What Makes a Dermatologist?

What Makes a Dermatologist?

Did you know the average doctor only spends a couple of months learning about skin conditions, both in the classroom and in a clinical setting? With over 3,000 skin diseases out there, that’s not a lot of time to accrue the knowledge to diagnose and treat all of those skin diseases.

After all, dermatology is more than just skin conditions. Dermatology covers skin, hair and nails at all ages and stages of life. Your skin, nails, and hair are all unique parts of you, and no one’s is exactly the same. Thus, if you’re faced with a dermatological condition, you need someone who can take everything about your unique health into consideration.

Like all doctors, dermatologists have to complete four years of school, plus four years of medical school. They also complete an internship and a three-year residency. Their residency must consist of specialized training in dermatology, and the learning doesn’t stop there. Like other medical specialists, dermatologists need to achieve certifications and continue their education throughout their careers. Some dermatologists are even more specialized, going into pediatric dermatology, skin cancers, micrographic surgery, and more!

Granted, licensure and certification aren’t the same thing. Licensure is required to practice medicine; all doctors need licenses from the states where they practice medicine. Certification is voluntary and shows that the dermatologist has advanced knowledge in their chosen specialty and has made a commitment to lifelong learning. The American Board of Dermatology grants certification based on these requirements:
1. Completed a three-year residency program in dermatology
2. Passed certification exams
3. Committed to lifelong learning through seminars and other continuing education programs. That way, they’re at the forefront of knowledge in their field throughout their entire careers.

Lifetime Dermatology proudly participates in the ABD’s continuing certification program to bring you the most recent, effective treatments for your unique skin and any skin conditions you may face. Dr. Ann Hern has been certified since 1992 and participates in continuing certification to provide her patients with the best, most cutting-edge care.

Whether you’re coming in for a medical diagnosis, to treat a skin condition, Botox, acne treatments, or to take care of stubborn fat, rest assured we’re committed to treating you with the best knowledge and tools at our disposal. Book an appointment today and experience cutting-edge, personalized care.

Zap the fat: Make an appointment for truSculpt ID

Zap the fat: Make an appointment for truSculpt ID

You’ve done everything possible to get rid of stubborn body fat, from eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly to lowering your levels of stress. If your stubborn body fat won’t go away, you might be tempted to turn to costly surgeries like liposuction.

It’s easy to become frustrated when you work hard to eat well and exercise but still don’t see results. Fat might just stick no matter how hard you try, which is frustrating. What if we told you there was a more cost-effective, less invasive option for getting rid of stubborn fat?

Now at Lifetime Dermatology, you reach your goals without expensive, invasive surgery thanks to truSculpt ID. It’s a revolutionary, non-invasive, and affordable body sculpting technology that zaps away your stubborn fat, no surgery needed!

Don’t believe us? Check out these before and after photos. After treatment, their bodies are smoother and more sculpted, what they should be after working so hard to achieve optimal results.

truSculpt ID can work to sculpt a little or a lot depending on your situation. Apart from blasting away stubborn belly fat, it can also target other areas of the body like the neck. Thanks to aging and genetics, stubborn neck fat can persist, even if you achieve the results you want on the rest of your body. truSculpt can help you get your jawline, face, and smile back to the way it was without needing to go under the knife.

With treatment that’s clinically proven to reduce fat by 24%, a procedure that can take as little as fifteen minutes and be hands free, and won’t break the bank, what are you waiting for? Schedule an appointment today!

Choosing the proper skin care routine

skin care routineThe most important thing about choosing a skin care routine is knowing your skin. There are many skin types and knowing yours will help you select the appropriate products. For instance, someone with sensitive skin may experience stinging/burning or reddening of the skin when products with a strong fragrance or harsh ingredients are applied. Another example is someone with oily skin should avoid heavy petroleum-based moisturizers and instead might try a light hyaluronic acid-based moisturizer. Knowing how your skin will react to certain ingredients is key to healthy skin and complexion.

Listed below are the 5 common skin types and characteristics of each.

  • Sensitive- red, itchy and dry
  • Normal- little to no sensitivity or imperfections such as visible pores or blemishes
  • Dry- red rough patches and a dull complexion
  • Oily- shiny complexion, large pores and skin blemishes
  • Combination- may be oily in certain areas of the face like the T zone but be normal or dry in other areas such as cheeks

Nicotinamide for Squamous Cell Carcinoma or Basal Cell Carcinoma

If you have had Squamous Cell Carcinoma or Basal Cell Carcinoma, please consider taking Nicotinamide 500 mg twice daily. This is a B vitamin that has been shown to decrease the incidence of additional non-melanoma skin cancers when taken regularly. It is commonly confused with Niacin. Do NOT take Niacin as this can cause severe flushing and diarrhea.

Heliocare Advanced contains both 240 mg of Fernblock PLE and 500 mg of Nicotinamide. We carry both Heliocare and Heliocare Advanced in our office. Both can also be purchased through any licensed pharmacist and are frequently available off the shelf at Walgreens.

Relieving Dry Skin in the Winter

As winter approaches many suffer from dry, chapped skin and lips. Here are a few tips to care for your dry skin.

  • Limit your exposure to hot water. Instead, take 5-10 minute showers or baths. Any longer than that your skin will start to dehydrate.
  • Moisturize immediately after bathing. Applying cream or ointment while the skin is still moist will help lock in the moisture.
  • Apply a petroleum-based lip balm frequently and especially at night.
  • Make sure to bundle up when going outdoors. Scarves and gloves will prevent your lips and hands from chapping.
  • Use a humidifier in the home to help relieve and prevent dry skin by adding moisture into the air.

In cases where the skin is severely dry, you can find relief from a moisturizer that contains urea or lactic acid. Two of my favorites are Cerave SA and Amlactin.

Lumivive – SkinMedica’s Latest Anti-Aging System

Lumivive is SkinMedica’s latest anti-aging system. It combines two powerful serums:

  • Lumivive Day works as the defender in the duo by creating a bio-barrier to combat the aging effects of blue light and pollution.
  • Lumivive Night recharges the skin cells while you sleep to repair damage and restore a youthful appearance.

I added Lumivive to my skin care regimen approximately eight weeks ago.

My pigmentation improved after only two weeks.

Lumivive also gave my skin a nice glow and smoothed my wrinkles – including my crow’s feet – despite fighting a sinus infection and laryngitis!

CLICK HERE for more information and to purchase Lumivive!