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By Dermatology Center of McKinney
July 05, 2022
Category: Skin Treatments
Tags: Acne  

Learn more about your treatment options for getting acne under control

Dealing with acne? Want to know the different treatment options available so you can make a better and more informed decision regarding your skin health? A dermatologist can be the ideal medical specialist to turn to address questions or concerns about your acne. Here are some of the ways you can treat your breakouts,

Lifestyle Changes

If your acne is mild, you may wish to try your luck at changing your current lifestyle, habits and diet to see if that offers an improvement. Most individuals who may these changes do see an improvement in the number of breakouts,

  • Quit smoking
  • Stay hydrated
  • Get an adequate 7-9 hours of sleep
  • Avoid the sun
  • Eat a healthy, clean diet
  • Exfoliate two times a week
  • Wash your face twice a day
  • Schedule makeup-free days
  • Get regular exercise (don’t forget to wash your face after sweating)
  • Reduce stress
  • Limit alcohol

Home Treatment Options

While a dermatologist should treat more severe or painful acne, if your acne is mild or moderate and you want to see if over-the-counter options work for you, it certainly won’t hurt to try. Look for cleansers and ointments that contain active acne-fighting ingredients such as salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. Products containing tea tree oil, aloe vera or witch hazel may also improve acne-prone skin. Just know that no treatment will work overnight. It takes several weeks to see results, so be patient.

Treatments that Require a Dermatologist

Of course, if you’ve been trying to treat your acne for months on your own without success or your acne is deep, nodule or cystic, a dermatologist is the right specialist to turn to for care. Home remedies and lifestyle changes often aren’t effective for more severe cases. The treatment plan your dermatologist creates will be tailored to your needs. Acne treatments may include,

  • Prescription ointments or creams with a higher concentration of salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide
  • Laser or light therapy
  • Chemical peels
  • Regular facials
  • Steroid injections
  • Antibiotics
  • Hormonal bill control
  • Retinoid
  • Tretinoin

If acne impacts your appearance and self-esteem, you owe it to yourself to speak with a dermatologist who can provide you with more effective treatment options so you can feel confident in your skin again.

By Dermatology Center of McKinney
June 29, 2022
Category: Skin Treatments
Tags: Dermal Fillers  

As we age and get older, the skin can start to sag as it loses its volume and in turn, make you look a little older and have fine lines and wrinkles. It might feel like there aren’t many options, but there are ways to get the long-lasting results you want without the use of surgery. Dr. James Ralston at Dermatology Center of McKinney in McKinney, TX, can explain how dermal fillers from your dermatologist can help improve your appearance and make you look younger and feel comfortable in your skin again, as well as the types of fillers that are available.

How Dermal Fillers Rejuvenate Your Appearance

As we age, we lose volume in our skin, which is why sagging begins to occur. Dermal fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, which is a substance already found in the body, to help plump up areas of the face to improve your overall appearance. Fillers can help smoothen out your skin and target any area that you may have an issue with.

Types of Dermal Fillers Available

There are different types of dermal fillers available from your dermatologist in McKinney, TX, depending on what you’re looking to target. You can plump up lips, reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and folds, as well as fill in areas of the face that have started to deplete. You can also target the cheeks, forehead, eyes, mouth, and chin.

Typically, dermal fillers are made of hyaluronic acid and there are a few options. This could be Restylane or Juvederm. For other areas and needs, there’s also poly-l-lactic acid, which could be also known as Sculptra.

Contact Your Dermatologist Today

Get the youthful appearance you once had back again! Contact Dr. James Ralston at Dermatology Center of McKinney in McKinney, TX, to learn more about dermal fillers from your dermatologist. Call for more information and to schedule your appointment at (972) 548-0333.

By Dermatology Center of McKinney
June 29, 2022
Category: Skin Treatments
Tags: Chemical Peels  

Dr. James Ralston at the Dermatology Center of McKinney can provide many unique care options that can help restore your skin and improve your appearance. For example, he can provide chemical peels for McKinney, TX, residents that offer many unique benefits that make them worth consideration.

What Are These Peels?

These unique peels include a chemical solution applied directly to your face that can improve your skin's appearance and help you look and feel younger. A typical peel uses various safe acid types that are chosen based on your skin quality and type. Careful consideration can ensure you get great results.

The dermatologist carefully places this product on your face, lets it sit, and then removes it to help restore your appearance. But what exactly are the benefits of these chemical peels for McKinney, TX, residents? Understanding this can help you decide if this treatment is right for your needs.

The Many Benefits of This Treatment

People get skin peels for many different reasons, and they have been medically proven to provide many benefits. You can receive either light or medium treatment, depending on your needs. For example, light skin peels can manage minor problems, while medium peels are designed for more serious skin imperfections. Just a few benefits that you may receive with this treatment include how it:

  • Reduces Blemishes: A peel can carefully remove blemishes like small acne lesions and other imperfections to help improve your skin appearance.
  • Improves Skin Tone: Peels can brighten your skin tone and reduce the appearance of things like freckles, moles, and other dark spots on your skin.
  • Minimizes Breakouts: If you experience an acne breakout, a peel can help minimize its spread and ensure it doesn't get out of control.
  • Reduces Scarring: A medium skin peel can help reduce serious acne scarring and ensure that you recover from this problem more effectively.
  • Manages Wrinkles: A peel may help reduce wrinkles around your eyes and mouth and can help you keep a younger and fresher look for many years.

Talking with your dermatologist before treatment can help you find an option that works the best for your needs. Just as importantly, you can learn more about the potential minor side effects, such as some slight discomfort on the treatment site. These side effects can be avoided with careful preparation with your doctor.

Get the Help You Need

Are you interested in chemical peels in McKinney, TX, but aren't sure where to turn? Call Dr. Ralston at the Dermatology Center of McKinney to learn more. You can call us at (972) 548-0333 to set up an appointment for this and any other treatment. We look forward to working with you.

By Dermatology Center of McKinney
June 28, 2022
Category: Skin Treatments
Tags: Tattoo Removal  

Find out how laser tattoo removal works and whether it’s right for you.

You thought you’d never part with your tattoo, but perhaps it no longer fits your aesthetic, or you want to have it removed for a new job. Whatever the case, our McKinney, TX, cosmetic dermatologist Dr. James Ralston and the Dermatology Center of McKinney team can help. Dr. Ralston offers the PiQo4 laser machine for tattoo removal.

How does PiQo4 laser tattoo removal work?

This sophisticated system is one of the most powerful picosecond lasers available. Contrary to what people might think, laser treatment does not burn away the tattoo. Instead, when directed over the skin, the picosecond pulses break up larger pigments, and those found deeper in the skin. Once those are broken up, our team will go back through with the laser again to remove both surface and smaller pigments that the first pulses did not break up. This ensures better results.

What are the benefits of the PiQo4 laser system?

This system can target larger and deeper areas of the body, which means faster results with fewer treatment sessions. Most individuals achieve the results they want in just three to five sessions. After each session, your body will flush out the ink, which means you’ll begin to see the ink fading after just a single session.

This system also offers four wavelengths, allowing our McKinney, TX, team to target a wide range of tattoo colors for optimal removal. It is also safe to use for all skin types, as it only targets the ink and never causes damage to the skin around it.

How long does each laser treatment take?

The length of the session will depend on the size of the tattoo. Small and medium tattoos can take anywhere from five to 15 minutes, while larger tattoos can take 20 minutes to an hour.

Does it hurt?

Laser technology has certainly come a long way these days, which means that laser tattoo removal is now more comfortable than before. During your session, you will hear the pop of the laser as it’s breaking up the pigments, and you will feel a warming sensation over the area, but it should never be painful. After treatment, your skin may feel sunburned.

If you’ve been wrestling with the idea of getting laser tattoo removal, our McKinney, TX, dermatologist Dr. Ralston can help you determine if our PiQo4 system is right for you. Call the Dermatology Center of McKinney at (972) 548-0333 to schedule a no-risk evaluation.

By Dermatology Center of McKinney
June 24, 2022
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Psoriasis  

Learn more about psoriasis, its warning signs and how to treat it.

Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease that can impact a person’s appearance, health and quality of life. You should turn to a dermatologist if you suspect that you might be dealing with psoriasis. While there is no cure for this disease, there are ways for a dermatologist to help you better manage your symptoms and provide you with relief.

What is psoriasis?

According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, more than 7.5 million adults in the US are living with psoriasis. This immune disorder causes widespread inflammation, particularly of the skin, which results in the development of raised, scaly red plaques on the skin. These plaques may also sting or burn and typically appear on the knees, elbows and scalp.

In some cases, some people with psoriasis may also develop joint stiffness, swelling and pain. This condition is known as psoriatic arthritis, and it’s essential that you turn to a doctor right away if you notice symptoms of arthritis and psoriasis.

What can cause psoriasis to flare up?

Psoriasis comes and goes, so it’s essential to recognize what triggers your flare-ups to avoid them as much as possible. Common triggers include,

  • Stress
  • Other infections, including skin infections
  • Cold, dry weather
  • Sunburn
  • Injuries to the skin such as a bug bite
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Steroid use
  • Certain drugs, such as high blood pressure medication
  • Smoking or being around smoke

When should I see a dermatologist?

If you notice red, cracked or dry patches of skin on your body, it’s a good idea to have your dermatologist look to determine whether or not you could have psoriasis. Suppose you have already been diagnosed with psoriasis. You may wish to turn to a dermatologist regularly if your current treatment plan isn’t working or noticing new or worsening flare-ups.

How is psoriasis treated?

The fast turnover of skin cells leads to the formation of these plaques. To prevent this rapid turnover, there are a variety of lifestyle, topical treatments and therapies that a dermatologist can provide you. Common treatment options for psoriasis include,

  • Topical steroids
  • Retinoids
  • Salicylic acid
  • Phototherapy
  • Biologics (for severe and treatment-resistant forms of psoriasis)

Suppose you live with psoriasis or think you might be dealing with psoriasis. In that case, it’s important that you turn to a dermatologist who can provide you with a proper diagnosis and customized treatment plan.

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