Recent posts

Aging Neck

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

What can be done? As we age, the muscle on the front of the neck, the platysma, starts to split and create two bands, as pictured to the right. This is considered a sign of aging, but fortunately it can be corrected! For milder bands, Botox can be injected to relax the muscle and make...  read more

Understanding Your Health Insurance

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

It can be really difficult to understand what your insurance ultimately covers or does not cover. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) or "Obamacare" made many changes to patients' existing plans and required many patients to purchase different insurance. Here is a brief summary of what you need to know about your insurance. Deductibles: Deductibles are the...  read more

As seen on Giada Weekly!

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Giada De Laurentiis knows the importance of sunscreen. See her article below featuring Dr. Batra's sunscreen recommendations: Here comes the sun-and just in time for summer, dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra has tips for decoding sunscreen lingo. Sun protection is a topic near and dear to my heart. About 10 years ago, my brother Dino died from melanoma....  read more

Antioxidants - Why do we need them?

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

This winter was exceptionally sunny in Southern California, and the summer months promise to be bright and warm as well.  Sunlight includes shorter wavelengths of ultraviolet (UV) radiation that are the primary source of damage that contribute to signs of aging skin and ultimately skin cancer. UV is thought to cause free radical molecules of...  read more

Keep track of your moles

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

When screening patients for melanoma skin cancer, Dr. Batra, Jo-Anne, and Christina use the ABCDE criteria for irregular moles: A = Asymmetry. A mole should typically be round, or match up if you were to fold it in half. If they are asymmetric with one side larger than the other, they become more worrisome. B...  read more

Got Leg Veins?

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Spider veins can be inherited from your mom or dad, but certain conditions can make them worse and more noticeable. If you are on your feet all day, blood can pool in the legs, exacerbating the condition. In order to prevent spider veins, we recommend medical grade compression hose any time you know you will...  read more

Excessive sweating?

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Those who suffer from hyperhidrosis have overactive sweat glands in excess of body temperature regulation.  Common areas that are affected include the underarms, palms, and soles of feet. While there are prescription strength topical medications that can help, sometimes they are not enough. Fortunately, there is a solution! The same Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin injections...  read more

Photodynamic Therapy

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Batra Dermatology is dedicated to providing our patients with the optimal ways to prevent and treat their skin conditions.  We offer BLU-U Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy Illuminator in our practice! What is BLU-U and what does it treat? BLU-U is designed to treat both actinic keratoses and acne on the skin. Actinic keratoses are a...  read more

Acne - Don't let it control you!

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Acne is no longer a condition limited to the puberty population. We are seeing more and more young adults with acneic skin requiring stronger treatments than over the counter products can provide. There are different types of acne with different causes. Clogged pores can result in "blackheads" (open pores) or "whiteheads" (closed pores). Both can...  read more