Southeast Dermatology Blog
By Southeast Dermatology
December 27, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: skin cancer  

Skin cancer is an uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells inside your epidermis. In the United States, one in five Americans will receive a diagnosis in his or her lifetime. Skin cancer doesn't discriminate and affects people of all races, colors, shapes, and sizes. Skin cancer is significantly addressed by our team of professionals during your appointment at our Southeast Dermatology office. We have two convenient locations for patients near Pasadena, TX, or Houston, TX, and can educate you about the various types of skin cancer.

Skin Cancer Signs and Symptoms

Visit our Southeast Dermatology office immediately if you notice the following. The sooner skin cancer is detected, the easier it is to treat.

  • A cluster of scaly red or pink lesions
  • Brown or black streaks under fingernails
  • Existing moles that suddenly grow, itch, or bleed
  • Dark lesions on sensitive areas of the body

Types of Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is diagnosed with a biopsy. Below the types of skin cancer are addressed from mild to severe. If you have concerns, our dermatologists can discuss them in-depth, during your consultation.

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma - is the most common form of skin cancer. Basal cells produce new skin cells as the old ones die. When damage from UV overexposure occurs, these cancerous lesions can form in the outer layers of the skin.
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma - most frequently appears on sun-exposed areas of the skin such as the head, neck, lips, arms, legs, and hands. It's usually not life threatening and develops in the squamous cells that make up the middle and outer layers of your skin.
  • Melanoma - although this is the rarest form of skin cancer, it is the most fatal among patients as young as 30. Melanoma can run in families, but it usually occurs when pigment-producing cells develop cancer. Melanoma spreads quickly to other organs if not caught early.

Treatments for Skin Cancer

Skin cancer treatment options at our Southeast Dermatology office will depend on the type, location, depth, and size of the growth. Standard treatment options for mild cases often include medicated creams, cryosurgery, or minimally invasive scraping to eliminate the tumor. Severe cases may require surgical excision, topical chemotherapy, or radiation. Our dermatologists want to help you reduce your risk as much as possible, and can suggest tips for prevention based on your risk and lifestyle factors.

Skin cancer is taken very seriously at our Southeast Dermatology office. You know your body more than anyone, and if you notice a skin abnormality, don't ignore it. To learn more about the types of skin cancer, and other services provided, visit our website. For appointment scheduling, please call our Houston, TX, office at 281-481-0033 or our Pasadena, TX, office at 281-991-5944.

November 05, 2019
Tags: Dermal Fillers  

Discover why dermal fillers have become a popular way to treat lines and wrinkles.

While more and more people are turning to our Pasadena, TX, dermatologists for cosmetic treatments to rejuvenate their appearance and Fillerssmooth away those pesky signs of aging, there is still a lot of misinformation about popular treatment options. So, let’s set the record straight and provide you with important facts about getting dermal fillers.


Not all Dermal Fillers are the Same

While the majority of dermal fillers are made from hyaluronic acid (HA), a substance already found within the body that provides lubrication, some dermal fillers are made from other components. While HA dermal fillers are designed to increase volume in the skin by stimulating the production of collagen, other dermal fillers only give you a quick skin plumping and don’t provide collagen restructuring for long-term benefits.

This is why it’s important to turn to a skincare professional in Pasadena, TX, who can provide you with the safe and effective results you want.


You Can Plump Lips Without it Looking Unnatural

We’ve all seen it—lips so plumped up that they look like inflated balloons. No one wants this and yet many people are concerned that those are the only results they will get if they want to boost volume in thinning lips. This is where our cosmetic dermatologists can help ensure that any lip “plumping” achieved through dermal fillers is completely natural. If you want to fill out thinning lips, HA dermal fillers offer a conservative way to make lips poutier without being over the top.


Improve More than Wrinkles

While the goal may be to fill out lines and wrinkles, dermal fillers can also be used to target other imperfections and skin problems. This includes filling out superficial acne scars to make them less visible, targeting and brightening dark undereyes and making the jawline more defined.

Of course, it’s also important to be realistic about the results. Dermal fillers can provide wonderful anti-aging effects but it can’t treat deep lines or sagging. Our dermatologists can talk to you about better cosmetic options to treat folds, severe lines, and sagging.

If you are interested in getting dermal fillers in Houston or Pasadena, TX, then call Southeast Dermatology today to find out if they are right for you. Schedule your free consultation today at (281) 991-5944 for our Pasadena, TX, office and (281) 481-0033 for our Southeast Houston, TX, today.

July 02, 2019
Tags: Acne  

The dermatological doctors at Southeast Dermatology, located in Pasadena and Southeast Houston, TX, can tell you more about acne.Acne Treatment

Here are some FAQs about acne:

What is acne?

Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, about 80% of adolescents have acne and about 5% of adults experience acne, which is characterized by pimples that appear all over your body: face, back and chest.

There are two types of blemishes:

  • Whiteheads/Blackheads: These are non-inflammatory comedones that appear on your face and shoulders.
  • Red Pustules or Papules: These are inflamed pores filled with pus.

Remember not to pick or scratch at lesions. Picking at them may lead to inflammation and long-term scarring.

What are the causes of acne?

Skin has oil glands, sebaceous glands, under skin produce an oily substance called sebum that moisturizes the surface of the skin and ridding your skin of unwanted dead skin cells.

In the case of acne, the pores in which oils are secreted to reach the skin are plugged up causing the buildup of sebum and the accumulation of dead skin.

Fully blocked pores result in white heads and open pores result in blackheads. As explained before, inflamed whiteheads or blackheads result in red pustules or papules.

What kind of treatment options are there?

There is no overnight remedy for treating acne and your Pasadena and Southeast Houston dermatologist understands how this may impact your self confidence.

Here are some treatment options you may want to consider:

  • Benzoyl Peroxide, which reduces blockages in hair follicles.
  • Oral and Topical Antibiotics, treats infections that develop in pores.
  • Hormonal Treatments, which is used for adult women suffering from hormonally-induced acne.
  • Tretinoin, which is a derivative of Vitamin A, that unplugs blocked-up material in whiteheads/blackheads.
  • Extraction, helps with the removal of whiteheads and blackheads with the use of a small metal instrument.

If you have any questions about acne, feel free to contact your Pasadena and Southeast Houston, TX, dermatologist today!

May 14, 2019
Tags: Botox  

You've probably seen advertisements for Botox everywhere—on television, in magazines, or even in your email. If you've been consideringbotox this proven wrinkle reducing treatment, it's important to educate yourself before scheduling an appointment. Read on to learn some of the basics on Botox, and contact Southeast Dermatology in Pasadena, TX, to undergo treatment!


How does Botox work?

Botox uses a minuscule amount of a protein that temporarily stops the targeted muscles from moving. This allows the skin on top of these muscles to smooth out, creating a natural-looking, younger appearance.


Where can Botox be applied?

Cosmetically, Botox works best for several sites on the face, including the forehead, between the eyebrows, and the outer corners of the eyes (crows feet). Here at our Pasadena office, our dermatologist is skilled in recommending and applying other cosmetic treatments for other signs of aging that you wish to eliminate.


How long does Botox last?

Every patient's response to Botox is different, but on average, you can expect its effects to last between four and six months before having to be reapplied by a dermatologist. One of its perks, however, is that many people notice that the effects of Botox last longer with each subsequent treatment and the skin stays wrinkle-free for longer intervals.


Does Botox hurt?

The needle used to inject the Botox solution is very tiny, and most patients only report slight, if any, discomfort upon injection. The whole process usually only takes a few minutes to complete. Additionally, because this treatment is only minimally invasive, there is no downtime afterward and you can resume regular activities immediately. Some patients do have temporary bruising or facial swelling following their treatment, but these side effects are typically mild.


Give us a call!

If you'd like to schedule an appointment for Botox or any other dermatology procedure, contact Southeast Dermatology in Pasadena, TX, at (281) 991-5944 to set up a time to meet with one of our dermatologists today! We also have another location for those patients in Southeast Houston, which is reachable at (281) 481-0033.

March 12, 2019
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne  

How your dermatologists in Pasadena and Southeast Houston, TX, can help clear up your skin

Are you having trouble with acne? The truth is, acne is one of the most annoying and common skin conditions that dermatologists treat. Acne Although the condition will sometimes go away by itself, stubborn acne should be treated by an expert, such as a dermatologist at Southeast Dermatology. We have two convenient office locations in Pasadena and East Houston, TX, to help clear up your skin!


More about Acne Treatments

Acne can affect everyone, no matter how old you are. More commonly affecting teenagers due to the hormonal fluctuations at the onset of puberty, it nevertheless still affects older adults too. Acne shows up in several forms, including blackheads, whiteheads, pustules, and cystic bumps.

There are some things you can do to reduce your chances of developing acne. Remember to:

  • Wear non-comedogenic makeup to avoid clogging up your pores
  • Eat healthy foods and avoid fried, greasy foods and dairy
  • Exercise often to increase perspiration and flush out toxins
  • Drink water to eliminate toxins and clear up skin
  • Don’t pick or pop blemishes because it can spread bacteria
  • Avoid touching your face to reduce bacterial transfer

For stubborn, severe acne, you need to visit your dermatologist. At Southeast Dermatology, they offer several effective treatments for acne including:

  • Salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide products which unblock your pores, eliminating small blemishes
  • Oral and topical antibiotic medications to reduce or eliminate acne-causing bacteria
  • Isotretinoin medications to unblock pores and clear up cysts; used for cases of severe acne
  • Hormonal treatments to help with acne caused by hormonal imbalances
  • Extraction, using a metal tool to extract blemishes

Don’t let acne get you down. To get started on an individualized treatment plan to get rid of your acne for good, just pick up your phone and call one of Southeast Dermatology's offices in Pasadena, or East Houston today! The numbers are (281) 991-5944 for Pasadena, and (281) 481-0033 for Southeast Houston.

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