Lawrence A. Schiffman, D.O., FAOCD - Board Certified Dermatologist

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The Connection between Breast Cancer and Dermatology

Published October 31st, 2017 by Sahil

Throughout the years evidence has shown that there may be a correlation between breast cancer and melanoma in women. As early as 2004, an article published in the International Journal of Cancer states that women who have been diagnosed with (or successfully treated for) breast cancer were also 16 percent more likely to one day be diagnosed with melanoma. Conversely, women who were treated for melanoma at some point in their life, were 11 percent more likely to one day be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point. This correlation is what is known as a bi-directional link between the two diseases. Today, there have been a number of studies which lend validity to these earlier claims. According to a 2009 article published by the National Center for Biotechnological Information, not only does this bi-directional link exist between breast cancer and melanoma, but melanoma patients, who have a family history of breast cancer, should be referred to a breast clinic as soon as possible for an examination.

What Can You Do to Prevent Melanoma Cancer?

 

You may have heard you need to limit your sun exposure completely to avoid skin cancer. While that will help reduce the risk of skin cancer, yes, it is not entirely true. The sun gives us light, without it, life on this planet could not exist. Completely blocking it out of your everyday life is not only difficult, but often unnecessary for the average healthy person. Sunlight, in moderation, is actually beneficial for its ability to kick start your cells’ production of vitamin D, a vital nutrient your body needs to actually fight disease and keep your bones healthy. While it is true that recreational sun exposure and sunburn are causes of melanoma, the actual risk factor for melanoma is largely genetically related. Studies have shown that moderating your sunlight exposure is the leading preventative measure you can take to combat melanoma, but those who are genetically predisposed to it should be the most cautious of otherwise healthy people.

What Can You Do to Prevent Breast Cancer?

 

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are a number of different things you can do, and lifestyle changes you can integrate, that can help to prevent breast cancer. This list is not limited to (but does highlight) things like limiting your alcohol intake to less than one drink per day. Caution should be taken, however, as even a small amounts can still increase your risk. Another good idea for the prevention of breast cancer is to quit smoking, or to never start. While this is obvious for the overall health benefits to your body, studies show that smokers are also at higher risk for breast cancer, particularly with premenopausal women. Lastly, being physically will help you maintain a healthy weight and reduce your risk of breast cancer. The Department of Health and Human Services suggests adults should receive either 150 minutes of moderate anaerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity per week.

Dermatologist in Miami Florida

If you find anything that concerns you, contact Miami Skin Dr. Early detection of melanoma or skin cancer is key to being free of the tumor. Check out Miami Skin Dr to find out more.

How Do Facial Fillers Work?

Published September 28th, 2017 by Sahil

There are truly some remarkable benefits when it comes to facial fillers. These injectable fillers can restore skin and help alleviate signs of aging, with very little maintenance required. While there are varying levels of permanence to the different procedures offered today, we’re confident we can find the best facial filler for you.

How do facial fillers work?

As we mentioned earlier, facial fillers are injectable treatments introduced into the facial skin to reverse signs of aging & restore wrinkles to give a smoother, renewed appearance. With time and age, the buccal fat pad on your cheeks begins thin out and causes the skin to slouch more and more. Facial filler injections will lift the face back up, which in turn will reshape the skin to be smooth and toned again. Unlike Botox®, which merely relaxes the muscle tissue under a wrinkle, injectable fillers fill lines and creases with one of a selection of different substances, erasing distressed spots rapidly.

What types facial fillers do we offer?

Restylane®Restylane® is a new type of gel product that contains hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance found in the body that is responsible for cell creation and migration. It is injected into troubled, aging locations on the facial skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles. It works by blending your body’s natural facial skin components to restore it to its original tone. Results may be seen for 6 to 9 months after treatment. Additionally, we currently offer 3 types of specialized Restylane® procedures:

 

Restylane® Refyne - is designed to help reduce skin folds, known as laugh lines (nasolabial folds and marionette lines), around your mouth. This product is designed with XpresHAn Technology and works perfectly to moderate your smile as desired.

 

Restylane® Silk is designed to treat your lips. A great number of our clients want smooth, subtle lips, and this new product delivers that with natural, yet stunning results.

 

Restylane® Lyft is a product that, in addition to removing lines and wrinkles, will also give your cheeks an attractive lift.

 

Belotero® – When injected into the skin, Belotero® expands much like a sponge which fills in the wrinkles and folds of all depressed areas. It can be used to treat lip lines, corner mouth lines, and chin wrinkles. Belotero can also be used on all skin types and colors. More importantly, it provides a guaranteed improved & defined skin tone that can last for approximately 6 months.

 

Radiesse® – Radiesse® is steadily becoming one of the leading anti-aging treatments currently on the market. Its main purpose is to treat wrinkles and deep lines around the mouth and nose (including marionette lines, smile lines, and nasolabial folds). The process is quick and relatively painless with minimal discomfort to be expected. Affected areas are treated with an injection of a calcium hydroxyl gel compound made up of phosphate and calcium ions that occur naturally in the body. The gel suspension then forms a connective tissue that works as a filler, reducing age lines, and leaving you with beautiful skin.

 

Juvederm®Juvederm® is a versatile injection that can reduce fine lines, wrinkles and facial scars (such as acne). Additionally, it also lifts sagging skin and can change the shape of the nose. Juvederm is noted for being able to restore a youthful and more round shape to the face. The procedure only takes minutes, and the results are long-lasting. We currently offer 3 types of Juvederm® treatment:

 

Juvederm® Ultra is softer than Juvederm® Ultra Plus, but the effects do not last as long (4-6 months)

 

Juvederm Ultra Plus® is for naturally thin or thinning lips. It can reduce lines and give a more natural, fuller look without requiring surgery. Results can last 6-9 months.

 

Juvederm VOLUMA® XC enhances volume to cheeks and nasolabial folds to smooth the skin better than other injectable fillers. It is also the first filler to enhance volume instantly and its effects can last up to 24 months. It also contains lidocaine to reduce discomfort during the injection process and is less likely to cause bruising.  

Facial fillers in Miami, FL

For more information about facial fillers click here or call us on 305.615.2440. Schedule an appointment today for younger, beautiful skin!

 

How to Treat Acne

Published June 1st, 2017 by Sahil

Acne is not something that is reserved just for younger people. It is a condition that can affect anyone of any age, and the best treatment for acne is one that addresses the causes of the condition. Skin creams and ointments attempt to attack the problem, but many can fall short. The best acne treatment is one that targets the underlying causes and delivers the best results. Laser treatment for acne is the latest process available, and it is proving to be a very effective solution.

What Is Acne?

When you go to a dermatologist for acne treatments, they will always try to recommend solutions that address the core problem. Acne is formed when the pores and hair follicles in the body get clogged with dead skin cells and other materials.

The hair follicles are most common because they secrete a substance called sebum, which keeps the skin and hair soft and moist. But when the follicles get clogged with sebum, bacteria, and dead skin cells, they grow to form acne. The most serious forms of acne are referred to as cysts, and they can get as large as a quarter.

 

Whiteheads occur when all of that material is trapped just below the skin's surface and can be seen through the thinnest layer of the skin. Blackheads are caused when the air oxidizes the materials secreted by the glands. It is important to note that people with larger pores sometimes get more blackheads because that is just the way their skin looks. But in many people, blackheads are acne.

What Causes Acne?

When the human body reaches puberty, the amount of sebum being produced increases. This occurs more in males than in females, which is why acne is more of a problem for young males. The rate of sebum production overwhelms the follicles and glands, and acne occurs all over the body.

 

Some people are simply born with larger sebaceous glands than others, and their acne will be a lifelong struggle for them. Instead of the sebum issue calming down as the individual gets out of their teens, the problem continues for the rest of their lives.

People who do not bathe regularly will also see more instances of acne. Bathing removes many of the dead skin cells and bacteria that contribute to the growth of acne, which means that not bathing on a regular basis gives your pores and follicles more materials to use to create acne.

What Is Laser Acne Treatment?

The best acne treatment attacks the issue at the source, and that is what laser acne treatment offers. With laser treatment, Intense Pulse Light Therapy (IPL) is applied to the skin and kills existing bacteria. The IPLT can also kill excess pigmentation cells which can create blackheads and cause scars.

 

Laser acne treatment also helps to decrease the size of the sebaceous glands in pores and follicles, which would decrease the amount of sebum that is produced. With the bacteria cells gone and the amount of sebum reduced, the patient will see existing acne removed and a significant reduction in the amount of new acne that is formed. As a bonus, the scars associated with more intense acne formations are also eliminated for good.

Miami Skin Dr. Wants You To Try A Laser Acne Treatment

Miami Skin Dr. wants to be your dermatologist for acne laser treatments, and they are offering a special discount to help people experience laser treatments for the first time. Patients can purchase three laser treatments at a price discounted from $175 per treatment to $129, and then get the fourth treatment for 50% off. Now is the time to see how Miami Skin Dr. can help your acne problem using the latest technology that gets documented results.

How to Treat Skin Cancer

Published May 25th, 2017 by Sahil

In honor of skin cancer awareness month, we continue to educate and inform you about the causes, types, and treatments of this disease. Skin cancer, which is the abnormal growth of skin cells, is usually caused by skin overly exposed to the sun but there are some exceptions. There are three types of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma, with the latter being the less common but more likely to grow and spread.

Risks and Preventions of Skin Cancer

The most common risk of melanoma is exposure to ultraviolet rays which come from the sun, tanning beds and sun lamps. Another risk is moles which are larger than other moles and usually have an abnormal shape or color with some features of melanoma. People with fair skin, freckling, and light hair are at an increased risk of melanoma. There is no way to prevent melanoma skin cancer because risk factors such as age, gender, race and family history can't be controlled. The most important thing anyone can do is to limit your exposure to ultraviolet rays and watch out for abnormal moles.

Symptoms of Skin Cancer

Early signs of melanoma are usually symptoms of a change in an existing mole or the development of an unusual-looking growth on the skin. To help detect characteristics of an unusual mole, think of the letters ABCDE:

A is for asymmetrical shape such as two very different halves.
B is for irregular borders.
C is for changes in color or an uneven distribution of color.
D is for diameter larger than 1/4 inch.
E is for evolving over time.

Melanoma skin cancer is diagnosed by skin biopsy. A tissue sample will be examined under a microscope to complete the diagnosis. If tumor cells are present, treatment is required.

Treatments Options for Skin Cancer

Your treatment options will vary based on the stage of cancer and other factors that affect your treatment. Seeking treatment early on is very important because if the mole is left untreated, it will eventually penetrate the underlying tissues and can become disfiguring. Treatment is typically an outpatient procedure in a physician's office or at a clinic.

Surgery is the main treatment option for melanomas and usually cures early-stage melanomas. This procedure involves anesthesia and a small incision to remove the tumor.

Our surgery services include:

  • Skin Cancer Excision
  • Mole Removal
  • Growth Removal
  • Cyst excision

An option for patients for whom surgery is not advised or who have tumors that are hard to treat surgically is radiation therapy. Removal of the tumor will require a series of treatments several times a week and sometimes months.

If you find anything that concerns you, contact Miami Skin Dr. Early detection of melanoma or skin cancer, in general, is key to being free of the tumor. Check out Miami Skin Dr to find out more.

What is Melanoma Skin Cancer

Published May 16th, 2017 by Sahil

It's Skin Cancer Awareness Month and it's time to take care of our skin, our most massive and exposed organ. Many of us work or live in conditions that put our skin in the cross-hairs of sunlight, heat lamps, and carcinogens that are known to contribute to the chances of developing skin cancer. In fact approximately 40% to 50% of those who make it to 65 well develop basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma once in their life. Though these kinds of cancer are less likely to be fatal, melanoma is a form of cancer that is less liable to be contracted but dangerous. According to estimates from the American Cancer Society, about 52,170 men and 34,940 women will be diagnosed with melanoma for a total of 87,110 new cases in 2017.

Understanding Melanoma Skin Cancer

Melanoma is a more dangerous form of cancer than basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma. It's the result of damaged DNA in skin cells typically caused by ultraviolet radiation from the sun or tanning beds. The radiation causes a mutation that grows into tumors on the skin. Melanomas are often mistaken for moles, so a medical diagnosis is required to correctly identify the growth as cancerous.

Melanoma Symptoms

Spots on the skin which change in shape, size, and color are the best signs to identify melanoma. You should also look for the ugly duckling signs when examining the spots on your skin. These spots will look different and misshapen when compared to other spots on your body, and they will stand out. When you see these warning signs of melanoma, it is best to mention them to your doctor for a proper diagnosis.

The ABCDE Rule

As you check the growth use the ABCDE rule as a guide and let your doctor know if you notice the following:

 

A for Asymmetry: The halves of the growths don't match.

B for Border: The edges are odd, ragged, knobby, or jagged.

C for Color: Look for discolored patches including hues of black or brown or even blotches of red, white, pink, or blue.

D for Diameter: Check if the spot is 6 millimeters or as big as a pencil eraser.

E for Evolving: Check and see if the mark changes shape, size, or color.

 

Of course, not every case of melanoma falls under these rules. Consequently, you should contact Miami Skin Dr if you notice new spots, changes on your skin or growths that you think stand out from your moles.

Treatment for skin cancer

There are a variety of treatments that can eradicate skin cancer:

Cryosurgery

In cryosurgery, doctors destroy tumors using frigid temperatures. The growth is frozen using liquid nitrogen, applied in spray form or using a cotton-tipped applicator. Because there is no cutting involved and no bleeding doctors don't use anesthesia.

Radiation

The physician uses X-ray beams to break down the tumor meaning no anesthesia or cutting is required. Destroying the tumor typically takes and few treatments over the course of a week, and in some cases daily over a month.

Excisional Surgery

In Excisional surgery, a scalpel is used to remove the growth, along with some buffer skin for a margin of safety. A local anesthetic is used, and the wound is closed with stitches.


This Skin Cancer Awareness Month, be kind to your skin and be on the lookout for any strange, ugly duckling growths. If you find anything that concerns you, contact Miami Skin Dr. Early detection of melanoma or skin cancer, in general, is key to being free of the tumor. Check out Miami Skin Dr to find out more.

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