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By Academic Dermatology
August 08, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Acne  

Losing the battle against acne? It’s time to turn to a dermatologist in Edina.

Dealing with acne can be frustrating and embarrassing; however, it’s one of the most common skin problems that our Edina, MN, AcneTreatmentdermatologists Drs. Whitney and Dawn Tope treat. Want to know when it’s time to see a specialist for acne treatment? Even if your acne isn’t serious, you could still benefit from seeing a doctor. In fact, most people dealing with acne could benefit from turning to a dermatologist.

Is it time to turn to a dermatologist in Edina, MN? It might be if:

  • You feel like you’ve tried many different acne-fighting products but nothing has worked
  • Acne continues to come back
  • You have deep, painful cystic acne
  • You’ve had acne for years and don’t understand what’s causing it
  • You feel self-conscious because of your acne
  • You notice marks or scarring once acne goes away
  • You have widespread acne on your face and body

While acne most commonly occurs during a person’s teen years this doesn’t mean that children, adults and even seniors don’t also deal with breakouts. If you find yourself canceling social engagements or feeling embarrassed about your skin then it’s time to do something about it.

While those with mild acne may find relief from simple over-the-counter cleansers and treatment options not everyone gets the results they want, especially if they are dealing with stubborn or severe cystic acne. When trying out a new acne product it’s important to give it ample time for it to fully work.

It’s important to give acne medication at least four weeks for an acne treatment to begin working and it can take up to 2-3 months for skin to become clearer.

Other ways to keep skin healthy and to reduce breakouts include:

  • Washing skin with a gentle cleanser twice a day
  • Using products that are non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores) and oil-free
  • Keeping hands off your face, which can transfer bacteria and lead to inflammation
  • Not touching or picking at pimples, which can make them worse
  • Washing pillowcases and other items that regularly come in contact with your skin, especially areas prone to acne
  • Disinfecting your cell phone at least once a day

Academic Dermatology in Edina, MN, is dedicated to providing you with the very best skin care you could need for healthier more radiant skin. Don’t let acne affect your self-esteem. Call us today to schedule an evaluation.

By Academic Dermatology
June 26, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: skin rejuvenation  

Skin RejuvenationYour skin takes a lot of abuse everyday, from being exposed to the damaging rays of the sun and bacteria to windy, inclement weather that zaps moisture. So no wonder the skin begins to look dull and rough over time. Luckily, our Edina, MN, cosmetic dermatologist Drs. Whitney and Dawn Tope at Academic Dermatology offers skin rejuvenation treatment to help improve the health and appearance of your skin.

What is skin rejuvenation treatment?

Skin rejuvenation, also referred to as skin resurfacing, is a cosmetic treatment that corrects certain irregularities in the skin often using lasers or special lights in order to target and treat these issues. Among the comprehensive dermatology services we offer here in Edina, MN, our skin specialists also offer laser skin rejuvenation treatments that can be tailored to meet your cosmetic needs.

How does skin rejuvenation work?

A special laser is directed over the skin where this powerful source of energy penetrates the outer layers of the skin, which often contain the most damage. By removing these layers, we can reveal healthier and more radiant skin underneath. Furthermore, laser skin treatment also stimulates the production of collagen, which is crucial for firmness and elasticity. Over the years, as our bodies stop producing as much collagen, we start to notice the effects (e.g. sagging, drooping skin). These treatments can boost collagen production to improve tone and texture as we get older.

What issues can skin rejuvenation improve or correct?

Many people have received incredible results with laser skin rejuvenation because it’s such a versatile, safe and effective way to treat a wide range of problems such as,

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Hyperpigmentation (age spots; sun damage; birthmarks)
  • Blotchy, uneven skin tone
  • Textured, rough skin
  • Superficial acne scars
  • Dullness
  • Enlarged pores

How long the treatment takes will depend on what area or areas of the face you are treating. Smaller regions may only take about 30-45 minutes, while larger areas (e.g. the entire face) can take up to two hours to complete.

Once the procedure is over, our dermatologist will bandage the area to keep the sensitive, healing area free from infection. We will also provide you with self-care instructions for the recovery process to promote faster healing without complications.

How long is the recover process after laser skin rejuvenation?

The recovery process is different for everyone. How long it takes for your skin to heal will depend on several factors including your own health and what problems were treated. An average recovery can take anywhere from 10 to 20 days.

Drs. Whitney and Dawn Tope at Academic Dermatology in Edina, MN, are dedicated to helping you get back that youthful glow once again. If you have questions about getting laser skin rejuvenation treatment and whether you are an ideal candidate for treatment then call our office at (952) 746-6090 today!

By Academic Dermatology
May 07, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Warts  

Are you suffering from a wart and need a consultation from your Edina, MN, doctor?

Human papillomavirus (HPV) causes growths on the skin called warts. There are several types of HPV and warts manifest themselves in Plantar-Wartvarious places on the body, like the hands or genital area. Dr. Whitney Tope has experience dealing with dermatological issues, such as warts.

 

More About Warts:

Plantar Warts: This flesh-colored wart appears more commonly on the sole of children's feet and hands.

Genital Warts: This wart is flesh-colored, pink, or red appears in the genital or pubic area

Flat warts: This wart appears as a smoother, flatter and smaller wart that is more commonly manifested in teenagers.

 

Treatment Options:

There are several treatment options for dealing with warts, but make sure you consult your Edina dermatologist before making any decisions. There are several medications, like bleomycin. Doctors inject bleomycin into the wart to kill the virus. Other medications include imiquimod, which is an immunotherapy drug that helps the immune system fight off the wart.

  • Freezing: Freezing, also called cryotherapy, is when you expose the wart to liquid nitrogen to freeze the wart.
     
  • Salicylic acid: This is a type of over-the-counter treatments that comes in several forms, like gel, ointments or pads and contains salicylic acid.
     
  • Minor surgery: Surgery should be the last resort after exhausting other therapies. One type of surgery is laser surgery which is used to destroy the wart.

 

Your Edina Doctors can give you a Consultation:

Warts should not go unnoticed. If you have any questions or concerns, make sure you contact your Edina, MN, dermatologist today! Call Dr. Whitney Tope at (952) 746-6090.

By Academic Dermatology
March 25, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Acne   Wrinkles   Sun Spots   Aging   Botox   Laser Skin Resurfacing  

Skin wrinkling, acne scars, sun spots, and sagging are common problems which diminish appearance and self-esteem. At Academic Dermatology in Edina, Dr. Whitney Tope and his team specialize in skin rejuvenation, the modern way to look as good as you feel. Read Restorative Skin Treatmentanswers to frequently asked questions Dr. Tope encounters at his innovative cutaneous surgery and laser center.

Why does my facial skin become wrinkled?

There are two culprits: sun exposure and the aging process. Sun exposure can lead to skin cancer, but beyond that, UV radiation causes areas of hyperpigmentation on the face and other areas of the body. You may know these areas as sun or age spots or freckles.

Regarding the aging process, yes, skin does change over time. The wrinkles, sagging and creepy skin you see when you look in the mirror comes from diminished collagen, the protein which helps youthful skin stay smooth and elastic. Also, older skin tends to be drier and therefore, prone to fine lines and wrinkles.

What can be done about the lines around my eyes, across my forehead and between my nose and mouth?

Your skin rejuvenation doctor in Edina offers BOTOX injectables, a purified type of the botulism toxin. Injected in selected areas of the skin, BOTOX stops excessive muscular movement when you smile, laugh or frown (dynamic wrinkling). Skin becomes smoother and stays that way for 4 to 6 months. BOTOX requires no special preparation or downtime and is suitable for people up to age 65.

Another helpful technique is laser skin resurfacing. This in-office apparatus sends focused beams of light into selected areas of the skin, stimulating collagen production. A versatile procedure, laser skin resurfacing makes big pores, acne scars, sun spots, and fine lines and wrinkles practically unnoticeable.

How do I know I am a candidate for skin rejuvenation?

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons says many people qualify for the cosmetic procedures offered by a board-certified dermatologist such as Dr. Tope. Keys to successful treatment are:

  • Realistic expectations of how you will appear after your procedures (don't expect to look 18 if you are 55)
  • Knowing that facial rejuvenation may involve more than one service to achieve the desired results, including the application of at-home products such as high-quality skin moisturizers or Vitamin A acids
  • Treatment plans which are individualized to patient need and preference

Ready to look and feel better?

Dr. Whitney Tope and his staff at Academic Dermatology help scores of patients with their medical and cosmetic dermatology issues. If you're curious about skin rejuvenation and would like to ask more questions, come see us in person at our beautiful Edina, MN, office. Call today for an appointment at (952) 746-6090.

By Academic Dermatology
November 09, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: skin rejuvenation  

The effects of aging, heredity, lifestyle and environment...they accumulate, causing aesthetic skin issues you'd love to eliminate. Fortunately, Academic Dermatology in Edina offers comprehensive skin rejuvenation therapy suited to your needs and goals. Dr. Whitney Tope, your board-certified dermatologist, will confer with you, creating a plan which returns a healthy glow and even skin pigmentation and texture. You'll love the results.

What is skin rejuvenation therapy?

Skin rejuvenation at Academic Dermatology in Edina combines medical and aesthetic services which enhance facial appearance safely and dramatically. With your realistic goals in mind, Dr. Tope will review your medical history and examine your facial features, skin tone and aesthetic concerns, compiling the best course of treatment.

Skin rejuvenation therapy addresses problems such as:

  • Static and dynamic wrinkling from sun exposure, smoking and the aging process
  • Uneven and dull skin tone
  • Hyperpigmentation and sun spots
  • Skin sagging
  • Enlarged pores
  • Acne scarring and other superficial scarring
  • Blood vessels which are noticeable below the surface of the skin

Critical to skin rejuvenation are good overall health, realistic skin goals, smoking cessation and commitment to continued protection from the sun, says the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Available skin rejuvenation treatments

There are several. One of the most popular is BOTOX Cosmetic. A purified and injectable form of the Botulism toxin, BOTOX is applied to areas of dynamic wrinkling across the forehead, between the brows, around the eyes and at the sides of the mouth. The medication reduces muscular movement, and therefore, the obvious appearance of frown and smile lines. BOTOX is a half-hour treatment and causes no downtime.

Another common cosmetic service is laser resurfacing. An expert in, and teacher of, laser techniques, Dr. Tope uses short, intense bursts of light to smooth skin texture and stimulate collagen production. Collagen promotes youthful skin elasticity. Laser skin treatments are comfortable, safe and long-lasting.

Finally, dermal fillers are injectable gels which increase skin volume in the cheeks, lips and under the eyes. FDA-approved, many of these medications feature hyaluronic acid as the key component. It's a naturally-occurring chemical, readily accepted by the body. The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery reports that one million American adults--both men and women--use fillers for quick, lasting and effective facial contouring and rejuvenation.

Create your refreshed look

You can with a consultation at Academic Dermatology. Meet Dr. Tope and his team and learn about the services which help skin look  its

 very best. Call today for an appointment in Edina, MN, at (952) 746-6090.





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