The Summit Plastic Surgery & Dermatology Blog

What Are Hives and Should You Be Concerned?

Hives can be a vexing condition. They can show up in the morning and be gone the same day. Or they can move from one place on your skin to another. What are they and what can be done about it? Hives are red, itchy weals that are elevated from the surrounding skin and...

Know These Key Risk Factors for Skin Cancer

When it comes to skin cancer, the primary risk factor for both melanoma and non-melanoma cancers is exposure to ultraviolet light. This includes both tanning bed and sunlight. The more exposure to UV, the higher the risk of developing skin cancer. Childhood sunburns...

Know These Key Risk Factors for Skin Cancer

Skin cancer diagnoses are more common than you might think. An estimated 4.3 million cases of basal cell carcinoma are diagnosed in the U.S. each year resulting in more than 3,000 deaths. Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer with more...

Dr. Ed Ricciardelli on Patient Safety

Patient Safety: First Do No Harm “First, do no harm” is the oft quoted oath taken by physicians and it is therefore the responsibility of every surgeon to insure that every step of a patient’s treatment be as risk free and safe as possible. In plastic surgery, that...

How Often Should I See My Dermatologist?

Most people will visit their dentist twice a year for a teeth cleaning. Visits to your dermatologist should be a normal part of your routine health and wellness similar to this bi-annual teeth cleaning. Most people living in sunny climates start to see changes in...

What is Mohs Surgery and Why Would I Need It?

A diagnosis of skin cancer can be frightening. It is important to know your options. Not all treatments for skin cancer are the same. Mohs micrographic skin cancer surgery is a process that will remove all the cancer, minimize the risk of recurrence, and leave the...

When Should I See the Dermatologist Right Away?

As a doctor, I see many patients every day. A common concern I hear from patients is whether they came in too soon or waited too long for treatment. So let's talk about it. I recommend that you make an appointment in these cases: Call if you notice a suspicious...

Stay Sun Safe With These Protective Care Tips

The recent warm weather has been a nice awakening from the start of the cold icy winter. We are lucky to live in a naturally beautiful area with unlimited out door activities. As we are shedding more of our clothing layers and spending more time out in the sun, it is...

Skin Care University: Warts 101

You may be familiar with the phrase that somebody is loved “warts and all” but have you ever stopped and wondered what warts are? Sure, we know they’re skin growths. But are they contagious? And how are they different from moles? Let’s find out. What are warts? Warts...

Skin Care University: Moles 101

In today’s article, we’re going to be talking about the common mole. Almost all of us have them but what are they? And are they harmful? Let’s find out. What are moles? Moles are growths on the skin that are the result of melanocytes (pigment cells) that grow in...

Busting 8 BOTOX Myths You Probably Believe

BOTOX is one of those items that seems to garner a lot of opinions. Anybody who is old enough to remember when BOTOX first hit the market heard scary things like “it’s botulinum” and saw scary things like actresses foreheads frozen in place.

This has contributed, in some areas, to a lot of myths springing up about what BOTOX is, what it does, and how it works.

On the other hand, it’s extremely likely that you meet people every day that use BOTOX safely and with amazing, natural results.

As a BOTOX provider, and one who sees dozens of patients weekly, we see people all the time on both sides of the issue. Some are nervous, and some love it.

What we hope to do in this article is to bust some common BOTOX myths and to give you a more accurate picture of how BOTOX can be a part of your beauty regimen.

Get the Red Out: Rosacea Treatments for Men

Rosacea Basics Rosacea is a common skin disease that affects over 14 million Americans. It’s most visible attribute is redness on the face that can spread to other areas of the body. However there are actually four subtypes of rosacea. Erythematotelangiectatic...