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Redness, rosacea, brown spots--how has all this happened to your skin? Well, aging plus sun exposure often cause the problems you're experiencing. They're not your fault, and there is something you can do about them. Dr. Karen Maffei offers state-of-the-art diagnostics and services, such as IPL photofacial treatments. Learn more about what you can do about your unevenly pigmented skin.
Smooth, evenly colored skin
Frankly, few of us have it, particularly as we age. However, even young people experience frustrating skin issues such as:
- Acne scarring
- Deep pores
- Rosacea (increased circulation near the surface of the epidermis, resulting in stubborn redness in people between the ages of 30 and 50, according to the American Academy of Dermatology)
What you can do
At Athens Dermatology, Dr. Maffei and her team deliver a wide range of dermatologic services which improve the health and appearance of the human body's largest organ--the skin. Among one of the easiest and most innovative is IPL, or Intense Pulsated Light.
Also called photorejuvenation, IPL delivers short bursts of highly-focused light energy to areas in the epidermis which are highly pigmented. The light causes capillaries and elastic collagen to constrict within the epidermis or topmost skin layer, thus allowing the hyper-pigmented areas to slough off.
Your cosmetic dermatologist in the Watkinsville and Athens, GA, area
Treatment from Dr. Maffei is your safest and most effective way to have the smoothest, clearest skin possible. If you're bothered by spots and other skin imperfections, why not consult with Dr. Maffei? IPL just may be the service you need. Call the office today at (706) 769-1550.
Treating acne isn't always quite as simple as commercials for over-the-counter products promise. If you have severe or stubborn acne, your pimples and cysts may not disappear, even if you use the acne medication as directed. Our Watkinsville and Athens, GA, area dermatologist, Dr. Karen Maffei, shares some information on several acne treatment options that are more effective than drugstore pimple creams.
When you visit our Watkinsville and Athens area office, we may recommend that you try a prescription topical medication that encourages more rapid skin cell turnover. Medications like tretinoin, adapalene, and tazarotene prevent skin oils from blocking your pores, resulting in fewer pimples and flare-ups.
Topical and oral antibiotics
When topical medications aren't effective alone, combining them with topical or oral antibiotics may be helpful. Antibiotics kill the p. acnes bacteria on your skin that inflame your pores and create red, painful pimples.
Chemical peels and microdermabrasion
Removing the outer layers of your skin with a chemical peel or microdermabrasion gets rids of active and developing acne lesions. The treatments also remove shallow acne scars and pits. During the microdermabrasion treatment, a handheld device will be used to spray tiny exfoliating crystals on your skin. You'll notice an immediate improvement in your skin, although you'll need to receive all of the recommended treatments for best results. Results take a little longer to appear if you have a chemical peel. The top layers of your skin will begin to slough off, taking pimples with it a few days after the peel.
Isotretinoin, is a powerful oral medication, is only prescribed if you have severe cystic acne or stubborn acne that doesn't respond to other treatments. Because the medication can affect the liver, frequent blood tests will be needed while you take it. You'll also need to use a reliable method of birth control if you're female, as isotretinoin can cause birth defects.
Are you interested in learning if one or more of these acne treatment options can help you? Call our Watkinsville and Athens, GA, area dermatologist, Dr. Maffei, at (706) 769-1550 to schedule an appointment.
Find out how we can improve the look and health of your skin.
We know how important it is to have healthy, radiant skin. After all, we know that issues such as acne or wrinkles can affect not just your appearance but also your self-esteem. Our Watkinsville, GA, cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Karen Maffei is here to tell you the many ways in which you can refresh and enhance the look and feel of your skin based on your needs and goals.
If you are fighting the effects of sun damage, uneven skin tone, rosacea, or fine lines and wrinkles, our Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) photofacial treatment might be just the thing to refresh your skin’s tone, texture and appearance. In just 30 minutes the laser therapy penetrates deep within the skin to constrict blood vessels and to restructure collagen production to increase skin’s firmness and texture while reducing facial redness. There is also no downtime associated with this procedure, making it a great option for those who are looking to improve the look of blotchy, red and uneven skin but without the recovery process.
There are a variety of different chemical peels in which to choose from in Watkinsville, GA, and the type you get will depend on several factors including the type of skin problems you are looking to address and how severe they are. By applying a special formula to your face, we can remove the outer layers of the skin to reveal new, healthier skin underneath. Chemical peels won’t just give your skin a healthy glow but will also:
- Make skin softer
- Reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles
- Increase collagen production to improve skin’s firmness and elasticity
- Unclog pores and reduce the appearance of enlarged pores
- Improve skin tone and texture
- Reduce superficial scarring (e.g. acne scars)
If you aren’t quite ready to take the plunge when it comes to chemical peels you can still reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles without the side effects and downtime. With Radiesse, this dermal filler injects a special formula into areas of the face to stimulate the production of collagen, which improves skin’s firmness and texture. This treatment will temporarily eliminate forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet and lines around the nose and mouth. Restylane and Restylane Lyft are dermal fillers that are used to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles. They can also be used to smooth lines around the lips, and to add volume to the cheeks and lips.
Athens Dermatology in Watkinsville, GA, is dedicated to helping you feel confident in your skin. Call our office today to schedule a consultation with us and to find out what treatment options might be right for you.
Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer according to the American Cancer Society. If you are diagnosed with cancer, Dr. Karen Maffei, in Watkinsville, GA, can tell you type you have and supply you with the necessary treatment options.
Types of Skin Cancer:
Skin cancer is the abnormal growth of skin cells and often develops on the parts of the skin most exposed to the sun’s rays. Skin cancer affects people of all colors and races, but people with light skin and who sunburn easily have a higher risk.
Here are a few types of skin cancers according to the American Cancer Society:
- Basal and Squamous Cell Skin Cancer: They are found in areas exposed to the sun, like your head, neck, and arms, as well as other areas. Although common, basal and squamous cell skin cancer is treatable. While light-skinned individuals are most likely to develop Squamous Cell Skin Cancer, darker-skinned people can too.
- Merkel Cell Skin Cancer: If you have Merkel cell carcinoma, you need to know what to expect and can help you cope. This cancer usually appears on your face, head or neck as a flesh-colored or bluish-red nodule.
- Melanoma Skin Cancer: Melanoma develops in a mole or appears as a new dark spot on your skin. It doesn't develop as commonly as other types of cancers, Melanoma is more likely to grow and spread, and is one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer.
- Lymphoma of the Skin: Rare lymphomas that start in the skin are called skin lymphomas (or cutaneous lymphomas). The main types are Hodgkin's lymphoma and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Lymphoma starts in the immune system's cells.
Mohs Micrographic Surgery:
The cancerous area is examined and removed under the microscope. Mohs surgery is performed in the office and takes only a day. Doctors map diseased skin layers to pinpoint the areas that need treatment. Mohs surgery is a skin cancer treatment with a high success rate.
For more information about skin cancer and to speak to Dr. Karen Maffei in regards to any worries you may have, call Athens Dermatology in Watkinsville, GA.
Identifying skin cancer early is crucial in treating this condition successfully. While skin cancer has a very high curability rate, it can turn serious and even deadly if left untreated. To ensure your skin’s health, you should be familiar with the earliest signs of skin cancer. Find out more about the early signs of skin cancer with Dr. Karen Maffei at Athens Dermatology in Watkinsville, GA.
Is this mole normal?
The easiest way to determine if a mole is suspicious is to use the American Cancer Society’s ABCDE rule:
- Asymmetry: A suspicious mole appears asymmetrical while a normal mole is almost always symmetrical.
- Border: A mole’s border should be smooth and round or ovular.
- Color: The color of a normal mole can vary from light pink to dark brown. However, if your mole is very dark or has two or more colors within its borders, it may be cancerous.
- Diameter: A normal mole is usually smaller in diameter than 6 millimeters, or the eraser of a pencil.
- Evolving: A normal mole stays the same and does not change. Suspicious moles can change in appearance, changing color or shape rapidly in a short period of time.
What are some other early signs of skin cancer?
Skin cancer almost always begins as a discoloration on the skin which looks like a mole. While there are certain ways to tell if a mole may be cancerous. However, some cases do not follow the usual signs and symptoms. Some early signs of cancer is a sore that doesn’t heal, the spread of pigment from the inside of a discoloration to the surrounding skin, sudden itching or tenderness around a mole, or a mole that suddenly appears to change on its surface and begins to ooze or bleed.
Regular Skin Examinations in Watkinsville, GA
If you think you could have a suspicious mole or discoloration, you should consult with your dermatologist to ensure that it is not a sign of skin cancer. Regular skin examinations allow your doctor to find and treat these suspicious moles early. For more information on skin cancer or to schedule a skin examination, please contact Dr. Maffei at Athens Dermatology in Watkinsville, GA. Call (706) 769-1550 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Maffei today!