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Malar Mounds and Festoons: Causes and Treatment Options

· Festoons and Malar Mounds · Comments Off on Malar Mounds and Festoons: Causes and Treatment Options

There are many theories on the cause of festoons, and several terms are used to describe the puffiness often seen along the lower eyelid.  Festoons are below the lower eyelid, a swollen area appearing as a mound, bump or sagging skin around the cheekbones. There is a standard definition to describe the fullness under the […]

Melanoma takes many forms

· Skin Cancer · Comments Off on Melanoma takes many forms

Melanoma does not always present itself as a textbook example. The patient above had a pink, inconspicuous growth on her chest that looked like a bug bite. My patient below had a tiny tan and brown growth above his lip that looked like a ruptured hair follicle. After I did biopsies on both of these […]

Can you die from skin cancer?

· Skin Cancer · Comments Off on Can you die from skin cancer?

Melanoma accounts for the majority of deaths from skin cancer.  It becomes deadly when it spreads (metastasizes), so early detection is critical.  According to the National Cancer Institute, melanoma death rates have recently decreased due to new and improved treatments. Melanoma can develop from an existing mole or nearby, but it can also abruptly appear.  […]

Family History of Melanoma Can Double Your Risk

· Skin Cancer · Comments Off on Family History of Melanoma Can Double Your Risk

The medical history of your close family members is important to share with your doctors.  Even skin cancer can be genetic.  This genetic link combines with shared environmental and familial lifestyle factors that can also lead to skin cancer. By examining a family cancer registry of over 20,000 patients with melanoma, researchers found children and […]

Melanomas on the scalp are more deadly

· Skin Cancer · Comments Off on Melanomas on the scalp are more deadly

Don’t forget your head! When you’re checking yourself for new moles or growths, the one place on your body that is difficult to check is your scalp.  Unfortunately melanomas on the scalp are more deadly than on other locations of the body.  This could be due to a number of factors, including the number of […]

Step-by-Step CO2 Laser Aftercare Guide for Radiant Skin

· Lasers · Comments Off on Step-by-Step CO2 Laser Aftercare Guide for Radiant Skin

By Cynthia Golomb, MD If you’re ready to start your journey to skin rejuvenation, you may have heard of CO2 laser resurfacing.  This treatment can help get rid of fine lines and crow’s feet, minimize pores, and eliminate acne scars.  However, your path towards smoother, firmer skin does not end when you walk out of […]

CO2 CoolPeel Aftercare Tips for a Flawless Recovery

· Lasers · Comments Off on CO2 CoolPeel Aftercare Tips for a Flawless Recovery

By Cynthia Golomb, MD Are you tired of your crow’s feet, eye bags, pores, and more?  Are you ready for a treatment that reveals younger, healthier-looking skin?  If you said yes, I have the treatment for you.  CoolPeel is a light CO2 laser treatment that requires significantly less downtime than a typical CO2 treatment and […]

Large pigmented lesion erased with a chemical peel

· Chemical Peel · Comments Off on Large pigmented lesion erased with a chemical peel

My patient had a large lentigo on her cheek.  Lentigines are pigmented lesions that can be flat or raised.  The most common cause is sun damage. Lentigines can be treated with broad-spectrum sunscreen, sun avoidance, bleaching creams, retinoids, chemical peels and laser. I chose to do a spot chemical peel with a low concentration of […]

For safe manicures and pedicures – you need to do your homework

· Nails · Comments Off on For safe manicures and pedicures – you need to do your homework

by Cynthia Golomb, MD About once a month, I treat a patient for a problem related to a pedicure or manicure.  A frequent issue I see is recurrent staph folliculitis, when hair follicles become infected with bacteria–getting into the tissue through any entry point in the skin like a scrape or cut.  This is why […]

FDA warns that unapproved fat-dissolving injections can cause scarring and severe infection

· Injectables · Comments Off on FDA warns that unapproved fat-dissolving injections can cause scarring and severe infection

The FDA recently issued a warning that receiving non-FDA-approved fat-dissolving injections could lead to permanent scars, skin deformities, and severe infection. The FDA announcement included some scary photos of infected knots on the upper arms of a patient who was injected with an unapproved fat-dissolving substance. Women’s Health magazine just published an excellent article about […]

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