Acne--those embarrassing red pimples on the face, back, shoulders and chest--plagues more people than you may think. Not just a teenage problem, acne outbreaks affect women and men into their twenties, thirties, forties and even fifties, says research in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. But, don't fret, there's hope with acne treatment from Dr. Matthew Zirwaz and Dr. Jill Fichtel at Bexley Dermatology.
Just what is acne?
Besides being unsightly, this common skin condition seems to have autoimmune, hereditary and hormonal components. Adolescents suffer most, probably because of their hormone levels, and so do women in their child-bearing years and at menopause.
Whatever causes the outbreaks, acne shows itself as red, sore widely scattered comedones--in other words, whiteheads and blackheads. The pimples form, and sometimes becomes infected or cystic, when oil glands clog up with sebum, or oil. The oilier your skin is, the greater is your tendency to suffer from acne.
How to treat acne in Bexley
While acne cannot be cured per say, you can manage it successfully, and your skin team at Bexley Dermatology can help with a care plan tailored to your skin, your lesions and your life. A comprehensive, in-office examination, combined with a detailed discussion of your symptoms, helps Dr. Zirwaz or Dr. Fichtel determine right acne treatment in Bexley.
Common medical interventions include:
- In-office extraction of stubborn lesions
- Tretinoin (Vitamin A preparation)
- Birth control pills to control hormonal surges
- Salicylic acid
- Topical antibiotics for infected areas
- Over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide creams and cleansers
At home, your skin doctor will encourage you to eat a healthy diet, avoiding greasy and fatty foods. Also, you should eliminate tanning, and daily wash your face and other areas affected by acne. Key to avoiding infection and irritation is gentle washing, particularly after gym workouts.
Also, your skin doctor warns against picking at or squeezing acne blemishes. This only causes more redness and soreness and introduces additional bacteria to the areas.
Your emotional health
Acne can be exceptionally trying emotionally. The team at Bexley Dermatology asks you to be patient with your acne treatment plan. You can manage your breakouts and avoid the scarring and embarrassment common to acne, psoriasis, rosacea and other stubborn skin issues. When you start a plan, stick with it, and you'll start to notice good results in six to eight weeks.
Acne does not have to rule your life. Manage it with expert help from Bexley Dermatology. To arrange your personal consultation with our professional staff, call the office at (614) 947-1716.
Unfortunately, wrinkles are a fact of life for many patients due to constant exposure to the sun and the natural process of aging. Botox is one of the most popular modern cosmetic treatments for aging skin. Find out how a Botox wrinkle removal session at Bexley Dermatology in Bexley, OH can help you renew and refresh your facial appearance.
What Is Botox?
Most lines and wrinkles form because of loss of elasticity and collagen in the skin, dryness, and other factors. The face is most vulnerable to wrinkles because it is most exposed to the sun on a daily basis. By injecting a protein-based substance called Botulinum Toxin, better known as Botox, into certain areas of the skin, your dermatologist can smooth out those lines and give you back your youthful appearance. Botox lasts for months before you have to get a new wrinkle removal treatment at your Bexley dermatologist's office.
How Botox Gets Rid of Wrinkles
Botox relaxes the muscles in your face that cause wrinkles to show. These muscles contract as you make certain expressions, crinkle your forehead, and laugh. When the muscles relax, the skin eventually softens and regains a more even appearance.
Your Botox Appointment
It only takes a few minutes in your skin doctor's chair and you can be on your way. It will normally take up to two weeks for the effects to fully set in, and then you can enjoy hearing your friends and family rave about how youthful your skin looks.
Say Goodbye to Wrinkles This Year
With regular Botox treatments, you can finally say farewell to the unattractive wrinkles that have been affecting your appearance. Call (614) 947-1716 today to see Dr. Jill Fichtel or Dr. Matthew Zirwas at Bexley Dermatology in Bexley, OH for wrinkle removal.
Facial fillers are an effective way to improve your outward appearance and help you feel great about the way you look. However, understanding if this procedure is right for you often takes some help from your dermatologist. Find out more about facial fillers and what they can do for you with Dr. Jill Fichtel and Dr. Matthew Zirwas at Bexley Dermatology in Bexley, OH.
What is a dermal filler?
Unlike other cosmetic dermatology procedures like Botox, dermal fillers add volume to the facial skin to smooth unwanted wrinkles and creases, plump lips, and restore fullness to the cheeks. In addition to addressing wrinkles and plumping cheeks, dermal fillers can also simply fill out the face, adding volume to the hollows of the eyes or temple areas or even correct acne scars. This versatile procedure is often recommended for those patients who have fat pads which have shifted underneath their skin.
How do dermal fillers work?
Some dermal fillers use natural substances found in the body to fill out the skin’s volume and provide a smaller risk for reactions than their synthetic counterparts. Synthetic fillers last longer than natural fillers and provide more semi-permanent results. Most dermal filler procedures last about a year before the filler begins breaking down, requiring a touch-up injection. During the procedure, your doctor injects the filler directly into the skin underneath the unwanted crease, wrinkle, or fold. The filler plumps the area, smoothing the skin to make the imperfection less noticeable.
Dermal Fillers in Bexley, OH
If you think you could benefit from dermal fillers, you should consult with your dermatologist to ensure that this treatment is right for you. Generally, if you are in good health and wish to enhance your physical appearance, dermal fillers may be right for you. For more information on dermal fillers, please contact Dr. Fichtel and Dr. Zirwas at Bexley Dermatology in Bexley, OH. Call (614) 947-1716 to schedule your appointment with your dermatologist today!
Lose that double chin! Kybella is a prescription medicine that reduces fat under the chin. Dr. Jill Fichtel and Dr. Matthew Zirwas at Bexley Dermatology in Bexley, OH, offer Kybella treatments to their patients. Here's everything you've ever wanted to know about Kybella.
How does Kybella work?
When Kybella is injected beneath the chin, it destroys fat. Fat cleared from the treated area is processed through your metabolism. Once the fat cells leave your body, you’re left with a reduction in fullness under your chin. The active ingredient in Kybella is deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a chemical that promotes the breakdown of fat.
How is Kybella given?
Kybella is typically a 20-minute in-office treatment session. Your Bexley dermatologist will give you multiple injections under your chin at each treatment session. You and your dermatologist will customize your treatment based on the amount of fat under your chin and your treatment goals.
How long will results last?
Most patients are very satisfied with the results of the treatment. The results gained with Kybella are considered long-term. Some researchers believe that the results might be permanent. Once your fat cells are destroyed, those cells cannot accumulate or store fat. After achieving the look you want, further treatment is not necessary.
Will there be side effects?
The most commonly reported side effects of Kybella include swelling, pain, itching, bruising, numbness, redness, skin tightness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area. Although a rare occurrence, a small percentage of patients may have an allergic reaction to its active ingredient. Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects.
Is the procedure safe?
Kybella is a FDA-approved injectable treatment to reduce fat under the chin. After eight years of clinical studies with over 1,600 patients with moderate to severe double chin fat, it was found to be both effective and safe for double chin elimination. For the best results, choosing a doctor who is fully experienced in administering Kybella injections can make all the difference.
Life goes by in an instant. Call Bexley Dermatology at 614-947-1716 now to schedule an appointment for a Kybella treatment in Bexley, OH. Kybella has helped many people improve their appearance, boosting their confidence and improving their lives. And it can do the same for you.
Did you know that your skin type could change the way you care for your skin?
Most people just assume that as long as they wash their skin everyday that’s all they really have to do to keep it looking its best. But what if our Bexley, OH, dermatologists, Dr. Matthew Zirwas and Dr. Jill Fichtel, told you that your specific skin type could actually play a role in how you care for your skin and its overall health? Here are some questions to ask yourself to determine your skin type.
How does your skin feel on a regular basis?
This is one important question to ask yourself pretty regularly because how your skin feels could really tell you a lot about what your skin needs. If you find that some areas of your face are dry but certain regions like your forehead and nose are oily, then you could have combination skin.
If your skin is flaky and prone to stinging or itching then you could be dealing with sensitive skin. Skin that feels tight or even peels or cracks is considered dry. Those who battle shiny, greasy skin have an oily skin type.
What does your skin feel like after you wash it?
If you are someone with dry skin you may find that washing your face often leaves your skin feeling tight and uncomfortable. Combination skin, on the other hand, will typically feel great in oilier regions (also known as the T-zone) but feel tight in drier areas.
Sensitive skin may feel tingly, itchy or become red after washing. Conversely, oily skin often feels better after it’s been washed (of course, oil will often reappear rather quickly afterwards).
Do you need to use a moisturizer often?
How often you turn to a moisturizer is another good indicator of your skin type. If you have dry or sensitive skin you may need to moisturize your skin more often than someone who has oily or normal skin. Those with combination skin may find that oily regions do not need moisturizing as often as drier areas. If you aren’t sure what kind of moisturizer you should be using or how often you should be using it, then it’s time to turn to our Bexley skin doctor for help.
Can you see your pores?
If you really don’t notice pores around your cheeks but pores seem rather clogged or enlarged near your nose, this is a good indicator that you have combination skin. Those with oily skin also deal with enlarged, noticeable pores, while those with dry, sensitive or normal skin often don’t notice their pores.
Have you discovered your skin type? If so, then you may have questions for us. You can call Bexley Dermatology today to schedule your skin care consultation in Bexley, OH, and finally get the proper care your skin needs to glow from the inside out.
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