Saturday, December 24, 2016

Sun Protection Isn't a Part Time Job~ Germain Dermatology

Think you're safe? Think again. 

Cold weather, cloudy days and even being in the car does not prevent UVA rays from damaging your skin. More and more studies are showing exceedingly more damage on persons left side of their face from sun exposure just from time driving! Wearing sunscreen DAILY is essential in protecting the delicate skin on your face from skin cancers, discoloration and aging. 

Sun protection doesn't have to be heavy and inconvenient- thanks to Colorescience and Germain Rx Sunscreen products sun protection is easier than ever. 
Order online or stop by and check out the array of products offered to keep your skin healthy and radiant. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

FREEZE YOUR FAT ~ Germain Dermatology

Just a few days left to grab this COOL Special! 
$200 off already discounted specials PLUS a FREE Whole Body Cryotherapy session~
 Makes for a great gift! 

You Ask~ Dr. Germain Answers!

We love getting questions from our patients - being proactive with your skin health and skin care is essential for graceful aging and the longevity of your skin. Post a question on any of our social media outlets and yours may be featured on our blog! 

"Im 39. I have some lines and wrinkles. I do have large pores that I hate and discoloration from child birth and sun. What would be the best treatment for younger looking skin again?" 

The most important thing you can do to improve your skin is get on a great skin care regimen that includes a physical block sunscreen and a retinol or retinoid. If you did this alone you would see good improvement over the next few months. 

You can speed up the improvement if you do other treatments like a resurfacing laser (there are several depending upon how aggressive you want to be) and a good IPL (depending on your skin type). There are also some superficial peels you can do. It's always better to do a little bit of a lot than a lot of one thing so combining modalities gives the best results. 

If you have similar skin concerns- come see us! 
Dr. Germain will work with you to accomplish your skin goals. 

Holiday Closings~ Germain Dermatology

The Germain Dermatology Office will be closed on
Friday, December 23rd and Saturday, December 24th. 

We apologize for any inconvenience and hope everyone enjoys their holiday season with friends and family. 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Black Friday SALE- Germain Dermatology

Tis' The Season! 
20% OFF for not one, not two but FOUR days online at 

Shop our extended Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale 
by using Code: CYBER 

Sale begins midnight, Friday 11/25 and ends midnight, Monday 11/29

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Monday, November 21, 2016

12 Days of Gifting with Germain Dermatology- STAY TUNED!

This Holiday Season Germain Dermatology will be offering exclusive Gift Bundles at premier discount prices with our
NEW '12 Days of Gifting' starting Tuesday, November 29th. 

Each day, for 12 days, we will feature a new gift bundle on specials for THAT DAY ONLY! 
Make sure to check your email and our social media pages each day for the great deals. 

Product discounts are valid in bundles only, on day of promotion. Offered in store, not online. While supplies last. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Monday, November 7, 2016

Everything you wanted to know about Botox~ Germain Dermatology

Botox injections are still on the rise and doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Getting a routine Botox injections have become as common in today's population as a monthly wax or hair appointment.  But many patients are still curious about the treatment. spells it all out for you in this great article covering all your questions about Botox. 

And remember, if you're ready to take the Botox plunge trust your treatment to only the best with Dr. Germain~ Platinum Plus Level Injector and Trainer. 

Is it really safe? After all, it is a poison…
Scottsdale, AZ, facial plastic surgeon Kelly Bomer, MD, says this is one big hurdle for some patients. “Occasionally, you have people who are committed to that concept. I explain to them that it’s a medication that has been FDA-approved since 2002 and it was used before that. It’s one of the safest cosmetic medications out there and that’s a pretty strong statement for any medication. It’s a VERY safe drug.”

Will it be in my body forever?
There’s a lot of biology and science behind it, but basically, Botox has a specific reaction with your neurotransmitters, which blocks the signal from the nerves to the muscle and causes that “relaxation.” But it’s not permanent, and it actually ends up being released and completely eliminated from the body. “Look at it like ‘creating a situation’ for a bit,” Dr. Bomer says. “The neurotransmitter recovers, and there’s never been an instance of Botox not wearing off. It doesn’t ‘hang out’ in your system; it is out in three weeks.”

Will insurance cover it?
Most likely not. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), although it varies by plan, when Botox is being used for anti-aging benefits, insurance won’t cover it, but something like excessive sweating could potentially be—at least partially.

Where should I get it?
Botox is FDA-approved for specific areas, but it really comes down to what’s right for you and what you need. For starters, go to a good practitioner—as in a properly board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist—and communicate your goals. “The ‘bad’ Botox comes from a cookie-cutter approach,” Dr. Bomer says. “It really needs to be tailored for you and your specific needs. That all comes down to going to a good practitioner.”

Will I look frozen?
It might sound sort of obvious, but Dr. Bomer says a lot of patients specifically say they do not want that “frozen” look, and if you go to the right injector, you don’t have all that much to worry about. “Patients want to look natural.” The way she achieves this: “I go through the areas on the face that might be helpful to treat and what my aesthetic goals are and see if they are appropriate for the patient. For the most part, when you don’t have those lines, you look happier and more relaxed.”

Will it change the way I communicate with people?
This one may be a loaded question but it is does pops up—making an even stronger case for why going to the right injector is so key. Dr. Bomer says a telltale sign of  “bad Botox” is when the eyebrows don’t move when someone talks. “When your eyebrows don’t move, you look different—it doesn’t look normal. That’s how we communicate with each other.” But, again, if you do your homework and go to the right person, most people won’t ever suspect you even had Botox.

Is it going to hurt?
The fear of pain is a big one. “People often want to know if it will hurt,” says Beverly Hills, CA, dermatologist Rhonda Rand, MD. “You can use a numbing cream and you will barely feel it. Most people don't want to wait, they just want to get their Botox and go back to work. But, if you have needle phobia, get the numbing cream!”

How much should I get?
Again, everyone is different and your Botox should be fine-tuned to you, but Dr. Rand says if you aren’t sure or are nervous for trying it the first time, she recommends starting with a little dose to get a little bit correction (although she does point out it won’t last as long).

What kind of downtime am I looking at?
While there’s always a chance for bruising, Dr. Rand says she doesn’t typically see it—she says if you apply pressure and sit still for five minutes after getting Botox, you’ll most likely be OK—and that most of her patients come in and are back to work in 20–30 minutes. “It’s always possible, so we say, if you have a big event that night, maybe skip certain areas.”

When will I see results?
The AAD’s official stance: Three to seven days.

How long will it last?
Again, it will vary by individual, but the answer, on average, is three to four months. “On the low side, three months, but some people get seven months,” Dr. Rand says. “Everyone is different.”

What if it doesn’t work?
This one surprised us, and it’s especially important to note for beginners. “I always stress to go slow at the beginning. You can add more, but you can’t take away,” Dr. Rand says. “And if you need more, we can add in. There’s no charge if you come back in two weeks and need more and a lot of doctors do it that way.”

Should I stop my medications before using it?
It’s best to disclose everything you are taking to your doctor and talk to him or her about medications prior to going in, but Dr. Rand says taking something simple like Advil before Botox can cause bleeding. “Fish oil causes it too.”

Does it hurt more at certain times?

Yes! “Usually, when you’re getting your period or you have your period, getting Botox hurts a bit more,” Dr. Rand says. “Everything hurts more during your period.”

Read the whole article here.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Shawn Towne- Global Jane Iredale Educator- Joining our 2016 SPARKLE PARTY

We are excited to announce Shawn Towne, Global Educator at Jane Iredale, will be joining us for this year's SPARKLE PARTYWe are looking forward to having each of you meet him and for him to share some great tips and tricks with us. We know he'll love the Sparkle fun just as much as each of you (and us too!). 

Make sure to enjoy a complimentary Jane Iredale Makeup consultation at the Sparkle Party. Jane Iredale, the skin care makeup, is the personally recommended by Dr. Germain and our staff. Try and it and find out why! 

Mr. Towne is responsible for conducting educational trainings and events to ensure brand consistency. He is charged with delivering the company's strategy to professionals in the Eastern and Midwestern Regions domestically, Europe and Middle East internationally.

Prior to joining Jane Iredale in 2007, Mr. Towne worked in Los Angeles, New York and Miami where he honed his artistry skills in the modeling industry, as well as in movies, music videos and television. In addition, he worked the runways of designers Badgley Mischka, Tracy Reese and Oscar de la Renta. Mr. Towne's work has been featured in fashion magazines such as Cosmo, Teen and Apparel News.

Mr. Towne is a licensed cosmetologist and esthetician.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

SPARKLE PARTY 2016- Save the date

Who's Ready to SPARKLE?!

Never been to our Sparkle Party
You can expect an amazing time! Join us any time throughout the day for food, refreshments, special treats, fun and 25% savings on ALL PRODUCTS and PROCEDURES! 

Day-of Savings will be available online and over the phone as well. 
Phone lines will open at 7:45am. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Wear Pink for Half Off Cryosauna Session- Germain Dermatology

Show us your support for Breast Cancer Awareness month by coming in 
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21st rocking your best PINK and receive 50% OFF your Whole Body Cryosauna Session! 

Cryotherapy, is more than just a trend sweeping the nation... it's a medical revelation. Germain Dermatology is one of the first offices on the East Coast to offer the Single Person Cryosauna- able to treat the whole body in quick 1.5-3 minute sessions known as Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC). 

The Cryosauna drops a patient’s skin temperature to an average of 50 °F- while the core body temperature remains unchanged- this temperature therapy is proven to improve inflammation in the body resulting in pain management, weight loss, sleep improvement, disease management (such as arthritis), skin rejuvenation and more. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Cryotherapy for Flexibility ~ Germain Dermatology

Are you a Pure Barre fanatic? How about yoga? or pilates? Our Cryosauna is an ideal way to extend your practice and have you reaching your full potential.  

"In a recent study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, the use of ice was examined as a way to improve flexibility. In this study the researchers focused on the hamstrings. 

This group of muscles is large enough that the cold from cryotherapy can’t penetrate the whole muscle. This creates a steep temperature gradient, meaning that the muscle near the surface is much cooler than the muscle deep down. The deeper muscle then experiences increased blood flow, and theoretically, the muscle’s resistance against stretching is reduced. 

Cryotherapy increased flexibility by about six angular degrees before the stretching even began. Stretching alone improved flexibility by ten degrees, but stretching and cryotherapy together (ice therapy) improved flexibility by about fourteen degrees."
- Read the full article from here.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Protect Your Eyes from the Sun with Quay Australia Sunnies~ Germain Dermatology

If you've been our offices lately you've noticed some awesome new items including one of our favorite products - Quay Australia Sunglasses

With Summer coming to a close it's still an important reminder to protect your eyes when outside during daylight hours. Sunglasses do more than just make a fashion statement (however the Quay Australia glasses are super chic) sunglasses protect your eyes from:

- Skin Cancer around or near the eye.
10% of skin cancers are found in this region. 
- Aid in preventing cataracts.
- Reduce complications from glaucoma. 
- Aid in prevention of Macular Degeneration progression. 
- Prevent collagen loss from an already thin area of your facial skin. 
- Prevent wrinkles and premature aging from squinting.

We told you they were super chic, they must be if Andrea Serrano with Charleston Shop Curator is rocking them! 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

September Specials & Events~ Germain Dermatology

We have lots of exciting events coming up this month at Germain Dermatology. Learn about the latest procedures, some of our favorite products and more at any of these upcoming events. 
We ask that you RSVP as space is limited 843-881-4440. 

Lashes, Lids & Lattes ~ Friday, 9.09.16, 8:30-11:30am
Latisse Specials including a Jane Iredale Gift, Jane Iredale Make-Up consults and Vintage Coffee Cafe Coffee. 

CoolSculpting Night ~ Thursday, 9.15.16, 5:30pm
Free demonstration and presentation from Dr. Germain on the #1 Fat Reducing Treatment, plus snacks and refreshments.

ThermiTight Night ~ Thursday, 9.29.16, 5:30pm 
Learn about one of our newest procedures to eliminate fat in all your most stubborn areas, Free presentation, Q&A, Actual Patient Testimonials, plus snacks and refreshments.

Healthy from the Inside Out~ Germain Dermatology

Did you know 90% of Americans are deficient in omega-3 fatty acids? 
A lowered level of Omega-3s can lead to increased UV radiation related damage, premature aging and even wrinkles!

Germain Dermatology is now offering Nordic Naturals omega-3 fish oil supplements. These doctor approved supplements are proven to help protect against photo-aging, premature wrinkles, improve eczema, psoriasis, acne, reduce inflammation, hydrate and restore your skin's texture.

Get yours from Germain Dermatology today. 

Monday, August 29, 2016

ThermiSmooth Face - Be Wrinkle Free with Germain Dermatology

Germain Dermatology is excited to introduce a NEW ThermiRF procedure for the face: ThermiSmooth.
ThermiSmooth Face is a non-invasive procedure for smoothing fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin on problem areas around the eyes, mouth, cheeks and neck. Much like the ThermiTight procedure, a hand-held device delivers radio frequency energy to the surface of the skin, which heats the cells and stimulates the body’s own collagen production.
Treatment is gentle, non-invasive, and has no downtime. Sessions can be repeated several times to get the desired results. Click here for more real life results, and call Germain Dermatology for your consult today 843-881-4440.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Here's The Skinny~ Germain Dermatology

Germain Dermatology is excited to introduce the NEW Germain Rx
'Simply Skinny' Probiotic Supplement. 

Studies indicate that gut bacteria may be the greatest contributing factor in boosting metabolism. Our Simply Skinny Probiotic is packed with 25+ billion CFUs of gut-friendly bacteria to help regulate body weight, increase energy and boost metabolism!

Stop in to Germain Dermatology and get yours today. You will FEEL the difference. 

Silhouette InstaLift~ Facelift Results Without Surgery

A facelift without all the risk, pain and downtime? It's here. 
Germain Dermatology is proud to be the first in Charleston to offer the Silhouette InstaLift procedure. 

The Silhouette InstaLift is a breakthrough facial rejuvenation procedure that lifts sagging facial skin without the need for surgery, scars or general anesthesia. Performed in about 45 minutes in our office the Silhouette sutures are inserted in order to re-contour your face by lifting the deeper layers of your skin. Results are sculpted by Dr. Germain in order to achieve the desired results patient to patient. 

Best part? Results are instant! While complete results are seen within a few months patients see a dramatic difference as soon as they leave the office. 

Post procedure patients may see mild swelling or redness for a few days, and you can get back to your normal routine with minimal downtime. The unique Silhouette InstaLift are naturally absorbed by your body over time.  Along with lifting and contouring this process also stimulates the production of collagen, one of the building blocks of skin that diminishes with age.  

Contact us now to schedule a consultation to find out if Silhouette InstaLift is right for you- 843-881-4440.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Win a $50 Gift Card ~ Germain Dermatology Back to School Contest

Going back to school is exhausting for kids, teens, college students, moms and dads. We'd like to show you a little extra love this year by offering a $50 gift card to one lucky winner. 

Post your favorite BACK TO SCHOOL Photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Tag us @GermainDermatology
Use #BackToSchoolGermain
...and you could WIN! 

*Winner will be selected Monday, August 22nd. 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Vaginal Rejuvenation Gets a Lift~ ThermiVa NOW OFFERED at Germain Deramtology

Alright ladies, lets get real. Childbirth and aging, including menopause and bladder incontinence, is a badge of honor and a reason for much respect amongst women, however, like our faces, the vaginal area is not a place we want to reflect our past. 

Dr. Germain and Germain Dermatology is excited to be the first in Charleston to introduce the ThermiVa treatment. The ThermiVa is cutting edge technology for vaginal rejuvenation. Using radio frequency energy sent to the desired area (internally or externally) it heats the tissue and stimulates the body’s own collagen. ThermiVa is performed in three treatments over the course of three months. Much like the offered ThermiTight treatment there is little to no discomfort or downtime making it the ideal treatment for the delicate vaginal area. 

Curious? Here is a recent testimonial from a Germain Dermatology ThermiVa patient:

I was so excited to be a candidate for the ThermiVA treatment at Dr. Germain’s office.  My main concern was for mild to moderate bladder leakage.  Lauren, the Technician performing the treatment, was very informative and made me feel comfortable during the treatment.
The treatment itself was not painful at all,  just warmth as the treatment was being performed. 

I have had my first treatment, and have already seen a difference with no leaking when I sneeze or cough, tightening on the outside of the vagina, as well as increased sexual sensation.  Both my Husband and I are looking forward to my next 2 treatments and my overall results.

Call Germain Dermatology today to schedule your first ThermiVa treatment: 843-881-4440. 

For before and after photos click here
*Must be over 18 to view.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Q & A with Dr. Germain and Germain Dermatology~ Just Ask!

You ask and we'll answer! 

@ThoughtsofHillary tweeted and asked: 
“If you could recommend only ONE topical treatment that's most beneficial for anti-aging what would it be and why?”

"Sun Block, for sure!! Using a sunblock with good quality zinc oxide and strong/active antioxidants is the best way to slow down the aging process. The second would be retinol but since I can only pick one, sunblock it is!!!" ~ Dr. Marguerite Germain 

Have a question for Dr. Germain and our staff? Just ask! You can post your questions on Twitter @Germain_Beauty, Facebook @GermainDermatology or Instagram @GermainDermatology 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Germain Dermatology Introduces ThermiTight to Charleston

Germain Dermatology is excited to be the first in the Lowcountry to introduce the ThermiTight procedure. Dr. Germain and Dr. McGowan IV have been extensively training on and researching this procedure for months and are excited to bring it, and its results, to Charleston. 

ThermiTight™ is a non-surgical, minimally invasive alternative for skin tightening. It uses radio frequency to stimulate collagen production beneath the skin, which improves sagging and smooths out texture. This innovative technology not only improves the current condition of trouble areas such as the neck, but also helps maintain healthy skin condition and firmness. 

During the procedure the doctor delivers radio frequency energy into the area through gentle movements, which heats the subdermal tissue to a specific internal temperature. Most procedures last last less than an hour, and are followed up with a gentle wrap. 

As for downtime post-ThermiTight treatment, you should be able to resume normal activities as early as the next day.

Call Germain Dertmaology today to scheudle your consult for ThermiTight today: 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Manage Your Summer Acne~ Germain Dermatology

Is your acne aggravated during the Summer? Suffering unusual break-outs with the heat? Here are some reason why you may be making your acne worse and what to do to stop the break-outs: 

- Make sure to use non-comedogenic Sunscreen. Oily and comedogenic sunscreens can clog pores not only on the face but also on the back, chest area and even the buttox causing additional break-outs. Germain Dermatology offers a wide array of sunscreens catered to each skin type. 

- Don't let sweat sit. Always wipe away areas of sweat (like the forehead) with a clean towel or damp cloth, and change out of sweaty clothes promptly to avoid excess break-outs. 

- Shy away from heavy foundations. During hotter months when sweating increases it is best to use a light mineral based makeup to help prevent clogging of pores and bacteria. Dr. Germain recommends Colorescience's Sunforgettable Loose Mineral Sunscreen foundation or the Jane Iredale Mineral line (full line available at Germain Dermatology).  If you want a heavier foundation opt for those that are 100% oil free.
- Don't over wash. Even oily skin only needs to be cleansed up to twice daily. Over washing can lead actually lead to more oil production making acne worse. 

- Exfoliate. Especially during summer when sweat, dirt and oil is abundant exfoliating once a week with a gentle scrub can help to slough off dead skin that would clog pores, reduce oil and remove deep bacteria. Dr. Germain recommends the Germain Rx Green Tea Scrub or for those who suffer from regular acne the Germain Rx Brightening Polish with micro beads and acne fighting ingredients like Glycolic and Salicylic acids.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Whole Body Cryotherapy~ Coming to Germain Dermatology

We are always searching for the best, most result driven procedures for our patients -- which is why we are thrilled to announce this NEW addition to the Germain Dermatology service list: Cryotherapy. 

Recently featured on Entertainment Tonight and The Insider, Cryotherapy, is more than just a trend sweeping the nation... it's a medical revelation. Germain Dermatology will be one of the first offices on the East Coast to offer the Single Person Cryosauna- able to treat the whole body in quick 1.5-3 minute sessions known as Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC). 

The Cryosauna drops a patient’s skin temperature to an average of 50 °F- while the core body temperature remains unchanged- this temperature therapy is proven to improve inflammation in the body resulting in pain management, weight loss, sleep improvement, disease management (such as arthritis), skin rejuvenation and more. 

What's even better? No appointments are necessary. You can pop in during your lunch break, on the way home from work - anytime during office hours - and see the results begin! 

Make sure to follow us on Facebook for the official launch of the NEW Cryosauna at Germain Dermatology

Monday, June 6, 2016

Brunch & Bubbly with Germain Dermatology

Join us June 9th, 12-1pm at Germain Dermatology for Brunch & Bubbly. 
If you've ever considered CoolSculpting this event is for you- learn the facts, ask your questions and get a FREE consultation. 

Spaces are limited for this free event- Call 1.844.SC.CHILL to reserve your spot today. 

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Dads Deserve Germain, too!~ Germain Dermatology

Don't give dad another boring tie or golf shirt - treat him to the gift of Germain Dermatology. Dads deserve to look as good as they feel and with Germain Dermatology's wide range of men friendly products and services Dad can do just that. 

Here are our Top Pick Gift Ideas for dad:
Rejuvination Pads
These Retinol Treatment pads are great for those men looking for convenience in their skin care. The therapeutic retinol treatment works wonders on acne/problem skin and helps to achieve a more radiant appearance with the skin enhancing benefits of Green tea Polyphenols.
*The come in a variety of strengths for all skin types.

This Sunscreen is perfect for daily protection without leaving a thick or sticky feel on the face, perfect for a man's skin. 

This moisturizing treatment contains Retinol to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as peptides to stimulate lymphatic drainage and increase skin firmness. 
*Also check out Magic Eyes PLUS.

The Germain Rx Brightening Polish is a gentle exfoliator with micro beads that sloughs away surface skin cells that clog pores and dull the skin, hydrates, enhances texture and improves skin clarity and tone. Among a favorite from our male patients as it is strong enough to work on courser skin, but doesn't irritate. 

Our Men patients are LOVING CoolSculpting. It's perfect for the dad in your life that is trying to look his best and wants to target those hard to reach areas such as the stomach, chin and muffin-top. *Gift Cards can be used for any of our procedures and we offer a FREE consultation.

Plus share a picture of you and your father for a chance to win a $100 Germain Dermatology Gift Card! Tag us on Facebook or Instagram @GermainDermatology and #GermainDads.