fine lines and wrinkles.

If you are ready to rejuvenate your skin, one of our experienced dermatology professionals can help you discover which skin treatment is right for you. To learn more about the skin rejuvenation options offered at our office in Fremont, CA, call the Center for Dermatology Cosmetic and Laser Surgery at (510) 797-4111. For our dermatology practice in Milpitas, call (408) 957-7676.

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