Top Summer Skin Care Tips

Summer is a bit kinder to the skin than winter is. The air is warm and humid, which helps skin stay hydrated. On the other hand, the sun is at its most powerful which is both a blessing and a curse. The good news is there are simple things a person can do to enjoy the benefits and reduce the drawbacks of summer. Here are some top summer skincare tips from Dr. David A. Baird of Farmington Dermatology.

Drink Plenty of Water

This is always a good idea, but it is especially important during the hot days of summer when the body loses water through sweating. Experts recommend eight glasses of water a day. Staying hydrated keeps your whole body in good health, and this includes your skin.

Use Sunscreen

Sunscreen protects the skin from the damaging effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays while allowing for some fun in the sun. During summer, dermatologists recommend a high sun protection factor or SPF. SPF tells the person how much longer they can stay in the sun before their skin starts to burn. So if they can tolerate 20 minutes of sun before problems arise, a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 allows them to stay in the sun for 600 minutes, or 10 hours. In addition to contributing to premature aging signs, sun exposure can increase your risk of skin cancer. Keeping your skin protected with SPF is important to your skin’s overall health.

Dermatologists also recommend a broad-spectrum sunscreen. This protects the skin from both UVB and UVA light. UVB light burns the skin while UVA light ages it. Even if you have a darker skin tone and don’t burn easily, it’s important to use SPF to prevent aging signs and damage.

Apply Lip Balm

Like the rest of the skin, the lips also need protection. Lip balm should have an SPF of at least 15 and applied every two hours depending on how long the person is in the sun. They should not put Vaseline, baby oil or any other shiny substance on the lips. Lipstick should have SPF, be a dark color, and be more matte than glossy.

Wear Broad-Brimmed Hats

Since the top of the head and ears are also at risk for sun damage, it’s a good idea to wear hats with broad brims when going outside during the summer. These hats aren’t just protective, but they can be stylish too.

Wear UV Absorbing Clothes

Now there are clothes that have been treated to absorb ultraviolet light. However, a person doesn’t need to go out of their way to find protective clothing. Clothing made of unbleached cotton, thin silk, and especially lustrous polyester can absorb UV light, especially if they are dark in color. Knits also keep ultraviolet light away from the skin.

Cut Back on Moisturizer

The humidity in summer air means that a person can cut back on their moisturizer. What kind of moisturizer depends on the person’s skin type. For example, people with oily skin can use a very light moisturizer during the summer, people with dry skin should use light creams, and people with normal skin can use moisturizers that are water-based. Make sure any moisturizer or makeup put on the skin is non-comedogenic, which means it doesn’t block the pores. If you’re unsure of what products will best suit your skin type, schedule an appointment with a dermatologist.

Schedule an Appointment

If you have any concerns regarding your skin’s health or want to achieve your best-looking summer skin, schedule an appointment with Dr. Baird at Farmington Dermatology. Call our Farmington, MI office at (248) 213-8575 or request an appointment through our online form.

Posted on July 21, 2020 by:

Summer is a bit kinder to the skin than winter is. The air is warm and humid, which helps skin stay hydrated. On the other hand, the sun is at its most powerful which is both a blessing and a curse. The good news is there are simple things a person can do to enjoy

Skin Cancer 101: Prevention, Detection, and Treatment

Skin cancer is caused by the development and growth of abnormal skin cells. While often associated with sun exposure, there are some types of skin cancer that develop in areas normally not exposed to sunlight. Usually appearing as waxy/pearly bumps on skin, basal cell carcinoma accounts for about 80 percent of all diagnosed cases, according to the American Cancer Society. Melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma are the other two common types of skin cancer. Take a moment to learn more about skin cancer, including how it’s detected and treated and what can be done to prevent it.

How Is Skin Cancer Detected?

The initial detection of skin cancer is usually visual, although additional testing that often includes a biopsy is needed to make a positive diagnosis. Symptoms associated with skin cancer can vary based on the type of skin cancer but may include unusually shaped or colored moles, red, itchy, or scaly patches of skin that may bleed, or unusual bumps or growths.

In some instances, image tests are done to examine lymph nodes and other nearby structures. A sentinel lymph node biopsy may also be done to examine tissue from the lymph nodes. Results from a biopsy also allow the stage of skin cancer to be determined.

What Are Treatment Options?

With superficial skin cancer, the only treatment necessary may be a biopsy in which the affected tissues are removed and tested. If further treatment is needed, there are several options that may be recommended by Dr. Baird. These include:

• Excisional surgery: Cancerous skin tissue is “cut out,” or excised, with this treatment. After the affected area is numbed, the cancerous tissue along with surrounding tissue is removed to ensure all cancerous cells have been removed.

• Cryotherapy: This treatment involves the removal of excess cancerous tissues after the growth has been removed. It’s completed with an electric needle. Liquid nitrogen may be used as well.

• Mohs surgery: If skin cancer is more extensive or it’s recurring, this treatment may be suggested. The affected tissues are shaved away in layers and examined under a microscope until tissues no longer have cancer cells.

• Photodynamic therapy: Skin cells are destroyed with this treatment by a combination of drugs that make skin cells sensitive to light and a special type of light.

How Can Skin Cancer Be Prevented?

One step you can take prevention-wise is to wear sunscreen, but do this year-round and not just in the summer. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using products with an SPF of at least 30. You’ll also be increasing your odds of preventing skin cancer by:

• Wearing clothing that covers arms and legs and accessories that might include a visor or broad-brimmed hat when out in the sun for a while
• Being aware of medications that could make your skin more sensitive to sun exposure
• Staying away from tanning beds
• Checking your skin on a regular basis and seeing Dr. Baird if you notice anything unusual

We also do excision closure and reconstruction for patients who’ve had excision treatment to close wounds while maintaining the desired cosmetic skin appearance. If you are seeing signs suggesting you may have skin cancer, Dr. David A. Baird is here to help. Visit Farmington Dermatology for a consultation with Dr. Baird to learn what steps you’ll need to take next. Contact us today to set up an appointment.

Posted on May 26, 2020 by:

Skin cancer is caused by the development and growth of abnormal skin cells. While often associated with sun exposure, there are some types of skin cancer that develop in areas normally not exposed to sunlight. Usually appearing as waxy/pearly bumps on skin, basal cell carcinoma accounts for about 80 percent of all diagnosed cases, according

Answering Your Top Questions About Acne

For the 60 million of us who have suffered from acne, we know the pain of breakouts, oily skin, and low self-esteem. Putting our best faces forward is something we all yearn to do in life, but it can feel hopeless when it seems like acne just doesn’t go away. Knowing a little bit more about acne can sometimes help you take the right steps– and your dermatologist can help. Here are answers to some of the most common questions about acne and what you can do about it.

Is my diet causing breakouts?

Generally speaking, a fluctuation in hormones is usually responsible for acne breakouts. Hormonal surges cause oil glands in your face to work overtime, causing an oily film to collect dirt, dust, and grime from the environment around you. This pore-clogging oil stops up the pores on your face, causing breakouts. There are certain foods that may trigger the release of excess hormones in your body, although no conclusive studies have been done with regard to which foods affect most people in that manner.

Will I have to stop wearing makeup if I have acne?

You don’t need to completely stop wearing makeup, but if you notice that your breakouts tend to flare up around makeup application, it may be worth it to consider switching brands or products to see if things improve. Another common culprit that contributes to acne on the forehead and sides of the face is hair product; pay more attention to which products you use and consider switching or even wearing your hair differently.

Does having acne mean that I’m not keeping my face clean enough?

This is not necessarily the case. In fact, if you are scrubbing your face too vigorously, you may be exacerbating the problem. In general, mild facial cleanser and warm water should be sufficient to keep your face free from dirt and excess oil, but if you do not see an improvement simply from cleansing, you may have to consider the use of active ingredients or even prescription medications to get your breakouts under control.

Isn’t acne only for teenagers?

A primary trigger for acne is raging hormones– testosterone especially. When teenagers hit puberty, their changing bodies start re-regulating and readjusting hormone levels. This means it’s common for teens to develop acne due to hormonal imbalances. For some adults, acne is still the result of changing hormones or it can be caused by other factors.

What acne treatments are best for me?

The type of acne treatment that’s best for you has to do with several factors. You’ll need to take into consideration:

  • Your age
  • Your gender
  • The severity of your acne
  • Any medications you are taking
  • Your family history

Your dermatologist will recommend your best options based on your goals and the above factors. They can also recommend the right steps to take at home to maintain clear, healthy skin.

When should I see a dermatologist?

If you find that your at-home regimen and over-the-counter treatments simply aren’t clearing up and containing your breakouts, it may be time to speak to a dermatologist. A dermatologist can give you additional tips, advice, and treatments that can be prescribed that may be more effective in treating your condition.

Will my acne EVER go away?

Most often, acne clears on its own after puberty. However, it’s not uncommon to still have acne as an adult. That’s okay! A dermatologist can recommend your options for medications and products that can clear your skin with the right use. The key is patience and loving your skin in the meantime.

Schedule an Appointment

If you’re struggling with acne, you’re not alone. Our talented team of skincare professionals can answer questions and make sure you know the right steps to take for clear and healthy skin. To get started, we invite you to contact our Farmington office by calling or filling out our online form.

Posted on April 21, 2020 by:

For the 60 million of us who have suffered from acne, we know the pain of breakouts, oily skin, and low self-esteem. Putting our best faces forward is something we all yearn to do in life, but it can feel hopeless when it seems like acne just doesn’t go away. Knowing a little bit more

How to Treat Alopecia & Hair Loss

Hair is seen as an aspect of self-expression. It’s usually a big part of your look, and it’s likely that you spend a lot of time taking care of it. When we lose our hair, unfortunately, it can be hard to handle. The good news is that for people with alopecia and hair loss, there are numerous medical and non-medical options that can help manage hair loss or even regrow it once lost.

What is Alopecia Areata?

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder that causes you to lose hair when the hair follicles themselves are attacked by your body. With this particular condition, one of the tell-tale symptoms is losing clumps of hair that resemble the size and shape of quarters. There can be patches of hair loss or complete baldness, depending on the individual. Sometimes hair will regrow and fall out again, and in some cases, the hair regrowth will be permanent. Each patient will experience symptoms differently.

Treatment Options for Alopecia-Induced Hair Loss

Because this is an autoimmune disease, there is currently no cure for alopecia areata. There are numerous treatment options that may help sufferers, though. Your dermatologist can discuss your best options among some of the following common treatments.

Topical Immunotherapy Treatment

If you have suffered a significant amount of hair loss or recurrent hair loss due to alopecia areata, your dermatologist may suggest topical immunotherapy. The goal of this treatment is to apply medications to the area of hair loss to induce an allergic reaction. This reaction will lead to gradual hair growth. The downsides to this option are that it can cause rashes and to keep new hair growth it may need to be reapplied several times.

Corticosteroids

People who have various autoimmune diseases are given corticosteroids as an anti-inflammatory. They are used in various forms such as:

  • Pills
  • Foam
  • Cream
  • Injection into the scalp
  • Ointment

These drugs can help with hair growth. They take longer than some patients would like to show results, but they can be easily combined with other treatment options to help maintain your results.

Minoxidil

This is a chemical that’s applied topically to the scalp. It’s been used to treat baldness or hair loss in people with or without alopecia. It’s commonly available over the counter in forms such as Rogaine®.

Non-Medical Ways of Dealing With Alopecia

There are ways to cope and help yourself as you deal with hair loss. Some things that patents find helpful include:

  • Scarves and wigs
  • Alopecia support groups
  • Reducing stress levels to help slow down hair loss and keep new growth

You can use these coping strategies in conjunction with the medical treatments that you and your dermatologist decide to implement. In some cases, hair loss can be treated by simply changing your lifestyle, so your dermatologist can recommend your best options.

Schedule a Consultation

With help, there is definitely hope of hair regrowth in patients with alopecia. It may even be permanent. Working with a board-certified dermatologist with experience in treating hair loss will help. To learn more about your hair loss treatment options with Dr. Baird, we invite you to contact our Farmington office by calling or filling out our online form.

Posted on March 24, 2020 by:

Hair is seen as an aspect of self-expression. It’s usually a big part of your look, and it’s likely that you spend a lot of time taking care of it. When we lose our hair, unfortunately, it can be hard to handle. The good news is that for people with alopecia and hair loss, there

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How to Avoid Dry Winter Skin

Dry skin can happen as a results of many factors, not just environmental issues such as weather. When we get older, our skin tends to become both thinner and dryer. These two things make the perfect combination for skin to become more prone to itching, scaling, dryness, and cracking. Not only is it uncomfortable when this happens, but it can cause problems because this dryness can create cracks in the skin that allow bacteria to enter the body. Some of these dry skin issues can also happen due to the medications that people take.

Causes of Dryness

The epidermis is the top layer of the skin. It is made up of a lipid barrier as well as skin cells. These things protect the body by keeping bacteria out. They also act to keep the moisture in the skin. Not only age, but things such as winter weather can disrupt this protection. Another thing that can cause the skin to dry out is the use of harsher cleansers. They may be damaging, but the way a person washes can also add to the problem. If the washing is too often and too hard, then this can also dry out the skin. When this is done in the winter, then it becomes even harder to keep the skin replenished with moisture.

Preventing Dry Skin

Prevention is always the best, and that would mean keeping the skin moisturized. When choosing new products, look for those that have dimethicone, deramides, and Shea butter. Alpha hydroxy acids can also be helpful in removing dead skin cells. This needs to be done with caution however, since some people find this acid to be irritating to their skin. Doctors state that the thicker ointments provide a stronger barrier for the skin. If the greasiness of the ointment is too uncomfortable, then using a very thick cream can also be effective. For those in their forties or older, it is important to take the time to moisturize your skin on a daily basis. When winter hits, doing this daily routine even twice a day might be called for to keep away the dry skin. It is also helpful to do this right after a shower or bath when the skin has some wetness to it. Of course, in the winter when it is cold outside, taking a long hot shower or bath can sound very appealing. It is not good however, when it comes to your skin. Taking a shower or bath using lukewarm water, and only staying in for no more then 5 minutes is much healthier for winter skin. Another thing to look out for is the type of cleanser that is used. Soap is always going to be drying, but those cleansers that include alcohol, exfoliants, or scents can cause irritation. It is best to stick with those products that are gentle to the skin as well as free of any fragrances. Use of a humidifier, especially during the winter, can also benefit the skin. The heating that happens indoors during the winter can be very drying. It’s very helpful to the skin if the indoor air can have a humidity between 30 and 50 percent.

Treating Dry Skin 

If after trying all of the techniques to keep your skin moisturized, you find that they are just not working, it might be necessary to go to your doctor and have it checked out. Your doctor will be able to prescribe you medication, including an antibiotic in cases of infection. Going to a doctor to treat your skin issues might be the best thing. Dr. David A Baird is a board certified dermatologist at BairdMD in Farmington, Michigan. In the end, it is up to us to take care of our skin as best we can. There are always going to be factors that have a negative impact on our skin. However, facing those challenges and doing the most we can possibly do is the best way to keep our skin healthy, especially during winter.

Posted on February 26, 2020 by:

Dry skin can happen as a results of many factors, not just environmental issues such as weather. When we get older, our skin tends to become both thinner and dryer. These two things make the perfect combination for skin to become more prone to itching, scaling, dryness, and cracking. Not only is it uncomfortable when

Best In-Office Treatments for Acne-Prone Skin

If you have been having acne breakouts, treating them with over-the-counter (OTC) products is your first option. These creams, lotions, ointments and wipes contain the active ingredients benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, which may have some effect on your acne. If your acne breakouts are severe and come with scarring, you will probably need medical treatment for your acne. Thankfully, Dr. David Baird and his team have a few highly effective options for you to choose from.

Chemical Peels

A chemical peel is a procedure used to treat blemishes on the skin, including acne and acne scarring. Chemical peels are also used to reduce signs of aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin. There are several degrees of chemical peels and they range from mildly superficial to deeply resurfacing. For acne, a superficial chemical peel is most effective. During a chemical peel for acne, a chemical solution is applied to the skin. This will exfoliate the outer surface of the skin and remove the acne along with it. The outermost layer of skin rejuvenates itself quite quickly, in a matter of a couple of days. This degree of chemical peel can be performed in about an hour. There is also no downtime for recovery and you can get back to your busy life after leaving the office!

Cryotherapy for Acne

Cryotherapy is a form of medical treatment that involves using freezing temperatures to affect changes in the body. In this case, Dr. Baird’s staff will use liquid nitrogen on the areas of the face and neck that suffer from acne breakouts. The liquid nitrogen will be sprayed directly on the skin, although a cotton swab is sometimes used for spot treatments. The freezing temperatures cause the skin to peel. If you have scars from acne breakouts in the past, cryotherapy can greatly reduce their appearance. It also removes dead skin, which can clog pores and lead to acne breakouts in the future. An added benefit is the smoother-looking skin that will be revealed once you’ve had time to recover.

Manual Blackhead and Whitehead Extractions

Not every blackhead or whitehead needs to be manually extracted. Sometimes medications containing benzoyl peroxide, antibiotics or retinoids that are applied topically will remove them. If you have blackheads or whiteheads in your skin, do not try to remove them yourself! Although there are many self-help videos and instructions for doing this, you should have this professionally done. Doing this the wrong way can cause scarring and infections that can worsen the condition of your skin. Dr. Baird and his team will be using special instruments called extractors to remove blackheads and whiteheads. You will be given topical medications to apply to your skin after the procedure. Following aftercare instructions that will be provided by Dr. Baird’s staff will ensure that the risk of infection is at a minimum. You will be asked to return in a few weeks for a followup visit. Let Dr. Baird and his team of board-certified professionals treat your acne breakouts and scarring the right way. Call and schedule a consultation today.

Posted on January 14, 2020 by:

If you have been having acne breakouts, treating them with over-the-counter (OTC) products is your first option. These creams, lotions, ointments and wipes contain the active ingredients benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, which may have some effect on your acne. If your acne breakouts are severe and come with scarring, you will probably need medical

Why Choose BOTOX® Cosmetic

People love looking their best. If you want to experience the full advantage of your physical appearance, then you may want to find out all that you can about aesthetic treatment. Botox injections are a popular cosmetic injectable that allows you to look younger. These injections are big among individuals of all genders. We offer Botox injections to patients wishing to get rid of bothersome wrinkles and fine lines.

How Botox Injections Work

Botox injections are able to stop the muscles from contracting which leads to wrinkles and lines. If you want to minimize the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on your face, then Botox injections are quite effective. Botox is most commonly used in the forehead and around the eyes to create a youthful appearance.

Fewer Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Most people these days want to appear youthful and fresh. That’s the reason they want to steer clear of prominent fine lines and wrinkles. Botox is minimally invasive and as a result, can be ideal for people who wish to avoid complex surgical procedures.

Correcting a Sagging Brow

A brow that has a drooping appearance can make a person look sad, exhausted, and older than their actual years as well. If you’re frustrated by a brow that’s sagging then it may be time for you to look into the universe of Botox. That’s because these injections have the ability to offer patients brow lifting advantages that are noticeable. Eyebrows generally sag with the passing of time. Botox can help to stop these muscles from moving and keep the brow neutral.

Pure Confidence

Botox cosmetic injections can help enhance your feelings of pure self-confidence. To smooth out wrinkles, fine lines, and correct a sagging brow, you should speak with Dr. David Baird of Baird MD in scenic Farmington, Michigan. This seasoned dermatologist can help you figure out whether Botox injections are an appropriate aesthetic option for you. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.

Posted on January 2, 2020 by:

People love looking their best. If you want to experience the full advantage of your physical appearance, then you may want to find out all that you can about aesthetic treatment. Botox injections are a popular cosmetic injectable that allows you to look younger. These injections are big among individuals of all genders. We offer

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How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?

From the moment you get your tattoo, your immune system works hard to remove it. That’s because it recognizes the ink particles as foreign bodies and tries to break them down. If you have an older tattoo, you have already seen the fading caused by your immune system at work. Laser tattoo removal works by breaking down the ink into tiny particles that your immune system can transport away more quickly and easily. You can think of this as the laser speeding up the process that is already occurring in your body. If you’re considering laser tattoo removal, it can be helpful to dispel some of the myths about it before you begin the treatment process. Here’s what to know about laser tattoo removal with Dr. Baird.

Your Consultation

The first step in tattoo removal is a consultation with Dr. Baird. There are several factors to consider when creating your treatment plan. The color, type, depth of the ink deposits; the age of the tattoo, where the tattoo is on your body, and the color of your skin will all affect the removal process. Your tattoo removal will require several sessions scheduled several weeks apart. Your body will need time to process the ink particles through your immune system, and your skin will need time to heal between each session. Your tattoo will lighten slowly over time after each session. Additionally:

  • Some tattoo colors are easier to remove than others. Black and dark blue are the easiest inks to remove. Purple, white, and pastel inks are the most challenging.
  • Most tattoo removal treatment plans take several months to complete. Larger, more complex tattoos can take a year or more to totally remove.
  • Common side effects of laser tattoo removal include pain, swelling, bleeding, blistering, scabbing, scarring, skin color changes, and infection.

The Procedure

Depending upon the location of the tattoo, you will either sit in a treatment chair or lie on a treatment table. The tattoo area will be numbed with an injection of local anesthesia or with a numbing cream. Once the numbing takes effect, the procedure is ready to begin.

At this point, Dr. Baird will use a specialized laser wand about the same size as a small hairdryer. He will place the opening of the wand against your skin and start the laser procedure. This handpiece administers very fast pulses of laser energy to break up the pigment. You may feel some discomfort depending upon whether your treatment plan includes numbing cream or local anesthesia. The length of each treatment session will depend on how large your tattoo is and the various factors surrounding the pigments.

Aftercare

After each procedure, you will be able to see that the shape of your tattoo is now raised and is a lighter color. This is a normal reaction to the laser treatment. Your tattoo will be covered in antibiotic cream and bandaged. Your aftercare package will include instructions on caring for your removal site. It’s extremely important to follow these instructions so that your skin heals properly and does not form scarring or unwanted pigment. Generally, you can expect your skin to heal fully over the course of a week or more.

Schedule a Consultation

At Farmington Dermatology, we offer leading expertise and state-of-the-art technology to help you achieve your tattoo removal goals. To meet with a board-certified dermatologist and learn more about your options, contact our Farmington office by calling or filling out our online form.

Posted on November 26, 2019 by:

From the moment you get your tattoo, your immune system works hard to remove it. That’s because it recognizes the ink particles as foreign bodies and tries to break them down. If you have an older tattoo, you have already seen the fading caused by your immune system at work. Laser tattoo removal works by

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How Many Units of Botox do I Need for my Forehead?

Botox® is the leading non-surgical treatment for lines and wrinkles. If you are considering Botox® injections, you may be wondering how much you need to look younger. As an expert in Botox® treatments, Dr. David Baird explains to his patients that several factors need to be considered when deciding how much Botox® to use for a particular patient. Botox® is not a “one size fits all” solution.

Botox® Injection Points

The first aspect of Botox® injections that Dr. Baird explains is the number of injection sites. Botox® works by temporarily reducing muscle contractions that lend to the formation of wrinkles in the forehead and eye area.

  • Horizontal forehead lines
  • Vertical 11 Lines
  • Crow’s feet 

Maximum Amount of Botox® to Treat Forehead Lines

More isn’t always better when it comes to injectable treatments for lines and wrinkles. Using too much of these products can cause unwanted side effects, some of which can be permanent. The drug information for Botox® states that the maximum number of units that should be used for Botox® treatment is:

  • Four units per injection point for horizontal forehead lines
  • Four units per injection site for vertical 11 lines
  • Three units per injection point for crow’s feet

If you are having all three areas treated, the maximum number of units is 84, but this is tailored to the patient’s needs. Younger patients and those with the early onset of wrinkles benefit from smaller dosages. Having more severe wrinkles in the forehead and eye area does not necessarily mean that you need the maximum dosage.

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How Much Botox® is Needed for Your Treatment?

The volume of Botox® that is needed for your wrinkle reduction is best determined by a board-certified dermatologist with an in-depth understanding of facial anatomical structures and the efficacy of Botox® injections. Meeting with Dr. Baird for a consultation is the first step. He evaluates your wrinkles and explains how much Botox® is needed to help you look younger.

Learn More About Botox® Injections. Contact Dr. David Baird.

Botox® is a safe treatment proven to work for reducing wrinkles in the upper portion of the face. Treatments are most successful when performed by an experienced practitioner. If you are considering Botox® and would like to learn more about the treatment, contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. David Baird.

Posted on November 5, 2019 by:

Botox® is the leading non-surgical treatment for lines and wrinkles. If you are considering Botox® injections, you may be wondering how much you need to look younger. As an expert in Botox® treatments, Dr. David Baird explains to his patients that several factors need to be considered when deciding how much Botox® to use for

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Can Laser Tattoo Removal Cause Cancer?

Around 30 percent of Americans have at least one tattoo. Getting a tattoo is an extremely popular way to express your appreciation for body art. However, not everyone is satisfied after getting inked. Fortunately, there is an option available to you for getting rid of an unwanted tattoo in the form of laser tattoo removal.

Above all else, it’s important to visit a facility that employs a dermatologist who is skilled at laser tattoo removal. For patients near Farmington, MI and surrounding areas, Farmington Dermatology is a top-notch facility known for impeccable results and patient care. You can have a consultation with Dr. David A. Baird, a board-certified dermatologist who specializes in laser tattoo removal and a number of other areas. Dr. Baird can alleviate your fears and answer all your questions.

How Does Laser Removal Work?

Lasers are able to remove tattoos by breaking up the pigment colors through high-intensity beams of light. However, if you have tattoos with a lot of black pigment, they are more stubborn and are far more difficult to remove.

Prior to scheduling an appointment, you should first have a consultation with the doctor so they can evaluate your tattoos and give you more information as to what to expect during the procedure. You may have to undergo several treatments depending on a variety of factors, including the size and color of your tattoo and your age and skin type. It’s important to note that your skin color and the depth of the pigment can also affect the laser tattoo removal technique used.

What to Expect During a Treatment

You can expect the following during a laser tattoo removal treatment session:

  • You are given a pair of protective eye guards or shields
  • Your skin’s reaction is tested with lasers to determine which is most effective for tattoo removal
  • The technician uses a laser to have pulses of light through the topmost layers of skin where the tattoo pigment lies.

If you have a smaller tattoo, fewer pulses are needed, but more is required if your tattoo is on the large side. Regardless of the size of your ink, however, you need several treatment sessions to completely remove it. The tattoo is lighter with each appointment.

You probably won’t need anesthesia, but you may get an anesthesia cream to apply to the area depending on where your tattoo is situated. After treatment, you can use an icepack to soothe the area, use the antibiotic cream and cover the area with a bandage for protection. Sunscreen or sunblock should be used whenever you go outside as well.

Laser Tattoo Removal and Cancer

Some people have a fear that laser tattoo removal can cause cancer. While the treatment itself cannot lead to cancer, if a person has a suspicious lesion on their skin that they have since covered with a tattoo, getting the treatment can worsen it if it is skin cancer. For that reason, the tattoo should never be treated with lasers.

Contact Farmington Dermatology to get a consultation with Dr. Baird so he can address all of your concerns surrounding laser tattoo removal.

Posted on October 18, 2019 by:

Around 30 percent of Americans have at least one tattoo. Getting a tattoo is an extremely popular way to express your appreciation for body art. However, not everyone is satisfied after getting inked. Fortunately, there is an option available to you for getting rid of an unwanted tattoo in the form of laser tattoo removal.

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