Know how to spot the early signs of skin cancer.
While we know that finding out that you have skin cancer can be rather scary, it’s comforting to know that skin cancer is actually relatively easy to spot because it’s often someplace where you can see it; however, skin cancer can develop anywhere, even areas that get little sun exposure. This is why it’s important to perform regular skin exams, so when a problem does arise you can turn to our Charleston, SC, dermatologist Dr. Joseph Myers, Jr. right away.
Here’s what to lookout for:
- Moles that change shape, size, or color
- Moles or any new growths that suddenly appear
- A sore that doesn’t heal
- A brown or black mark under a nail
- A growth that itches, bleeds, or scabs over
While melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, when detected early it can be treated. If you are dealing with any changes in your skin it’s important to play it safe and visit your Charleston, SC, skin doctor. And even if you aren’t experiencing any symptoms or changes in your skin it’s important to see your dermatologist once a year for a comprehensive skin cancer screening.
It’s important to know that even if you have skin cancer you may still feel completely fine. Not everyone with cancer feels ill. Sometimes the only tip-off that someone has skin cancer is a suspicious mole or growth.
What are the risk factors for skin cancer?
There are several factors that can increase your risk for developing melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers. These factors include:
- A family history of skin cancer
- Fair skin and light features (e.g. blonde hair; blue eyes)
- Having had a sunburn in the past
- Having a large number of moles
- UV exposure
- Radiation exposure
- Psoriasis treatment
If you have a family history of skin cancer it’s particularly important that you see a dermatologist every year and that you continue to examine your own skin once a month so that you are able to detect problems sooner.
When was the last time you got a full-body skin cancer screening? If you’ve never had one or if it’s been more than a year then it’s time to call Magnolia Dermatology in Charleston, SC, to schedule your next preventive skincare checkups. It could just end up saving your life.
Find out which dermal fillers will best meet your cosmetic goals.
The idea of aging isn’t fun for anyone, especially when it’s clearly visible on your face. Did you know that one reason aging is so visible is because of volume loss? As we get older, our skin thins out and cheeks begin to hollow. Our bodies also don’t produce as much collagen and elastin, which keeps skin taut and firm. Luckily our Charleston, SC, cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Joseph Myers, Jr. offers different dermal fillers to address and reduce these signs of aging.
Here are the different injectable fillers we offer here in Charleston, SC.
If you are dealing with moderate-to-severe creases and folds, or want to improve the shape and contour of your cheeks and face then Radiesse might be right for you. Unlike other dermal fillers, Radiesse is not used to plump up lips.
Results: Lasts up to one year or more
Another hyaluronic acid filler, Belotero Balance is also designed to improve facial volume and structure while targeting lines around the mouth, as well as moderate-to-severe lines and wrinkles around the nose and mouth (also known as nasolabial folds).
Results: Lasts anywhere from six to 12 months
Juvederm XC is a series of fillers that are designed to improve the contours of your cheeks and boost volume, as well as plump up thinning lips and reduce the appearance of those vertical lip lines (“smoker’s lines”).
Results: Lasts anywhere from six to 18 months
Restylane is another series of dermal fillers that are designed to smooth away lines, wrinkles and folds while also improving volume and plumping up lips. Those with more severe folds and wrinkles (e.g. nasolabial folds) as well as those dealing with a loss of cheek volume may benefit from Restylane Lyft, which is a thicker solution.
Results: Lasts anywhere from six months to 18 months, depending on where it is administered
Which dermal filler is right for me?
We know how challenging it can be to figure out which injectable filler is the right choice. While this is something that our Charleston, SC, dermatologist would be happy to discuss during your consultation we also want you to know what to expect before coming into our office. Find out which dermal filler you might need based on your goals:
- Fill out cheeks: Restylane Lyft
- Smooth lines under and around the eyes: Juvederm or Restylane
- Smooth away laugh lines (lines around the mouth): Juvederm or Restylane
- Get fuller lips: Juvederm and Restylane
- Reduce lines and wrinkles of the hands: Radiesse
- Get rid of vertical lines around the lips: Belotero or Restylane
- Reduce the appearance of nasolabial folds (creases around the nose and mouth): Belotero, Juvederm, Radiesse or Restylane
- Smooth away chin wrinkles: Belotero Balance, Radiesse, Juvederm or Restylane
- Reduce the appearance of superficial scars: Juvederm or Radiesse
Are you interested in getting an injectable filler? If so, then it’s time to schedule a consultation with Dr. Myers. Magnolia Dermatology in Charleston, SC, is dedicated to helping you feel more confident in your skin. Call our office today.
Botox is a nonsurgical treatment for helping you regain a more youthful appearance. It can also help you appear more rested. At Magnolia Dermatology, Dr. Joseph Myers is your dermatologist for Botox in Charleston, SC.
How can Botox treatments help me?
Botox can help you look younger, rested, and refreshed. Botox accomplishes these things by giving you smoother skin and minimizing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Botox can help minimize frown lines, crows feet, forehead lines, and more. Botox is most often used to achieve younger looking skin on the face, neck, and chest. Following treatment, your skin will look rejuvenated.
How does Botox work?
Botox smooths out lines and wrinkles by relaxing muscle tissue. Botox is injected directly into the muscle tissue in areas where smoother skin is desired. Once injected into the muscle tissue, Botox makes it difficult for muscles to contract, which is one cause of lines and wrinkles. When muscle tissue cannot contract as readily and is more relaxed, skin will appear smoother. Additionally, the appearance of lines and wrinkles will be diminished.
Do Botox injections hurt?
Most patients experience little to no pain or discomfort when undergoing Botox treatment at our Charleston office, although some might experience mild discomfort from the injection. For patients who are concerned about discomfort, it is often possible to use a topical anesthetic to numb the treatment area prior to administering the injection. Following treatment, recovery time is minimal.
How soon will I see the benefits of Botox treatment?
The positive effects of Botox can be observed immediately after treatment. Your skin will be visibly smoother with fewer lines and wrinkles at the end of your treatment session. Plus, you continue to enjoy improved results for up to two weeks when maximum results will be visible. The results of Botox treatment usually last for several months before additional treatment is needed.
Interested? Give us a call!
Botox is an effective nonsurgical method for achieving more youthful looking skin. For treatment, schedule an appointment with Dr. Myers by calling his Charleston office at (843) 769-2100!
Botox has helped millions of patients look younger and feel more revitalized. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons estimates that over 7 million Botox procedures are performed annually. If you have wrinkles in your face, learn more about Botox and what it can do to improve your appearance. This minimally-invasive dermatological treatment is available from Dr. Joseph Myers at Magnolia Dermatology in Charleston, SC.
How Botox Works
Botox is a substance that can freeze the neurotransmitters that cause the muscles in your face to expand and contract. That constant muscular action is what causes lines and wrinkles to form on the skin. Most of those wrinkles show up on the forehead, around the mouth, and near the eyes because that is where we show the most expression. Once injected, Botox pauses the muscle movements so that the skin will look smoother and younger.
Can Botox Help You?
Your Charleston, SC dermatologist will conduct a thorough examination to determine if you’ll be a good candidate for Botox injections. If you’ve been stressed about the lines and wrinkles that have been forming on your face over the years, Botox can help you regain confidence in your appearance. A Botox treatment session can be completed in as little as a few minutes, so you can schedule it on a lunch break. You’ll see noticeable differences after a few days.
Botox: After the Appointment
Many patients are happy to find out the length of results after just a short Botox appointment. In some cases, the results can last for up to six months before retreatment is needed. After the appointment, you must observe the care requirements provided by your dermatologist. To ensure the best results, follow these tips:
- Wait a few hours before laying down after a Botox appointment.
- Avoid strenuous exercise or movements for at least a day.
- Gently wash the face and avoid rigorous facial treatments for at least a week after the appointment.
- Schedule future follow-up appointments with your dermatologist to maintain your appearance.
Your Botox Consultation
Any questions you have about getting Botox will be answered by your Charleston, SC dermatologist. Call (843) 769-2100 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph Myers at Magnolia Dermatology.
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer among adults in the U.S, with about one out of every five adult Americans developing some form of it each year. Early detection of skin cancer offers the best prognosis for overcoming it, which is why it is so important to regularly check your skin for unusual changes and visit a dermatologist annually for a skin cancer screening. At Magnolia Dermatology in Charleston, SC, Dr. Joseph Myers is your dermatologist for skin cancer screenings and treatment.
Types of Skin Cancer
There are many different types of skin cancer. Two of the most common types to affect adult Americans are basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas. Both types can develop due to chronic exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Another type of skin cancer is melanoma, which is actually the least common form but also the most deadly. In fact, it causes more deaths than any other type of skin cancer. Melanoma tends to be most prevalent among young adults in their mid to late twenties and develops as a result of extensive exposure to the sun or tanning beds.
Signs of Skin Cancer
Skin cancer signs can vary slightly among the different types of skin cancer. In general, though, any type of change in the skin is a potential skin cancer warning. Accordingly, anyone who observes a warning sign or change in the appearance of the skin should visit a dermatologist office such as Magnolia Dermatology. There, a dermatologist can perform a biopsy to determine if cancer cells are present. Some of the common signs of skin cancer include:
- Changes in the appearance of existing moles
- Sudden bleeding or itching of existing moles
- Speckled brown spots on the skin
- Patches of red or pink scaly lesions
- Waxy and translucent come-shaped growths
- Black or brown streaks under the nails
Skin Cancer Treatment Options
Several options are available for treating skin cancer, with each particular treatment being chosen on a basis of the type of skin cancer affecting a patient. At Magnolia Dermatology's Charleston office, skin cancer treatment options include:
- Mohs micrographic surgery — This method involves mapping the affected skin tissue in order to minimize the removal of healthy skin tissue.
- Radiation therapy — This method involves using radiation to target the affected area and kill cancer cells.
- Surgical excision — This method involves surgically removing a tumor from the skin.
- Cryosurgery — This is a method revolving around the action of freezing off a tumor using liquid nitrogen.
- Curettage and desiccation — This method involves scraping out a tumor, then applying an electric current to eliminate any remaining cancer cells.
- Prescription medicated creams — This option involves applying a cream to the skin to help stimulate the body’s immune system to target the cancer cells.
Concerned? Call our Charleston Office Today!
See a dermatologist for a skin cancer screening if you observe any of the common signs of skin cancer. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Myers, call Magnolia Dermatology at (843) 769-2100.
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