Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving


Just want to say a thank you to all our fabulous clients this Thanksgiving for supporting Germain Dermatology in all we do. We are very lucky to have each of you and our amazing staff. We have been very busy this year with lots of new innovative procedures and treatments, new staff members and some much appreciated awards, and we couldn't have done it without you!

Most recently we had our 4th annual Sparkle Party and it was a blast. Thank you to more than 200 of you for coming out to have a drink, socialize and participate in the latest and greatest from Germain Dermatology.



We are very thankful for all we have and hope you take a moment during this day to be thankful too.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Germain Dermatology. 


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Looking into Laser Hair Removal


Whether it’s on your arms, face or bikini line hairiness is something most women feel self conscious about and some men too.  Depending on the density and color of your hair and, most importantly, the location of the growth it can put a sincere damper on one’s self image. Luckily with today’s technology and education dermatologists can do much to decrease or eliminate this unwanted hair.  Most popular among clients is laser hair removal. This process is innovative and non-evasive, not to mention saves you time and relentless effort. These treatments show results immediately, but do usually take an average of five sessions for best results (depending on the size of the area being targeted and your personal body this can differ).
What is it:
Laser hair removal became commercially available in 1990, and has grown exponentially over the past 22 years. Hair removal lasers are approved by the FDA for ‘permanent’ hair removal.  “Laser hair removal is a technique that uses beams of highly concentrated light to penetrate the hair follicles. The light is absorbed by pigment in the follicles and destroys the hair within them. Laser hair removal is among the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in the U.S,” via WebMD. The process will permanently reduce the amount of hairs grown, but not permanently prevent all hair growth.
The Procedure:
Laser hair removal in the Charleston, South Carolina area is performed with GentleYAG® and GentleLASE® lasers, and is appropriate for both light-skinned and dark-skinned individuals. The procedure causes only slight discomfort. As the laser is passed over the targeted area, patients will feel a brief, slight "snap," like a rubber band against the skin.

After Treatment:
The treated area may be red and possibly swollen for about 24 hours after the procedure. Ice packs can help reduce swelling and alleviate any discomfort. You should avoid sun exposure and glycolic or salicylic acid products for a period of several days after treatment.

Many women suffer from unwanted hairiness however the condition can be more than just an issue of appearance. Hirsutism is a condition of ‘male pattern’ hair growth in women, i.e.: face, back or chest. This condition can be a sign of more severe medical concerns. The cause of this hair growth could be because of a high amount of male hormone- androgens- primarily testosterone, or due to a body’s over sensitivity to hair follicles. New studies are also showing higher levels of insulin in women with this condition. If you have an excessive amount of body hair in targeted areas that are not common for woman pattern growth, not common for your family/ethnic traits, and developed after the pubescent period you may want to discuss your concerns with your dermatologist and/or physician.  There may be a solution to your cosmetic concerns and for your health!

If you are just one of the ‘lucky’ few who have a little extra growth, or you just don’t have the time to deal with the hair you have, ask us about our laser hair removal!

And during the month of November with the purchase of a bikini hair removal package you can get an underarm removal package for FREE ($600 value)! Only a couple weeks left to get in on the great deal! 

Monday, November 5, 2012

It's Time to Sparkle

This Thursday, November 8th from 3:30-7:30pm
it will be all about your SPARKLE!
Feeling overwhelmed by holiday stress already? In need of some much needed ‘me time’? Join us for our fourth annual Sparkle Party, and revel in some time that is all about you!

 During this day and time only enjoy at least 25% off ALL cosmetic procedures and products, giveaways, demonstrations, makeup consultations by Dr. Germain herself, as well as cocktails and appetizers.
Planning your day already?
Call now to RSVP: 843-881-4440, space is limited and appointments for consultations and specific procedures must be made ahead of time.


Don’t forget to ask about our two new procedures the Clear + Brilliant Laser Treatment and the Perfect 10 Peel!