Psoriasis is a common skin condition that affects millions of people around the globe. Psoriasis causes patches of skin to become thick, red, inflamed, and extremely dry and flakey. This skin condition usually develops in adulthood, but can affect men and women of all ages and ethnicities. Most psoriasis cases are mild and the condition is not contagious. However, psoriasis is a chronic (on-going) condition as there is no known cure. Many people who suffer from psoriasis find it to be, at most, a nuisance, and dislike the appearance of their skin. Some cases of psoriasis can become severe and disabling. It is advised to seek out a medical professional to help manage this persistent skin condition.
Causes: Doctors are not certain of the actual cause of psoriasis. Normal skin tends to grow slowly to the surface and, as it is replaced by new skin underneath, the old skin flakes off. This process takes about four weeks. However, skin afflicted with psoriasis grows in days, not weeks. This rapid growth builds up and forms thick patches of skin. It is believed that some people inherit a genetic makeup that causes their skin to overreact this way.
People who suffer from psoriasis will also notice that there are certain factors which worsen their condition, such as extreme climates, stress, certain medications, and smoking.
Symptoms: Symptoms of psoriasis can range from mild, moderate, to severe. Mild symptoms will usually include a small area of rash. Moderate to severe cases tend to involve inflamed and raised red areas of the skin along with flakey, dry skin. It can also be very itchy and tender to the touch. Patches of severe psoriasis can sometimes cover large areas of the skin. Occasionally, psoriasis can cause swollen joints, otherwise known as psoriatic arthritis.
Treatment: Psoriasis symptoms can often disappear without treatment, but symptoms almost always return. Managing psoriasis can start at home, with proper skin care, using lotions and creams to keep the skin moist. It is also important to avoid triggers that are known to bring about a psoriasis flare-up.
To help manage moderate to severe cases of psoriasis, doctors can prescribe medication (oral and topical). UVA light therapy is also another option for treatment.
Brian brings a unique combination of medical science, clinical expertise, integrity and compassion to his patients. He provides the latest technology available in the field of dermatology but with a personalized touch for each patient. He is highly respected by his colleagues throughout the country for his expertise and sincerity.
Everyone I have met at Zel is amazing!
It is rare to find a dermatologist who is as knowledgeable about the many facets of clinical and cosmetic dermatology as Dr. Zelickson. Because of his knowledge and honesty, doctors worldwide know they can depend on his assessment of new therapies, procedures and medical devices. This, in turn, has made him a much sought–after speaker for the plethora of professional medical society meetings and engagements that we have throughout the year. I am honored to know Dr. Zelickson and consider him a friend to the profession.
Dr. Brian Zelickson was one of our initial Thermage investigators and helped us understand the mechanisms of non–invasive skin tightening. He is a renowned expert on how collagen can affect skin tightening and wrinkle reduction.
Dr. Brian Zelickson is one of this country’s leading laser experts. Not only is he unparalleled as a laser surgeon, it is not an exaggeration to state that his superb research helps determine the future of dermatologic laser surgery.
Dr. Zelickson is a highly regarded skin/light expert in our industry. When Candela looks for both medical and scientific advice for new laser applications, we often turn to him for his counsel. The input he provides us always starts with patient safety and satisfaction. We feel fortunate to be able to tap into Brian as an independent resource. The patients who are treated with Candela devices are often the beneficiaries of Brian’s input to us.
Most patients prefer seeing a doctor who is known for a particular specialty or procedure, but all patients want to see the doctor who invented the procedure or therapy. Dr. Brian Zelickson is one of the most respected physicians in the field of cosmetic dermatology and aesthetic medicine. He has lectured around the world and is one of the most sought–after speakers for all major meetings in dermatology.
I would rate Dr. Zelickson's clinic 10 stars!
We have felt honored to have Dr. Brian Zelickson, a world–renowned dermatologist who is distinguished as a high–quality care physician, serving as the investigator evaluating Syneron non–invasive skin tightening technology
I trained with Dr. Zelickson at Mayo Clinic, and I found him to be a very bright and creative dermatologist and scientist. Later, he was our best advisor when we set up our clinic in the Basque Country in Spain. I call him the ‘paparazzi of dermatology.’ His contribution to our speciality is probably among the best of this century.
Tuve la suerte de conocer al Dr. Brian Zelickson en Minneapolis hace muchos anos y desde entonces acudo regularmente a compartir sus conocimientos. Es un científico honrado, brillante, creativo e innovador. Nunca deja de sorprenderte agradablemente.
Dr. Zelickson is a very well–respected dermatologist, not only in the U.S., but also in Europe. He is famous for being the author of relevant dermatological studies published in many prestigious medical journals and for the improvements he’s made on minimally invasive cosmetic procedures that are being used by dermatologists all over the world.
Our view from Europe of Dr. Brian Zelickson is that he is one of the leading four or five U.S. laser dermatologists. His research contributions, his superb lectures and his expert knowledge of laser skin surgery make him a valued friend, colleague and guest.
Dr. Brian Zelickson is one of the world’s leaders in cutaneous laser surgery. He has performed groundbreaking research over the past decade, advancing the field as well as expertly providing the most up–to–date laser treatments for his patients.
Brian Zelickson is a world–renowned laser expert who helps develop the lasers and treatment parameters used by the rest of the world. He is where others turn to learn the latest techniques in laser surgery. If you want the best treatment available, delivering the best results in the safest environment available, there is no need to look anywhere else.
I have met many laser experts in my 20 years of teaching, lecturing and running a busy practice. There is no one who I respect more than Brian. If I have a clinical question or research idea, Brian is one of the few individuals I call, as I know I can count on his intellect, integrity and common sense.
Dr. Zelickson is one of America’s most knowledgeable laser experts. He has done pioneering work with many of the laser and light–based technologies developed in the world over the last 10 years. He is a giant in the field.
Dr. Zelickson is one of the world’s leaders in the field of lasers for the treatment of the skin. His many years experience in treating thousands of patients with lasers and other medical devices makes him one of the most sought–after doctors in this field. Innovation and caring are his trademarks.