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Get the Most out of Your Chemical Peel Treatment

Chemical peels are a great way to rejuvenate your face or improve more severe skin concerns by removing damaged layers of skin, revealing healthy skin underneath. When it comes to treatment, there are a few things you’ll want to ask yourself when choosing the type of peel that’s best for you. By considering these questions, you can get the most out of your chemical peel treatment:

Do you have a skin condition?

Common skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, or rosacea can be worsened by a chemical peel. If you suspect you have one of these or another skin condition, you might not be the best candidate for any type of chemical peel. However, you can talk with Dr. Mejia about other treatment options!

What are your concerns?

The next thing you should consider is how severe your skin concerns are. If you experience mild pigmentation concerns, rough texture, or an over-all dull appearance to your skin, you could benefit from a superficial peel, the mildest formula. If you have severe symptoms like deep wrinkles, sun damage, and age spots, you might require a deep peel for the most significant improvement! If your somewhere in-between with moderate signs of aging and blemishes, a medium peel might be just-right for you.

How much time do you have to recover?

The deeper the chemical peel, the more side effects, recovery time, and post-op care required after treatment. So, if you want to rejuvenate for an event in the near future, you might want to choose the superficial peel to get glowing skin without any severe redness or peeling. If you decide to go for a medium or deep peel, just keep in mind that you will likely experience more swelling, redness, and peeling after treatment. Many patients like to avoid social events until their skin has healed. No matter which type of peel you choose, be sure to avoid sun exposure for the first month or two as your skin will be extra sensitive while it heals.

Our board-certified dermatologist at Jupiter Dermatology can examine your skin and discuss your concerns to determine which type of peel is best for you. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Ricardo Mejia, contact our office today.

What’s the Difference Between Psoriasis & Eczema

When it comes to skin conditions, identifying them and understanding the difference between them can be hard when many of them are physically similar. However, treatment can be quicker and easier when you have a proper diagnosis. One of the most common skin condition misperceptions is understanding the difference between psoriasis and eczema. Keep reading to learn more about the symptoms and treatment of these conditions.

What is Eczema?

Eczema or atopic dermatitis, is a chronic skin condition that can be characterized by red itchy skin in people of all ages. While there is no cure, there are some medical and at-home remedies that can help make the symptoms more manageable during periods of flare-ups. The symptoms of eczema are usually characterized by dry itchy skin that may also be red or bumpy. The cause of eczema is an individual’s skin having the inability to retain moisture and protect itself from bacteria. This is often a hereditary trait or can be the result of an allergy.

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a genetic skin condition in which the rate of skin cell turnover is so fast that the cells begin to build up and become rough and scaly. As these cells build up they tend to be dry and may even cause itching and discomfort. Psoriasis is considered to be a chronic skin disease and may even come and go. While there is no cure, medications have come to the market to help manage the symptoms for everyday life. Psoriasis may appear in the form of red patches on the skin that are bumpy and may also have thick silvery scales. In general, psoriasis isn’t dangerous to patients, but it can have emotional effect making those affected feel self-conscious.

How are They Different?

While they both often involve the look of dry red patches, psoriasis will sometimes have bigger bumps and a scalier surface. These conditions can also both involve the potential for itching and dryness making them easily confused. The most notable difference between the two is that their causes are different. For eczema, it is thought to be passed down genetically or have a relation to hay fever or allergy. As for psoriasis, there is not one specific cause known. However, psoriasis is thought to be related to the immune system and may stem from issue occurring with T cells and white blood cells.

If you think you may be experiencing eczema, psoriasis or any other chronic skin condition, contact Jupiter Dermatology and Hair Restoration today to schedule an appointment at our Jupiter, Florida practice.

Cyst Removal

Cyst removal performed by Dr. Ricardo Mejia on a patient. The procedure is done without shaving the hair or damaging any hair follicles. All hair follicles are preserved and important at Jupiter Dermatology & Hair Restoration.



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Getting Cheap Botox? FDA Warns of Counterfeit Botox

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On April 16th, the FDA announced that  counterfeit Botox  was sold by an unlicensed supplier who is not authorized to ship or distribute drug products in the United States.  The FDA is cracking down on Aesthetic medicine more than ever. Their focus used to be pain management and oxycotin  pill mills. Now the focus is on aesthetics realizing how much illegal importation is occurring.

It has been found that  doctors, med spas or clinics who order Botox from Canada has been tracked back to India, China or Israel.  This is a huge issue because unless a Doctor uses Botox from the only FDA approved company, Allergan, those patients have no idea what they are really getting injected with. Continue reading “Getting Cheap Botox? FDA Warns of Counterfeit Botox”

Skin Tag Removal Demonstration by Dr. Mejia

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Many patients come in to the office to remove skin tags. It is as simple procedure by doing a snip excision. In this demonstration Dr. Mejia performs a skin tag removal on the face, although many people have them under their arms or groin area.

Skin tags are different from moles which can be cancerous and are simply fleshy growths on the skin. They do not need to be removed, but in some cases, if a patient has many, it may cause irritation in the skin. In another post, Dr. Mejia explains the difference between skin tags and moles.

Please note that this video is for educational purposes. Please consult your dermatologist for any skin tag removal.

Skin Tags : Dr. Mejia Explains The Difference Between Moles

Skin tags are a fleshy outgrowth of the skin which are usually hanging on the skin. In this video, Dr. Mejia explains the difference between skin tags and moles. Moles are freckles or spots on the skin that have cells which can be normal, like beauty moles or may develop overtime into irregular moles that can develop into melanoma and be very dangerous.

In this other video on our blog, Dr. Mejia did a demonstration of removing a skin tag.

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Blue Water Babes 2014

We had another fun year supporting Blue Water Babes Fish For A Cure event to promote breast cancer awareness and raise funds for various organizations related to Breast Cancer.  Different teams create fun themes around saving breasts, promoting checkups and getting your mammograms done at the Captains Party on Friday.

Our theme was “Save Second Base”. Our whole staff was dressed in red and white baseball outfits. We didn’t win a prize, but we had lots of fun. The second day of the event was the actual fishing. We were very lucky to catch seven fish even though Ely, our medical assistant got a little sea sick.

Black Tip Fishing joined us and did this amazing recap video during the fishing tournament.

 

 

Here are some pictures of the event. You can see all of them at our Sunblock Challenge Facebook page which is the non-profit Dr. Mejia created to promote skin cancer awareness.

 

Here is the recap video from Jennifer McGrath, founder of Blue Water Babes.

Mosquito Repellent With Deet – Dr. Mejia Weighs In


There are many different mosquito repellents on the market claiming to get rid of the pesky insects. In this WPBF25 news report, Gary Good whose job is to get rid of mosquitos says that the best product to do the job is one containing deet.

However, Dr. Mejia who was interviewed in the video, says that large quanities of deet can cause neurological problems if taken in high doses. WPBF25 News found that one product contained 98.25% deet, where Dr. Mejia states that you generally only need 10-30%. It has a higher risk of systemic absorption and can potentially cause concern if used too much on  your kids. So be careful in what product you use to prevent insect bites.

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Note: You can see Dr. Mejia speaking in the video at  at 1 minutes, 55 seconds.