HydraFacial Before and Afters You Have To SEE!

The HydraFacial treatment is designed for all skin types. Even the most sensitive skin easily tolerates the HydraFacial treatment. Our cosmetic dermatology department specialists will sit down with you to discuss your skin concerns and then suggest specific treatment serums and/or customize the treatment for your unique skin conditions and needs.

Call us to schedule your appointment today (843)881-4440. Visit us online at www.germaindermatology.com 

WOW! Look at these!

Ultherapy® – We just can’t stop talking about it!

We are seeing some amazing results with Ultherapy®!  If you are thinking about a little lifting or some refreshing, you may definitely want to consider Ultherapy®.
Ultherapy® is a non-invasive treatment using therapeutic ultrasound technology to safely lift and tone skin without any downtime. Approved by the FDA for the neck, face and area, targeted sound waves pass directly below the surface of the skin to “heat” the deep support layers to tighten and firm loose or sagging areas which have lost their elasticity and firmness over time.  By renewing and reconditioning the skin from within, whether necks tightened, jowls and brows lifted, eyes widened, Ultherapy® gives a more refreshed look overall.

Ultherapy® stimulates your body to produce COLLAGEN.  It is the combination of tissue contraction during treatment that encourages the production and building of new collagen to counter the effects of gravity and time, resulting in a significant lifting of the skin.  The formation of new collagen occurs during the 60-90 days following treatment, as tired collagen is replaced with new elastic collagen. While the results do not duplicate surgery, the visible improvements make Ultherapy® a compelling option for those who want some lifting but do not want or are not ready to undergo an extensive procedure.  It is also a great option to remedy early changes as well as for maintenance after a surgical procedure.

A viewing screen of the ultrasound image allows Dr. Germain to see precisely what energy level is being delivered to the targeted area for a focused, custom approach.  The area is assessed with ultrasound imaging before the system is activated and energy applied.  Each treatment last 30-60 minutes, depending which area or areas will be treated.

Without disruption to the skin, some visible improvements may be noticed immediately however, complete results from lifting and toning present within 2-3 months.  Results last 1-2 years.  Touch up treatments can help keep pace with the aging process, which varies by the individual. Most patients only need one treatment; however some may benefit from multiple treatments depending upon how much laxity they have and their body’s own biological response to the ultrasound and collagen-building process.
Ultherapy® is different from lasers in that it address the deep layers which lend support to the skin and stimulates the production of collagen.  Lasers typically address the superficial layers of the skin.  Depending upon what outcome is desired, Ultherapy® and a laser treatment may be quite complementary. Ultherapy® may also be used in conjunction with Botox® or other fillers.

A Few Things to Note:
  • No downtime.  This non-invasive procedure allows you to return to your normal activities right away.  Anesthesia is not necessary.
  • Some tingling and usually non-painful sensations will be felt during the process, which is the focused ultrasound energy being delivered below the surface of the skin.  Sensations vary by patient, are temporary and are an indication the collagen-building process has been initiated. 
  • Some patients do experience mild and temporary redness, swelling, tingling or tenderness to the touch following treatment however, these results are temporary and usually resolved an hour or so after treatment. 
  • Ultherapy® best addresses mild to moderate loose or sagging skin. 
To learn whether Ultherapy® is right for you, and to make your skin treatment experiences as pleasant as possible, please call our office at (843) 881-4440 to schedule a consultation.
Source: ultherapy.com and National Institute of Health
Photos courtesy of ultherapy.com

Diving into Dysport

Long before Juan Ponce De Leon, people have been searching for the fountain of youth. Funny when we were in our 20s & 30s, we often didn’t take the proper care of our skin like we should have, and now as we reach our 40s, 50s, 60s and so on…we work hard to nourish our skin and bring it back to the way it was in our 20s and 30s. If only we would have known then, what we know now or at least would have listened! 
With advancements in education and science, we’ve learned the importance of sun protection and regular skin checks. Having a good relationship with your dermatologist is key because your skin is your largest organ, so taking care of it is vital. 
But just as education and science has improved, so has our knowledge in the cosmetic dermatology side of things. Not only does our office see many patients for medical dermatology, often our patients inquire about some of the latest procedures today that can take years off your looks. 
Recently, one of our patients in her mid 30s had a strong set of 11s in between her brows. Every time she would sit down to write a story or get stressed under deadline, she would scrunch her eyebrows together when she concentrated, leaving two fairly deep wrinkles that even stuck around when she wasn’t stressed. She also had crow’s feet surrounding her eyes. After living for years out West as a snowboarder, the harsh sun and winter weather really affected the skin around her delicate eyes. To say she was nervous to try anything would be an understatement, which is completely understandable!  

We make sure that we have a complete consultation with each patient so they understand any risks when undergoing any procedure in our office. So we sat down with our snowboarder and suggested Dysport. Dysport is an injection used to temporarily improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows. 

No, it’s not our
It’s the Dysport
Get the Facts Gal! 
Recently mentioned as Botox’s “younger cousin” in several magazine articles, Dysport is still new to the ears of our patients but works similarly to Botox. Dysport blocks the signal from the nerve to the muscles, ultimately resulting in a reduction of muscle activity and temporarily preventing contraction of the muscles that cause frown lines. 

Our snowboarder got the Dysport injections and recently sent us this, “Thanks so much for holding my hand when I took the Dysport plunge! I just came back from my hairstylist and he kept asking what I’m doing to myself because I look so refreshed. I admitted I got Dysport but told him that it’s our little secret! That and my highlights! Thanks Dr. Germain!” 

Now we know this won’t be for everyone but it’s always great to see how self esteem, attitude and your overall confidence can change when you invest in taking care of yourself. It doesn’t have to be injections, it can just be investing in a good skin care line like Germain Rx or getting a Silk Peel.  

Check out some Before and After Photos of Dysport: 

Here’s a good story from the NBC affiliate in DC from Washington DC’s DCDermDocs.com about Dysport. 

For the rest of March, we have some great deals on Dysport: 
Get Dysport for only $2.50/unit (plus an additional $50.00 rebate) OR 1/2 price ($2.00/unit) with the purchase of $100 or more of Germain Rx Products! (plus an additional $50.00 rebate). If you don’t know if you’re a candidate for Dysport or Botox, call for a consultation and we’ll be happy to sit with you and discuss all the options. 


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