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By South Coast Dermatology & Cosmetic Center
November 13, 2018
Category: Skin Care

Learn more about the different laser therapies and how they can improve your skin.

Laser Tattoo RemovalAre you dealing with hyperpigmentation, acne scars and other issues that keep you from having beautiful, healthy-looking skin? If so, you’ve certainly come to the right place. Our South Shore, MA, dermatologists offer a wide range of laser therapies to help treat a multitude of skin issues to give you the skin you deserve.

Here are some of the most popular laser skin therapies our South Shore, MA, skin doctors have to offer:

Ruby Laser

The ruby laser gets its name because it emits a red-colored wavelength, which is great for targeting and eliminating everything from pigmentation (e.g. birthmarks; melasma; freckles) to unwanted hair and tattoos. The ruby laser is attracted to certain colors, so often times your dermatologist may recommend the ruby laser if you want to remove a black, blue or green tattoo.

Before the treatment, a topical numbing cream will be applied to the area so you don’t feel any discomfort. Depending on the type of issue you are treating and the severity, you may require multiple laser sessions to get the results you want.

Pulsed Light Therapy/Photofacials

Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy, sometimes referred to as a photofacial, uses a special light to reduce the appearance of several common skin issues to provide smoother, even skin tone and texture. IPL therapy is great for:

  • Improving the skin’s texture
  • Reducing redness (e.g. rosacea)
  • Reducing and eliminating age spots, freckles and pigmentation
  • Reducing the appearance of superficial scars (e.g. acne scars)
  • Removing unwanted hair

This treatment is non-invasive and doesn’t involve any downtime. Just like with most laser treatments, you may require more than one session to see the desired results.

ClearLift

Sometimes nicknamed the “lunchtime procedure” because it can be performed quickly, painlessly and with no downtime, ClearLife is a fractional laser that is able to handle both deep and superficial skin problems. It’s great for all skin types and can be used to:

  • Reduce or eliminate hyperpigmentation
  • Reduce sun damage
  • Reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles
  • Even out skin tone and texture
  • Reduce the appearance of stretch marks

Blue Light Therapy

This unique type of phototherapy is often used to treat acne or actinic keratosis (precancerous lesions that show up as thick, scaly patches of skin). Blue light therapy treats acne by killing the acne-causing bacteria on the surface of the skin, making it less likely for pimples to form. When directed over actinic keratosis, the laser is able to destroy the precancerous cells.

Do you have questions about the different laser skin treatments we offer in South Shore, MA? Are you ready to find out if laser therapy could improve your skin? If so, then it’s time to schedule a consultation with South Coast Dermatology & Cosmetic Center. Call us today.

By South Coast Dermatology & Cosmetic Center
October 16, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Mohs Surgery  

What your dermatologists in Weymouth, MA, serving Boston's south shore want you to know about Mohs Surgery

Although skin cancer is a serious diagnosis, there is a revolutionary new treatment for it called Mohs surgery. The dermatologists at South Coast Dermatology & Cosmetic Center in Weymouth, MA, serving Boston's south shore, Dr. Susan DeCoste, Dr. Teresa DiGiacomo, Dr. Heidi Anderson-Docktor, and Dr. Courtney Csikesz want to introduce you to the many benefits of Mohs surgery.

Mohs surgery works differently by focusing on treating skin, layer-by-layer. Thin layers of tissue are removed one at a time and examined under the microscope to identify and remove abnormal and cancerous cells. Mohs surgery is especially effective in treating squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma.

Mohs surgery is very effective. In fact, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, the cure rate for initial cases of skin cancer is up to 99%, and up to 94% for recurrent skin cancer cases.

Effectiveness is not the only reason you should consider Mohs surgery. There are many other benefits that set Mohs surgery apart. Consider that Mohs surgery is:

  • More comfortable because Mohs treatment only requires local anesthetic and is much less invasive than conventional surgery
  • More cosmetically pleasing because only minimal tissue is removed, resulting in minimal to no scarring
  • More convenient because Mohs treatment is performed on an outpatient basis

It’s important to remember to help prevent skin cancer by limiting your exposure to the sun. If you do spend time in the sun, remember to apply a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15 to 30 or higher if you have fair skin or spend long hours out in the sun.

Do a self-check of your moles periodically to look for any changes in the size, shape, borders, or color of your moles. Prevention of skin cancer only takes a few minutes, but it can save your life.

For more information about Mohs surgery, skin cancer, and other dermatology topics call the dermatologists at South Coast Dermatology & Cosmetic Center in Weymouth, MA, and serving Boston's south shore today!

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.

IPL

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.