With the overwhelming recent success of singer Ariana Grande’s new single, “Thank U, Next,” things couldn’t be going any better for the pop singer. One thing she may want to change though is her signature hairstyle, the high ponytail. The hairstyle she regularly wears can actually lead to a form of hair loss called traction alopecia.
Traction alopecia is a gradual form of hair loss that occurs when hair follicles in the scalp become irritated due to a continual pulling force. This causes loss of hair in patchy areas, usually residing in the front of the hairline and behind the ears. Hairstyles that place a constant strain on the scalp (such as braids, extensions, and ponytails) are generally responsible for it.
Like any type of hair loss, the effects of traction alopecia can not only be physical, but emotional too. Back in 2007, Britney Spears was believed to have been suffering from it (due to her reliance on extensions) and the resulting frustration is what was believed to cause her to shave her head.
Although traction alopecia is categorized as a temporary form of hair loss, it can be permanent, depending on the amount of damage done to the follicles. If that’s the case, the only option to address it may be a hair transplant procedure. If you believe you may be suffering from traction alopecia contact our office right away as early diagnosis is important.
Psoriasis is a relatively common condition that typically affects the skin and joints. Occurring on the scalp, elbows, knees, and more uncommonly hands and feet, it can lead to painful complications such as arthritis and severe itching. Although there is currently no way to prevent psoriasis, there are a variety of treatment options that can effectively control the condition.
Some treatment options for psoriasis include topical agents, phototherapy, and systemic agents. Typically used for mild cases, topical agents consist of cortisone creams, moisturizers, skin lotions, ointments, and dandruff shampoos. Then for moderate cases, phototherapy or light therapy is utilized. This method of treatment involves exposing the skin to ultraviolet light which in turn suppresses the immune system and reduces the inflammatory response. Exposure must be monitored because too much can lead to burning of the skin, similar to a sun burn. When psoriasis is resistant to these other types of treatment or is considered severe, it is then treated with systemic agents. Systemic agents are prescription medications that are administered orally or through injection.
While all these treatments listed above prove to be beneficial, some can potentially lead to negative side effects. Schedule an appointment with our office today for appropriate diagnosis and treatment of psoriasis.
You may have heard that we now offer body contouring at our office. Although the title is pretty straightforward, you may be curious as to what exactly it’s all about. The device we use at our office is the Velashape III by Syneron Candela. It’s a non-invasive treatment that harnesses infrared light, radiofrequency, massage rollers, and suctioning to reduce circumference and cellulite. With 90% of women dealing with cellulite, it’s a popular treatment option for many.
The most common areas treated by the device include the thighs, buttocks, and abdomen. Areas such as the neck and arms can be treated as well. Some patients can see results after their first treatment, with a total of five total treatments being advised.
While the Velashape is a safe and effective procedure, it is important to be well informed prior, during and after being treated. For more information, or to schedule a complimentary consultation click here.
Your belly may be preparing for delicious dishes this Thanksgiving, but did you know some of the food you eat on the holiday can also benefit your skin? That’s right! Some of your favorite Thanksgiving foods can improve the appearance of your skin. Check out this list of some of the foods your skin will be thankful for this Thanksgiving:
So remember, as you’re enjoying your meal this Thanksgiving, your skin may also be benefiting as well!
The skin is the largest organ and is vital in protecting our body. That’s why keeping it healthy is of the utmost importance. With November being National Healthy Skin Month, there is never a better time to explore some ways to keep your skin in the best of health all year round.
If you notice anything suspicious on your skin, or if you have a question about skin care, give our office a call today.
Source: The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)