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Manhattan Center for Dermatology


What is sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a cosmetic/medical procedure used to get rid of varicose veins and spider veins. A solution is injected into the vein. The solution causes an irritation to the lining of the vein. The irritation makes the vein collapse. Compression bandages are used to keep the vein closed, which prevents blood from flowing into it. Eventually, the body absorbs the vein. The procedure doesn’t require anesthesia, but a slight burning sensation from the injections can last a few seconds.

What should I do before my spider vein treatment?

Let your doctor know if you’re taking any prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, or supplements. Your doctor might recommend that you avoid taking those 48 to 72 hours before the procedure. You should also avoid wearing any type of oil or lotion on your legs 24 hours prior to having sclerotherapy.

How long does the treatment take in your NYC offices?

The procedure takes about 15 to 30 minutes. The general health of the patient, the size of the veins, and the location of the veins will determine how many veins can be injected in a session.

What happens after the treatment?

Your leg will be wrapped in a compression bandage. After 24 to 48 hours, you can remove the bandage and get back to your normal activities. The treated area may bruise, and the site of the injections might be sore for a day. In a month or so you’ll start to see a significant improvement in the problem area.

What are some of the side effects?

Other than the bruising and soreness, there might be some itching. In addition, you may see red and raised areas at the injection site. Hyperpigmentation along the vein of the injection site is a possibility as well.

Will my insurance cover sclerotherapy?

If you have pain or chronic swelling because of your varicose veins, your insurance might reimburse you for this cosmetic dermatological procedure. However, if you are having sclerotherapy for cosmetic reasons, it’s a lot less likely that your insurance will cover the procedure. Contact your insurance company if you have any questions.

Are my results temporary?

In some studies, 50% to 80% of the veins injecting during sclerotherapy were eliminated after each session. A small amount (10%) of people don’t respond to the treatment.

Generally, spider veins respond to the treatment much quicker than larger veins. Seeing results for spider veins can take 3 to 6 weeks, with larger veins, it can take 3 to 4 months. Veins that respond to the treatment will not reappear.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Manhattan Center for Dermatology.

What Is Toenail Fungus?

Toenail fungus is also known as Onychomycosis. It affects around 10 to 12 percent of the population. You can easily catch a fungal infection from a public place, such as gyms, showers, nail salons and pools. The fungus thrives in moist, warm environments.

Anyone can develop toenail fungus, but some people are at a greater risk for it than others. People who are diabetic are 34 percent more likely to develop toenail fungus. Fifty percent of people who are over the age of 70 have toenail fungus.

If your nails are thickened, crumbled, dull or distorted in shape, then you may have toenail fungus. Your nails may also have a foul odor if they have fungus.

Treatment Options for toenail fungus in New York

Finding the right nail fungus treatment can be quite challenging. Oral medications were considered the standard treatment for years. However, they can increase the risk of liver damage. Topical treatments are available, but they are often ineffective because they cannot penetrate the nail. Additionally, it can take up to one year for the topical treatments to work.

That is why many people are turning to laser treatments.

Laser Treatment For Nail Fungus

Laser treatment works by raising the temperature underneath the nail. The increased temperature creates an inhospitable environment for the fungus. Treatments are administered every two weeks. People typically need to get three to five treatments before the fungus clears up.

The infected nail has to grow out before you see the full results. This can take a few months. It is important for you to take the steps necessary for preventing the infection from returning.

How To Prevent The Toenail Fungus From Occurring

It can be tough to avoid the germs that cause toenail fungus. However, there are a number of things you can do in order to reduce your risk of developing toenail fungus. If you get manicures or pedicures, then you will need to carefully select the salon. Toenail fungus can easily spread at salons. You should also wash your feet regularly and trim your toenails.

If you are interested in getting laser treatment to address nagging toenail fungus issues, then you should contact Manhattan Center For Dermatology.

What Is Blue Light Therapy?

Blue light therapy is also known as photodynamic therapy. More dermatologists are using it to help ward off skin cancer in patients who suffer from actinic keratoses. Actinic keratoses are also known as solar keratoses. They are scaly raised bumps that developed in sun-exposed areas, such as the lips, hands, face and forearm. They are precancerous lesions.

Ten percent of people with actinic keratoses will develop skin cancer. Fortunately, early treatment can prevent the lesions from becoming cancerous. Blue light therapy is a treatment that was developed in Europe. It involves applying a light-sensitive chemical solution to the skin. After that, the area will be exposed to blue light.

The chemicals will react with the blue light. Reactive oxygen will be generated, which will destroy the precancerous lesions. It can also destroy cancerous skin cells.

Why Are More Dermatologists Using This Treatment?

Dermatologists like this alternative skin cancer treatment because it can treat a large amount of the skin. It can also treat the area without causing a lot of discomfort to the patient. Most people will be candidates for blue light therapy. It can even be performed on patients who suffer from diabetes. However, patients who have light-sensitive conditions cannot use this treatment.

What To Expect During Treatment

You will have to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist in order to determine whether this is the right treatment for you. The first thing that the dermatologist will do during your treatment is apply the photosensitizing liquid to your skin. After that, you will have to sit in a darkened room for one hour in order for the liquid to absorb.

The area will then be exposed to blue light for 17 minutes. You will have to wear goggles while you are receiving treatment.

What To Expect After Treatment

The treated lesions will take about one week to heal. Your skin will be more sensitive to the sun. That is why you will have to take the steps necessary for avoiding sunburn. You will need to wear sun-protective clothing and sunscreen.

If you want to get blue light therapy as a form of skin cancer treatment, then you will need to contact Manhattan Center For Dermatology.

Stretch marks are a concern for many women. With the help of dermatological treatments, the appearance of stretch marks can be lessened or even eliminated.

What Causes Stretch Marks?

There are many reasons why stretch marks may appear on the skin. They include:

  • Pregnancy: This is perhaps the most common reason for stretch marks. When a woman is pregnant, the skin expands to accommodate the woman’s changing body. This process often creates small tears in the skin, which leaves behind stretch marks. Almost 75% of women develop some evidence of stretch marks during pregnancy, frequently on the stomach, hips and thighs.
  • Weight fluctuation: When people lose or gain substantial amounts of weight, the skin is forced to compensate and this can lead to visible marks. The rapid growth that occurs during puberty and the increased muscle mass gained through bodybuilding can also cause stretch marks.
  • Genetics and ethnicity: If an individual’s parents had stretch marks, they are more likely to develop them as well.

The Types of Stretch Mark Removal in Manhattan

Surgical Stretch Mark Removal

Surgical stretch mark removal is the only kind of removal that completely gets rid of unwanted marks. It is a much more invasive procedure than the other techniques, however, and many patients may want to consider other treatments before going under the knife. The type of surgery used to remove stretch marks is called abdominoplasty, and it involves the removal of unwanted skin from the stomach.

Laser Stretch Mark Removal

Laser stretch mark removal is one of the best ways that dermatologists have to treat stretch marks. It works because it forces new, healthy layers of skin to form. A beam of light is used to disrupt the processes of the skin tissue. The skin tissues exposed to the laser disintegrate, and new skin forms in its place. This new skin has a younger, more radiant appearance. This form of removal is very effective. It can require a number of treatments to erase the appearance of stretch marks to the patient’s satisfaction, however, and the area treated by the laser will be sore and red after the procedure. The affected areas usually take several days to heal.

Traditional Treatments

Dermatologists can also prescribe a number of creams and lotions that can help diminish the appearance of stretch marks. While not always as effective as laser removal, they can help people with mild to moderate stretch marks. Tretinoin, which is available in prescription form as Retin-A, has been shown to produce noticeable results.

If you are interested in the ways dermatology can help you remove stretch marks, the Manhattan Center for Dermatology can help. Call our location in Manhattan or Scarsdale to schedule an appointment.

A survey taken by National Psoriasis Foundation showed that 5,600 people with psoriasis were unhappy with their disease management. Fortunately, there are new, more effective treatments available. Below is a list of some of the advanced treatments available for psoriasis:

Oral Treatments

The Food And Drug Administration approved a new oral medication for psoriasis treatment in 2014. The medication is named Otezla. It first hit the market in March 2014, and the FDA approved it for moderate to severe psoriasis treatment in September 2014.

Otezla works by blocking the immune system response that triggers inflammation. It can be used in combination with other psoriasis treatments. There are other medications currently being tested in clinical trials.

Topical Treatments

Topical treatments are applied directly to the skin. They may be used in combination with other treatments. There are both over-the-counter and prescription topical treatments. Over-the-counter treatments are effective for alleviating the symptoms psoriasis causes, such as scaling and itching. Capsaicin, aloe vera and zinc are ingredients found in many topical treatments.

Prescription topical treatments include steroid medications. They can reduce the redness and inflammation psoriasis causes. There are other topical treatments being tested. Foams and sprays will likely be available in the near future.

Biologics to Treat Psoriasis

Biologics are made from living proteins. They are administered via injection or IV. They block proteins inside of the immune system. Even though biologics are not new, the newer biologics target the immune system in a different way. Stelera, Humira, Remicade and Enbrel are some of the biologics that have been developed within the past 10 years.

Doctors and dermatologists often recommend biologics to people who have not responded to other treatments. It is also recommended for people who are not able to use other treatments due to the side effects. However, they are not recommended for people who have a compromised immune system.

Most patients with psoriasis will benefit from a variety of treatments. Results can vary from individual to individual. The best way to find a treatment that works for you is by consulting with a dermatologist. If you are looking for a dermatologist in NYC or Scarsdale, then you should contact Manhattan Center For Dermatologist.

As the colder weather nears, many folks throughout New York will notice a worsening of their skin conditions. Those who deal with psoriasis often notice a quite substantial worsening of their symptoms.

What is Psoriasis? 

Psoriasis is an inherited condition which can affect the skin, joints, and potentially other organ systems. Although psoriasis has historically been viewed as a relatively benign condition, experts are now learning that psoriasis needs to be evaluated with a more critical eye.

Psoriasis usually produces thickened, itchy and scaly plaques, as a result of an inappropriate activation of the immune system. People with psoriasis often suffer a tendency toward excessive inflammation. Generally, inflammation in the skin is clearly visible, but inflammation that occurs internally may be unnoticed.

Researchers have recently discovered a link between psoriasis and increased risk of heart disease. Although this doesn’t mean that psoriasis causes heart disease, it does make medical experts question this potential link.

Treating your psoriasis means treating your overall health

Psoriasis treatment is a vital component of ensuring your overall health. That’s why at Manhattan Center for Dermatology we employ only the most advanced and effective methods to treating psoriasis in patients of all ages and backgrounds. One of the most effective treatments we offer in both NYC and Scarsdale is Photodynamic Blue Light Therapy.

PDT, which we also use to treat acne, is a special light-sensitive medication applied to the skin affected by psoriasis. A specialized light is shined on the skin and the cells that have absorbed the medication react.

While PDT is extremely effective, it’s not the only option we offer to treat psoriasis. That’s why we encourage our patients to come in for a thorough consultation. During this consultation we’ll discuss all of your options and learn about your expectations.

Regardless of which method we agree is best for your treatment, you can rest assured that the dermatologists at Manhattan Center for Dermatology have the passion, expertise, and technology to help you gain back a higher quality of life. Contact us today to learn more.

 

Crow’s feet are the little lines that extend from the corners of your eyes towards your temples. These lines tend to be more noticeable when smiling, and remain once you have stopped. In other words, they do not go away.

Most people first notice these lines in their mid-30s, but they can also “pop up” during your 20s or 40s. Of course, some people never get crow’s feet. The most common behaviors for causing crow’s feet include smiling, squinting, and sleeping.

Of all of these triggers, smiling is the biggest factor. Regardless, any of these repetitive behaviors can cause your skin to crease. This wears down the collagen and elastic fibers and causes facial wrinkles to form.

Can Botox Treat Crow’s Feet?

Botox is especially beneficial as a preventative strategy (in other words, before you start getting crow’s feet), but it is also effective once you start developing them.

This procedure can be performed within 30 minutes in a dermatologist office, plastic surgeon’s office or spa. The good news is that it involves no discomfort. Results typically last for 12 to 16 weeks.

Botulinum toxin reduces crow’s feet by preventing the breakdown of collagen in your face. Although this injectable can cause a “frozen face,” (depending on the location), using it to treat crow’s feet will not produce that effect, simply because different muscles are involved.

Am I a Good Candidate For Botox?

Despite being a fairly common and safe cosmetic procedure, Botox is not ideal for everyone. The dermatologists of Manhattan Center for Dermatology, we’ll first conduct a thorough consultation with you to determine if Botox is your best course of treatment. Only after you’re made aware of all of your options – and their respective side effects – will we proceed with treating your crow’s feet with Botox.

Interested in learning more? Contact our offices (located in NYC and Scarsdale) to find out how our dermatologists can help you treat you crow’s feet with Botox.

 

What are the Benefits of Skin Allergy Testing?

Skin allergy tests, when combined with the expertise of your skin allergy specialist, can offer invaluable information regarding what you are and are not allergic to.

For instance, if you are suffering from  wheezing at home, your allergy testing will help you get to the root of the issue. With this information, you and your allergist can develop a treatment plan to manage or even get rid of your symptoms.

How Do I Know If I Should Be Tested?

Testing done by an allergist is generally safe and effective for adults and children of all ages. Symptoms which usually prompt the allergist to perform skin testing include:

  • Respiratory: itchy eyes, nose or throat; nasal congestion, runny nose, watery eyes, chest congestion, cough or wheezing
  • Skin: hives, itchiness or atopic dermatitis
  • Abdominal: cramping and diarrhea or constipation consistently after eating certain foods
  • Severe reactions to stinging insect stings (other than swelling at the site of the sting)
  • Anaphylaxis: a serious allergic reaction that affects many parts of the body at the same time

Get To Know More About Our Skin Tests

This type of testing is relatively painless. The way it’s performed is a very small amount of allergens is placed into your skin with pricks.

If you have allergies, swelling will occur where the allergen(s) was introduced.

Reactions occur within about 15 minutes. And you generally won’t have any other symptoms besides the small hives where the tests were done, which go away within 30 minutes.

Skin tests have to be done in an allergist’s office to minimize the risk of rare side effects. Thus, we encourage you to contact the skin allergists of Manhattan and Scarsdale to learn more about the benefits of skin allergy testing for you.

 

In order to know if a chemical peel is right for you, we recommend you read the following facts to help guide your decision.

What happens during a chemical peel?

Before getting a chemical peel, you may need to follow a pre-peel skin care plan for 2 to 4 weeks. Your dermatologist will help you decide if this is required.

On the day of your appointment in our NYC or Scarsdale offices, you’ll undergo a cleansing of your skin. If you will have a deep peel, you will receive general anesthesia, which will put you to sleep. Note: A deep peel must be performed in a surgical setting.

Once the preparation is complete, your dermatologist will apply the peel quickly and evenly. He or she will watch your skin carefully to remove the peel at just the right time. With a deep peel, the skin is treated one small section at a time. This limits the effects on the heart and lungs.

After the peel comes off, your skin will be treated as needed. Patients who get a medium peel may need cool compresses followed by a lotion or cream to soothe their skin. If you have a deep peel, you will have a wound that requires a surgical dressing.

What to expect after a chemical peel

To help their patients get the best results, dermatologists also share these tips:

  • Use the moisturizer as directed to keep your skin moist and supple. If your skin dries and cracks, it can scar.
  • If your skin burns, itches, or swells, contact your dermatologist. Rubbing or scratching skin treated with a chemical peel can cause an infection.
  • Do not use a tanning bed or other type of indoor tanning. Your skin will not heal properly.
  • After your skin heals, apply sunscreen every day. This will help you maintain results.

When will I see the results?

Once your skin heals, you will see the results. Healing time ranges from 1 day for a refreshing or lunchtime peel to 14 days or longer for a deep peel. To get the results you seek from a refreshing peel or lunchtime peel, you may need to have 3 to 5 peels.

How long will the results last?

Most results are not permanent because our skin continues to age. If you have lots of sun-damaged skin or precancerous skin growths,  you will probably continue to see new spots and growths on your skin.

What are the possible side effects of this cosmetic procedure?

In the hands of a dermatologist who has experience with chemical peels, side effects tend to be mild, including prolonged redness, darkening, or perhaps scarring.

If serious side effects occur, it is often the failure of the patient to follow the dermatologist’s instructions. You may be exposed to a dangerous infection if you to protect your skin from the sun, scratch the treated skin, apply makeup too soon, or use a tanning bed.

Interested in a Chemical Peel in New York City?

We encourage you to schedule a consultation with one of our NYC or Scarsdale dermatologists to learn more about whether a chemical peel is right for you. Contact us today to learn more.

 

Are you ashamed of having your varicose veins exposed? If you are struggle with varicose veins in your feet and your legs, you know that not only can they negatively impact your appearance, but over time they can cause you constant pain.

Your legs can begin to feel heavy and ache more when you have been sitting down or standing up for any length of time. Swelling and a throbbing pain can become a part of your normal day. In order to combat this problem, Sclerotherapy can help.

What is Sclerotherapy Treatment?

With Sclerotherapy, we use a solution that we inject into the affected veins. The solution acts as an irritant and makes the vein collapse. At that point, blood is forced to find another path and will flow to other healthy veins. The varicose vein will eventually retract into the body, fading away from your skin.

Note: Sclerotherapy is most effective for varicose veins that are not severe. This form of treatment has cosmetic benefits and it can relieve the pain associated with varicose veins in order to offer you a better quality of life.

What Can I Expect During My Varicose Veins Treatment?

We perform Sclerotherapy right from within our NYC and Scarsdale offices on an outpatient basis. We advise you to avoid blood thinners or pain relievers that can make you prone to bleeding before your procedure. You should not apply any kind of lotion to your legs or shave for at least 24 hours before you are undergoing sclerotherapy and you will want to wear comfortable pants that are loose on the day of your treatment.

Your procedure should take under an hour. You’ll be instructed to lie down on an examining table and your legs will be raised. The solution will be directly injected into your veins, causing them to close. While you are undergoing Sclerotherapy, you may experience cramping or stinging. Afterwards, you’ll be given compression stockings to apply pressure to the treated veins.

Recovery from Sclerotherapy

After your treatment session, you can go back to your normal routine. You should avoid rigorous exercise for at least two weeks and you will need to wear compression stockings for up to several weeks for the most effective results. Depending on the size of your varicose veins, you could see the effects in a matter of weeks or it may take longer.

Schedule A Consultation

You do not need to deal with the shame or pain caused by varicose veins any longer. Contact Manhattan Center for Dermatology today to schedule a consultation. We will be able to answer any questions regarding Sclerotherapy and decide the proper treatment for your varicose veins.

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