Florida Skin Center is a dermatology office located in Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres, and Fort Myers, FL. We treat adults and children of all ages for all skin, hair, nail, and cosmetic concerns.
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Do you feel like it is normal to peel from your
retinol? Are you only able to use your retinol a few times a week due to
irritation? Your are not alone! However, there is an easy solution
to this problem. Florida Skin Center offers a retinol from SkinMedica
that can eliminate both of these problems. SkinMedica’s Retinol complex
is specially formulated to avoid the common side effects of other retinols
while still maintaining the same efficacy as tretinoin.
Retinols typically cause irritation because they must pass
through the top layer of the skin, the epidermis, on the way to the
dermis. It is in the epidermal layer of the skin that retinols produce
irritation and peeling, the common side effects people note. However,
SkinMedica’s retinol is specially encapsulated to melt on the skin and go
straight to the dermis layer of the skin, bypassing the epidermis.
Because the product skips the epidermis, the side effects and irritation are
greatly reduced. Head to head tests of SkinMedica’s Retinol Complex
against tretinon .05% and tretinoin 0.1% have shown the SAME efficacy but
significantly decreased irritation and side effects.
If you have accepted peeling and irritation as par for the
course from your retinol, call FSC to learn about the products we have
summer just around the corner, you may have seen advertisements and local
groupons spring up for Laser Hair Removal treatments. Is this something
you have considered doing? Worried about pain of treatments or the
cost? Are you even a good candidate? Are all laser hair removal
places equal? Below are some common laser hair removal myths to help answer
Myth: Laser hair
removal is a permanent method to rid you of hair.
fall for the trap. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as permanent hair
removal. Laser treatments will cause permanent delayed hair growth.
Hairs will take a lot longer to come in and will be less coarse and
finer. It also helps reduce irritation and discoloration from shaving.
Myth: A spa or
nail salon can perform laser hair removal as well as a medical facility.
Truth: Not all
lasers are created equal and if done improperly could cause scaring.
Laser hair removal requires a highly trained and experienced practitioner such
as a physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner.
Myth: Laser hair
removal is painful.
people describe the laser as hot rubber band snaps. A topical anesthetic
can be used for areas no larger than the face to minimize discomfort.
Most people are able to go back to work immediately after treatments.
Myth: All types
of hair colors can be removed with lasers.
Dark, red and brown hair can be treated very effectively with laser treatments.
Unfortunately, blond or grey hair cannot be treated.
Myth: Laser hair
removal costs a lot.
While laser hair removal may seem a bit more expensive initially, it can be a
more cost-effective method than electrolysis, waxing, or shaving after you add
up the cost of supplies over a span of time. Laser hair removal can fit with
any budget. Here at FSC, we offer packages and promos on these
Myth: Laser hair
removal can be performed on people with darker skin types.
Truth: Yes, but
not all lasers are created equal. For those of you with ethnic skin, you
want to be sure that your practitioner has had experience in treating darker
skin types. If the wrong type of laser is used it can cause permanent
scaring. Lasers that are generally safe for ethnic skin are the NdYag
lasers. Here at FSC, we have lasers specific for lighter skin types as
well as dark.
CVS Caremark recently announced a decision to stop selling
all tobacco products. This is a bold decision by the company.
Tobacco usage still remains a major health concern for the US. Tobacco
affects the body, including the skin, in many deleterious ways. Cigarette
smoking causes an estimated 443,000 deaths every year, and lung cancer is still
the leading cause of cancer death in men and women. Smoking also affects
most organ systems, resulting in multiple types of cancers and heart
disease. Smoking also negatively alters the skin, resulting in premature
wrinkling and decreased wound healing. With all of this evidence, the
rate of decline in smoking has still stagnated over the last decade. CVS
has vowed to increase smoking cessation programs. If you smoke or know
someone who smokes, it is never too late to quit. Your primary care
provider can discuss the many modalities available to aid in the quitting
Recently, there has been a lot of debate about the
need and cost of Mohs surgery for skin cancers. What is Mohs Surgery?How is it preformed?What are the costs?These are all questions we are hoping to
answer in today’s blog topic Need Mohs.
Mohs micrographic surgery was first developed in
1930s and is the most effective treatment for most types of skin cancers. With Mohs
technique, physicians can precisely identify and remove an entire skin cancer
while leaving surrounding healthy tissue intact, in turn, minimizing scarring.
The Mohs procedure involves surgically removing skin
cancer layer by layer and examining the tissue under a microscope until there
are clear margins (cancer free tissue). The physicians preforming Mohs procedures
are trained in reviewing pathology and will read your tissue slides on site.When performed by a trained physician, Mohs
surgery has a success rate of 99%.
What are some advantages of Mohs Surgery? The high
success rate eliminates the risk of the cancer growing back.Mohs surgery also minimizes scarring around the
cancer site, while maximizing the functional and cosmetic outcome.
The risking costs of Mohs procedures have also been
a concern in the last few years.Various
studies have been conducted comparing the cost of Mohs procedures with standard
excisions and radiation therapy. Studies done by Journal Watch Dermatology and the
AAD show that Mohs surgery is no more costly than other traditional procedures.
Since Mohs surgery minimizes the risk of re occurrence of skin cancer as well as
reduces risk of scarring, it remains the gold standard for treating skin