Posts for: July, 2016
Think you sweat a lot? Find out if your sweat sessions could be due to a medical condition.
Do you sweat through several shirts a day? Do you find that your hands are almost always drenched in sweat, making it embarrassing to shake hands with people? If this sounds like you, then learn more about hyperhidrosis and how our Andover and Brookline, MA dermatologists, Dr. Alan Rockoff and Dr. Katherine Fening, can help provide some relief.
What is hyperhidrosis?
Simply put, this condition is characterized by excessive sweating. Even though people with hyperhidrosis don’t happen to have more sweat glands than other people, the sweat glands they have are overactive. There are several areas of the body that can experience hyperhidrosis including the hands, underarms, feet and face.
What causes it?
There are two main causes for hyperhidrosis:
Primary: This condition is often inherited, meaning that someone in your family may also deal with this same problem.
Secondary: Certain medical conditions, medications and lifestyle choices (e.g. alcoholism) can predispose you to hyperhidrosis.
How do I treat hyperhidrosis in Andover and Brookline?
While this can be an embarrassing issue to deal with, the good news is that there are many treatment options. This condition requires a proper diagnosis and treatment plan from your skin doctor. Once we determine whether you are dealing with primary or secondary hyperhidrosis we can create the treatment plan that is right for you. Here are some of the more conservative treatment options:
- Oral medications: An anticholinergic may be prescribed but because it is a systemic treatment keep in mind that it can dry out the whole body.
- Topical medications: By applying cream to the affected areas of the body you can control the amount of sweating that occurs.
- Electrical therapy: Also referred to as Iontophoresis, this treatment uses exposure to electrical currents in water to minimize sweat gland activity. This therapy is performed several times a week in order to be successful.
- Botox: While you may only know this treatment for targeting wrinkles and lines it can do so much more including treat hyperhidrosis of the face, hands and underarms. A series of thin needles are injected into the area and the results can last for several months before needing to be repeated.
If these treatments don’t provide you with the relief that you had hoped for then you may want to talk to us about the pros and cons of surgery.
Want to make a good impression but worried that you’ll sweat through a first date or big interview? Don’t let this be your biggest concern. Turn to The Rockoff Dermatology Center in Andover and Brookline, MA right away!
Tired of lines and wrinkles defining your look? Maybe it’s time to get Botox!
There is a reason Botox has become one of the most popular cosmetic treatments available. Are you interested in finding out what it can do to boost your appearance? If so, then isn’t it about time you talked to Dr. Alan Rockoff and Dr. Katherine Fening, our Brookline and Andover, MA dermatologists, about what Botox can do for you?
What is Botox and how does it work?
Botox is made from a neurotoxin called Clostridium botulinum that is naturally occurring within the environment. This neurotoxin is injected into the surface of the skin to temporarily prevent certain muscles from contracting. In return, lines and wrinkles appear smoother.
How is Botox performed?
Once your Brookline and Andover skin doctor has deemed you ideal for this cosmetic treatment the Botox procedure only takes a few minutes to administer. Botox is injected right into the muscles of the face or neck (depending on what areas you are treating) to temporarily paralyze the muscles and to keep them from contracting. Patients won’t notice results right away but will notice the effects of the treatment between 24-72 hours later.
What does Botox treat?
Botox is most often used to handle these cosmetic issues:
- Forehead wrinkles
- Crow’s feet (wrinkles around the eyes)
- Frown lines
- Lip lines
- Lines around the chin, mouth and neck
How long do results last?
Once your brilliant results start shining through you can expect them to last anywhere between four to six months before the muscles return to normal. But you will notice that even when wrinkles and lines reappear they will look smoother and less noticeable than they were before treatment. Plus you can always opt for subsequent Botox treatments to maintain your results for longer.
If you are ready to enhance and improve your appearance then call The Rockoff Dermatology Center in Brookline and Andover, MA today and find out if Botox is right for you!