Posts for: June, 2018
You wish you had perfect skin. Frankly, few people do. Even supermodels need help in keeping smooth, intact skin. Moles and warts, two common benign skin lesions, often require inspection and removal by your dermatologists in Andover and Brookline, MA, Dr. Alan Rockoff and Dr. Katherine Fening. At the Rockoff Dermatology Center, you can find your healthiest and most attractive skin.
What is a mole?
It's a flat, brown, blue, black, or flesh-colored lesion. Often, moles appear on the face, arms, or back, and typically, they are round, measuring no larger than a pencil eraser.
Most moles are benign--that is, non-cancerous. However, because of sun exposure, some moles may become malignant. In fact, 90 percent of skin cancers come from excessive sun exposure, says The Skin Cancer Foundation.
Should moles concern you? Well, your Andover and Brookline dermatologist likes patients to check their skin at home, including moles and other skin spots, monthly--particularly after age 40. Also, Dr. Rockoff and Dr. Fening ask patients to come to the office yearly for an eyes-on inspection their skin. These checks help catch cancers early while they are small and treatable.
If you wish to have a mole removed, your dermatologist employs several in-office techniques to comfortably and quickly remove it. Procedures include electrical cautery ("burning" off the mole with electrical current) or surgically shaving the mole flush with the rest of the skin.
Additionally, your skin doctors stress that watchfulness guards you against cancerous skin moles. So apply the ABCDEs of mole inspection and report changes right away. Look for:
- Asymmetry (shape should be consistent top to bottom and right to left)
- Borders (they should be smooth, not scalloped)
- Color (multi-colored moles or ones which change in color could be trouble)
- Diameter (growth to larger than a pencil top eraser is a danger sign)
- Evolving (report any changes in shape)
What is a wart?
It's a benign skin growth, uneven in texture and often occurring on the hands and the soles of the feet (plantar warts). Caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), warts can be unsightly and can easily spread to other parts of the body and to other people, too. HPV typically invades through breaks in the skin as in the areas around the nails.
Warts are easy to treat. Many over-the-counter liquids and patches which contain salicylic acid that slowly dissolves the lesions when applied as directed. Also, your skin doctor offers cryosurgery (freezing) with liquid nitrogen and surgical excision for sizable warts. You and your dermatologist will decide what course of treatment is best for you.
That's what you'll receive at The Rockoff Dermatology Center. If you have a worrisome mole or annoying warts, please call one of our offices for an appointment. Phone (617) 731-2390 in Brookline, and call (978) 475-9230 for the Andover location.
Those facial lines and wrinkles are getting to you--especially the two vertical lines between your eyebrows. You look angry all the time, and you're not angry! What's the solution? It may be Botox from The Rockoff Dermatology Center in Brookline and Andover, MA. Dr. Alan Rockoff and Dr. Katherine Fening use this FDA-approved medication to smooth the lines that make us look different from who we are inside. Do you qualify for this popular and effective skin treatment?
What is Botox?
It's the top cosmetic skin procedure in the United States, says the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and it's popularity increases annually. Made of purified botulism toxin injected under the skin into facial muscles, Botox effectively stops dynamic wrinkling, those lines which appear over time as we laugh, frown, grimace, smile, and simply express ourselves.
Perfect for moderate to severe wrinkles between the eyebrows, at the corners of the eyes (crow's feet), across the forehead, between the nose and mouth and more, Botox limits how much the muscles of the face move. With limited movement comes a smoothing of the skin that's noticeable right after injection at your Brookline and Andover dermatologist's office.
Advantages of Botox
The number one advantage is that it really works. Lines disappear quickly, and skin stays smooth for up to six months. Other benefits include:
- Quick treatment at The Rockoff Dermatology Center (under one hour--perfect as a lunchtime procedure)
- Comfort (the needles are fine)
- No downtime (just avoid anything strenuous--such as your aerobics class--for 24 hours)
Yes, versatile Botox injections help other medical issues. For example, dentists may use Botox to alleviate jaw joint pain. Botox also treats hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), overactive bladder, and migraine headache pain.
Side effects of Botox
Side effects of this safe treatment are minimal--just a mild stinging sensation during the treatment. Afterwards, patients may notice some redness, swelling and mild bruising, but these resolve quickly. Dr. Rockoff or Dr. Fening will review your medical and prescription history and do a careful skin examination before recommending any aesthetic skin procedure, including Botox.
Say goodbye to lines and wrinkles
You likely can when you investigate Botox Cosmetic with your dermatologist at The Rockoff Dermatology Center in Brookline and Andover, MA. To arrange your personal consultation, please contact the office most convenient for you. In Brookline, call (617) 731-2390; and for the Andover location, phone (978) 475-9230.