Psoriasis Awareness Month

Psoriasis is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that affects about 7.5 million Americans. In the spirit of Psoriasis Awareness Month, we are sharing information about the disease and how to treat it.

What is Psoriasis?In the spirit of Psoriasis Awareness Month, we are sharing information about the disease and how to treat it.

Psoriasis is a medically puzzling and persistent skin disorder. If you have psoriasis, your skin cells multiply up to ten times faster than normal. Because there are so many cells, when they reach the skin’s surface they cause raised, red bumps with white scales. These patches typically occur on the knees, elbows, and scalp, but can affect any part of the body. In fact, there are numerous types of psoriasis and thus a variety of symptoms, from mild to severe. There are also many different triggers of psoriasis, including stress, weather, and certain medications.

How do you treat Psoriasis?

While unfortunately there is currently no cure for psoriasis, the good news is that there are many effective treatment options depending on the type and severity. Even people with severe psoriasis report improvements when actively treating the condition.

Some people opt for traditional treatment methods such as topical creams, shampoos, and oral medication. At WNY Dermatology, our most popular psoriasis treatment is XTRAC, a targeted laser treatment that helps clear symptoms and keep them at bay for longer.

If you are interested in finding out more about XTRAC or other possible evaluation and treatment services we provide, contact us today! We deliver the most current and effective treatments for patients of all ages.

August Lash Lift and Tint Special

Do your natural lashes lack length and volume and don’t hold a curl? Are you looking for a solution that lasts more than a day and doesn’t require a lot of maintenance? If so, be sure to stop in or visit Healthy Complexions Spa by Western New York Dermatology and try our August Lash Lift & Tint special!

The Lash Lift & Tint treatment is perfect for a lasting curl and color for your lashes.

What is a Lash Lift?
CurlPerfect™ Lash Lift is a keratin solution that lifts and enhances your natural eyelashes for six to eight weeks. This one-time treatment is a low-maintenance alternative to false eyelashes or extensions that require frequent replacement and upkeep. With the Lash Lift treatment, you can also avoid using a lash curler, which can damage or even break your eyelashes.

How Does it Work?
The CurlPerfect™ Lash Lift treatment uses keratin cream solutions that curl, set, and condition your natural lashes. After the keratin creams have been applied, we use an organic, vegetable-based tint made specifically for eyelashes that provide the finishing touch to really make your eyes pop. For the best, longest-lasting results, we recommend supplementing the Last Lift treatment with Revitalash, which provides nourishment to your lashes to keep them growing.

The Lash Lift & Tint treatment is perfect for a lasting curl and color for your lashes. You won’t need to worry about curling or even using mascara if you don’t want to!

If you want to give the treatment a try, contact us today at 716-831-2600, ext. 105, to schedule your appointment!

June is National Acne Awareness Month

As summer approaches, so does all things sweaty and dusty. Summer brings fun times but it also brings a fair share of rashes, acne and breakouts. It’s time to tackle your acne once and for all, especially because June is National Acne Awareness Month. This is an opportunity for dermatologists and other healthcare providers to provide patients with more information on how they can best treat their acne.

Summer brings fun times but it also brings a fair share of rashes, acne and breakouts.

What is acne?

Acne is an inflammatory skin condition that affects teenagers and adults alike. Acne typically appears in the face, shoulders, chest and back. Although acne isn’t a serious health threat, it can still cause scarring.

How can acne be treated?

  • There are several ways to treat acne so scaring doesn’t occur:
  • Topical creams
  • Oral medications
  • Medical facials
  • HydraFacials and peels

Our experienced team of certified dermatologists and physicians, here at Western New York Dermatology and Healthy Complexions Spa, will work with you to find an individualized treatment plan to help fight your acne.

We know that everyone’s skin type is different depending on age, diet and lifestyle so we don’t just put you in a “one size fits all” treatment plan. For best results, acne requires a complete treatment regimen whenever possible. We combine prescription treatments with good at home daily skin care regimens to allow patients to reach clearer skin faster and maintain it that way for the future.

We also offer new and innovative treatments to alleviate acne scarring which include laser resurfacing, chemical peels and micro needling.

We want you to have healthy, glowing skin and feel confident this summer.

To learn more about how Western New York Dermatology and Healthy Complexions Spa can help you treat your acne and reduce the appearance of acne scars, please call us at 716-831-2600 to schedule your consultation today.

Celebrating Men’s Health Month in June

What is Men’s Health Month? June is intended to increase the awareness of preventable health issues, encouraging early detection and treatment.

Supported by Men’s Health Network (MHN), Men’s Health Month takes place every June as a reminder to men across the United States of how important it is to maintain one’s health and wellness.

The month is intended to increase the awareness of preventable health issues, encouraging early detection and treatment.

What Should I Be Screened For?

There are numerous screenings that men should have performed on an annual basis, including those for:

  • Prostate Cancer
  • Cholesterol
  • Blood Pressure
  • Glucose
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Mental Health
  • Osteoporosis
  • Low Testosterone
  • Skin Cancer

WNY Dermatology genuinely encourages regular check-ups and screenings in order to catch, and potentially prevent, serious diseases.

What Can I Do to Protect My Health?

The team at WNY Dermatology urges men to take control of their health and make an appointment with us to get screened for melanoma, along with some of the other screenings listed.  Visit your primary physician as well, which should be done yearly.

To take control of your health today, call WNY Dermatology at 716-831-2600.

Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Melanoma AwarenessAs the weather continues to get warmer, people are taking to the outdoors to enjoy some fun in the sun. However, it’s important to protect yourself and your skin as temperatures increase.

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and we want to talk about how important it is to take preventative measures to protect yourself against skin cancer.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S, and melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer.

Every hour of every day one American dies from melanoma – that’s approximately 10,000 per year. That’s a staggering a number, stressing the importance of taking skin cancer seriously.

Here are some tips and facts to educate you on skin cancer and how you might be able to protect yourself against it.

Hard Facts:

  • Melanoma is not just skin cancer. It can develop anywhere on the body – eyes, scalp, nails, feet, mouth, etc. It does not discriminate against age, race, or gender.
  • Skin cancer is largely caused by the sun, 90 percent of melanoma cases were attributed to sun exposure.
  • In ages 15-27, melanoma is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer, and it is the leading cause of cancer death in young women ages 25-30 and the second leading cause of cancer death in the women ages 30-35.
  • Young people who regularly use tanning beds are eight times more likely to develop melanoma when compared to people who have never used them.

Preventative Facts:

  • The best way to help prevent skin cancer is to wear clothes that cover your skin when out in the sun or simply limiting your mid-day time in the sun. Skin cancer is largely caused by the sun, 90 percent of cases were attributed to sun exposure.
  • People should use SPF 30 or greater sunscreen 30 minutes before you spend time in the sun. Every two hours, sunscreen should be reapplied.
  • You can help prevent melanoma by seeking shade whenever possible and avoiding direct sunlight between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

For more information about skin cancer, treating other skin issues, and caring for your skin, visit WNY Dermatology.

Mother’s Day at the Spa with Mom

Mother’s Day at the Spa with MomWith Mother’s Day quickly approaching, time is running out to find that one special gift for mom. Show your mom just how much she means to you by pampering her with a spa day.

Gift certificates for spa services or packages with Healthy Complexions Spa by Western New York Dermatology are always a great gift option.

Our Mother’s Day Spa Packages have several services bundled together at a discounted price.

Spa Getaway

This premiere spa package is the perfect gift for any mom in need of some pampering. Not only will your mom get to indulge in a mani-pedi, but she will also get a chance to recharge with a signature facial. Top that off with a box of chocolates and Mom is in for a decadent day. Our Spa Getaway is priced at $210.

Nail Retreat

For mothers that are constantly aiding to others, simply getting their nails can be such a treat, which is why we created a Nail Retreat spa package. Your mom can sit back, relax, and enjoy both a manicure and pedicure. A box of chocolate also sweetens up this spa package. Our Nail Retreat package is just $80.

Mommy-To-Be

We believe that expectant mothers deserve an extra level of pampering which is why we created a package just for them. Treat the mommy-to-be in your life with a much-needed 60-minute maternity massage by a trained professional. This package also comes with a pedicure and a box of chocolates because she deserves it. Our Mommy To-Be package is just $125.

For more information about booking spa services, visit WNY Dermatology.

How Diet Affects Your Skin’s Health

The winter months can be exceptionalHow Diet Affects Your Skin’s Healthly tough on our skin.

Our skin often becomes dry, irritated, and itchy. We also tend to eat poorly in winter months which can have a negative effect on our skin.

Our diet is an important part of our skin care routine, making it even more important to eat well in winter months.

Consume Fresh Produce

Both fresh fruits and vegetables can contribute to the overall appearance of your skin. Fresh produce is filled with antioxidants which help reduce brown spots and wrinkles, also protecting your skin for the future.

  • Beans, berries, and avocados are all great super foods for your skin.

Eliminate Sugars

Although winter is full of warm pastries and sugar filled treats, none of them will do your face or skin any favors.

Sugar, along with white starches, can contribute to acne issues and raise our stress hormones.

  • Instead of eating buttered white bread, replace it with a whole grain option.

Pick Your Protein

If you are someone that typically eats greasy pepperoni or significant amounts of deli meat and considers those foods your daily dose of “protein,” we’d encourage you to reconsider.

Although these meats are a protein, they are fatty proteins that result in dull skin.

  • Choose chicken or fish as your protein instead to help revive your skin.

Stop the Salt

Many of us are guilty of eating our fair share of chips, popcorn, and other salt-driven snacks.

These snack foods have high salt levels which results in skin that is bloated and puffy. If you have a craving for a salty snack, save your skin and eat something such as raw nuts instead.

  • They’ll satisfy the salt craving and help even out your skin.butterfly

These foods will help keep your skin refreshed and rejuvenated. If you’re having issues with your skin, contact Western New York Dermatology.

Study Shows Promise for Managing Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a condition of the skin where skin cells build up and form scales on the skin along with itchy, dry patches.Study Shows Promise for Managing Psoriasis

It is a common skin condition that affects roughly three million people per year.

When psoriasis flares, it is very bothersome and comes with intense itchiness that burns and pains from where the patches are located.

Dermatologists have believed psoriasis to be a condition that is affected by the immune system with triggers including infections, stress, and cold temperatures.

The treatment involved in controlling psoriasis has been to remove the scales and to stop skin cells from growing quickly.

A recent article discussed a study that was conducted on patients with moderate to severe psoriasis.

The study succeeded at controlling symptoms with a new fixed-dose combination treatment of halobetasol propionate 0.01% and tazarotene 0.045% lotion as an alternative to the typical treatment.

In the study, there were several groups of patients including combination treatment, halobetasol propionate alone, tazarotene monotherapy, or vehicle in the multicenter.

  • After 8 weeks of treatment, there was a 53% success from the combination group with at least a 2-point gain in Investigator’s Global Assessment of Disease Severity and a score of “clear” or “almost clear.”

From the combination therapy, patients experienced greater reduction in erythema (reddening of the skin), plaque elevation, and scaling at the lesion location.

Doctors involved in the study were not too surprised by the results because the drugs used are complimentary mechanisms of action.

The most common adverse reactions noted from the combination treatment were application site reactions, such as minor irritation.

Some skin atrophy was noted as well.

Psoriasis is one of those skin conditions that should be closely monitored by a professional dermatologist.

Ongoing treatment leads to better outcomes and determining which treatment works best for your psoriasis should be discussed with your dermatologist.

WNY Dermatology has extensive experience with managing butterflypsoriasis. Give our team a call today.

Bizarre Skin Care Trends in 2017

With each new year, people commit to making changes and many of those changes revolve around their physical appearance.

Bizarre Skin Care Trends in 2017With 2017 in full-swing, there are a variety of dermatology trends that are surfacing which are expected to be huge this year.

While many dermatologic trends might seem legit, it is important to consult a licensed dermatologist before beginning any new products or skin regimens.

With that being said, we’ve pulled a few trends that the beauty industry expects to take off this upcoming year.

Snail Goo Facials

This doesn’t sound very appealing but it made the top of the list of expected trending skin treatments.

The EscarGlow facial treatment uses snail secretion to renew your skin. According to Dr. Matthew Schulman, who created this facial, “Snail slime has been used for centuries for its unique healing properties.”

Platelet Rich Plasma Injections

Platelet Rich Plasma Injections, also known as PRP, is an injection given to help with hair loss. Research has revealed that PRP can treat hair loss.

The process prepares your blood, securing platelet rich plasmas and your body’s growth factors. These can help regrow hair and prevent future hair from falling out.

Cure Excessive Sweating

If you suffer from excessive sweating, you might be interested in trying MiraDry. In just one to two treatments, this process can reduce hyperhidrosis, also known as excessive sweating.

  • This is procedure uses microwaveable energy to reduce sweat and odor, and can permanently stop you from excessive sweating.

FAST Treatment

If you have experienced bad acne at one point in your life and still have the scars to approve it, you might be interested in this type of treatment. T

he FAST Treatment, invented by Dr. Eric Schweiger, uses focal treatments, lasers, and a full-face Fraxel treatment to improve your skin’s pigment and works to diminish acne scars.

If you are interested in trWNY Dermatologyying something new, make sure you do your research and consult with a dermatologist beforehand. WNY Dermatology can help you find out the best treatments and products for your skin.

A Mom and Dermatologist Diagnosed Her Child with Melanoma

We have dedicated many of our blog posts to melanoma, and although we understand that it is a scary subject to consider, we have to be informed about it in order to protect ourselves.

Mom and Dermatologist Diagnoses Her Child with Melanoma For one mother in Minnesota, who also happens to be a dermatologist, melanoma invaded her personal life when she diagnosed her four year old daughter with it.

Pediatric melanoma, although rare, has risen in recent years, which is why so many doctors have pushed for better skin care awareness.

Dr. Lydia Turnbull noticed a pink bump on the underside of her daughter’s arm and hoped that it was just from a common virus seen in daycares since her daughter had been attending one.

However, after watching the bump grow Turnbull decided to bring her daughter into her clinic for a biopsy, which she did herself.

A lab test result indicated the bump as “atypical spitzoid neoplasm.” The doctor and mother decided to seek out a more experienced lab for a more conclusive result of the specimen.

After over six long weeks of waiting, the results came back. It was childhood melanoma.

“Our girl is one in a million,” said Turnbull as she read the report.

Thankfully the child’s lesion was excised completely and her lymph nodes were clear, keeping the child out of chemotherapy.

She will, however, have to have annual checks by an oncologist and dermatologist every three to six months.

Although this situation is scary for both parents and children, d Dr. Turnbull stressed the importance of checking your children for spots saying, “Look for ugly ducklings. Any spot that doesn’t look right, anything that is different or changing.”

If parents do find spots on their children that are of concern, they should take their child to see a dermatologist.

It is never too early to check your child’s skin for abnormalities or spots that just don’t appear right or have changed recently.butterfly

If you are concerned for your child’s skin, let WNY Dermatology help you.