Causes of Eczema

Do you often experience skin rashes and itching? If so, you might be suffering from eczema. Eczema is most commonly considered a skin allergy or sensitivity, and is also known as atopic dermatitis, or atopy. This issue is hereditary in most cases.

Common symptoms of eczema include red, inflamed, itchy, swelling, crusting, and scaling skin. There are several different types, including contact, allergic contact, seborrheic, nummular, neurodermatitis, and stasis dermatitis.

Unfortunately, doctors are unsure of exactly what causes eczema. Although it is considered a type, it is not technically a skin allergy. It is thought that it results from a combination of genetics, environment, abnormal immune system functioning, certain activities or lifestyle habits, and defects in the skin barrier causing dryness and germs.

Our skin doctor in Tarzana wants patients to know that although it runs in the family, eczema is not contagious. Furthermore, it can be treated at different levels. If the symptoms are mild, a good skin care routine may be all that is needed. Our expert in eczema in Tarzana will likely recommend certain soaps and moisturizes, short warm showers, stress management, and a humidifier, as well as a specific medication.

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Facial Volume Restoration Methods

The face is often the first area on the body that begins to show noticeable signs of aging. This is considered a problem by many, as the face is always the first thing others see, not to mention we see when we look in the mirror. This is why facial dermatology is one of the most common procedures asked about in our office.

Facial volume restoration methods are able to address many of the known signs of aging. These signs include:

• Nasolabial folds, which reach from the corner of the nose to the mouth
• Oral commissures, or the folds just below the corners of the mouth
• Jowls, or the sagging skin beneath the jaw line.

The various facial restoration methods our Tarzana dermatologist employs can add volume to the face that creates a more youthful look, overall. All of the processes involved produce very natural improvements that focus on restoring the look of the face as opposed to creating new features. The most common way to restore lost volume is with dermal fillers, a safe tool that has been used now for many years.

Schedule an appointment with our expert in facial volume restoration in Tarzana to learn more about what these treatments can do for you.

What is Mohs Surgery?

Named for Dr. Frederick Mohs, the doctor who devised it in the 1930s,Mohs micrographic surgery is now the leading cause of successful skin cancer removal. It is described among doctors as “elegant” and its uses are both simple and far-reaching. Simply, Mohs surgery eradicates cancerous tissue so completely that patients have a 98 percent cure rate.

Mohs surgery intends to isolate the last remaining cancer cell in the diseased area. This focus on thoroughness treats the cancer as having a root system, similar to a tree, a root system that filters through the various skin layers. Using this intricate technique, our expert in Mohs surgery in Tarzana is able to peel away cancerous skin layers one by one until the area is entirely free of disease.

Contrast this with standard excision, during which the doctor removes as much cancerous tissue as possible, along with a certain amount of bordering healthy tissue, in one large sweep. The negative of this method is its guesswork—the surgeon can remove only as much tissue as she can theorize is necessary.

Mohs surgery incorporates microscopic technology during the excision, allowing for its unprecedented vision into the status of the cancer.

To get the latest on Mohs micrographic surgery, contact our Tarzana dermatologists.

Chin Enhancement Options

Temporary chin augmentation is a positive alternative to the traditional surgical implantations used in the past. In addition, enhancement through non-surgical options bypasses the problems of general anesthesia and a painful recovery period. Our expert in chin enhancement in Tarzana provides pleasing results that last over a year using simple fillers known as Radiesse and Restylane.

Radiesse is one of the most innovative treatments for reducing fine lines, folds, and wrinkles in the chin. Comprised of calcium hydroxylapatite, a substance found naturally in the body, Radiesse has the ability to first plump up the skin, and then actually promote natural collagen growth. This triggers new tissue development. For this reason, Radiesse is seen as a great substitute to the difficulties of implant surgery. Even more, these fillers can be done in as little as 15 to 20 minutes with very little risk of complications. You can even walk out with immediate results.

Restylane is a bio-degradable filler also made up of substances naturally occurring in the body. This product is a great alternative to animal based fillers that have been used in the past. Restylane not only fills in lines and wrinkles, but it also promotes the addition of hydration to the skin. No incisions or removal of tissue are necessary, making it one of the most attractive and minimally-invasive options that our Tarzana dermatologist can provide you with.