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Phoenix, AZ 85020
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By North Mountain Dermatology
June 27, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: skin protection  

You can still enjoy the beautiful weather just make sure to keep your skin safe, too.skin protection

Summer is just around the corner. While you may have visions of lying in the sun dancing in your head, it’s still important that you consider ways to protect your skin from the sun’s powerful rays. Our Phoenix, AZ, dermatologist, Dr. Tamela Tripp offers up some tips on how to keep your skin protected all summer long.

Wear Sunscreen Everyday

No matter whether you are only going outside for a half hour or it’s cloudy out, you should still apply sunscreen before going outside. Even if it’s an overcast day, the sun is still present, exposing you to harmful rays. Opt for a sunscreen that has at least an SPF of 30 and that provides broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Make sure to apply sunscreen about 20 minutes before going outside.

Know When to Reapply

Most people don’t know exactly how to use sunscreen properly. Maybe you dabbed on a touch of sunscreen before you went outside and assumed that would be enough for the day. You want to be generous when applying sunscreen and you’ll want to reapply about every two hours. If you’ve been sweating or swimming you’ll want to reapply sunscreen immediately after.

Wear Protective Clothing

Remember that the skin around your ears and eyes are thin and delicate. You certainly don’t want skin to burn, particularly in these areas. That’s why you should always wear sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat whenever you are outdoors. These items may seem silly, but they won’t be when you are protected against skin cancer.

Visit Your Dermatologist

Whether you noticed that a new mole cropped up or you just want to be preventative, it’s always a good idea to visit our Phoenix skin doctor at least once a year for skin cancer screenings. It’s painless and won’t take long, and the exam could just end up saving your life.

You may want to talk to us about how often you should come in for these exams, particularly if you have a personal or family history of melanoma or other forms of skin cancer. You should also be performing self-exams once a month to check for any new growths or changes in your skin.

Do you have questions about proper summer skincare? Want to find out which skin products are right for your skin type? Whatever your questions or concerns may be, turn to North Mountain Dermatology in Phoenix, AZ, to get the care you need.

By North Mountain Dermatology
April 12, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: botox   wrinkles   anti-aging   Juvederm  

Sometimes all it takes is a simple cosmetic dermatology procedure to give you the look you crave.wrinkles

Did you know that you can take years off your appearance without the need for invasive cosmetic dermatology? Most people worry that without face-lifts and other aggressive treatments that they can’t get beautiful results, but this simply isn’t true. In fact, our Phoenix, AZ cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Tamela Tripp, can tighten skin and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles with great non-invasive options like Botox and Juvederm.

What is Botox?

Chances are pretty good that you’ve heard of Botox before, whether through TV commercials or magazine ads. This cosmetic procedure uses a purified form of botulinum toxin that is then injected into certain muscles of the face to temporarily stop muscle contractions, thereby smoothing out lines and wrinkles that appear as a result of smiling, frowning or laughing. Botox is great for targeting mild-to-severe crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles and laugh lines.

Here are some things you should know before getting Botox:

  • There is no recovery time after treatment. Once you get your injections you are free to go back to your daily activities
  • There isn’t usually more than a slight pinch felt when the injections enter the skin. You may talk to your Phoenix cosmetic skin doctor about using a numbing gel beforehand to reduce any discomfort you may experience during your treatment.
  • Botox results don’t show up right away. It will take a few days for results to set in.
  • Results are only temporary and last about 4 to 6 months. You can choose to get Botox again once your results start to wear off.

What is Juvederm?

Unlike Botox, which targets lines and wrinkles caused by muscle contractions, Juvederm is great for targeting lines, wrinkles, folds and even superficial scars. It can also be used to plump up thin or thinning lips. Juvederm uses hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance already found in the body but begins to deplete as you get older. This substance is great for keeping the skin firm and plump. Just like Botox, there is no downtime after treatment.

Here are some things you should know about getting Juvederm:

  • The procedure only takes a couple of minutes to administer with minimal discomfort. These very thin needles also contain a local anesthetic that, when injected into the skin, also helps to reduce pain and numb the area.
  • Results appear within one week and last anywhere from 4 to 9 months, depending on the type of Juvederm filler you choose. Like Botox, you can get maintenance injections to continue to refresh your appearance.

Do you want to learn more about what Botox or Juvederm could do for you? Then why don’t you call North Mountain Dermatology in Phoenix, AZ to book a consultation? You won’t be sorry.

By North Mountain Dermatology
February 10, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: botox   wrinkles   fine lines   anti-aging  

It is understandable that everyone has different expressions. This is because we all move our facial muscles in different ways botoxrepetitively. These repetitive motions cause fine lines and wrinkles when you start aging. You may look for treatments to diminish the look of these signs on your face using Botox in Phoenix, AZ, at North Mountain Dermatology with Dr. Tamela Tripp has the answer.

About Botox

Botox blocks the release of Acetylcholine, which triggers these contractions in the muscle leading to wrinkles. The Botox paralyzes muscles and stops them from contracting meaning the development of fine lines and wrinkles are stopped for a period of time. Results from Botox in Phoenix, Arizona, can be seen in just a matter of a few days and can last from four to six months.

Dr. Tripp at North Mountain Dermatology uses Botox to improve some of these common aging signs:

  • Smile lines
  • Laugh lines
  • Crow’s Feet
  • Lines between the brows
  • Worry lines on the forehead

Ultimately, anyone in good health who has shallow fine lines or wrinkles may be a good candidate for Botox in Phoenix with Dr. Tripp. Retreatment is common and occurs when wrinkles or lines begin to reappear on the face. Ultimately, the more treatments that are performed, the less likely that these aging signs will reappear as the muscles are gradually trained to relax and contract fewer times.

The procedure itself doesn’t require any anesthesia and takes just a few minutes. It has been proven to revitalize and rejuvenate the appearance of both men and women alike. When you’re looking for treatment options for your fine lines or wrinkles, call Dr. Tripp at North Mountain Dermatology in Phoenix, AZ. To schedule an informative consultation today, call 602-944-4628.

By North Mountain Dermatology
January 03, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Cancer   moles  

What your skin doctor in Phoenix wants you to know

If you have a mole, you are not alone. Most people have moles of different textures and colors, but normal moles usually have a molesdiameter of less than 6 millimeters. Moles are caused by melanocytes which are skin cells that produce melanin and determine your skin color.

When these melanocytes clump together, they produce a mole. Most moles are nothing to worry about but you should still check your moles regularly. Your skin doctor at North Mountain Dermatology in Phoenix, AZ Dr. Tamela Tripp wants to share the facts about moles and what you need to look for.

When you check your moles, pay attention to these characteristics:

  • Irregular borders
  • Color change
  • Diameter larger than 6 millimeters
  • Asymmetrical shape
  • A change in the shape, size or height of the mole

If you have a mole, it could be an early sign of skin cancer. Skin cancer is more easily treatable when caught early which is why it is so important to do a self-exam of your moles.

Your skin doctor at North Mountain wants you to seek out their help if you notice any of the signs listed above or if you notice that any of your moles are:

  • Painful
  • Itching or burning
  • Oozing or bleeding
  • Re-growing after being previously removed

When you visit North Mountain Dermatology, we may suggest a number of effective treatments for your moles, including:

  • Surgically shaving your mole; we will first numb the area and then shave around and underneath your mole. This procedure works great for smaller moles and requires no suturing.
  • Surgically excising your mole; we will numb the area around the mole and then remove the mole using a punching instrument. This procedure is used for larger moles and requires just a few sutures to close the area.

Removing your mole is a quick and convenient. Treatment usually requires only one short appointment and is done on an outpatient basis. If your mole has changed color, shape, texture or size, it’s time to seek out the help of the experts. Call your skin doctors at North Mountain Dermatology in Phoenix, AZ. Call today and get your mole under control!

By North Mountain Dermatology
October 28, 2016
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne  

Do you feel like nothing is working to treat your acne? Then turn to the Phoenix acne specialists.

Acne is one of the most common skin problems people encounter. While many teens expect acne to be a rite of passage, it can be acnefrustrating when both teens and adults are dealing with acne that just doesn’t seem to be relieved with over-the-counter remedies or acne-fighting products. If this sounds like you, then it might be time to turn to our Phoenix, AZ dermatologists, Dr. Tamela Tripp and Dr. Dave Mudge, for help.

First and foremost, it’s important that our Phoenix skin doctors are able to examine your skin to determine the root cause of your acne. Everything from stress to hormonal fluctuations can leave people susceptible to acne breakouts. Without understanding why your acne is flaring up, you won’t be able to understand your treatment plan. Once we are able to figure out what is causing your acne, can we come up with a viable treatment.

Your Acne Treatment Plan

The severity of your acne is determined by what types of acne lesions are present, whether inflammatory, non-inflammatory, cysts/nodules or a combination of all of these. Those with moderate to severe acne will require more aggressive care, which may include using both antibiotics and topical medications.

Oral antibiotics are used as both an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. If used along with a prescription-strength topical medication that contains an active ingredient like benzoyl peroxide, they will reduce bacteria on the skin that are responsible for acne.

Retinoid medications may also be applied to the skin. Retinoids are great for opening up clogged pores to let the bacteria and trapped debris drain out. Those dealing with hormonal-related acne may benefit from birth control pills. We will be happy to determine which medications are right for you and your skincare needs.

Besides medications that you can take, there are also laser therapies and traditional extractions that can also be performed to target your acne flare-ups. These can be a nice alternative to acne medication.

Don’t let acne affect your appearance. Turn to North Mountain Dermatology in Phoenix, AZ to get the skin care you deserve so that you can finally enjoy clear, beautiful skin.

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Phoenix, AZ Dermatologist
North Mountain Dermatology
50 E Dunlap Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85020
(602) 944-4628