Newsletter from Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte:  December 2017

May the magic of Christmas, warm your heart and brighten your days.

Merry Christmas from your DSC Family!

December 2017 Newsletter


December 2017 newsletter- keeping you 8 simple ways to keep your skin healthy

We’re sharing dermatologists’ top tips to help you keep your skin healthy year-round. Here are 8 simple things you can start doing today to see healthier skin.

Tips for National Healthy Skin Month



board certified dermatologist

Benefits of seeing a board-certified dermatologist

When you see a board-certified dermatologist, you see a specialist who has the training and expertise to:

  • Diagnose and treat more than 3,000 skin conditions accurately
  • Treat complex, serious skin diseases
  • Reduce signs of aging safely

Here’s how you can tell whether a dermatologist is board-certified- click here.


Menopause can affect your skin and hair

Find out what may change and how you can lessen these effects.

Learn how to care for your skin in menopause, here.


Scabies can be successfully treated

Intense itching, a rash, and sores could mean scabies. In this video, you’ll find out what to do if you notice these on your skin and how to treat scabies successfully.

What to do if you have scabies. Learn more here.



Birthmarks: Which ones should worry you?

Most birthmarks are harmless. If you find one on your child’s skin, however, it’s a good idea to have a dermatologist examine it. Here’s why.

What exactly is a birthmark? Learn more about birthmarks here. 



Why would a dermatologist prescribe heart medication to treat a birthmark?

Your dermatologist may prescribe propranolol, a heart medicine, for certain types of birthmarks. It is sometimes a dermatologist’s go-to treatment for a type of birthmark called a hemangioma (he-man-gee-oh-ma). Find out why.

Heart medicine can clear strawberry birthmarks Learn more here.

Facebook: AAD’s most popular post last month:

Today is Dictionary Day. Our word of the day: Mohs surgery.

Mohs surgery, also called Mohs micrographic surgery, is used to treat skin cancer. Unlike other skin cancer treatments, this surgery allows the surgeon to see where the cancer stops. Learn more:

Twitter: AAD’s most popular tweet last month:

Women are 9x more likely than men to notice melanoma on others. Checking your partner’s skin could save their life.


Office News

DSC is now participating in clinical trials!  This allows us to try new treatments and medications before they are available at the pharmacy.

In general, studies are to learn more about a medication’s role in managing a disease process and to look for potential side effects.

You may or may not get the active drug.  We need a placebo group as well as an active group to truly determine how beneficial the drug is. Often the placebo group gets the drug eventually, usually after 12 weeks.  Your doctor and the staff will not know if you got the active drug or placebo.  We are all “blinded” so my assessments of your improvement are not biased.

There will be required visits and testing (blood work, EKG, etc).  These are done at no cost to you.

Most studies pay you for your time.

You cannot deviate from the study’s instruction.  To do so may make your information invalid.

You can stop at any time, with an exit visit or protocol.

We currently have 2 trials.

1)     A new pill for patients with psoriatic arthritis who have failed a biologic treatment.

2)     Skin wart study with a new topical agent.

Call Lauren at 704-247-9179 ext 202 for more information.


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ULTRA Femme 360 causes no pain or discomfort, requires no anesthesia, and has no downtime.

  • Shortest radio frequency intimate procedure
  • Intravaginal treatment takes 8 minutes
  • External treatment is based on your specific needs, and usually takes less than 12 minutes external.
  • Non-Surgical, No Downtime
  • 360 degree technology
  • Maximum comfort with uniform distribution of energy

Contact our office for additional information on ULTRA FEMME 360 by BTL!


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