Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Magic of Moisturizer

Moisturizer is one of the most important parts of your skin care routine. Not only is choosing the right moisturizer vital, but also knowing how to use it correctly.
Washing your face with the correct cleanser is the first step to utilizing your moisturizer. Even on those busy, late nights washing your face properly makes the difference. It takes more than a splash of water to clear your skin of the day’s pollutants, bacteria, sweat and makeup.

In addition to cleansing exfoliating helps all products work at their finest. Sloughing off dead skin cells allows products to be absorbed easier and penetrate deeper- including your moisturizer. Exfoliating tools like the Clairisonic (available through Germain Dermatology) are ideal to help you get the most out of your skin care routine and products.

While skin is still damp apply your moisturizer- this will help lock in the water already on your skin- using gentle upward strokes. This light massaging motion will ensure even distribution and penetration.

Visit Dr. Germain to find out which moisturizer is best for you, follow these simple steps and you will be on your way to beautiful, soft skin.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Friday: FREE Botox!

Could it be true? Free Botox? It is! 
Grab your best friend and join us THIS Friday,
September 26th for our VIP Botox event. 
This special event is available to any of our current patients who are enrolled in the Brilliant Distinctions program and their friends who are NEW to Botox! Not a part of our Brilliant Distinctions program? It's easy to sign up just visit here, then schedule your spot and enjoy your reward! 

You will receive 200 Brilliant Distinctions bonus points (which gives you future savings on treatments such as Botox) and your BFF will receive a FREE Botox treatment from Dr. Germain! For more information on how Brilliant Distinctions can help you save visit here.  

Spots available 12:30-4:00pm- Space is limited so call today, 881-4440. 
Can't make it? Make sure to follow us on Facebook for another BFF Event soon! 
*Program Eligibility Requirements: You must be enrolled in Brilliant Distinctions, It has to be over 3 months since your last Botox Treatment, Your BFF must be new to Botox

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Germain Rx: Vitamin C Serum

There is a new product at Germain Dermatology and our patients have fallen in love! The Germain Rx Advanced Vitamin C Brightening Serum is quickly becoming our most popular product.

This brightening Vitamin C serum delivers skin enhancing benefits of expertly combined ingredients to achieve improved skin texture and tone resulting in healthier looking skin.

How does it work? Dr. Oz explains

Wrinkles
One of the most powerful functions of vitamin C is its role in the production of collagen, a protein that gives your skin its elasticity. As you age, collagen breaks down and wrinkles begin to form. Stabilizing your skin’s levels of vitamin C can help to counteract wrinkle formation by increasing collagen production.

Age Spots
When it comes to treating age spots, you don’t need chemical peels and lasers – it turns out that vitamin C can have almost the same results! Age spots are essentially sun damage, and vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, shown to reduce the number of sunburned cells as well as reverse age-related damage to skin. While it’s not a replacement for sunscreen, vitamin C protects against and may repair UV damage like discoloration and fine lines.

Your Anti-Aging Rx
Taking vitamin C through a supplement or food is beneficial to your health, but to specifically target signs of aging on your face, topical vitamin C is best. In fact, applying vitamin C to the skin can be 20 times more effective than taking it orally.

Suitable for all skin types, the Germain Rx Advanced Vitamin C Brightening Serum is made to brighten and even out skin tone, tighten your skin, help lighten hormonal pigmentation and ward off wrinkles. Order online or stop by our office today!

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Beauty of our Hands


“Some people read palms to tell your future, but I read hands to tell your past. Each scar makes a story worth telling. Each callused palm, each cracked knuckle is a missed punch or years in a factory.”  - Sarah Kay

Our hands are a beautiful gift. Whether rough and calloused or wrinkled and fair, they tell a story about our lives. Where we’ve been, what we’ve done, all the good and bad we’ve endured. But, because of the beating our hands take throughout our lives sometimes they can make us look older than we feel inside.

Don’t let your hands age you. Recent technology and research has found that the same treatments we use to preserve and restore the face can also be used on hands.

The first is Radiesse injections. 
Radiesse is a volumising filler commonly used to restore volume and contour to sunken cheeks or chins. Since Radiesse molds to the area being injected, stimulates natural collagen growth, and has proven to have durable and lasting results it is now an on demand product to treat the aging appearance of hands.
*Courtesy of RadiesseTreatment.com 

The second is Fraxel laser treatments.
Fraxel is a non-invasive laser treatment that penetrates the top skin layers and produces light technology to stimulate collagen and resurface the skin.  If you spend a lot of time in the sun, your skin may overreact by producing too much melanin, causing your age (or sun spots) to multiply. Fraxel works with your own skin cells to resurface your skin from the inside out. Due to it’s gentle nature Fraxel has become a popular treatment for reducing the aging appearance of hands.


Don't miss out on our September Hands Special:
Receive 3 Fraxel hand treatments and 2 syringes of Radiesse* for only $1,500.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Ultherapy Décolletage- NOW at Germain Dermatology



The revolutionary procedure, Ultherapy, is now FDA approved and available to treat your Décolletage.

Ultherapy is a non-invasive laser based procedure used to improve lines and wrinkles and gently lift your skin. Until recently Ultherapy was only available to treat concerns on the face and neck. Germain Dermatology is thrilled to announce the approval of Ultherapy for the delicate chest area; and are excited to be offering this treatment to patients. Ultherapy Décolletage is the ONLY non-invasive treatment specifically indicated for the treatment of line and wrinkles on the chest.


How does the treatment work?
The safe ultrasound technology uses a scientifically derived amount of energy, temperature and depth measurement to trigger the body’s natural regenerative process, strengthening weak collagen and producing new collagen. It also offers practitioners the ability to see the layers of tissue (through ultrasounds) ensuring the best possible results and treatment locations.

In one, 30 minute, treatment you will safely see gratifying results. Call us today for a consultation and find out if Ultherapy is right for you.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

What is a Mohs Surgeon?

We loved this article from EverydayHealth.com. Having an annual checkup and a spot or two removed is definitely less scary than battling skin cancer. If you are seeking treatment for skin cancer or need guidance with an irregular mole visit Dr. Germain, certified Mohs surgeon, for the best care in Charleston.

5 Reasons Why Skin Cancer Surgery Isn’t So Scary
•By Christina Heiser
Get the inside scoop on Mohs surgery, the most popular treatment option for basal and squamous cell carcinomas.

Wear a wide-brimmed hat to minimize your sun exposure.
Veva Vesper has dealt with more than her fair share of skin cancer in the last 25 years. The 69-year-old Ohio resident has had more than 500 squamous cell carcinomas removed since the late 1980s, when the immunosuppressant medication she was taking for a kidney transplant caused her to develop them all over her body — everywhere from the corner of her eye to her legs.

While Vesper’s story is unusual, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. In fact, it’s currently estimated that one in five Americans will get skin cancer in his or her lifetime.
Mike Davis, a 65-year-old retired cop, and like Vesper, a patient at The Skin Cancer Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, has a more familiar story. Earlier this year, he had a basal cell carcinoma removed from his left ear — the side of his face most exposed to UV damage when driving on patrol.
The buildup of sun exposure over your lifetime puts you at greater risk for developing basal and squamous cell skin carcinomas as you age. Both Vesper and Davis had Mohs surgery, the most effective and precise way to remove the two most common types of skin cancer.

“The benefits of Mohs surgery are twofold: One, you’re going to remove just the cells you need to without having to take a lot of unnecessary tissue, and two, Mohs surgery can tout cure rates of 99 percent,” says Dendy Engelman, MD, a dermatologist and Mohs surgeon in New York City and the director of dermatologic surgery at New York Medical College.

We asked top experts to answer the most common questions about Mohs surgery.

1. What exactly is it? 
Mohs surgery is named after Frederic Mohs, a professor of surgery at the University of Wisconsin, who developed the treatment in the 1930s. “It’s a very tissue-sparing technique, where we go layer by layer, examining 100 percent of the margin in order to trace out the cancer using a microscope,” says Engelman.

You’ll be awake for the procedure, which is done under local anesthesia. The surgeon starts by cutting out a small piece of the tumor with a scalpel. A lab technician then freezes and stains the tissues for the surgeon to look at under a microscope. “Cancer grows like roots of a tree,” explains Brett Coldiron, MD, the founder of The Skin Cancer Center in Cincinnati and an assistant clinical professor at the University of Cincinnati. “What we do [during Mohs surgery] is cut out a disc of skin and check for roots poking through. It’s very obvious under the microscope.”

"Mohs surgery can tout cure rates of 99 percent."Dendy Engelman, MD, dermatologist and Mohs surgeon. If a root is visible, the surgeon will go back and remove another layer of the tumor, repeating the same process until the entire cancer is gone.  “Very rarely do we go past three passes,” says Coldiron.

2. Who should get it?
“Moh’s surgery is very useful around the eyes, nose, mouth, and ears,” says Coldiron. “It’s also useful around the cheek if it’s a larger tumor.” Additionally, Mohs surgery can be performed on the hands, feet, and neck — areas where you’d want to preserve as much tissue as possible, says Engelman.
While Mohs surgery is generally used on basal and squamous cell cancers, in some cases it can be used to treat melanoma, especially if the cancer is thin or confined to the outer layer of skin. “Patients should ask their Mohs surgeon if this a procedure they offer, as not all Mohs specialists treat melanoma with Mohs,” says Engelman.

3. How long does it take?
Expect to be at the doctor’s office for approximately one to three hours. After your surgeon removes the first layer of tissue, which takes about 10 minutes, you’ll be sent to the waiting room for about a half hour while the surgeon examines the tumor.  Then, you’ll be brought back to the exam room to either get stitched up, which takes another 20 minutes, or have another piece of the tumor removed.

4. Will it hurt? 
No more than a biopsy, says Engelman. The area is numbed with enough lidocaine, a local anesthetic that reduces pain, to last for about two and a half to three hours. “The discomfort is minimal — there’s just that initial stick [of the needle],” says Engelman. “You may feel a little bit of pressure [during the procedure], but you don’t feel pain.”

Afterwards, most patients only experience minimal pain. “Certain areas like the scalp, legs, or areas under tension (like skin over joints) may be more sensitive and may require prescription strength pain medication for one to three days post-surgery, but the vast majority of surgeries do not require prescription analgesics,” says Engelman.

5. Will there be a scar?
Yes — but it’ll become less noticeable over time. “It may take six months for the redness to fade and for the scar to settle down, but six months down the road, most patients are happy with the final result,” says Coldiron.

To ensure the wound heals nicely, follow the post-operative care instructions given to you by your doctor, says Engelman. “Moist wounds have been found in studies to heal faster than those left exposed to air,” she says. “The scar formed tends to have a better aesthetic appearance when kept moist and covered with a bandage.”

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

"5 Signs of a Good Dermatologist"

We loved this article from EverydayHealth.com:
"5 Signs of a Good Dermatologist" by Grace Gold

Whether you want to get rid of adult acne or you're curious about the latest in anti-aging technology, choosing a dermatologist can sometimes be as daunting as the skin problems that plague you. Simplify the search by paying attention to these five guidelines when shopping around.

Not all dermatologists are created equal. Finding the one who will work with you to resolve your particular problems and concerns requires some research. When you’re looking for your ideal dermatologist, use these five guidelines to differentiate the best from the rest.

The best credentials. Report cards matter. Any doctor with a medical degree can start a dermatology practice, but certified physicians boast additional years of supervised study and have passed rigorous exams. Do a free online search to ensure that a prospective dermatologist is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology, which is the gold standard for the industry, says Wendy Lewis, the author of America’s Cosmetic Doctors and a cosmetic surgery consultant. She warns, “Many doctors call themselves dermatologists but may be internists, general practitioners, or something else.” Even if a doctor claims to be a “board certified physician,” the certification isn't necessarily in dermatology. If you’re specifically interested in anti-aging options — such as laser resurfacing, wrinkle fillers, peels, and skin tightening — you can check the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery for additional certification. Says Lewis, “Members include top experts in cosmetic procedures.”

Unrushed appointments. Exceptional dermatologists don’t look at the clock; they look at your chart and are completely focused on your personal story and your questions. “Your dermatologist should take the time to explain things, address your concerns, and explain treatment plans, as well as any tests you may have to undergo,” says David Bank, MD, president of the New York State Society for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery. If a dermatologist dismisses your thoughts, is difficult to follow up with, or rushes you through an appointment, it’s time to find someone who values you more as a patient.

No sales pitching. It’s a doctor’s office — not a home shopping television show. The dermatologist and the office staff should never aggressively push products, treatments, or other remedies that don’t specifically address your personal concerns. “If you feel that a dermatologist is selling you, he or she may be more interested in your money than in helping you,” says Dr. Bank.

A generous sampling policy. An office chock-full of mini tubes of various products shows that a dermatologist genuinely wants patients to find the best — and not just any — solution to a given skin problem, and that he or she is conscious of budgets and prescription copay amounts. “If your dermatologist wants you to try a product to make sure it’s right for you before you commit to buying a prescription, it’s a great sign,” says Bank. And don’t be shy; speak up and ask if samples are available, as doctors often have to trash loads of expired samples.

After-hours care. You should never feel left in the dark. Whether you're experiencing an allergic reaction following a treatment or you have a pressing question about it, there should be a way for you to reach the dermatologist during evenings and on weekends. “A good dermatologist will have on-call service for emergencies after hours,” says Bank. Some may have answering services that relay messages, while others may leave an urgent contact number on the office’s answering machine. Rather than finding yourself out of luck after weekdays at 5 pm, find a dermatologist who will be there for you.

Looking for a new dermatologist? Come see us at Germain Dermatology. Dr. Germain and our staff will treat you with the most advance practices and products and make you feel like family.