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Florida Skin Center Newsletter

2016, Q1

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Resolve to Protect Your Skin in 2016

Living in Southwest Florida, we are exposed to some of the strongest UVA and UVB rays year-round. Research shows that UVA rays are the culprit behind accelerated signs of aging, including fine lines and wrinkles, sun spots, and thinning of the skin. Similarly, UVB rays cause damage by inducing changes at the cellular level in our skin, thereby causing skin cancers such as melanoma.

So what are some ways that we can protect our skin from the damaging effects of the sun? The approach to healthy skin is a multi-step process and always begins with sun protection.

Always wear sunscreen.

Sunscreen is our #1 anti-aging and anti-skin cancer product. We recommend using an SPF of at least 30, daily. There’s a common misconception that we don’t need to wear sunscreen unless we will be exposed to direct sunlight such as when we are in the pool or playing sports outside. However, the sun’s rays can penetrate glass windows like during our drive to work.

Even more, when we leave our homes to walk the dog, check the mailbox, or simply walk to the car, we are being exposed to harmful UV rays.

Have a skin care regimen.

Let’s talk about skin care. Although sunscreen is the most important protector against the signs of aging, it’s also important to use proper cleansers and moisturizers if you want to keep your skin looking healthy and youthful.
We recommend using a facial cleanser once to twice daily. This helps remove dirt and oil from the skin, thereby preventing clogged pores and acne. Stay away from facial scrubs, as these tend to contain sharp microbeads that actually cause small tears in the skin, which in turn promotes irritation and redness.

Moisturizing should be the second step in your skin care routine. There’s another misconception that oily skin does not need to be hydrated. Dry skin, as well as oily skin, needs to be moisturized with a non-comedogenic or non-pore clogging moisturizer.

Get an annual skin check.

Last but certainly not least, get an annual skin check with a dermatologist! You can also stay vigilant by performing monthly self-exams which are simple to do if you keep in mind the ABCDE model.

  • A stands for Asymmetry, or one-half of the lesion does not look like the other.
  • B is for Borders; notched borders or any poorly defined border should prompt suspicion.
  • C is for Color; skin cancers often present with multiple colors within one mole.
  • D is for Diameter, as melanomas are often greater than 6 mm when diagnosed.
  • E stands for Evolving; if a lesion is changing or looks different from the ones around it, be suspicious and get it looked at.

These small changes in your daily routine can prevent you from being another American diagnosed with skin cancer. Take care of the largest organ in your body, your skin, by being proactive and implementing these changes today!


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Injectables: 4 Tips For the First-Time Patient

You’ve heard about them, your friends have it done and you want to give it a try, but are nervous. Here are some helpful hints for achieving the best results.

Skin Medica Hydrating Complex1. Do your homework

With so many products on the market these days it can be hard to know what does what. Patients often think that Botox and Fillers are interchangeable.

In reality, they do two totally different things. Botox is a medication that is injected into our facial muscles. For those of us who are very expressive, it helps relax our muscles to prevent us from making deep lines. Fillers such as Voluma and Juvederm do exactly as the name implies, they fill and add volume. Botox and Fillers are treatments we recommend doing together.

2. Pick the right provider

We all love a great deal, but when it comes to our face and injections, we want to make sure we are picking a provider with expertise in cosmetic injections. If it seems too good of a deal, it probably is.
All of the providers at Florida Skin Center have undergone numerous training sessions on cosmetic injectables. Dr. Badia has close to 20 years of experience with cosmetic injections and her PAs have a combined experience of over 13 years with these procedures.

3. Maintenance

In order to stay looking great, you will need maintenance treatments. Effects of treatment will vary depending on which injection you have done. Our providers will be more than happy to recommend a good maintenance program for you to maintain your desired look.

4. Follow provider’s direction

There is no one that wants you to be happier with your treatment, than your provider. Taking simple precautions like avoiding OTC pain medications prior to treatment are key to helping you achieve your desired look with less downtime. Another key to achieving your desired look is to listen to your provider’s recommendation on the type and amount of product you need. Leave it to us experts to help you decide what you need to get your ideal look.

We wish you a happy and healthy New Year!


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New Non-Surgical Treatment Helps You Lose That Double Chin

Is your New Years resolution to lose your double chin?

Skin Medica Hydrating ComplexSubmental fullness—sometimes referred to as “double chin”— is a common yet undertreated facial aesthetic condition. It can impact a broad range of adults, including both men and women, and can be influenced by several factors such as aging, genetics, and weight gain, and is often resistant to diet and exercise alone.

Florida Skin Center has a solution for you. Kybella is a new non-surgical, FDA approved option to help lose stubborn fat under the chin and get a more defined jaw line. Kybella is an injection made of a substance naturally found in our bodies called deoxycholic acid. It is a fat-absorbing substance that literally melts fat away by causing rupture of fat cells that will be excreted from the body.

The procedure for Kybella takes approximately 20 minutes at which time a series of injections are done into the area of fullness under the chin. The number of treatments will vary by person, but a minimum of 2 treatments are done 6 weeks apart for maximum results. The results of Kybella are long lasting as long as you maintain your ideal weight.

Ask a provider today if you are a good candidate for Kybella.


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Out & About

Thanks to all who attended our Botox & Filler workshop on October 23! We look forward to hosting more helpful and informative workshops in 2016. Thanks also to those who attended our VIP Chemical Peel event in November. We’ll post the date and information about the next Chemical Peel event on our website and social media outlets—make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay informed!

In November, we also held our annual Grab-a-Gobbler event. We gave away 150 turkeys to those in need—we couldn’t have done it without the amazing support of our team members and volunteers.

Our Aestheticians got the chance to travel to Fort Lauderdale for the International Esthetic Conference where they attended seminars and workshops, and saw exhibits of the latest treatments and products in our market. Looking ahead, we will be attending the DelTura Health and Wellness Expo at the end of January. Events like this help us to stay up to date and active in our field and ensure we offer the best and most effective service for our patients.

We will be active in promoting sun safety with quarterly sun safety presentations for kids at the downtown library. Look for more information about these events on our website.

Members of our FAN club can look forward to another annual FAN Appreciation Event in February. This year it will be on Saturday, February 6. If you’re not a FAN yet, it’s not too late to join and be eligible for this event—ask a staff member how you can join today.

Last year we held our first Melanoma Walk to support cancer research, and this year we are already hard at work in setting up Ft. Myers Melanoma Walk 2016. It warms our hearts when we see our community supporting such a worthy cause. Sign up for our mailing list on our website to make sure you receive the latest news on this and other events in your email inbox.

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