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.

Fat Reduction vs. Weight Loss | CoolSculpting®

What's the Difference Between Getting Rid of Fat and Losing Weight?

Many of our clients interested in the CoolSculpting for fat reduction have the very common misconception that weight loss and fat reduction are the same thing. They are not.

While as we all know maintaining a healthy weight is an important part of physical health, it does not always equate to the look you want. That means you could spend months dieting, working out, and staying fit, and still not get rid of those love handles or problem areas around your stomach that you just can't stand. CoolSculpting is designed specifically to help you target stubborn fat in those areas.

When we lose weight, our fat cells become smaller, but the number of fat cells remains the same. When we gain weight, those fat cells become larger again.

The CoolSculpting procedure actually reduces the number of fat cells in the treated areas. Obviously, fat cells that are no longer there can't get bigger. And unlike weight loss surgery or other non-surgical weight loss procedures, results from the CoolSculpting procedure are lasting because once the fat cells are eliminated, they're gone for good. 

After the CoolSculpting procedure, the treated areas actually have fewer fat cells. And unlike what happens when you lose weight, there's no change in fat cell distribution in untreated areas.

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5 Things You Wanted to Know About CoolSculpting - But Never Asked

1. Is CoolSculpting permanent?

Yes. Once the treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen), they die and are naturally processed and eliminated from the body. Once the treated fat cells are gone, they’re gone for good.

2. What does it feel like?

As the cooling begins during the first few minutes, you may typically feel intense cold. This soon dissipates. With some applicators, you’ll feel some pulling as suction is applied. The area generally goes numb within 5 to 10 minutes during treatment. Many people read, watch videos, work on their laptop, or even take a nap during their CoolSculpting treatment.

After the treatment, you may feel some tingling as the area is massaged for 2 or 3 minutes. Patients are usually able to return to normal activities immediately following their appointment. 

3. Why does it take so long to see results?

Once the the fat cells treated die, your body will process those dead cells naturally. You may start to see changes as quickly as 3 weeks after your treatment, and will experience the most dramatic results after 2 months. Your body will still continue to flush out fat cells for up to 4 to 6 months after treatment.

4. Will CoolSculpting help me lose weight?

No. The number of fat cells in our bodies typically becomes a fixed number sometime in our teenage years. Losing or gaining weight generally does not increase or decrease the number of fat cells. Instead, it changes the size of fat cells.

5. I hear you treat the banana area - What exactly is that?

The banana roll is a pocket of fat underneath the butt that is in the shape of a banana. Some people say it makes them look like they have a double butt.


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Perfect Your Profile with CoolSculpting

Having a double chin can be embarrassing and make you look older than you really are. It's time to finally say goodbye to your double chin and say hello to a younger looking you! 

CoolSculpting at The Dermatology Center is the revolutionary treatment to eliminate stubborn fat with a wide range of applicators, optimized to fit different body shapes and sizes. With CoolSculpting's new CoolMini, this applicator is specifically designed to capture and effectively treat small bulges like the double chin. The best part about CoolSculpting is that this non-invasive procedure requires no needles, no surgery, and no downtime. And in just one to two visits, you can eliminate your embarrassing double chin and start enjoying a more transformed you. 

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Brandy K., knows first hand the results what CoolSculpting can do for a double chin. Knowing that many of her family members have double chins, she didn't want that for herself. But no matter how much she worked out or lost weight, the bulge was still there. When she found out that CoolSculpting was coming out with this new applicator for double chins, she decided it was finally time to say goodbye to that bulge!

" The procedure was so easy!  After I was hooked up, I asked the technician to shut off the lights and I took a nap.  It didn’t hurt, it didn’t feel uncomfortable, and I took a blissful nap for about 45 minutes.  

When she removed the applicator, I was amazed at how much we were able to fit in there and freeze.  At that moment, I was so excited for the next four months!  I couldn’t wait to see my result.  She massaged the area for a couple of minutes, and I returned to my regular daily duties.  I went back to work, the area was a little pink, but within about 30 minutes, that went away and you couldn’t even tell I had anything done! 

About three weeks later, I went to dinner with some friends.  I’ll never forget this because it made me so happy.  I remember as I was getting ready, I looked in the mirror and could really tell a difference in my chin area. When I smiled, there wasn’t so much for a noticeable double chin, and I was THRILLED!  While we were at dinner, one of my girlfriends complimented my profile and asked me what had changed, and I told her about CoolSculpting and that I had done the MINI applicator for the chin area.  She said she could tell a difference and I felt like dancing on the table, I was so excited! 

I’ve seen even more of a difference and am a huge fan of this procedure! "


So how can you get started in your CoolSculpting transformation?

Contact The Dermatology Center today! We will be more than happy to start the conversation about your CoolSculpting journey to a slimmer, more sculpted you. During your first visit, you will meet one-on-one with our trained CoolSculpting provider. Our clients trust us because of our dedication to listen and discuss the best approach to achieve your goals. We will customize your treatment plan, since every body is different, and choose the appropriate applicators tailored to your needs. 

Why embrace the bulge when you can eliminate it!


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How Much Does CoolSculpting Cost?

The Procedure That Does What
Diet And Exercise Can't

CoolSculpting fat reduction is a very popular treatment offered at The Dermatology Center.  Often when speaking with clients who are interested in the treatment, one of the first questions asked is how much does it cost?

The answer is not as simple as it may seem on the surface.  A few of the reasons for that are:

  • CoolSculpting is not a "one size fits all" treatment- the treatment plan is truly unique to the individual and their goals.
  • During the consultation our CoolSculpting experts will recommend a personalized treatment plan tailored specifically to your body, your goals and your budget. A CoolSculpting consultation is completely free and only takes about 30 minutes.
  • The pricing is based on the number of areas being treated and the specific applicators being used in the treatment plan. It can range between treating just 2 areas (love handles) to treating 10+ areas.
  • The CoolSculpting procedure is very affordable compared to more invasive procedures like liposuction and The Dermatology Center offers a number of financing options to provide you with a monthly payment that fits your budget. 


Frequently Asked Questions

•   How does your pricing compare to other CoolSculpting providers?

The Dermatology Center's pricing for CoolSculpting is extremely competitive with other providers.  Most clients view CoolSculpting as true investment in themselves.  In fact, after seeing the results from their CoolSculpting procedure, many take even better care of themselves.  

•   Why do I have to have an in-person consultation just to get pricing information?

Because everyone does not have the same body type or the same goals, pricing can and will vary from client to client.  In fact, buyer beware if a provider offers you detailed pricing over the phone or by e-mail.

•   Why should I choose The Dermatology Center for CoolSculpting?

Unlike some providers, at The Dermatology Centers our providers are trained and certified by Zeltiq- the maker of CoolSculpting.  The Dermatology Center's philosophy is one of "treatment to transformation"- addressing all potential treatment areas to create true "wow" results for our clients.


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Is CoolSculpting Right for You?

CoolSculpting is an FDA-cleared fat freezing procedure that contours the body by safely and effectively freezing away unwanted fat for good without surgery or downtime. Many of our clients interested in CoolSculpting have the very common misconception that weight loss and fat reduction are the same thing. They are not.

We all know maintaining a healthy weight is an important part of physical health, but sometimes it does not always equate to the look we want. You could spend months dieting, working out, and staying fit, and still not get rid of those love handles or problem areas around your stomach that you just can't stand. CoolSculpting is designed specifically to help you target stubborn fat in those areas. But to get the results you desire, you must meet certain criteria to be a CoolSculpting candidate.

An ideal candidate for CoolSculpting is someone who:

  • is close to their ideal weight
  • is physically fit but, after diet and exercise, still has stubborn pockets of fat
  • has a little extra fat in specific areas like abs, back, thighs, and chin

This fat reduction solution is a great option for both men and female. Those who are a good candidate for CoolSculpting have excess fat that is not severe enough to be considered for a more serious surgical procedure like liposuction. Many people who are interested in CoolScuplting ask if this will help them lose weight. CoolSculpting is a fat reduction solution, not a substitute for diet and exercise to achieve weight loss.

To set proper expectations, CoolSculpting is not:

  • an alternative to a weight loss program
  • a solution for obesity

Once you have a CoolSculpting treatment, you can expect to start noticing results as soon as 8-12 weeks after treatment. In some cases, more than one treatment is required to achieve the results you desire. 

Schedule a Consultation today to see if CoolSculpting is right for you!