What Happens During A Consultation?

A consultation is equal parts interview and learning experience to explore the possible array of treatments that will work for you in order to achieve the best image of yourself.

No two patients are the same, the process of a consultation will provide answers to questions and help you navigate to a well informed decision. A consultation will also be useful in finding the provider that will not only be qualified to perform your procedure safely and successfully but, is also a good fit for your aesthetic sense and personality.

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At The Dermatology Center and Rockledge MedSpa, our highly skilled group of providers recommend treatments and procedures that are tailored to target your skin concerns. We help prioritize the treatment(s) that are best for the patient and guide them through their aesthetic process. Through the comprehensive consultation, the providers dedicate their time with the patient to discuss all levels of possibilities in order to address their skin concerns, that will ultimately give them the results they are looking for.

During a consultation at The Dermatology Center and Rockledge MedSpa, there are a few things that you should expect to happen:

  1. A thorough discussion of aesthetic and/or medical possibilities for areas of concern.

  2. Recommendations of specific treatment(s) from one member of our highly skilled group of providers.

  3. Recommended number of treatments needed in order to achieve skin care goals with our Cosmetic Coordinators, Denise West or Anya Balick.

  4. Discussion of pricing, pre-op and post-op care, as well as scheduling.

A consultation fee of $150 is usually collected at the time of scheduling the first initial appointment, however, for the Month of April, The Dermatology Center and Rockledge MedSpa are offering free consultations with Monisola Balogun, NP and Alexandra Weiss, NP. For the convenience of our patients, Monisola Balogun, NP is located at the Bethesda office and Alexandra Weiss is located in the Germantown office. Please take advantage of this special offer and schedule your Free Consultation today!

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Welcome Dr. Iyer

Anita Iyer, M.D.

Anita Iyer, M.D.

Anita Iyer, MD is a board certified dermatologist and a Diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Cincinnati, where she worked at the Mead paper and NASA Lewis Research Center.  Dr. Iyer completed her medical degree at the Medical College of Ohio.  She is recognized for her outstanding academic achievements by the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.  She completed her internship at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA and her residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Department of Dermatology.  She has practiced in both Montgomery and Howard Counties since 2002.   

Dr. Iyer prides herself in the quality of care her patients receive.  She always strives to treat patients with consideration, thorough exams and counseling.  She wants her patients to have ample opportunity to discuss their concerns and ask their questions.  Dr. Iyer enjoys treating patients of all ages and has focused on general Dermatology, Dermatologic Surgery and Cosmetic Dermatology.  Throughout her career Dr. Iyer has enjoyed mentoring young graduates with aspirations to continue to further medical degrees.  

As a  working mom with 2 teenagers, her free time revolves around kid’s sports and activities- ice hockey, softball and music.  As a family they enjoy cooking, travel and sampling lots of different cuisines throughout the DC Metropolitan area. 

 “What I love most about practicing are the relationships I have been lucky to build with both patients and my colleagues.  I have been very lucky to treat multiple generations within families, often treating children and continuing their Dermatologic care through adulthood.”    


Former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres Reveals Skin Cancer Diagnosis

Former 1993 Miss Universe, Dayanara Torres

Former 1993 Miss Universe, Dayanara Torres

On Monday February 4, 2019, Former Miss Universe, Dayanara Torres took to Instagram to reveal troubling news. She announced that she has skin cancer, specifically, melanoma.  She is now urging everyone to get their skin checked.  In an Instagram post she wrote, “Today I have some sad news... I have been diagnosed with skin cancer 'melanoma' from a big spot/mole I never paid attention to”. Torres also explained that her fiancé had “begged her to get that spot checked” and finally made the appointment for her to get it checked. She continued to share doctors already removed a large area from the back of her knee & 2 lymph nodes at the top of her leg where it had already spread. She is “hoping it has not spread to any more areas or organs”.  

 I’ve heard of melanoma but, what is it exactly?  

 Melanoma is a cancer of the pigment producing cells of our skin (melanocytes). Although it is one of the deadliest form of skin cancer, it is highly treatable when detected early.  According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), melanoma rates in the U.S. have doubled over the last 30 years and have continued to increase.  In 2019, it is estimated that nearly 200,000 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in the U.S.   

Several risk factors can make a person more susceptible to melanoma or other forms of skin cancer, including exposure to ultraviolet rays (a.k.a., sunlight or tanning beds), having moles, having fair skin or freckles, and having a family history of melanoma. Skin cancer can affect anyone, regardless of skin color.  Skin cancer in patients with skin of color is often diagnosed in its later stages, when it’s more difficult to treat. 

The best way to prevent skin cancer is by practicing proper sun protection. This means apply generous amounts of sunscreen as well as doing self skin checks for abnormal or changing moles.  

What to do next? 

The ABCDE’s of Melanoma Skin Cancer

The ABCDE’s of Melanoma Skin Cancer

Dayanara Torres urges her followers on Instagram to take better care of themselves and pay attention to their bodies.  "If you see or feel something different in your body, have it checked," she wrote. "I had no idea skin cancer could spread anywhere else in your body." 

Another thing to keep in mind when performing skin cancer exam is the ABCDE’s of melanoma. 

According to the American Cancer Society, the best treatment for melanoma is based on the stage of the cancer, as well as other factors, but will often include some form of surgery, immunotherapy, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy. 

In her Instagram post Torres urges her followers to be more aware of their skin “if you see or feel something different in your body, have it checked”. Be aware of your skin and schedule your skin exam with your local dermatologist today. Early detection is the best way to prevent the cancer from spreading. We at The Dermatology Center have two convenient locations in Bethesda and Germantown as well as evening and Saturday hours.  

As far as handling her diagnosis, she seems prepared to do whatever it takes for the sake of herself and her two sons, “My sons, although a bit scared, know about my faith and know they have a warrior of a mommy!"

Call and Book your skin exam with us today!

*Information on www.dermskin.com is general in nature and is provided for informational purposes only. The information is NOT medical advice and no physician/patient relationship is created by virtue of the information provided on Dermskin.com. The content is not a substitute for consulting a medical professional. Please see full disclaimer, here.

Melanoma Monday: Be Your Own Skin Cancer Hero

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Melanoma Monday is marked by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) on the first Monday in May to raise awareness of melanoma and other forms of skin cancer. Although melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, it is highly treatable when detected early. The rates of melanoma have been rising for the last 30 years. More than 91,000 new melanomas are estimated to be diagnosed in 2018.

The AAD is encouraging women to check both their partners and themselves for signs of skin cancer through their SPOT Skin Cancer campaign – “Check Your Partner. Check Yourself.” Research shows that women are nine times more likely than men to notice melanoma on others. This is especially important for men over 50 as they have an increased risk of developing melanoma. (Check out this humorous video the AAD put together illustrating the differences in observation between men and women.)

When checking your or your partner’s skin, you should take note of all the spots on the body, including moles, freckles and age spots. You want to record these spots so you can easily and regularly track changes. Checking your partner’s body front and back including elbows, forearms, underarms, palms, neck, scalp, back, buttocks, legs and feet can help identify any warning signs. Check out this detailed infographic (also shown below) of how to perform regular skin cancer exams.

Another thing to keep in mind when performing skin cancer exams is the ABCDE’s of melanoma.

A=Asymmetry - one half is unlike the other half
B=Border - the mole has an irregular, scalloped or poorly defined border
C=Color - is varied from one area to another; has shades of tan, brown or black, or is sometimes white, red, or blue
D=Diameter - melanomas are usually greater than 6mm (the size of a pencil eraser) when diagnosed, but they can be smaller
E=Evolving - a mole or skin lesion that looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color

If you happen to notice a spot that is different from others, or that changes, itches or bleeds, contact The Dermatology Center and schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified dermatologists.

*Information on www.dermskin.com is general in nature and is provided for informational purposes only. The information is NOT medical advice and no physician/patient relationship is created by virtue of the information provided on Dermskin.com. The content is not a substitute for consulting a medical professional. Please see full disclaimer, here.

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5 Things You Wanted To Know About Botox – But Never Asked

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Millions of people have already made Botox Cosmetic a part of their beauty regimen to keep their skin looking fresh and youthful. Botox Cosmetic is the only FDA approved treatment to temporarily improve the appearance of both moderate to severe frown lines between the brows and crow’s feet in adults. If you have been thinking about getting rid of those fine lines and wrinkles, here are 5 things you should know about Botox:

Does Botox Hurt?

Some patients report that being injected with BOTOX® Cosmetic feels like a pinch. Your provider may use ice to numb the treatment area. If you are concerned about discomfort, your provider may apply a topical numbing cream before administering your treatment.

When Will I See Results?

Botox takes on average 5-10 days to relax and see full results, and lasts anywhere from 3-4 months. Some people say they can see a slight difference in a day or two. Most people will be at nearly full effect in one week. It is at its peak of effectiveness in two weeks.

What Should I NOT Do After Treatments?

  • DO NOT take Ibuprofen, aspirin or vitamin E for 24 hours after injection

  • DO NOT massage or manipulate the injection sites for 48 hours after injection

  • DO NOT do heavy exercising for 24 hours

  • DO NOT lay down for the next 4 hours

Do men receive BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments?

Yes, BOTOX® Cosmetic has been clinically evaluated in male patients. In clinical studies for moderate to severe frown lines, 17.5% of patients treated with BOTOX® Cosmetic were men. In the clinical studies for moderate to severe crow’s feet, male patients comprised approximately 10% of patients treated with BOTOX® Cosmetic.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 10% of all cosmetic procedures performed in the United States in 2014 were on men—that is more than 1 million cosmetic procedures. The number of cosmetic procedures for men increased by 273% from 1997 to 2014.

Can I Use My Brilliant Distinction Points at The Dermatology Center?

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Yes! If you have Brilliant Distinction points you can redeem your points at any Dermatology Center location for dollars off BOTOX® Cosmetic, Juvederm XC, Juvederm Voluma XC and SkinMedica Products. Plus, anytime you purchase any participating product or service at The Dermatology Center, you can earn Brilliant Distinction points.

Don’t have a Brilliant Distinctions account? Sign up!

Which is Right for Me? Botox vs. Filler at The Dermatology Center

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If you are fighting against fine lines and wrinkles that are prematurely aging your appearance, there are many options that can give you a youthful boost. But what is best for you - Botox® Cosmetic or dermal fillers like Juvederm? Often a combination of Botox and filler is needed to achieve the best results because these products can work in conjunction to address different issues.

Botox® Cosmetic is one of the most familiar ways of smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles by causing facial muscles to relax temporarily. Here at The Dermatology Center, we perform a lot of Botox and we see that Botox can be an excellent solution for many clients. For instance, someone in their late 20's and 30's might choose Botox to help prevent wrinkles and enhance their complexion. Older clients may opt for Botox to soften existing lines and prevent new ones from forming.

Like Botox, dermal fillers are an injectable treatment used to tackle some of the most frustrating signs of aging. Unlike Botox, fillers do not relax facial muscles. Instead, fillers work to fill "creases" and "plump" the skin. This allows a more youthful looking appearance by replacing lost tissue volume with filler in addition to filling folds and wrinkles. The Dermatology Center offers popular fillers such as Juvederm, Juvederm Voluma™ XC, and Radiesse.

Botox Before & After

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Fillers Before & After

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Not sure which one is right for you? No problem, let our experts recommend the best combination of products to address your individual concerns. You can feel confident choosing The Dermatology Center for your beauty needs because we know natural-looking results are a must. One of our expert injectors will develop a personalized treatment plan based on their medical knowledge and injection experience. Contact The Dermatology Center today and regain your youthful appearance!