Could CoolSculpting Be For You?

Have you made the same New Year’s resolution year after year with no success? Tired of fighting the gym crowds and struggling through each new fad diet? If your problem is certain target areas such as love handles, muffin tops, and hard to tone belly bulge then CoolSculpting may be right for you!

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.  The process zaps 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.

The procedure takes about an hour and is literally harmless. “No knives. No suction hoses. No needles. No scars. Once crystallized, the fat cells die and are naturally eliminated from your body. After your procedure you can typically get back to your regular day,” states The best part? Although a few months of treatment is best for your desired result you will most likely see a difference after your FIRST treatment!

Dr. Germain is the only certified dermatologist in the Lowcountry who offers this innovate process. If you are interested or have further questions give us a call today! 843-881-4440 or visit the Germain Website for lots of great demonstrations and information. 

Cast Your ‘Best of Charleston’ Votes Today!

Have you voted yet for the Best of Charleston? Time is ticking! Voting ends this Wednesday, January 16th. 
Head on over to the Charleston City Paper online and cast your vote for Dr. Germain for the BEST DERMATOLOGIST IN CHARLESTON! We have been honored to win your votes the past seven years and we would be estatic to make it ‘the great eight’ in 2013.
Don’t forget to share with fellow Germain fans and vote before THIS Wednesday! Thank you to everyone for all your support the last seven years and all the years to come.

Simply visit Charleston City Paper and cast your ballot now!

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The Brittle Nail Blues

Your nails are an important part of your appearance. Whether you realize it, or not, people notice your hands and nails from gestures when you speak, to pointing, and even with routine fidgeting. Many daily activities bring attention to your hands and your nails. It is always nice to have nicely manicured fingers, but what if your nails aren’t so cooperative? Over 20% of people have brittle nails causing them to look dry, cracked and plain out icky. Whether the cause of your brittle nails is from too many acrylic manicures or from a more serious problem it still affects your self esteem and should treated.

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As you know, fingernails are made of hair, and just like the hair on our head our nails are completely unique from person to person. Some people can tolerate harsh detergents and cleaning products on their nails where it will destroy other’s. Brittle nails can be peeling horizontally or vertically, can have deep cracks or crevices, and are usually very weak.

According to the NYC Langone Medical Center, “Brittleness in the nail may be caused by trauma, such as repeated wetting and drying, repeated exposure to detergents and water, and excessive exposure to harsh solvents, such as those found in nail polish remover. If your nails are regularly exposed to such stresses, it may be worth trying protective gloves when washing dishes and doing other chores. In the case of nail polish remover, gentler, less toxic brands are available.

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Nail brittleness may also be caused by an underlying medical condition, such as Raynaud’s disease , low thyroid function ( hypothyroidism ), or lung conditions. Other possible causes include skin diseases (psoriasis, lichen planus, alopecia areata) as well as endocrine disorders, tuberculosis, Sjogren’s syndrome, and malnutrition. Selenium poisoning can also cause brittle nails.”

Depending on the severity of your nails and your own personal feeling toward your health you may want to see your doctor to rule out any underlying causes. If you don’t have any underlying health issues and can’t seem to overcome your brittle nails visit your dermatologists for some treatment ideas and preventive suggestions (such as wearing dish gloves, nixing gel and acrylic manicures, etc). 

If your brittle nails seem to be another lovely symptom of the winter season try to temporarily protect your nails and hands against harsh agents and moisturize after washing your hands to prevent extra dryness. Hands and nails are often the first thing others notice about you, make yours a good impression. 

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*Don’t forget to Vote for Dr. Germain as Best Dermatologist in the 2013! Voting ends January 16th. Vote here:

Start 2013 with These Great Specials

It’s a new year which means new starts and a whole new list of resolutions. The cycle repeats every year making commitments that end up being just out of reach. This year make some promises that are more than doable and will make you look and feel fabulous!
We have some amazing specials for the month of January, you are sure to find something to kick of your 2013 resolutions on the right foot.
  •  Product of the Month: Appearance Enhancement Kit!
    Regular: $165.00, Sale $132.00
    The comprehensive treatment delivers the highest concentrations of the latest restructuring technology, helping to reverse the signs of aging and restore the youthful glow of your skin. Step One: Facical Firming Therapy (Botox in a bottle), AM and PM application. Step Two: Dermal Restructuring Therapy, AM and PM application. 

Botox: $10.40/Unit 

BOTOX works by relaxing the specific muscles that contract to cause wrinkles. Although a great deal of skill and focus is required on the part of the physician, for patients, BOTOX treatments in South Carolina will actually seem very simple and easy. Just apply some ice to the treatment area, a few tiny injections, a slight amount of pressure – and, before you know it, the treatment is over! Dr. Germain recommends that her patients keep up with BOTOX treatments every 3 to 4 months to maintain beautiful, prolonged wrinkle reduction.
Dysport: $3.20/Unit
Dr. Germain also offers Dysport™, a BOTOX alternative. She may recommend Dysport for some patients and can discuss the differences between the two treatments with you. Dysport is an injection used to temporarily improve the look of your moderate to severe frown lines without changing the look of your whole face. The untreated facial muscles still work normally, allowing you to freely show facial expressions, such as smiling, in untreated areas.
 Silk Peel Package: Buy 3 Silk Peels–get one free!
SilkPeel® is the one of the most dynamic skin treatment available today. It is in the only procedure featuring Dermalinfusion™, the non-invasive exfoliation and delivery of skin-specific solutions, leaving patients with fresher-feeling and better-looking skin.
      SilkPeel is safe and painless, allowing patients to achieve optimum results on an accelerated basis without the complications and discomfort usually associated with invasive procedures. In addition, SilkPeel is unique because it does not use crystals or other abrasive particles that can irritate the skin.
Ultrafrax: Ultherapy + Fraxel only $3500
allows physicians to focus sound waves deep under the skin to heat, lift and tighten loose skin without needles, cutting surgery or any damage to the skin’s surface. New collagen is naturally created and restore skins youthfulness. In addition, the deeper layers of the skin are thermally tightened and contract, to lift the skin. This latest FDA cleared technology is being used primarily on the face to lift sagging brows, reduce excess skin on the lids and open up the eyes thus wiping away years for a younger, rejuvenated look.
      Fraxel is the original fractional laser treatment that works below the skin’s surface from the top down, addressing imperfections like fine lines, visible photo aging, wrinkles, scarring and age spots. Fraxel light energy stimulates your skin’s natural collagen, rejuvenating skin cells below the surface to help smooth the creases and pockets that cause wrinkles and scars. Fraxel only treats targeted problem areas – so the results are focused and effective.
 Metabohealth: $25.00 per injection, 5 injections for $75.00
Increase your energy and boost your metabolism with Metabohealth Vitamin Injections. Metabohealth is for everyone and no appointment is necessary. Just stop in today to experience Metabohealth for yourself.
Germain Rx Special: 10% off total purchase of 4 or more Germain Rx products. Take a look at all of ourGermain Rx Products here. 

Latisse: Receive 5 ML of Latisse for $110.00 w/ purchase of any Germain Rx product (Regular price $179.00)

Purchase a bikini hair removal package for $1000 and receive an underarm package for free!
Fillers: Buy one syringe and get 25% off the 2nd one!
Give us a call or stop in today while our great New Year’s specials last!
 And don’t forget to Vote for Dr. Germain as Best Dermatologist in the 2013 Best of Charleston HERE: