Monday, February 25, 2013

Meet the PAs of Germain Dermatology


Our office has been lucky enough to grow and blossom over the years and Dr. Germain has had the chance to bring on some amazing Physician Assistants to help the practice. Dr. Germain stands 100% behind her work and her practices, and she would like to introduce her two right hands to you- Holly Carter, PA and Louisa Floyd, PA.


Holly is a South Carolina native, who also holds her Physician Assistant License from MUSC.  After graduation Holly was trained in dermatology specifically by Dr. Germain herself. Now with 8 years of experience at Germain Dermatology Holly sees her own patients and performs daily surgeries at the Germain Office.

Louisa is a Charleston native and a Clemson University graduate.  Before enrolling in the Physician Assistant program at MUSC Louisa worked for two years as a Medical Assistant for Dr. Germain.  Even while in school she trained with Dr. Germain during her clinical rotations.

Being very familiar with Dr.Germain’s way of practice Louisa came on board as a PA with 4 years of experience in the practice of dermatology, specifically with Germain Dermatology.

Both of the Physician Assistants at Germain Dermatology are more than qualified and prepared to treat any of your dermatological needs. From Chronic skin issues to routine skin checks these ladies will take great care of you.  Each practicing PA and professional holds to Dr. Germain’s highest standards of care.

Making an appointment is easy! Just call our office to schedule:  843-881-4440.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Shedding Light on Chronic Skin Issues


Dermatology refers to so many conditions and issues, but some of our most common seen  are atopic dermatitis and psoriasis. These chronic skin conditions do occur in adults but most cases are in children and adolescents. As if teenage years weren't hard enough?!  The good side is these conditions flew under the radar for a long time, but now people are talking about these diseases…notice the multitude of commercials and advertisements for such conditions.  

For those of us who do not suffer from a chronic skin condition it is hard to understand the pain these patients suffer. Flare ups come and go with no rhyme or reason and the unsightly appearance takes a mental toll on the patient, especially in the younger cases.

ATOPIC DERMATITIS
Atopic dermatitis — the most common form of eczema — is an inflammatory skin condition characterized by chronic itchy rashes, inflammation, frequent skin infections and sleep interruptions. It is estimated that 10 to 15 percent of children in Western nations will develop atopic dermatitis in the first few years of life.

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Certain substances may trigger an eczema breakout, so it’s important to identify and avoid them. Common irritants include household cleansers, detergents, soaps, chlorine, and wool. Stress can also cause eczema to appear. To confirm whether you have eczema, your doctor may ask about your family history of allergies and want you to have an allergy or blood test.

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Studies have established a link between atopic dermatitis and several other medical conditions that can occur in conjunction with this skin condition. This new research is aimed at better understanding this connection in children. Research has shown that there is an increased incidence of asthma, hay fever and food allergies in patients with atopic dermatitis.

There are also higher rates of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children with atopic dermatitis — with more severe cases of this skin condition associated with a higher chance of developing ADHD. While the reason for this association is unknown, researchers are questioning whether ADHD may be caused by the sleep disturbances common in children with atopic dermatitis.

PSORIASIS
Psoriasis is another chronic skin condition marked by thick, red, itchy scaly patches, affecting an estimated 7.5 million Americans. They often are located on the outside of the elbows and knees, but psoriasis commonly affects the scalp and nails, too. There is strong data showing psoriasis is associated with an increased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and higher rates of obesity in adults.


Many things can trigger psoriasis, including stress, cold weather, skin damage, and certain medications. Unlike atopic dermatitis, psoriasis doesn’t usually appear before age 10. It’s more commonly found in adults or adolescents.

Psoriasis can mimic other skin diseases. Doctors diagnose it by closely examining your skin, nails, and scalp. Your doctor may also perform a skin biopsy. This involves removing a small skin sample and viewing it under a microscope.

- Information and Statistics provided by American Dermatology Association and MSN Health

With the greater understanding of these diseases comes more advanced research and treatment options for all those suffering, young and old. If you, or your child, is having any skin issues that seem abnormal it is very important to have them visit a dermatologist to rule out any chronic issues. The earlier the treatment the better for long term results. Treatments vary from case to case but can involve topical medications, oral medications, changing of household items such as detergents and soaps, as well as over the counter lotions and treatments in mild cases. 


Monday, February 4, 2013

Fall in Love with our February Specials


We are starting out the month of love, flowers and chocolates with a few fabulous specials! These are great gift ideas, or wonderful ways to pamper yourself for the holiday!


· *  Botox $9.75/unit (Receive instant $50 rebate on Botox)
BOTOX works by relaxing the specific muscles that contract to cause wrinkles. Although a great deal of skill and focus is required on the part of the physician, for patients, BOTOX treatments in South Carolina will actually seem very simple and easy. Just apply some ice to the treatment area, a few tiny injections, a slight amount of pressure – and, before you know it, the treatment is over!

Dr. Germain recommends that her patients keep up with BOTOX treatments every 3 to 4 months to maintain beautiful, prolonged wrinkle reduction.

·  * Dysport $3.00/unit
Dr. Germain also offers Dysport™, a BOTOX alternative. She may recommend Dysport for some patients and can discuss the differences between the two treatments with you. Dysport is an injection used to temporarily improve the look of your moderate to severe frown lines without changing the look of your whole face. The untreated facial muscles still work normally, allowing you to freely show facial expressions, such as smiling, in untreated areas.

·  * Buy 1 syringe of dermal filler and get the 2nd syringe 25% off!
Dermal fillers such as JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel, RADIESSE®, SCULPTRA® Aesthetic, Perlane® and Restylane® can replace lost volume in a non surgical treatment. Dr. Marguerite Germain uses these injectable treatments with skill and artistry to temporarily fill-in wrinkles and plump up facial features for a natural-looking, refreshed appearance.

Some fillers, such as JUVÉDERM XC, have incorporated lidocaine for a more comfortable injection experience. For other fillers, Dr. Germain may use a topical anesthetic to ensure that your treatment is as pleasant as possible. She takes the time with each and every patient to be sure that she is accomplishing your aesthetic goals and, in the process, ensuring your comfort both during and after the procedure.

·  * 3 Vials of SCULPTRA for $2,100 (Receive a $50 mail in rebate PER VIAL!)
SCULPTRA Aesthetic is a long lasting dermal filler with subtle results over time; SCULPTRA aesthetic is an easy way to get a natural-looking, youthful appearance. Made with poly-L-lactic acid, SCULPTRA gradually replaces lost collagen for results that last for up to 2 years.
·  * 20% off CoolSculpting
CoolSculpting™ by Zeltiq is an FDA cleared technology that uses cold therapy to freeze and destroy fat cells permanently, no surgery required. Zeltiq uses precisely targeted cold therapy in a comfortable treatment room.  The process zaps the energy from the fat cell, causing it to die over a period of 2-4 months. It crystallizes the lipids in the fat cells causing the slow breakdown of the cells and then is released through your body's normal metabolic processes. The procedure takes about an hour and is literally harmless

·  * UltraFrax:  Ultherapy +Fraxel  $900 Discount THIS MONTH!
Ultherapy allows physicians to focus sound waves deep under the skin to heat, lift and tighten loose skin without needles, cutting surgery or any damage to the skin's surface. New collagen is naturally created and restore skins youthfulness. In addition, the deeper layers of the skin are thermally tightened and contract, to lift the skin. This latest FDA cleared technology is being used primarily on the face to lift sagging brows, reduce excess skin on the lids and open up the eyes thus wiping away years for a younger, rejuvenated look.

Fraxel is the original fractional laser treatment that works below the skin’s surface from the top down, addressing imperfections like fine lines, visible photo aging, wrinkles, scarring and age spots. Fraxel light energy stimulates your skin’s natural collagen, rejuvenating skin cells below the surface to help smooth the creases and pockets that cause wrinkles and scars. Fraxel only treats targeted problem areas – so the results are focused and effective.

Come in to check out our great specials or pick up a gift card for your Valentine!