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Lumps and bumps that are present under the skin should always be checked by a dermatologist. coolsculptingA lump or bump which is new, getting bigger, is tender or painful needs to be checked. Even if it turns out to be nothing, it’s important to know for sure that your lumps and bumps aren’t something more serious. When in doubt, call the board-certified professionals at Warrenton Dermatology. Some of the most common types of skin bumps and lesions include:

Skin Cysts

are common and can appear on all parts of the body. They may occur as a result of injury or infection, around a clogged pore, or around a foreign body like a splinter or even a new earring. Cysts are extremely slow-growing, painless, and they feel smooth. Many people describe their cyst as feeling like there’s a pea stuck below their skin. When a cyst is formed around a foreign body, or if it becomes irritated, inflamed, or filled with fluid, surgical excision may be necessary.

Open & Closed Comedos

commonly referred to as blackheads and whiteheads, occur when oil and skin cells accumulate and block pores. If the clogged pore remains open, it looks black. A closed comedo is typically white in appearance. Often, facial cleansers and topical products are effective in removing or reducing the numbers of blackheads and whiteheads. However, you should never pinch or squeeze the skin to remove them. The Estheticians at Warrenton Dermatology will professionally extract them as part of a deep pore cleansing facial or Hydrafacial treatment.

Cherry Angiomas

take their name from the cherry-red coloring of the bump, and typically impact those over the age of 40. They are usually smooth to the touch, and may be as small as a pinhead or grow as large as a quarter inch in diameter. In most cases, these asymptomatic bumps don’t need to be treated. If you don’t like the appearance of these lesions, they can easily be removed using a Lam Probe or cosmetic laser.

Dermatofibromas

are hard, round, reddish-brown bumps, and they most often occur following an injury (bug bite, bump or bruise, cut or scratch). Dermatofibromas contain scar tissue, so they will feel hard. Some people describe them as feeling like a BB gun pellet stuck below the skin. Usually asymptomatic, they may cause some itching, pain, or tenderness. These typically don’t need to be removed, but they can be surgically removed if they become painful.

Folliculitis

occurs when hair follicles are inflamed. This can happen after using chemical-laden products or due to physical irritation from chafing clothing, shaving, or other causes of friction against sensitive skin. Folliculitis most often occurs in the hair follicles on the face, scalp, and thighs. Treatment usually includes avoiding irritation by wearing loose clothing, avoiding shaving the area, and making changes to shaving methods and products. You may also want to use calming lotion or cortisone cream to relieve the itchiness and inflammation. Some patients experience dramatic improvement in symptoms by simply applying a warm, moist compress to the impacted areas. In some cases, a bacterial or fungal infection may occur in combination with folliculitis and will need to be treated using oral and/or topical antibiotics or antifungals. It is best to work with your Dermatologist to develop a treatment plan for this condition

Keratosis Pilaris

looks like “goosebumps” or “chicken skin bumps.” While it may not be attractive, these small bumps that usually appear on the upper arms and thighs, are completely harmless. Treatment is not medically necessary, but there are some medical-grade topical products to improve the cosmetic appearance of keratosis pilaris (often referred to simply as KP). Most people see a dramatic reduction in the appearance of this condition by the age of 30. Symptoms of KP can be treated at home by moisturizing and exfoliating regularly.

Lipomas

are subcutaneous (below the skin) benign soft tissue tumors. The word tumor can be frightening, but lipomas are usually slow-growing and benign. They can occur anywhere on the body, but lipomas most often appear on the neck, shoulders, and trunk. The majority of lipomas are soft, malleable lumps that don’t grow larger than 5 cm in diameter. While they are typically painless, a lipoma may grow large enough to compress nerves in specific areas. If a lipoma grows large enough to cause cosmetic or functional concerns, we may recommend surgical removal.

When Should I Call Warrenton Dermatology?

If your lesion, bump, or lump isn’t growing and doesn’t itch, hurt, burn, or feel warm to the touch, it’s probably a benign skin condition. Still, we recommend having new growths or bumps on the skin checked by a professional. Lumps and bumps can be cancerous, and the only way to diagnose that is to biopsy it. Dermatologists are specially trained to know which lesions need to be biopsied, which need to be treated or removed, and which can be left alone.

By WARRENTON DERMATOLOGY & SKIN THERAPY CENTER
January 31, 2019
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Dermatologist   Tips   Skin Care   Dry Skin   Winter  

winterskinThe winter months can be tough on skin. While most people think summer sun exposure is the hardest on the skin, winter can be just as difficult for our skin cells. In cold, dry winter climates, skin is prone to itching and flaking. Without an effective winter skin care routine, you may experience significant discomfort and potential damage throughout the winter season.

Changes in temperature and humidity can negatively impact your skin’s health. The main cause for concern during winter months is dryness. Cold weather usually means decreased humidity. Windy winter weather and use of heaters will further strip the skin of moisture. Dry skin can feel scaly, chapped or tight, and it may even crack open and bleed. Those who suffer from chronic skin conditions like eczema are much more likely to deal with flare-ups during winter months. The main goal of skin care during winter months is to avoid stripping moisture from the skin and take steps to alleviate dryness.

Winter Skincare Tips:

Turn Down the Heat – It’s not just air temperature that effects your skin…water temperature is very important. Turn down the heat in the shower or bath, as hot water can worsen dry skin; and limit your bath and shower time, because prolonged exposure will also dry out your skin. Apply a moisturizer immediately following your shower or bath.

Major Moisturizer - Use a thick, cream-based moisturizer at least twice per day over the entire body. You should apply a moisturizer immediately following your shower or bath and at least one other time during the day. If you start to experience itching or notice cracking and dryness, apply moisturizer to the affected area right away.

Use a Humidifier - Constantly running heaters during the cold, winter months can strip moisture from the skin. Consider installing a furnace humidifier or putting a humidifier in your bedroom. These humidifiers can replace some of the moisture that the heater is stripping from your home.

Cover Up - Exposure to wind, snow, and ice can also negatively impact your skin. Protect your skin by covering it with accessories like gloves, hats and scarves. For sports like skiing and snowboarding, make sure you wear goggles and other barrier clothing to protect your skin from chapping and windburn. If your clothing becomes saturated with water from melting snow or ice, you should find warm, dry clothing as soon as possible.

Drink Water - Dehydration is not a summer-only concern. Drinking water won’t immediately add moisture to the skin, but regularly consuming plenty of water will help to keep skin cells hydrated. Drink at least 64 fluid ounces of water each day, which is about 8 glasses.

Sunscreen All Day, Every Day - Skin that is exposed to the sun, even in limited amounts, should be protected with sunscreen on a daily basis. There are many sunscreens that can serve as an effective daily moisturizer and sunscreen (get EltaMD UV Lotion at Warrenton Dermatology). Look for SPF 30 or higher.

Protect Your Lips - Our lips are just as likely to become dry, chapped and sun exposed as the rest of the body. Apply a liberal coat of balm with sunscreen built in several times throughout the day. Aloe Vera and Vitamin E are often used to heal damaged skin and relieve dryness, as well.

Visit A Skincare Specialist at Warrenton Dermatology – our skincare professionals are here to help you! Schedule a medical visit for treatment of skin issues that flare in the winter, or schedule a complimentary skin care consultation appointment for help in finding the right products and winter skincare routine just for you. 540-341-1900

By WARRENTON DERMATOLOGY & SKIN THERAPY CENTER
January 02, 2019
Category: Coolsculpting
Tags: Coolsculpting  

This non-invasive treatment could eliminate those stubborn areas of fat.

Losing weight should be as simple as eating right and exercising regularly but we all know it isn’t always that easy. From our stomach to coolsculptingour thighs, many of us deal with problem areas that still carry unwanted fat despite our best efforts. Fortunately, our Warrenton, VA, dermatologist Dr. J.C. Caballero offers a simple, safe and non-surgical way to finally get rid of those unwanted areas of fat and improve the shape and look of your body.

What is Coolsculpting?

Coolsculpting is a simple, FDA-cleared treatment that freezes fat cells to improve certain areas of the body that don’t respond to diet and exercise alone. This procedure provides a painless, safe and non-invasive solution for getting rid of unwanted fat without downtime.

As the cooling technology penetrates certain areas of the body it targets, freezes and destroys fat cells. Over time, the destroyed fat cells are then absorbed by the body, which leaves you with a smoother appearance.

How long does the treatment take?

Coolsculpting treatment takes anywhere from 30-60 minutes, depending on what area or areas you wish to treat. During your consultation, we will discuss your treatment goals and the results you are looking to achieve with Coolsculpting so we can then create a customized treatment plan that works best for you. From there, our Warrenton, VA, CoolSculpting Specialists will let you know how long your treatment sessions will be. Most patients also benefit from multiple treatment sessions over the course of several months.

Coolsculpting is easy. Most patients choose to watch a movie, read a book or even take a quick nap during their treatment. Since it’s non-invasive and doesn’t require anesthesia, you can enjoy a little R&R while also improving your appearance.

When will I see results?

It will take some time for the body to reabsorb the destroyed fat cells. You may start to see results as early as 3 weeks after treatment; however, most patients see the most visible changes after 4-6 months.

Who is a good candidate for Coolsculpting?

It’s important that patients understand that Coolsculpting is not a type of weight loss surgery and it won’t be able to help those who are severely overweight or obese. A good candidate for Coolsculpting treatment will be someone who is within their target weight but wants to target certain areas of stubborn fat. If you want to reduce the appearance of stomach fat, bulging thighs or love handles, then Coolsculpting may be the best option for you.

If you are interested in what Coolsculpting can offer you then it’s time to call Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center today to learn more about this cosmetic body contouring treatment offered right here in Warrenton, VA.

By WARRENTON DERMATOLOGY & SKIN THERAPY CENTER
November 27, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Juvederm  

When you’re young, your face is full of collagen and healthy skin cells that give you a fresh, youthful, and vibrant appearance. As you age juvedermand are constantly exposed to the sun’s harsh rays, you lose some of that valuable tissue and the skin may begin to sag or look flat. An FDA-approved treatment called Juvederm® Voluma XC can help make your skin look young again. Discover more about the benefits of this skin treatment, which is available from Dr. J.C. Caballero at Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center in Warrenton, VA.

About Juvederm® Voluma XC
Juvederm Voluma XC is a revolutionary gel that is injected into the cheeks of your face using a very thin needle. It contains a substance called hyaluronic acid and lidocaine (an anesthetic). The gel helps fix the loss of volume and sagging in the face. It is a treatment that is recommended for patients who are over the age of 21 and meet certain health standards.

Benefits of Juvederm
Aging skin is a natural part of life, but there are ways to rejuvenate your appearance with the help of your Warrenton dermatologist. These are some of the benefits of having a Juvederm® Voluma XC treatment:

- The Juvederm gel lifts, smooths, and contours the cheek area.
- It restores volume and fullness to the skin.
- It makes the cheeks look rounder, which contributes to a younger appearance.
- The results can last for up to two years and are very natural-looking.
- The treatment very subtly changes your features, but the overall effects are very noticeable.
- There’s no need for invasive surgery.

What to Expect During and After Treatment
A Juvederm Voluma session will only take a few minutes of your time, similar to having a Botox treatment. The injections will be added to both cheeks and then you can go right back to work, which is why some patients schedule the appointment on their lunch hours. You may experience some side effects after the treatment, like swelling, redness, or itching, but those symptoms should subside after a few weeks. You’ll be interviewed by your doctor before the session to ensure that you won’t have an allergic reaction.

Call for an Appointment
Explore the benefits of Juvederm® Voluma XC gel and find out if this treatment can help renew your facial appearance. Contact Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center in Warrenton, VA, at (540) 341-1900 to schedule a consultation with Dr. J.C. Caballero.

By WARRENTON DERMATOLOGY & SKIN THERAPY CENTER
July 31, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: IPL treatment  

Do you feel self-conscious about your appearance due to pimples, acne scars, rosacea, or age spots? Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy IPL treatmentoffers a simple way to fade spots and reduce acne. Dr. J.C. Caballero helps his Warrenton, VA-area patients improve their appearance with IPL therapy and other effective treatments offered at Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center.

How can IPL help me?

IPL uses broad-spectrum visible light pulses to eliminate redness, broken blood vessels, hyperpigmentation, and other common facial issues. It can be used to treat:

  • Acne: IPL treatment kills bacteria and stops your body from producing too much sebum, a natural moisturizing substance that can clog pores. The treatment also increases collagen production and improves the appearance of acne scars.
  • Rosacea, Spider Veins, and Broken Capillaries: The IPL device produces a heating effect that breaks apart red blood cells that cause redness. It also causes the destruction of problem blood vessels and capillaries without affecting healthy vessels.
  • Age Spots, Freckles, and Hyperpigmentation: No matter what the cause of your dark spots or freckles, IPL offers an excellent solution. When targeted by the light pulses, pigments in the spots break up, and the darker areas of your skin soon flake off.

What happens during IPL treatment?

Before treatment begins, a cooling gel may be applied to your skin. Although IPL treatment isn't painful, your skin may feel a little warm when the light pulses pass over your skin. The cooling gel helps keep you comfortable during your treatment.

After putting on a pair of protective goggles, you'll relax while your Warrenton dermatologist passes the IPL handpiece over your skin. Treating a single area may take about 30 minutes. After your treatment, you can return to work or your usual activities. Your skin may look a little red for an hour or two, but you shouldn't experience any pain.

You may notice a difference in your skin after one treatment, but you'll probably need at least two to six treatments to enjoy the full effects of IPL treatment. Treatments are usually spaced about three to four weeks apart.

Clear your skin with IPL therapy! Call your Warrenton, VA, dermatologist, Dr. J.C. Caballero of Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center, at (540) 341-1900 to schedule an appointment.





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