How your dermatologist in Charleston, SC, can help you prevent skin cancer
Skin cancer is common. In fact, one in five people in this country will get skin cancer in their lifetime. Fortunately, you can do a lot to protect your skin against skin cancer, and your dermatologist can help. Here at Magnolia Dermatology in Charleston, SC, Dr. Joseph N. Myers Jr. offers a wide range of skincare services, including diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer—read on to learn more.
The Basics on Skin Cancer
You are at greater risk of developing skin cancer if you have light skin, freckles, light hair, and blue or green eyes, but the truth is, anyone can develop skin cancer. Fortunately, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, taking a few simple precautions can go a long way toward preventing skin cancer. Remember to:
- Avoid long periods in the sun
- Avoid using tanning booths
- Avoid being in the sun between 10 AM and 4 PM
- Wear sun-blocking clothing including sunglasses and hats
- Apply a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher every day
- Apply a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher if you are outside for long periods
You should also perform a self-examination of your skin regularly, at least every week or month. Check for moles which have:
- A diameter greater than 6 millimeters
- Irregular, ragged borders
- An asymmetrical shape
- Changed in color, size, or shape
You should also pay attention to any new moles which have reappeared after previous removal, or any moles that are irritated, scaling, or bleeding.
Additionally, don’t forget to visit your dermatologist regularly for a professional skin examination. Remember that early diagnosis leads to early treatment and a better outcome for you.
Concerned? Give Us a Call
The effects of sun exposure are cumulative and start when you are young. To learn more about skin cancer signs, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment, call Dr. Joseph N. Myers Jr. of Magnolia Dermatology in Charleston, SC, at (843) 769-2100. Call now and protect your skin!
Would you like to improve your appearance or look more youthful? Injectable fillers offer a simple way to counteract sagging, restore lost volume and minimize lines and wrinkles. Your Charleston, SC, dermatologist, Dr. Joseph Myers of Magnolia Dermatology offers a variety of fillers that can help you look your best.
How do fillers work?
As you age, your skin becomes less elastic, fat deposits decreases and muscles become less toned. These changes can lead to sagging, wrinkles and lost volume in cheeks, lips and the undereye area.
Appearance issues can also be a problem even if you're in your 20s or 30s. If you've always disliked your thin lips or undereye depressions, fillers offer a quick, simple way to enhance the way you look.
Fillers add volume and plump sagging skin, minimizing the appearance of problem areas and reducing visible signs of aging.
What types of injectable fillers are used?
Different fillers may be recommended depending on the area to be treated. Juvederm, Belotero Balance and Restylane produce results with hyaluronic acid, while calcium hydroxylapatite is the active ingredient in Radiesse. Your dermatologist can help you decide which type of filler is best for you. Fillers can be used to:
- Eliminate depressions under your eyes
- Plump your cheeks, reducing sagging that causes wrinkles
- Fill in lines around your lips
- Add volume to thin lips
- Minimize the appearance of laugh lines
- Make nasolabial fold lines that extend from the nose to the mouth less obvious
- Smooth wrinkles in your chin
How long does filler treatment take?
Treatment usually takes at least 15 - 30 minutes, although you may spend more time in our office if you plan to treat several areas of your face. Some types of fillers include a topical anesthetic. If not, an anesthetic cream or gel will be applied to your skin prior to treatment to minimize any discomfort.
Are you interested in finding out how injectable fillers can help you? Call your dermatologist in Charleston, SC, Dr. Joseph Myers of Magnolia Dermatology, at (843) 769-2100 to schedule your appointment.
Dealing with a rash? Find out how to get the problem under control.
At some point during each one of our lifetimes, we are going to deal with a rash of some type. Whether localized to one area or widespread across the body, these skin irritations can be infuriatingly itchy, painful, and uncomfortable. Fortunately, if you have been dealing with a rash, you can turn to our Charleston, SC, dermatologist, Dr. Joseph Myers Jr, for treatment.
Some common rash causes include:
Ringworm is one of the most common types of rash-inducing fungal infections. Yeast infections caused by the candida fungus can also result in rashes of the mouth, groin, or vagina. Less common fungal infections may result in those with compromised immune systems (e.g. patients who have HIV).
Minor fungal infections may be treated with over-the-counter antifungal creams or ointments, while more severe or persistent fungal infections should be directly treated by our Charleston, SC, skin doctor.
The most common virus to produce a rash is the herpes simplex virus, both type 1 and type 2. Type 1 usually causes cold sores of the lips and nose, while type 2 leads to sores on the genitals. Those with an HSV flare-up may develop a tender rash on the palms. Chickenpox and shingles (caused by the herpes zoster virus) also result in itching, burning, and painful rashes.
Epstein-Barr virus, best known as mononucleosis or “mono” can also lead to a mild rash that appears within a few days of being infected. If you develop a rash along with a sore throat, swollen lymph nodes and a fever you should see a doctor right away.
Parasites that cause a rash include lice and scabies, both of which can be passed from person to person. Lice most commonly affect the scalp, while scabies can cause an itchy, pimple-like rash that usually appears on the armpits, wrists, elbows, beltline, and buttocks.
There are also noninfectious rashes caused by drugs, eczema (e.g. atopic dermatitis), allergic dermatitis, autoimmune disorders (e.g. lupus), and food allergies.
Concerned? Give Us a Call
If you are dealing with a painful or worsening rash, the friendly professionals at Magnolia Dermatology in Charleston, SC, are here to help. Call our office today at (843) 769-2100 and let us know how we can help you.
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.
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