Cold Weather Skin Care Tips

These bright and sunny fall days can be difficult to distinguish from the summer that preceded them. But as we all know, our infamously temperamental climate can turn in an instant, and just because we don’t see much snow doesn’t mean Texans don’t experience some serious winter weather. Cold winter winds can cause everything from a slightly uncomfortable feeling of …

Over-the-counter Hair Loss Treatment…Really?

Magazines, television, the internet. You see them everywhere. Ads promising to grow hair. Guaranteed results or your money back! For a number of years we have had two proven products available to us – topical Rogaine and Propecia pills. Neither are panaceas but both show modest benefit. Now there is an oral non-prescription supplement, Viviscal, that has been shown in …

5 Reasons to Consider Blepharoplasty

Maybe it’s time to consider blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) if: 1) Your friends tell you that you look tired; 2) You have to hold up your eyelids to put on mascara and eyeliner; 3) You have your mother’s bags under your eyes; 4) You have wrinkles around your eyes; 5) You compete in a younger job market; Blepharoplasty can solve these problems. …

Vitamin B3: A New Way to Prevent Skin Cancer!

We all know that protection from the sun with clothing and sunscreens can prevent skin cancer. Now we can use an oral agent also. A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine from Australia looked at the benefit of using simple Vitamin B3 (nicotinamide) for prevention of nonmelanoma skin cancer. That’s basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas. …

Collagen: use it or lose it!

None of us can completely avoid the appearance of facial aging. However, research is helping us understand why these changes occur. The “volume” of our faces is comprised of bone, fat, muscle and skin. After the age of 40, we lose about 1 tsp of this volume per year. Our bones actually resorb and change shape, the fat shifts and …

How to Spot a Melanoma

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, but it can be cured if caught early. I think everyone should be checking their own skin monthly at home, taking note of any new or changing growths or moles.  Other warning signs may include a spot that is itching, bleeding, or just not healing in a reasonable amount of time.  When …

Kybella: Coming Soon

As I write, I am flying back from the first regional training session for Kybella™. The FDA just approved Kybella™ for treatment on “double chin”. The excitement about the release of this product has been building for months. Release to the public is forthcoming, but Central Texas Dermatology has been chosen to begin treatments early. I will be treating my …

Warts and All: What You Need to Know about Common Warts

A wart is a rough growth on the skin caused by a type of virus called a human papilloma virus (HPV.)  There are over 100 different types of HPV.  The types of HPV that cause non-genital warts are different from the types of HPV that can cause cervical cancer and other types of cancer. Anyone can get a wart, but some …

Dermal Fillers – Frequently Asked Questions

  Dermal fillers have truly revolutionized dermatology and medical aesthetics.  A single treatment can give instant results and can be quite long lasting.  Many of my patients have questions about fillers, and I have compiled this list below of some of the most frequently asked questions. What are dermal fillers? Dermal fillers are biocompatible, injectable substances that create lift, add …

Summertime Fun and Skin Safety

As the weather warms up, we are all excited to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather.  My patients often ask me how they can maintain their active, outdoor lifestyle while keeping their skin safe.  I definitely think we can all enjoy the fun that summer has to offer if we take several important steps to protect our skin.  According …