Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Fun in the Sun



Beach season is just around the corner and with the weather in the high 70s today in the Charleston, folks are already pulling out the shorts and tank tops but along with this warm weather comes some things to think about. 







1. Apply Sunscreen Daily 

Be sure that you’re applying sunscreen before you head out the door every day and make sure that they contain physical blockers like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These minerals are used in physical blocks and sit on top of your skin and reflect the rays of the sun, shielding what's underneath. I always like to suggest our Germain Rx Anti-Aging SPF 45 or our Germain Rx Oil Free Sunscreen


Look for chemical blockers that provide complete protection from both UVA and UVB rays, and apply at least 30 minutes before heading outdoors, so the chemicals have enough time to soak into the skin and protect your skin. And ladies, suggest it to your boyfriends, husbands and brothers...we see a few men that have spent years not wearing sunscreen and it definitely takes a toll on their skin just like yours. 
2. Cover Up 

Thank goodness large sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats are so fashionable because they’re wonderful for your skin too! Of course, the best way to guard your skin is to shield it from the sun with things like hats, sunglasses and even sun protective clothing. 
3. Freeze It 

If you are going to be on the beach and you’re worried about your muffin top, love handles or back fat hanging over your bathing suit, then freeze your fat permanently with CoolSculpting by Zeltiq. Zeltiq works by delivering targeted cold therapy to treatment areas and crystallizing the fat cells which die off and are flushed out of the body by natural processes.The procedure is simple and requires no needles, pain, or downtime for the patient. On average, each Zeltiq procedure results in a 20% reduction of fat in the treated area. Results are seen as soon as 3 weeks after treatment, with the most dramatic results occurring over a period of two to four months in most patients.

Zeltiq is not for patients who are looking to lose a large amount of fat, rather it's only for small fat deposits. Treatment is painless and patients enjoy the ability to get back to normal activity right away.
Currently, we are the only dermatology office in South Carolina to offer it. The FDA approved it in 2010 and it's been growing in popularity ever since. It’s been featured on ABC's Good Morning America, Dr. Oz, Rachael Ray, The Doctors, Nightline and many other news programs. We have already treated many patients in the Lowcountry and the results have been amazing. But since it takes 2-3 months to see complete results this is the perfect time to get the procedure done, so when it is time to pull out that polka dot bikini, you won’t feel embarrassed or scared to flaunt what you’ve got. We have free consultations for Zeltiq by calling our office at 843-881-4440. 

We hope that no matter how you enjoy the outdoors in the Lowcountry - you do it safely!  

Monday, February 7, 2011

Loving Your Heart

February is American Heart Month and although, I’m a board certified dermatologist and not a cardiologist, I’m still a big believer in taking care of our entire body and think that we all don’t pay enough attention to our heart. It’s what keeps our blood pumping and does everything from helping our cheeks get a rosy glow when we blush to allowing us to power through a night of hard core hip hop dancing with Angel Roberts at her Peace Love and Hip Hop classes
Heart disease is the # 1 killer of American women and unfortunately 1 in every 3 women dies of heart disease. The scary part of it all is that nearly two-thirds of American women who die suddenly of a heart attack had no prior symptoms.
We can lower their risk of heart disease by as much as 82% just by leading a healthy lifestyle. Risk factors you can change are: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, being overweight and being physically inactive. However there are some risk factors you cannot change like a family history of heart disease, Age (55 or older for women) and race or ethnicity. More than 35% of American women are overweight and more than 25% of American women are still smoking...(which also takes a toll on your skin!) and these factors weigh heavily into the situation. 



The American Heart Association has a great campaign that helps women get heart healthy at any ages. They have some great tips for women from their 20s all the way into the 60+ years.  Here's a link to their site: http://www.goredforwomen.org/heart_healthy_at_any_age.aspx
The signs and symptoms of heart disease may differ between women and men.The most common symptom of heart attack in men and women is chest pain or discomfort. But unfortunately, only half of women who have heart attacks have chest pain.

Some signs from women experiencing a heart attack: 
Back or neck pain, indigestion, heartburn, nausea, vomiting, extreme fatigue or problems breathing. They can also experience upper body discomfort in one or both arms, the jaw, or the stomach. Other symptoms of heart attack are lightheadedness and fainting, which occur more often in women than men. 
In the end, just like taking care of your skin, taking care of your heart requires a healthy lifestyle and exercise. So incorporate a variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains into your diet and make sure your diet is low in saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium and added sugar. It may seem a little difficult at first but once you get on track, you will feel great! So love your heart and it will love you back! 



Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Rosacea

It’s a common skin condition that we see in our office weekly, and it’s believed to affect more than 14 million Americans....Rosacea. Usually it starts to appear on places like your chin, nose, cheeks and forehead. But unlike other skin conditions, rosacea usually appears between the ages of 30-50 and sorry ladies, but it affects you more than men. The occurrence of rosacea is about three times more in women, than it is in men. 
At first, it may seem like a sunburn that doesn’t seem to go away and you may flush more often. Small bumps called papules may grow and pustules may form. Unfortunately, there is no cure for rosacea but once you are aware of what triggers it and on a proper regimen, your condition is manageable. There are plenty of celebrities that live with rosacea including former President Bill Clinton, Cameron Diaz and Renee Zellweger and they all look fabulous and so can you. 
The National Rosacea Society, which conducted a rosacea survey, discovered that close to 70% of Americans with rosacea felt a low self-esteem, while more than 40 percent began shying away from meeting people because of embarrassment. If you start to notice the symptoms of rosacea, don’t wait to make your appointment with us.
Symptoms of Rosacea: 

~Flushing and facial redness
~Bumps or pimples on the skin, either small and solid (papules) or pus-filled (pustules)
~Stinging sensations that may be more noticeable when smiling, frowning, or squinting   Cleansers, cosmetics, or other facial products may increase the irritation
~Thickening of the skin of the nose 
Like I mentioned above, knowing what triggers your rosacea is key...there’s some factors that many people seem to fall under like exposure to the extreme heat and cold conditions, spicy food, alcohol and some medicines and cosmetics. 
We’re always here to help, so if you think you may have signs of rosacea come see us! 







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