From rashes to melanoma, Alamo Heights Dermatology is equipped to handle all your dermatological needs. To help you understand your options, we’ve included descriptions of some of our leading services on this page.
Acne is the most frequent skin condition seen by medical professionals. It consists of pimples that appear on the face, back and chest. About 80% of adolescents have some form of acne and about 5% of adults experience acne. In normal skin, oil glands under the skin, known as sebaceous glands, produce an oily substance called sebum.
Hair Loss Treatment
There are several factors that can contribute to hair loss, such as stress, and hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy. The most common cause is hereditary hair loss, which affects as many as 80 million American men and women, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
Moles are brown or black growths, usually round or oval, that can appear anywhere on the skin. They can be rough or smooth, flat or raised, single or in multiples. They occur when cells that are responsible for skin pigmentation, known as melanocytes, grow in clusters instead of being spread out across the skin.
Psoriasis is a skin condition that creates red patches of skin with white, flaky scales. It most commonly occurs on the elbows, knees and trunk, but can appear anywhere on the body. The first episode usually strikes between the ages of 15 and 35. It is a chronic condition that will then cycle through flare-ups and remissions throughout the rest of the patient’s life.
“Rash” is a general term for a wide variety of skin conditions. A rash refers to a change that affects the skin and usually appears as a red patch or small bumps or blisters on the skin. The majority of rashes are harmless and can be treated effectively with over-the-counter anti-itch creams, antihistamines and moisturizing lotions.
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that causes facial redness, acne-like pimples, visible small blood vessels on the face, swelling and/or watery, irritated eyes. This inflammation of the face can affect the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead or eyelids. More than 14 million Americans suffer from rosacea. It is not contagious, but there is some evidence to suggest that it is inherited.
Skin Cancer Treatment
Skin cancer is the most common form of human cancers, affecting more than one million Americans every year. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their lives. Skin cancers are generally curable if caught early. However, people who have had skin cancer are at a higher risk of developing a new skin cancer, which is why regular self-examination and doctor visits are imperative.
Warts are small, harmless growths that appear most frequently on the hands and feet. Sometimes they look flat and smooth, other times they have a dome-shaped or cauliflower-like appearance. Warts can be surrounded by skin that is either lighter or darker. Warts are caused by different forms of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). They occur in people of all ages and can spread from person-to-person and from one part of the body to another.
Laser Hair Removal
Does it seem as if you are constantly plucking or shaving unwanted hair? Laser hair removal offers a long-lasting way to remove hair from many parts of the body. Dr. Rebecca Kelso and Dr. Emily Fridlington of Alamo Heights Dermatology in San Antonio, TX share a few facts about this popular hair removal method.
A-list celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston have been known to sing the praises of microneedling (also known as collagen induction therapy), a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that pricks tiny holes over the face and neck with microscopic needles, to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin for tighter, fresher looking skin.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a form of regenerative medicine that helps to turbo charge healing by enriching a small sample of a person’s blood with their own platelets. Dermatologists use PRP therapy for anti-aging treatments to help slow down the signs of aging caused by fine lines and wrinkles.
Ultherapy is a non-invasive alternative to cosmetic surgery for lifting loose, sagging skin around the neck, chest, chin and brow area. The procedure is FDA approved, and uses ultrasound technology to tighten skin and ease fine lines and wrinkles, without cuts or scarring. Contact the dermatologists at Alamo Heights Dermatology to learn more about the benefits of Ultherapy and non-surgical skin care treatments.
Wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process. They occur most frequently in areas exposed to the sun, such as the face, neck, back of the hands and forearms. Over time, skin gets thinner, drier and less elastic. Ultimately, this causes wrinkles – either fine lines or deep furrows. In addition to sun exposure, premature aging of the skin is associated with smoking, heredity and skin type (higher incidence among people with fair hair, blue-eyes and light skin).
There are a variety of reasons patients may see a dermatologist for a skin surgery. You may have a skin cancer that requires excision, or perhaps you have a benign growth such as a cyst or a lipoma (growth under the skin comprised of fatty tissue) that has become symptomatic or bothersome. It could also be that you have had earrings that have torn through the earlobe. Regardless of the reason, you will feel comfortable with the training and experience the Alamo Heights Dermatology team offers to perform your surgical dermatology needs.