Monday, May 29, 2017

2017 Skin Cancer by The Numbers~ Germain Dermatology

Skin Cancer & Melanoma Awareness month is drawing to a close. We hope you took some note of the stories, facts, information and tips we've shared through the month on the importance of taking a proactive approach to your skin's health. Annual screenings and paying attention to your own body are small steps that can absolutely save your life. 


We thought we'd wrap up the month with some 2017 statistics to put it all into perspective:

  • One person dies of melanoma every hour (every 54 minutes).
  • An estimated 87,110 new cases of invasive melanoma will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2017
  • An estimated 9,730 people will die of melanoma in 2017.
  • The vast majority of melanomas are caused by the sun. In fact, one UK study found that about 86 percent of melanomas can be attributed to exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.
  • On average, a person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns.
  • Regular daily use of an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen reduces the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma by about 40% and the risk of developing melanoma by 50%.
  • More than 419,000 cases of skin cancer in the U.S. each year are linked to indoor tanning, including about 245,000 basal cell carcinomas, 168,000 squamous cell carcinomas, and 6,200 melanomas
  • Individuals who have used tanning beds 10 or more times in their lives have a 34 percent increased risk of developing melanoma compared to those who have never used tanning beds.
  • People who first use a tanning bed before age 35 increase their risk for melanoma by 75%
If you haven't yet- Take the first step. Make an appointment with one of Germain Dermatology's Skin Experts and mark your annual skin check off the list! 
Call us today: 843-881-4440
For More information and sources please visit www.skincancer.org

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

It's The Season For a SilkPeel ~ Germain Dermatology

Craving some extra glow this summer? A SilkPeel is the answer!

One of our most popular treatments, the SilkPeel is the perfect warm weather, no downtime, non-invasive treatment to give your skin that extra glow you desire. No need to worry about extra summer time irritation.  

The SilkPeel Dermalinfusion treatment is a microdermabrasion procedure that gently and effectively exfoliates the skin, removing dry dead skin cells that dull the skin's appearance, extracts dirt and pollutants from deep within the pores and delivers expertly chosen serum into your skin based on your specific skin type and concerns. This microdermabrasion treatment can be used for patients with inflammatory acne, rosacea, and eczema—or even as an anti-aging treatment.

This clinically proven treatment is available for all skin types and offers immediate results with no downtime. A single session lasts 40 minutes. SilkPeel® is great as a stand-alone treatment, for pre-event cosmetic preparations, or as a way to maximize the benefits of your laser treatments.

PLUS Germain Dermatology also offers the updated Hydra SilkPeel which allows the technician to use two solutions, based on each patient's unique skin type and condition. The treatment will end with one or two passes of hyaluronic acid, which has proven to decrease the signs of aging as well as induce collagen production. 

Even better? This great treatment is also available for the body and hands.

Call and book your SilkPeel at Germain Dermatology today! 
You'll love your new glow 843-881-4440.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Skin Cancer ~ Understanding Your Biopsy

During the month of May there is a lot of talk about getting routine skin checks, how to prepare for these and what to expect. What is less discussed is what happens if your dermatologist finds a suspicious spot during the exam. 

First thing to note is there are three common types of biopsies which your doctor can choose to perform- a shave, punch,  or excisional biopsy. During a shave biopsy the doctor will use a thin blade to shave the suspect area, for a punch biopsy the doctor will use a hollow tool to remove a circle of tissue from the area and in an excisional biopsy a scalpel will be used to remove the growth and tissue around it. 

The type of biopsy done is up to your doctor's discretion based on factors such as your medical history and the type of growth or spot being removed.

Once the procedure(s) are complete the sample(s) of skin tissue will be sent to the lab to be examined under a microscope. Most samples sent for testing are suspect of skin cancer, but can also be done for other common skin conditions. Results from a skin biopsy usually return within 2-3 weeks and your doctor will notify you of the results. 

Results are categorized a few ways. First being Normal vs Abnormal. Normal results indicate the sample consists of normal skin tissue. Abnormal results are categorized into various subcategories- benign (noncancerous), Cancer cells (basal, squamous or melanoma cells), other diseases (such as lupus or psoriasis) or positive bacteria or fungal infection. 

Your results will determine the next steps in your care, and your dermatologist will guide you to the best solution for your results. 

If you haven't had a regular skin check or notice anything suspicious make an appointment to see one of our expert staff. Early detection of skin cancers can save your life. 

*Courtesy of aad.org

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

CoolSculpting for Arms! NOW AVAILABLE ~ Germain Dermatology

Germain Dermatology is proud to be the first practice in the Southeast and only practice in Charleston to have the newest CoolSculpting® applicator that has been FDA-cleared for upper arms, making it the only non-invasive fat removal technology cleared by the FDA to address this body area. 
Germain Dermatology will host a CoolSculpting event on Thursday, May 25 at 5:30 p.m. to showcase this new applicator with a live demonstration and free consultation at their office at 612 Seacoast Parkway. Guests should RSVP by calling 1-844-SC-CHILL.
The newest member of the CoolAdvantage family of applicators, the CoolAdvantage Petite treatment comes with two interchangeable contours designed to uniquely treat the upper arm area in just 35 minutes.
According to statistics provided by CoolSculpting, there are 29 million people in the U.S. interested in CoolSculpting, with more than 14 million expressing concern about unwanted arm fat, making arms the third most popular area for consideration of non-invasive fat reduction.
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“The upper arm fat area used to be a challenge to treat and all too often, there weren’t options that were non-invasive. We’ve had many patients who won’t wear sleeveless shirts or dresses because they want to hide their arms. With the new FDA-cleared CoolSculpting applicator at our office, it’s a non-invasive solution to get treat that stubborn arm fat.” said Marguerite Germain, MD, FACS, of Germain Dermatology.