Dr. Josephine Futrell, M.D., Ph.D., Dermatology

Expert skincare and beauty tips

Note to My Patients: COVID-19 Vaccine — December 28, 2020

Note to My Patients: COVID-19 Vaccine

Every day, multiple people ask me if I support getting the COVID-19 vaccine.  My answer is a resounding YES.  

I have been lucky enough to receive my first dose a week ago, and I will get my second dose on January 11th. By getting the vaccine, I am doing everything I can to protect myself, my family, and my patients. It was easy, and it was almost painless.  I had minor arm pain, but that was easily controlled by taking ibuprofen.  Two of my nurses experienced minor aches and flu like symptoms from their vaccinations.  

Anyone who has questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.  Be safe. Get the vaccine.

Dr. Josephine Futrell

Treating Basal Cell Carcinoma — October 7, 2020

Treating Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal cell skin cancer is the most common form of skin cancer. Generally, it does not spread all over the body, but it can become large, form ulcers, and do tremendous local skin damage.  

Ideally, it’s best to excise the entire lesion and sew it up. This allows a pathologist to check it and make sure It is completely removed. Sometimes we perform a procedure called electrodesiccation and curettage where we burn and scrape the lesion. This is used primarily for very superficial lesions.

For lesions that can’t be removed entirely because of size, location, or condition of the patient, sometimes radiation, immune modulators or oral medications that interfere with the production of the tumor cells may be used to treat these tumors.  

Your dermatologist can help you identify these skin cancers and direct you to the best treatment.

Infini—Radiofrequency microneedling—A new twist to restore your skin. — September 20, 2020

Infini—Radiofrequency microneedling—A new twist to restore your skin.

If fine lines and loss of firmness are your problem, this may be your solution.  Infini uses your body’s own reaction to firm the skin by delivering energy directly to the dermis through gold plated micro needles. The top layer of the skin is protected, allowing treatments on all skin types, even tanned skin.

Scars, acne scarring as well as overall skin rejuvenation may be treated in one to three office visits. And even better, this procedure is discounted in September.  Schedule your consultation today 

Healthy Skin for Fall — August 30, 2020
Skincare Tailored to You! — August 26, 2020
Pimple? Here’s what NOT to do. — July 15, 2020
Face Masks and Skin Sensitivity — May 5, 2020
Beauty On Any Budget — March 29, 2020

Beauty On Any Budget

Since everyone is sheltering at home and staying healthy, this can be a good time to start a new beauty routine.  Here are a few suggestions to fit any budget.

1) Less than $50 

You can still have the essentials.  Neutrogena ultra sheer sunscreen—about $12 on Amazon and prescription Retin-A—about $30 with a GoodRx card.

2) Less than $150

  a) Sunscreen and Retin-A as above

  b) Vita CE (our own Ark-La-Tex Dermatology brand) $75

3) Less than $260 or $230

a) Sunscreen and Retin-A

b) ZO anti-aging kit $213 or ZO pigment control kit $182

All of our skin care products are currently 20% off, and we can mail all but prescription products through our online store.  You can also schedule a free telemedicine consultation to discuss what products would be right for you. Call (318) 212-3440. Let me know you heard about it on my blog!

Please take care of yourself and stay healthy.

Josie Futrell, MD

Telemedicine — March 23, 2020
Hand Washing and Eczema — March 11, 2020

Hand Washing and Eczema

Hand eczema — the hidden curse of coronavirus. All the hand washing and hand sanitizing may reduce the rate of infection, but it dries and irritates your skin.  Here are some tips to reduce the redness and peeling.

  1. Use hand cream, not lotion.
  2. Use it early and often.  Good brands are Cetaphil, CeraVe, Eucerin, and Curel.
  3. Avoid scents and perfumes as they may irritate.
  4. At night, apply a liberal coat of CeraVe healing ointment, or even plain Vaseline.
  5. If your hands become severely irritated, contact your dermatologist for short-term use of a topical steroid.
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