Is eczema a chronic condition?
Usually. However, many cases of new onset eczema may be related to a new medication or an environmental exposure. At Associated Dermatologists, we offer patch testing to appropriately screen for skin allergies.
Are there any new options for the treatment of psoriasis?
Yes. The treatment of psoriasis is rapidly changing! In addition to topical products, oral medications and phototherapy (NBUVB, PUVA), the science of biologic agents has brought many new treatment options to dermatologists (Enbrel, Humira, Remicade). These agents, which are usually injected at weekly to monthly intervals, work to inhibit the inflammatory signals produced by the body that cause psoriasis. Many of these agents are indicated to treat psoriatic arthritis, often associated with psoriasis. In addition, there are many new topical therapies that are more effective and easier to use. At Associated Dermatologists, we offer physicians with extensive experience in the treatment of psoriasis. For overall phototherapy of NUVB/PUVA there is a unit in our West Bloomfield location. In addition, we offer Xtrac laser in our Commerce location- which targets specific psoriatic lesions. Let us help you with your psoriasis.
Laser Hair Removal
Should a doctor treat me for laser hair removal?
Not necessarily. A highly trained and licensed professional can perform this procedure. A dermatologist should always be present on site to help with the evaluation and treatment plan if necessary. At Associated Dermatologists, all of your laser hair removal treatments will be conducted by a licensed esthetician, and with extensive laser experience. Dermatologists spend years studying the skin and laser science. Why go anywhere other than a dermatology practice for your laser treatment?
Is laser hair removal permanent?
Our lasers result in permanent hair reduction. Our bodies are covered in billions of hair follicles; each with the potential to grow hair. We cannot guarantee 100% of the hair to be gone, but you will see about an 80% - 90% permanent reduction. Any hair re-growth is significantly lighter in color and thinner.
Is it painful?
There are prescription topical anesthetic creams that can be applied prior to treatment that will numb the skin. This may or may not be necessary depending on the area being treated and one's tolerance to this stimulus. During consultation, a test area will be treated so the patient will know what to expect.
Is a consultation prior to hair removal required?
Yes. During the consultation, we perform a medical history and review of medication, examine the area of unwanted hair, treat a small test patch in this area and provide an exact cost quote for treatment.
I am of ethnic descent; will this damage my skin?
The proper laser and energy settings make laser hair removal safe for most skin types. At Associated Dermatologists, we have extensive experience in the treatment of all skin types. Why trust your skin to anyone else?
How can chemical peels help my skin?
Chemical peels can help acne prone skin, even-out mottled pigmentation, reduce fine lines, stimulate collagen production, and brighten the appearance of your skin. At Associated Dermatologists, we offer a variety of chemical peels for all skin types. Let us choose the best treatment regimen for you.
Skin Care Products
Can you advise me on skin care products?
Absolutely. The Physician Assistants and our esthetician are specially trained by the Dermatologists in this practice to determine the best products for your skin type and needs to obtain the most immediate, dramatic and lasting results. We have several skin care product lines that cover a wide variety of patient needs.
How can I get rid of red blotchy skin?
We have a variety of options to treat rosacea and other factors that contribute to redness. Our vascular laser is a gentle but effective treatment for red and blotchy skin.
Does it make any difference who administers BOTOX?
Yes. In order to gain optimal results from your BOTOX treatment, it is important to make sure a trained dermatologist or plastic surgeon with extensive experience performs the procedure. At Associated Dermatologists, you will always have this level of expertise taking care of you.
Does it hurt to have a treatment?
Our physicians use very small syringes for treatments and are very experienced at this procedure. This allows for quick, precise treatment (5 – 10 minutes total) with minimal discomfort.
Typically, patients say a treatment feels comparable to a mosquito sting.
Will it make me expressionless?
No, BOTOX that is correctly administered relaxes specific muscles that contribute to specific wrinkles. Many patients we treat for “frown lines” between the eyebrows notice people respond to them better because they no longer have a ”permafrown”, even when they are happy.
How soon will I see results?
You will start noticing a difference in about a week, but many people continue to see improvement for an additional four to six weeks.
How long will BOTOX last?
Most patients request a touch-up every 4 – 7 months. This varies depending on the individual.
What can be done for excessive sweating?
Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition in which there is severe underarm sweating. Severe sweating significantly exceeds the body's normal requirements for cooling. BOTOX
is approved for the treatment of severe underarm sweating when antiperspirants don't work. The treatment lasts for 4-6 months and can eliminate this condition.
What kinds of wrinkle fillers do you use?
Our options for wrinkle fillers have recently expanded to include Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm
and Sculptra. We consult with patients to offer the most effective fillers for their specific circumstances. Fillers have different advantages such as time between touch-ups and reactivity to certain skin types.