Posts for: July, 2018
According to dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), first-degree burns are very common and frequently occur after accidentally touching a hot stove, curling iron or hair straightener. Sunburn can also be a first-degree burn. Burns can easily happen during summer firework and campfire season; However, unlike the more severe second or third-degree burns, first-degree burns only involve the top layer of the skin. If you have a first-degree burn, your skin may be red and painful, and you may experience mild swelling.
“Most first-degree burns can be treated at home, however, it’s important to know what to do,” says boardcertified dermatologist Darrell S. Rigel, MD, a clinical professor at New York University. “Although first-degree burns aren’t as serious as higher-degree burns, they can hurt quite a bit and can leave a scar if not properly treated.”
To treat a first-degree burn, Dr. Rigel recommends the following:
- Cool the burn. Immediately immerse the burn in cool tap water or apply cold, wet compresses. Do this for about 10 minutes or until the pain subsides.
- Apply petroleum jelly two to three times daily. Do not apply ointments, toothpaste or butter to the burn, as these may cause an infection. Do not apply topical antibiotics.
- Cover the burn with a nonstick, sterile bandage. If blisters form, let them heal on their own while keeping the area covered. Do not pop the blisters.
- Consider taking over-the-counter pain medication. Acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help relieve the pain and reduce inflammation.
- Protect the area from the sun. Once the burn heals, protect it from the sun by seeking shade, wearing protective clothing, or applying a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. This will help minimize scarring, as the redness from a burn sometimes persists for weeks, especially in those with darker skin tones.
“First-degree burns usually heal on their own without treatment from a doctor,” says Dr. Rigel. “However, if your first-degree burn is very large, if the victim is an infant or elderly person, or if you think your burn is more severe, go to an emergency room immediately.”
Full lips have always been in fashion, but not everyone's genetics get the message. Lip liners and glosses can only do so much, and you might not feel comfortable with the idea of surgery. But if you're interested in a natural, immediate and minimally invasive way to plump up your lips, lip fillers are offered at Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Care in Warrenton, VA. Learn how Dr. J.C. Caballero uses lip fillers to enhance his patients' smiles and self-confidence!
What do I need to know about lip fillers?
The lip fillers we use at Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center are made from hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in the body and provides cushioning, lubrication and regeneration of cells. When injected under the skin around the lips using a hypodermic needle, it smooths out lines and enhances the natural curvature of the mouth. The longevity of the results varies from patient to patient; it's all dependent on which filler you choose and how long it takes for your body to metabolize the ingredients. On average, you can expect your lip fillers from your Warrenton dermatologist to last between six and twelve months before needing a "refill."
Who should/shouldn't get lip fillers?
Patients who want to customize the way their lips look are excellent candidates for lip fillers. That's because each product offers slightly different results, and can be administered to both the upper and lower lips or just one area. Although your results should be obvious immediately, it will be a few days before the initial swelling disappears. Therefore, if you are planning to have this procedure before a wedding or a photo session, you may want to plan it a few weeks in advance. If you want permanent changes to the shape or size of your lips, you may want to look into other options, since lip fillers are naturally absorbed by the body within a few months.
A consultation with your dermatologist about your goals with lip fillers will help determine a realistic result that fits your budget. Contact Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Center in Warrenton, VA to schedule your appointment with one of our medical professionals today!