It’s important to take care of your skin throughout the entire year, but with heightened sun exposure during summer months, it’s critical to make sure you are practicing good habits and skin cancer prevention methods. Dr. George Wooming, your Dallas skin cancer doctor, is an advocate for skin cancer prevention, regular skin cancer screenings, and mole checks. Keep reading to learn how and why to protect your skin from skin damage.
Skin cancer affects people of all ages and ethnicities. There are a few types of skin cancers, with the most common including squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma.
More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined. Although this statistic is frightening, there are ways to reduce your risks of getting it. When you choose to protect your skin against ultraviolet light, you are actively decreasing the chances of developing skin cancer. Having 5 or more sunburns throughout your lifetime doubles your risk of getting melanoma, the most aggressive form of skin cancer. That is why it’s so important to limit your time in the sun and add a few protection measures!
Fortunately, it’s not costly or complicated to protect your skin against sun damage. One of the simplest things you can do is apply sunscreen to your face and other exposed areas daily, even during winter months and overcast days! Another important step is to wear clothing that limits sun exposure. Sunglasses, long sleeve tops, pants, and hats are great items to help protect yourself. Lastly, limit the amount of time you spend in direct sunlight. If you’re going to be outdoors, reduce your time or search for shaded areas to be in.
In addition to protecting your skin against sun damage, it’s also important to be proactive and visit your Dallas skin cancer doctor for regular skin cancer screenings. These screenings play an important role in early detection of skin cancer, and are recommended to happen once a year. Your dermatologist will conduct a full-body exam to look for concerning spots.
Dr. George is one of the most experienced dermatologists in the Dallas area, and is skilled at diagnosing and treating skin cancer. If you need to schedule a skin check with your Dallas skin cancer doctor, contact us to request an appointment.
The only thing more frustrating than dealing with stubborn acne are the scars left behind long after your breakouts are gone. Fortunately, there is a treatment option that will get rid of those facial blemishes. Knox Dermatology offers Bellafill for acne scars, the only FDA-approved dermal filler on the market.
Bellafill® is a dermal filler designed to treat moderate to severe, atrophic, facial acne scars that appear on your cheeks. The injectable treatment must be administered in-office by a healthcare professional, and is considered to be non-invasive. Bellafill® effectively keeps acne scars away for up to five years, and provides natural-looking results that are immediately noticeable.
The combination of collagen and PMMA (polymethylmethacrylate) beads raise the acne scars to the same level of the surrounding skin, therefore adding volume and fading imperfections. In addition, Bellafill® increases the production of collagen over time to provide continued restoration for long-term results.
There are several dermal fillers on the market that treat facial wrinkles and deep folds, but Bellafill® is the only filler that is approved by the FDA to treat acne scarring. If you’re considering treatment to minimize wrinkles and not acne scarring, there are more options to choose from. However, Bellafill® injections last longer than other fillers which tend to dissolve quicker. If you choose Bellafill® for treatment, you will be visiting your provider less often and will save more money overall.
Dr. George Wooming will provide the best Bellafill® Dallas has to offer, but that does not mean the treatment is for everyone. If you still have active acne, are under the age of 21, or have a bovine collagen allergy the treatment is not recommended for you. Your Dallas skin specialist will need to go over your personal medical profile and history to determine if Bellafill® is the right treatment option for your skin.
If you have questions and would like to learn more about using Bellafill for acne scars, please call our office today. You can book an appointment for the best Bellafill® treatment in Dallas by filling out a request form.
Damaged skin is not healthy skin, simple as that. When you don’t take proactive measures to keep your skin protected from the sun, you run the risk of developing issues later on. Keep reading to learn why and how to protect skin from sun damage.
When you protect your skin from sun damage, you decrease the chance of forming skin cancer and other skin issues. Skin cancer affects people of all ages, especially people over the age of fifty. Not just one type of skin cancer exists; there are three main types, including:
Melanoma is the most aggressive type of skin cancer, but if caught early it can be treated. However, you may not even need to have treatment if you make the small effort to protect your skin every day.
A few simple, daily steps make the difference between healthy, glowing skin and damaged, dull skin. First, always apply a sunscreen to your face, neck, hands and other exposed areas of your body. Using a sunscreen, and reapplying if you swim or exercise, is the simplest way to avoid uneven skin tone and skin cancers. Second, wear clothing that covers your skin. A physical barrier, like a long-sleeved shirt, adds another layer of protection along with sunscreen. If you live in a climate with high temperatures, select fabrics that are light and airy, but don’t let sun seep in. Lastly, limit your time spent sitting or standing in direct sunlight. By staying in the shade while you are outdoors, you reduce the amount of exposure your skin gets.
Knox Dermatology is proud to offer the best sunscreens to protect skin from sun damage. Dr. George is an expert in diagnosing and treating skin cancer. If you find yourself in need of a skin check or have a concerning spot, contact us to schedule your appointment or stock up on sunscreen!
Irritated and itchy skin from eczema often results in physical discomfort, and flare ups can be distressing especially with increased hand washing and bathing. During this time when healthcare providers encourage increased hand washing and sanitizing, make sure you educate yourself on how to treat your symptoms. Keep reading for skin care tips from Dr. Wooming, the eczema doctor Dallas patients love.
Eczema is a catch-all term for a group of conditions that affect the skin and make it red, itchy, inflamed and irritated. The two most common types of eczema are atopic dermatitis and contact dermatitis; these can appear on any part of the body, especially the hands, feet, face, elbows as well as the torso. Additionally, eczema can be easily triggered by a number of factors. The most typical triggers are:
Increased levels of hand washing and bathing are a very common trigger for eczema flare ups. Here are a few basic methods patients use to keep bad flare ups at bay:
Dr. George suggests to use these methods year-round, but they can also be used right now when you are washing, scrubbing, and sanitizing more often.
Dr. George Wooming offers telemedicine virtual visits for patients that prefer to see a doctor without going into the office. Through telemedicine, Dr. George has the ability to diagnose and offer treatment options for eczema. Talk with us and make a plan of action to treat your flare ups. Contact Knox Dermatology to schedule an appointment to get started!
Pretty much everyone has suffered from some sort of acne. Whether it’s severe, or just a few blemishes every now and then, you can develop visible scars. Severe acne commonly causes scars on the skin that can lead to low self-esteem, embarrassment, or dislike of your appearance. Keep reading to learn about scars and options for acne scar treatment Dallas provider Dr. George suggests.
Three types of acne scars exist: atrophic, hypertrophic, and keloids. Here is what each is and why they happen:
Atrophic and Hypertrophic scars are more typical and easier to treat. Keloid scars may be more difficult to treat because of their size and tendency to grow back.
Your dermatologist will discuss all of your options and suggest the best course of action based on your condition. Below are the most common types of treatments that target acne scars.
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The easiest treatment to begin with is skin care products with ingredients that help reduce the appearance of scars. Some of these ingredients can include salicylic acid, retinoids, AHAs, BHAs, and lactic acid. Ask your dermatologist which products you should use based on your skin type.
Certain fillers have been developed to improve the appearance of acne scars by introducing a collagen-based product to the skin. Knox Dermatology uses Bellafill as an acne scar treatment. Bellafill works because it contains collagen with polymethylcrylate particles that encourage the production of collagen over time. Bellafill is known as the “five-year filler” for its longevity.
Microneedling also promotes collagen production and can be used for facial rejuvenation. It stimulates the body’s own natural healing process to create collagen and elastin resulting in a smoother appearance and reduction in visible acne scars.
Dr. George Wooming has decades of experience treating acne scars. Schedule your appointment with us to discuss your options with the provider for acne scar treatment Dallas patients trust!
Struggling with keeping healthy, blemish-free skin can take a toll on you emotionally and mentally, and spending time testing product after product without success doesn’t make it any better. But, there is a solution to this common issue. Keep reading for tips from your skin care products Dallas specialist.
A common issue people run into is not knowing what products to use. They go to the drug store and pick the bottles that look the fanciest, without doing proper research to understand the ingredients inside. The easiest way to know which skin care products are best for you is by talking to a dermatologist. He or she will be able to discuss your symptoms and concerns and plan out a regimen. Rather than spending time walking the aisles at the store or researching online, make an appointment. You’ll be happier you did!
At Knox Dermatology, we listen to you and take your lifestyle, budget, and goals into consideration. Some of the brands we trust and often suggest include:
Researching for skin care products on your own is difficult enough, especially when you’re not sure what skin type you have. When you schedule an appointment with Dr. George he will discuss with you what skin type you have. According to Skin Type Solutions, there are sixteen different skin types, all requiring different products. Skin Type Solutions was developed based on the typing system created by Dr. Leslie Baumann. Here’s how it works: Dr. George will determine your skin type based on a number of factors. Then, he will discuss the different products suited for your skin type and how to use them. Some skin types need more products than others, and this will all be explained during your appointment.
Dr. George is your skin care products Dallas specialist and can help you determine your skin type and which products are best for you. Contact Knox Dermatology today to schedule your appointment and start your journey to healthy looking and feeling skin.
Everybody wants to have smooth and even-toned skin. But, it’s hard when unsightly spider veins are visible on your legs. Keep reading to learn more about why sclerotherapy is the best spider vein treatment Dallas patients trust.
Spider veins are clusters of very small blood vessels that appear close to the skin. They can be red, purple, or blue and cause discomfort. Cramps, burning, tingling, swelling, and general discomfort are all associated with untreated spider veins. Getting your veins treated is more than just cosmetic, it can also decrease any pain or discomfort. A few simple ways to prevent spider veins exist, such as:
There are a few different treatment options available based on the severity and size of your veins. Therefore, your doctor will tell you the appropriate treatment for your situation. The most common treatments include:
Depending on their specialty, medical professionals will have different preferences for spider veins treatment. As a dermatologist, Dr. George Wooming offers years of experience in sclerotherapy as the best spider vein treatment Dallas provider.
Dr. George prefers sclerotherapy as a treatment for spider veins for several reasons. Firstly, the procedure is completely safe (with a small possibility of side effects like with any procedure). Secondly, you will feel very little discomfort or pain during the treatment. Lastly, sclerotherapy typically more effectively treats spider veins that other common procedures. Click here to learn more about the procedure.
Sclerotherapy provides the most consistent results for spider vein removal. Dallas patients trust Dr. George as the expert for treating their spider veins, in addition to other cosmetic treatments. Contact Knox Dermatology to set up your appointment!
These tears and rips happen because of what ears are made up of. Earlobes consist of adipose (fatty) tissue, making them not as flexible as the rest of the ear that is made up of cartilage. Because of this, earlobes are subject to ripping and tearing more than any other part of the ear.
Over time, putting stress on your earlobes by wearing heavy earrings or gauges can cause your earlobes to stretch, rip, or tear. With heavy earrings, this new, small hole gets bigger because the weight of the earring pulls down on the earlobe. The same effect happens with gauges, where the weight and size of the gauge causes an enlarged hole, although the effect may be desired. The best way to keep the piercing holes small and your earlobe intact is to wear smaller, less heavy earrings. If you prefer wearing heavy earrings, take these measures to protect your earlobes:
A few options exist for repair depending on the severity of the rip and your desired outcome, including:
Dr. Wooming is able to re-pierce the ear three months after the repair so you can go back to wearing lightweight jewelry.
Dr. George Wooming’s years of experience make him skilled in split and ripped earlobe repair. If you have a ripped earlobe, contact Knox Dermatology to schedule your appointment and get your earlobes back to their natural shape!
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and we think the best way to celebrate is to give our patients insight into skin cancer risk factors. More people will be diagnosed with skin cancer this year than all other cancers combined. Being aware of the main risk factors and trying to prevent them from developing into skin cancer is the first part of the battle.
Aged skin is more prone to skin cancer due to past exposure to UV rays. This is especially common in the current older generation that did not receive as much education on the importance of using sunscreen when working or playing outdoors.
Men are twice as likely to develop skin cancer than women. This is thought to be due to a majority of males not understanding and, in turn, ignoring the importance of using skin care products especially those containing SPF.
Fair skinned individuals are more likely to develop skin cancer. People with moles are more likely to develop melanoma.
Your personal and family medical history also plays a part within skin cancer risk factors. Whether you or a family member have been previously diagnosed with skin cancer, you are more likely to be diagnosed or re-diagnosed.
Medical conditions such as xeroderma pigmentosum, basal cell nevus syndrome and human papilloma virus can also put an individual at a higher risk of developing skin cancer.
In addition to these risk factors, people with previous radiation exposure or that have undergone psoriasis treatment have a higher likelihood of developing the cancer upon the exposed area.
Smokers tend to have a high risk of developing skin cancer.
Tanning bed users are at a very high risk of developing skin cancer. The use of tanning beds is such a risk, that states have gone to such lengths as to ban the use of tanning beds under a certain age.
Have you scheduled your annual skin cancer screening? Make your appointment today for your screening and to discuss these skin cancer risk factors with Dr. Wooming by calling 972-661-5476 or request an appointment online.
Chances are either you or someone you know is participating in Dry January. Dry January is the increasingly popular trend to cut out all alcohol during the first month of the year. The movement was started in 2011 by one woman as a way to improve her training regimen for a half marathon. By 2017, there were estimated to be over 5 million people participating in Dry January. Many participants see it as the first step to creating a new lifestyle in line with their New Year’s resolutions.
It’s not new information that alcohol consumption isn’t the best thing for your body. An occasional, responsible beer or cocktail is fine, but over-consumption is not recommended. To fully understand the skin benefits of Dry January, it’s important to understand what alcohol is doing to your skin in the first place.
Alcohol is known to dehydrate your body, and therefor, dehydrate your skin. Skin dehydration leads to early onset wrinkles, which may make you appear up to 10 years older.
Drinking in excess can cause your body to suffer from a zinc deficiency, which leads to a strong histamine reaction. This reaction causes inflammation that can lead to facial redness or rosacea.
Depending on the specific beverage and mixtures, alcohol can contain an excess amount of sugar which can lead to acne.
In addition to the many skin benefits of Dry January, it can also help you to lose weight, improve your sleep, give you more energy, improve your overall mental health and more.
Once Dry January is over and you decide to welcome alcohol back into your lifestyle in February, do it safely and combat the harsh effects that alcohol can have on your skin. Physicians recommend eating a full meal before or during alcohol consumption. They also suggest alternating servings of alcohol with servings of water to replenish the skin from dehydration.
If you have questions on how to improve your skin’s general well-being, schedule an appointment with Dr. Wooming by calling 972-661-5476 or request an appointment online.