WDC Star Event: March 16th

The event of the year is almost here, so if you haven’t RSVP’d hurry up and save a spot for yourself and a friend! The WDC 2016 Star Event is happening on March 16th from 5-9pm. Dr. Rosalyn George and staff will be hosting an open house where we’ll be sharing our latest cosmetic and skincare treatments with free consultations and demos. We will also be offering an exclusive one-time opportunity to pre-pay and lock in the lowest discounted pricing of the year. We want you to be fully ready for your spring event like Wine Women and Shoes and the Garden Party, so we’ll also be hosting top local retailers like Beanie & Cecil, Monkee’s , and aMuse Artisanal Finery to give you the latest in spring fashion.

For the first 20 people to walk through the door, we will be giving away our SkinMedica Lytera Kits including travel sizes of: Facial Cleaner, Daily Physical Defense SPF30, Lytera, Retinol Complex 0.5

We will be having one raffle for anyone who attends the event and visits at least 5 different rooms.  Each staff member in a room will have a unique hole punch.  If you visit 10 rooms, you get 2 entries.  At the end of the evening you will be entered in the drawing for 3 different skincare packages.

Here are all of the gift baskets for the March Event:

Revision | Total $247

Nectifirm, DEJ Eye Cream, Intellishade Original, Brightening Facial Wash

SkinCeuticals | Total $172

Antioxidant Lip Repair, Physical Eye UV Defense, Gentle Cleanser, Neck Chest & Hand Repair

EltaMD | Total $170

UV Daily SPF40, UV Clear Tinted SPF46, UV Clear SPF46, UV Lip Balm SPF31, UV Aero SPF45, UV Lotion SPF30

We will be having a Make a Wish of Eastern NC raffle to win either a full facial rejuvenation package or a skinmedica skincare regimen.  All proceeds of that sale go to Make a Wish of Eastern NC. Each ticket is $10.  A representative will be here to accept payment or you can purchase these ahead of time online here:

http://site.wish.org/site/TR/FriendsandFamily/Make-A-WishEasternNorthCarolina?px=2928669&pg=personal&fr_id=1571

We won’t be releasing the one-time discounts until the day before the event, but we can assure you, they are the best yet!  Anymore questions?  Call or email our office for further information.

PA Appreciation Week=FREE BOTOX

That’s right, you’re reading this correctly…WDC is having a physician’s assistant appreciation week from June 15th-June 19th.  During this week, if you schedule a Botox or Filler appointment with one of our amazing Physicians’s Assistants (who are all highly trained by Dr. Roz herself) then you will recieve FREE Botox.

Fillers and Botox are both an integral part of achieveing full facial rejuvenation.  Botox Cosmetic is used by men and women to treat stubborn frown lines—between the eyebrows, crow’s feet and other fine lines on the forehead and the lips –that tend to accumulate over time as a result of years of smiling and squinting. Fillers are used in many ways from filling in lines that have created a permanent spot in certain areas of your face, to enhancing the volume that is lost over time.

Here are the specifics on our FREE Botox offer:

* Purchase a minimum of 25 units of Botox and receive an additional 15 units FREE! A $180 value! Great for full facial correction.

OR

* Purchase Juvederm or Voluma and receive 15 units of FREE BOTOX! A $180 value!! Great for volume loss and correction!

** Limited to the first 20 patients!! Don’t be left out of this amazing offer. Call 910-256-4350 to schedule or email us office@wilmingtondermatologycenter.com

 

 

 

Top 4 sunscreens and why we love them!

Since summer is quickly approaching and May is Melanoma Awareness month, it’s the perfect time to discuss sun protection and what to look for when choosing a sunscreen. We’re also going to share with you some of our favorite sunscreens of choice and why we love them!

To start, let’s talk about what to look for to get full protection from both UVA (wrinkle causing rays) and UVB (which are the sun burning rays). Obviously we want both, so the most important thing to look for in your sunscreen is to make sure it says “broad Spectrum”. Ingredients with broad-spectrum protection include benzophenones (oxybenzone), cinnamates (octylmethyl cinnamate and cinoxate), sulisobenzone, salicylates, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, avobenzone (Parsol 1789) and ecamsule (Mexoryl SX).

Secondly, we want to make sure we have a high enough SPF to really make sure we are protected. While some think SPF 15 is ideal, at WDC we typically recommend at least an SPF of 30, which filters out about 97% of UVB rays.

The most forgotten, yet most important part of getting the desired protection from sunscreen is apply and RE-apply. Most sunscreens now have a time limit they are effective for, so take note of this on the bottle and be sure to apply throughout the day!

We carry a number of amazing sunscreens at our office, but we’ve narrowed down our favorite top 4 sunscreens to share with you today!

 

  1. Revision Intellishade: This tinted SPF 50 sunscreen is one of our favorites for daily use on the face. It is a thicker moisturizer giving you both high sun protection for your face, as well as, coverage for blemishes. One of our favorite features of this product is that is comes in a regular or matte form appealing to people with oily and normal skin alike
  2. Elta MD UV Pure Borad Spectrum 47: This oil-free, paraben-free, hormone-free, and dye-free sunscreen is our favorite for a daily body or face sunscreen, going on smoothly to both wet and dry skin.  This is also one of our top choices to use for babies, or if you have very sensitive skin.
  3. Elta MDUV Aero Broad Spectrum 45: This continuous spray sunscreen makes it easy to protect hard-to-reach places. EltaMD UV Aero sprays on white so you can see coverage then dries clear when rubbed in. It’s a great sunscreen to have on hand when you need an extra one!
  4. Skinceuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50:  This lighter option for facial sunscreen coverage is a chemical-filter free broad spectrum sunscreen. With SPF 50 protection, this sheer sunscreen provides a matte, ultra light finish. We love that it’s  safe for use on post-procedure skin and sensitive skin. The zinc oxide formula boosts skin’s defense against heat stress and UVA/UVB rays. 

Total Skin Rejuvenation: Education Session

Since WDC is dedicated to keeping our patients up to date and expanding your knowledge before spending your money, we are hosting another educational event on our Skin Rejuvenation Procedures on March 10th from 12:00PM-1:00PM at our office. Stop in to find out more on some of the best procedures around to achieve total skin rejuvenation.

This event will be featuring our Fraxel resurfacing laser, Clear and Brilliant “mini-fraxel” laser, and our Ulthera skin tightening ultrasound therapy.  These are some of our favorite treatments to enhance tone,texture and restore some lift to treated areas.

Our Fraxel Dual is proven to help with fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation changes from the sun, acne scarring, and sun-induced redness. Fraxel Dual laser technology has been proven to help reverse the visible effects of aging without the extended downtime of surgery.

The Clear and Brilliant laser, also known as the “mini-fraxel” treatment is safe for all skin types, this “mini-fraxel” laser gives you a fresher, healthier look with minimal to no downtime. You can expect smoother, younger, more radiant skin after only one 60-minute Clear + Brilliant treatment. And with routine treatments, you can expect longer lasting results for years to come.

Our Ultherapy treatment, known as the non-invasive lift, is a great non-surgical option to tighten and lift the treated areas with minimal to no downtime!

Since we’re always looking to make our patients happy, we will also be offering some exclusive pricing on the above procedures to those that attend the event. If you’re interested in learning more about our total skin rejuvenation procedures, don’t forget to call our office to reserve your spot!

Collagen P.I.N.

Today, we’re going to discuss one of our unique procedures that we’ve mentioned before, the Collagen P.I.N.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with the technology, P.I.N. in Collagen P.I.N. stands for Percutaneous Induction Needling.  It is a method of introducing a controlled wound into the skin triggering a release of natural growth factors, new collagen & elastin.  Since we’ve added this procedure to our practice in November, we’ve been seeing some amazing results!

The Collagen P.I.N falls somewhere in the middle of a corrective laser, like Fraxel, and more of a maintenance laser, like Clear and Brilliant. If you aren’t crazy about lasers in general, the Collagen P.I.N is a great alternative if you’re looking to help tighten and lift skin, while minimizing common skin problems such as acne scars, fine lines, photo-aging, dull skin, poor texture, stretch marks and body scars.

One of our favorite things about the Collagen P.I.N. is that it doesn’t limit us to treatments strictly for the face or even skin type for that matter!  The P.I.N. can be used anywhere on the body on any type of skin.  We also love that we’ve finally found an effective treatment for stretch marks and have seen some amazing proof from our patients.

One of the biggest questions asked by our patients, is if there is downtime with the procedures?  While the Collagen P.I.N. is advertised as a no downtime procedure, we have found from experience that while it isn’t a week’s downtime like our Fraxel laser, you will leave experience 1-2 days of redness.  It is more of a comparison to a chemical peel.

Donna, one of our medical Aestheticians, says “I am so impressed with Collagen PIN! We are seeing improvements with pigment, fine lines and wrinkles. Also getting great results for stretch marks as well as acne scarring. A truly amazing treatment to add to our bag of tricks!

If you think the Collagen P.I.N. is a procedure you may be interested in, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  We offer free consultations for all of our patients and would be happy to sit down and go over exactly what it is you would like to improve.

 

The perfect Valentines Day gifts

For those of you out in this cold weather searching for that perfect something for your Valentine this year, search no more!  On February 10th and 11th, we’re offering amazing deals on all of our top product packages for Valentines Day.  We of course have a little something for everyone, so the only hard part for you will be picking the perfect package.  Not sure what your Valentine may want?  We’ve got you covered with our WDC gift cards that are sure to make your Valentine swoon.

For our SkinMedica line we’re offering a Brightening package for that special someone looking to even out skin tone and get that bright glow back in his or her complexion. $245 ($45 in savings).  We also have our Essential Package.  The name says it all.  This is a one-and-done package that has everything you may need to have a complete skincare regimen from antioxidants, and growth factors, to sunscreen.  $518 ($170 in savings).

If you’re Valentine is looking to correct and protect, our Skinceuticals package is the one to go for.  This package has antioxidants and sunscreen for full face, including your lips and eyes!  $240 ($35 in savings).

What man or woman isn’t looking for an anti-aging regimen?  Our Revision package consists of tinted sunscreen, tightening cream, a brightening face wash and one of our WDC favorites for eye cream.  $220 ($32 in savings).

Our Elta MD sunscreen has you covered from head to toe…literally!  This package is everything needed for full body protection with three different sunscreen for face, body, and a spray.  We’re also giving you a FREE Elta MD face and body lotion.   $85 ($20 in savings)

If your Valentine has all of their skincare products covered, our last package consists of our Glo Mineral pressed powder or liquid foundation (your choice) and we’ll give you a FREE Glo Mineral lipgloss!

Click HERE for a full list of product package details!


 

 

 

 

Battling Winter Skin Conditions

As the weather continues to be cold and harsh through the winter months and we are turning the heat up in our homes and offices, many of us are experiencing dry, itchy winter skin. The reason that we get so dry is because moisture diffuses from our skin cells (which are composed primarily of water) into the air. This leaves our skin parched, dull, red and even cracked. While some of us are dealing mainly with dryness, others may be experiencing flare-ups and increased symptoms with their Rosacea, Eczema, and Psoriasis that go hand in hand due to deciding factors from physical, social, and environmental elements of the winter months. We have combined our top tips for beating the four most common and pesky winter skin conditions.

1-   As expected, our #1 and first mentionable tip for dealing with general dry skin is to MOISTURIZE!  The moisturizer that you select does not need to be expensive to be effective. Look for thick and rich ointments and creams for the winter. For extra dry skin look for products that contain lactic acid or urea. Some of our favorites at WDC include our Cerave cream and lotion line.  Not only are they cost effective, but they work wonders!  If you’re mainly concerned about facial dryness, SkinMedica has a Dermal Repair cream that is super moisturizing and effective in battling dryness. Other effective ingredients include dimethicone and glycerin, which help draw water to the skin and keep it there. Finally, lanolin, mineral oil, and petrolatum (also known as petroleum jelly) trap water in the skin. For many people, their skin quickly absorbs the moisturizer and they find that they must reapply it frequently throughout the day.  A natural moisturizer can also be found in your kitchen pantry and it tastes good too! Extra Virgin Olive Oil works wonders for the skin when it comes to moisturizing, as well as maintaining the skin’s elasticity, due to the antioxidants it contains. Olive Oil can be found in a wide variety of skin care products.  Don’t forget your lips and hands! Keep a tube of lip balm on you at all times along with a small tube of hand cream.

2-  Rosacea causes small blood vessels to swell and become more visible, giving the face a red glow. In addition, pimply bumps resembling adult acne often appear on the nose and cheeks.  Winter proofing for rosacea includes choosing calming, skin sensitive skin care products. Chamomile and Aloe Vera have great soothing ingredients for sensitive skin. Also, avoid harsh products that contain alcohol, peppermint oil or witch hazel. Keep up with the SPF. The weather may be turning, but that doesn’t mean to stop applying the sunscreen, especially when varying climate changes trigger flare-ups. Be consistent with using a broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher. While the weather plays a huge role in our skin, with rosacea, things like spicy food and alcohol can trigger flare-ups so be sure to keep all in moderation.  Topical gels, such as Mirvaso and Finacea, are your greatest aid in handling this cumbersome skin condition. FDA approved, doctor prescribed skin routines are a necessity in coping with the triggers of Rosacea. Come see your WDC provider if you think you’re in need of prescription help for Rosacea. WDC is also conducting a research study for Rosacea patients that we’re recruiting for.  Contact our office today to see if you would be a candidate and find out all of the details!

3-  Eczema is our third most common pesky winter skin condition.  Eczema is a condition that encompasses myriad skin problems and often affects people with allergies and asthma. Adults typically get a form of eczema called dermatitis, and like other skin conditions; it worsens when temperatures and humidity levels drop. In order to help/prevent this skin condition from getting worse in the winter months you can apply an oil-based moisturizer to your hands, or wherever you find necessary, and be sure to cover up with gloves, scarves, and hats!  Cerave also has a great Therapeutic Hand Cream all of the WCD staff loves for the winter months.  You can also counteract the dryness at home by using a humidifier, which will out the moisture back into the air and your skin.  When you see your provider, we can also give you topical prescriptions to help relive the itching and symptoms of the dryness.

4-  Psoriasis affects an estimated 7.5 million Americans. This inherited autoimmune disease causes itchy, dry, sometimes painful patches to build up on elbows, knees, scalp and lower back. Those who have psoriasis know that the winter months are when flare-ups are more likely due to a decrease in sun and UVB exposure, which help slow down the cell growth.  Great ways to help keep the psoriasis under control in the colder months are to try your best to find your inner “om”.  That’s right, stress is a very frequent trigger for psoriasis outbreaks.  We also recommend possible treatments such as light therapy. This does not mean tanning beds, which contain the skin cancer causing UVA rays, but specifically UVB rays. Topical steroid treatments can also help maintain and relive psoriasis symptoms. WDC is also a part of an ongoing psoriasis study that we are continually recruiting patients for.  Call for details to see if you could benefit from the study!

Latisse-The magic lash potion

Are your lashes thinning over time?  Wish you had that magic potion that will give you those long, luscious and full lashes?  WDC not only has the magic potion, but we’re also offering amazing discounts on one of our favorite products for longer, fuller, and darker lashes.  Latisse is one of the only proven and top dermatology recommended products for lash growth.  Here’s what you need to know about Latisse.

What is it?  Latisse is a prescription treatment for hypotrichosis (inadequate or not enough lashes) to grow eyelashes longer, fuller, and darker. Latisse is an FDA approved (since 2008) prescription product that has to be administered by a doctor to assure proper treatment and usage.

How do I use it?  Remove all makeup first.  Latisse comes in 5ML  and 3ML kits with sterile applicators (one applicator per eyelid).  It is to be applied to the upper eyelid only, avoiding contact with all other skin to avoid unwanted hair growth in other areas.  You drop a pea-sized amount on the applicator and apply to the upper lid, similar to eyeliner application.   It does take 8-16 weeks of consistent daily use to start seeing results.

Does it really work?  There have been a number of clinical studies surrounding Latisse, conducted at 16 different sites across the country, finding that 78% of patients noticed an overall improvement in lashes over a 16-week period of time.  After 16 weeks application can be reduced to every 2-3 days to maintain growth. We have had a ton of patient success at WDC and it is a top product used by staff members as well!

Are there side effects? Latisse has been around for some time now, and we always get the most common question before use….will it change my eye color?  While there have been some cases where Latisse has slightly changed eye color, the cases reported have been with the use of applying the solution directly into the eye, rather than the upper lid.  Some patients do occasionally get a darker pigmentation on the upper lid, but this is resolved once use of Latisse is discontinued.

Are there any other proven options on the market for lash growth? Latisse is the only FDA approved and dermatology recommend product for lash growth with a proven history of success!

WDC is now offering a mail-in-rebate special on our Latisse.   Along with the pricing discount, if you’re a Brilliant Distinction member through Allergan, you will receive tons of points that will translate to discounts on products and future cosmetic treatments if your choose! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

Buy (3) 5mL kits and Receive (3) 3mL kits … $360 savings and 450 Brilliant Distinction points

Buy (2) 5mL kits and Receive (2) 3mL kits … $240 savings and 300 Brilliant Distinction points

Buy (1) 5mL kits and Receive (1) 3mL kits … $120 savings and 150 Brilliant Distinction points

Get your gift card at WDC!

Searching for that last minute gift?  Well look no further, because WDC has the perfect solution for a gift that everyone will love!  You can either swing by our office, or go to our website and select Gift Card Request at the top right hand side of the page.  From there, you can fill out all of the information and we will have your gift card ready for pickup at your convenience.  It’s that easy….the hard part will be deciding what great things to spend your gift card on!

What can I spend my Gift Card on?

You can use your gift card towards simply anything…whether it’s a Botox treatment, a laser procedure you’ve been wanting, or a product that you just can’t live without.  For our full list of services click here! You can even use your gift card on any of our relaxing aesthetic treatments if you need some help winding down from the holiday craziness.

Want to make it easy for your friends and family?

Complete and send your wish list to your Gift Giver this Holiday Season through our website. They will receive an email list with your preferences and a link to a customized gift card.  This is a great way to get exactly what you want this holiday season.

Deciding on what to use it on is the tough part, as we know, which is why we offer free cosmetic consults with our cosmetic coordinator, Caroline to help you decided where your gift is best spent.

Gift cards are available for pickup during our normal 8am-5pm hours and 8am-12pm on Christmas Eve.

Miradry: Don’t Sweat the Holidays

If you’ve ever dealt with embarrassing excessive underarm sweating, then we may have the perfect holiday procedure for you! WDC has the only FDA-approved solution for sweat reduction in the underarms called Miradry.  Miradry consists of two one-hour in-office procedures where most patients experience an average of 82% sweat reduction.

Why do I sweat?  Our bodies produce sweat to help us cool down when we’re overheated.  Some people have overactive sweat glands, meaning they frequently turn on when they should be at rest, and they produce much more sweat than what’s needed to cool the body. Some people’s sweat glands can produce four or five times more sweat than normal.

How does miradry work? Miradry works by delivering precisely controlled electromagnetic energy to the underarm area, eliminating the underarm sweat glands. Two procedures are typically recommended, 3 months apart, to maximize the quality and duration of results.

How do I know if it’s right for me?  That’s easy…if you answer yes to any of the following, then the Miradry treatment may be what you’re looking for.

  • Does your underarm sweat make you feel embarrassed?
  • Does underarm sweat interfere with your daily activities?
  • Do you frequently apply antiperspirant?
  • Do you worry someone will notice your sweat stains?
  • Do you change your clothes more than once a day due to underarm sweat?
  • Do you wear fabrics, colors and styles of clothes that do not show sweat easily?
  • Are you frustrated over constantly ruining clothes?

The top reason we love Miradry:

  1. The treatment is toxin-free and there is no need for endless treatments
  2. Patients see lasting results after only 2 treatments
  3. The treatment is a non-invasive, in-office procedure with minimal to no downtime
  4. It has one of the top patient satisfaction scores according to websites like realself.com

With proven great results, we can’t help but boast good things about this treatment!  Come visit us today to find out more about Miradry.