Find out what this autoimmune disorder means for your skin health.
According to the Lupus Foundation of America, approximately 1.5 million Americans and five million people globally have some form of lupus. While lupus can affect both men and women, about 90 percent of those with diagnosed lupus are women between the ages of 15 to 44. Even though this chronic autoimmune disease affects millions, significantly less than half of people are actually somewhat familiar with the disease.
So, what exactly is lupus, how can you contract this disorder and what treatment options are available?
Our immune system is meant to attack foreign agents in our body to fight diseases and other infections. However, if you have been diagnosed with lupus then your immune system actually responds by attacking the healthy cells within your body. This ultimately causes damage to certain organs in the body like your heart, skin and brain.
There are different types of lupus; however, the most common form is systemic lupus erythematosis. Discoid lupus is known for causing a persistent skin rash, subacute cutaneous lupus causes skin sores when exposed to the sun, druginduced lupus is the result of a certain medication and neonatal lupus affects infants.
Know that you aren’t alone when it comes to handling your lupus symptoms. While symptoms can be severe and affect your daily life talk to your dermatologist about the best ways to reduce your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
Lupus Risk Factors
While anyone can develop lupus, women are more likely to develop this condition. Also, African American, Hispanic, Native American and Asian women are at an increased risk over Caucasian women. While the cause is unknown, some research has found that perhaps genes play an influential role in the development of lupus; however, there are several factors that could be at play.
Those with lupus may experience some or all of these symptoms:
- Muscle aches and pains
- Joint pain and swelling
- Skin rashes, most commonly found on the face
- Chest pain when breathing deeply
- Loss of hair
- Pale fingers and toes
- Sun sensitivity
- Mouth sores
- Extreme fatigue
- Leg or eye swelling
- Swollen glands
These symptoms may not be present all the time. Those with lupus have flareups in which the symptoms will appear for a little while and then go away. Also new symptoms may also arise at any time.
If you’ve been diagnosed with lupus then you will most likely need to see several specialists regarding your condition. If you are dealing with skin sores and rashes, then you will want to talk to your dermatologist about the best treatment plan for you. About 40 to 70 percent of those with lupus experience symptoms when exposed to sunlight.
When you come in our office for treatment our goal is to find certain medications that can reduce pain, swelling and redness and prevent further flareups. Furthermore, we will recommend a sunscreen and other lifestyle changes that can help to protect your skin from damaging sun exposure.
Has your skin become wrinkled due to sun damage and aging? If so, and you want a change, you might be a good candidate for Botox. This cosmetic treatment, which is used to smooth lines in the skin, tops the list of the most in-demand minimally invasive dermatological solutions according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Contact Dr. Sonya Campbell Johnson at Dermatology Associates in Batesville, Tipton, and Indianapolis, IN to find out if Botox is the ideal way to make your skin smoother and younger-looking.
How Does Botox Work?
There are muscles under your skin that allow you to move and contort the various areas of your face. Over time, constantly making facial expressions, scrunching the forehead, and squinting the eyes can cause these muscles to form lines in the skin. Botox freezes those muscles, sending a message to them that they should stop contracting. This causes the hardened expression lines to soften and give you a more pleasant appearance after just a few days.
A Good Botox Candidate
A number of skin rejuvenating facial treatments are available at Dermatology Associates in Batesville, Tipton, and Indianapolis, IN, but many patients find that they are good candidates for Botox. Before getting Botox you should:
- Provide your dermatologist with a full medical history (including medications).
- Have relatively good skin elasticity.
- Be over the age of 18.
The Appointment for Botox Injections
It is a minimally invasive procedure that takes about 15 minutes. You'll sit in the doctor’s chair as the targeted areas of the face are numbed with a topical ointment, then small injections will be made. Many patients find Botox injections to be very easy to tolerate, especially considering the brevity of the appointment.
Smoother Skin After One Appointment
With Botox injections, your dermatologist can help you achieve smoother skin after just one visit. Call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sonya Campbell Johnson at Dermatology Associates. She has offices in Batesville, Tipton, and Indianapolis, IN. For the Indianapolis location, call (317) 257-1484. For Batesville, phone (800) 303-3228, and in Tipton, call (765) 675-1410. Or email us at [email protected]
Find out how your dermatologist can improve the appearance of your facial scars.
From traumatic injuries to acne, there are a variety of reasons why you may be dealing with facial scars; however, it doesn’t mean you have to live with them for the rest of your life. Your dermatologist offers up a range of cosmetic treatment options that can improve the appearance of your skin and reduce the look of your scars. If you’re ready to get newer, healthierlooking skin, find out more about what treatments could help you.
Dermabrasion: This cosmetic procedure uses a handheld device to remove the outermost layer of the skin. By abrading this top layer, we are able to remove dead skin cells and promote the growth of healthy new skin. Dermabrasion is used to effectively reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, enlarged pores and acne scars. However, this treatment is not effective against deepset scars.
Laser Resurfacing: By using a highpowered laser, we can remove damaged skin and surface scars, helping to minimize the appearance of unsightly dermatological problems like lines, wrinkles, age spots, pigmented areas and scars caused by acne, injury or surgery.
Chemical peels: This treatment requires your dermatologist to apply a strong chemical solution over your skin to remove the top, damaged layer of skin and exfoliate the healthier, smoother-looking layer of new skin that is revealed. Chemical peels are another great way to dramatically reduce wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots and acne scars.
If you are dealing with superficial scars that are close to the surface of the skin, you will benefit greatly from this cosmetic procedure; however, those with deeper scars will not experience a significant improvement.
Injections: Your dermatologist is happy to offer both collagen and cortisone injections to help shrink and reduce the appearance of scars. By increasing the collagen in your face, we can give your skin more fullness to smooth out visible scars.
If you are interested in any of these dermatological treatments talk to your dermatologist today. Don’t let facial scarring affect your selfesteem. Make the choice to improve your skin and your confidence!
What are the symptoms of and treatments for this painful dermatological condition?
Did you know that anyone who has had chickenpox is at risk for shingles, and that those over the age of 50 are more likely to develop this condition? Approximately one out of three Americans will have shingles at some point in their lives. Read on to learn more about this common problem.
What is shingles?
Shingles is caused by a virus known as the varicellazoster virus, which is the same virus known to cause chickenpox. If you’ve had chickenpox before the virus never truly goes away. Instead it lies dormant within the nerves of the spinal cord and brain. When the virus is reactivated, it manifests as shingles.
What are the symptoms of shingles?
The main symptom of shingles is a red, painful rash that usually appears on one side of the body. The rash may be tender to the touch and typically causes intense itching. The rash is made up of blisters that burst and crust over. Your rash may also be accompanied by malaise, fever, or headache.
What are the risk factors for shingles?
Anyone who has been infected by chickenpox can have shingles. However, this illness is more common in those over the age of 50 and the risk continues to increase as you age.
Also, those who have a weakened immune system due to certain chronic diseases like HIV, or those currently undergoing cancer treatment may be at an increased risk of developing shingles.
Different shingles treatments
While there is no cure for this disease there are antiviral medications you can take to promote faster healing and to reduce your risk of developing other complications. If you are experiencing severe pain, we may also recommend prescription pain medications or creams to help ease your symptoms. Most people experience shingles symptoms for about two to six weeks.
Can I prevent shingles?
There are two vaccines that we recommend for preventing shingles. The first is the chickenpox vaccine, which is recommended for children and any adults who have never had chickenpox. The second vaccine is the shingles vaccine. While these vaccines aren’t 100 percent effective, they can greatly reduce your chances of developing shingles.
If your shingles rash has developed near your eye or is severely painful, then it’s time to see your dermatologist right away for treatment.
What your dermatologist in Indianapolis, Indiana wants you to know about chemical peels
You’ve probably heard about chemical peels and you might be wondering what they can do for you. The truth is if you want smoother skin, with fewer wrinkles, fine lines, and imperfections, chemical peels can help. Chemical peels can help rejuvenate and revitalize your skin, helping you look younger.
Dr. Sonya Campbell Johnson at Dermatology Associates wants to introduce you to what chemical peels can do for you. She has three convenient office locations in Indianapolis, Batesville, and Tipton, Indiana to help you and your skin.
Chemical peels are a major tool to fight aging and lessen the appearance of skin imperfections. They contain materials like glycolic and trichloroacetic acid. These acids work to slough away the dead skin and debris from the epidermis, the upper layer of your skin. The material is applied, left on for a short period of time, and then rinsed off, revealing healthy, dewy, younger-looking skin.
Chemical peels aren’t just for use on your face. In fact, they can be used to reduce skin imperfections on your neck, chest, hands, arms, legs, and back. Chemical peels have been used for years because they are safe, minimally invasive, and require little to no downtime, allowing you to get back to your day. Consider chemical peels if you want to reduce the appearance of:
- Fine lines or wrinkles
- Uneven, blotchy skin tone
- Sun damage or scaly, rough skin
- Acne or acne scarring
- Freckles or spots
- Skin discolorations or hyperpigmentation
To achieve excellent results, you should schedule treatments once every 1 to 2 weeks, up to 6 treatments. Treatments last from 20 to 30 minutes and are tolerated well.
Chemical peels are an excellent choice if you want to revitalize and renew your skin. You deserve to look your best no matter what your age, and chemical peels can help. To find out more about chemical peels, call Dr. Sonya Campbell Johnson at Dermatology Associates, with offices in Indianapolis, Batesville, and Tipton, Indiana. For the Indianapolis location, call (317) 257-1484. For Batesville, phone (800) 303-3228, and in Tipton, call (765) 675-1410. Or email us at [email protected]
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