Newsletter from Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte:  February 2016

Office News

Extended Hours:  Extended hours to 5 pm  Monday-Thursday for students and teachers follow up appointments with our physician assistants.

Same Day Appointments: Same day appointments available with Lauren Wilson, PA-C and Shawne Caputo, PA-C!  Please take advantage of this limited opportunity

New No Show Policy:  We have implemented a no show or late cancellation policy.  Please review this policy and cancel your appointment at least 24 hours prior to the appointment to avoid fees.

Valentine’s Day: Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Treat that special someone to a gift certificate for a cosmetic service of their choice.  DSC offers gift cards for any cosmetic service we offer.  A great way to let your love one choose the treatment of their choice!!  Gift cards come with a complimentary skin care analysis by our esthetician!



  • Vanquish ME:  The New Year Brings New Procedures to DSC! Vanquish ME removes abdominal fat more efficiently. See our Monthly Cosmetic Promotions for a special offer on Vanquish ME.
  • Halo:  Coming In March – Halo by Sciton.  Ablative like results with minimal downtime.

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Dangers of indoor tanning

FDA proposes stricter laws for indoor tanningDSCMD- dangers of indoor tanning- from your Ballantyne Dermatologist

The dangers of indoor tanning are real. Use a tanning bed just once and you increase your risk of getting melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer. This risk increases with each use. Indoor tanning also increases your risk of getting other types of skin cancer.

To protect the public’s health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to ban everyone under 18 from indoor tanning. The FDA also proposes stricter laws for adults who use indoor tanning. The AAD strongly supports these FDA proposals. You’ll find more information about the FDA’s proposals for indoor tanning at:

American Academy of Dermatology commends FDA for proposing an age restriction for indoor tanning. Read more here.

What dermatologists tell their patients:  If you tan indoors or outside, the effects will show up on your skin. Tanning causes premature wrinkles and age spots. It also increases your risk of getting skin cancer.

Related links:


Laser hair removal is safe!

Have you been thinking about getting laser hair removal treatments but hesitate to make an appointment because you worry about safety? You’re not alone. A viewer recently asked whether the rays emitted during laser hair removal can cause cancer. A dermatologist answered her question and explained why laser hair removal is safe. If you’re considering laser hair removal, be sure to read:

Can laser hair removal cause cancer? Read more here.

Does wearing something around your wrist increase risk of infection?

Last month, it was big news. A woman who wore a hairband around her wrist developed a serious infection. Antibiotics couldn’t treat it. She needed surgery.

Does this mean that you should stop wearing watches, bracelets, and other things around your wrist? Well, not exactly. You should, however, take some precautions, which you’ll find by reading:

Wearing a hairband on your wrist? You may be more susceptible to infection. Read more here.

Nickel allergy? Expert advice to help you avoid rashes
If you have a nickel allergy, you probably already know you need to avoid it. You probably also know how difficult this can be. While nickel may be everywhere, you can do a lot to avoid it. A new video shows you how.

Nickel allergy: How to avoid exposure and reduce symptoms 

Chronic hives? New app seeks to help you
Hives are raised, itchy welts. Most hives go away in 24 hours or less. When hives last longer than 6 weeks, we call them “chronic hives.”App for Hives

Dermatologists know how frustrating it can be to have chronic hives, so the AAD created a free app to help you manage.

You can learn more about hives, find a doctor who regularly treats patients with chronic hives, track your symptoms, and identify possible triggers. You can also set reminders to keep track of doctors’ appointments and medications.

You’ll find this free app in Apple’s App Store and Google Play. Just use the search term “hives” and look for the blue and orange AAD logo. You can also download the app from this web page, Chronic hives patient app




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