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Doctor insights on: Is Microderm Abrasion Done By A Dermatologist

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Is microderm abrasion done by a dermatologist?

Is microderm abrasion done by a dermatologist?

Yes.: Many dermatologists provide that service. Some spas offer mda as well, but they seldom if ever have adequate medical supervision. I personally would not wish to risk the damage to my face that might result from an mda done by an unqualified person. ...Read more

Abrasions (Definition)

An abrasion is a wound caused by superficial damage to skin no deeper than dermis or mucous membrane.It is less severe than laceratin and bleeding ...Read more


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Is laser resurfacing done by gyn too?

Is laser resurfacing done by gyn too?

Probably, but...: Unfortunately, many doctors are performing procedures for which they are not adequately trained. These are almost always cosmetic procedures not covered by insurance that require payment in advance. Your best bet is to see a board-certified plastic surgeon, facial plastic surgeon or dermatologist with experience in laser treatment and the ability to handle any complications. ...Read more

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Is derma roller commonly offered as a procedure in dermatologists' offices--or is it an "at home" treatment? For scar tissues and/or acne scars

Is derma roller commonly offered as a procedure in dermatologists' offices--or is it an "at home" treatment? For scar tissues and/or acne scars

Dermal Roller: Dermal roller should be performed by a board plastic surgeon or dermatologist certified. It is not without risk of scarring and damage to skin and soft tissues. It can work well in the right hands for improving acne scarring. ...Read more

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Is it possible to remove eczema spot by laser?

Is it possible to remove eczema spot by laser?

Laser for eczema: No. Excimer laser has shown benefit for psoriasis, but no for eczema (two very different diseases). True eczema spot can be easily treated by topical medication from your dermatologist. ...Read more

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What can be done for a skin burn after melanocyl (methoxsalen topical solution)?

What can be done for a skin burn after melanocyl (methoxsalen topical solution)?

Sucralfate: I recommend using sucralfate. There is a company, avene, that has this in an cream type form called "cicalfate". Speeds healing very nicely. ...Read more

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Is a protective cream applied before or after a co2 laser skin rejuvenating procedure?

Is a protective cream applied before or after a co2 laser skin rejuvenating procedure?

Afterwards: Yes, a soothing cream is applied at the end of the procedure. There are a number of choices here - i usually use aquaphor. ...Read more

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Which is better for acne: a microdermabrasion treatment or a chemical peel?

Which is better for acne: a microdermabrasion treatment or a chemical peel?

Peel does more!: A chemical peel will remove the top layers of skin, including living cells, thus requiring healing, and stimulating new collagen in the dermis and epithelial cells on the surface. Microdermabrasion generally removes only the topmost dead layers of skin cells, leaving the skin softer but not requiring healing. Laser resurfacing and surgical dermabrasion also remove living tissue and yield results! ...Read more

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Can skin whitening be done by plastic surgery?

Can skin whitening be done by plastic surgery?

Plastic surgery : There are several products with hydroquinone that can lighten the skin. Please see a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Is laser skin resurfacing an effective procedure for facial hyperpigmentation caused by addison's disease?

Is laser skin resurfacing an effective procedure for facial hyperpigmentation caused by addison's disease?

Possibly: Thanks for an excellent question. I would reccomend you see a board certified dermatologist to exam your pigmentation and skin quality prior to adding any laser energy. ...Read more

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Can you remove a keratosis pilaris alba by a laser?

Can you remove a keratosis pilaris alba by a laser?

Keratosis Pilaris: Keratosis pilaris alba (kp) and no cure and treatment is individualized. Depending on the severity of presentation, medical treatment can be combined with minor surgical treatment such as extractions, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, dermabrasion, laser hair reduction, intense pulsed light therapy, . ...Read more

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Had new derm perform a thorough skin cancer screening. He didn't use a dermoscope but a magnifier with light. Is this tool equally appropriate? Normal results using it.

Had new derm perform a thorough skin cancer screening. He didn't use a dermoscope but a magnifier with light. Is this tool equally appropriate? Normal results using it.

Skin: if a Dermatologist told you that you are skin cancer free then he is correct, he would have used the dermascope if he felt that there was an area of concern. So relax and enjoy life. ...Read more

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Docs, could a dermatologist remove acne with a laser?

Docs, could a dermatologist remove acne with a laser?

Yes and no: The laser will not remove acne in the form of lasering it off in one simple shot. Some lasers are able to reduce and control acne lesions but in general this is not the first thing to do. Topicals and medications are oftern initiated and the laser an addition later on. Some lasers like Q switched ones help exfoliate and my kill the bacteria causing the acne. Other lasers help exfoliate ...Read more

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Black spot in labia minora diagnosed by a dermatologist via dermoscopy as seborrhiec keratosis , is it dangerous ? Thank you

Seborrheic keratosis: A seborrheic keratosis is a benign growth and is not dangerous. For further information see a chapter i wrote on seborrheic keratosis in an electronic textbook of dermatology. www.emedicine.com\dermatology\seborrheic keratosis. ...Read more

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Should i go to a cosmetic plastic surgeon, dermatolgist or esthetician for acne scar/hyperpigmentation. I would like laser produces or peels done.

Should i go to a cosmetic plastic surgeon,  dermatolgist or esthetician for acne scar/hyperpigmentation. I would like laser produces or peels done.

See a Specialist: You should see either a dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon who specializes in acne scarring, cosmetic surgery and lasers. They would own many lasers and have many years of experience treating acne scarring, hyperpigmentation and other disorders. Chemical acid peels do not work as well as lasers but some doctors do not own any lasers and only offer chemical peels. But lasers cost more. ...Read more

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Can an antibacterial treatment be done for a scar?

Can an antibacterial treatment be done for a scar?

Healed, no tx needed: A scar forms when there is healing of an injury to the tissues. Remember that with almost all wounds, healing continues for months and months as we change the stress on the tissues. A scar forms as a result and may have many different appearances and colors. However, once it isi healed, it should not have any infection and so antibacterial treatments are not needed unless it becomes infected. ...Read more

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How much would scaling & root planing cost and should it be done by a periodontist instead of a general dentist?

How much would scaling & root planing cost and should it be done by a periodontist instead of a general dentist?

Reasonable: It's common for a fee of $250 or so per quadrant, so that seems ok. The hygienist is probably the one to do the work so you could go either place. But the key is to reevaluate your condition about six weeks after the deep cleaning and perhaps go to the periodontist for that if your general dentist thinks you have an advanced case. ...Read more

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Is it possible to use retin a (tretinoin) without seeing a dermatologist?

Is it possible to use retin a (tretinoin) without seeing a dermatologist?

Yes: While Retin-A (brand of topical tretinoin) is only available by prescription, any non-dermatologist can prescribe it. However, if you're not responding as desired, then you should consider getting a 2nd opinion & expert care from a dermatologist. ...Read more