In an effort to keep you, our valued patients, safe during Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have compiled a list of our latest hours, safety precautions, procedural protocols, teledermatology services, and more. We are still screening patients over the phone and in-person and ask that all patients stay home if they exhibit any symptoms of COVID-19 or suspect they may have been exposed. If you do come into the office, we ask that you come alone (unless accompanying a minor as a guardian) and practice social distancing in waiting and exam rooms. We will continue to keep you updated. As of now, we will be continuing our COVID-19 protocol indefinitely. Visit our COVID-19 Info page for our most recent update.
This blog is purely a suggestion for those interested in cosmetic treatments after the state lifts shelter in place orders. Dermatology Associates of Atlanta remains committed to the safety and well-being of all patients. Our thoughts are with those who are sick, the elderly, and those with pre-existing conditions, essential workers, those affected by the economy, and those taking care of family and friends in isolation.
Stay-at-home orders have been affecting the U.S. for over a month. Many of us have found ourselves stressed out, eating at odd hours, and far removed from our work and exercise routines. However, we want to help you get back to normal. That is why the team at DAA has put together a list of recommended treatments that will have you going back to work refreshed and renewed. This list is meant to help you look and feel your best so that you can tackle the new challenges of a post-COVID-19 world.
A facial is a good reset for your skin and your mind. Whether you’ve been in isolation, stressing about COVID-19, or working long hours in essential areas with a facemask, your skin and mental health may benefit from the relaxing and nourishing power of a facial. Our facials are customized by our Skin Medics™ Medical Spa for your skin’s specific needs. Please note that although our Skin Medics™ Medical Spa reopened on May 4th, 2020, due to limited hours and alternative shifts, we ask that you call ahead to make an appointment.
Times of intense stress may show on your face in the form of rapid aging. If you have noticed that your face could use a little TLC, we highly recommend facial injections. Dermal fillers such as Restylane® Lyft, Juvédurm® Ultra, Juvedérm® Ultra Plus, and Radiesse®, Sculptra®, or facial relaxants such as Botox® and Dysport®. Cosmetic facial injections can improve facial lines, wrinkles, and restores your complexion, leaving it soft and smooth. Don’t forget to check out our specials on cosmetic injections available for purchase now through July 31st.
Non-surgical Fat Reduction
Being stuck in the house all day while following social distancing orders can lead to higher food consumption and less opportunity to exercise. This is the perfect combination to promote weight gain. If you have experienced some weight gain during social isolation and stay at home orders and you are ready to expedite the process of getting back to where you were before all of the social changes, non-surgical muscle toning and fat reduction treatment by EMSculpt® or CoolSculpting® may be right for you. EMSculpt® is a toning and contouring treatment that uses electromagnetic energy to tone and strengthen muscle treatment areas. CoolSculpting® fat reduction is another fat reduction treatment that uses a process called cryolipolysis to target small areas of fat with cooling technology. CoolSculpting® is often used on areas that just won’t budge with diet and exercise such as the chin, back, and abdominal areas. Both procedures are non-invasive and FDA-approved. It is important to remember that muscle toning and non-surgical fat reduction is not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle.
Rest assured that Dermatology Associates of Atlanta is closely monitoring COVID-19 and have reinstated regular operating hours as of Friday, April 24th. Please call ahead for an appointment at (404) 256-4457 or click here to fill out an appointment request form. Please note that a couple of providers are still working limited hours and we are continuing safety precautions such as enhanced sanitation processes and socially distanced waiting areas and patient rooms, this is why it is imperative that you call in advance.
So, you’ve found a weird-looking mole, a mutated spot, or a slowly darkening or expanding area of skin. You think it might be melanoma, but you’re not entirely sure. In this blog, Dermatology Associates of Atlanta will not only show you how to identify signs of melanoma but also how to present your concerns to your dermatologist.
Melanoma can be identified by using the ABCDE system of categorization.
A stands for asymmetry. Asymmetry is when the mole isn’t the same on both sides.
B stands for border. Does the border seem consistent or does it have irregular edges?
C stands for color. Most benign moles are one uniform color. If a mole has a combination of brown, tan, and black, then it may be cancerous.
D stands for diameter. The larger the growth, the higher the chances that the mark will be melanoma. One rule of thumb is to look compare the size of the mole to a pencil eraser. If the mole is larger than the eraser, then it has a greater chance of being a cancerous mole.
E stands for evolving. Melanoma causes moles to change in color, size, and shape over time. This is why it is important to do regular self-check, examining suspicious growths. Taking pictures of the growths may also help you to compare the evolution of the growth. It is also important that you regularly seek out a dermatologist for annual screenings.
Talking to your dermatologist
If you are apprehensive about the appointment, consider going with a loved one. If you take a close friend or family member to your appointment, you may feel more supported. Currently, during COVID-19, we are unable to accommodate people other than patients with appointments. However, at this time, you could still bring a supportive loved one to wait for you in the car or sit with you during a virtual appointment.
During the appointment, you should show your dermatologist the skin areas that you are concerned with. Be honest about your skin history. Your dermatologist may ask questions such as:
How long have you had the spot?
Have you noticed it changing recently according to ABCDE guidelines?
Do you smoke, drink, or tan?
Do you take any medicines or supplements?
Have you contracted or been exposed to COVID-19?
Have you experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, shortness of breath, excessive coughing, tiredness, runny nose, or sore throat?
With proper self-checks and regular appointments with a dermatologist, melanoma can be caught early. If you suspect that you are at risk for melanoma or if you are ready to schedule your yearly skin checkup, please call us at (404) 256-4457. We are currently only seeing patients for in-person appointments who have been phone screened in advance due to COVID-19. We are also seeing patients via telemedicine at this moment. Stay up to date with changes dues to COVID-19 on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Dermatology Associates of Atlanta does not in any way want to detract from the severity of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). However, we would like to bring you something more positive to read amidst all of the bleak news we have received in recent weeks. In the spirit of positivity, we have decided to use this time to share some of the reviews that you have been kind enough to share with us! Reviews are often a small way of helping a business improve and provide accolades to workers and staff who deserve recognition!
Dr. D. Scott Karempelis
First, we would like to recognize Dr. D. Scott Karempelis, also known as Dr. K, who is one of our laser experts. With over 35 years of board-certified Dermatology experience, he continues learning and growing. Dr. K continuously stays up to date on new and emerging skincare treatments. According to this review, he is not only always learning, but he also goes a step above to educate his patients—making sure that they understand their skin conditions and treatment options.
“I had an appointment with Dr. Karempelis for a skin problem and I was very impressed. Most doctors diagnose the problem and treat the problem. This guy actually took the time to educate me on the condition in a way that was very easy to understand. I now have more alternatives to treat the condition on my own. I highly recommend him!” (Google Reviews, 2020)
Delmer L. Henderson, PA-C
Delmer (Del) L. Henderson, PA-C, has proudly served in the U.S. Army throughout the many years of education that led him to become a board-certified physician assistant in 1989. Throughout his service, Del has been awarded medals such as the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Overseas Ribbon, National Defense Medal, and Army Service Ribbon. Today, we would like to honor Delmer with one more accolade from a recent patient:
“I could not say how I’m so thankful to Dr. Delmer during my laser treatment to remove a bad microblading eyebrow. I started my treatment very afraid of it, because I was very traumatized with the microblading results. Dr. Delmer is a very kind person and he was very careful on each session. His assistant is an amazing person as well. Thank you both.” (Google Reviews, 2020)
Dr. Ashley Curtis
When Dr. Ashley Curtis isn’t diagnosing skin conditions or volunteering to conduct public skin cancer screenings, she is heavily researching new and innovative procedures for treating hair loss. In her free time, Dr. Curtis enjoys spending quality time with her husband and 3 children. Dr. Curtis’ knowledge and care shine through in this patient review:
“Dr. Curtis is an excellent dermatologist that I would highly recommend to anyone. I’ve been dealing with a skin issue for 2+ years which totally puzzled my past dermatologist. As soon as Dr. Curtis saw me, she immediately diagnosed the issue and within 3 weeks I’m so much better. In addition, Dr. Curtis’ staff is wonderful to work with and truly takes care of the patients. Thank you Dr. Curtis for all you do.” (Google Reviews, 2020)
We love seeing your reviews because they allow us to not only recognize those deserving, but also to reform our practice for the needs of you, the community we serve. Remember while you are practicing social distancing that your reviews could help businesses and practices, such as ours, improve!
Currently, we are open for patients who have no symptoms or history of exposure to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). All patients will have to undergo a phone screening when scheduling the appointment. We have also launched teledermatology for those looking for a remote option. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at (404) 256-4457. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more updates.
In a very short amount of time, many of our lives and normal routines have been disrupted. COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has caused many of us to practice social distancing or self-isolation. However, it is important that we continue to maintain a sense of normalcy. So, Dermatology Associates of Atlanta has assembled a small skincare routine that you can do at home that will help you to retain both routine and self-care.
Hydrate. It can be difficult to gauge your hydration levels when you are spending a significant amount of time indoors. Stay hydrated by drinking sufficient water and eating water-rich foods such as fruits or salad. This time of year, many of us are staying indoors because of self-isolation or rainy spring weather. Try using a humidifier. Adequate hydration will help your skin to remain plump and youthful.
Moisturize. According to CDC guidelines, you should be washing your hands often. The frequent stripping of moisture from handwashing and alcohol-based hand sanitizers can leave your hands dry and chafed. Moisturize your hands regularly with a soothing lotion, cream, or aloe in order to avoid discomfort and help re-moisturize.
Don’t touch your face. Touching your face can easily spread dirt, oil, and bacteria. This will not only stop the spread of disease; it will also help control acne.
Clean your makeup tools and brushes. Always wash your hands before washing your face or applying makeup. Regularly clean your brushes and applicators with antibacterial soap or an alcohol-based cleaner.
Give your skin a break. Now is the perfect time to give your skin a break from makeup and your usual routine. Take advantage of this time to pamper yourself. Perhaps try out a rejuvenating skin mask, exfoliant, or cream. Practice stress relief to keep your skin from inflammation or irritation.
Wear sunscreen. During quarantine, it is a good idea to spend some time outside. Fresh air and sunlight can help your mental and physical well-being. Be sure to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen and stay six feet away or more from other people when outside.
Call an expert. If you are experiencing severe skin issues, please feel free to contact our office. We committed to taking care of your skincare needs.
If you would like to call and schedule an appointment, please contact us at (404) 256-4457. For more skincare tips, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.