This Winter Why Not Try an Oil Cleanser Instead of Soap?


There’s been a rethinking of the way we cleanse our skin. Some advocate not using soap products at all, while others suggest only bathing in the winter a few times a week to protect your skin’s natural body oils! While I am not sure I’d give up bathing, winter weather does cause skin to feel parched and dry, making skin more susceptible to irritation.  To the rescue are the new and improved oil cleansers for the skin. Oil cleansers and lotions … Continue reading

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Fuller lips don’t have to be fake-looking with the newer, softer fillers

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We have seen Kylie Jenner’s over-filled lips splashed on every magazine cover this year, and unfortunately, this has given a “bad” name to lip fillers. I have always believed that a more natural look is better when trying to achieve a younger appearance. So, in my practice, I combine my artistic aesthetic skills with my medical experience and knowledge of facial musculature and bone structure to give each patient the best look for them. Lip fillers have come a long … Continue reading

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Facial Peels at SkinSmart Dermatology Can be a Good First Step in Facial Rejuvenation!


Chemical peels can address numerous skin conditions and are often a good first step in kick starting an overall facial rejuvenation strategy. Chemical peels of the past  were sometimes a little too strong and if left on the skin in too high a concentration or for too long without being neutralized, these left patients with major down time and skin that looked much worse than was anticipated before healing. For these reasons and others, the facial peels we use in the … Continue reading

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How Can Intense Pulsed Laser (IPL) Help with Overall Facial Rejuvenation?

Nancy IPL

Intense Pulsed Light, or IPL, is a laser treatment to help reduce some of the signs of aging skin. It can be a great option for those wanting to remove or lessen the appearance of unsightly brown spots or age spots that appear on the skin after years of exposure to the sun. IPL may also help improve overall skin tone, lessen the look of fine lines and wrinkles and reduce the redness from broken capillaries. Before your IPL treatment, our … Continue reading

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Low Cost Medi-Spas May Not Be Your Best Choice for Cosmetic Treatments

Medi _ Spa Dangers- Dr. Oz

Almost daily there are news stories about some kind of filler, injectable or laser treatment that went very badly at a beauty or “medi” spa.  Most of these stories are scary, but they can be very informative and often discuss the risks involved when men and women choose minimally-trained individuals to perform cosmetic dermatology treatments on their face or body. (Click on the image of Dr. Oz to see his warnings about non-medical spas including questions to ask before allowing anyone to perform … Continue reading

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Are Your Hands Giving Away Your Age? There is a Way to Achieve Younger-Looking Hands in 10 Minutes!

Staff Radiesse Hands for room sign

Radiesse for Hands is an FDA-approved treatment for patients who feel their hands look older than they feel  or who have a youthful face and want their hands to match. I was the first dermatologist in Sarasota to offer this innovative treatment and SkinSmart Dermatology is a designated Center of Excellence for Radiesse Hands. One of the things patients notice is that even though we can rejuvenate the face, and they feel happy with their appearance — their hands often … Continue reading

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Squamous Cell Carcinoma: What Is It and What Are the Risk Factors?

Squamous Cell

Patients often hear about the most dangerous skin cancer, melanoma, in the news. But there is another skin cancer that  we all should be aware of: squamous cell carcinoma. Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a common skin cancer in humans. About 700,000 new cases of this skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year. This kind of skin cancer develops on skin that has been exposed to the sun for many years. It is often seen on sun-exposed … Continue reading

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Dr. Callahan Shares a Recent Patient Review on


It’s a wonderful thing when a patient recommends SkinSmart dermatology to a family friend or associate. But when a patient takes the time to actually write a testimonial about our practice on a major review website, it makes all of us here at SkinSmart Dermatology very proud of our staff and practitioners. It means the world to us when we hear that we have done a good job! We strive to give the very best service and care every single … Continue reading

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Are You Leaving Your Medical Health in the Hands of a Smartphone App?

Cancer App

Dr. Callahan was recently interviewed by MySuncoast (ABC7) News in Sarasota regarding the dangers of consumer medical apps. The Federal Trade Commission recently penalized several skin cancer detection apps for misleading consumers about the accuracy of the app results. Dr. Callahan, when questioned by My Suncoast News health reporter Alix Redmonde, noted that “I don’t think at this time we should be bringing out applications to the general public that are not scientifically vetted, that haven’t been tested by doctors, … Continue reading

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Age Spots and Pigmentation Can Be Helped with Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treaments

IPL-Website Cynosure

Living in Florida has its perks but sun damage is something you can get just from everyday outdoor activities — even if you are exposed to the sun for a few short hours. Just driving in your car can hasten the appearance of age spots or dark pigmentation on your face, neck and hands. Often this condition can be helped with intense pulsed light, or IPL treatments. IPL is a term used to describe lasers that can penetrate the skin just enough not … Continue reading

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