News and Notes
Last Friday, Jason Saul, PA-C and I spent the day talking to staff at Longwood Gardens about how best to care for skin that is exposed to the elements all day every day. Of course, not everyone who works at Longwood works out of doors, but even they had questions and concerns we were happy to be able to address.
Overall, we were pleased to note how much many staffers already knew. It has generally been our experience that people who work out of doors are under the impression that they have built up some immunity to sun radiation and no longer need to worry about it. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth and, fortunately, the Longwood folks were already cued into that and were just wanting to know how to go the extra mile to protect themselves. Wind and water exposure also pose problems and we talked about that, too.
Thank you to Madelyn Underwood, Director of Human Resources at Longwood, for inviting and taking such good care of this while we were there. It was so successful, we may make this an annual event.
I must apologize for not taking any pictures. (At Longwood that's almost a sin.) I got so involved in a conversation with folks that I didn't have the chance. But since a visit is worth a thousand pictures, I suggest you visit https://longwoodgardens.org and plan a time to go and see for yourself. Don't forget to bring a hat, lip balm and, naturally, sunscreen.
Cosmetic dermatology has grown in popularity as more and more patients are seeking creative and modern treatments to rejuvenate and restore the beauty of their skin. Explore the various dermatology options available at Delaware Valley Dermatology Group in Wilmington, DE.
Botox and Cosmetic (Dermal) Fillers
As the skin ages, especially when exposed to the suns rays for many years, wrinkles, lines, and creases may start to appear. They are caused by a loss of collagen and elasticity in the skin. Dermatologists use Botox to freeze the muscles that cause wrinkles and dermal fillers replenish the smoothness and plumpness of the skin. Two of the most popular dermal fillers available at Delaware Valley Dermatology Group are Juvederm and Restylane.
Laser Treatments for the Skin
Laser rejuvenation therapy helps tighten and tone the skin using pulses of energy. It can also help lessen the appearance of scars, dark marks, and lines in the skin. One popular rejuvenation treatment offered at Delaware Valley Dermatology in Wilmington is called DOT (Dermal Optical Thermolysis). A treatment called Lutronic INFINI uses microneedling technology to send radiofrequency energy waves through the skin layers to reduce sagging and wrinkles. Patients can get a “facelift” without the need for surgery with a laser treatment called Alma Clear Lift.
Lasers are also used to remove hairs in unwanted places, including the chin, neck, arms, and legs. The results of a series of laser sessions can lead to permanent hair removal in targeted areas—no more shaving or waxing.
In some cases, a patient’s skin needs resurfacing so that fresher, healthier, more even-toned skin can emerge. Chemical peels deeply exfoliate the top layers of skin that have become damaged by the sun and the natural process of aging. Peels available include Salicylic and Glycolic Continuum of Care Express Peels, and a treatment called VI Peel for darker skin tones.
Which Options Are Right for You?
See a dermatologist at Delaware Valley Dermatology Group in Wilmington, DE to learn more about the cosmetic dermatology options that would be right for your case. Call (302) 478-8532 today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Michael Saruk and his staff.
I actually got a call the other day from someone wanting to sell me pirated Botox®. Now, I knew someone had to be doing business with those people, but I also knew it was never going to be us. I said, "No, thank you.", of course.
Pirated Botox® and other injectables is a bigger problem than you might imagine. Not long ago Allergan, the makers of Botox®, took more steps to protect healthcare providers and their patients from product that might not be authentic, or may have lost potency. Here is their communication regarding those steps.
Many patients will not require an entire 100 unit vial of Botox® so, the carton containing the vial we are drawing from may be unsealed, but we are still happy to let you see the markings on the carton and the label. Don't be shy about asking. We want you to know that we would never allow you to receive anything other than the real deal.
Something else you should know: Allergan's Brilliant Distinctions Rewards Program is another layer of protection for you. Brilliant Distinctions is only available in offices buying product directly from Allergan. In addition, your rewards points cannot be awarded without identifying the lot # on the vial from which your dose was drawn. If you are getting rewards points, you know its OK.
Unfortunately, over the years many people have been told by poorly informed, non-dermatologist, healthcare providers (or, in my case, by an unethical dermatologist) that every mole or funky-looking lesion needs to be removed because it is pre-cancerous. This simply isn't the case.
In our office, it is common practice to photograph lesions and ask patients to come back periodically so that we can make sure there have been no dangerous changes. Sometimes a mole is just a mole and there are a host of other kinds of lesions that may be prominent or unsightly, but are completely benign. You may, of course, choose to have something removed for any number of reasons. Just know that good care does not mean getting everything cut-out and biopsied. We have seen patients covered in scars from excisions that may not have been necessary. That's a shame and not something we would want to do to someone who has put their trust in us
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