By DLC Dermatology and Laser Center
June 14, 2017
Category: Dermatology

It’s important for everyone, Jacksonville and Orange Park, FL, residents included, to understand everything there is to know about skin skin protectioncancer. One in five Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control, will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. This makes skin cancer prevention important. Our professionals at Dermatology & Laser Center can help teach you helpful tips for sun prevention to follow all year long. Regular self-examinations and visits are also important.

Sun Protection Tips

There are three different types of skin cancer including squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma and basal cell carcinoma. The key to detecting skin cancer in Jacksonville Florida is to notice changes in your particular skin.

Some things to look out for include:

  • Dark lesions on the soles of the feet, fingertips, toes, palms of the hands, nose, mouth or genitalia
  • Existing moles begin to bleed, itch or grow,
  • Pearly or dome-shaped growths
  • Large brown spots with darker speckles anywhere on the body
  • Sores that heal and re-open
  • Brown or black streaks underneath the nails
  • Cluster of scaly lesions that are red or pink

The American Academy of Dermatology has developed a guide to follow to assess whether or not a mole or lesion on your skin may become cancerous.

  • Asymmetry: Does half of the mole match the other half in shape, color or size?
  • Border: Are the edges scalloped, poorly defined or irregular?
  • Color: Is the mole the same color throughout?
  • Diameter: Is the mole greater than 6 millimeters?
  • Evolving: Is the skin lesion or mole that is different from others or does the size, color or shape change over time?

If any of these things occur, it’s important to schedule an appointment with our specialists at Dermatology & Laser Center immediately.

In terms of skin cancer prevention, stay out of the sun during peak hours (10 a.m. and 4 p.m.). Always cover up the arms and legs with protective clothing. Always wear sunglasses. Use sunscreens with at least SPF 30. Check your skin monthly and get regular skin examinations (especially after age 40). Skin cancer prevention for Jacksonville and Orange Park, FL residents is a vital part of one’s health. Schedule an appointment with our professionals today.

By DLC Dermatology and Laser Center
June 08, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Tattoo Removal  

Wishing you hadn’t gotten that tattoo all those years ago? Find out what we can do to removal

Ah, youth. It’s an exciting time because you start to discover who you are. As you come into your own you may have decided that you wanted to get a tattoo. After all, a lot of your friends had one and it seemed cool. Of course, years later, you may regret that tattoo or feel like it just doesn’t represent who you are anymore. If that’s the case, it might be time to talk to our Jacksonville, FL, dermatologists, Dr. N. Fred Eaglstein and Dr. Bruce Paley, about your tattoo removal options.

Our tattoo laser system often referred to as a Q-switch laser, is able to tackle your unwanted tattoo quickly and with great precision. In order to break up and destroy the ink particles, we need to apply heat. By heating up the particles we can break them apart so that the immune system is able to absorb them. This system works the same way laser hair removal does.

Of course, this laser system is ideal for those tattoos that contain black or dark ink, as they are more likely to absorb the heat better. Of course, there are different lasers that can tackle color tattoos, as well. If you are looking to have colored ink removed, this is possible, just ask our Jacksonville skin doctor.

Just like laser hair removal, we will also need to perform several treatment sessions in order to fully remove the tattoo. With each session, you will see the ink begin to fade. As you can imagine, tattoos with black ink will be easier to treat and won’t require as many sessions as colored ink tattoos. When you come in for an evaluation we will be able to provide a better time frame for just how many sessions you may need.

Now, we get asked quite a bit, “Is laser treatment painful?” We are happy to report that this treatment is well tolerated by those who have undergone tattoo removal; however, you will feel the laser when it’s powered on and directed over your skin. Most people liken it to feeling a rubber band snapping against the skin. It’s annoying but certainly not painful or intolerable.

If you are ready to part ways with an old tattoo then call Dermatology & Laser Center in Orange Park, FL, and serving Jacksonville, FL, today to schedule your consultation. We will discuss the laser treatments we offer to help you part ways with your unwanted ink.

By DLC Dermatology and Laser Center
April 17, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Juvéderm  

Everyone wishes to age gracefully, but sometimes wrinkles start to appear before we're ready to embrace them. That's why the juvdermDermatology & Laser Center in Orange Park, FL, and serving Jacksonville, FL, is pleased to offer Juvéderm, a subtle yet effective way to reduce the folds and lines that develop on the face, particularly between the corners of the nose and the mouth. Learn how this amazing cosmetic dermatology product works and what it can do for you in this blog post!

What is Juvéderm?

Juvéderm is derived from hyaluronic acid, which is a substance that the body naturally produces to lubricate tissues and facilitate the movement of cells. Its unique ability to bind with collagen - which begins to break down as we age - and hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water means that wrinkles and folds treated with Juvéderm smooth over, hydrating and giving your skin a more youthful appearance for up to nine months.

How is Juvéderm applied?

A tiny needle is used to inject the Juvéderm gel into the targeted areas of the face, most often the "smile lines" that develop between the sides of the nose and the corners of the mouth. The procedure typically takes about 15 minutes. The results should be immediate, although you may experience some swelling or redness at the injection site for the first couple of days following your appointment. All cosmetic dermatology procedures at Dermatology & Laser Center in Orange Park, FL and serving Jacksonville are performed with the highest-quality equipment in a safe, hygienic environment.

Juvéderm is an excellent, minimally invasive alternative to surgery, so if you're interested in learning more about how it can enhance your appearance, we here at Dermatology & Laser Center in Orange Park, FL, and serving Jacksonville, FL, want to hear from you! Contact our office to schedule an appointment with one of our cosmetic dermatology professionals today!

By DLC Dermatology and Laser Center
March 01, 2017
Category: Cosmetic Procedure
Tags: Botox   Wrinkles  

Over time the skin can lose its elasticity and become wrinkled due to aging and sun damage. One way to mitigate that damage and botoxreverse the effects is to have Botox treatments administered by a cosmetic dermatologist. Botox is a popular dermatological solution that improves the appearance of your skin with long lasting results. Find out more about this treatment, which is offered at Dermatology & Laser Center in Orange Park, FL.

What Is Botox?
Botox is a treatment made of botulinum toxin, a substance that blocks the chemical that triggers muscle contractions. When injected into the skin, this substance freezes the muscles that cause frown lines and wrinkles. It is most commonly used on the forehead, around the mouth and near the eyes—all places where wrinkling is common. After a treatment, results can be seen after about two to four days.

Botox Benefits
Patients like Botox because it is a relatively fast and non-invasive way to get younger, smoother looking skin. It's often preferred over plastic surgery, which comes with a number of significant risks. Here are a few other benefits:

- The appointment takes only a few minutes and can be done on a lunch break.
- General anesthesia isn’t necessary for this procedure.
- After a certain number of treatments, the muscles may begin to relax on their own and there are fewer wrinkles.

Post-Treatment Tips
After a Botox treatment, expect the results to last for up to six months before you need another appointment with your Orange Park cosmetic dermatologist. You should avoid touching the treated area after the appointment. Do not do anything strenuous after your appointment or contort your face in any way. Call your dermatologist if you have any questions after the treatment.

Schedule a Session Today
If your goal is to renew the appearance of your skin, Botox may be an option for you. Call the Dermatology & Laser Center in Orange Park, FL, at (904) 276-4500 today to schedule a session with a cosmetic dermatologist.

By DLC Dermatology and Laser Center
February 15, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Skin Cancer  

What your dermatologists in Jacksonville and Orange Park want you to knowskin cancer

Skin cancer can be a frightening diagnosis, but the good news is there are many effective treatments available. Your dermatologists at Dermatology & Laser Center in Orange Park, FL are here to serve your needs.

You should check your skin regularly for any moles or spots that look abnormal. There are some characteristics to look for including:

  • A change in color
  • A diameter larger than 6 millimeters
  • Irregular borders
  • A change in shape or an asymmetrical shape
  • A change in size or height of the mole
  • Pain, itching, oozing or bleeding associated with a mole

If you experience any of these signs or symptoms, you must visit your dermatologist for a diagnosis, generally with a biopsy. If you do have skin cancer, don’t worry because there are many effective treatments to help.

The types of skin cancer include basal cell carcinoma, which is the most common type of skin cancer, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma, which is the most serious form of skin cancer. Treatment options will vary depending on the type of skin cancer.

Your dermatologists at Dermatology & Laser Center treat skin cancers with these effective methods:

  • Cryosurgery, using liquid nitrogen to freeze the lesion
  • Curettage and desiccation, using tools to scrape out the lesion and then apply electric current to kill any remaining cancerous cells
  • Mohs micrographic surgery, removing cancerous tissue in layers, with each layer examined microscopically
  • Surgical excision to cut out the tumor
  • Medicated creams to boost your body’s ability to fight the cancer
  • Chemotherapy, used in combination with surgery and radiation therapy for melanoma treatment

Always protect yourself when you are in the sun by using at least an SPF 15 daily and an SPF 30 when you will be outside for a long period of time. To find out more about skin cancer treatment, call your dermatologists at Dermatology & Laser Center in Orange Park, FL and serving Jacksonville. Protect your skin by calling today!

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