Southeast Dermatology Blog
By SOUTHEAST DERMATOLOGY
October 26, 2018
Tags: skin cancer  

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. It is also one of the easiest to diagnose and treat in the early stages if patients are educated about what to look for. Read below to gain an understanding of how a dermatologist at Southeast Dermatology in Houston and Pasadena, TX, can treat a case of skin cancer and how the skin condition can be avoided in the future.

Cancer ConsultationSkin Cancer Causes and Risk Factors
The most common cause of skin cancer is too much exposure to the sun, which is why patients in sunny locales must be particularly aware of the risks. According to statistics published by the Skin Cancer Foundation, about 90 percent of nonmelanoma cases are caused by UV rays from the sun. Other risk factors include:

  • Pale skin that burns, freckles, or reddens easily
  • A personal or family history of skin cancer
  • Having a lot of moles
  • Continued use of skin tanning equipment

Skin Cancer Treatment Options
It’s important to be screened for skin cancer when you have concerning spots or marks on the skin, or if you are at a higher risk for the disease. This allows you to avoid having to undergo more aggressive and invasive treatments. In its early stages, skin cancer can often be treated by having your Houston and Pasadena dermatologist remove the mole or mark that contains cancerous cells through surgical excision. A technologically advanced procedure called Mohs micrographic surgery ensures that all traces of the disease are eliminated. Cryosurgery, which is the use of liquid nitrogen to freeze off abnormal cells, may also be an option. In difficult cases, radiation therapy and other more aggressive treatments may be needed.

Skin Safety Tips
Take precautions to make sure your skin is protected throughout the year. Follow these simple skin safety tips:

  • Wear sunscreen with an SPF that’s recommended by your dermatologist
  • Cover up the skin as much as possible when in direct sunlight, and use beach umbrellas when enjoying the beach
  • Wear large glasses and large-brimmed hats when outdoors
  • Time outdoor adventures for before 10 am or after 4 pm

Let a Dermatologist Check Your Skin
The sooner skin cancer is identified and diagnosed, the better the chance for a successful and minimally invasive treatment. Call (281) 481-0033 or (281) 991-5944 today to schedule an appointment at Southeast Dermatology in Houston or Pasadena, TX.

October 15, 2018
Tags: Hair Loss  

Treating Hair Loss

Hair loss happens to both men and women and can be caused by a number of factors including anemia, protein deficiency, low vitamin levels, chemotherapy, thyroid disease, and autoimmune conditions. If you are experiencing hair loss, we know that the process can be traumatic as it affects your self-esteem and self-confidence. However, the good news is you can do something about that hair loss with the help of your dermatologists at Southeast Dermatology. With convenient office locations in both Pasadena and Houston, Texas, Southeast Dermatology wants to introduce you to a revolutionary new treatment for hair loss called Platelet Rich Plasma (aka PRP).

Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment Basics

So, what is PRP? Treatment involves taking a blood sample from your arm and putting it into a centrifuge to separate out platelet-rich plasma. This plasma is then injected into sections of your scalp to stimulate hair growth. Platelets work by stimulating stem cells to regenerate hair growth through:

  • Increasing blood circulation to the hair follicle
  • Triggering hair to grow and controlling the growth cycle
  • Increasing hair thickness and decreases hair loss

PRP treatment typically consists of 3 treatments spaced one month apart. Initial treatment is followed by maintenance treatments in our Pasadena office every 3 to 6 months. Results are gradual and may take 6 to 12 months to see, but once they arrive, your regained confidence and self-image will be well worth the wait!

Contact Us Today!

If you are experiencing hair loss, it’s time to take action and seek treatment. Your hair is an important part of your appearance and can affect the way you feel about yourself. Fortunately, Platelet Rich Plasma treatment can help you experience full, thick hair once again.

For more information about PRP treatment and other medical/aesthetic dermatology services, call either Southeast Dermatology's Pasadena office at (281) 991-5944 or our Houston location at (281) 481-0033.

August 09, 2018
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

 

DR. ISHA LOPEZ INTRODUCES AOX + EYE GEL THIS WEEK!

 

Hi, Friends! Given that this month we are having a 10 % discount on any SkinCeuticals product(s), I wanted to highlight a new product: AOX +EYE Gel. Did you know that the eyelid area is one of the most delicate skins on the body and is 10x thinner than the facial skin? So extra care is required! Many patients that I see have complaints about tired eyes, dark circles, fine lines, and puffiness and they most always say, “I have tried everything! What can I use?” I am usually very skeptical about topical products boasting reduction in wrinkles and dark circles, but AOX+EYE gel doesn’t disappoint in my opinion. Of course, everything has its limitations, but if you look at the before and after pictures, after only 12 weeks patients were able to see a difference. I believe that’s because AOX + EYE Gel has a triple antioxidant formula (phloretin, L-Ascorbic acid and ferulic acid). These 3 in combination help to neutralize reactive oxygen species (damage your skin), provide photoprotection (sun ages you), reduce redness and stimulate collagen production! PLUS it has a little bit of caffeine, which helps to minimize under eye puffiness (for all you coffee drinkers think about it as energy for your eyes!) Come by our office to pick up a sample or to get your 10% off discount! Thanks for reading and stay tuned. Disclaimer: If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your dermatologist before using any topical preparations on your skin. 

 

#southeast_dermatology #undereyewrinkles #darkcircles #eyebags #skinceuticals #vitaminc #protectyourskin 

 

¡Hola amigos! Dado que este mes tenemos un descuento del 10% en cualquier producto de SkinCeuticals, quería discutir un nuevo producto: AOX + EYE Gel. ¿Sabía que el área de los párpados es una de las más delicadas del cuerpo y 10 veces más delgada que la piel facial? ¡Entonces se requiere cuidado extra! Muchos pacientes que veo tienen quejas sobre ojos cansados, ojeras, líneas finas e hinchazón, y ellos siempre dicen: "¡He intentado todo! ¿Qué puedo usar?" Generalmente soy muy escéptica con respecto a los  productos tópicos que se caracterizan por la reducción de las arrugas y las ojeras, pero el gel AOX + EYE no defrauda en mi opinión. Por supuesto, todo tiene sus limitaciones, pero si nos fijamos en las imágenes de antes y después, después de solo 12 semanas,   los pacientes pudieron ver la diferencia. Creo que es porque AOX + EYE Gel tiene una fórmula triple antioxidante (floretina, ácido L-ascórbico y ácido ferúlico). Estos 3 en combinación ayudan a neutralizar especies de oxígeno reactivas (dañan la piel), brindan fotoprotección (envejece el sol), reducen el enrojecimiento y estimulan la producción de colágeno. Además, tiene un poco de   cafeína, lo que ayuda a minimizar la hinchazón de los ojos (¡para todos los que beben café, piense en ello como energía para sus ojos!) ¡Venga a nuestra oficina para recoger una muestra o para obtener un 10% de descuento! Nuevamente, gracias por leer. Descargo de responsabilidad: si está embarazada o amamantando, hable con su dermatólogo antes de usar cualquier preparado tópico en su piel.

 

#southeast_dermatology #ojeras #skinceuticals #vitaminaC #protejasupiel 

 

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July 23, 2018
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Its summer time! We are in the midst of summer and I have been getting a lot of questions about how to treat sunburns. Here are my favorite tips! 

 

1.    Treat as soon as you notice it. Get out of the sun, get indoors, or wear protective clothing. 

2.    Use a gel or moisturizer with aloe vera. I like to stick these in the fridge and apply as frequently as you like. It will soothe uncomfortable skin. 

3.    If you have really uncomfortable areas, you may want to apply OTC hydrocortisone 1% cream or may need a prescription strength topical steroid to help the more inflamed areas. 

4.    Take cool baths or showers. Pat dry once out of the shower or bath, which leaves some water on your skin. Then apply moisturizers. 

5.    Stay hydrated. Your body will be loosing more fluids so you have to replenish. 

 

Remember that cumulative sunburns can lead to early aging, sun damage and skin cancer. The best thing to do is to prevent by wearing sun protective clothing, SPF > 30 and REAPPLY every 1.5 hours especially after sweating or water activity. Thanks for reading! 

 

#southeast_dermatology #DrIshaLopez #sunburn #treatmentforsunburn #sunsafety 

¡Es verano! Estamos en pleno verano y he estado recibiendo muchas preguntas sobre cómo tratar las quemaduras solares. ¡Aquí están mis consejos favoritos!

 

1. Trate tan pronto como lo note. Salga del sol o use ropa protectora.

2. Use un gel o humectante con aloe vera. Me gusta meterlos en el refrigerador y aplicarlos con la frecuencia que desee. Calmará la piel incómoda.

3. Si tiene áreas realmente incómodas, puede aplicar hydrocortisone crema 1% sin  prescripción o puede necesitar un esteroide tópico con receta para ayudar a las áreas más inflamadas.

4. Tome baños fríos. Una vez fuera del baño, secese pero deje un poco de agua sobre la piel. Luego aplice humectantes.

5. Mantente hidratado. Su cuerpo perderá más líquidos de su piel quemada. 

 

Recuerde que las quemaduras acumuladas pueden provocar envejecimiento prematuro, daño solar y cáncer de piel. Lo mejor que se puede hacer es evitar las quemaduras solares usando ropa protectora contra el sol, SPF> 30 y REAPLICAR cada hora y media, especialmente después de sudar o actividad acuática. Gracias por leer! 

 

#southeast_dermatology #tratamientodequemadurasdesol #quemadurassolares #proteccionsolar #DraIshaLopez





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