Urticaria in Somerville
offices serve Somerville 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.
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.
and a member of the American Association of Dermatology
In Somerville call us learn how to look your best
We can help you choose the best solution to address skin condition like severe acne, acne pits and scars, skin discoloration and wrinkles. For many patients, chemical peels produce great results. Call to find out more about how you can address you skin ailments, so you can look your best.
have been around for centuries. A chemical peel is a nonsurgical procedure which exfoliates (takes off) the Stratum Corneum (the top layer of skin) with mild, medium or deep reaching chemicals.
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Once removed, the layer of skin below replaces the removed layer with skin that is usually smoother, clearer and tighter. Mild and medium peels can be administered by an aesthetician. Deep chemical peels can only be performed by a board certified dermatologist, physician or plastic surgeon and members of members of dermatology associations
About 413,000 women and 31,000 men have chemical peels to clear up their skin.
Below are the different types of chemical peels
. In all cases, the face is washed and then the solution is applied with a smooth and consistent layer, then removed after a predetermined time or appearance. The treatment is approved by the American Dermatological Association
. Chemical peels are performed under a variety of treatments and goals.
Alpha hydroxy acid peels
Alpha hydroxy acid (AHAs) are naturally occurring carboxylic acid found in sugar cane juice and lactic acid, found in sour milk and tomato juice. This is the mildest of the peel formulas and produces light peels for treatment of fine wrinkles, areas of dryness, uneven pigmentation and acne.
Beta hydroxy acid peels
Beta hydroxy acid peels can go deeper into the pores than AHA peels. Studies show that BHA peels control sebum excretion, which further helps relieve persistent acne from reappearing. Chemical peels can achieve fantastic results.
Retinoic acid peel
Retinoic peel is a facial peel that is also performed in the office of a plastic surgeon, or a dermatologist. This is a deeper peel than the BHA or AHA peels and is used to remove scars as well as wrinkles and pigmentation problems. The client leaves with the chemical peel solution on their face. The peeling process takes place on the third day. More dramatic changes to the skin require multiple peels over time.
Croton oil / Phenol peel
Formerly known as a phenol peel is a deep chemical peel, which deeply resurfaces the skin by removing the Stratum Corneum (top layer) and eventually results in regeneration of the dermal architecture, effectively restoring younger dermis in a way that cannot be replicated by other, more superficial peels. It is performed under the care of a physician and sometimes requires general anesthesia or sedation. Consult with your dermatologist or plastic surgeon for the best plan for your individual situation.
Am I a good candidate for a chemical peel?
Good candidates for chemical peels experience sun-dried skin, uneven or blotchy skin, scars, and facial wrinkles. Because of the various strengths of peels most people can gain benefits from their use.
You may experience peeling, soreness, discolored and blotchy skin before the new skin begins to heal in the place of the removed layer of skin. With deep peels your face may be visually alarming after a few days, but as the skin heals a smoother more youthful look will emerge. This can take 7 to 10 days, which will feel like a long time, but resist the urge to panic. During this time swimming and strenuous activities should be avoided.
With light and mild peels there is no recovery required so you can resume your daily routines immediately after the procedure.
Averse reactions to chemical peels
Negative reactions do not occur often. Consult with a board certified dermatologist on risks specific to you and the chemical peel you are considering. Generally, negative reactions to chemical peels include: hematoma or Sarama "accumulation of blood under the skin" which may require removal. Infection, bleeding, skin sensitivity, inconsistent coloration, tiny whiteheads.
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Deep chemical peels
typically cost between $1500-$3000, depending upon the size of the area treated. Because these peels are done under a physician's care they can be a bit more expensive. Most insurance does not cover the cost. However, if it is prescribed for a medical condition such as, to treat precancerous skin condition or improve designated scars, coverage may be available. Consult with your medical service provider if you believe this situation applies to you.
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