What’s new with tanning salons?

Some places are now making it illegal for people under the age of 16 to use tanning salons. This is because tanning salons significantly damage the skin and predispose people to skin cancer. Under no circumstances should individuals visit tanning salons. This is especially true for children and young adults.

– Dr. Bussell

Beverly Hills Dermatology Consultants

433 N. Camden Drive, Suite 805   Beverly Hills, CA 90210 | 310-550-7661

Are insect and spider bite reactions a summertime hazard in Los Angeles?

Yes, there are many more cases of severe reactions with insects and spider bites during the summer. Insect bite reactions are especially common in Los Angeles because of our varied topography: hills, mountains, reservoirs, and beach cities.  LA insects can be found almost anyplace within the city. Dermatologists in Los Angeles recommend the use of an insect repellent whenever possible when enjoying the LA outdoors.

Mosquito bites can usually be treated with over-the-counter 1% hydrocortisone cream and over-the-counter antihistamines; however, if the bites become severely red and itchy, then a visit to a dermatologist would be appropriate.

Spider bites present more of a problem. If you get a bite that becomes very red, hot, and swollen, it is best to seek medical attention from a competent dermatologist. Such bites may require oral or injectable medications to prevent severe infection and allergic reactions. If a severe bite goes untreated, the infection can become systemic and spread throughout the entire body.

Bees and wasps can also present a problem in the summertime. For a quick treatment if the stings are not too severe, a small amount of household ammonia can be applied to the area in an attempt to neutralize the reaction. If you have an aloe vera plant at home, you can snip off the end of one of the leaves and put a small amount of the aloe vera juice on the area and rub it in.  In addition, the over-the-counter treatments mentioned above are also effective for these reactions.

Stings from bees and wasps can also produce very severe allergic reactions that can result in death if not properly treated. If you experience any generalized rash (hives), especially associated with trouble breathing, then you should seek out your nearest emergency room for immediate treatment.

– Dr. Bussell

Beverly Hills Dermatology Consultants

433 N. Camden Drive, Suite 805   Beverly Hills, CA 90210 | 310-550-7661

Botox for acne???

Yes, that’s right. We have noticed with all the Botox that we do in our office that many of our acne patients had a significant reduction in the number of their breakouts within the Botox-treated areas. We have concluded that Botox has an effect on the oil glands that reduces the production of oil in the treated areas. This is most likely similar to the effect of Botox on the sweat glands, which results in decreased sweating. We have used dilute solutions of Botox in severely acne-prone areas with very good results. This treatment is not for everyone however it is a promising new addition to our fight against acne.

– Dr. Bussell

Beverly Hills Dermatology Consultants

433 N. Camden Drive, Suite 805   Beverly Hills, CA 90210 | 310-550-7661

Are tanning beds safe?

Research has shown an increase in a variety of skin cancers in people who have exposed themselves to tanning beds. It has long been known that there has been an increased incidence of squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs) and deadly melanomas in people who have used tanning salons. Research has now established an increase of basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) at a young age linked to the increase in use of tanning salons by teenagers and young adults. In my practice, I encourage my patients to avoid the ultraviolet tanning salons. The spray tanning salons are not harmful.

I would much prefer a very short exposure to natural sunlight either in the morning or late afternoon, avoiding intense midday sun, to the use of tanning salons for those individuals who insist on being tan.

– Dr. Bussell

Beverly Hills Dermatology Consultants

433 N. Camden Drive, Suite 805   Beverly Hills, CA 90210 | 310-550-7661

Is there anything new for the treatment of warts?

Wart treatment presents a significant challenge for the average dermatologist since warts are extremely stubborn. In our office, we have had success with a variety of topical treatments and have just introduced two injectable treatments, which have proven very helpful for warts on the palms and soles. The injectable treatments stimulate the body’s own immune response to fighting the wart and also has antiviral properties.

Warts, also known as verruca, can be extremely bothersome, especially on the hands and feet. Warts affecting the palms and soles are particularly stubborn due to the increased thickness of the skin in these areas. The best approach towards treating warts should be by using multi modalities trying to avoid excision whenever possible.

Surgical excision of a wart should be reserved only for unique cases as there is a tendency for the wart virus to regrow within the scar tissue that forms when a surgically excised wart heals. A wart regrowing within scar tissue is even more difficult to eradicate. I do not recommend laser therapies for warts as the problem with regrowth in the resulting scar tissue is significant.

Warts in the genital area and on the face must be treated very carefully and less aggressively than warts on the palms and soles in order to avoid scarring from the treatment. Warts in the mouth and throat can be treated by injection with an antiviral agent.

– Dr. Bussell

Beverly Hills Dermatology Consultants

433 N. Camden Drive, Suite 805   Beverly Hills, CA 90210 | 310-550-7661

Is there anything new to treat hair loss in men?

Many men who are balding or experiencing hair loss or male pattern baldness often wish they could do something to at least grow a small amount of hair in the receding areas. In my office, we have had success with a special compound combining hair enhancement ingredients. The regrowth can be substantial for the majority of patients. The special compound’s topical preparation can also be combined with the oral propecia, which has been shown to retain a large amount of hair that would otherwise be lost in male patients. Male patients combining hair regrowth treatments with other age-defying procedures such as Botox and cosmetic fillers are amazed at the more youthful appearance that they can achieve through these techniques.

– Dr. Bussell

Beverly Hills Dermatology Consultants

433 N. Camden Drive, Suite 805   Beverly Hills, CA 90210 | 310-550-7661

Is Botox for men an option to diminish the signs of aging such as wrinkles on the forehead and between the eyebrows?

When people think of wrinkle reduction or the treatment of age lines on the face—frown lines, smile lines on the cheeks, extra lines around the eyes or crow’s feet—they tend to think of women. However, there is a forgotten male population that can also benefit from Botox treatments.

Aging in men frequently first manifests with furrows on the forehead or between the eyebrows. After even one Botox treatment, these visible signs of aging can be medically reduced and, in many cases, completely eliminated. Many men do not even realize that they, too, are excellent candidates for Botox or the similar injectable, Dysport. These nerve and muscle relaxants are becoming the standard for women in a wide age range to enhance a youthful appearance. Men sometimes feel that they are not supposed to express a desire to look more youthful. These treatments are subtle and effective on both men and women.

Injectable skin filler agents such as Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm and Radiesse also work great on men. In my office, I encourage men to take advantage of everything medicine has to offer to help them look and feel as good as possible. It is extremely rewarding to see the smile on my male patients’ faces after the Botox, Dysport or fillers have taken effect.

– Dr. Bussell

Beverly Hills Dermatology Consultants

433 N. Camden Drive, Suite 805   Beverly Hills, CA 90210 | 310-550-7661

Vitiligo in African-American skin—Can it be treated?

Vitiligo is patchy depigmentation, loss of normal color, of the skin. This is particularly troubling in African-American skin as the contrast of the two skin tones can be very dramatic. In our office, we treat vitiligo especially on the face and hands of African-Americans with an in-office procedure whereby we apply a tanning solution followed by ultraviolet light. Multiple treatments are necessary and the results are usually very rewarding.

– Dr. Bussell

Beverly Hills Dermatology Consultants

433 N. Camden Drive, Suite 805   Beverly Hills, CA 90210 | 310-550-7661

Can allergies causing skin rashes be detected and treated?

Oleander

People can be allergic to environmental substances and not even know. Nuts, dust mites, pollen, grasses, mold and animal dander are all common allergens. There are now very sophisticated tests through a simple blood drawing, which identify multiple food and environmental allergens such that one can know what to avoid. People can also be very allergic to certain flowers such as oleander. Being tested and subsequently treated can help prevent serious rashes and allergic reactions, which can close the airway and result in an inability to breathe. Knowing what one is allergic to may help with one’s eczema, which is a dry itchy skin condition seen in people with allergies. Hives, the medical term being urticaria, is also frequently a skin manifestation of severe allergies.

– Dr. Bussell

Beverly Hills Dermatology Consultants

433 N. Camden Drive, Suite 805   Beverly Hills, CA 90210 | 310-550-7661