Dermatology in Bellingham
offices serve Bellingham and the surrounding area. We offer state-of-the-art dermatology services and a comprehensive range of medical and cosmetic dermatological care. Board certified doctors are here to solve your medical skin problem
or help you look your best. We have a range of tools, techniques and strategies that will rejuvenate your skin and help you look 20 years younger. We are committed to providing you with the highest quality of care for your skin.
We pledge to provide you with superior, individualized, and confidential care starting with a comprehensive consultation and ending with natural looking results. We run an efficient and pleasant practice believing your time is just as valuable as ours. So, call and set up an appointment. That’s the first step toward looking your best.
CoolSculpting is a non-surgical procedure that freeze and destroys fat below the surface of the skin. It is applied with a hand held device. Patience can experience some weight loss but it it's purpose is more to contour the shape in combination with a healthy diet and exercise.
Men and women can be good candidates for CoolSculpting. The procedure uses cool temperatures so you should not undergo the procedure if you cryoglobulinemia, paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria, or cold agglutinin disease.
Some plastic surgeons and dermatologist use CoolSculpting in combination with other body contouring procedures like liposuction. Ask your physician which options are best for the cosmetic goals you are trying to accomplish.
The treatment area will be pinched into the CoolSculpting applicator. You should not feel pain, only some pressure and suction for the first few minutes of the treatment. After that, the target area will become numb to the cold. The treatment will last roughly 60 minutes, during which you can read, check email, watch a movie, or even nap.
After the applicator process if it feels like there is “extra love handles underneath the skin” this fat will be sucked up by the applicator. Your provider will massage the site, and the lump should quickly disappear. As this is a no-downtime procedure, you’ll be free to continue with your regular activities right away.
What happens to the fat?
The fat cells are removed permanently. As adults, we don’t produce new fat cells, so the number of cells destroyed and removed from the body remains permanent. That said, when we gain weight, our fat cells expand. Gaining weight after CoolSculpting could still mean an increase in the size of the remaining fat cells.
What the difference between liposuction and Coolsculpting?
Liposuction can produce dramatic results and sometime requires general anesthesia. Coolsculpting does not require anesthesia but produces less dramatic results.
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We can help you treat and manage your psoriasis. Below are descriptions of the different types of psoriasis
is a skin condition but it is in fact a systemic disease resulting from a malfunction of the immune system. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation
, 7.5 million people suffer from the disorder Psoriasis is a common skin condition that comes in several common types:
consists of raised lesions covered with a variable amount of silvery scales most commonly seen on the elbows, knees, scalp, and trunk
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is small circular lesions that come on suddenly and are seen after infections. This type of psoriasis attacks children more than adults. This type of psoriasis is not always chronic. inverse, pustular, scalp, erythrodermic,
and psoriatic inflammatory arthritis
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is when the scaly plaques develop in skin fold areas like the axillae, groin and buttock creases
and the folds under the breasts
. It develops from the heat and moisture generated from skin to skin friction.
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often comes from stress to the body like an infection or fever. This condition has bright red legions, over larger areas. Finger nail color
changes and can even be lost with Erythrodermic psoriasis. There are special psoriasis treatments for this condition.
Triggers to psoriasis leading to psoriasis treatment
Psoriasis is controllable, but not curable. Many things can trigger the onset and continuation of psoriasis:
1. Bacterial and viral infections
emotional or frictional on the skin surface inducing new areas of psoriasis to breakout.
beta-blockers, lithium, antimalarial medications, prednisone and other oral steroids
4. Injury to the skin:
intentional such as with surgery, or unintentional such as a cut or scrape
5. Dry skin:
may lead to scratching of the skin
6. Too little sunlight
and even too much sunlight causing a sunburn
7. Alcohol can affect psoriasis.
smoking and smokeless tobacco products
9. Patients with weakened immune systems
(AIDS, cancer chemotherapy patients, and patients with autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis) may have more severe bouts of psoriasis.
There are three options for treating psoriasis:
Moisturizers, topical steroids, and “peeling” agents (salicylic or lactic acids, and dandruff shampoos.) The effectiveness of this psoriasis treatment depends on the individual reaction.
"Biological” injectable medicines are being to treat psoriasis. These require a consultation with a dermatologist. They include : adalimumab, etanercept, infliximab, ustekinumab and ustekinumab. These drug treatments are also known by their trademarked names. Consult with Dr. Norman Levan to see if this type of psoriasis treatment is right for you.
This is careful exposure and precise exposure of your skin to ultraviolet light. But UVA and UVB treatments are used. It is a painless procedure and must be used in combination with oral and topical treatments. This type of psoriasis treatment is call PUVA treatment and is usually done in the office of a dermatologist.
Psoriasis treatment vary widely from simply using over the counter remedies to photo therapy under the care of dermatologist. Find out how to treat your psoriasis.
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