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.


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Melanoma Monday- May 1st

Mark your calendars! 
Melanoma Monday- May 1st

Monday, May 1st we encourage each of you to wear orange in support of Melanoma Monday. May is recognized as Skin Cancer Awareness Month and we're kicking it off by rocking orange to bring awareness to the severity of skin cancer and importance of annual screenings and proactive habits. 

Show us your support by sharing photos of you in your orange on our Facebook Page or by tagging us on Instagram @GermainDermatology. 


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

THANK YOU!

We are honored to be your BEST DERMATOLOGIST IN CHARLESTON!

We are so Thankful to each of you who took a moment to Vote for Dr. Germain in the 
BEST OF CHARLESTON 2017 ballot. We could not be what we are without each of you! 


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Skin Health with Dr. Germain ~ Botox & Fillers

"I've had Botox twice in the last 30 days separated two weeks apart and still have lines across my cheeks when I smile. They aren't there much when I'm not smiling. What do you suggest for the next course of treatment? Even when Botox takes, they are back within a month." 
- Real Self Q&A

These lines are from volume loss. Botox can relax the lines around your eyes but when they extend onto your cheeks they are harder to erase. A soft HA filler can fill these lines superficially and a thicker filler can restore deeper volume. If your skin is sun damaged and thin, laser can help too.

Combination treatments are always the best. If the lines initially improve with Botox and return quickly, maybe upping the number of Botox units you receive and dispersing them carefully in small increments over a larger area would help more too.


Interested in Fillers or Botox? Call Germain Dermatology and schedule a skin consult today. Dr. Germain and her staff will help you become the best version of yourself! 
843-881-4440 
www.germaindermatology.com 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Caftans & Cocktails- A Night of Beauty at Germain Dermatology

SAVE THE DATE 
and RSVP TODAY! 
Join us on Tuesday, May 2nd for "Caftans and Cocktails"
A Night of Beauty at Germain Dermatology.
- Book Signing by Southern Charm's Pat Altschul
- Cocktails served by Michael, The Butler
- FREE Reveal Skin Analysis
- Special Event Pricing on Germain Rx Skin Care & More!