My Blog
By Dermatology Associates
December 01, 2017
Category: Skin Condition
Tags: Scars  

ScarsScars left behind from acne, surgery, chicken pox, burns or other injuries, especially when they appear on your face, can be disfiguring physically and emotionally. 

Scars are a natural part of the skin’s healing process, and most small scars fade over time to become nearly invisible. The larger and more severe the skin damage and the longer it takes to heal, however, the more prominent the scar will be. If the appearance of a scar bothers you, a visit to your dermatologist may be in order.

Today, dermatologists offer many cosmetic treatment options that can significantly reduce the appearance of large, raised scars. Although scars cannot be eliminated entirely, modern cosmetic techniques can significantly minimize their visibility for an improved appearance.  

Leading cosmetic dermatology options include:

  • Dermabrasion: A technique that involves removing the upper layer of the skin, allowing new skin to regenerate.
  • Laser scar removal: Using a high-energy light, a dermatologist can remove or reshape disfigured scar tissue. Different types of laser scar removal are used for different types of scarring.  
  • Microdermabrasion: A non-chemical, non-invasive procedure that applies microscopic crystals. This gently exfoliates and smooths the outermost layer of dead skin cells, revealing younger, healthier looking skin.
  • Chemical peels: Typically administered as a facial peel, this treatment involves applying an acid solution to remove and smooth the scarred outer layers of skin.
  • Topical cream, gel or ointment: Special creams can be applied directly to a scar to soften the tissue and promote healing.  

In some cases, more than one treatment, or a combination of procedures, may be recommended to attain your optimal results. Your dermatologist can help you determine the best treatment for your specific goals and degree of scarring.

If you are concerned about the appearance of your scars, visit your dermatologist. Most scarring is highly treatable by an expert. We can assess the scar, review treatment options, and help you select the most effective therapy for significantly reducing your scars’ visibility.  

By Dermatology Associates
November 14, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Microdermabrasion  

Patients are frequently searching for new ways to freshen and renew the appearance of their skin. One of the most popular dermatological microdermabrasionoptions offered at Dermatology Associates in Batesville, Tipton, and Indianapolis, IN is called microdermabrasion. It can help you with many of the aesthetic concerns you have with your skin. 

About Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion is a dermatological treatment that removes layers of the skin so that new healthy skin cells can replace them. Tiny crystals are released over the skin that gently shed old skin cells. Sometimes called a “lunchtime peel,” it is commonly used to rejuvenate the appearance of the face and provides results in about 30 minutes. After your appointment, you can go right back to work. Patients like this treatment because it doesn't require the use of chemicals, anesthesia, or invasive surgical tools. Many patients see smoother, younger-looking, more evenly toned skin after just one or two sessions.

What Is It Used for?
Regular microdermabrasion sessions (about six visits at two-week intervals) with your Batesville, Tipton, or Indianapolis, IN dermatologist, will ensure the best results. This skin treatment is used to resolve the following common problems:

- sun damaged skin (including sun spots)
- scarring and discoloration
- hyperpigmentation
- thick, tough, leathery skin
- wrinkles and lines around the eyes, mouth, and nose
- whiteheads and blackheads

Can Microdermabrasion Help You?
Your dermatologist Dr. Sonya Campbell Johnson, and esthetician, Shar Ellison can help you determine if microdermabrasion is a good option for you at your initial consultation. Generally, people with all types of skin (including all ranges of skin tones) can benefit from microdermabrasion. If you have an active skin infection or rash, this should be cleared up before treatment.

See a Dermatologist for Skin Rejuvenation
You should love the way your skin looks and feel confident about your appearance. Microdermabrasion could help you improve the look and feel of your skin after just a few sessions without the need for surgical procedures. Call 317-257-1484 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sonya Campbell Johnson at her Batesville, Tipton, or Indianapolis, IN office.

By Dermatology Associates
November 01, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Varicose Veins  

Varicose VeinsMany people are bothered by the small, unsightly clusters of purple, red and blue veins that commonly appear on the legs. These blemishes are called spider and varicose veins. Factors that lead to the formation of these veins include heredity, gender, and pregnancy. Prolonged standing, obesity, hormones, and physical trauma may also contribute to the development of varicose veins.

In addition to the visual appearance of the veins, many people may experience the following symptoms:

  • Leg pain
  • Leg fatigue or heaviness
  • Burning sensations in the leg
  • Swelling/throbbing in the leg
  • Tenderness surrounding the veins

Varicose veins may remain merely a cosmetic issue or can progress to more serious health complications. Delaying treatment may cause leg discoloration, swelling and ulceration, or predispose to blood clots. It’s important to consult your regular physician when you first notice signs of varicose veins.  

For patients troubled by the appearance of their veins, there is help. Varicose veins can easily be removed with the help of a dermatologist. A time-tested treatment, sclerotherapy is a simple, safe, and effective non-surgical procedure used to treat unwanted varicose veins.  

Sclerotherapy diminishes the appearance of varicose veins by injecting a “sclerosing agent” into target veins to shrink the vessels and minimize their appearance. While a specific treatment plan can only be determined following a consultation with your dermatologist, most patients notice a significant reduction, if not total elimination, of their unwanted veins over the treatment period.

Sclerotherapy has been used for generations by dermatologists to help patients eliminate spider and varicose veins. Sclerotherapy can enhance your appearance and improve your self-confidence. Visit your dermatologist for an initial consultation and find out if you are a good candidate.

Dry SkinCold winds, low temperatures and dry indoor conditions can strip the skin of its natural oils that serve as a natural moisturizer. Although the cold winter months often cause dry skin, with proper skin care habits you can have a healthy complexion that lasts all season long.

You can’t control the harsh winter climate, but you can protect your skin by learning how to manage the factors that trigger dry, flaky skin.

How Can I Protect My Skin from Dryness

For starters, apply a heavy moisturizer or cream daily to help retain moisture and keep skin from drying out. Since strong, brisk winds can cause chapped skin, it is also important to cover exposed areas by wearing a hat, scarf or mittens when going out into the cold air.

Furnaces, radiators and fireplaces that you use to heat your home during cold winter months may feel wonderful in the middle of winter, but they can be extremely drying. To add moisture back into your home, try using a humidifier. Frequent showering and hand washing can also dry out your skin. Keep skin moist with lotion or cream immediately after you shower and wash your hands to seal in moisture.

No matter what season you’re in, if your dry skin becomes inflamed or develops a painful itch, visit our practice for a proper evaluation and treatment plan. A dermatologist can help you modify your current skin regimen accordingly to help your skin stay healthy with the changing seasons.

By Dermatology Associates
September 05, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: botox  

Wrinkles can be unfair: they can make you look tired, annoyed, or older than you actually feel. The eyes are one of the most noticeable botoxaspects of the face and, unfortunately, the wrinkles that surround them are attention-grabbing as well. But with Botox from your Indianapolis, Batesville, and Tipton, IN, dermatologist, Dr. Sonya Campbell Johnson, you can eliminate the unwanted attention your wrinkles bring to your features, letting your best traits take center stage! Learn more about how Botox can help you here.

How does Botox work?

Botox, derived from proteins that occur in nature, is purified in a laboratory and has been utilized for many years as a way to treat medical issues such as sweating or eye problems. Approved by the FDA for cosmetic use since the early 2000's, Botox can make a big difference in your appearance by stopping the muscle movement under the skin where your wrinkles lie. Your Indianapolis, Batesville, and Tipton dermatologist uses a fine needle to carefully insert the solution into the muscles on the outside of your eyes ("crow's feet") and between them ("frown lines"), which causes them to become temporarily paralyzed. Over a period of a few days, the skin on top of these muscles will gradually smooth out because of the lack of muscle activity, leaving you with a naturally smoother appearance for three to four months.

Is Botox safe?

The safety of Botox has been well-studied. It has been used for medical treatments of muscle spasms since the late 1980s and provides temporary, but effective relief from conditions like uncontrollable blinking and vocal cord issues. When used in a medical setting like Dermatology Associates in Indianapolis, Batesville, and Tipton patients can be assured that cosmetic Botox is safely and responsibly used by qualified medical professionals.

If you'd like to erase years from your appearance and see a more rejuvenated reflection in the mirror, we encourage you to contact Dermatology Associates in Indianapolis, Batesville, and Tipton, Indiana at (317) 257-1484.You can also email us at contac[email protected] We look forward to helping you look and feel your best!

This website includes materials that are protected by copyright, or other proprietary rights. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use, as defined in the copyright laws, requires the written permission of the copyright owners.