Melanoma Monday: Be Your Own Skin Cancer Hero


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.

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


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?


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.

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


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


Fillers Before & After


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!

New! Cut Your CoolSculpting® Treatment Time By Nearly Half at The Dermatology Center


The Cool Advantage at The Dermatology Center

As you may know, CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure that eliminates stubborn fat safely and effectively, with zero surgery or downtime. It is the only fat reduction treatment cleared by the FDA, that uses controlled cooling to safely target and eliminate diet- and exercise-resistant fat. In just 60 minutes, many clients are on their way to a happier, more-contoured self. 

But now, 60-minute treatment times are a thing of the past! With CoolSculpting's latest technology, the CoolAdvantage, treatment times have dropped by nearly half, to approximately 35 minutes.

And those 35-minute treatments are now available for many popular areas including the abdomen, flanks (love handles) and inner thighs!







When will I notice results?

While some patients may see results in as little as three weeks after their first treatment, the most dramatic results are usually seen between one and three months following treatment.

Remember though, CoolSculpting is not a weight-loss treatment. It is designed for people who have an active lifestyle, experience minimal weight fluctuations, and are looking to target stubborn areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise.

Am I a candidate for CoolSculpting?

To determine whether you’re a candidate for CoolSculpting, request a consultation today!

CoolSculpting for Arms - Now Available at The Dermatology Center!


Your favorite fat-freezing procedure is now available for arms!

Are bicep curls and tricep extensions not giving you the “toned” arms you desire? Do you spend copious amounts of time dieting and exercising, yet you still aren’t seeing the results you’re looking for? Not to worry, because you’re not alone! As a matter of fact, according to Zeltiq, the medical technology company behind CoolSculpting treatments, 14 million people have expressed concern about unwanted arm fat, making this the third most popular area for consideration of non-invasive fat reduction. 

With that much concern and consideration, Zeltiq has been hard at work getting the FDA to approve CoolSculpting to treat stubborn fat on your upper arms. And with great success, CoolSculpting using the CoolAdvantage Petite for arms is now FDA-cleared, with all Dermatology Center offices offering treatments now!

What is CoolSculpting?


CoolSculpting is a procedure that safely delivers precisely controlled cooling to gently and effectively target fat cells underneath the skin. Treated fat cells are crystallized or frozen, and then die off. Over time, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates the cells, leaving a more sculpted appearance. Typically, fat cells in the treated area are reduced by 20-25%, and since these cells are naturally processed and eliminated, they won’t migrate to other untreated areas of your body.

What happens during the CoolSculpting arm treatment?


During the CoolSculpting arm treatment, a gel pad and the CoolAdvantage Petite applicator will be applied to the upper arm area. The applicator will deliver controlled cooling to the targeted fat and be completed in roughly 30 minutes per treatment cycle. During the procedure, you can read, check email, or even take a nap; after the procedure, you can return to your normal activities immediately.

When will I notice results?

While some patients may see results in as little as three weeks after their first treatment, the most dramatic results are usually seen between one and three months following treatment.

Remember though, CoolSculpting is not a weight-loss treatment. It is designed for people who have an active lifestyle, experience minimal weight fluctuations, and are looking to target stubborn areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise.

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Am I a candidate for CoolSculpting for arms?

To determine whether you’re a candidate for CoolSculpting for arms, schedule your complimentary consultation at any of our locations today!

Your Skin and the Sun - Dr. Yu and Dr. Gilman Answer Questions Most Commonly Asked by Patients

Q: What is skin cancer, and am I at risk?

There are three types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma (“BCC”), squamous cell carcinoma (“SCC”) and melanoma.

A: Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the US. It affects men and women of all ages and skin colors, and will affect 20% of the population at some point during their lifetime.  There are three common types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. 

The most common type of skin cancer is basal cell carcinoma ("BCC"). BCC is almost always due to sun exposure; infrequently these cells form due to certain types of burns, scars, or skin diseases. BCC is rarely life-threatening, but it can grow and damage surrounding tissue, leading to considerable destruction and disfigurement. Squamous cell carcinoma ("SCC") is the second most common type of skin cancer. SCC is also caused by exposure to ultraviolet light, from both the sun and tanning beds. SCCs grow and destroy the skin and, while it is uncommon, if left untreated, some can get large and deep enough to spread to other parts of the body. Both BCC and SCC have a more than 95% cure rate if treated early.

The most serious form of skin cancer is melanoma. It is the least common of the three types, but the incidence is increasing. If caught and treated early, melanoma can be cured, but if it is not caught in time, it can spread to other organs and can be fatal. Melanoma often, but not always, occurs on sun-exposed skin. There are both environmental (sun exposure) and genetic factors involved in the development of melanoma, so it is important to practice safe sun habits and check your skin regularly. The risk of developing melanoma is higher if you have fair skin and eyes, many moles on your skin, or a family history of melanoma. These are the reasons The Dermatology Center and Sona Dermatology & MedSpa recommend a yearly total body skin exam with one of our board-certified dermatologists.


Q: How can I treat sun damaged skin and still enjoy the sun? 

A: You need to be honest with yourself about how willing you are to protect your skin from the sun. Don't waste your time and money treating your sun damage if you are not going to start protecting yourself from the sun. You don't have to stay home and hide and stop doing the things you love, but you do need to adapt your behaviors in order to minimize the damage to your skin. Wear SPF 30 or higher sunscreen, one with avobenzone and zinc oxide or titanium dioxide and wear a hat. Try to do your outdoor activities when the sun isn't at its peak, which is usually between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

If you decide that you want to treat your sun damage and you are going to start practicing good sun-protection, you have a variety of options. You can start with a retinoid cream at night that will help build collagen and fade the discolorations. You can boost the effectiveness of the retinoid cream by adding a hydroquinone, like TriLuma cream. You should also use an antioxidant serum in the morning. Another option would be intense pulsed light (“IPL”). IPL will treat brown spots from sun damage very well, especially if this is your main concern. Fraxel is another option, which treats fine lines and pigment. However, if you are only treating the brown spots, then IPL may be the way to go.


Q: What is the ideal age to start using retinol-containing products? 

A: Retinol-containing products are a good choice for all age groups and have been proven to be one of the best products for anti-aging. Regular use will stimulate your skin to make new collagen, smoothing any existing fine lines while slowing down the appearance of new ones. The overall texture and tone of the skin will be softer, fresher, and more even. When you start using a retinoid cream for the first time, you will probably have some skin peeling or flaking, which is just your skin exfoliating and is not a sign of allergy or intolerance to the cream. If you are very dry, try using the cream every other night for a couple of weeks and then use it every night. You can also apply your moisturizer on top of the retinoid, and it will not decrease the effectiveness of the treatment. Unless you get very red or irritated, keep using the retinoid cream and your skin should adjust and stop feeling dry after 2-3 weeks. There are different strengths of retinoids, and you may want to start with a mild one, increasing over time to stronger treatments.