Patient Education

Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis is the most common type of eczema. It causes episodes of dry, itching, and inflamed skin. Treatment options include topical and oral corticosteroids, topical non-steroids (calcineurin inhibitors, crisaborole), antihistamines, immunosuppressants and new biologics (dupilumab). Your dermatologist will recommend a treatment based on your age, its severity, and your response to past treatments. More...

Biologic Medications for Psoriasis

"Biologics"" are a class of medications that have become an important treatment option for psoriasis. Biologics are different from traditional medications because they target specific parts of the immune system rather than impacting the entire immune system. A biologic medication may be prescribed for a person whose psoriasis is moderate to severe, cannot be controlled effectively with other treatments, or who cannot tolerate the side effects of other psoriasis medications. More...

Choosing Botulinum Treatment

Botulinum toxins are the most commonly used cosmetic treatments. Several forms are now available, including Botox®, Dysport® Jeauveau®, and Xeomin®. Each offer different advantages. Your dermatologist will recommend a formulation and treatment plan based on several factors, including your desired results and use of other cosmetic procedures. More...

Dermal Fillers (Soft Tissue Augmentation)

Dermal fillers, such as Juvederm®, Radiesse®, and Restylane®, are commonly used to provide a more youthful appearance. They are gel-like substance that are used to fill in the creases and lines around the mouth, and to replace the volume loss that naturally occurs with aging. Dermal fillers may also be used to augment lips. More...

Medical Therapy for Rosacea

There are a variety of treatments available to reduce the signs and symptoms of rosacea, including medications and procedures. Talk to your dermatologist about the optimal treatment for your rosacea. Your recommended treatment will be based on your type(s) of rosacea, the severity of symptoms, your response to past treatments, and personal preferences. More...

Acne - Preparing for Your Appointment

There are some simple steps you can take to have a more productive appointment with your dermatologist. Create a list of questions for the visit and jot down notes that summarize your personal experience with acne, including acne treatments you have tried and things that make your acne better or worse. Take photos of the acne where it bothers you the most, including a selfie. Come to the visit in loose-fitting clothing and do not wear makeup. Be aware that it can take 6-8 weeks to see results. More...

What is a Dermatologist?

A dermatologist is a medical doctor (MD, DO) who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions that affect the skin, hair, and nails. Some dermatologists pursue additional medical training in a dermatology subspecialty, such as cosmetic dermatology, dermatopathology, Mohs surgery, and pediatric dermatology. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) is the largest professional organization of dermatologists. Its esteemed members may appear with the initials "FAAD" after their name which refers to them as "Fellows" of the American Academy of Dermatology. More...

What is a Dermatology Physician Assistant? (Video)

A physician assistant (PA) is a medical professional who has received academic and clinical training to provide medical care under the supervision of a physician. A Dermatology Physician Assistant focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions. Most dermatology PAs are trained in the clinic by a collaborating dermatologist and together the physician and PA will arrange the delivery of care. The Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (SDPA) is the largest professional organization of dermatology PAs. Members of the SDPA who undergo additional training are referred to as Diplomate Fellows. More...