Monday, June 24, 2013

A little too much Sun?

Everyone knows the cautions of sun exposure, and if you are curious about any dos or don'ts, sunscreen tips or cancer facts you can scroll through our list of blogs and find all the information you need to be the most sun safe this Summer. However, we know accidents happen, hats are forgotten and sunscreen is sometimes NOT reapplied; therefore here are some after-sun care tips and tricks in the event that you get a little extra ‘vitamin D’.


-          - First and foremost stay out of the sun until the sunburn goes away. This may be hard to do if you are on vacation, but it really is the most vital part of healing and protecting your skin as much as possible after the burn. If you must be out in the sun make sure to wear UV Protectant clothing that covers the affected areas.
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-    Take a cool bath or shower. Cool water will stop the burning process, as well as cool yourself down. You can also apply a cold, damp towel to the burnt area for 10-15 min off and on to help take the heat out of the burn.

-        -  After the shower/bath APPLY LOTION! Moisture is a huge key! It will help soothe the skin as well as help prevent or lessen peeling, itching and flaking. Products with Aloe Vera, Vitamin C and Vitamin E are most recommended. They may also help reduce skin damage, although that is not proven.  Be careful not to use lotions or creams that have any of these listed in the ingredients: petroleum, benzocaine, or lidocaine. Things with petroleum trap the heat in your skin (and you don't want that!) and benzocaine and lidocaine can bother your skin. Hydrocortisone cream is acceptable for use for a day or two to relieve discomfort as well.

-           Drink lots of water! Burns take fluids from the rest of the body causing dehydration. Sports drinks and juice are also good choices. Some with severe sunburn may feel sick or dizzy- this is due to dehydration, be careful with children as this is easier for them to become sick.

-          - Take an Anti-inflammatory. As soon as you are aware of the signs of sunburn take a dose of ibuprofen and continue dosage (as directed) for the next 24-48 hrs. An anti-inflammatory, opposed to just a pain medication, will help swelling and redness as well.



* If you feel excessively dizzy, weak, sick to your stomach, are experiencing  fever and chills seek medical help; or if you have blistering burns covering more than 20% of your body (DO NOT POP Blisters! Doing so can cause infection.)


Information provided by SkinCancer.org and aad.org

Friday, June 14, 2013

Join us for Our June Specials!

June is already a scorcher...
Come in and COOL down with this month's specials! 


CoolSculpting…INTRODUCING DualSculpting!
Now you can freeze away stubborn body fat in half the time!
 With over 3 years of amazing results with Coolsculpting, Germain Dermatology
is the first and only practice in South Carolina to treat two areas at the same time
reducing treatment visits in half. Visit our past blog for further details.

Ultherapy: An uplift, not a facelift. Ultherapy is a new type of non-surgical, non-invasive procedure that uses ultrasound and the Body’s own natural healing process to lift, tone and tighten loose skin on the brow, neck, and under the chin. Purchase Ultherapy & Receive a Complimentary Clear + Brilliant Treatment ($375.00 value)
               
Botox: $9.75/unit
Dr. Germain is the number on Botox injector in SC, find out why!

Purchase 1 syringe dermal filler receive $50.00 off each additional syringe

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Latest at Germain: DualSculpting™

If you haven't noticed by now we are more than thrilled to be offering DualSculpting™ at Germain Dermatology. DualSculpting™ is a simple concept- ‘Dual’ CoolSculpting™, however it is not yet widely used, and we are very excited to be the only practice in the Charleston with this cutting edge ability. With DualSculpting™ we are able to treat two areas with CoolSculpting® simultaneously, reducing treatment times in half! No need to come in twice as many times or stay twice as long for both love handles, or both thighs! 



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. Most people ask, 'Well if you're freezing fat, then why can't I just put a 20-lb bag of ice on my muffin top?', however, Zeltiq is not actually freezing the fat but taking away 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. It's the painless "cool" new way to get rid of fat in specific areas. 

This process is intended for those who are at a healthy weight but just cannot seem to work off certain problem areas. Sound 'cool'? Attend our DualSculpting™ Night on July 11th, 6pm, for live demonstrations, Q&A with Dr. Germain herself as well as appetizers and libations (*Event is free, but reservations prefered) or call us today to see if CoolSculpting™ or DualSculpting™ is right for you at (843) 881-4440.  

You can also watch this short, informational video, click here, by Dr. Germain which answers some FAQs on CoolSculpting™.