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

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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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Do You Wish You Could Get Rid of Your Double Chin? You Can with KYBELLA at SkinSmart!

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Dr. Callahan is the first Dermatologist in Sarasota to be trained and chosen to offer KYBELLA to treat under-chin fullness, or double-chin fat! What is KYBELLA™? KYBELLA (deoxycholic acid) injection is the first and only FDA-approved nonsurgical treatment that contours and improves the appearance of submental fullness, sometimes referred to as “double chin”. KYBELLA is a prescription medicine used in adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin (submental fat), also called, “double chin.” … Continue reading

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Hair Loss and Thinning Hair Can be Helped with Viviscal Professional at SkinSmart

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Everyday stress, poor nutrition, age, heredity and damage caused by the environment and overstyling can impact the health of your hair and lead to breakage and excess shedding. Therefore, it’s important to ensure that the hair and scalp are healthy, conditioned and nourished to maintain the ideal environment for healthy hair growth. If your diet lacks specific nutrients, including vitamins, minerals or protein, it can affect the condition and strength of your hair. Viviscal Professional dietary supplements supply vital nutrients … Continue reading

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Avoiding Summer (or Any Season) Sun can Save Your Skin


Headlines are continuing to stress how dangerous sun exposure can be for everyone. Dermatologists have been urging patients to use caution for many years … but there are still some who are not getting the message that tan skin is damaged skin. In fact, according to the most recent figures from the American Academy of Dermatology, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. More than 3.5 million cases of nonmelanoma skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma and … Continue reading

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New Study Shows that Botox Could Have Long-Lasting Benefits

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Botox and other similar neuromodulators are receiving some new press lately. The reason? A recently-published study suggests that over time, Botox can help patients enjoy long term benefits beyond the temporary relaxing of wrinkle-producing muscles. Here’s the news story, published on, about a Canadian study on long-term benefits of Botox: “Botox treatment seems to promote production of elastin and collagen, a pair of proteins that make young skin tight, firm and flexible, said lead author Dr. James Bonaparte, a plastic and … Continue reading

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Nurse Practitioners Are Valued Medical Team Members

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Last week I wrote about Physician Assistants (PAs) and how these medical professionals help medical practices run smoothly. Physician assistants are an essential part of SkinSmart Dermatology’s practice and we are lucky to have two extremely talented and experienced certified PAs on staff; Debora Nash and Kate Weed. We also have another type of medical practitioner at SkinSmart Dermatology: Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner or ARNP-C. Currently, I am working with advanced registered nurse practitioner Molly Prichard. She will be working directly … Continue reading

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Why Are Physician Assistants Important Practitioners in Medical Practices Today?

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When you visit us for a medical issue involving your skin, you may be seen by myself, Mohs surgeon Dr. Adams, Debora Nash-Certified Physician Assistant, Kate Weed-Certified Physician Assistant or Molly Prichard, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, and one of our experienced medical assistants in addition to a practitioner. Most mid-sized or larger practices offer a variety of practitioners in order to meet the patient demand for medical dermatological care. Sometimes I hear patients ask why they aren’t seeing a “doctor.” … Continue reading

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Emerging Research in the Increasing Incidence of Pediatric and Adolescent Melanoma in the U.S.

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Recent studies point to a concerning trend:  Pediatric and Adolescent melanoma (ages 0 to 19 years) increased 2% per year between the years 1973-2009.  The reasons for this trend are not entirely clear and authors suggest that more research is needed.  Luckily there are only a few hundred cases of childhood melanoma per year, but the low numbers make it difficult to study. The most critical theme that I found reviewing these studies was the fact that the “ABCDE” criteria … Continue reading

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ASDS Cosmetic Procedure Survey Results Show Popular Trends

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A 2014 survey on cosmetic procedures developed by Consumer Survey Work Group questioned 8,300 respondents during one week in 2014. The survey was conducted by SurveyMonkey for the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS). ASDS conducts this survey every year and compiles the results into a report and develops an infographic poster. For more details please visit the ASDS survey page. Consumers gave the highest overall satisfaction ratings to injectable wrinkle treatments (93 percent) and injectable filler treatments to soften facial … Continue reading

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Radiesse+–A New Twist on a Favorite Facial Filler

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Merz North America, US – an affiliate of the global Merz Pharma Group– announced an advancement in its popular filler product, Radiesse. By adding Lidocaine—a pain reliever—to its filler, Merz has responded to patient and doctor requests. This advanced filler product is called Rasiesse+. Here is the latest information from Merz: Radiesse+ has received FDA approval and is now available to US physicians. Radiesse+ provides the immediate lift of wrinkles and folds, stimulation of natural collagen production, and the lasting … Continue reading

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