Sweating is a natural cooling function of the body, which normally occurs after exercise or during hot weather. However, profuse sweating that occurs for no obvious reason can be considered excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis may cause social discomfort or embarrassment if it is chronic and left untreated, and this can become debilitating in some cases. A variety of treatment options are available to improve this condition at Liu Dermatology.
Hair loss or alopecia is a condition that can affect anyone and at any age. Alopecia can have many causes, including a genetic predisposition or family history, stress, an autoimmune condition, side effects from medication, poor nutrition, excessively tight hairstyles, and/or an underlying medical conditions. Hair loss of any type can cause significant stress and emotional discomfort, especially when it is visible. Hair loss can be slowed, stopped, or even reversed with appropriate and timely treatment. A consultation with Dr. Liu is recommended to discuss the cause of your hair loss and the best treatment options for you.
Vitiligo is a disorder of pigmentation where color is lost from the skin, often in patches. Vitiligo is considered an autoimmune condition in which your immune cells attack the pigment-producing cells of the skin (melanocytes). Over time, this can lead to large areas of uneven pigmentation that can be emotionally distressing. Dr. Liu will go over your options for treating vitiligo with the goal of returning your skin to its normal color.
Keloids are caused by an overgrowth of scar tissue over the area at which an injury occurred. Keloids can sometimes be itchy or painful. Additionally, keloids may cause emotional distress if located on a visible part of the body, like the face or ears. If you have a keloid, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Liu to review your treatment options.
Melasma is a skin condition characterized by brown or gray-brown patches on the face. It is usually on the cheeks, but can affect any part of the face. While the exact causes are not yet definitive, melasma may be triggered by sun exposure, hormones, or genetics. Melasma is treatable and with the right regimen, it may even clear.
Nail abnormalities are usually caused by skin disorders or infections, but they can be caused by other underlying medical conditions as well. Symptoms of nail abnormalities can include but are not limited to: overly brittle nails, indented nails, thickened or overgrown nails, white nails, spoon nails, yellow nails, discolored and inverted edges, and ridging of the nails.
Scarring is a natural part of the skin’s recovery process from wound or injury. As the wound heals, fibrous skin tissue is formed in the area where the damage occurred. Usually, scars will fade away on their own when the initial wound is minor or heals well. However, some scars can be very noticeable and may cause emotional stress if located on a highly visible part of the body, such as the face, neck, or arms. Liu Dermatology offers a wide range of scar treatments. Please book a consultation with Dr. Liu to discuss the best options for your scar.
Warts are small, hard growths on the skin characterized by their rough texture and appearance. Caused by the human papillomavirus, these usually occur on the hands and feet and are generally painless unless they are located on the bottom of the feet. While some warts are mild and may go away on their own, persistent warts may require medical intervention and removal. Effective solutions for wart removal can include cryotherapy (freezing the wart off with liquid nitrogen), immunotherapy, and laser treatments.