The Magnificent Cucumber

The Magnificent Cucumber

Cucumbers do so much more than just decrease puffy eyes…..they have so many vitamins and antioxidants you need every day.  Just one cucumber contains:  Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin D, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, and enzymes.

Here are a few benefits of each vitamin contained in cucumbes:

  • Vit A:  Smooths, firms skin
  • Vit C:  Brightens, antioxidant, skin lightening
  • Vit K:  Reduces dark circles
  • Vit D:  Firms the skin
  • Vit B1:  Responsible for converting sugar into energy
  • Vit B2:  Useful in preventing conditions such as acne, dermatitis, arthritis, and eczema.  Helps clear the skin, Helps repair damaged tissues and allows wounds to heal more quickly.
  • Vit B3:  Decrease in heart disease and helps lower the level of bad cholesterol.
  • Vit B5:  Patients having undergone surgery may be prescribed vitamin B5 supplements to ensure speedy healing and can prevent acne and hair loss
  • Vit B6:  Help the process of metabolism, tissue repair, cell production.
  • Folic Acid:  Fetal development, Production of red blood cells, Helps in depression, Helps keep brain young
  • Calcium:  Prevents osteoporosis;  Keeps you slim and trim;  may combat cancer;  heart-healthy
  • Iron:  Hemoglobin formation, oxygen carrier, muscle function, brain function.
  • Magnesium:  Transmission of nerve impulses, body temperature regulation, detoxification, energy production, and the formation of healthy bones and teeth.
  • Phosphorus:  healthy bone formation, improved digestion, regulates excretion, protein formation, hormonal balance, improved energy extraction, cellular repair
  • Potassium:  Good for the heart, Water level regulator, Pain management, strengthens the bones and the muscles, while promoting faster healing of injuries like cuts and bruises, Mental ability booster.
  • Zinc:  Regulates immune function, treats diarrhea, helps improve learning and memory, treats the common cold, heals wounds.
  • Enzymes:  Anti-inflammatory
  • Cool temp:  Decreases swelling
  • Cucumbers are also made of 95% water, which makes them a super hydrator.  Add cucumbers to water to make a super power drink.  With all the nutrients and benefits listed, you could be reaping benefits like great skin and a heathy body just by adding a few slices to your water.
  • Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache
  • Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.
  • Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemical in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!
  • Stressed out and don’t have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber will react with the boiling water and released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown to reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.
  • Just finished a business lunch and realize you don’t have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the photochemical will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

Now that’s an incredible vegetable!


3 Strategies for Healthy, Beautiful Skin

Here are a few tips that benefit almost everyone: retinols, sunscreen, and resurfacing.

Retinol

Retinol (and prescription strength retinoids) offers a twist on vitamin A.  Most of our patients use it every day.  When it is applied directly to the skin, cell growth is optimized.  Ultimately, retinol can improve skin tone and texture, reduce fine lines, and boost the skin’s overall appearance.

Sunscreen

Sunscreen blocks ultraviolet light and it should be a part of your daily skin regimen. A portion of my day is dedicated to skin cancer surgery and reconstruction. As much as I enjoy performing these complex procedures, I’d like, for my patients’ sake, to be performing fewer of them. And if patients are more diligent about applying sunscreen, I will be.

Sunscreen does not only protect against skin cancer, it also has an added aesthetic benefit. Use it and you’ll notice few finer lines and wrinkles. Look for sunscreens with an SPF of 30 or higher and a label that includes the term “broad-spectrum.” We like Elta MD and LaRoche Posay which we carry here.

Resurfacing

Last but not least: skin resurfacing. Resurfacing helps to both build collagen in the dermis and to exfoliate the epidermis. At Frederick Dermatology Associates Center for Aesthetic Medicine , we are fortunate to have the luxury of all the latest technological innovations. Our fractional resurfacing lasers, of which we have several, can be adjusted to accommodate your availability for downtime. Many of our patients pop in periodically for low-downtime laser options that serve to refresh and rejuvenate the skin, lending it an overall healthy and beautiful appearance.


Ulthera - Now Available in Frederick!

Welcome Ultherapy to Frederick Dermatology Associates Center for Aesthetic Medicine!

Well, to give you a brief summary of our new treatment, “Ultherapy or Ulthera will tone loose or wrinkled skin by using the body’s own healing response. Ulthera will tighten the neck and jowls or lift a sagging brow, for example, which in turn reduces the excess eyelid skin, giving the eyes a more refreshed appearance.  It requires no special preparation and results typically appear after one treatment. The ultimate lifting will take two to three months, as rejuvenated, stronger collagen replaces the existing tired collagen in your skin.”

To get a little bit more detailed, We’ve included a few frequently asked questions about Ultherapy:

What is Ultherapy?

Ultherapy is a non-surgical face treatment that uses ultrasound to actually lift and tone loose or sagging skin without any downtime by using the body’s own healing response.

What is so different about this procedure?

Ultherapy is the only non-invasive treatment that can specifically target the deep foundation below the skin that is addressed in cosmetic surgery without cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin. It is also the only procedure to use ultrasound imaging, which allows us to actually see the layers of tissue we target during treatment and ensure the energy is deposited precisely to where it will be most effective.

How does Ulthera work?

Ultherapy deposits focused ultrasound energy below the surface of the skin to stimulate the body’s creation of new collagen. As a result, skin will actually begin to lift and tone over time.

What does collagen do?

Collagen is a natural protein that gives skin its youthfulness by keeping it firmed, toned and elastic. As we age, collagen loses its elasticity and its ability to stand up to the effects of gravity that pull the skin downward. Ultherapy jump starts a repair process that produces fresh, new collagen.

Is Ultherapy surgery?

No. Unlike a face lift, Ultherapy is a non-invasive procedure that addresses the skin and support layers below it, but doesn’t entail cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin.

Can Ultherapy replace a face lift?

Ultherapy is an “uplift” not a “face lift.” While it is not a replacement for surgery, it is a viable option for those not ready for a face lift or those looking to prolong the effects of cosmetic surgery.

How is Ultherapy different from lasers?

Lasers typically address issues in the superficial layers of the skin (e.g. fine lines, wrinkles, pigment changes). Ultherapy addresses the deep skin layer and the foundational layer addressed in cosmetic surgery that lift and lend support to the skin. Therefore, the two technologies are quite complementary!

Is Ultherapy safe?

The procedure has been cleared by the FDA after demonstrating safety in clinical studies, and tens of thousands of treatments have been performed safely worldwide. In addition, ultrasound energy has a proven track record, with use in the field of medicine for more than 50 years.

Who is a good candidate for Ultherapy?

A good candidate for Ultherapy is someone with skin that has “relaxed” to the point of looking, and often feeling, less firm. A lowered eyebrow line or sagging skin on the eyelids, for instance, is often the first sign of “maturing” skin. Typically, those in their thirties and older who have mild to moderate skin laxity are candidates.While Ultherapy is not a replacement for a surgical face lift, there are many people who want some lifting but are not ready for surgery, either mentally, financially or logistically. There are also younger people who want to “stay ahead of the game” as well as those looking to prolong the effects of cosmetic surgery.

How long does the ultrasound treatment take?

A full face treatment takes 45-60 minutes, and a partial face or brow lift treatment can take around 30 minutes–neither with any downtime. This is why it’s been nick-named “The lunch-time face-lift”.

What problem areas does Ultherapy target? What kind of results do you get?

Ultherapy addresses mild to moderate loose or sagging skin. Specifically, by reconditioning and renewing the skin from within, Ultherapy will lift the brow, which in turn reduces excess skin on the lids, opens up the eyes, and gives a more refreshed look overall.

How long until I see results?

Patients may enjoy some initial effect but the ultimate lifting and toning will take place over 2-3 months, as tired collagen is replaced with new, more elastic collagen. As this collagen-building process continues, further improvements can appear up to 6 months following a procedure.

How long do results last?

Patients treated with Ultherapy still have fresh young collagen after a year’s time following the procedure, but skin continues to age. Future touch-up treatments can help keep pace with the aging process, which varies by individual.

Will I need more than one treatment?

The majority of patients only need one treatment; however, some may benefit from more than one treatment (depending on how much laxity they have and their body’s own biological response to the ultrasound and collagen-building process).

Is there any downtime?

Ultherapy is an entirely non-invasive procedure and as such, there is no downtime. You are able to return to your normal activities right away, and there are no special measures you need to take.

Will I feel the ultrasound during the treatment?

Yes. What you are feeling during the treatment is actually tiny amounts of focused ultrasound energy being deposited below the surface of the skin.

What does it feel like?

Comfort thresholds vary from patient to patient, but there can be some discomfort while the ultrasound energy is being delivered. This is temporary and a positive signal that the collagen-building process has been initiated.

One of our practitioners will consult with you prior to your skin treatment to make your experience as pleasant as possible. Patients typically leave comfortable and excited about the benefits to come!

Are there any side effects?

There may be slight redness for up to an hour or so following the treatment, and a small percentage of patients may have slight swelling, tingling or tenderness to touch, but these are mild and temporary in nature.

So… does it really work?

Yes! We’ve seen the magnificent results!

Make an Ultherapy Appointment in Frederick, MD

Interesting in learning more about Ultherapy At Frederick Dermatology Associates Center for Aesthetic Medicine or ready to make an appointment? Contact us or call 301-662-6755 today to request an Ulthera appointment

 

To find out more about Ulthera, you can read about it in these featured magazines or click on the link below to see exclusive videos: Ulthera in the Media!

"Ultherapy gives the biggest bang with one treatment." - Dr. Michael Gold, Elle

"Ultherapy is hottest option Available." - Wall Street Journal


The Vitamin D Debate

One of the most common questions we hear from our Frederick Dermatology patients is, “If I wear sunscreen every day will I become vitamin D deficient?”

Our answer to this is always “no,” but let’s explore the practicalities of that answer.

Vitamin D is one of the only vitamins that we as humans can produce ourselves. It has been nicknamed “the sunshine vitamin” because the sun (UV light) stimulates its production. Vitamin D has been linked to the prevention of cancer, heart attacks, osteoporosis, immune system dysfunction, high blood pressure, and even falls in the elderly. But many of these claims may be overstated, according to a recently published article in The Lancet.

Although it is true that vitamin D plays an important role in prevention of some of these conditions in those with low levels of vitamin D, there is still debate on whether supplementation in healthy individuals yields the same results.

It is true that our bodies produce vitamin D in response to UV exposure, but the amount needed for this production is only about 15 minutes of midday sun. Too much UV exposure can actually destroy the vitamin. In addition, many cases have shown that, despite UV exposure, people can still be vitamin D deficient. The elderly have a decreased ability to produce vitamin D and may require supplementation even if they are sun worshipers. Darker-skinned individuals may also need supplementation, especially if living in northern climates.

Deficiency is not related to sun exposure or lack thereof. The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies’ Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for vitamin D is 600 IU (International Units) a day for people between the ages of 1 and 70, and 800 IU a day for people ages 70 and older. If you are deficient, then you will likely need doses much higher than this. Dietary sources include oily fish, milk, and vitamin D-fortified foods such as cereal and orange juice.

If you are concerned about vitamin D deficiency, then have your primary care physician draw your vitamin D levels. Overexposure to UV will only result in skin cancer and is not a cure for vitamin D deficiency.


Give your FAT the COLD shoulder

CoolScupting Now Available in Frederick, MD!

At our Frederick dermatology practice, patients trust the team for the latest in cosmetic medicine.

An innovative way to reduce the fat around your waist is by undergoing a treatment known as CoolSculpting® by ZELTIQ®. CoolSculpting requires no downtime and, better yet, involves no cutting of the skin.

Reduce Fat in JUST ONE Day!

This FDA-approved treatment involves non-invasive cooling of fat to reduce the number of fat cells without damaging other tissues. Over a period of 1 to 4 months after treatment, patients can expect a noticeable, natural-looking reduction in fat.

Most often, we target lower belly fat, bra fat, “saddle bags” and love handles.  The treatment has become equally popular among men and women.  During a treatment, we place an applicator over a bulge of fat.  The applicator draws the bulge between two cooling panels.  Most patients read or watch a movie and relax in our private room during the procedure.

Make a CoolSculpting Appointment at Frederick Dermatology

Nobody loves love handles. If you have them, and they bother you, CoolSculpting could be the treatment for you! Call Frederick Dermatology to Make a CoolSculpting Appointment today: 301.662.6755.


Kiss Those Lip Lines Goodbye!

Frustrated by your upper lip lines? You’re not alone. It’s one of the most common concerns patients have.

What causes lip lines? Well, there are several factors. As you’d expect, sun plays a big role. Chronic ultraviolet exposure to the area weakens collagen. Smokers, whether current or past, have more lip lines. And unavoidable use of the mouth muscles (such as for speaking and eating) produces chronic creasing of the skin. Prevention, of course, involves daily sunscreen use, not smoking, and avoiding unnecessary pursing of the lips, as with daily use of drinking straws.

But, if you already have your lines, you’re in luck because there are good options for treating them. One of the most effective strategies for reducing lip lines is laser resurfacing. At Frederick Dermatology Associates, we use and study the most advanced laser systems. In this case, we often reach for our fractional lasers. These may be non-ablative (non-invasive) or ablative (superficially wounding).Typically lip lines do best with the ablative lasers, which require about a week of healing, but the results can be rewarding and dramatic. Future treatments are sometimes necessary.

We now offer microneedling, which enhances rejuvenation results and is very safe for the client because there is much less epidermal damage. The automatic vibrating function of the Dermapen increases the effectiveness of treatment by increasing absorption of products, while reducing pain and discomfort. Dermapen is just as effective as treatments such as Fraxel, IPL, Laser Resurfacing, and Chemical Peels. The most amazing benefit is that Dermapen’s pricing is a fraction of the leading alternatives.

Another great option for lip lines is fillers. Most often we place hyaluronic acid fillers into these lines. We often use JUVÉDERM® for this purpose, but lately we’ve been using more and more of the breakthrough filler BELOTERO BALANCE®. BELOTERO sometimes allows us to inject even more superficially for more blurring of lines. If the fillers are not injected into the lines themselves, then they are placed delicately into the body of the lip for more overall support. Don’t worry! Lip injections should not make you look like a duck, but instead they blend naturally into your appearance. Great filler work makes one look better, not treated.

Finally, we recommend routine skin care that fosters healthy lip skin. We are happy to discuss which antioxidants, retinols, peels, and sunscreens can best protect and restore your lips.

 


Why Annual Skin Exams Are so Important

examAn annual visit to your dermatologist can help to detect skin cancer in its earliest stages and increase the likelihood for survival.  Statistics say that every hour in the United States someone dies from melanoma, an estimated 9,710 people by the end of the year. With statistics this alarming, it is crucial for patients to visit their dermatologist once a year to make sure that any freckles, moles, or other marks haven’t changed, as these changes can indicate skin cancer.

Summer sun and skin care can be enemies. Some everyday behaviors can contribute to risk factors associated with developing skin cancer.

  • A single sunburn resulting in blistering or peeling can double your risk of developing skin cancer.
  • Use of tanning beds increases melanoma risk by 75%.
  • Not wearing sunscreen and spending more than 10 minutes in the sun increases the likelihood you will develop a sunburn.

Annual skin exams performed by a dermatologist can detect precancerous spots in areas that are difficult to examine on your own. Here’s a few tips for how to prepare for your skin exam and what to expect:

  • Remove nail polish from fingers and toes. It is possible for skin cancer to grow underneath nails or in the nail beds. Also, these areas are prone to skin infection, which is something else dermatologists check for during a skin exam.
  • Note any changes in birth marks, moles, or freckles that you have. You must be an advocate for your own skin, and let the dermatologist know of any areas that may have you worried.
  • Be prepared to undress completely. This is uncomfortable for many patients, but is a very important element in a thorough skin exam.
  • The exam should last roughly 15-20 minutes.
  • Your dermatologist will inquire about family history and skin cancer, what type of medications you are prescribed, your skin care regimen and sunscreen use, and your history with tanning beds and spray tans.
  • It is possible that if your doctor discovers any questionable spots or lesion on the skin, a biopsy will be taken. A biopsy is a sample of tissue that is sent to a lab and tested for cancer. Biopsies are taken under local anesthetic. This procedure is a diagnostic tool, not a treatment, and if cancer is discovered it will be removed at a separate appointment.

For more information on what to expect at a full skin examination, or cosmetic dermatology services offered at  Frederick Dermatology Associates contact us 301-662-6755 today and schedule a consultation . We look forward to serving you.


What is Brilliant distinctions?

Brilliant Distinctions® by Allergan® is a rewards program that allows patients to earn points from various cosmetic injectable treatments and skin care product purchases that can be redeemed for coupons offering discounts at future appointments. There are many ways to earn points with Brilliant Distinctions®: BOTOX®Cosmetic injections (scheduled minimally three months apart), JUVÉDERM® XC treatments, LATISSE® eyelash thickening and growth kits. Allergan is offering double points for a limited time, its a great time to sign up if you are not already a member.

Contact our office to schedule your appointment or for more information.

 


May is melanoma awareness month, are You at Risk for Skin Cancer?

Skin cancer is an extremely common condition, occurring due to the abnormal growth of skin cells. Most often, skin cancer occurs in patients who have been greatly exposed to sunlight. There are three main types of skin cancer – basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer, although it is fortunately rare. Any noticeable skin abnormalities a patient experiences should be examined by a dermatologist.

Let’s take at closer look at some major risk factors of skin cancer.

Top Risk Factors for Skin Cancer

Overexposure to sun. Patients who spend a great deal of time in the sun are especially at risk for skin cancer, especially if sunscreen is not being used. Despite what many people think, indoor tanning also puts skin at risk for cancer. Tanning beds and booths, which are still especially popular among teenagers, expose skin to an excessive amount of  unsafe UV radiation!

  1. Family history. If a member of your family has had skin cancer, then you may have a predisposition to getting skin cancer yourself.
  2. Fair skin. Although anyone can get skin cancer, people with fair skin are at an increased risk for skin cancer. Having less pigmentation in the skin means that there will be less protection from UV radiation.
  3. A personal history of severe sunburns. At some point in their lives, most people will experience some kind of sunburn. However, having a series of blistering, painful sunburns as either a child, teenager, or adult can significantly increase one’s chances for skin cancer later on.

When it comes to diagnosing skin cancer, your dermatologist will first evaluate changes in your skin, and run tests that can confirm the diagnosis and its severity.  Once a positive skin cancer diagnosis is made, your dermatologist can design an effective treatment plan.

If you have any questions or concerns about skin cancer and its treatment, contact us today https://frederickderm.wpengine.com/contact/   to schedule a consultation.  Our office is located in Frederick, Maryland. We can be reached at 301-662-6755 We look forward to hearing from you!