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Vanquish Body Contouring

manhattan_dermatology-vanquish-before_aftersManhattan Dermatology is excited to introduce Vanquish, the latest in non-invasive, surgery-free fat reduction. How does it work? Vanquish uses controlled radio frequency (RF) waves to target fat cells, destroying them without harming muscle or affecting skin. Over time, the cells are then filtered through the lymphatic system, metabolized in the liver, and excreted through urine. It’s relatively painless and requires no downtime—you might experience warmth, redness, or tenderness, but you can resume your daily routine immediately.

Vanquish can treat both upper and lower abdominals, love handles, lower back, and bra bulge. Results vary from person to person, some seeing a difference after just one treatment, and most patients can expect to see results a couple of weeks after their final treatment. We typically recommend a series of 4-6 weekly treatments (per area), each lasting about 45 minutes. We will tailor your treatment to your specific needs and preferences.

Vanquish is ideal for those who are already in good shape but looking to treat stubborn fat without surgery. It is safe for any skin type or color. Pregnant or nursing women, as well as those with abdominal implants (such as a pacemaker, cardio converter, cochlear implant or other metal implants in the abdominal area) are not to be treated with Vanquish.

To learn more about Vanquish, schedule a complimentary consultation—or if you’re ready to book your Vanquish treatments now—please give us a call at 310.546.1188 or request an appointment online.

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Tinea Versicolor

manhattan_dermatology-tinea_versicolor-2014Summer is here, and I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to hit the beach—with tons of sunscreen and an umbrella, of course! Along with warm weather and humidity, summer can also bring a case of tinea versicolor. This common skin infection, affectionately called “haole rot” by surfers and swimmers, is known to rev up during summer months, appearing as slightly scaly white, pink, or brown patches on the shoulders, neck, abdomen, and/or arms.

Having seen tinea versicolor hundreds of times in my office, I thought I’d give you the “411” on this harmless condition to make sure it doesn’t ruin your beach day fun!

Tinea versicolor is…

  • Caused by a yeast that normally lives on the skin’s surface. When it’s hot and humid, it turns into a fungus and causes a rash.
  • Slightly scaly and can appear in white, pink, or brown patches.
  • Likely to occur on the shoulders, neck, abdomen and/or arms, and is uncommon on other parts of the body.
  • Spots become more noticeable as the skin tans. The yeast prevents the skin from tanning.
  • Stimulated by body oils and sweat.
  • Tends to recur, so maintenance treatments might be necessary.
  • Easily diagnosed by a dermatologist.
  • Easily treatable with antifungal creams, cleansers, and sometimes pills.

Tinea versicolor is not…

  • Harmful or dangerous.
  • Contagious.
  • Permanent, nor does it cause scarring.

Now that you know what tinea versicolor is, let’s talk about what’s really important: some steps you can take to avoid getting it. First off, wearing loose clothing and choosing fabrics that wick sweat away makes it harder for the fungus to grow. Oily skin is more susceptible, so make sure to keep your oil under control. If your chest and back tend to be oily, you can try using an acne-type cleanser with salicylic acid on a regular basis. You’ll also want to routinely launder all clothes, linens, and towels. Lastly, make sure you’re using sunscreen and that it’s oil-free. If you’re looking for great sunscreen recommendations, check out Dr. Magovern’s Sunscreen Picks for 2014. All the sunscreens featured there are oil-free formulations that are great for work or play.

Now that you’re ready to hit the sand, have a great 4th of July weekend! And if you find yourself with a case of “haole rot” or any other skin concerns over the summer, come on in and we’ll be happy to help. To make an appointment, please call us at 310.546.1188 or request one online—we look forward to seeing you!

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Dr Magovern’s Sunscreen Picks for 2014

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School’s out for summer—time to restock the sunscreen!

Dr. Magovern has selected some of her very favorites for 2014 for all your sunscreen needs: for the beach, for babies and kids, for sensitive skin, and for anti-aging. And through the end of July, all sunscreen is 20% OFF! Drop by Manhattan Dermatology anytime—we’re here Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm.

For the Beach…

  • manhattan_dermatology-2014-sunscreen_beachEltaMD UV Broad-Spectrum Lotion SPF30+ ($30)
    This sunscreen + moisturizer features an easy-to-use pump and is a great family-friendly sunscreen for everyone to use.
  • MDSolarSciences Quick Dry Body Spray SPF 40 ($19)
    This lightweight, non-greasy spray is fast drying and water resistant for up to 80 minutes. For optimal sun protection, layer over your favorite sunscreen lotion. Great for re-applications. Not sticky!
  • MDSolarSciences Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 40 ($18)
    Convenient and portable, this stick blows the zinc from the Baywatch days out of the water. Just throw it in your pocket and hit the sand!

For Babies + Kids…

  • manhattan_dermatology-2014-sunscreen_kidsBlue Lizard Sensitive SPF 30 ($15.98)
    Blue Lizard sunscreen from Australia is the gold standard in sun protection. This chemical-free and fragrance-free formulation is perfect for kids and even can be used on babies. Bring on the swim lessons!
  • MDSolarSciences Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 40 ($18)
    Titanium dioxide + zinc oxide in an easy-to-use stick make this a summer must-have. In its cool lime green packaging, the kids will be begging for more sunscreen!

For Sensitive Skin…

  • manhattan_dermatology-2014-sunscreen_sensitiveMDSolarSciences Mineral Crème SPF 50 ($30)
    The perfect match for sunscreen critics, this light weight sunscreen with its matte finish will leave you feeling like you’re not wearing anything at all.
  • MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Crème SPF 30 ($32)
    Sunscreen for the woman on the go! This sunscreen is packed full of antioxidants like vitamin C, green tea, and pomegranate. Combine that with the velvety finish and just the right amount of tint and you’re out the door!
  • EltaMD UV Daily Broad-Spectrum Lotion SPF 40 ($24)
    Serious UV protection and superior hydration join forces in this sheer facial sunscreen. Developed for use every day, it has hyaluronic acid to boost moisture retention and features a fragrance-free, non-comedogenic formulation.

For Anti-Aging…

  • manhattan_dermatology-2014-sunscreen_anti_agingglowMD Just My Shade ($54)
    Protect & Provide! Developed by Dr. Magovern, Just My Shade, includes the finest antioxidants while providing broad-spectrum sun protection. We love this one for women because it serves as a great make-up primer as well.
  • MDSolarSciences Daily Anti-Aging Moisturizer ($68)
    Antioxidants and SPF combine to create powerful broad-spectrum UVA & UVB protection in a deeply moisturizing, antioxidant-infused formulation. Daily use helps skin appear firmer, brighter, and younger-looking, as the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is diminished. Smells great. Perfect for men, too—a Manhattan Derm favorite!
  • SkinMedica TNS Ultimate Daily Moisturizer SPF 20 ($81)
    A rich, skin-renewing daily moisturizer with UV protection. Antioxidants prevent environmental damage while growth factors minimize fine lines and wrinkles while restoring firmness and elasticity.

 

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What’s the Skinny on CoolSculpting?

Reduce fat and reshape your body without surgery!

manhattan_dermatology-newsletter-coolsculpting_insetsIf the term “non-invasive fat reduction” sounds too good to be true…surprise! It’s not only a proven reality, but it’s taken the aesthetic medicine world by storm. We are now able to non-invasively reduce fat and reshape the body, without surgery and with zero downtime. Amazing, but true!

Of course, not all body contouring devices are created equal. At Manhattan Dermatology, we rely on the CoolSculpting system, which has a well-trusted, well-documented history of successful “apoptosis,” the fancy term for a form of cell death that leads to the elimination of cells from the body—in this case, fat cells.

So how does CoolSculpting make this dream come true? It uses a targeted cooling process that kills the fat cells underneath the skin, literally freezing them to the point of elimination. Goodbye, fat cells!

Our Manhattan Dermatology team has been eliminating fat cells from our friends, family and clients for over two years. Call us CoolSculpting experts. We know how to select the right candidate, how to gauge the number of treatments that will be required, and most importantly, we know exactly how to leave you with that perfectly sculpted figure you’ve always wanted. Because all bodies are beautiful and different, there is no one-size-fits-all plan of attack. This is where our years of experience and knowledge make us stand out from the rest.

We can use CoolSculpting to target a single trouble spot that you’ve always disliked, or we can use it to create more significant, all-over results…without surgery! It’s so gentle that you can treat multiple areas in just one day, creating a true, full-body transformation. And while the final results are beautifully dramatic, with CoolSculpting, the changes appear gradually over several months for the ultimate natural appearance.

Take a look at a few of our before and after photos of actual Manhattan Dermatology patients to see what a difference a series of CoolSculpting treatments can make. Still curious? Check out coolsculpting.com for even more incredible results!

Ready to book? Please give us a call at 310.546.1188 to schedule your CoolSculpting treatments or request an appointment online.

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CoolSculpting Inventor Featured in Allure Magazine

This month’s Allure Magazine features an interesting article on dermatologist Dieter Manstein, inventor of CoolSculpting. “While researching new ways to reduce fat without a scalpel, Manstein, an assistant professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School, realized he was going about it wrong. Rather than melting the fat as other procedures do, what if he chilled it?”

CoolSculpting uses controlled cooling to target and crystallize fat cells in the flanks and abdominal area (affectionately known as love handles and muffin tops), as well as bra bulges on the back, inner and outer thighs, the upper part of the back of the thigh (banana roll), and arms. These “frozen” fat cells targeted in treatment gradually die off and are naturally eliminated from your body. In the weeks and months following treatment, remaining fat cells condense, reducing the fat layer and revealing a slimmer you.

Click on the image below to read the full article and, for more information on CoolSculpting, including before and afters, video, and FAQs, click here. To schedule a complimentary consultation about CoolSculpting, please give us a call at 310.546.1188  or request an appointment online.

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Ringworm, aka Tinea Corporis

manhattan_dermatology-ringworm_tinea_corporisRingworm gets called a lot of things, but this is it. Spread easily through clothing, pools, showers, and even pets, ringworm is a common skin condition for children, but very treatable. Two weeks of a topical antifungal cream cleared this toddler’s leg rash easily.

If you have a skin concern, please don’t hesitate to call us at 310.546.1188, or request an appointment online. We’re happy to help!

 

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SkinMedica Product Offers

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Weekend Makeovers at Manhattan Dermatology

Manhattan Dermatology Exam RoomWe are very excited to announce Saturday Clinics at Manhattan Dermatology!

Too busy to come in during the week? Come enjoy a weekend makeover with one of our laser and injectable specialists, Elissa Squire, RN, BSN. On select Saturdays, Elissa will be here to help with all your cosmetic needs!

Services available at our Saturday Clinics:

We’re booking up fast so don’t delay—request online or give us a call at 310.546.1188 to schedule an appointment for your weekend makover!

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Happy Holidays from Manhattan Dermatology

Happy Holidays from Manhattan Dermatology

 
 

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SkinMedica Holiday Bundles

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For the holiday season, we’re offering these fantastic holiday bundles by SkinMedica!

The Essential System

The Essential System is a great value for the motivated patient who believes, like us, skin care makes a huge difference. Enough TNS Essential Serum to last you 6 months, you will be amazed what growth factors can do for you. Includes:

A value of $632 $782 for $525!

The Dream Team

Receive a FREE Dermal Repair Cream when you buy a TNS Essential Serum and Retinol Complex 0.5%. The Dream Team is perfect for someone ready to turn back the clock. The best anti-aging products all in one bundle. 

  • Dermal Repair Cream — This ultra-rich moisturizer helps prevent moisture loss and improves skin smoothness to restore your skin’s natural beauty.
  • TNS Essential Serum — All-in-one skin rejuvenating treatment that improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, skin tone, and texture.
  • Retinol Complex 0.5% — Renews skin and diminishes the appearance of fine lines.

Price: $325 — a savings of $120!

The Must-Haves

The Must-Haves is a the perfect holiday gift for that 20’s person in your life, or your college kid coming home from the holidays. Need the perfect gift? She’ll love it. A great starter kit for someone looking to prevent and maintain. Includes:

  • AHA/BHA Cream — Exfoliates and improves tone and texture revealing brighter skin.
  • Vitamin C+E Complex — Improves the appearance of skin tone and texture with vitamins C & E.
  • Dermal Repair Cream — This ultra-rich moisturizer helps prevent moisture loss and improves skin smoothness to restore your skin’s natural beauty.

Price: $205 — a savings of $43!

To purchase SkinMedica Holiday Bundles, drop by Manhattan Dermatology anytime Monday through Friday, between 9am and 5pm. Whether you’re restocking your skin care products or giving them as gifts, it’s a fantastic value for excellent products. This holiday season and always, let it glow!

 

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Help Us Support Walk With Sally

manhattan-dermatology-WWS-2013In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this October we’re donating $5 for each of the next 200 Facebook likes we receive to Walk With Sally!

Walk With Sally is a local organization that fights the “aftermath” breast cancer leaves behind for affected mothers and children by providing them with mentoring services and support. Please help us support them by clicking “like” on our Facebook page!

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An Uplifting Event with Ultherapy!

You’re Invited to an Uplifting Event with Ultherapy!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Hosted by Dr. Ashley Magovern at Manhattan Dermatology
400 S Sepulveda Blvd, Suite 205 · Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 · 310.546.1188

RSVP on Punchbowl.com soon to reserve your seat—space is limited! Brunch will be served and special pricing is available. One lucky guest will win a complimentary Ultherapy treatment—will it be you?

Click to view invitation & RSVP »

Uplifting Event with Ultherapy at Manhattan Dermatology

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Introducing Glow MD!

manhattan_dermatology-glowmd-product_lineDr. Magovern’s custom skin care line, Glow MD, is here! Made with unique and effective formulations—ingredients that we actually use in the office—Glow MD is unlike anything else you’ve tried. Whether you have acne, unwanted pigment, or want to boost your anti-aging routine, we have something for you. Click here to read more!

In addition to the skin care line, Glow MD also includes three peels of various strengths. Each is applied in-office and we send you home with a skin care kit filled with goodies. Learn more about Glow MD peels here.

Come by Manhattan Dermatology anytime to stock up on the new Glow MD products. We’re here Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm.  You’re going to love your new glow!

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Dr. Magovern Voted South Bay’s Best Dermatologist for 2013

Dr. Magovern: 2013 South Bay Best Dermatologist

Read the article in the Daily Breeze here: South Bay’s Best Dermatologist for 2013: DR. ASHLEY MAGOVERN, MANHATTAN DERMATOLOGY.

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What Is Dr. M Using This Summer?

Obagi-C Rx SystemWhat is Dr. Magovern using this summer? The Obagi C-Rx kit. It’s a great maintenance kit for the summer. Lasers, photofacials, and chemical peels fall out of favor at this time of year, so it’s important to maintain somehow! The combination of lightening agents, vitamin C, glycolic acid, and sunscreen in this kit will help keep your skin pigment-free, bright, and healthy. It’s one of our favorites—everyone loves it! Learn more »

The Obagi C-Rx kit will last you about 3-4 months and is available at Manhattan Dermatology for $351.50. Come by anytime, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm, to pick one up!

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Favorite Sunscreens for Summer — 20% OFF!

Favorite Sunscreens at Manhattan DermatologySummer is almost here! We’re excited to announce that through July 31, all sunscreen at Manhattan Dermatology is 20% off!

When heading outdoors, remember that the morning sunscreen application is the most important. Try to put it on before you leave the house (especially on the kiddos) so it doesn’t get washed off so easily in the pools or at the beach. You should have to rub it in pretty well—otherwise you are not using enough.

Here are some of Dr. Magovern’s favorites for summer…

For the Face Everyday:

For the Lips:

For the Beach/Outdoors/Body:

Drop by Manhattan Dermatology anytime, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm, to stock up!

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Mother’s Day Gift Certificates

Still searching for a special Mother’s Day gift for Mom? It’s not too late! We have the perfect solution—a Manhattan Dermatology Gift Certificate. You can treat Mom to a facial or a peel, some skin care products, or even laser services or injectables!

Just send us an email or give us a call at 310.546.1188 with the details and we’ll have it all ready for you to pick up tomorrow.

Manhattan Dermatology Gift Certificate

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Supporting Skin Cancer Awareness on Melanoma Monday

Melanoma Monday: Supporting Skin Cancer

Wearing orange for Melanoma Monday to support skin cancer awareness!

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Melanoma Monday Is Next Week!

Wear Orange for Skin Cancer Awareness

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SmartBrow Consumer Study by DermStore

SmartBrow Eyebrow Filler

DermStore Beauty Group is conducting a consumer study on a new product called SmartBrow Eyebrow Filler. If you’d like to participate in the study (try out the product & receive a DermStore gift card!), please contact Amy Bailey (310.734.2570 x2125) or via email.

Here’s some info on the product and details about the study:

SmartBrow Eyebrow Filler Consumer Study

Product Description:

This innovative tinted filler leverages a unique combination of polymers and nylon fibers that bind color to your existing brows while believably filling in gaps, plus a dual-ended brush to ensure precise application and optimal shaping. SmartBrow creates the look of fuller, more defined brows quickly and easily, and its revolutionary formula provides results that last throughout the day!

Testing Protocol:

Each study participant will be invited to come in to our offices to choose their preferred SmartBrow Eyebrow Filler shade and take a quick before and after photo of the eye area only. Each participant will get to take the product with them and use for 3-4 days. The instructions below will guide them through recommended use. A questionnaire will be emailed out to retrieve their feedback easily and quickly.

Reward:

$25 gift card to DermStore.com, plus a free SmartBrow Eyebrow Filler product sample will be given to each participant who schedules and arrives for their before and after photo!

Contact:

Please contact Amy Bailey to schedule in your visit to the DermStore
Offices as soon as you can before 4/11. We will be shooting the week of 4/15.
She can be reached here:
Via email: abailey@dsbeautygroup.com
Via phone: 310.734.2570 x2125

 

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Proud MBEF Sponsors!

Manhattan Dermatology is a proud sponsor of MBEF,
Manhattan Beach Education Foundation.

Click here if you’d like to help our schools too!

MBEF Business Sponsor Logo

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine's Day

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February’s Product of the Month: Solar Protection Liptect Lip Balm

Solar Protection Liptect Lip Balm at Manhattan DermatologySoothe and protect those winter lips with our Product of the Month, Solar Protection Liptect Lip Balm with SPF 45.

This is our favorite sunscreen for the lips.  Great for winter sport enthusiasts or for those who just want to protect their lips everyday (good for you!). We see a lot of skin cancers on the lips, and there is no better way to protect yourself than by using a sunscreen each and every day. An elegant chemical-free formulation, suitable for sensitive skin types, this one is sure to please!

Solar Protection Liptect Lip Balm is available at Manhattan Dermatology for $10. Drop in and pick some up—we’re open Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm.

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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from Manhattan Dermatology!

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Deck the Halls with Some Obagi

Cleansers, serums, lotions, SPF, night cream—or get them all…
Check out the Obagi-C Rx System!

 

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Cathy’s Holiday Facial: Eminence Organics Seasonally Sensational Treatment

If you haven’t yet had the joyous experience of a treatment by Cathy, our extraordinary esthetician, now is your chance!

Cathy is truly an expert and goes above and beyond—your skin will be radiant and you’ll feel like a new person. Trust us, she and her services are exceptional. And just for the holiday season, Cathy is offering the following special…

Èminence Organics Seasonally Sensational Treatment – $135

Pamper yourself with the gift of good skin this holiday season with our Éminence Organics Holiday Treatment, featuring luxurious masques like Cranberry Pomegranate, Blueberry Soy Repair, and Pumpkin Latte Hydration. Each treatment includes a Yam & Pumpkin Enzyme Peel that will leave skin radiant and exfoliated while boosting collagen for smoother firmer skin. Top that off with a décolleté and hand massage using an Apricot Sugar Scrub and you’ll be sure to leave here feeling decadent and ready for the holidays. These seasonally-inspired ingredients offer regenerative and healing powers that only nature can produce and are sure to delight the senses!

Cathy is in Tuesday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm. To book an Éminence Organic Holiday Treatment (or any of her other services), please give us a call at 310.546.1188 or request an appointment online.

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This Fall: PDT for Sun Damage

Omnilux Blue Light LEDFall is the time for PDT at Manhattan Dermatology. PDT (or photodynamic therapy) is a great way to rejuvenate your skin and treat sun damage from those hot summer days. It’s also great for acne and can help those with oily skin.

A solution called Levulan is applied to the skin for about an hour (don’t you have some emails to catch up on?). While you “incubate,” this solution targets the abnormal sun-damaged cells. Then you sit under a blue light for a few minutes. This combination leaves the skin renewed, refreshed, and bright—but keep in mind, you won’t look your best for a few days after your treatment. Strict sun avoidance is necessary after the procedure for 24 hours.

We hope you love it after one, but we know you’ll love it even more in a series of 3 or 4. PDT can sometimes be covered by insurance plans. Contact us today for more information—give us a call at 310.546.1188 or request an appointment online.

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How Hairstylists Are Helping to Fight Cancer

How hairstylists are helping to fight cancer

Photo Courtesy of New Beauty.

You think of your hairdresser as saving you from bad hair days. But now, your favorite stylist just may save your life. More than 80 percent of the most common types of skin cancers — squamous cell carcinomas and basal cell carcinomas — occur on the scalp, neck and face. Your hairstylists get a close look at your scalp when you’re in the chair, and they can play a particularly important role in skin cancer detection.

Who knew? Most skin cancers occur on sun-exposed areas, like the head and neck. Skin cancers of the scalp are easy for patients to overlook, which can unfortunately delay their detection. Studies show that hairstylists have been increasingly spotting skin cancers that may otherwise have gone unnoticed. “Hair stylists are often the first line of defense against skin cancers,” said Robert Pariser President of the American Dermatology Association. What’s also helping in the fight against skin cancer is cosmetology schools across the country are teaching students how to identify suspicious spots on a client’s scalp.

Researchers with the Harvard School of Public health surveyed 200 different stylists and found as many as 40 percent now check their customers’ scalps for suspicious moles and lesions. However the Skin Cancer Foundation advises everyone to check their skin head-to-toe monthly. For more information on how to check your scalp (and the rest of your body), please visit the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Step-by-Step Self Examination.

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Dr. Magovern Awarded Favorite Dermatologist

Daily Breeze: South Bay's BEST 2012 - Favorite DermatologistWe’re very excited to announce that Dr. Magovern was awarded “Favorite Dermatologist” in the South Bay’s BEST 2012 readers’ poll by the Daily Breeze.
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Thanks so much, Daily Breeze readers!

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Allumera: Now at Manhattan Dermatology

Allumera at Manhattan DermatologyWe’re excited to offer a new light treatment at Manhattan Dermatology, Allumera! Similar to PDT, Allumera is a photodynamic cosmetic treatment designed to improve the overall appearance of skin and reduce the outward signs of aging—all with minimal downtime and results that last. It even helps reduce the appearance of pores!

A series of 3 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart is recommended for optimal results. Click to learn more about Allumera–including pricing, photo galleries, and video. Allumera will help you glow!

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Product of the Month for September: Obagi-C Rx System

If you’ve been noticing the effects of all those sunny summer days on your face, you’ll love our September Product of the Month, the Obagi-C Rx System. It’s a comprehensive approach to reducing the appearance of sundamage. We love this kit because it comes with everything you need in your skin care regimen: glycolic acid to exfoliate, vitamin C to lighten and brighten skin, and hydroquinone to even skin tone. It even comes with sunscreen!

Obagi-C Rx SystemObagi-C Rx System: Normal-to-Dry Skin

  • C-Cleansing Gel (6oz, AM/PM)
    Prepares and conditions skin to optimize penetration of the system. Enhances skin clarity.
  • C-Clarifying Serum (1oz, AM)
    4% Hydroquinone + Vitamin C serum with L-ascorbic acid Vitamin C. Penetrates the dermal layers to reduce melanosome activity while promoting more even skin tone and providing potent antioxidant therapy.
  • C-Exfoliating Day Lotion (2oz, AM)
    Exfoliates the outermost layer of the skin to enhance penetration of active ingredients. Antioxidant activity neutralizes free radicals and prevents future damage.
  • C-SunGuard SPF 30 (3oz, AM)
    Prevents premature aging from UVA/UVB radiation. Protects skin radiance.
  • C-Therapy Night Cream (2oz, PM)
    Optimizes natural renewal cycle of the skin at night. Reduces irregular melanosome activity while providing potent antioxidant therapy with Vitamins C and E.

Obagi-C Rx System: Normal-to-Oily Skin

  • C-Cleansing Gel (6oz, AM/PM)
    Prepares and conditions skin to optimize penetration of the system. Enhances skin clarity.
  • C-Balancing Toner (6.7oz, AM/PM)
    Balances the pH of oily skin.
  • C-Clarifying Serum (1oz, AM)
    4% Hydroquinone + Vitamin C serum with L-ascorbic acid Vitamin C. Penetrates the dermal layers to reduce melanosome activity while promoting more even skin tone and providing potent antioxidant therapy.
  • C-SunGuard SPF 30 (3oz, AM)
    Prevents premature aging from UVA/UVB radiation. Protects skin radiance.
  • C-Therapy Night Cream (2oz, PM)
    Optimizes natural renewal cycle of the skin at night. Reduces irregular melanosome activity while providing potent antioxidant therapy with Vitamins C and E.

The Obagi-C Rx System is available in both normal-to-dry and normal-to-oily skin at Manhattan Dermatology. It should last you roughly 3-4 months and is a great value at $335. Come by any time to pick one up—we’re here Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm.

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Introducing CoolSculpting…

CoolSculpting at Manhattan DermatologySay goodbye to love handles and muffin tops with CoolSculpting!

Dr. Magovern and her extraordinary team at Manhattan Dermatology are pleased to offer CoolSculpting–the safe, non-invasive way to reduce fat in common trouble areas that tend to be resistant to diet and exercise. This revolutionary technology targets and cools unwanted fat cells to induce a noticeable, natural-looking reduction in fat bulges in the flanks and abdominals.

Unlike most other methods of fat reduction, CoolSculpting involves no needles, surgery, or downtime. Patients spend procedure time reading, working on laptops, or relaxing. It’s safe, FDA-cleared and effective. Results look natural and can be seen as early as three weeks following treatment, with the most dramatic results after one to three months.

For more information, including before-and-after photos, videos, FAQs, and treatment overview, please visit our CoolSculpting page. To schedule a complimentary consultation to determine if CoolSculpting is right for you, please give us a call at 310.546.1188 or request an appointment online.

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Tinea Versicolor

Tinea Versicolor, photo courtesy of the AAD.

Tinea Versicolor
Photo courtesy of the AAD

If you grew up around here you have probably seen this or have had this yourself. Tinea versicolor is a fairly common rash, primarily affecting young adults. It appears when a yeast that normally lives on the human skin transforms into its fungal form—it does this with high temperatures and humidity, but can also be associated with excessive sweating, oily skin and pregnancy. It is not dangerous and not contagious, but most people are bothered by its appearance.

Tinea versicolor is usually asymptomatic, but may itch a little. It can present in different ways—most people develop tan or brown oval to round patches, but sometimes they look pale or pink. It affects the upper trunk and shoulders most commonly, but can spread to the neck, arms and beyond.

It’s easy to treat with antifungal creams and many times, an antifungal shampoo applied to the body in the shower can be quite effective. The problem is that tinea versicolor likes to recur and in some people, a maintenance regimen may be necessary. You can try an over-the-counter dandruff shampoo or antifungal cream, but be sure to use it for a least 2 or 3 weeks. If that doesn’t work, make an appointment with your local dermatologist!

(To schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 310.546.1188 or request an appointment online. We look forward to seeing you!)

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Restylane Discounts through GiltCity.com

Have you heard of Gilt City? If you’re a fan of dermal fillers, you’ll love their voucher offer for Restylane Products!

Restylane Voucher on Gilt CityGilt City is a free, subscription-based lifestyle site that offers exclusive offers at insider prices. From now until August 16, Gilt is offering steep discounts on Restylane Family of Products, Restylane and Perlane. 

Restylane and Perlane are dermal fillers used to add volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate-to-severe facial wrinkles and folds. Want to learn more? Click here for treatment information, before-and-after photos, and pricing.

Gilt City’s Voucher Offers:

Treatment with 1mL of Perlane for Nasolabial Folds (Actual Patient of Manhattan Dermatology)*

Option 1: $49 for a $100 Voucher toward a 1mL Treatment with a Restylane Family Product.

  • Each voucher requires a minimum purchase of 1mL. Limit of 3 vouchers (3mL) per patient.
  • Please note that the voucher amount is limited to $100 and does not represent the full cost of treatment. At Manhattan Dermatology, each 1mL syringe of Restylane costs $500 and Perlane costs $550. For a 1mL treatment of a Restylane product, with the Gilt City voucher, your savings is $51.

Option 2: $149 for a $300 Voucher toward a 2mL Treatment with a Restylane Family Product.

  • Each voucher requires a minimum purchase of 2mL. Limit of 3 vouchers (6mL) per patient.
  • Please note that the voucher amount is limited to $300 and does not represent the full cost of treatment. At Manhattan Dermatology, 2-1mL syringes of Restylane cost $1000 and 2-1mL syringes of Perlane cost $1100. For a 2mL treatment of a Restylane product, with the Gilt City voucher, your savings is $151.

How to Purchase the Vouchers:

  1. Go to Gilt City’s Restylane Flash Sale. Select the voucher and the quantity you would like.
  2. Click BUY. You will be asked to sign up for or log in to your Gilt City account. (Signing up is super fast—all you need to do is enter your email address, select your gender, and create a password.)
  3. Confirm quantity, enter payment info, place your order, and receive your voucher!
  4. Then give us a call at 310.546.1188 to book your treatment. (Please note that treatments must be completed by September 30, 2012, after which date the voucher can no longer be used.)
  5. At your appointment, present the voucher to receive your discount of either $100 or $300, depending on the voucher purchased. And that’s it!
*After photo is immediately following injection. Note some swelling and redness. Makeup can cover!
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Product of the Month for July: Journée Bio-Restorative Day Cream

Journee Bio-Restorative Day Cream with PSP
This month Journée by NeoCutis has been flying off the shelf! People are loving this all-in-one anti-aging product. It is perfect for summer because it’s lightweight, has a nice tint, and broad-spectrum sun protection (SPF 30). After cleansing, this is all you need to start your day.

We love this formulation—a blend of growth factors to regenerate the skin, and antioxidants like vitamin C, E and green tea extract to repair existing sun damage and protect from future damage. We know you will love the way your skin looks and feels. Try it today!

Journée Bio-Restorative Day Cream is available at Manhattan Dermatology for $120. Come by anytime—we’re open Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm.

 

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Meet Lizette, Our Laser + Injectable Specialist

Come see Lizette, our fantastic cosmetic nurse. Patients are raving about her!

Manhattan Dermatology's Cosmetic Nurse, Lizette LudwigLizette Ludwig is Lizette's Before & After Photosa board-certified registered nurse with many years of experience in cosmetic procedures. She performs botox and dysport, fillers, and works with all of our lasers, including hair removal, IPL, and ultherapy.

Lizette can add volume to lips and soften a frown or treat unwanted brown spots and improve skin texture, and her skilled, gentle way makes you know you’re in great hands. (Check out a couple of her happy patients in the photos to the right!)

To make an appointment with Lizette, please give us a call at 310.546.1188 or request an appointment online.

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Product of the Month for June: SkinMedica Rejuvenative Toner

To Tone or Not to Tone?

SkinMedica Rejuvenative Toner

POTM for June: SkinMedica’s Rejuvenative Toner

That is the question. No, toner is not necessary, but if you enjoy it, by all means, add that step to your regimen. I am a fan of finding a regimen that works for you, so if toning makes you happy, stick with it! (I love multi-step regimens, but then again, I am a dermatologist.)

In general, toners are used after cleansing to remove excess oils and residual makeup, but they are also used to restore the pH balance of the skin and to prep for the skin for the steps that follow. Toners also can be a great way to gently and easily cleanse in the morning for the more low-maintenance type.

There are many kinds of toners on the market that do different things and it can be confusing. Here’s the lowdown:

  • Some have a nice mix of exfoliators to help remove dead skin cells and allow your other products to work more effectively. One of my personal favorites is our June Product of the Month: Rejuvenative Toner by SkinMedica. Not only does it smell absolutely wonderful, but it has 7% AHA (alpha-hydroxy acids) including lactic, glycolic, malic acids, green tea extract, vitamin A and salicylic acid.
  • Toners can be very useful for people with oily skin. You want to look for a product with salicylic acid, which can help wick away excess oil and calm acne breakouts—a good one to try is Glytone’s Acne Cleansing Toner.
  • Hydrating toners, on the other hand, are probably not necessary if you are using a good moisturizer, but they can be very refreshing and many have soothing properties. One of my favorites is Murad Hydrating Toner, which may be a good choice for someone in their 40s or 50s with drier skin due to hormonal changes.
  • A couple of years ago, I gave one of my good friends Murad’s Essential-C Toner—and of all the things I have given her through the years, she absolutely loves this and feels like it changed her skin like no other product. So, I guess for some, toners are a must!

Our June Product of the MonthSkinMedica’s Rejuvenative Toner, can be purchased for $34 at Manhattan Dermatology. Come by anytime—we’re open Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm.

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Two Great Options for Acne

If you struggle with acne, please don’t despair—we have solutions. Two options we are really excited about are LED light therapy and photodynamic therapy (PDT). Here’s how they work…

LED Light Therapy

Omnilux Blue Light LEDA great adjunct to traditional therapies, we are excited to offer LED light therapy to our acne patients. LED light therapy helps minimize current breakouts and prevents the development of new lesions.

LED light utilizes blue light (415nm) to target P. acnes, the bacteria associated with acne. P. acnes is not bacteria that spreads from one person to another—it’s actually part of our normal skin flora and contributes to the inflammation associated with acne lesions.

Blue Light LED Therapy Facts:

  • FDA approved for acne.
  • Safe and effective for all skin types, even during summer months.
  • No side effects, no downtime.
  • Non-invasive.
  • Pain-free.
  • Cost effective.
  • Quick—20 minute treatment.
  • A great option for chest and back acne.

We recommend 8 treatments—twice a week for 4 weeks. The cost is $100 per treatment or $600 for series of 8.

PDT (Photodynamic Therapy)

Omniluxe PDTAnother great adjunct to traditional therapies, photodynamic therapy (PDT) also utlilizes blue light to treat acne. Now more mainstream, PDT is being recognized as a very effective treatment for acne. It can be alternative for patients who don’t want to take oral antibiotics or Accutane.

PDT uses a solution called levulan to further activate P. acnes (the bacteria associated with acne) and also targets the sebaceous (oil) gland. Levulan is applied to the face one hour prior to the treatment (you can check email, surf the web, or watch a movie/show on an iPad). After the solution is rinsed, you sit under the blue light for a few minutes.

PDT Facts:

  • Strict sun avoidance for 24-48 hours is necessary following PDT.
  • May have some post-treatment redness, warmth, tingling.
  • A great option for chest and back acne.
  • A good treatment for the reduction of pores, oily skin, and overall skin rejuvenation.

We recommend 3 treatments—once a month for 3 months. The cost is $350 per treatment.

To make an appointment, please call us at 310.546.1188 or request one online.

Coming next month…Red light options for acne, photoaging, pores and wrinkles!

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Get Ready for Summer with the Right Sunscreen

Favorite Sunscreens at Manhattan DermatologyNot all sunscreens are equal.

Look for higher percentages of zinc oxide or titanium dioxide (the physical blockers) or stabilized avobenzone (the chemical blocker). If you’re still burning or getting too much color despite proper application, it’s time to switch to a different sunscreen.

Here are some of our favorites, hand-picked for the summer, and now available at Manhattan Dermatology. And, through July 31, all sunscreens are 20% off! Drop by anytime, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.

For the Face Everyday:

For the Beach/Outdoors/Body:

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Favorite Sunscreens at Manhattan Dermatology

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Summer 2012: Must-Haves

Summer Must-Haves by Manhattan DermatologySunny days are here again and summer is fast approaching! Dr. Magovern has assembled a fantastic list of must-haves to keep your skin protected from the sun and glowing all summer long.

  1. Glytone Exfoliating Body Lotion SPF 15*—leaves skin smooth and bright.
  2. Chocolate Sun Organic Sunless Tanning—available at Mind Body Manhattan.
  3. At-home sunless tanning productsFake Bake Self-Tanning Lotion* is a new favorite, as is St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse.
  4. Solar Protection Formula LipTect SPF 45 Lip Balm—I love this!
  5. Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System*—will give you a deep clean and get off all of the sunblock, sweat and dirt of the summer.
  6. A Vitamin C Product, like Obagi Professional-C Serum 15%*,  to boost the effectiveness of your sunscreen and to prevent and repair sun damage—apply after cleansing, before moisturizer and sunscreen.
  7. Daily Sunscreen for Face: EltaMD UV Daily SPF 40* for normal or dry skin types or try their UV Clear SPF 46* if you are more acne-prone.
  8. Daily Splurge for Face: NeoCutis Journée BioRestorative Day Cream with PSP*. A lightweight, tinted, anti-aging cream, nicely formulated with antioxidants and growth factors, and has an SPF 30 to boot.
  9. Sunscreen for Beach + Vacation: EltaMD Pure Broad-Spectrum SPF 47* (great for sensitive skin) or their UV Lotion SPF 30+* (more moisturizing and comes with in an easy-to-use pump), Blue Lizard Sport SPF 30+* (great for the price), La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Body Milk Sunscreen.
  10. Sunscreen for Babies + Kids: Blue Lizard Sensitive/Baby SPF 30+*, EltaMD Pure Broad-Spectrum SPF 47* (chemical and paraben-free).
  11. Colorescience Pro Sunforgettable Mineral Powder Brush SPF 30—such a fun product and perfect for summer. Perfect for reapplications throughout the day—throw it in your beach bag or purse.
  12. Sun Protective Bathing Suits and Clothing: UV Skinz is a great place for kids’ suits and hats.
  13. A Wide-Brimmed Hat (3-4 inches), available at Gum Tree.
  14. Superfoods: Fruits and vegetables rich with nutrients and anti-oxidants, whole grains and legumes for fiber, nuts and proteins with Omega-3s, and green tea. A few excellent recipes here.

*All products with asterisks are available at Manhattan Dermatology and, through July 31, we are offering 20% off all sunscreen. Come by to stock up—we’re open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.

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Product of the Month for May: Obagi Nu-Derm Sun Shield SPF 50

Obagi Nu-Derm Sun Shield SPF 50May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and the Skin Cancer Foundation has graciously assembled a list of reminders on how to reduce your risk of skin cancer. Sunscreen is essential, so for the May Product of the Month, we’ve chosen one of our favorites, Obagi’s Nu-Derm Sun Shield SPF 50.

What makes it great is that it has over 10% zinc oxide for outstanding protection and it has a very thin, matte finish. Because of the micronized formulation, it leaves no white residue. Perfect for people who have oilier skin or for those who don’t like the feeling of products on their skin. However, if your skin is on the dry side, you might want to go with Obagi’s Healthy Skin Protection SPF 35.

Obagi Nu-Derm Sun Shield SPF 50 is available at Manhattan Dermatology for $46. Come by anytime Monday – Friday, between 9am – 5pm. And don’t forget to apply your sunscreen liberally—early and often!

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Mother’s Day Obagi Special

Mother's Day Obagi Special at Manhattan DermatologyMother’s Day is just around the corner… If you’re looking for a gift for Mom that she’ll appreciate every day, how about a fantastic eye cream?

The Obagi ELASTIderm Eye Products are one-of-a-kind eye treatments that help restore the elasticity around your eyes and reduce the appearance of visible fine lines and wrinkles. And, with purchase of each eye cream or gel, you’ll receive a FREE ELASTILash Eyelash Solution—a $60 value. ELASTILash is a safe, nonprescription treatment that helps achieve the appearance of thicker, fuller lashes.

Obagi ELASTIderm Eye Treatment cream and gel are available at Manhattan Dermatology for $99 each. Come by anytime! We are open weekdays, from 9am to 5pm.

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Molluscum Contagiosum

Molluscum Contagiosum

Molluscum Contagiosum (photo courtesy of AAD)

If you’re a parent, you have probably seen molluscum contagiosum. Most of our kids have had them at one time or another. Molluscum are shiny, umbilicated (having a little central dell) bumps that are common in kids. Often confused with warts, MC is caused by a virus that is usually passed from skin-to-skin contact. They’re not dangerous and if left alone, they may go away with time. However, we like to treat them so that they don’t increase in number or spread to others.

We usually treat molluscum using cantharidin, the extract of the blister beetle commonly referred to as “beetle juice”—kids love the name and they also love that it is painless. We drop a little bit on each lesion and hope to get a mild reaction (maybe even a blister). Over the next few days to weeks, the lesions may get a little irritated and hopefully fade away. We usually treat them at one month intervals until they are gone.

To schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 310.546.1188 or request an appointment online.

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Organic Skin Care

Natural and organic skin care products are tough and can be confusing for consumers. Even though the label may say organic, you really need to look for the organic seal, which actually differs from a product that is 100% natural. There are strict guidelines for a product to truly meet “organic” criteria, and few product lines do this.

While it’s a wonderful idea in theory, I have a hard time finding a product or product line that meets natural or organic criteria that is as effective in the anti-aging arena as their non-organic or non-natural counterparts. I feel like if you are going to invest in skin care, USDA Certified Organic Sealyou should choose products that are going to give you the best results for your particular skin type—it’s hard to do with the limited amount of natural or organic products on the market today. Also, most of the natural or organic products contain a lot of essential oils and botanical ingredients, which can cause irritation and allergy. Just because a product is organic, doesn’t necessarily mean that it is better for your skin.

That being said, I think the Suki line, which is 100% natural, does a great job. The Éminence line is a popular certified organic line with a wide array of excellent products—we carry the Yam & Pumpkin Enzyme Peel and love it. However, if you really want something that is going to fight wrinkles, fight sun damage, and help you turn back the clock, I would stick with a line that uses the agents proven time and time again to be efficacious—even if they contain synthetic ingredients.

Still not sure? Drop by Manhattan Dermatology anytime and we’ll help you figure out what products are best for your skin. We’re open Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm. We look forward to seeing you!

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Product of the Month for April: Glytone Retexturize Body Lotion SPF 15

Glytone Retexturize Body Lotion SPF 15

Glytone Retexturize Body Lotion SPF 15

Just in time for these gorgeous sunny days, Glytone’s Retexturize Body Lotion SPF 15 is April’s Product of the Month. We love it.

Great for daily use all over the body to keep it smooth and bright. It’s formulated with shea butter to keep your skin soft and time-released glycolic acid which provides all-day exfoliation. And, it has SPF! It’s also a great prep for self-tanners for the warmer months coming up. Bonus feature is the convenient pump—so easy to use. Highly recommend!

You can purchase Glytone Retexturize Body Lotion SPF 15 at Manhattan Dermatology for $46. Drop by—we’re open weekdays, from 9am to 5pm.

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Basal Cell Carcinomas

Five Warning Signs of Basal Cell Carcinoma

Photos and content courtesy of Skin Cancer Foundation

Basal cell carcinomas (or BCCs) are the most common form of skin cancer and something that we see on a daily basis in our clinic. They usually present as a little pimple or sore that doesn’t seem to go away or a persistent scaly spot. We see a lot on the nose, but others areas of the face are commonly affected—as are the ears, neck and scalp. I have been seeing a lot on women’s chests lately (remember those days of frying our chests?). Men’s backs are also a common area. These skin cancers are not life threatening and most can be treated easily in the clinic but it’s important to catch them early. If let go, they can become locally aggressive or could very rarely spread to other parts of the body. Sun protection is the best way to prevent them.

The Skin Cancer Foundation has outlined the five warning signs of basal cell carcinomas:

  1. An open sore that bleeds, oozes, or crusts and remains open for a few weeks, only to heal up and then bleed again. A persistent, non­-healing sore is a very common sign of an early BCC.
  2. A reddish patch or irritated area, frequently occurring on the face, chest, shoulders, arms, or legs. Sometimes the patch crusts, and it may also itch. At other times, it persists with no noticeable discomfort.
  3. A shiny bump or nodule that is pearly or translucent and is often pink, red, or white. The bump can also be tan, black, or brown, especially in dark-haired people, and can be confused with a mole.
  4.  A pink growth with a slightly elevated rolled border and a crusted indentation in the center. As the growth slowly enlarges, tiny blood vessels may develop on the surface.
  5. A scar-like area that is white, yellow or waxy, and often has poorly defined borders; the skin itself appears shiny and taut. This warning sign may indicate the presence of an invasive BCC that is larger than it appears to be on the surface.

Come in today and get that spot checked!
Give us a call at 310.546.1188 or request an appointment online.

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Eye Got You Covered!

Why am I getting fine lines & wrinkles around my eyes?

One of the most common questions we get! Fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes are particularly common in both men and women. The onset of wrinkles in this area can occur considerably sooner than elsewhere on the face. The increased frequency of movement around the eyes—due to smiling, squinting and other facial expressions—allows for expression lines to become etched-in more quickly than the rest of the face. That, and the fact that the skin around the eyes is very thin, eye wrinkles can appear at almost any age. They will also appear more quickly if a person has a substantial amount of sun damage (sun worshippers, beware!). While there is no surefire way to guarantee you will never wrinkle, there are steps you can take to help prevent (and treat) eye wrinkles.

How to approach lines around the eyes?

Like most treatments in dermatology, I believe a multi-faceted approach will allow for the best outcome. I recommend tackling lines around the eyes in several ways. (Dark circles are a whole other topic, but these tips help those too!)

1) TOPICAL REGIMEN (SUNSCREEN, EYE CREAM + MOISTURIZER, RETINOID):

SUNSCREEN
SkinMedica Daily Physical Defense SPF 30+It is important to be diligent about sunscreen use to prevent further damage. Sun damage is the leading cause of fine lines and premature aging. In fact, many experts agree that wrinkles are the direct cumulative result of decades of unprotected sun exposure, rather than aging itself. Ultraviolet (UV) rays penetrate the skin, invading the normally sturdy layers below and eventually destroying collagen and elastin. Collagen makes your skin firm and youthfully plump. Elastin gives skin resiliency and keeps expression lines from forming into creases and wrinkles.
I recommend sunscreens with at least SPF 30 that contain physical blockers such as zinc or titanium. A couple of my favorites are SkinMedica Daily Physical Defense SPF 30+ and SkinCeuticals Ultimate UV Defense SPF 30. EltaMD and Obagi also make great sunscreens. Don’t be afraid to use sunscreen around the eyes. If you become irritated, try a new sunscreen or ask your dermatologist for help and make sure you keep that area moisturized! Also, wear sunglasses to help avoid squinting.

EYE CREAM + MOISTURIZER
SkinMedica TNS Eye RepairInvest in a good eye cream and moisturizer. If your eye cream is not moisturizing enough, make sure you moisturize over it. Many eye creams claim to erase dark circles and fine lines—while I think that many of these creams overpromise, I do think that long term use of an antioxidant, retinol and/or growth factor product (such as SkinMedica TNS Eye Repair or Lumiere Bio-restorative Eye Cream with PSP) in this area will definitely help. Antioxidants like green tea (found in Replenix products) or coffeeberry (found in Revaleskin products—both of which have great eye creams), work to fight free radicals, which are produced by pollution, stress and sun—a skincare nightmare! They attack healthy skin cells and cause collagen breakdown, which leads to wrinkles.

SkinMedica Tri-Retinol ComplexRETINOID
If you’re not using a retinoid cream, give us a call, because you should be. Retinoids include prescription-strength tretinoin (Retin-A), over-the-counter retinol and retinylaldehyde-containing products and should be incorporated into your skin care regimen indefinitely. Retinoid creams used nightly (or every other night), stimulate collagen renewal and prevent skin cells from breaking down. Women in their 20s and early 30s can use these to keep fine lines from turning into deeper creases. These products are often available by prescription or by direct dispense from a physician’s office. There are also some good over-the-counter options, such as SkinMedica Tri-Retinol Complex. For dark circles due to pigment, a hydroquinone-containing cream (such as EpiQuin in our SkinMedica Hyperpigmentation System) may be necessary. There are also some good non-hydroquinone lightening agents available today (products by DCL and NeoCutis are among our favorites).

2) INJECTIONS:

Eyes Treated with Botox at Manhattan DermatologyNEUROMODULATORS
Botox or Dysport injections are a great way to reduce existing lines due to movement, and also to prevent etching in of further lines down the road. In most individuals, crow’s feet are caused by smiling and squinting in combination with loss of facial volume and collagen. When it comes to the eyes, only a small amount of Botox can make a huge difference. Even treating the “bunny lines” can improve the appearance of the lines under the eyes.

Eyes Treated with Restylane at Manhattan DermatologyDERMAL FILLERS
Depending on the amount of volume loss, fillers such as Juvederm or Restylane may be injected in to correct some of the deeper lines. These fillers can also mask tired-looking “bags” and dark circles under the eyes. By filling in the hollow around the eye socket you can reduce shadows, puffiness and the sunken eye appearance.

3) CHEMICAL PEELS:

GLYTONE ENERPEEL
Eyes Treated with EnerPeelChemical peels in the eye area are a great way improve the appearance of dark circles due to pigment, fine lines, and crepiness. Specifically designed for eye wrinkles, the new Glytone EnerPeel is a great option. The EnerPeel’s patented technology allows key ingredients, TCA and lactic acid, to go deep into the skin where collagen remodeling takes place. We recommend 2-4 treatments done 2 weeks apart. You will have some mild flaking—so little, if any downtime. We think you will love the results. The EnerPeel costs $99, and when you buy a series of 3, you receive 1 free!

Ready to book?

To schedule an appointment (or a complimentary consultation), please give us a call at 310.546.1188 or request an appointment online. We look forward to seeing you!

 

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Cathy’s Tips on Getting the Most from Your Products

Following these tips by our fantastic esthetician, Cathy, will no doubt result in glowing, radiant skin! 

 

1.EXFOLIATE FIRST

Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System

Think of the surface of your skin—those dead cells—as a barrier. You have to remove the barrier for products to get in. Basic cleansers are great for removing dirt and oil, but to help increase absorption of your products, it helps to use an alpha-hydroxy cleanser, such as Glytone Mild Gel Wash or Cream Wash to chemically exfoliate. Or you can mechanically exfoliate with a scrub containing small, smooth particles, like SkinCeuticals Micro-Exfoliating Scrub or by using a gentle buffing tool. I recommend the Clarisonic Mia Cleansing System for a deep clean. The Mia buffs your skin to a healthy glow, leaving your skin uber clean and allowing products to penetrate up to six times deeper.

2. GO IN ORDER
Whatever goes on first penetrates best. So whether you’re fighting wrinkles, zits, or sun spots, the most active ingredients should be applied first. If you’re using two products for two different problems, apply one to freshly cleansed, bare skin in the morning and the other to bare skin at night. If you have multiple treatment products, layering is okay—just use the thinnest first. Smooth on other items in order of density, from thinnest (like an antioxidant serum) to thickest (moisturizer or night cream).

3. APPLY TO JUST-WASHED SKIN
Damp skin acts like a sponge, quickly absorbing whatever comes its way. (Make sure skin is damp…not wet.) This rule applies to almost every product—especially products for the body. Increase absorption even more by washing your face with lukewarm water instead of cold. Warm water causes pores to dilate therefore letting more product in. The only caveat: if you have sensitive skin, you may need to let your skin fully dry!

Skinceuticals Micropeel: Dermaplane Blade + Solution

4. DERMAPLANE
Dermaplaning is a gentle skin resurfacing procedure utilizing a special surgical blade to remove the top layer of dead skin cells. The removal not only allows for cell renewal, but also allows for better penetration of professional and home products, optimizing their results. As an added bonus, it also removes facial hair—a great procedure for patients wanting to remove lighter-colored facial hair or “peach fuzz,” which doesn’t respond to laser treatment. With absolutely no downtime and zero discomfort, this is one of my favorite treatments!

5. TRY SERUMS
Serums are an important piece of the skin care puzzle and can help to transform your skin. Serums have the ability to penetrate more deeply into the layers of the skin where they deliver specific ingredients that have very explicit jobs. They are nice to layer under moisturizers. Looking for glowing skin? Try Obagi’s Professional-C Serum 15% to pump the skin full of antioxidants!

6. BE A MATCHMAKER
Obagi NuDerm SystemSunscreen and antioxidants were born to be married. As sunscreen blocks UV rays, antioxidants combat the free radicals, which leads to sun damage and wrinkles before they can do damage. If your SPF doesn’t include them, layer an antioxidant serum underneath. (Try SkinMedica Vitamin C+E Complex). Some other popular couples are retinoids and hydroquinone to treat hyperpigmentation and melasma (Obagi’s NuDerm System). They get out pigment in different ways and work best in conjunction. Knowing when to mix and match can be confusing, so feel free to check with us anytime!

7. GET REGULAR FACIALS
It’s amazing what deep cleaning, infusion of powerful ingredients and a little relaxation can do. Have stubborn blackheads, milia or feeling a little dull? Come in for a facial today!

 

To schedule an appointment, please call us at 310.546.1188 or request an appointment online.

 

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Feeling Lucky?

Manhattan Dermatology St. Patricks Promo 2012
In Honor of St Patrick’s Day…

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We are offering a free lash tint to the first 7 lucky people
to schedule a peel with our wonderful esthetician, Cathy.

Call for an appointment: 310.546.1188 and mention this offer!

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For each petal on the shamrock this brings a wish your way—
Good health, good luck, and happiness for today and every day.

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Product of the Month for February: Clarisonic Cleansing System

Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System
Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System

I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t love February’s Product of the Month, the Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System—it’s like an electric toothbrush for your face.

The Clarisonic brush is 6x better than cleaning with your hands alone. It has a brush head that moves back and forth at over 300 movements per second, which gently flexes the skin, and helps remove dirt and oil within the pores and sweeps away dead skin cells and impurities. The part that I like the most is that it allows your skin care products to work more effectively—shown to increase the absorption of vitamin C by 61%!

We recommend them to all our of patients who want to improve their skin care regimen, and they are also great for our acne patients. Try one, we know you will love it—your skin will feel smoother, softer and brighter.

The Clarisonic is available at Manhattan Dermatology for $119. We’re open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.

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