Dr. Luftman and staff are proud to provide customized skin care regimens and comprehensive healthy skin treatments for these and other skin conditions:
- Moles & Lentigos/Sun Damage
- Skin Cancer Removal
Acne is the term for the blocked pores (blackheads and whiteheads), pimples, and deeper lumps (cysts or nodules) that can appear typically on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and upper arms. Seventeen million Americans currently have acne, making it the most common skin disease in the country. While it affects mostly teenagers, and almost all teenagers have some form of acne, adults of any age can have it. Acne can cause physical disfigurement (scarring) and emotional distress.
Treatment for acne varies depending on the type and severity of lesions, as well as the patient’s skin type, age and lifestyle. Options include:
- BLU-U Light Treatments
- Photodynamic Therapy
- Prescription Medications
Rosacea is a chronic skin disease that causes a flushed redness and swelling on the face. The scalp, neck, ears, chest, back and/or eyes may also be affected. Symptoms range from pink bumps, pimples and visible blood vessels to dry or burning skin and a tendency to flush easily. Although it can affect anyone, rosacea typically appears in light-skinned, light-haired adults aged 30-50. Rosacea can be treated with prescription topical and oral medications and intense pulsed light therapy.
Moles & Lentigos (Sun Damage)
Moles and other birthmarks are benign pigmented spots (nevi) or patches (lentigos / sun spots) of skin that range in color from tan, brown and black (moles) to red, pink or purple (vascular lesions, such as strawberry hemangiomas or port wine stains).
Depending on their depth, location and color, as well as the patient’s skin type, age and other factors, treatment for benign moles and birthmarks may take the form of laser or pulsed light therapy,or surgical excision.
Skin Cancer Removal
Skin cancer refers to the abnormal, uncontrolled growth of skin cells. One in five people will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Risk factors include pale skin, family history of melanoma, and previous sun exposure. Fortunately, skin cancer is almost always curable if detected and treated early.
Skin cancers vary in shape, color, size and texture, so any new, changed or otherwise suspicious growths or rashes should be examined immediately by a physician. Warning signs include any growth that:
- Is larger than six millimeters;
- Itches or bleeds;
- Rapidly changes in color, size or shape;
- Has multiple colors; or
- Is located where it can’t be easily monitored, such as on the scalp.
A rash is a change in the skin’s color or texture. Simple rashes are called dermatitis, which means the skin is inflamed or swollen. Other common rashes include eczema, psoriasis, impetigo, shingles, chicken pox, measles, scarlet fever, insect bites and those caused by medical conditions such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.
Dr. Luftman will identify the rash by looking at it and asking about accompanying symptoms. Additional testing (biopsy) may be needed. Mild rashes can often be treated with simple home care practices such as avoiding soaps and bathing in warm water. Others may require moisturizing creams, prescription medications or more extensive treatment.
Eczema is a group of inflamed skin conditions that result in chronic itchy rashes. Symptoms vary from person to person but often include dry, red, itchy patches on the skin which break out in rashes when scratched. Treatment may begin with the use of moisturizing lotions or anti-inflammatory creams.
There is a subgroup of eczema called Keratosis Pilaris or KP. This rash looks like “chicken skin,” usually located on the arms and legs. It can be treated with a topical skin system as well as SilkPeel™.
Psoriasis is a group of chronic skin disorders that cause itching and/or burning, scaling and crusting of the skin. Over seven million men and women in the U.S. of all ages have some form of psoriasis, which may be mild, moderate or severe. The most commonly affected areas are the scalp, elbows, knees, hands, feet and genitals.
Psoriasis cannot be cured but it can be treated successfully. Treatment depends on the type, severity and location of psoriasis; the patient’s age, medical history and lifestyle; and the effect the disease has on the patient’s general mental health. Some new, effective treatments are now available.
Stretch Marks (Stria)
Stretch marks caused by either hormonal changes or weight loss/gain can be unsightly. If they are early and still red, there are some very effective treatments available. These can include laser or intense pulsed light as well as topical prescription medications. If they are older stria and silver, SilkPeel™ may be effective.
Complete Skin Screenings
Complete skin screenings are an important tool in screening patients for benign or cancerous lesions that they may not have been able to see or recognize on their own. From head to toe and back to front, we inspect the skin for any suspicious growths. This quick and painless preventive measure is an invaluable tool in the early detection of skin cancer as well as many other dermatological conditions. A complete skin exam should be performed from the age of 30 on annually, and possibly more frequently if the patient has a family or personal history of skin cancer.
If you want beautiful skin to be a part of your life again, call our office for a private consultation with Dr. Debra Luftman at (310) 275-4195 or (818) 222-2055.