Dr. Farris' Activity

  • Dr. Patricia Farris, MD - Metairie, LA - Dermatology

    How can I choose the best antiaging product?

     With agressive advertising and marketing campaigns the cosmetic companies do a great job of creating consumer confusion. They hire celebrities to endorse their products and make exagerated claims that cannot be substantiated. Your best resource is always going to be your dermatologist. I tell patients I can save

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  • Dr. Patricia Farris, MD - Metairie, LA - Dermatology

    What does it mean when a cosmetic treatment is used "off label?"

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves a medication for a specific use based on the studies done before approval. This specific use is called the "indication" for that medication. For example most studies done on facial fillers used the nasolabial folds (laugh lines) for their indication. In other...Read More
  • Dr. Patricia Farris, MD - Metairie, LA - Dermatology

    How can consultation with a dermatologist help me?

    Today there is so much interest in cosmetic dermatology that many patients suffer from what I call cosmetic confusion. They read beauty magazines and books on procedures and products leading to confusion and sometimes overspending. So my advice is to see a dermatologist who can help you spend your...Read More
  • Dr. Patricia Farris, MD - Metairie, LA - Dermatology

    What is microdermabrasion?

    Microdermabrasion is a superficial exfoliating procedure that can make real improvements in the way your skin looks. Dermatologists use microdermabrasion for treating certain types of acne, enlarged pores, acne scars, facial pigmentation and even skin wrinkling. It can also be used to increase the pen

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  • Dr. Patricia Farris, MD - Metairie, LA - Dermatology

    How can I find a cosmetic dermatologist?

    The best source would be the web site for the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) since most cosmetic dermatologists are members of this society. You can log on and find dermatologists in your area that perform a variety of cosmetic procedures on this web site. Check out their practice web sites and look at the...Read More
  • Dr. Patricia Farris, MD - Metairie, LA - Dermatology

    How can I find a good dermatologist?

    Dermatology is one of the most competitive specialities in medicine and attracts the best and the brightest.  When looking for a dermatologist the best place to start is the American Academy of Dermatology web site at www.aad.org. Only board certified dermatologists can be Fellows of the AAD. A board certified dermatologist has co

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  • Dr. Patricia Farris, MD - Metairie, LA - Dermatology

    How does cosmetic dermatology make people look young?

    I tell my patients a cosmetic dermatologist approaches the face like a painting. First we look at the canvas itself and see what we need to do to clear the canvas. If we need to remove brown spots, redness or any other discolorations we use lasers, intense pulsed light or chemical peels. We will prescribe a skin care...Read More
  • Dr. Patricia Farris, MD - Metairie, LA - Dermatology

    When do people look for cosmetic dermatology?

    There is lots of pressure on both and men and women to maintain a youthful appearance. People look for cosmetic dermatologists when they are ready for a little boost or cosmetic intervention. We see lots of patients come in for preventative measures in their twenties and thirties. Things like topical skin...Read More
  • Dr. Patricia Farris, MD - Metairie, LA - Dermatology

    What do injectable fillers do?

    Dermal fillers have become one of the most valuable tools in the dermatologists bag. In the past several years we have come to appreciate that by restoring volume to the aging face we can give it a much more youthful look. We can fill the hollows below the eyes, the temples and increase volume in the cheek area

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  • Dr. Patricia Farris, MD - Metairie, LA - Dermatology

    What should I do if I've fine lines around mouth & eyes with dull skin?

    Fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth will improve with topical retinoids.  A low concentration tretinoin cream would be a great choice for starters. The exfoliation that occurs when you use topical retinoids will also improve dull skin by removing dead skin cells from the surface. Procedures

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  • Dr. Patricia Farris, MD - Metairie, LA - Dermatology

    How does stress affect acne?

    Many patients complain that stress triggers their acne. Recent studies have confirmed that work-related stress and personal stress do exacerbate acne. In stressful situations, the adrenal gland produces the hormone cortisol. Cortisol triggers sebaceous glands to produce more oils causing acne flare ups....Read More
  • Dr. Patricia Farris, MD - Metairie, LA - Dermatology

    Can I mix and match different brands of cleansers and moisturizers?

    The answer is absolutely!  There are so many great products out there that it is a shame to stick to just one brand. You may find a great cleanser from one line and a moisturizer you like from another.  The important thing is to read the labels. In general, you need a moisturizer with sunscreen to apply in the morning. &

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  • Dr. Patricia Farris, MD - Metairie, LA - Dermatology

    When should I see a dermatologist for the first time?

    There's no time like the present for your first visit. We recommend that just like you see your gynecologist and dentist yearly, you should do the same with your dermatologist.  We  perform total body skin checks to examine moles and to see if there are any lesions susicious for skin cancer. It's never

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  • Dr. Patricia Farris, MD - Metairie, LA - Dermatology

    Can sunscreen cause acne?

    Sunscreens do not cause acne but they can exacerbate it. If you have acne it's important to choose sunscreens that are labeled oil free and non-comedogenic. Many acne medications leave the skin more sensitive to the sun so acne patients do need to wear sunscreen. This is especially true if you are using

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  • Dr. Patricia Farris, MD - Metairie, LA - Dermatology

    Which sunscreen is best for people with rosacea?

    I recommend sunscreens containing micronized forms of titanium dioxide or zinc oxide for patients with rosacea. These chemical free sunscreens are less irritating for rosacea patients and block ultraviolet rays effectively.

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