Southcoast Dermatology Blog
By South Coast Dermatology & Cosmetic Center
July 23, 2018
Category: Skin Care

Laser skin treatments from your South Shore, MA, dermatologists - Dr. Susan DeCoste, Dr. Teresa DiGiacomo, Dr. Heidi Anderson-iplDocktor, and Dr. Courtney Csikesz - even skin tone and effectively remove areas of hyperpigmentation. Tired of age spots, sun-related freckles, and the mottling or embarrassing redness and broken blood vessels of rosacea? Then Intense Pulsed Light Therapy, or IPL, could be your solution.

Why skin tone and texture change

A myriad of factors change how our skin looks and feels. Skin mottling, freckles, age, and sunspots, along with excessive hair growth, redness, and spider veins, are just a few of the distressing signs of:

  • Aging (post-menopausal sign experiences several changes, says HealthCentral)
  • Sun exposure (tanning)
  • Rosacea
  • Skin irregularities with a hereditary component

However, you can do something about your skin aesthetics, and your dermatologist can help.


If you'd like a refreshed, younger, more even tone to your skin and would like to see spots disappear, then a one-on-one skin consultation at South Coast Dermatology & Cosmetic Center is for you. After a careful skin examination by one of our highly experienced, board-certified dermatologists, you'll receive a detailed care plan which addresses your unique needs and aesthetic goals.

One of the innovative treatments the doctors often suggest is Intense Pulse Light  Therapy,  or IPL. It uses focused bursts of light to remove areas of hyperpigmentation, redness, and more.

If you qualify, you'll schedule up to six 1/2-hour laser skin treatments at South Coast Dermatology & Cosmetic Center in the South Shore area. Before your procedure, your doctor will prepare your skin with a mild anesthetic cream and within the hour, begin delivering short bursts of laser light to the affected areas.

South Coast Dermatology & Cosmetic Center uses the Alma Harmony laser system which is very safe and practically painless. Patients feel some stinging and a mild heat sensation as the doctor treats each spot or area of hyperpigmentation. In all, the photorejuvenation procedure takes about 20 to 30 minutes, and you return to work or other activities immediately.

Some people notice a mild redness, sunburn sensation, or bruising afterwards, but everyone sees skin tone improvement right away. Spots fade and peel away within a few days, leaving patients with the skin they've always wanted but had difficulty achieving.

Find out more

At South Coast Dermatology & Cosmetic Center, the doctors and their team are dedicated to excellence in all things dermatological--medical, aesthetic, and surgical. You, too, can benefit from their expertise and compassionate attitudes. For more information on the latest in skin care in South Shore, MA, including IPL treatments, please call the office team at (781) 335-9700.

By South Coast Dermatology & Cosmetic Center
May 24, 2018
Category: Skin Care

Hair and Tattoo laser removalThis simple laser treatment could give you the more even, healthier-looking skin you want.

It can be frustrating dealing with issues such as uneven skin tone, pigmentations, unwanted tattoos and excessive body hair. While these are certainly frustrating issues to have they aren’t something you have to live with. Our South Shore, MA, dermatologists make it easy for you to say goodbye to these problems once and for all.

What is ruby laser?

This high-intensity non-invasive laser offers either short or long pulses of energy that can be reflected, transmitted or absorbed by the skin, depending on the purpose of the procedure. This laser treatment is versatile, allowing our South Shore, MA, skin doctors to safely and effectively treat a variety of issues to improve your appearance.

What can the ruby laser be used for?

Since we can tailor the wavelength of the ruby laser to meet your needs, this means that we can remove certain tattoos and unwanted hair while also reducing and even eliminating hyperpigmentations such as birthmarks, sun damage and melasma.

What goes into the ruby laser treatment?

During your consultation, we will sit down with you to discuss your treatment goals to make sure that the ruby laser is the right approach. We will also perform a thorough skin evaluation to make sure that pigmentations that you want to treat aren’t cancerous.

During the ruby laser treatment, we will provide you with eye protection, which you will wear throughout the course of your treatment. The handheld laser will then be directed over the surface of the skin. While the procedure isn’t painful it can be a little uncomfortable. If you are sensitive, anxious or have to treat a larger area, talk to us about first using a topical anesthesia to numb the area prior to treatment.

In most cases, patients will require multiple sessions in order to get optimal results. Those with larger tattoos, thicker or more widespread and unwanted hair, as well as those with darker or more disperse pigmentations will require several treatments spaced a few weeks apart.

Once the treatment is complete, ice will be placed over the area to soothe it and reduce any redness or swelling. It’s common for there to be some irritation and redness for the first couple of days after treatment.

Do you have questions about getting ruby laser treatment in South Shore, MA? Do you want to find out if this treatment could enhance your appearance? If so, then call South Coast Dermatology & Cosmetic Center today.

By South Coast Dermatology & Cosmetic Center
May 08, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Botox  

Are you unhappy with the face you see staring back at you from the mirror? Fine lines and wrinkles can make you look older than you feel botoxand lower your self-esteem. Botox injections offer an effective way to temporarily diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles. The dermatologists at South Coast Dermatology & Cosmetic Center, located in Weymouth, MA, in the South Shore of Massachusetts, offer Botox treatments.

Botox treats lines and wrinkles caused by dynamic expressions

Year of laughing, smiling and frowning can cause permanent lines or wrinkles on your face. Botox treatments soften lines and wrinkles for three to four months. When the botulinum toxin is injected into the muscles under the skin, the nerve impulses that tell the muscles to contracts when you make a facial expression are blocked. As a result, the skin over the area becomes smoother and less wrinkled.

Vertical lines between your eyes can give away your age, even if the rest of your face is still fairly line-free. Botox injections diminish those "11" lines, refreshing your appearance. After years of raising your eyebrows, deep furrows can develop on your forehead. The horizontal lines respond very well to Botox treatment. In fact, you might just feel confident enough to finally try a forehead-baring hairstyle after your treatment.

Botox also reduces crow's feet, the tiny crinkles that form at the outside edges of your eyes when you laugh or smile. Smoking can cause lines around your lips, but the lines may be an issue even if you've never touched a cigarette. No matter what the cause, Botox treatment relaxes the lines, improving your smile.

During your younger years, the nasolabial fold lines that extend from your nose to your mouth were probably only visible when you smiled. Unfortunately, the lines become more prominent and don't disappear quite as easily as you grow older. Thanks to Botox treatments, nasolabial fold lines become much less noticeable.

Regular treatments keep lines at bay

The effects of Botox treatments usually last three to four months. Luckily, you can maintain your improved appearance by scheduling regular appointments in our South Shore office in Weymouth, MA.

Smooth your fine lines and wrinkles with Botox treatments. Schedule an appointment with the South Shore dermatologists at South Coast Dermatology & Cosmetic Center in Weymouth, MA, by calling (781) 335-9700.

By South Coast Dermatology & Cosmetic Center
February 13, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Melanoma  

You've learned that a coworker has been diagnosed with malignant melanoma and has to have surgery. You wonder exactly what melanomamelanoma is. Malignant melanoma is a skin cancer which strikes people of all ages and walks of life. This potentially deadly cancer of the deepest layer of the epidermis centers on the cells which produce skin pigment. The dermatologists at South Coast Dermatology & Cosmetic Center in Boston South Shore, MA, want you aware of your skin and how what seems to be a harmless spot could be skin cancer.

What's so bad about it?

Unlike squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma, two other common kinds of skin cancer, malignant melanoma forms and spread rapidly, attacking the lymph nodes and other bodily organs. The Skin Cancer Foundation says melanoma kills more than 10,000 people in the United States alone annually.

While heredity plays something of a role in developing this killer, excessive sun exposure adds to the problem. In fact, the Skin Cancer Foundation maintains that tanning (either with the sun or with artificial light) leads to significant numbers of melanoma cases in young women, ages 25 to 29.

What does melanoma look like?

Something which starts out resembling a harmless mole (a brown to black, raised and circular lesion) could change into melanoma. That's why we all must monitor our skin for new and/or evolving marks, blemishes, moles, textures and areas of pigmentation.

Your board-certified dermatologist at South Coast Dermatology & Cosmetic Center asks you to inspect your skin monthly and to come to the office annually after the age of 40 for a complete visual inspection. Also, know the danger signs of skin cancer, specifically the ABCDEs of moles:

A stands for asymmetry. A benign mole should stay the same shape and size. If you were to draw an imaginary line down the middle of a mole, the right and left halves should remain the same over time.

B stands for border. The edges of a harmless mole are smooth, without any notches or scallops.

C means color. Most normal moles are brown to black, with their pigment evenly distributed throughout. Multi-colored moles are dangerous and should be checked.

stands for diameter. It should be no more than 6 mm, or the size of the eraser on the top of a pencil.

E means evolving. If a mole changes in color, texture or shape, or if it itches or bleeds, see your doctor.

Treating melanoma

The quicker the diagnosis and treatment of malignant melanoma, the better the long-term outcome is. The physicians at South Coast Dermatology & Cosmetic Center in Boston South Shore use standard surgical excision, but more advanced cases may require chemotherapy and other cancer treatment modalities.

Know your skin

It's your best defense against skin cancer in Boston South Shore, and of course, use sunscreen (SPF 30). See the team at South Coast Dermatology & Cosmetic Center for additional information or to arrange your routine skin examination. Call today: (781) 335-9700.

By South Coast Dermatology & Cosmetic Center
November 14, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Laser Treatments  

When many people think of cosmetic treatments for skin rejuvenation or to fight the signs and effects of aging, they tend to think of laser skin treatmentsinvasive or surgical procedures. But the truth is that there are a number of non and minimally invasive professional skin care treatments available designed to make you look and feel your best at any age. The dermatologists at South Coast Dermatology and Cosmetic Center in South Shore, MA, offer a range of laser skin therapy treatments for everything from hair removal to sun damage treatment.

Laser Skin Treatments in South Shore, MA

There are many different types of laser therapy designed to address and correct different skin conditions, such as:

  • Acne
  • Facial hair
  • Pigmentation
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Eczema
  • Rosacea
  • Sun damage

Lasers can also help to generally smooth and improve the texture and appearance of the skin, and other devices can be used for body contouring procedures to help sculpt and trim the abdomen, flank, thighs, and arms.

Common Laser Therapy Treatments

The first step in finding the best treatment and skin care routine for your needs is to consult with a qualified, board certified dermatologist with a proven track record of success in order to protect yourself and ensure the best results.


The Clear Lift laser is appropriate for all skin types, and delivers non-invasive skin resurfacing treatments for a number of common skin problems. Unlike more invasive procedures, Clear Lift-lasers are gentle enough that you can expect quick results with virtually no downtime.

Blu-U Light Therapy

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, as many as 50 million Americans experience some degree of acne every year. Blu-U Light Therapy targets acne-causing bacteria to help clear and minimize breakouts.

Palomar Vectus Laser

The regular removal of unwanted facial and body hair can be time-consuming and expensive. The Vectus Laser is a good option for permanent hair removal and is effective for a range of skin types.

Find a Dermatologist in South Shore, MA

For more information on laser skin therapy and other cosmetic services for the face and body, contact South Coast Dermatology and Cosmetic Center by calling 781-335-9700 to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist today.

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