Summer’s Here… Bringing with It Bathing Suits, Sundresses and Leg Vein Treatments

Leg Veins

Spider Veins

Ah, summer. It’s time to shed those bulky sweaters and heavy jeans for sandals, sundresses and bathing suits. You’re ready for your day in the sun (with sunscreen, of course), but hey, wait! What’s that on your thigh?

If those are spider veins, you’re not alone. As many as 50% of women in the United States suffer from spider veins, those little clusters of superficial, purple veins that look like tree branches or spider webs.

Wonder why you’re getting spider veins? There are a number of things that can contribute to the development of spider veins in the legs:

• Heredity plays a role in 80% of the people who develop spider veins
• Pregnancy and hormonal shifts
• Jobs that require a lot of standing or sitting

Can you prevent spider veins from developing? Heredity does play a strong role, but there are things you can do to slow the appearance of spider veins:

• Avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time
• Wear compression stockings and elevate your legs when possible
• Use sunscreen on your face to help prevent facial spider veins
• Exercise, eat a nutritious diet and maintain a healthy body weight

What can you do if you already have spider veins? There is an easy and effective leg vein treatment. Sclerotherapy is often considered the treatment of choice for spider veins and is a simple procedure that can be done in the doctor’s office.

During the Sclerotherapy leg vein treatment, a solution is injected into the spider vein, causing it to scar and collapse. Blood is redirected to stronger surrounding veins and the collapsed vein disappears and is eventually reabsorbed. Complete fading may take a few weeks. Depending on the size of the area to be treated, several leg vein treatments may be required.
Interested in learning more? Book a consultation with one of our experienced dermatologists. The benefits of leg vein treatment include not only cosmetic improvement, but they can also bring an increase in self-esteem and confidence. Don’t let another summer go by hiding your legs. Get ready to enjoy the warm weather and show off your legs!


 

Living with compassion by changing lives, four paws at a time

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At Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin, compassion is at the center of everything we do. We bring empathy to the care of each individual who comes to see us. A passion for helping others is a shared trait among our entire staff.

One admirable example is Joe Swetich.

As our Human Resources Manager, Joe is directly involved in all aspects of our personnel, from hiring and benefits to helping develop our staff into the highly capable professionals your care demands. At the same time, Joe’s compassion and desire to positively affect lives extends beyond our offices and his role here at Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin. That’s because Joe dedicates much of his free time to saving, caring for, and finding homes for dogs.

A founding member of N.E.W. PAWSibilities in Oshkosh, Joe volunteers his time to this self-sustaining rescue group after hours and on weekends. In 2011, he and three friends wanted to start a dog-rescue organization that was different from other groups. “We wanted to focus our energies on the dogs,” says Joe. “We wanted to be self-sustaining, and we didn’t want to engage in fundraising every weekend.” Two and a half years later, the undertaking has proved to be a success, thanks to income from doggy-daycare, boarding, grooming services, pet supplies and accessories.

In addition, Joe and his colleagues were also successful in their desire to run a different kind of dog rescue. “It’s not ‘doggie jail,’” he adds. “All the dogs are in a group setting, out playing all day long. They have free rein to come and go, inside or out. There is a lot of socialization… between the dogs themselves and between the dogs and our volunteers.”

At any given time, N.E.W. PAWSibilities has some 40 to 45 dogs, which mainly come either from owners who can no longer keep their dogs, or from “high-kill” shelters out of state. The group is also successful in being able to find dogs new homes quickly, with most dogs sticking around for just two to three weeks. They find homes for dogs through their own website, their Facebook page and their page on PetFinder.com.

“When you see people coming back a year or so down the road with their adopted dog, it’s very exciting and rewarding,” says Joe. “The dogs are healthy and happy, and the families are happy, too. You really see the love, and that’s all you need.”

For more information about general, cosmetic, pediatric or surgical skin procedures, call Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin today to schedule an appointment: 855-337-6947.

Acne Care: Understanding The Myths and Facts

Acne treatments

Acne Myths

As skin health experts, we understand that acne can be an extremely frustrating skin condition that has the potential for causing a negative impact on one’s self-confidence and overall quality of life.

Acne is actually the most common skin condition in the nation affecting at least 40 million people. Just take a look at how many care products are on the market. Despite how common it is, there is still a lot of confusion about acne and how to care for it. Understanding how to care for acne can help you can regain confidence and get on with your life. So let’s clear up some of the misconceptions and focus on the facts:

Common Myths

  • Only teenagers get acne
  • Acne is an infection
  • Acne is a hygienic disease
  • Chocolate and greasy foods cause acne
  • Squeezing a pimple opens up a clogged pore
  • You have to just wait it out while it runs its course and eventually it goes away

The Facts

  • While most teenagers experience some form of acne, adult acne is also very common. It can affect adults of all ages and even babies.
  • Acne is caused by plugged or clogged pores. This can happen due to a number of factors. The result is pimples, blackheads, whiteheads or cysts.
  • Acne is not caused by poor hygiene. This idea can lead to washing skin too frequently or scrubbing the skin too vigorously, which can irritate it even further.
  • In most cases, acne is not caused by eating certain foods, however, if you notice that any specific food aggravates your system in any way, bring it to the attention of your dermatologist.
  • Hands off! You’ve heard this before, and it happens to be true. It is best to care for your acne by avoiding contact with your hands, other than gentle washing or applying topical medication.
  • The American Academy of Dermatology has compiled these top skin care tips for managing acne.

Good News about Acne? Yes!

The most important fact of all is that acne is a treatable and manageable condition. There are many effective treatment options available, whether it’s for mild or more severe forms. Topical and oral medications can get most cases under control. By working with your dermatologist, you can see which acne treatment options are best for you. There is no reason to suffer from the many negative aspects of acne. Seeing your dermatologist will not only help the immediate situation, but can also help prevent any future outbreaks or scarring. (Some acne medications are not for use during pregnancy, so make sure to check with your dermatologist first.)

At Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin, we are experts in acne skin care treatment. We can provide you with a treatment plan that is customized specifically for you.

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At Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin, S.C. and Forefront Dermatology, our caring and experienced dermatologists will personalize a treatment plan for each individual using the best and most appropriate technologies in dermatology. We strive to improve the communities we serve by decreasing the severity of skin disease through public awareness initiatives, personalized treatment plans, and effective collaboration with our partners in medicine that brings the best dermatology in your neighborhood.

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Actinic Keratosis Treatment – Prevent Skin Cancer

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Actinic Keratosis Prevention and Treatments

Actinic Keratosis may not be a term as familiar as skin cancer or melanoma, but there is a good reason to familiarize ourselves with it. Without treatment, Actinic Keratosis can lead to skin cancer. It is considered a precancerous skin condition, serving as a serious warning sign that you are at an increased risk for skin cancer.

The most common cause of Actinic Keratosis is exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun, which is why it is also known as Solar Keratosis. The UV light from tanning beds can also lead to an increased risk of acquiring Actinic Keratosis.

The main symptoms of Actinic Keratosis are small areas of the skin that feel dry and rough. These areas can vary in color and size. They typically appear on the areas of our body that get more sun exposure. Sometimes they will disappear, but can reappear later in another location.

Those who are at high risk of having Actinic Keratosis are people who have experienced prolonged exposure to the sun, especially without proper UV protection. People who have fair skin, light eye and hair color also are at a higher risk. Since the damage is cumulative, it usually shows up after the age of 40, though it can occur in the teenage years, especially with the use of indoor tanning beds and sun lamps.

Prevention is the Best Medicine

There are many steps we can take to prevent or at least minimize the chances of sun damage to our skin.

  • Avoid sun exposure, especially in the middle of the day when the ultraviolet light is strongest.
  • Protect your skin by using a good sunscreen, even when it’s cloudy.
  • Wearing hats and clothing that provides good coverage.
  • Regularly perform a skin self-exam and make sure to have your skin examined by a dermatologist.

Early Detection is the Key

If you think you see signs of Actinic Keratosis or you notice any other irregularities on your skin, it is best to seek care from a dermatologist as soon as possible. Treatment of Actinic Keratosis can prevent it from developing into skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, yet it is treatable when caught early.

All Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin offices offer skin cancer screenings. To make an appointment at the office near you call (855) 337-6947.

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At Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin, S.C. and Forefront Dermatology, our caring and experienced dermatologists will personalize a treatment plan for each individual using the best and most appropriate technologies in dermatology. We strive to improve the communities we serve by decreasing the severity of skin disease through public awareness initiatives, personalized treatment plans, and effective collaboration with our partners in medicine that brings the best dermatology in your neighborhood.

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Discussing the Dangers of Melanoma

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Doctors shed light on melanoma

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and May 5th was Melanoma Monday, a day of awareness about the most dangerous form of skin cancer.  As part of our public education campaign about this deadly form of skin cancer, we had a few dermatologists and skin care experts who were able to appear on television and radio to discuss the dangers associated with melanoma and how best to protect against this deadly form of skin cancer. In Green Bay, WI, Dr. Betsy Wernli appeared on Fox 11’s Living with Amy show, Dr. Lisa Campbell appeared on CBS 5 News, and Kurt Holst, PA-C appeared on NBC 26 News. In Oshkosh, Dr. Peter Katz was featured on WOSH AM-1490’s morning show on Wednesday, May 7th.

As all of these interviews outlined, it’s vitally important to wear sunscreen of at least SPF 30 to protect against the sun’s deadly rays, even on overcast days as UV rays can penetrate clouds. It’s also very important to see a dermatologist at least once a year for a whole-body scan to check for the warning signs of skin cancer. All Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin offices offer skin cancer screenings. To make an appointment at the office near you call (855) 337-6947.

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At Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin, S.C. and Forefront Dermatology, our caring and experienced dermatologists will personalize a treatment plan for each individual using the best and most appropriate technologies in dermatology. We strive to improve the communities we serve by decreasing the severity of skin disease through public awareness initiatives, personalized treatment plans, and effective collaboration with our partners in medicine that brings the best dermatology in your neighborhood.

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Celebrate Spring with 20% Off Cosmetic Gift Cards!

Spring Gift Card 20% off Sale

Give the gift of beauty – 20 % off cosmetic gift card sale runs April 27 – May 9th

Purchase a gift card online or purchase at any of our clinics throughout Wisconsin.
Online Sales end May 5th.

Spring is time for rejuvenation, so how about doing the same for those you love or even yourself. Celebrate moms for all they do and get something nice for her! Congratulate the hard working college graduate. Give the gift of beauty with a gift card for cosmetic services and products at Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin! What’s even better is that to celebrate Spring, we’re giving a 20% discount on gift cards for cosmetic services and products between April 27 and May 9!

Cosmetic gift cards can be used for any of the cosmetic services and products offered at Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin, such as:

Hurry to get the people in your life a gift they will truly love, as the cosmetic gift card sale won’t be here for long!  Gift cards are valid for cosmetic treatments and products only and cannot be combined with or used on any other special, discount or package. Cosmetic gift cards are available at all Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin and Forefront Dermatology locations in Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana and Michigan.

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At Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin, S.C. and Forefront Dermatology, their caring and experienced dermatologists will personalize a treatment plan for each individual using the best and most appropriate technologies in dermatology. They strive to improve the communities they serve by decreasing the severity of skin disease through public awareness initiatives, personalized treatment plans, and effective collaboration with their partners in medicine that brings the best dermatology in your neighborhood.

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Join us on our Day of Giving

We are happy to announce the second annual Day of Giving event!

This year’s event will be held on April 9th at all Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin and Forefront Dermatology clinics. The Day of Giving event is a great opportunity for our doctors and medical staff to give back to the communities they serve. The way it works is, for every patient who has an appointment on April 9th, Dermatology Associates of WI and Forefront Dermatology will donate money to the Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin Foundation, which supports community sponsorships and non-profit organizations.

Last year’s Day of Giving event raised a substantial amount of money and supported numerous events and charities within the communities that our clinics serve. What’s exciting about this year’s event is that our company has expanded to include locations in Hudson WI, New Richmond WI, Mequon WI, Cedar Rapids IA, Grand Rapids MI, Marquette MI, Columbus IN and Seymour IN, all of which will participate in this year’s Day of Giving event. We hope to see you on April 9th at a Dermatology Associates of WI location near you!

Request an appointment online or by calling 1-855-337-6947.

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Hope for eczema & atopic dermatitis sufferers

Eczema & Atopic Dermatitis on Skin

The American Academy of Dermatology has released new guidelines concerning atopic dermatitis. This represents progress and good news for anyone who suffers with this chronic skin condition.

Atopic dermatitis is also known as the most common form of eczema

The most common – and troublesome – symptom is dry, itchy skin, typically on the insides of the elbows, behind the knees, at the ankles and on the hands and feet.

The itching caused by atopic dermatitis can be so severe, that sufferers may injure and further irritate the skin by scratching. This can cause the skin to become red, swollen, cracked and scaly. It’s unpleasant for anyone, but perhaps more so for infants and children, the age groups most likely to develop atopic dermatitis.

Managing the effects of this condition on overall quality of life, especially for younger patients, is at the core of the newest guidelines from the American Academy of Dermatology. The new guidelines should help improve care for atopic dermatitis sufferers. They include recommendations on how doctors diagnose atopic dermatitis and how they can help minimize the effects of this condition on their patients’ lives.

The Academy’s guidelines suggest that dermatologists ask questions about how the itching associated with this type of eczema impacts sleep and daily activities.

“The itch associated with atopic dermatitis is one of the most problematic symptoms of this skin condition and can significantly impact a patient’s quality of life,” said Dermatologist Dirk M. Elston, MD, FAAD, president of the Academy. “Children with persistent itching may experience sleep disruptions and problems focusing in school, which is why proper diagnosis and treatment is so important.”

Dermatologists should also coordinate with other specialties when caring for patients – especially younger patients – who have atopic dermatitis. Younger people with atopic dermatitis may also have associated health concerns that may require care with other specialists. These conditions include:

• Sleep issues
• Asthma
• Food allergies
• ADHD
• Other psychological concerns that can be related to or complicated by eczema

This information is from the first in a set of new guidelines from the American Academy of Dermatology. The remaining sections will focus on the latest approaches to treatment and the prevention of atopic dermatitis flares.

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At Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin, S.C. and Forefront Dermatology, their caring and experienced dermatologists will personalize a treatment plan for each individual using the best and most appropriate technologies in dermatology. They strive to improve the communities they serve by decreasing the severity of skin disease through public awareness initiatives, personalized treatment plans, and effective collaboration with their partners in medicine that brings the best dermatology in your neighborhood.

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Thinking about a chemical peel? Why now is the perfect time

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A chemical peel at your dermatologist’s office can take years off the look of your skin and late winter/early spring is a great time to get one. Why? Because a chemical peel reveals your freshest skin, which makes your skin more sensitive to the sun’s rays… and it’s easier to avoid the sun during this time of year.

Of course you know that using sunscreen everyday is something we always talk about at Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin. It is the most important thing you must do to prevent skin cancer and premature aging.

Proper use of sunscreen is even more important after a chemical peel. In fact, you’ll need to avoid sunlight altogether during the healing period after your chemical peel – which could be as short as one day for a quick peel and up to two weeks for an intensive, deep chemical peel.

No matter what type of peel you need, you should receive complete information about what to expect before treatment. You should also get detailed post-peel instructions and precautions, like our doctors provide each of our patients who come to us for a chemical peel. Follow these instructions exactly and enjoy the beautiful glow and smoother, softer texture of your skin after your peel.

What kinds of results can you expect from a chemical peel?

It depends on your skin, the reason you want or need a chemical peel and the type of peel your dermatologist recommends. Chemical peels can improve the look and feel of your skin and diminish signs of aging. They can also help correct problems related to certain skin conditions.

The many benefits of a medical chemical peel include:
• improvement to wrinkles and fine lines, especially crow’s feet and line around the mouth
• more even skin color
• a brighter complexion
• smoother, softer skin
• improvement of some types of acne
• improvement of melasma – grey/brown patches that appear on the skin as a result of sun exposure or during pregnancy
• reduced appearance of age spots and visible sun damage
• reduced appearance of freckles

Bonus tip: Did you know that chemical peels aren’t just for your face? They can be used on the hands, neck and chest to improve wrinkles, skin tone and signs of sun damage and they can be significantly more effective than any product you could ever use. Ask your dermatologist for more information!

Have you had a medical chemical peel? What did you think of the results? Let us know, below. If you want to know more about the peels we offer, check out our website or give us a call: 855-337-6947.

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Dermatologists’ tips for soothing dry, chapped lips

Moisturized and healthy lips

Tips for dry, chapped lips

Chapped lips can be a problem any time of year, but cold, windy weather makes it so much worse. Using lip balm is the obvious remedy, but if that’s not working, there are other strategies to consider for chapped lips.

• Protect your lips – Prevention is always best, so coat your lips before going outdoors and reapply regularly. If you’re going to be exposed to cold, windy conditions, try to keep lips covered with a scarf, as well.

• Choose the best lip balm for you – The best products for chapped lips contain some type of occlusive ingredient, meaning one that seals in moisture. Petrolatum (like Vaseline) or mineral oil are two heavy hitters for protecting lips. Other good ingredients to look for: olive oil, shea butter and coconut oil.

While lip products containing menthol or camphor may feel good to chapped lips, they can also further inflame already irritated skin. Better to stick with balms that contain a few simple, effective ingredients.

Once you find a lip balm you like and that has ingredients that are working for you, apply often, especially when you’re going to be outdoors.

• Use a lip balm with sunscreen whenever you leave the house – The skin on the lips is much thinner than anywhere else on your body and especially vulnerable to the rays of the sun. Most balms with sunscreen have an SPF of 15 or 20, but do a bit of research and you can find one with even higher sun protection. One to consider is Aquaphor Lip Repair + Protect with UVA/UVB SPF 30.

• Try not to lick your lips – When you lick your lips, you moisten them with saliva, when quickly evaporates and leaves your lips even dryer than before. Break the habit by keeping your lip balm in your pocket or on your desk and apply it instead of licking your lips.

• Slather on a rich lip-balm before bed – As you sleep, you may breathe through your mouth or drool (everyone does it – not a big deal). So, put on an extra thick layer of an emollient lip balm to protect and moisturize lips while you sleep. You should definitely notice a difference when you get up in the morning.

• Hydrate – Any time we talk about combating dry skin, hydration is part of the solution. So, drink plenty of water and consider sleeping with a humidifier running in your bedroom.

Chapped lips are usually just a result of dehydration and exposure to the elements. If you have severely cracked, peeling lips, or the corners of your mouth are sore and cracked, it could be some form of a skin condition called “chelitis” that should be evaluated and treated by a dermatologist.

Follow our dermatologists’ tips for chapped lips and let us know if you have any other great remedies for keeping your lips happy in winter and all year round.

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At Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin, S.C. and Forefront Dermatology, their caring and experienced dermatologists will personalize a treatment plan for each individual using the best and most appropriate technologies in dermatology. They strive to improve the communities they serve by decreasing the severity of skin disease through public awareness initiatives, personalized treatment plans, and effective collaboration with their partners in medicine that brings the best dermatology in your neighborhood.

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