If you have a skincare concern, Lisa S. Ball, NP at the Neiman Dermatology Building is here to help!
The Dermatology portion of the practice will treat any acute and chronic skin problems you may encounter. The knowledgeable staff at the Lisa S. Ball, NP Building will help you understand and obtain the appropriate treatment for your particular skin condition. From diaper rash to dry skin; poison ivy to skin cancer; wrinkle fillers to Botox; you will be pleased by the results of your treatment and will learn how to keep your skin looking its best. For remarkable dermatology services in Buffalo, NY, call us at 716-688-0020 or click here.
Acne is the term used for the blocked pores, pimples, and deeper lumps that can appear typically on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders, and upper arms. Acne is the most common skin disease in the country, affecting mostly teenagers, although patients of all ages can suffer from this condition. Treatment for acne may include topical medications, antibiotics, Accutane, or blu-light therapy.
Actinic Keratosis Treatment
Actinic keratoses (AKs) are lesions on the surface layer of the skin (epidermis) caused by chronic exposure to sunlight, most commonly appearing on the face, neck, arms, and hands. Lesions range in size and may be yellow, brown, red or violet, smooth, wrinkled, or furrowed. They may signal the onset of skin cancer and should be promptly treated.
Age spots, also called liver spots, are flat brown patches on the skin that have darkened in color after exposure to sunlight or ultraviolet light. They are commonly seen in people over the age of 40 on areas of skin that are frequently exposed to sunlight, such as the hands, shoulders, forearms, face and forehead. Age spots may look unattractive but are usually painless and harmless.
Atopic dermatitis, a form of eczema, is a chronic skin disorder that causes dry, itchy skin and often results in a red rash on the face, neck, arms and legs. It is most common in babies and children, although the actual cause is unknown. It is usually mild and can go away on its own, or can be managed through moisturizing lotions, avoiding harsh soaps and controlling scratching.
Eczema is a group of inflamed skin conditions that result in chronic itchy rashes and affect about 15 million people in the US, including 10-20 percent of all infants. Symptoms often include dry, red, itchy patches on the skin which break out in rashes when scratched. Treatment involves the restriction of scratching, use of moisturizing lotions or creams, cold compresses and anti-inflammatory creams and ointments.
Folliculitis is the inflammation of hair follicles that can occur anywhere on the skin as a result of the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, which enters the body through tiny breaks in the skin. Symptoms of folliculitis include itchy skin, rash/reddened areas of skin, and pustule development. Proper skin care, topical antiseptics and over-the-counter antibiotics are common treatments for folliculitis.
Hair loss can occur as a result of aging, heredity, medications or an underlying medical condition, and can affect men and women of all ages. It may leave you with pattern baldness, patchy spots, or thinned hair. Most people are troubled by this undesired change to their appearance and seek treatment in the form of medication, wigs, hair transplant or scalp reduction surgery.
Herpes is a common viral infection that causes small blisters to appear on the skin of the face or genital area after encountering skin or sexual contact with an infected person. Patients may develop primary infections that heal completely or recurrent infections that come and go over time after exposure to certain triggers. While there is no cure for recurring herpes, treatments such as anti-viral medications can relieve symptoms during an outbreak.
Hirsutism is a hormonal condition involving excessive body hair in women that develops due to high levels of androgen. This condition may develop in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), Cushing’s syndrome, or from certain medications. Treatments aim to remove body hair through electrolysis or laser therapy and prevent additional growth through oral contraceptives or anti-androgens.
Moles and other birthmarks are benign pigmented spots or patches of skin that are usually brown or black in color. Though most moles are harmless, they may eventually develop into cancer.
Molluscum contagiosum is a chronic skin infection caused by a virus that frequently affects children and is spread by touching an affected area on a person infected with the virus or through sexual contact. Molluscum causes painless, raised papules or nodules on the skin that look like pink pearls and most often appear on the face, neck, arms, hands and chest. This condition usually clears on its own in six to 18 months.
Pityriasis Rosea Treatment
Pityriasis rosea is a skin rash that appears on the chest, abdomen or back and resembles the shape of a tree as it grows. This condition most often affects patients between the ages of 10 and 35, although the specific cause is unknown. Most cases of pityriasis rosea clear up on their own within four to six weeks.
Psoriasis is a group of chronic skin disorders that cause itching and/or burning, scaling and crusting of the skin. The most commonly affected areas are the scalp, elbows, knees, hands, feet and genitals. Psoriasis cannot be cured, but can be managed successfully through topical medications, and oral or injectable medication.
Rosacea is a chronic skin disease that causes redness and swelling on the face, scalp, neck, ears, chest, and other areas. Symptoms range from red pimples, lines and visible blood vessels to dry or burning skin and a tendency to flush easily. Rosacea typically appears in light-skinned, light-haired adults aged 30-50. Treatment aims to relieve symptoms and may include topical and oral medications, laser therapy or laser surgery.
Scabies is a contagious skin infection caused by tiny mites that lay eggs within the top layer of the skin, which can be transmitted from person-to-person through skin or sexual contact. Patients with this condition often experience itchy red bumps or blisters that most commonly appear on the hands or feet. Treatment for scabies often includes a medicated cream or lotion to kill mites.
Seborrheic Dermatitis Treatment
Seborrhea is a chronic skin condition of unknown origin which causes scaling, oiliness and redness of the skin, most commonly on the scalp, face, ears, navel and genitals. Although symptoms imply that skin is dry, seborrhea actually involves excess oil production in the glands. Treatments often include cortisone creams and lotions in combination with frequent gentle washing and avoidance of harsh or perfumed soaps.
Seborrheic keratosis is a benign skin growth that affects most people at least once in their life, appearing as a brown or black growth on the face, chest, shoulders or back. The cause of this condition is unknown, but is believed to be linked to genetic factors. Although harmless, many patients are bothered by the appearance of these growths and have them removed cosmetically through freezing, burning or scraping.
Skin Cancer Treatment
Skin cancer refers to the abnormal, uncontrolled growth of skin cells. The most common types of skin cancers include basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanomas. Risk factors include pale skin, family history of melanoma, being over 40 years old, and regular sun exposure. Fortunately, skin cancer is almost always curable if detected and treated early.
A skin tag is a common type of skin growth that looks like a piece of hanging skin and most often develops on the neck, underarms, eyelids and under the breasts often as a result of clothing rubbing against the skin. While skin tags are not cancerous and don’t cause problems unless they are continuously irritated, many people choose to have them removed through freezing, burning or surgical excision.
Sun damage can affect any area of your skin and can also lead to premature aging and skin cancer. The best treatment against sun damage is preventing it from occurring in the first place. It is important to wear sunscreen lotion on a daily basis and avoid excessive exposure to the sun, especially during mid-day hours when the sun is strongest.
Tinea versicolor is a fungal infection of the skin that appears as small, flat spots on oily areas such as the chest and back. These spots develop as a result of a change in the balance of common fungi, most often affecting those with oily skin or who use certain medications. Tinea versicolor can be easily treated through skin creams, shampoos or solutions, although anti-fungal medications may be needed in some cases.
Warts are skin growths caused by viruses. Different warts respond to different treatments; some go away on their own. Salicylic acid products can help self-treatment of many warts by dissolving the keratin protein that makes up the wart and the dead skin above it. Others can be removed via liquid nitrogen freezing or different types of acids.