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By Central Wyoming Skin Clinic
October 08, 2020
Category: Skin Treatments
Tags: Rash  

The dermatology staff at Central Wyoming Skin Clinic is happy to offer you professional, compassionate care as you heal from your condition. Serving the Laramie, Gillette, and Casper, WY, area, we can assist with your challenges with cellulitis, dermatitis, and other skin problems.
 

Various cutaneous symptoms like skin rashes often point to another condition like poison ivy, eczema, or an allergy of some sort.
 

A few things you can do to treat your rash are:

Use calamine lotion. This lotion is well known for insect bites and rashes associated with poison oak and poison ivy. Apply liberally to affected areas, taking care to not scratch.
 

Products with aloe are great for patients that can tolerate and like aloe. Aloe assists with the speedy recovery from broken skin and itchiness. Some skincare products mix aloe and oats in their formulas.
 

Wear soft clothing. Loose clothing made from natural fibers like cotton and silk allows the skin to breathe, reduces itchiness, scratching, and discomfort.
 

Use a cold compress. If the area is swollen and red, cold compresses may relieve the itching and hot sensations.
 

Monitor the color of your skin. If your skin turns a darker color than usual or the rash spreads rapidly, especially after applying a cream or some other medication, make an appointment with your physician as soon as possible.
 

Contact Central Wyoming Skin Clinic in Laramie, Gillette, or Casper, WY, at (307) 234-0003 to schedule a consultation today.

By Central Wyoming Skin Clinic
July 07, 2020
Category: Skin Treatments
Tags: Laser Hair Removal  

Many times, hair removal is time-consuming and leaves nicks and cuts. Laser hair removal is a very common, long-lasting procedure that offers an alternative to shaving, waxing and using depilatories. Central Wyoming Skin Clinic is a great choice in the Laramie, Gillette, or Casper, WY area for your hair removal needs.

What can I expect?

When you arrive at Central Wyoming Skin Clinic, expect professional service and education on caring for skin before, during, and after treatment.

Who can receive this treatment?

For a long time, this procedure has worked best on hair that grows dark against fair skin, as the laser is able to determine where the hair is easier.

This is because the machine often can not determine the difference between pigment in the skin and pigment in the hair follicle. However, if you have dark skin, new developments in laser technology have allowed for a more accurate determination of hair follicles, thereby allowing for a safer removal session.

Some considerations about laser hair removal are:

  • If you are accustomed to daily shaving or plucking, you will need to stop while receiving treatment.
  • Avoid heat and heat-inducing activities after the procedure.
  • Avoid exposure to direct sunlight or going out without SPF.
  • Most patients require two to six treatments.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions about which lasers are used and why.

How long does it last?

Laser hair removal can last for months or even years at a time.

As the hair grows, there will be less of it following this quick procedure. Because it prevents future growth, there will be no more embarrassing hair to groom.

To discuss your options for laser hair removal in Laramie, Gillette, or Casper, WY, call Central Wyoming Skin Clinic at (307) 234-0003 to schedule a consultation.

Wrinkles and fine lines can make even the most beautiful individual look older than they actually are and dampen their self-confidence. Thankfully, there are various solutions that can restore your appearance. We offer various treatments for fine lines and wrinkles here at Central Wyoming Skin Clinic. So whether you need laser resurfacing, dermal fillers, or Botox, Dr. Scott Bennion or Dr. Mathew Green can determine the best treatments based on your needs either in our Laramie, Gillette, or Casper, WY, office.

Treatments for Wrinkles and Fine Lines

During your consultation with one of our dermatologists, your skin will be thoroughly examined to determine the extent of damage and the results you want to achieve. You’ll also talk about your lifestyle and health history to pinpoint the most effective combination of treatments to address your specific concerns. These can include the following:

  • Topical treatments: These include both prescription and OTC lotions, creams, or gels that usually contain retinoids. These can help minimize the look of wrinkles.
  • Injectables: These include dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Kybella, and Voluma XC as well as Botox injections to restore volume and smoothen the skin to decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, free of any downtime. Accordingly, you can come to our Gillette, Laramie, or Casper, WY, office even during your lunch break and go back to your office right after the procedure.
  • Skin resurfacing: These treatments include chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing, and microdermabrasion to get rid of the skin’s outermost layer. Done right and under the care of an expert dermatologist, this will reveal a healthier, smoother, and younger-looking skin.

Fine Lines and Wrinkles Prevention

To prevent fine lines and wrinkles from forming and ensure overall skin health, do the following:

  • Always wear sun protection. Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher when going out, wear the right clothes and headwear, and restrict the time you spend under the sun even when wearing sunscreen.
  • Practice healthy lifestyle habits. Always keep yourself hydrated, stop smoking, and eat lots of veggies, fruits, and whole grains to make certain that your skin obtains the proper nutrients it needs to effectively fight the negative effects of aging.
  • Always moisturize. Although this step does not particularly prevent wrinkles, it helps keep the skin moist and hydrated, making your skin bouncy and smooth.

Bid Farewell to Wrinkles and Fine Lines Today

To learn more about our treatments for wrinkles and fine lines, including laser resurfacing, topical products, and injectables like Botox, schedule an appointment with Dr. Scott Bennion or Dr. Mathew Green of Central Wyoming Skin Clinic. You can reach our Gillette, Laramie, and Casper, WY, offices by calling (307) 234-0003.

By Central Wyoming Skin Clinic
November 14, 2019
Category: Skin Treatments
Tags: Rashes   Treatment Options  

A rash is a common condition that results in red, inflamed, or discolored patches of skin. Rashes may be raised or flat, may cause itching/burning sensations, or may be localized or widespread. Given that most of us will deal with a rash at some point during our lifetimes, it’s important to know when you can treat a rash yourself and when you should turn to your dermatologists in Gillette, Laramie, and Casper, WY, Dr. Scott Bennion and Dr. Matthew Green.

There are many different kinds of rashes and causes of rashes, so let’s simplify it a bit by categorizing rashes into two types: infectious and noninfectious.

Common causes of non-infectious rashes include,

  • Contact dermatitis
  • Allergic dermatitis
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Drug reaction
  • Hives
  • Dry skin
  • Pregnancy-related rashes
  • Detergents or certain irritants
  • Food allergies

Common causes of infectious rashes include,

  • Ringworm
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Chickenpox
  • Shingles
  • Lyme disease
  • Bacterial infections
  • Viral infections
  • Parasites
  • Herpes
  • Scabies
  • Impetigo

How can I tell what is causing my rash?

Since there are so many reasons why someone may develop a rash, it’s often difficult to figure out the cause on your own. Fortunately, your skin doctors in Gillette, Laramie, and Casper, WY, are able to diagnose the cause of your rash by looking at the symptoms, duration, and appearance of the rash, as well as with a look at your medical history.

What are the symptoms of a rash?

A rash can take on many different forms. For instance, the rash may be flat or raised, there may be plaques, blisters, or pus-filled bumps. The rash may also cause itching, burning, redness, and pain.

When should I see a doctor about my rash?

Most rashes will go away on their own; however, it’s important to call your doctor if the rash,

  • Gets worse
  • Is painful
  • Last more than a couple of days
  • Continues to spread
  • Doesn’t respond to at-home care (e.g. antihistamines)
  • Turns into open sores
  • Affects your daily routine and activities
  • Becomes infected (e.g. pus; severe swelling)
  • Is accompanied by a fever

If you have trouble breathing, if your throat feels tight, or if your tongue swells, you could be dealing with a serious allergic reaction. Call 911 or head to your nearest emergency room immediately.

Concerned? Give us a call

If you are dealing with a rash and you don’t know what is causing it, then it’s a good time to turn to the skin experts here at Central Wyoming Skin Clinic in Gillette, Laramie, and Casper, WY, to find out what’s going on and how to properly treat the issue. Call us today at (307) 234-0003.

By Central Wyoming Skin Clinic
March 26, 2019
Category: Skin Treatments

Learn more about our laser hair removal system in Casper, WY, and how it works.

Laser Hair Removal TreatmentAre you tired of constantly having to shave or schedule another waxing appointment? If so, then you may be wondering whether or not laser hair removal may be able to finally give you the permanent and smoother results you want. Our Casper, WY, cosmetic dermatologists Dr. Scott Bennion and Dr. Matthew Green and our DNP Dr. Brandon Bennion are pleased to offer laser hair removal. Find out more about this popular cosmetic treatment.

What areas of the body can laser hair removal treat?

Laser hair removal is safe to use on just about anywhere on the body. The most popular treatment areas tend to be:

  • Back
  • Chest
  • Underarms
  • Legs
  • Bikini area
  • Chin
  • Upper lip

How many hair removal sessions will I need?

This will depend on the thickness and the amount of hair that we have to treat. In most cases, patients will need anywhere from 5 to 10 sessions performed over the course of several weeks in order to get the best results. Since hair grows cyclically, it’s important to give it time for hair to grow out between treatments so that the laser is able to target and permanently destroy more hair follicles.

Is laser hair removal painful?

As the laser is passed over the area you may feel a sensation similar to a rubbing band being snapped against the skin. This is a non-invasive cosmetic treatment; therefore, discomfort is minimal and well tolerated by patients. Some say that waxing is far more uncomfortable than laser hair removal.

Is laser hair removal different from electrolysis?

There are some differences between electrolysis and getting laser hair removal. For one, electrolysis takes much longer because it focuses on treating only one hair at a time, while laser hair removal can target multiple hair follicles at once. Treatment sessions can range from 10-20 minutes for smaller areas like the upper lip, chin, or underarms to one hour for larger areas like the back or legs.

 

Do you want to enjoy permanently smoother skin? If so, then it’s time to call Central Wyoming Skin Clinic in Casper, WY, to let us know that you are interested in getting laser hair removal treatment. We’d be happy to schedule your next appointment.