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By Dr. Patricia McCormack, M.D., F.A.A.D.
October 26, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Procedure
Tags: Laser Surgery  

You wish to improve your fine lines, remove signs of aging and address an acne scar or two. What cosmetic procedure can do all that? In Staten Island, NY, Dr. Patricia McCormack performs easy, quick and comfortable laser surgeries that improve skin appearance, color and texture.

Laser surgery and dermatology

Over the past decades, dermatologists have integrated small, handheld lasers into their medical and aesthetic practices, reports the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. At Dr. Patricia McCormack's office in Staten Island, NY, patients enjoy the many benefits and versatility of these sutureless, comfortable and quick treatments. There's little to no downtime afterward, too.

Dr. McCormack employs the PicoSure laser and other laser tools for a variety of aesthetic skin treatments, including:

  • Acne pitting and other kinds of scars
  • Tattoo removal
  • Fine lines and wrinkles on the face
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Birthmark removal
  • Spider vein removal
  • Dark spot brightening
  • Toenail fungus treatment
  • Stretch marks from pregnancy and weight loss

Your laser procedure

Dr. McCormack will evaluate your areas of concern personally. She will recommend the number of laser treatments you need for optimal results and maintenance of your skin goals.

Most patients refrain from sun exposure for up to four weeks before their treatments. The day of your surgery, your skin will receive a special cleansing and numbing cream.

The procedure itself lasts 30 minutes or more depending on your needs and the areas requiring treatment. Repeat procedures occur at intervals determined by Dr. McCormack.

As you relax in the treatment chair, you will feel a sensation of warmth. Also, some people report a mild snapping feeling as the doctor delivers short bursts of focused light to your skin surface.

Afterward, you can leave the office to rest at home. Most people go back to work the next day.

You may feel some tenderness, and your skin may look a bit puffy and red for a day or two. Some procedures require limited bandaging. Best of all, you'll see a noticeable improvement in skin color and texture and excellent clearance of tattoo ink, small blood vessels or whatever your particular skin defects were.

Find out more

In Staten Island, NY, patients of all ages enjoy the many benefits of medical and aesthetic dermatology with Dr. Patricia McCormack. Her laser surgery treatments produce excellent outcomes. Learn more by contacting one of our three locations. In Staten Island, phone (718) 698-1616. In Linden, call (908) 925-8877, or for the Point Pleasant Beach office, phone (732) 295-1331.

By Dr. Patricia McCormack, M.D., F.A.A.D.
October 09, 2020
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Rash   Poison Ivy   Sumac   Oak   Itchy Skin  
ItchingSome many conditions and problems could lead to itchy skin; however, if you’ve been exposed to poison ivy, sumac, or oak you must be able to recognize the symptoms. It’s possible that you came into contact with poison ivy or any of these plants while on your typical walk or you may not even realize that the plants are hanging in your garden. If you do come into contact with poison ivy, sumac and oak here are what you should know.

You’re Allergic to the Oil from these Plants

Poison ivy secretes an oil known as urushiol. When a person comes in contact with the oils from these plants this causes an allergic reaction. You may notice a rash that forms in a straight line (as if you brushed against a poison ivy leaf). If you suspect that you’ve come into contact with poison ivy, sumac, or oak, it’s important to wash your clothes immediately and to take a shower to prevent the oils from spreading further.

You Can Usually Treat It Yourself

While the rash can be unpleasant, symptoms should go away within 2-3 weeks. Since the rash can be quite itchy and uncomfortable, here are some ways to ease your symptoms:
  • Take cool, oatmeal baths to alleviate inflammation and itching
  • Apply calamine lotions to the skin to temporarily alleviate itching
  • Steroid creams (aka: cortisone cream) may also alleviate redness and inflammation
  • Apply cold compresses to the area when symptoms flare-up
  • Whatever you do, do not scratch your rash (this can lead to an infection)
Severe Symptoms Warrant a Doctor’s Visit

Some people have severe allergic reactions when they come into contact with poison ivy, sumac, or oak. You must call your dermatologist as soon as possible if:
  • Pus develops on the rash
  • You also have a fever over 100 F
  • You experience severe itching
  • The rash keeps spreading
  • You aren’t sure whether the rash is caused by poison ivy, oak, or sumac
  • The rash spreads to the mouth or the eyes
  • Symptoms don’t improve within a week
From poison ivy rashes to psoriasis, a dermatologist can treat a wide range of skin conditions and provide you with the treatment you need. If you have concerns about symptoms you are experiencing, call your dermatologist right away.
By Dr. Patricia McCormack, M.D., F.A.A.D.
September 24, 2020
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Scalp Psoriasis  
Scalp PsoriasisDealing with an itchy, flaky scalp? It could be dandruff or it could be a sign that you’re dealing with a common condition known as scalp psoriasis. Scalp psoriasis isn’t just the result of a dry scalp, it’s an autoimmune disorder. Of course, it’s important to be able to pinpoint the warning signs of scalp psoriasis so that you can turn to a qualified dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment.


Is it scalp psoriasis?

Symptoms of scalp psoriasis can range from mild to severe. Mild cases may only cause small patches of flaky skin, while those with more severe symptoms may experience a burning and intensely itchy scalp. If you pull back your hair you may notice scaly patches of skin and/or red bumps. It’s important not to scratch your scalp, as scratching could lead to infection and temporary hair loss.

Since scalp psoriasis shares symptoms with other conditions such as ringworm or dermatitis, you must see a dermatologist to find out what’s causing your scaly, itchy, and dry scalp.
 

How is scalp psoriasis treated?

While there is no cure for scalp psoriasis, a dermatologist can provide you with medications, as well as recommend certain over-the-counter products that can reduce itchy, dryness, and flaking. Shampoos or topical treatments containing coal tar or salicylic acid may help clear up symptoms.

Since psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder, an oral medication that acts on the body as a whole may offer the most effective relief. Oral medications that act on the immune system (e.g. biologics) may be recommended in more severe cases or in cases where scalp psoriasis isn’t responding to topical treatment options.

Your dermatologist may also recommend light therapy, natural remedies (e.g. tea tree oil; aloe vera), and supplements, as well as other alternative treatment options to help alleviate your symptoms.

If you are dealing with a scaly, itchy, and inflamed scalp it could be scalp psoriasis. Schedule an evaluation with a skincare professional today to learn more.
By Dr. Patricia McCormack, M.D., F.A.A.D.
September 16, 2020
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Rashes   Ringworm  

RingwormThere are many reasons that you might be dealing with a skin rash; however, if you suspect that it might be ringworm you may be surprised to discover that there are other conditions that can often masquerade as ringworm but aren’t. This is why it’s important to have any rashes or skin problems thoroughly evaluated by a qualified dermatologist. After all, you want to make sure that you are getting the proper treatment you need depending on the type of condition you’re dealing with.

What does ringworm look like?

If you have ringworm, common symptoms include:

  • A circular or ring-like rash that may be raised along the edges
  • A rash that may be scaly, itchy, red, or burning
  • Hair loss in the area where the rash has appeared

The rash may develop several red, raised rings at once, some of which may overlap. While ringworm can develop just about anywhere on the body it’s most commonly found on the arms, legs, and trunk.

If it’s not ringworm, then what else could it be?

There are a variety of ringworm imposters that could be causing you or your child’s rash. The two most common conditions are nummular eczema and granuloma annulare.

Nummular eczema causes circular patches of dry skin that can burn or become dry and scaly. This type of skin condition is often triggered by bug bites, certain medications, or a metal allergy. Granuloma annulare causes red or flesh-colored bumps to appear on the skin, but because they often appear ring-like this condition can be mistaken for ringworm. Everything from medications and viral infections to skin trauma and thyroid disorders can trigger granuloma annulare.

Other less common symptoms that may look like ringworm include,

  • Contact dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Pityriasis rosea
  • Tinea versicolor (more common in children)
  • Vitiligo
  • Erythema migrans (common in those with Lyme disease)
  • Lupus

Sometimes a skin biopsy of the lesion or rash is required for a dermatologist to be able to diagnose whether it is ringworm or not. If you are experiencing symptoms of ringworm or are concerned about a new or worsening rash, then call your dermatologist today to schedule an appointment.

By Dr. Patricia McCormack, M.D., F.A.A.D.
September 01, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Dandruff  
Hair DandruffDandruff is a common problem and one that you may not worry too much about if you deal with minor flaking every once in a while; however, severe dandruff can be embarrassing. First, it’s important to know whether you’re dealing with dandruff or a dry scalp, as these are two different problems that can result in the same itching and flaking symptoms. Since dandruff is caused by excess scalp oil, which is the opposite of dry scalp, you may want to turn to a dermatologist to confirm your condition.

Here’s how to tell the difference between dandruff and dry scalp:
  • Dandruff will produce large, oily flakes that are often yellow or white in appearance while the dry scalp is more likely to produce a lot of dry little flakes.
  • Dandruff may cause a red, scaly scalp while someone with dry scalp is more likely to experience dry skin on other parts of their body
  • The only symptom that both dandruff and dry scalp have in common is an itchy scalp
Most people can get their dandruff under control with simple home care. The first way to treat dandruff is usually with a special shampoo. Just like with acne, it can take several weeks to see results with dandruff shampoo so be patient; however, if your symptoms don’t improve or get worse after about a month you should consult your dermatologist.

Other tips to prevent dandruff include:
  • Wash your hair every day to reduce excess oil on the scalp
  • Use a shampoo that contains coal tar, pyrithione zinc, salicylic acid, selenium sulfide or tea tree oil (a natural alternative)
  • Stay away from any har products that contain alcohols or bleach, as well as oily hair products that will only cause more oil to buildup on the scalp
  • Find ways to effectively manage stress, which can trigger or exacerbate dandruff
  • Get a small amount of sun exposure every day (just a couple of minutes), which could help get your symptoms under control (talk to your dermatologist before doing so, as excess sun exposure can be harmful)
  • Eat a healthy diet that is rich in vitamin B, zinc, and healthy fats
If you want to say goodbye to flaky skin but you’re having trouble controlling dandruff on your own, then talk with your dermatologist about other treatment options and strategies to banish those unwanted flakes for good.




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