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 

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Botox vs Dysport

Most everyone is familiar with Botox, from celebrities praising it to women denying it, Botox, and its alternative Dysport, have become popular go-tos to eliminate the appearance of stubborn wrinkles. With a new competitor on the loose what are the differences and how do you choose? 
 BOTOX® Cosmetic is an injectable treatment which reduces the activity of the muscles that cause hard to erase wrinkles (frown lines, crows feet, etc). Botox works by reducing the muscle’s movement causing wrinkles to relax and look softened. While designed, over 20 years ago, to reduce appearance of lines between the brows BOTOX is used for many areas today, as well as for multiple purposes (sever underarm sweating, chronic migraines, and eye twitching to name a few.) The procedure is simple and noninvasive- small injections of the product are placed in areas of which the treatment is desired. There is no down time, bruising and minimal pain (nothing an aspirin can’t cure).  You can see results within 3 days of treatment and one treatment will last anywhere from 4-6 months.
Dysport is also an injectable treatment to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It uses the same method of relaxing muscles to soften lines, approved by the FDA in 2009. So what’s the difference? Not much. The main differences are a quicker onset than Botox (usually 1-2 days), and Dysport is more diluted than Botox offering  a larger ‘spreading’ area. So for instance, if you want to eliminate a large area of treatment such as the armpits using Dysport would require fewer injections. This quality can be beneficial for some areas and not for others. Dysport is the first ‘competitor’ for Botox, but it is really more a counterpart.  
When deciding which to choose the answer is really a personal preference, for instance do you prefer Aleeve or Advil for your headache. Our office currently offers both Dysport and Botox and Dr. Germain is more than happy to help you decide which may be the best fit for you, but as you can see the way it works, the results, and the side effects all stay pretty much in line with each other.
It is much more important to have a trained professional administering your treatments than which brand you choose to use. Dr. Germain is a BOTOX Platinum Plus level injector and has become a national and international BOTOX trainer of physicians (administered the same way as Dysport just in different dosing units). Dr. Germain performs all injections. 

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

Hot Tips For The Best Results from Your Age-Fighting Products

We love the results we are seeing on those who are using the Germain Rx product line. Designed exclusively for the needs of Dr. Germain’s patients, the line includes cleansers, sunscreens, body and anti-aging products you will love.  We’d love to have you consult with us on the best skin care and anti-aging routine for your skin.  We understand you may be using and enjoying some other products as well.  In any case, we have a few hot tips on how to get the absolute best results from your anti-aging products.

Find The Right Blend of Products

Using too many products and anti-aging ingredients on your skin can be irritating and make the signs of aging more noticeable. For best results overall, consult with a dermatologist or aesthetician who can properly evaluate your skin to ensure you have an effective and safe routine to bring out your skin’s radiance.
Give The Product Time to Work
Despite some claims, most age-fighting products do not work overnight. While a moisturizer can plump up fine lines in a few days, most products take at least six weeks to work and give optimum results.
Use The Product As Directed
Some products contain active ingredients which are too harsh or do not work as well if too much is utilized.  Applying more than directed can cause clogged pores, a blotchy complexion, or other unwanted effects. 
Avoid Products That Sting
Tingling, stinging, or burning do not mean the active ingredients are working – it often means the product is irritating to your skin.  Note: Some products prescribed by a dermatologist may cause stinging or burning. In fact, to get more noticeable results, the skin may be injured in order to reveal fresher, more youthful skin. When supervised by a dermatologist, this can be safe and effective. Pain and stinging should not occur if using an over-the-counter product. 

Continue Using, If You Want to Continue Seeing Results
People often believe that once they get the results they want, they can stop using the product.  To continue seeing results, you must continue using the product. 
Do Not Tan
Tanning from the sun, a tanning bed, or sun lamp exposes you to harmful UV rays, which can accelerate aging by causing wrinkles, age spots, and a blotchy complexion.  Tanning while using products with anti-aging ingredients can aggravate and damage the skin.  Sunscreen is essential to prevent damage from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays.  Use a sunscreen with broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB protection) coverage with a minimum SPF 30.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Along with wearing sunscreen, we cannot emphasize this enough.  A good moisturizer traps water in the skin, which can help reduce the appearance of some fine lines (not deep lines), making your complexion look brighter and younger.
A little attention to a few small details can make all the difference when showing off your beautiful skin!  To consult with Dr Germain for your best age-fighting skin routine, please call us at (843) 881-4440.
Sources:  American Association of Dermatology, National Institute of Health, and the FDA


The joys of summer are here!  Protecting your skin with daily use of sunscreen is the easiest and most obvious way to maintain healthy skin and prevent skin cancer.  However, did you know that other factors, inside and out, might affect your skin’s natural radiance as well?  Be good to your skin and you will love what you see.  Here are some great tips to keep your skin glowing this summer, and all year long!      
Here are a few tips we love on keeping your skin looking it’s best:
Use daily on your face and exposed areas.  We love Germain Rx Anti-Aging Sunscreen SPF 45.  Germain Rx has four sunscreen products to choose from, so please consult with us to determine the right one for your skin type. 
What about your make up?  While some make up lines offer facial foundation products that contain sunscreens, most powders and lighter products may not offer enough protection for you.  To be certain, always be sure to wear a true sunscreen underneath your make up.
Hitting the beach or pool?  Apply 15-20 minutes before going out into the sun and re-apply every two hours and after swimming or perspiring.
 Germain Rx Anti-Aging Sunscreen SPF 45
Enjoy the fruits of summer!   Summer is a great time to enjoy antioxidant rich foods   such as cherries, blueberries, cantaloupes, melons, pineapple, tomatoes, spinach, and other leafy greens, just to name a few.  Along with salmon and other Omega-3 rich fish, Vitamin C rich foods are great additions to a healthy diet, which can be like a mini makeover for your skin. 
In fact, a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found that an increase in Vitamin C rich foods is associated with a less wrinkled appearance and less dryness.  The study concluded that healthy dietary behaviors might provide additional benefits in skin appearance.
Source: Am J Clin Nutr. 2008 Aug;88(2):480.

Photo courtesy of Lifestyle Medicine Institute
Almost all major systems in your body depend upon water.  Skin included!  Water helps dissolve and carry nutrients, along with oxygen to cells, lessens the burden on the kidneys and liver by helping to flush out waste products, lubricate joints, keep tissues moist and regulate body temperature.  Water helps toxins leave via the skin and allows for perspiration to cool the body.  The end result of a well-functioning body fueled by proper nutrition and water intake is clean, glowing skin!
To function properly, the body must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water.  Water is your best source along with fruits and vegetables.
How much water to drink each day depends on many factors, including your health, how active you are and where you live.  We’ve all heard the advice, “Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.”  That’s about 1.9 liters, which isn’t that different from the Institute of Medicine recommendations.  Although the “8 by 8” rule isn’t supported by hard evidence, it remains popular because it’s easy to remember.  Just keep in mind that the rule should be reframed as: “Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day,” because all fluids count toward the daily total.
Source: mayoclinic.com
Time in the pool, the ocean or even showering can dry and dull your skin’s appearance.  Hot water, chlorine, and harsh skin cleansers can strip oils from skin.  Your body continuously needs moisture, especially on these hot days.  If your skin is feeling stressed, use warm water instead of hot, apply a gentle cleanser and moisturize face and body right after shower or bath to trap water in the skin.  
For the body, we love Germain Rx Tranquility Body Crème.  Your skin will drink it in, soothing any redness and softening any dry or cracked areas.  For face, please consult with us to find the best product for your skin as well as for other detailed facial care.
Source: American Association of Dermatology

Germain Rx Tranquility Body Crème

Happy Valentine’s Day: Love your Younger Looking Skin

We want to wish everyone a very happy and loving Valentine’s Day! Regardless if you’re married, dating, divorced or single there is one thing we want to help you love, your skin. Turn back the hands of time without an invasive surgery with our peels and microdermabrasion.  



Come on in this month for a consultation with Dr. Germain and her talented staff and they can help determine the best peel for your skin. We have a variety of peels to choose from such as the Beta Life peel, Jesnner’s peel and the Glycolic peel. By meeting with Dr. Germain she can also suggest combining your peel with products to enhance your results. One of the most dynamic skin treatments around is the SilkPeel® Using Dermalinfusion™, this process exfoliates the skin leaving you feeling younger and more refreshed! 
You can also choose to have out Dermasweep, microdermabriasion which combines exfoliation and infusion of targeted topical solutions to keep your skin looking vibrant and fresh. Microdermabrasion is a safe and painless process that removes dead skin cells allowing the pores to be opened and cleansed while also encouraging collagen growth. 
Treat your skin right during this month of love by calling us at 843-881-4440 for a consultation. After one treatment you’ll be 100% better and be ready to come back for maintenance! 

Start the New Year Off With New Skin

Ring in the New Year with a younger, fine line-free face by coming in to see Dr. Germain for BOTOX or Dysport. If you’re sick of looking at those stubborn crow’s feet wrinkles near your eyes or the 11s between your eyebrows, BOTOX could be the solution. These injections work by relaxing the muscles that contract to cause those annoying facial lines. Dysport is a BOTOX alternative that might be recommended by Dr. Germain at your consultation. 
Dr. Germain and our team are extremely skilled at these two procedures and make the process feel like a breeze for their patients. Dr. Germain is Platinum Level Provider of Botox and performs this procedure herself on EVERY patient. This quick procedure is recommended every 3-4 months to maintain your beautiful, wrinkle-free face. Start 2012 off right and call us now (843) 881-4440, to set up your consultation with our team! Take advantage of our January Specials Today! 

Dr. Marguerite Germain, Board Certified Dermatologist 

Botox: $10.00/unit, Dysport:$2.80/unit
Dermal Fillers: Buy 1 syringe, get the 2nd syringe 25% off
New Year, New Body! 20% OFF CoolSculpting
CoolSculpting® is a revolutionary new body contouring treatment that precisely targets the stubborn fat you want to lose. It’s never been easier to sculpt the body you want – naturally, safely and without surgery or downtime. CoolSculpting is FDA–cleared with undeniable results after just one treatment.   
Laser Illumination Peel $375 ($75 savings)
Unveil your underlying youthful glow by peeling back layers of dead dull skin.
Go For the Glow! Silk Peel and Calming Laser Treatment combo $400
Rejuvenate and minimize redness with Dr. Germain’s personal favorite combination!
Thanks for visiting Germain Dermatology! Find out why Dr. Germain is voted Charleston’s Best Dermatologist, call us for your appointment (843) 881-4440

Revolutionary Non-Surgical Lifting Procedure Now Offered in South Carolina Exclusively at Germain Dermatology

Jowls got you down? 

Take years off your look on your lunch break with the revolutionary, first and only FDA Cleared Non-Invasive Lifting Procedure, Ultherapand is now being offered for the first time in South Carolina exclusively at Germain Dermatology in Mount Pleasant. Ultherapy is a non-invasive application of focused ultrasound technology for skin tightening and lifting

From turkey necks to sagging brows, Ultherapy allows Dr. Marguerite Germain of Germain Dermatology 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. 

This procedure, which takes about 30 to 60 minutes, is taking the nation by storm and is approximately one quarter of the price of a traditional surgical facelift. Most patients only need one treatment and the best candidates are women and men who are noticing sagging of the brow, wrinkling around the brow, jowls and the dreaded turkey neck.  

“Ultrasound is a safe technology that has been used in medicine for decades. With the new addition of Ultherapy, patients in South Carolina now have the opportunity to try this unprecedented application of the technology for the first time in cosmetic dermatology,” says Dr. Marguerite Germain, MD, a board certified dermatologist at Germain Dermatology. “Ultherapy addresses the loss of tone – which something that is difficult, if not impossible to address with traditional surgical approaches.” 

Results get better over a two to three month period as collagen and elastin is restructured and newer and stronger collagen grows. 

Ultherapy has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Marie Claire magazine, Health magazine, SELF, and on national television programs including Extra, Rachael Ray Show, E!, CBS Early Show and more. To see all the national exposure and benefits of Ultherapy, visit their site here.  For more on Ultherapy at Germain Dermatology visit here

Join Dr. Germain and her staff as she introduces Ultherapy on Tuesday, January 24 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Germain Dermatology at 612 Seacoast Parkway in Mount Pleasant. The event will offer information, refreshments and special pricing for Ultherapy and is free to attend. Because space is limited, guests are encouraged to reserve their space at 843-881-4440. 

What: Ultherapy Night
When: Tuesday, January 24 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 
Where: 612 Seacoast Parkway, Mount Pleasant 


Call to RSVP 843-881-4440

Holiday Gift Guide

Don’t stress this Christmas on finding the perfect gift for that special someone in your life.  This holiday get them the gift that will keep on giving; beautiful skin! Here at Germain Dermatology we have a customized skin care line, made specifically for our clients. Whether you’re looking to treat rosacea, acne, sensitive skin, fight aging or simply protect your skin from UV rays, Dr. Germain’s RX product line can help you out. 

The Germain RX line uses the latest in skin care technology and is only made from the highest pharmaceutical-grade ingredients. The best part is that you can purchase many of these products in gift sets like our Appearance Enhancement Kit which includes Germain Rx Facial Firming and Dermal Restruction Therapy. This kit will be a welcome addition to you or that special someone’s daily beauty routine.  
The Germain Rx Awaken Regimen 
Germain Rx Magic Eyes – our #1 SELLER!  

Germain Rx Smooth As Silk Regimen 

From body crème to makeup remover and body oil to firming therapies there is a product that will make the perfect gift under your tree. For those still unsure which product is best, a gift card can be a great stocking stuffer that will be sure to please.  Products are available for purchase at our office, over the phone at 843.881.4440 or at http://www.germainrx.com/. To make your life even easier we’re happy to gift wrap and ship any orders to your home. Happy Holidays from Germain Dermatology and happy skin care! 

Revitalize Your Skin

Looking for a way to restore that youthful look that you once had? We all want to improve our skin, but often times none of us have the time to do so. Most procedures take a whole day to complete, but not SilkPeel.
Considered to be one of the top skin treatments currently available, SilkPeel is a non-surgical procedure that makes your skin beautiful and healthier and is sure to make you both look and feel younger.
Whether you have hyperpigmentation, acne, photodamage, dehydration and fine line wrinkles, SilkPeel can help you. Dr. Germain and her staff can help you find a specific SilkPeel solution to help refine your skin.
One of the best things about SilkPeel is the amount of time the procedure takes. You’re probably asking yourself how long this procedure will take? Also known as the “lunch time facial”, this procedure typically lasts about 20 minutes.  The procedure is so quick; you won’t have to alter your work or social schedule at all!
Before SilkPeel, Photo Courtesy of SilkPeel
After SilkPeel, Photo Courtesy of SilkPeel

With such a procedure, it is common to wonder whether or not you will feel any pain or discomfort. You may feel a bit of tightness after the procedure, but the use of topicals will have your skin looking and feeling healthy and smooth in no time. 

Once treatment is finished, Dr. Germain and her staff will give you a post-care regimen. This may include sunscreen, moisturizers, cleansers, and serums to enhance and maintain your beautiful skin. The radiant glow that your skin will have after treatment is sure to have you looking healthy and renewed!
Generally you will see results after the first treatment, although most patients achieve their desired results after 4 to 6 treatments.  
If you want more information about SilkPeel, make an appointment with Dr. Germain and her staff by calling (843) 881-4440.
SilkPeel will have you looking better in no time!