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Can Anything Be Done About Male Pattern Baldness? Nov 1st, 2020

Losing hair is a part of life. In fact, losing 50-100 hairs per day is a normal part of a healthy hair growth cycle. But, if you regularly lose more hairs than that, or you’re developing a receding hairline or thin patches, you could be suffering from androgenic alopecia. Androgenic...

The Best Areas for Botox Treatment Oct 1st, 2020

An estimated 11 million people worldwide have trusted their appearances to Botox® Cosmetic since it was introduced in 2002. It’s the most popular anti-aging treatment of its kind, with people from all backgrounds seeking its wrinkle-fighting effects. The aging process is natural, and it can’t be completely stopped. But, that...

How Can Laser Treatment Help Vitiligo? Aug 10th, 2020

Vitiligo is the medical term for a skin condition that causes patchy loss of skin color. The condition can make skin, hair, and even eyes lose their color. Pigment loss occurs when the pigment-producing cells within your body stop working properly. People with vitiligo can experience the condition in different...

What Causes Alopecia? Jul 30th, 2020

Maybe your hairline is creeping farther and farther back each year in your family photos. Maybe you’ve developed small, patchy bald spots across your head. Or maybe there’s more hair in your hairbrush than usual. Whatever symptoms you notice, suffering hair loss can make you wonder what’s causing it and...

4 Skin Conditions and How We Can Treat Them Jun 24th, 2020

Skin conditions are common. In fact, more than 31 million American have eczema alone. So if you have a skin condition, or think you might, you certainly aren’t alone.  In this blog, Oswald Mikell, MD, and the skin experts at Dermatology Associates of the Lowcountry take a close look at...

Sun Safety: Is Your Sunscreen Protecting You? May 6th, 2020

About 9,500 Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer every day, making it the most common form of cancer in the country. Skin cancer develops from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun or artificial tanning beds. Oswald Mikell, MD, and our team at Dermatology Associates of the Lowcountry specialize...

Summer is Right Around the Corner. Here are 10 Summer Skin Problems and How to Prevent Them Apr 10th, 2020

Are you looking forward to hiking and biking through your favorite park this summer? Are you counting down the days until your next trip to the beach? Or are you dreaming about finally checking off those backyard projects? While you may be looking forward to long summer days, lots of...

What You Need to Know About Treating Alopecia Areata Mar 1st, 2020

Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss. It can take a variety of forms, but the two most common are androgenic alopecia and alopecia areata. Both are characterized by baldness, but the pattern of loss varies. Androgenic alopecia is male-pattern baldness that’s common in men as they grow older....

How To Remedy Eczema on Your Eyelids Jan 24th, 2020

Eczema is a common condition that makes skin inflamed, red, and itchy. Known as atopic dermatitis in the medical world, eczema is common in babies and children, but anyone can develop it. Eczema can develop almost anywhere on the body, including the: Bends of elbows and knees Hands and wrists...

Relieving Symptoms of Psoriasis With Light Therapy Jan 1st, 2020

About 8 million Americans have psoriasis. Psoriasis is a chronic condition that can make skin red, thick, and scaly. It’s not contagious, but it can be very uncomfortable and embarrassing for the men, women, and children who have it. Unfortunately, psoriasis has no cure. Topical creams and ointments can treat...

Creams vs. Biologics in Treating Psoriasis Dec 9th, 2019

When the life cycle of your skin cells speeds up and goes haywire, you’ve got psoriasis, and you’re one of more than 8 million Americans that suffer from the condition. There’s no cure for psoriasis, but there are many treatment options that limit the impact of outbreaks, since psoriasis tends...

Renew Itchy, Dry Winter Skin Nov 1st, 2019

Chilly winter breezes may feel refreshing, especially after the summertime heat and humidity that are part of South Carolina’s charm. Unfortunately, cold temperatures, winter winds, and the lower humidity that signal winter can cause your skin to lose its protective moisture barrier. Go indoors and you’ll face the extremely dry...

When Are Skin Tags and Cysts Cause for Concern? Oct 1st, 2019

Wrinkles and saggy skin aren’t the only unsightly signs of aging. Most people experience some sort of skin growth, such as skin tags or cysts, as they get older, too. Fortunately, these skin marks are simpler to eliminate than wrinkles. But they can also be a sign of a more...

Living With Alopecia Sep 1st, 2019

Is your hair thinning or falling out? You may have one of two types of alopecia, one rare and the other common. Either way, losing your hair on your scalp, face, or other parts of your body can be difficult to live with. The way alopecia affects each person varies,...

Why Experience Matters When It Comes to Administering Botox Aug 6th, 2019

BOTOX is by far the most common minimally invasive cosmetic procedure performed in the United States. And, it’s held that spot for more than a decade, with the number of people getting injections growing most years since it was approved by the FDA in 2002.  In 2005, 3.8 million BOTOX...

Most Effective Treatment Options for Adult Acne Jul 18th, 2019

If you’re troubled by adult acne, Oswald Mikell, MD, can help. As a double board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Mikell has helped numerous men and women improve their complexion at Dermatology Associates of the Lowcountry. With convenient locations in Hilton Head, Okatie, and Beaufort, South Carolina, it’s easy to...

What Can You Do to Manage Eczema Jun 18th, 2019

Lotions are great for dry skin caused by cold winters, hot summers, and windy days, but if nothing seems to calm your extremely itchy skin, it may be time to find out if you’re dealing something more than just weather-related dry skin — eczema. If you live in the lowcountry,...

How to Prevent a Rosacea Flare-Up May 15th, 2019

The best way to live with rosacea is to manage your condition and prevent flare-ups. In order to do that, you first need to understand what your triggers are, as rosacea affects everyone differently. At Dermatology Associates of the Lowcountry, with offices in Hilton Head, Okatie, and Beaufort, South Carolina,...

Common Dermatologic Conditions That Benefit from Professional Treatment Mar 31st, 2019

If you notice a flaw in your skin, it’s easy to try to ignore it and hope it goes away. When that doesn’t work, do you find yourself reaching for cosmetics or clothing to cover it up? You don’t have to feel self-conscious about your skin imperfections anymore; several common...

Who Should Have an Annual Skin Check and Other Important Skin Cancer Prevention Steps Mar 4th, 2019

It happens every year: More people are diagnosed with skin cancer than all other cancers combined. Fortunately, when skin cancer is diagnosed early, a board-certified dermatologist such as Dr. Oswald Mikell of Dermatology Associates of the Lowcountry, with three locations in Hilton Head, Okatie, and Beaufort, South Carolina, can remove...

Mohs Surgery: Why You Want a Dermatologist Who's Experienced in Cosmetic Closure Feb 13th, 2019

Mohs surgery offers the highest cure rate available for many types of skin cancer. One of its advantages is its skin-sparing technique that effectively removes the cancer while preserving as much healthy tissue as possible. Compared to other surgical treatments, Mohs surgery often allows for better cosmetic results, faster healing,...

Mohs Surgery: How to Prepare and What to Expect Jan 10th, 2019

A surgical procedure that boasts a 99% success rate is already great news. One that has this type of success rate against cancer is a headliner, which Mohs microsurgery has quietly accomplished over the last 50 years. At Dermatology Associates of the Lowcountry, Dr. Oswald L. Mikell and his team...

From Annual Checks to Mohs Surgery to Cosmetic Closure: We're Your Skin Cancer Experts Dec 20th, 2018

Skin cancer is more common in the United States than all other types of cancer combined. That’s a scary statistic, but fortunately, most kinds of skin cancer respond very well to early treatment. When caught and treated quickly, 99% of skin cancers are curable. Because skin cancer is typically treated...

What is Dermatology? Oct 15th, 2018

What is Dermatology?  Dermatology is a medical specialty that focuses on hair, skin, and nails and the diseases that affect each. It is a specialty with both medical and surgical aspects.  What is a Dermatologist?  A dermatologist is a medical doctor who has completed specialty training in the field of dermatology and...