Dermatologists are medical professionals that specialize in treating conditions that affect the skin, hair, and nails. As such, they are trained to manage a wide variety of conditions that affect millions of Americans. Besides offering treatment services, premier dermatology centers such as Vibrant Dermatology & Skinbar MD in Dedham, MA provide cosmetic dermatology services that focus on giving clients a youthful appearance by reversing aging signs and making aesthetic changes or skin improvements.
Conditions We Can Treat at Our Premier Dermatology Center
Acne and Cysts
Acne is the most common skin condition globally, with medical data showing that around 80% of the world’s population will have acne at least once in their life. It occurs when body oil and dead skin cells clog hair follicles, forming red, white, or yellow pimples on the skin.
Although acne is more common in teenagers and young adults, it can also occur in adults because of stress, a poor diet, pregnancy, hormonal imbalance, or certain medications. Cysts are severe acne that occurs on the face, chest, arms, neck, and back.
Melanoma and Other Skin Cancers
Melanoma is the most severe type of skin cancer. It also grows and spreads faster than other types of skin cancer. Fortunately, melanoma is easily and effectively treated when detected early. In Caucasian patients, melanoma often occurs on body parts exposed to direct sunlight for long periods.
In people of color, melanoma is more likely to occur in areas that do not see much sunlight, such as on the palms, soles of the feet, and underneath the nails. Other common types of skin cancer include basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.
As the body’s biggest organ, the skin is susceptible to the adverse effects caused by many conditions, including autoimmune disorders. Besides affecting internal organs, conditions such as systemic lupus erythematosus also affect the health of the skin.
Patients with this condition often notice an appearance of a rash of widespread redness on their nose and cheeks. A dermatologist can tell whether the symptoms appearing on the skin are linked to an underlying health condition.
Many people incorrectly assume that hair loss, balding, and thinning affect men only. However, women and children can also experience hair loss. The process of hair loss is not uniform for everybody and can occur due to varying reasons.
For example, genetic hair loss appears in the form of a receding hairline or bald patches at the top of the head in men while appearing in the form of a widening part or thinning hair in women. Causes of hair loss include:
- Autoimmune diseases, such as alopecia areata
- Certain medications
- Unhealthy diet
- Rapid weight loss
- Consistent pulling on the hair
At a premier dermatology center, we also treat a wide variety of allergic skin reactions. Some of the most common types of skin reactions include:
Allergic Contact Dermatitis
This type of skin reaction occurs when the skin comes into contact with something you are allergic to. Common irritants include soaps, jewelry, cosmetics, and poison ivy.
Urticaria or Hives
These are bumps that develop on the skin after an allergic reaction. Also known as welts, hives occur after eating food or medications you are allergic to.
Often appearing at the same time with hives, angioedema is swelling that occurs deep in the skin. They are more likely to develop on the lips, eyelids, and throat. They are triggered by irritants, such as pollen, animal dander, food, medication, or venom.
This is a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that occurs within minutes of contact with an allergen. Anaphylaxis requires urgent medical attention. The most common symptoms include hives, itching, swollen lips, mouth, and tongue. Severe symptoms include respiratory problems, low blood pressure, unconsciousness, or death. Anaphylaxis can be caused by irritants such as peanuts and bee stings.
Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)
Hyperhidrosis is characterized by excessive sweating that can start in the teenage years. This condition can affect both men and women. Excessive sweating occurs on the forehead, hands, armpits, and back.
Some people are more susceptible to nail fungus than others. Conditions such as weak immunity and diabetes increase one’s risk of developing nail fungus. Poorly cleaned manicure and pedicure tools at a beauty spa can also contribute to the condition. The use of acrylic and fake nails can also cause nail fungus.
A weak immune system and old age increase the risk of developing shingles. Shingles are caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. When people recover from a chickenpox attack, the virus remains in the body in a dormant state for decades. However, certain triggers, such as stress and low immunity, can reactivate the virus, causing shingles.
Rosacea is characterized by easy, frequent, and noticeable blushing in the early stages of life. Contrary to popular belief, people of color can also suffer from this condition. Although women are more vulnerable to rosacea, it can affect everyone else, including men, children, and teenagers. Men are at an increased risk of developing severe types of rosacea. The exact causes of the condition are yet to be known.
Keloids occur when the body produces excess proteins during the healing process after an injury, surgical incision, burns, insect bites, or acne spots. Medical researchers are yet to understand why these healing wounds develop into large, bulbous distinctive scars instead of normal scars. Keloids are also uneven, dark, and can increase in size with time.
Although psoriasis’ exact causes are not known, health experts believe it is a skin disorder that occurs when the immune system mistakes healthy skin cells for a foreign invader, triggering the body to produce skin cells up to 10 times faster than usual. This causes a buildup of skin cells that form into scales and itchy, dry patches. Triggers include stress, infections, cold and certain medications.
Lipomas are fatty tumors that develop between the skin and underlying muscle layer, causing a lump. Although the exact causes of lipoma are unknown, people with a family history of lipomas and those who experience an impact injury on a fatty area are more likely to develop lipomas. Other conditions, such as Gardner Syndrome and Madelung’s disease, can contribute to the formation of these fatty lumps.
We also treat and help manage:
- Hyperpigmentation and brown spots
- Benign growths (seborrheic keratoses and skin tags)
- Birthmarks and moles
Cosmetic Dermatology Services
Besides offering relief to patients who suffer from skin, hair, and nail conditions, at our premier dermatology center we also have a keen interest in helping our clients maintain a youthful and radiant appearance. To achieve this, we offer:
As the name suggests, an Acqua Facial involves using water to provide deep exfoliation, infusion, and extraction to enhance your skin’s appearance. This is a safe, painless, and non-invasive method of unclogging the pores and removing dead skin cells.
Our NeoSkin skin rejuvenation treatments can reverse the signs of aging by improving the appearance of age spots and sunspots. This laser treatment can also reverse the damage caused by rosacea and broken capillaries, leaving you with smooth, even-toned skin.
Additionally, since the doctor will examine your skin before this treatment, they can detect any unusual skin spots. This can help in the prevention and early detection of serious skin conditions.
Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin Injections
The earliest sign of aging is the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and creases on the forehead, neck, and around the mouth and eyes. These injections are effective in preventing and improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and creases. They block the nerve signals that cause muscle contraction, preventing the facial expressions that contribute to fine lines and wrinkles.
As a hyaluronic acid injectable gel, Juvederm restores volume and improves hydration in the skin. As we grow older, our bodies produce less hyaluronic acid and collagen, leading to volume loss. This causes wrinkles and facial folds. Juvederm treatments are ideal for restoring volume in midface, treating smile lines and marionette lines, and lip augmentation.
Non-Surgical Face Lift (Liquid Lift)
Have you wondered how you can look like the younger version of yourself without the risk, cost, and downtime that comes with a major surgery? A non-surgical facelift could be the answer. Also known as a liquid lift, a non-surgical facelift includes several treatments to reverse aging signs.
We use dermal fillers to restore volume, neurotoxins to make the skin smoother, chemical peels to improve the skin’s texture, and laser treatments for total facial rejuvenation.
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive treatment option for reticular veins and spider veins. These are small visible veins that occur in the legs because of age, injury, or a chronic skin condition. Although these veins do not pose any health risks, some people prefer not to have them.
Radiesse is a filler that improves facial appearance by reducing wrinkles on the cheeks and mouth area. It is effective against marionette lines and smile lines. It can also restore volume in the cheeks, improving facial features. The FDA has also recently approved it for hand rejuvenation.
Laser Treatments for Hyperpigmentation and Melasma
People with hyperpigmentation or melasma notice brown spots that appear on the nose, forehead, lips, chin, and around the cheeks. Several factors can contribute to melasma, including prolonged exposure to sunlight, hormonal imbalance, certain medications, and genetics. This condition is more common in women. We use safe and effective laser treatments to target the pigment-producing cells that cause discoloration and brown spots.
Stretch Mark Treatments
Also known as striae, stretch marks appear on the skin due to rapid weight gain or weight changes. They are harmless and can appear on the skin of both men and women. Women are more likely to get stretch marks during puberty and pregnancy. Although they are not an indication of poor health or an underlying condition, they can be a source of cosmetic concern. Treatment options for stretch marks include:
- Laser treatments
- Microneedling with platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
- Dermal fillers
- Topical treatments
The FDA approved Kybella in 2015 as a treatment option for fat that appears under the chin. It is an effective and well-tolerated alternative to cosmetic procedures such as liposuction.
Other Cosmetic Dermatology Services
We also offer the following services at our premier dermatology center:
- Hair loss treatments
- Laser treatments for facial veins
- Laser acne treatment
- Restylane (an injectable gel that restores volume and improves hydration)
- Sculptra (a dermal filler that restores volume)
The skin is the largest body organ, making it vulnerable to a wide variety of conditions. The health of the skin, hair, and nails is so important that we have a whole branch of medicine dedicated to them. To access all the dermatology services you need in one place, contact Vibrant Dermatology & Skinbar MD in Dedham, MA!