Monday, August 23, 2010

Our Providers

Happy Monday Everyone. We want to wish all our students good luck with the new school year.

This week we wanted to blog about the types of providers you will see at Florida Skin Center.   The first type of provider we wanted to talk about are Physician Assistants. PAs are health care providers that are formally trained to provide diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive healthcare services, as delegated by a physician. Working as members of a healthcare team, they take medical histories, examine and treat patients, order and interpret laboratory tests and x rays, and make diagnoses. They also treat minor injuries by suturing, splinting, and casting. Physician assistants also may prescribe certain medications.

All states require PA’s to pass the Physician Assistant’s National Certifying Examination every six years and require 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years in the specialty they practice.

Our PA, Shirisha, has been practicing with Dr. Badia since 2004.  Shirisha examines and diagnoses patients as well as prescribe treatment medications.  She also performs surgeries and laser treatments.  To find out more about Shirisha and the other providers at Florida Skin center please click here

We hope everyone has a great week.
Florida Skin Center
Your Skin For Life.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Getting Your Skin Ready for Back to School

Hello everyone.  With summer winding down and everyone getting ready for back to school, a common concern for our patients is acne. With so many over the counter acne products available to patients, it can often becoming confusing on what products to try and when to decide it is time to see a dermatologist.

At Florida Skin Center, we understand that everyone’s acne problems are unique to them. What might work for one person may not work for another.  Dr. Badia and her providers use a variety of prescription medications, facials/chemical peels, lasers and products to tailor a treatment plan for your type of acne.

A common type of medication used to treat acne is retinoids.  Retinoids are derivatives of vitamin A that work to reduce oil production and open up pores.  Another concern, we hear from patients are the scars and discoloration that acne can leave behind.  A variety of treatments can be used to treat this including topical medications such as azelaic acid or slightly more aggressive treatments like superficial chemical peels and lasers.

For severe acne or persistent acne, Dr. Badia uses more aggressive medical treatments such as isotretinoin.  In fact, Dr. Badia is one of the only dermatologists in the area to prescribe this type of medication for her patients.  Please click on the link below to see our acne success stories:

Until next time, we hope you enjoy the rest of your summer.
Florida Skin Center
Your Skin For Life

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

New Innovative Hair Loss Treatment

We hope everyone had a great weekend. 

A common complaint, we hear from patients is a concern with hair loss. Until recently there were not a lot of treatment options available for these patients.  They often included solutions, pills and surgery.  Fortunately, these are no longer the only options available to patients with hair loss.  PRP is the newest treatment procedure for hair regrowth and maintenance and we are proud to say that FSC is one of the only dermatology offices in the area to offer this treatment for our patients.

Plasma Rich Platelets or PRP is a relatively simple procedure that can be done in less than 30 minutes. A small amount of blood is drawn from the patient.  It is then centrifuged for 15 minutes.  This produces the PRP. Once centrifuged, the PRP taken from the blood is then injected and spread with a dermaroller into the scalp or areas of hair loss. The dermaroller creates microscopic channels that allow the PRP to penetrate deep into the skin into the hair follicles. Prior to injecting the PRP, the scalp is cleansed and numbed with lidocaine injections.  Patients are able to resume normal activities after this procedure. Since this treatment uses our own blood, it is extremely safe. Side effects are minimal and include mild tenderness and swelling around the scalp that generally subsides within 48 hours.

This revolutionary treatment works best for patients with hair loss due to genetic factors such as female and male pattern baldness. It also works great for women who are experiencing post partum hair loss and used in combination with those patients planning to have surgical hair restoration treatment. 

Generally treatments are recommended every 4-6 months for the first year.  After that, maintenance treatments maybe required yearly. To receive the optimal benefits from this treatment we recommend using it in conjunction with the low level laser for hair restoration.

Although there is scientific evidence to support that PRP treatments are beneficial in hair restoration, hair restoration using PRP is still in its infancy. It is a fairly new treatment and results could vary based on each individual. However, its low cost and minimal side effects make it a promising treatment option for patients with hair loss.

If you would like a first hand look at this procedure please come to our workshop this Saturday. Follow this link for more details:

We hope you have a great week.

Until next time,
Florida Skin Center

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Best Makeup for your Skin

We hope the week has been treating everyone well.  To continue with our theme of cosmetic dermatology this week, we wanted to talk to you about makeup. Often times, Dr. Badia is asked for recommendations on what type of makeup is best to use.

In general, Dr. Badia always recommends to use make up that is noncomedogenic.  What does that mean exactly? Noncomedogenic is a term applied to oils, lotions, makeup and skin creams that do not block pores. The theory behind using makeup that is noncomedogenic is that by not blocking pores, they will reduce the incidence of breakouts.
Specifically the line of makeup products Dr. Badia recommends the most is the Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup line.  The benefit of using Jane Iredale makeup is that all of their products contain an SPF of 30. This is great for us that live in Florida were sunscreen is a must.  In fact, it is the only skin care line that is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation. 

You might ask yourself, what makes this makeup different then the makeup you could purchase at the makeup counters in the mall.  Well, the Jane Iredale mineral bases are concentrated pigment.  They use no fillers such as talc. Because of this concentrated pigment, a minimum amount gives excellent coverage and becomes a foundation, powder and concealer all in one.  This concentrated pigment also gives high sunscreen protection without the need for synthetic ingredients.

This skin care line is great for all skin types, even those of us with sensitive skin. Jane Iredale makeup does not contain any chemical preservatives, chemical dyes, perfume or alcohol so it is great for even the most sensitive of skin.
If you are looking to try a great skin care line, please feel free to contact us for a consultation with one of our staff.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Common Botox Myths

Happy Monday :)  We hope everyone had a great weekend.  This week we wanted to talk about the fun side to dermatology: the cosmetic side.  How many of us have been envious of movie actresses and even actors walking the red carpet with flawless skin? If you have you are not alone.

A common affordable cosmetic procedure that these actresses and actors may have had is Botox® Cosmetic treatments.    Botox® Cosmetic is a purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium, which reduces the activity of the muscles that cause frown lines.  There are many myths surrounding Botox® treatments. Often times, people believe that they will have a fake frozen look that makes them look unnatural. Others believe these treatments could be dangerous and costly.  However, if these treatments are done by an experience licenesed provider, the outcome can be a very natural look. Who says that you can't age gracefully.

Dr. Badia has had over 10 years of experience injecting Botox ® cosmetic and is one of the most experienced injectors in the area. You can see our results for yourself on our before and after page at

Below are a few common myths surrounding Botox®.

My facial expressions will not be natural.
Although you will see marked improvement in your frown lines within 1-2 weeks,  Botox® Cosmetic will not radically change your facial appearance. You can still frown or look surprised.
Botox®treatment only lasts a few weeks.
Results from treatment with Botox® Cosmetic can last for up to 4 months. If you discontinue treatment, the frown lines treated gradually will look like they did before treatment.
Botox®treatment is painful and has a lot of side effects.
Discomfort is usually minimal and brief. Prior to injecting, we  will numb the area with an anesthetic cream. The entire procedure takes approximately 10 minutes. Many people are in and out of the office without  downtime following  treatment.  The most common side effect of treatment is bruising and minimal swelling.

We hope to see you soon.

Until next time always remember your sunscreen.
Florida Skin Center