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By North Mountain Dermatology
May 09, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Cancer  

Sunny days are definitely an advantage to living in the Phoenix area. When the sky is blue and the sun is shining, it's only natural to want skin cancerto spend more time outdoors. Unfortunately, increased sun exposure also means a higher skin cancer risk. Our Phoenix, AZ, dermatologist, Dr. Tamela Tripp of North Mountain Dermatology, knows how skin cancer screenings can help you protect your skin.

What are the signs of skin cancer?

Skin cancer signs vary depending on the type of cancer. Basal cell carcinomas can easily be confused with pimples, although these red, rounded bumps never go away. Cancer can also appear as a brown, red, black, or pink spot on your skin.

Squamous cell carcinoma may cause a red bump or areas of flaky skin that eventually become open sores. Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer affects your moles. Warning signs of melanoma include pain, oozing, color changes, oozing, or itching in a mole or the appearance of a new mole. Moles that are larger than a pencil eraser are more likely to be cancerous, as are moles with blurred or irregular edges.

How can skin cancer screenings help me?

Skin cancer screenings can help you and your dermatologist spot changes in your skin that may indicate that you have skin cancer. As with other types of cancer, early detection is the key to successful treatment. Because skin cancer treatment involves removing the affected area of your skin, receiving an early diagnosis may mean that only a small, shallow section of your skin will need to be removed to eradicate your cancer.

At least once a month, remove your clothes and carefully examine your skin for changes. Mirrors can be used to view hard-to-see parts of the body, or you can ask a family member for help. If you do notice any unusual spots or changes to your moles, call our Phoenix office to schedule an appointment.

Yearly professional skin cancer screenings, in addition to home screenings, are very important. During your self-exam, you may miss a change, or you might not realize that a darker patch of skin is actually a sign of skin cancer. Regular screenings are particularly important if you work outdoors or spend long periods of time in the sun, use tanning beds or have had skin cancer in the past.

Has it been too long since your last skin cancer screening? Call our Phoenix, AZ, dermatologist, Dr. Tripp of North Mountain Dermatology, at (602) 944-4628 to schedule an appointment.

By North Mountain Dermatology
February 28, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: botox  

You look at your face and think, " I look much older than I feel or act." Or, people say you seem to frown a lot or look tired. Yes, those are botoxthe effects of aging, but there is something you can do to refresh your facial appearance. It's called BOTOX Cosmetic, and Dr. Tamela Tripp of North Mountain Dermatology in Phoenix, AZ uses it to smooth those annoying lines and wrinkles. Easy, comfortable and quick, BOTOX injections make a world of difference in facial appearance.

What is BOTOX Cosmetic?

It's a purified, pharmaceutical grade form of Botulinum clostridium, a toxin which limits muscular movement. Injected under the skin in targeted areas of the face, BOTOX reduces dynamic wrinkling, or those lines which form from movement of the skin and muscles:

  • Between the eyebrows
  • At the corner's of the eyes (crow's feet)
  • Across the forehead
  • Between the nose and mouth
  • Around the lips and at the corners of the mouth

Done in the office in under an hour, these treatments cause no downtime, and discomfort is very minimal. Most patients experience some redness and minor puffiness which quickly resolve.

A patient can readily see the changes in his or her face right away with optimal effects showing in a few days. Results typically last three to six months.

While Dr. Tripp will recommend a care plan just right for your unique skin issues and aesthetic goals, know that BOTOX Cosmetic injections do have to be repeated. In other words, the effects do not last indefinitely. However, as you receive your injections on a regular basis, your lines and wrinkles will be less far less obvious as your muscles continue to relax.

Other uses of BOTOX

Physicians and even dentists use BOTOX injections to treat a wide variety of neuromuscular problems, including:

  • Migraine headaches
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ/TMD)
  • Crossed eyes (strabismus)
  • Uncontrolled blinking
  • Overactive bladder
  • Hyperhidrosis, or excessive perspiration
  • Neck pain

Find out more in Phoenix

You can trust your skin care needs to Dr. Tripp at North Mountain Dermatology in Phoenix, AZ. She is highly trained and experienced in all aspects of medical and aesthetic dermatology. She can help you determine if treatment with BOTOX is right for you. For a personal consultation, call (602) 944-4628.

By North Mountain Dermatology
January 15, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Cancer  

Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer according to the American Cancer Society. If you are diagnosed with cancer, Dr. skin cancerTamela Tripp in Phoenix, AZ, can tell you type you have and supply you with the necessary treatment options.

Types of Skin Cancer:

Skin cancer is the abnormal growth of skin cells and often develops on the parts of the skin most exposed to the sun’s rays. Skin cancer affects people of all colors and races, but people with light skin and who sunburn easily have a higher risk.

  • Basal and Squamous Cell Skin Cancer: Both of these cancers are usually found in areas exposed to the sun, like your head, neck, and arms, as well as other areas. Although common, basal and squamous cell skin cancer are treatable. While light skinned individuals are most likely to develop Squamous Cell Skin Cancer, darker-skinned people can too.
  • Merkel Cell Skin Cancer: If you have Merkel cell carcinoma, you need to know what to expect and can help you cope. This cancer usually appears on your face, head or neck as a flesh-colored or bluish-red nodule.
  • Melanoma Skin Cancer: Melanoma develops in a mole or appears as a new dark spot on your skin. It doesn't develop as commonly as other types of cancers, Melanoma is more likely to grow and spread, and one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer.
  • Lymphoma of the Skin: Rare lymphomas that start in the skin are called skin lymphomas (or cutaneous lymphomas). The main types are Hodgkin's lymphoma and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Lymphoma starts in the immune system's cells.

Preventative Measures and Screening:

Keeping an eye out for peculiar growths and discoloration on your skin. In addition to seeing your doctor for a screening, self-screening is important. Following the ABCDE rule may help:

  1. Asymmetry. One half doesn't match the appearance of the other half
  2. Border irregularity. The edges are ragged or blurred
  3. Color. The pigmentation is disproportional
  4. Diameter. Mole is greater than 6 mm
  5. Evolution. There are visible changes to the size, shape, symptoms, surface, or color of the mole

For more information about skin cancer and to speak to Dr. Tamela Tripp in regards to any worries you may have, call the North Mountain Dermatology in Phoenix, AZ.

By North Mountain Dermatology
October 17, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Rash  

When it comes to your skin, there is a very broad range of normal. For this reason, diagnosing and treating rashes tends to be tricky. rashHowever, your dermatologist at North Mountain Dermatology can help you get to the root cause of your rash and find the best treatment for you. Find out more about treating your rash with Dr. Tamela Tripp in Phoenix, AZ.

What can cause a rash? 
A rash is the inflammation of the skin which causes an abnormal appearance. Rashes can come from many sources, including:

  • food allergy
  • medication allergy
  • contact dermatitis
  • eczema
  • plants
  • heat

Sometimes, rashes can come from underlying conditions or illnesses. While rashes are often nothing to worry about and clear up on their own, you should seek medical attention if you have a rash which covers the whole body, spreads rapidly, is accompanied by a fever, or you are in pain or think your rash is infected.

Diagnosing Rashes
Your dermatologist will use a physical examination to assess your rash visually. In addition to an examination, your doctor will gather your family and medical history, lifestyle choices, day-to-day routine, and other information to help pinpoint the cause of your rash. If your doctor finds that your rash comes from a virus or fungus, you will probably have different treatment than if your rash originated from an allergy or contact dermatitis.

Rash Treatments in Phoenix, AZ 
Treating a rash will depend on your diagnosis and the severity of the rash. In some mild cases, your doctor may suggest an over-the-counter cream to apply the area of the rash or simple lifestyle changes, like using a non-scented laundry soap. If this fails to provide results, your doctor may suggest a prescription cream. In some cases, treating the underlying condition causing the rash is the best treatment to get rid of the rash itself. Your doctor can help you find the best treatment for you and your condition during a skin examination.

For more information on rashes, please contact Dr. Tripp in Phoenix, AZ. Call (602) 944-4628 to schedule your appointment for an examination today!

By North Mountain Dermatology
August 23, 2017
Tags: Acne  

There are so many ways to combat your acne. Let us help!Acne


It’s never a great moment when you realize you’re getting another breakout. Typically, breakouts show up at the worst of times: before a date, a job interview or a major work presentation. Acne doesn’t pick and choose when to show up, but if you are trying to find ways to tackle your acne, then it’s time you let our Phoenix, AZ, dermatologist Dr. Tamela Tripp help you.

While our Phoenix skin doctor can offer up certain medications to help you tackle your symptoms, this isn’t the only way to reduce your acne breakouts. In fact, there are certain measures you can take every day to help keep your skin clearer, such as

Be Gentle

Most people think that the harder or tougher they scrub the cleaner their skin will be. Don’t believe this myth! Being gentle with your skin is the name of the game. Being too rough on your skin could actually just make acne symptoms worse. Opt for a gentle cleanser and wash with warm (not hot) water twice a day. Gently pat your skin dry after washing it.

Consider Acne-Fighting Products

Remember that there is no miracle product that will be able to instantly zap away pimples. It will take several weeks for your skin to get acclimated to the new product you are using and respond accordingly. One issue that happens too often is that people give up on a product because they don’t see results immediately. If you are going to try an acne-fighting cleanser or product that contains salicylic acid or benzyl peroxide, give it at least six weeks of consistent use before you decide to switch products.

Look At Your Labels

Before using any product, it’s a good idea to know what specific ingredients are actually going on your face, as some ingredients could just end up clogging your pores or make acne worse. Whether looking for hair products, lotions or sunscreen, look for the word “non-comedogenic”. This means that the product will not clog your pores.

If you want more tips and treatments for tackling your acne then turn to the experts at North Mountain Dermatology in Phoenix, AZ, who just can’t wait to help you get clearer skin. Schedule your appointment with us today.

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