What is a Vampire Facial?

Halloween may be over, but it’s now that time of the year when cooler, drier weather sets in and the days become darker. Currently, the natural look is in and more women are opting to ditch heavy makeup in favor of showing off their actual skin. If your own skin is looking a little dull and lackluster, microneedling combined with platelet-rich plasma (PRP)—sometimes referred to by patients as a “vampire facial”—may be just the thing to revitalize your complexion.

Microneedling with PRP is one of the many services offered in Summerville and Mt. Pleasant at Germain Dermatology. The treatment is effective when used on its own, but patients can enjoy even more benefits when it is combined with PRP or hyaluronic acid treatments. Patients with enlarged pores, fine lines, wrinkles, scars, uneven texture, and lax skin may see improvements after a single session.

The microneedling device, which is rolled across the skin, consists of needles that are just right for puncturing it at the perfect depth.

There are two primary benefits associated with microneedling. Since fine lines and scars can be more noticeable in dehydrated skin during the colder months, microneedling facials give your skin a much-needed pick-me-up by taking advantage of the body’s natural healing process to promote collagen production. The tiny injuries encourage generation of collagen and can be useful for the thinner, more delicate areas of skin, such as around the eyes, which some other cosmetic treatments aren’t designed for.

Additionally, the hundreds of micro-channels this facial creates in the epidermis help to better prepare it for topical products that may be applied afterward—like PRP. By some counts, up to 70 percent of the ingredients in a topically applied product can penetrate and be absorbed by the skin.

In a “vampire facial,” a small amount of the patient’s own blood, containing a high concentration of platelets, is reintroduced to the facial skin. This can result in a more youthful-looking, glowing complexion, as well as boost and enhance the outcome from a microneedling session.

Ready to kickstart your pre-winter beauty routine with microneedling with PRP, or other cosmetic treatments available from Germain Dermatology? Don’t hesitate to give the practice serving Mt. Pleasant and Summerville a call at 843-881-4440 for more details or schedule a consultation.

CoolSculpting Savings in February

COOLSCULPTING Instant Savings is happening NOW and Germain Dermatology is adding even more savings on TOP!

💙Like IT – $200 OFF 6 Cycles

💙💙Love IT – $300 OFF 8 Cycles 

💙💙💙Gotta HAVE IT – $500 OFF 12 Cycles 

💙💙💙💙YOU DESERVE IT (Germain Exclusive) – An Additional $150 OFF AND 50 FREE units of Botox when you purchase 12 cycles. 
(“You Deserve It” package is ONLY available at Germain Dermatology!)

Call now as this special is only available while supplies last! 843-881-4440

Act Now on Acne

It’s just about time for your teenager to head back to school. You’ve already taken care of the new school supplies and the new clothes so they can feel comfortable around their classmates while looking their best (and better than last year!). Only this year, something’s different. Normally your son or daughter can’t wait to show off his/her new gear and get back into the daily routine of being around friends…but not this year. His acne has flared up for the first time.

Of course he’s embarrassed. He’s searching for the quick fix while worrying about what others will think and say about him. As a parent, don’t panic. Often times acne comes through genetics, so there’s a good chance you or your spouse had to deal with a similar issue in your teenage years. Acne is also one of the most common skin conditions, so there’s an equally good chance there are plenty of other teenagers in his school dealing with the same thing.

Acne occurs when hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. It will most commonly appear on the face, neck, chest, back and shoulders. Worst of all, it’s annoyingly persistent. Just when you think you’ve got one area under control, another area tends to pop up.

Here’s the good news…effective treatments are available — and the earlier treatment is started, the lower the risk of lasting physical and emotional damage. However, treatment is best handled by a professional. Self medicating (or picking at) acne will increase the chances of lasting, possibly permanent scars.

We treat countless numbers of acne patients each year ranging from men to women and from teenagers to adults. In fact, numbers indicate 85% of all teens will develop acne and 25% of those will have permanent scars. Adults aren’t out of the woods either – 20% of adults will see signs of the skin condition.

One of the top keys to effective treatment is unquestionably to start it as early as possible. Don’t hesitate to call our office today if you suspect acne is starting to flare up on your teenager’s skin or your own.

We’re here to help. Call us at (843) 881-4440.

A Cool Night!

Our CoolSculpting by Zeltiq night last night was hit. Not only did we have a live demonstration, we also had a delightful time with culinary treats from the Square Onion, wine and of course, great giveaways. If you wanted to attend but couldn’t fit into your schedule, no problem! We offer FREE CoolSculpting consultations by calling Germain Dermatology in Mount Pleasant, SC at (843) 881-4440 Thanks to our CoolSculpting Specialist Lauren Whitehead for having everything ready for our live demostration with former television host and local writer, Ryan Nelson. 

~ Check out the photos from our fabulous evening! 

Laser the Damage Away

Now that the cooler weather is here, your skin will be changing and it’s a perfect time to try the non-invasive Fraxel laser treatment. The new Fraxel re:store makes your skin’s surface smoother and fresher-looking. 

How does it work? 
Fraxel uses a laser to resurface the skin. With the new re:store technology there are 2 lasers modes. One treats wrinkles, acne scaring and more that are deeper in the skin. The other targets those stubborn sun spots, age spots, tone and texture. 
With this new technology, patients are enjoying the faster treatment times, more comfort and an additional help for all that sun damage from years past. After the treatments, you may have some redness and you may begin to see the results immediately. Once completely healed, you will love the results. We have many patients who really enjoy their treatments! 
The number of treatments you will need will depend on your skin. The best results come from multiple sessions spaced over time. 
For the month of October, we are offering $400 OFF a package of Fraxel re:store dual treatments, so call us today for your appointment at Germain Dermatology – 843-881-4440. 

And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook. www.germaindermatology.com 

See you soon! 

Marching into Spring

We’re always looking for non-invasive ways to turn back the hands of time and one of the procedures we had for a some time in our office isn’t losing any steam! It’s a procedure called Pellevé and our patients really enjoy it. Pellevé is virtually painless and requires no recovery time, so it fits easily into busy schedules and can provide lasting improvement up to six months.
Pellevé delivers constant, gradual energy to the skin, causing heat to build up where the skin and fat layer come together. The increasing heat modifies the collagen bundles deep inside the skin, causing them to contract and stimulating the growth of new collagen over time. This results in firmer, tighter skin.

A full facial treatment typically takes about 45 minutes to an hour. Because no anesthesia is used and any swelling is minor, there is no downtime. Many people see the result immediately after just one treatment, with lasting improvement for up to six months as the skin produces new collagen. Additional treatments may improve results, so you should consult with us for a recommended number of treatments. Medical studies have proven that Pellevé is a safe and effective way to reduce the appearance of wrinkles without surgery. 

Pellevé was recently featured on the October edition of Beauty Spaces which aired on WEtv and The Learning Channel. 

Call today to see if this procedure is right for you! 843-881-4440 and check out the Pellevé website 
Here’s some more great Before and Afters from their website.  http://www.pelleve.com/patients/before-and-after.php

Watch Dr. Germain discuss Pelleve here on WCIV-TV’s Lowcountry Live.
Also it’s March, so take a moment to see our great specials. 

Loving Your Heart

February is American Heart Month and although, I’m a board certified dermatologist and not a cardiologist, I’m still a big believer in taking care of our entire body and think that we all don’t pay enough attention to our heart. It’s what keeps our blood pumping and does everything from helping our cheeks get a rosy glow when we blush to allowing us to power through a night of hard core hip hop dancing with Angel Roberts at her Peace Love and Hip Hop classes
Heart disease is the # 1 killer of American women and unfortunately 1 in every 3 women dies of heart disease. The scary part of it all is that nearly two-thirds of American women who die suddenly of a heart attack had no prior symptoms.
We can lower their risk of heart disease by as much as 82% just by leading a healthy lifestyle. Risk factors you can change are: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, being overweight and being physically inactive. However there are some risk factors you cannot change like a family history of heart disease, Age (55 or older for women) and race or ethnicity. More than 35% of American women are overweight and more than 25% of American women are still smoking…(which also takes a toll on your skin!) and these factors weigh heavily into the situation. 

The American Heart Association has a great campaign that helps women get heart healthy at any ages. They have some great tips for women from their 20s all the way into the 60+ years.  Here’s a link to their site: http://www.goredforwomen.org/heart_healthy_at_any_age.aspx
The signs and symptoms of heart disease may differ between women and men.The most common symptom of heart attack in men and women is chest pain or discomfort. But unfortunately, only half of women who have heart attacks have chest pain.

Some signs from women experiencing a heart attack: 
Back or neck pain, indigestion, heartburn, nausea, vomiting, extreme fatigue or problems breathing. They can also experience upper body discomfort in one or both arms, the jaw, or the stomach. Other symptoms of heart attack are lightheadedness and fainting, which occur more often in women than men. 
In the end, just like taking care of your skin, taking care of your heart requires a healthy lifestyle and exercise. So incorporate a variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains into your diet and make sure your diet is low in saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium and added sugar. It may seem a little difficult at first but once you get on track, you will feel great! So love your heart and it will love you back! 

Get Your Glow with Our Living Social Deal

It’s a craze around the nation! Internet deal sites like Groupon and Living Social have given people their chance to try local businesses for a fraction of the cost. It’s a brilliant idea, only one we wish would could have thought of. 

We know so many Lowcountry folks that love these deals that we decided to try it out ourselves and kicked off our FIRST Living Social Deal this morning. It’s only good for 24 hours, so grab yours while you can! 

Here’s details from the deal on LivingSocial.com: 

Time to take off that dull, winter skin and refresh your complexion with today’s a-peel-ing deal from Germain Dermatology. Drop just $49 and pamper yourself with a skincare consultation, Visia Complexion Analysis, and Silk Peel from this beauty oasis in Mt. Pleasant — a $225 value. The professionals here will address your specific skincare needs, then gently exfoliate and remove toxins from the outer layers of your skin with a non-invasive treatment that simultaneously stimulates new cell growth. The result: a healthy, revitalized face that you’ll be proud of showing off. Named Best Dermatologist in Charleston by the readers of the Charleston City Paper for four years in a row, Dr. Marguerite A. Germain has created her own skincare line, Germain Rx, that she uses exclusively for patients. Snag this deal and try out her relaxing services yourself — after all, why waste your winter sitting around in old skin? Refresh your look with a radiant glow and today’s deal.

The best part about it all? It’s a deal you can’t resist at $49 for a glow your skin will adore. So buy yours today by visiting http://livingsocial.com/deals/19299-facial-peel

So peel away your dull winter skin with our a-peeling deal. 

Shopping in Your PJs

Some great news from Germain Dermatology…we’ve launched our product shopping cart so now people from around the US can purchase Germain Rx products 24/7. We’re thrilled about this! You can shop here. 

Germain Rx is our customized skin care line. It has been designed exclusively for the specific needs of our patients. Using the latest in skin care technology, this line includes the highest pharmaceutical-grade ingredients and is made at an FDA-regulated facility. Germain Rx includes products for anti-aging, acne and problem skin, sensitive skin, and rosacea. It also includes a complete sunscreen line and body products. Patients who try Germain Rx products get hooked and start to see a difference in their skin quickly. Every time we have one of our fabulous parties, our patients rave about how their skin has changed. Recently, one told us that she has to ship Germain Rx to her sister in Japan –talk about a loyal customer! 
Investing in your skin is important. Like I’ve mentioned before, you can’t imagine all the people that come in with boxes of unused over-the-counter skin care products that were all wrong for them. I’m sure you’ve purchased a few products you’ve stowed away under the sink never to use again. 
Of course, we don’t have just one favorite and there is something for everyone. If you haven’t tried Germain Rx, ask about it the next time you have an appointment. Here’s just a few products that we love! 

Germain Rx Skin Smoothing Body Lotion
This light and oil-free lotion, is quick absorbing and spreads easily over large areas of the body. It is designed to help achieve a softer smoother skin texture and contains 15% glycolic acid along with Vitamins A, C, E, and Green Tea Extract.

Germain Rx Skin Enhancing Cleanser 10% 
A gentle, soap-free cleanser that aids in the restoration of healthy skin. Contains 10% Glycolic Acid and antioxidants.

Germain Rx Soothing Green Tea Cleanser 
Redness and irritation can easily be soothed and reduced for patients using this specially formulated kit, which includes peptides, Green and White tea, and Caffeine. 

Germain Rx Anti-Aging Sunscreen SPF 45 
This sunscreen combines broad-spectrum UVA-UVB protection and a unique antioxidant blend to neutralize free-radical skin damage.

Dermal Restructuring Therapy 
This treatment cosmetically enhances rebuilding the skin from damage, and provides a therapeutic dose of antioxidants to the skin.
So log on to germaindermatology.com today, where you can shop and fight your wrinkles in your pjs!