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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.

By Southeast Dermatology
February 19, 2015
Tags: Acne   whiteheads   blackheads  

Acne TreatmentWhiteheads and blackheads - they are a form of the common skin condition known as acne. Also, called comedones, whiteheads and blackheads affect youngsters and adults alike, but the vast majority of sufferers are teenagers. Dermatologists feel that there can be hormonal link to acne (hence, teens are prone to it) and that heredity may play a role, too.

Comedomes form on the face, neck and shoulders when the skin's natural oils, bacteria and dead cells clog pores. If a pore is wide and open to the air, blackheads form as oxygen reacts with the skin's own pigment. If the pore remains closed, the comedone is called a whitehead. Both are distressing to the person who has them, but there are ways to help avoid and treat this common skin malady. In fact, controlling comedones can assist in preventing more serious acne episodes.

How to avoid whiteheads and blackheads

Controlling whiteheads and blackheads takes some consistent skin care habits. While these practices do not guarantee an individual will have no blemishes whatsoever, many people report they have much clearer skin when they use them.

  1. Using warm water, gently wash the face twice daily along with a quality facial cleaner containing salicylic acid for oil or glycolic acid for cleaning off dead skin cells. Don't scrub the skin vigorously because this causes irritating dryness and redness.
  2. Daily, apply a retinol-based lotion with a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher. Retinol and other ingredients such as alpha hydroxy acid are known to reduce the occurrence of acne. Spot application of benzoyl peroxide creams clears out pores to stop flare-ups of whiteheads and blackheads.
  3. Once or twice a week , use a facial scrub to remove dead skin. An inexpensive exfoliating paste can be made from simple baking soda and water.
  4. Avoid touching the face, shoulders and neck.
  5. Don't dry the skin with excessive sun exposure, and indoor tanning is off-limits.
  6. Remove make-up at night, and only use cosmetics and lotions that have no oil in their list of ingredients.
  7. Never squeeze existing whiteheads and blackheads. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, breaking comedones can cause infection and scarring.
  8. Wash hair often to keep oil off the forehead and the back of the neck.

Again, the key to winning the battle against whiteheads and blackheads is good basic skin care done on a regular basis.

A board-certified dermatologist can evaluate the condition of your skin and answer any questions or concerns you may have about how to keep your skin as healthy-looking and feeling as possible. At Southeast Dermatology, our nine physicians are very knowledgeable in treating whiteheads and and blackheads and more serious forms of acne and other skin problems. Call the trusted dermatologists at the Pasadena, Texas office: 281-991-5944, or call the Houston, Texas location at 281-481-0033.

By Southeast Dermatology
December 19, 2014
Tags: Acne  

Changes in season (especially fast changes) can exasperate skin problems, namely acne. In the winter, cold temperatures can be a major cause of breakouts and prompt visits to Pasadena acne dermatologist Dr. Mary Garman of Southeast Dermatology. Learn how to prevent or take care of your acne problems during the winter so that when warmer weather comes you'll have a fresh, healthy face to present to the world.Acne treatment

What Causes Acne?
Acne is a common skin condition that causes blemishes to appear throughout the surface of the skin—namely the face. It is most common in adolescents and teens. Acne shows its symptoms in three ways: as whiteheads, blackheads and red pustules that grow in various places on the skin. It happens when the sebaceous glands produce too much oil, which mixes with bacteria. The combination of bacteria and oil causes those blemishes to become irritated and raise up from the surface.

How Does Winter Weather Affect the Skin?
With winter weather comes cooler temperatures. Pasadena acne dermatologist Dr. Mary Garman often sees patients who have acne flare ups during this season. The colder weather, accompanied by dry air, can activate the sebaceous glands and cause them to produce more oil, which leads to acne breakouts.

Acne Care During the Winter
The best way to avoid acne problems in the winter weather is to keep your face continually moisturized. When your skin sees that you have already plenty of moisture, it won’t try to produce as much oil. If you have frequent problems with acne, make sure you are using a moisturizer that’s prescribed by your dermatologist. Also, keep your face clean with a gentle acne cleanser to reduce the chance that the bacteria that aggravates acne will thrive on your skin.

Get Acne Help from Dr. Garman
If you have a severe problem with acne that isn't responding to over the counter solutions, call Pasadena acne dermatologist Dr. Mary Garman's office to request an appointment at 281-991-5944 or visit for more information. Recommended treatments may include oral and topical antibiotics, benzoyl peroxide and vitamin A therapy. She may also be able to remove some blemishes, like whiteheads and blackheads.

By Southeast Dermatology | Pasadena, TX
October 09, 2014
Tags: Botox  
This FDA-approved wrinkle-reducer boasts a multitude of benefits. 
botoxWhile we are all looking to be swept away to Neverland to remain young forever, it doesn’t seem like Peter Pan’s stopping by our windows anytime soon. In the meantime, however, there are more realistic options out there for getting rid of those wrinkles and making you look as young as you feel. Botox in Pasadena has been offering patients amazing results when it comes to banishing fine lines and even deep-set wrinkles.
1. Botox treatment is fast: The last thing anyone wants to do is spend hours at a doctor’s office. That’s what makes Botox fantastic. Even if only have a half-hour lunch break you could still get this wrinkle-fighting treatment. Botox only takes about 10 minutes to administer, so you don’t have to take much time out of your busy schedule.
2. It’s non-invasive: Unlike other cosmetic procedures, Botox makes it easy to reduce the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles on the forehead, between eyebrows and around the eyes and mouth without surgery. With just a few quick and relatively painless injections (patients state that they only feel a slight pinch), you’re on your way to smoother, younger skin. Plus, because no anesthesia is necessary for this procedure you can easy drive yourself to and from your appointment. No post-anesthesia grogginess or side effects.
3. Botox treats other medical conditions: Do you suffer from migraines? If so, Botox may also be able to help with that. When Botox is injected in the neck, shoulders or forehead, it releases the muscle tension that could be responsible for your migraines.
Dealing with overactive sweat glands, also known as hyperhidrosis? If so, Botox is also FDA-approved to inhibit sweat glands. Now you don’t have to be worried about sweating through your work shirts and during important meetings.
Botox also treats a host of other conditions including dystonia, overactive bladder, chronic pain and lazy eye.
4. Lifts more than just spirits: As we age, our eyebrows often drop; however, Botox in Pasadena has been proven to lift eyebrows, to reduce the look of “tired face” and to give you a younger and more alert appearance.
5. More affordable option: If you’ve been sifting through the literature on other cosmetic procedures in Pasadena, you’re probably boggled by the prices. If you’re looking to refresh your look without breaking the bank, then Botox might be a more financially savvy option for you than other more invasive treatments. You can still get a younger-looking you without forking over more than you bargained for.
If you’re ready to rejuvenate your skin, then give our office a call. We would be happy to talk to you more about getting Botox in Pasadena.
Have you already had Botox? Maybe there are other benefits about this treatment that we might have missed. If so, please feel free to share them with us.