Posts for category: Dermatology
As with any form of cancer, early detection is crucial to its successful treatment. Many forms of cancer grow inside the body and are not visible to the naked eye, making early detection difficult or even impossible without specific testing. Skin cancer, on the other hands, is visible and, in some cases, even obvious, making early detection more common than with other cancers. Learning the early signs of skin cancer can help save your life. Find out more about skin cancer and how to detect it in its earliest stages with Dr. Gerald Newman at Bayside Laser & Skin Care Associates in Annapolis, MD.
What are the early signs of skin cancer?
Abnormal moles are the most common early sign of skin cancer. If you notice a new mole at all, you should see your dermatologist and have it checked out. Generally, moles do not change in size, shape, or color and remain generally the same though they may morph slightly over a long period of time. However, moles which change quickly or appear out of nowhere are considered questionable and should be seen by a doctor.
The ABCDEs of Early Detection of Skin Cancer
Detecting skin cancer early is often pretty obvious if you are informed and know what to look for. Use the ABCDEs to determine if your mole is questionable:
- Asymmetry: Normal moles are symmetrical in shape.
- Border: Non-cancerous moles have a smooth border.
- Color: Moles should be one solid color, ranging from pink to brown.
- Diameter: A mole should not be greater than six millimeters in diameter, or about the size of a pencil eraser.
- Evolution: You may notice a slight change in normal moles, such as becoming raised or flat or getting slightly darker or lighter. However, a mole that changes quickly, not over the course of years, is cause for concern.
Finding Skin Cancer Early in Annapolis, MD
Early detection is paramount to successfully treating skin cancer. If you have a mole you think may be cancerous, do not hesitate. Contact your dermatologist right away to ensure that you receive the treatment you require. Yearly skin examinations with your dermatologist are a great way of preventing skin cancer and allow your doctor to examine your entire body, even areas you cannot easily see.
For more information on skin cancer and its early detection, please contact Dr. Newman at Bayside Laser & Skin Care Associates in Annapolis, MD. Call (410) 224-8001 to schedule your appointment today!
Get healthier new skin in the New Year with a little help from these dermatological treatments.
We know that having skin problems can certainly affect not only your appearance but also your self-esteem. Whether you are dealing with lines and wrinkles that are starting to show your age or you have stretch marks post-pregnancy, our Baltimore and Annapolis, MD, dermatologist Dr. Gerald Newman can make sure that you get the treatment you need to improve your appearance.
Have you always wanted to improve your skin and reduce the appearance of problem areas? We know most people are probably nodding their heads as they read this. Our Annapolis, MD, skin doctor understands that while a lot of people want to seek cosmetic dermatology to reduce the effects of certain skin conditions.
MegaPeel® offers a chemical-free and non-surgical alternative to exfoliate and enhance the look, tone, texture and appearance of your skin. You could be a good candidate for MegaPeel® if you are looking to reduce or eliminate these common issues:
- Sun damage
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Acne scars or other superficial scars
- Rough, uneven or pitted skin
- Stretch marks
- Enlarged pores
- Milia (tiny white bumps)
How does MegaPeel® work?
This handheld device contains a variety of microcrystals at its tip. When the device is placed over the skin it provides a gentle exfoliation to remove the outermost layers of the skin to uncover brighter, healthier and clearer skin underneath. This device not only exfoliates away dead skin but also boosts blood flow to the area and stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, which are instrumental in keeping skin firm.
There is minimal discomfort during the MegaPeel® procedure so anesthesia is not required. It can be performed in less than one hour and patients can go right back to their daily activities since there is no post-treatment downtime.
Bayside Laser and Skin Care Associates in Baltimore and Annapolis, MD, is dedicated to helping you get the cosmetic treatment you need to get the beautiful, radiant skin you want. If you want to learn more about MegaPeel® and whether you are a good candidate for treatment, schedule a consultation with us today.
Regular screening for colon, prostate and breast cancer has become the norm for many people in the United States. However, nationwide, skin cancer screenings are still not as common as they should be, according to a study done by the National Institute of Health. At Bayside Laser and Skin Care Associates in Annapolis, MD, Dr. Gerald Newman wants all of his patients to schedule yearly skin cancer screenings, especially since he makes it an easier and more accurate experience with dermoscopy. Learn more about this unique approach to skin cancer detection here.
What is dermoscopy?
Sometimes called dermatoscopy, dermoscopy is the process in which your dermatologist uses a special tool, called a dermatoscope, to closely inspect lesions on the skin. A dermatoscope looks similar to an otoscope used to examine the ears at a physician's office; it consists of magnifying glass and a light, allowing Dr. Newman to carefully review the well-defined properties of suspicious lesions that might not be immediately seen during a standard skin check.
What are the advantages of dermoscopy?
Early detection of skin cancer, in particular melanoma, is associated with a higher cure rate and a lower likelihood of invasive complications. Scheduling yearly dermoscopy screenings from your Annapolis dermatologist is therefore the best and most accurate way of detecting minor problems before they become major. Because a dermatoscope allows Dr. Newman to carefully examine the properties of each lesion, benign lesions are less likely to be removed unnecessarily, cutting back on cost, lab analysis and healing time.
Are there other uses for dermoscopy?
A dermatoscope is an extremely useful tool for your dermatologist. It can be used to diagnose hair and skin disorders like alopecia, fungal infections or lice. Close examination means that diagnoses can be made quickly instead of waiting for lab results to return.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gerald Newman of Bayside Laser and Skin Care Associates in Annapolis, MD, contact our office today! A member of our helpful staff will be happy to assist you!
Although the fountain of youth is only a fairy tale, Botox can help you and your complexion look and feel younger. This treatment, available at your Annapolis, MD dermatologist’s office, is quick, easy and effective. But how does Botox work? Find out with help from Dr. Gerald Newman at Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery Associates of Annapolis and Bayside Laser and Skin Care Associates.
What is Botox?
Botox is a dermatological treatment which involves injecting Botox into the facial skin. Botox freezes the muscles underneath the skin, paralyzing the muscle and preventing wrinkles and fine lines from forming. Botox also relaxes the skin, which smooths existing wrinkles and lines. Doctors administer Botox over 6 million times a year, with about 90% of patients reporting that they are happy with their results.
How does Botox work?
When injected into the skin, Botox stops the signals sent from the nerve to the brain to move the muscle. The muscle no longer moves and prevents new wrinkles since the skin remains flat. The paralyzed muscle also allows the skin over it to relax, smoothing out and lessening the appearance of existing wrinkles and fine lines. The procedure itself begins with the patient lying on an examination table. Your doctor uses a very fine needle attached to a syringe to inject Botox into the problem areas of the facial muscles. Most patients focus on the area between their eyebrows and the areas on the sides of the eyes.
Botox Treatment in Annapolis, MD
Botox is recommended for adults over the age of 18. Patients should be in good general health and have realistic expectations for their results. Most patients report feeling a slight pinch at the injection site but say the procedure itself is painless. There may be some pain and swelling around injection sites for the first day or so. Treatments last around 15 minutes and have no downtime or recovery period. Doctors also use Botox to treat conditions like migraine headaches, excessive sweating and muscular, bladder and bowel disorders.
For more information on Botox, please contact Dr. Newman at Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery Associates of Annapolis and Bayside Laser and Skin Care Associates in Annapolis, MD. Call (410) 224-8001â€‹ to schedule your Botox session with Dr. Newman today!
Find out if VBeam laser treatment is the right away to remove rosacea-related redness from your skin.
It’s hard to hide problems when they are right there on your face for the world to see. If you are dealing with redness from rosacea, and it has you embarrassed, it’s time to talk to your Annapolis, MD dermatologist, Dr. Gerald Newman, about a new technology that could improve your skin’s appearance.
What is VBeam?
This dye laser is administered in pulses to treat vascular issues like dilated blood vessels due to rosacea. Sometimes this technology is referred to as a vascular laser because the laser targets the red protein known as hemoglobin that is found within the blood vessels.
Who is a good candidate for this laser skin treatment in Annapolis?
Those who are dealing with skin redness on any part of their face due to rosacea or dilated blood vessels can often benefit from getting VBeam from their Annapolis, MD skin doctor. Besides helping those with rosacea, it can also remove angiomas (small clumps of blood vessels), red birthmarks (also known as port wine stains), warts, scars, bruises and sun damage.
However, this laser treatment isn’t right for everyone. Those who are pregnant, who’ve used Accutane over the last six months or those with a history of cold sores may not be good candidates. However, your Annapolis, MD dermatologist can help you determine which treatment could be ideal for your needs.
What are the benefits of choosing VBeam?
Most patients with rosacea see about a 50 to 75 percent improvement between three to five treatment sessions. Because rosacea is a long-term condition, it’s a good idea to continue getting subsequent treatments about once or twice a year. Other skin conditions, like red birthmarks, may require more treatment sessions.
Are there any side effects?
Bruising tends to be the most common side effect after treatment. You will wear eye protection during your treatment and it’s important that you keep them on to protect your eyes from damage. Other issues like scarring or blistering are extremely rare.
Have questions about VBeam? Interested in reducing your rosacea redness? Then it’s time you turned to Bayside Laser and Skin Care Associates in Annapolis, MD for all of your skin care needs. Call us today!