South Shore Skin Center Announces 2nd Anniversary of Skin Cancer Mohs Surgery Unit & New Surgeon

Navid Bouzari, MD, Board Certified Dermatologist and Mohs Micrographic Surgeon

South Shore Skin Center celebrates the second anniversary of their Skin Cancer Mohs Surgery Unit located at One Scobee Circle in Plymouth, and announces the addition of Navid Bouzari, M.D., Board Certified Dermatologist and Mohs micrographic surgeon.

As one of only two Mohs micrographic surgical centers for skin cancer in Southeastern Mass., the Skin Cancer Mohs Surgery Unit offers the highest level of skin cancer care for patients located on Cape Cod and south of Boston. The treatment center is led by Richard F. Eisen, M.D., a Board Certified Dermatologist and highly skilled Mohs micrographic surgeon.

Dr. Eisen is joined by Navid Bouzari, M.D. a Boston-trained Mohs micrographic surgeon. Dr. Bouzari is certified by the American Board of Dermatology and is on staff at South Shore Hospital in South Weymouth and Jordan Hospital in Plymouth. He is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American College of Mohs Surgeons, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the Women’s Dermatologic Society, the Massachusetts Medical Society and the Melanoma Skin Cancer Committee of the American Academy of Dermatology. He is an internationally published author on dermatological issues and diseases.

The Skin Cancer Mohs Surgery Unit is conveniently located, reducing the need for patients on the South Shore to travel long distances through high traffic areas to receive Mohs surgery. Appointments are scheduled in a timely manner to minimize wait times for patients awaiting skin cancer treatment. The 2,780 square foot surgical center houses seven surgical suites, a histotech laboratory, nursing suite and a spacious reception area. On-site free parking is available. New patients and referrals are accepted.

The Skin Cancer Mohs Surgery Unit works closely with a patient’s primary care physician or dermatologist to ensure the highest level of communication and care in the treatment and management of all types of skin cancer.

About Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Mohs micrographic surgery is special skin cancer surgery performed at the Skin Cancer Mohs Surgery Unit that is very precise and removes the least amount of tissue to remove the cancer with the highest cure rates. This type of surgery is used to treat basal and squamous cell carcinomas as well as melanoma. It is ideal for skin cancer on the face, instances of recurring cancer and large or ill-defined areas of cancer.

“The number of cases of skin cancer is rising rapidly in the greater Boston area, particularly on the South Shore,” explained Dr. Eisen.

He continued, “The Skin Cancer Surgery Unit is well-situated at the half-way point between Boston and Cape Cod and conveniently located at exit 7 off Route 3. Our accessibility and our ‘no wait list’ for skin cancer surgery are a couple of reasons why we’ve been so successful.”

South Shore Skin Center – Healthy Skin For Life

South Shore Skin Center is an award-winning, progressive dermatology practice for medical, surgical and cosmetic services. South Shore Skin Center is a unique team of physicians, physician assistants, nurses, medical assistants, surgical assistants, and licensed aestheticians who are all specialists in dermatology and share a passion for excellence and a commitment to providing the highest level of care to both children and adults in the greater Boston area.

The practice is one of only two in Southeastern Massachusetts with a Skin Cancer Mohs Surgery Unit that specializes in Mohs micrographic surgery. South Shore Skin Center’s Skin Cancer Mohs Surgery Unit in Plymouth offers immediate surgical appointments and an expert surgical staff with a combined 30 years of experience.

South Shore Skin Center offers cosmetic dermatology treatments for wrinkles, age spots, acne scarring, birthmarks, hair removal, tattoo removal and more using the Fraxel re:store DUAL and Fraxel re:pair lasers, ePrime (Evolastin procedure), Candela VBeam, Gentlelase, Gentle YAG, and Alex lasers. The practice also offers a full range of affordable anti-aging services including Clear + Brilliant, Botox, Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm and other wrinkle fillers; volumizers such as Radiesse and Sculptra; Thermage; microdermabrasion; medical grade facials, micropeels and chemical peels. Oncology esthetics is also offered.

South Shore Skin Center has been awarded South Shore Living’s Best of the South Shore in 2011 and 2012. They are located at One Scobee Circle, Unit 3, in Plymouth, Mass. (508) 747-0711 and at 223 Chief Justice Cushing Highway, Suite 202, in Cohasset, Mass. (781) 383-3340. For more information, visit the website at www.southshoreskincenter.com.

South Shore Skin Center and Spa Providers to Conduct Free Skin Cancer Screening in Plymouth

May is National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Awareness Month and three dermatologists and a physician assistant from South Shore Skin Center and Spa will be on site at the free Skin Cancer Screening Clinic on Thursday, May 17, 2012 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Jordan Hospital Club Cancer Center, 275 Sandwich Street in Plymouth.

Ramzi W. Saad M.D., Barry M. Austin, M.D. and Navid Bouzari, M.D., Board Certified Dermatologists along with Vanessa Rando, PA, will conduct skin cancer screenings, which includes an assessment of sun spots and moles. They will also provide patients with sun safety and melanoma prevention tips.

This free screening is supported by the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Cancer Society. It is open to the public. Call to register (508) 732-4940.

Last May, South Shore Skin Center and Spa dermatologists spotted several potential cases of melanoma during their free Skin Cancer Screening Clinic held at their Plymouth practice. That event was a collaboration of Jordan Hospital Club Cancer Center and South Shore Skin Center and Spa and supported by the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Cancer Society.

According to Richard F. Eisen, M.D. Board Certified Dermatologist and Founding Physician/Director of South Shore Skin Center and Spa, “Melanoma is rising rapidly in New England and in particular in the South Shore area. At last year’s screening, among the 100 who attended, we diagnosed one severe case of melanoma and three potential new melanoma cases which were confirmed after biopsy.”

Recent data has shown that melanoma is the number one cancer in young, white American women. South Shore Skin Center and Spa’s physicians remind adults and children to follow these important measures in the prevention of skin cancer:

Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun.
Avoid sunlamps and tanning beds.
Use ample amounts of sunscreen or sunblock with an SPF of 30 or higher every day, even if it is cloudy.
Wear protective clothing and large framed or wrap-around sunglasses to protect the eye area.
Have your skin checked by a dermatologist regularly.
Note any moles or other spots on the skin that have changed. Have them checked by a physician as soon as possible.
About South Shore Skin Center and Spa

South Shore Skin Center and Spa is one of Massachusetts’ most progressive dermatology practices offering a wide range of medical, surgical and cosmetic services. South Shore Skin Center and Spa is a 2011 Best of South Shore Living Winner.

Founded in 1984, South Shore Skin Center and Spa is a unique team of physicians, physician assistants, nurses, medical assistants, surgical assistants, and licensed aestheticians who are all specialists in dermatology and share a passion for excellence and a commitment to providing the highest level of care to both children and adults in the greater Boston area. In addition to the medical dermatology office and Mohs Surgical Unit for skin cancer, South Shore Skin Center and Spa offers cosmetic dermatology treatments for wrinkles, age spots, acne scarring, birthmarks, hair removal, tattoos and more using the Fraxel re:store DUAL and Fraxel re:pair lasers, ePrime, Candela VBeam, Gentlelase, Gentle YAG, and Alex lasers. The practice also offers therapeutic massage and a full range of affordable anti-aging services including Clear + Brilliant, Botox, Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm and other wrinkle fillers; volumizers such as Radiesse and Sculptra; Thermage; microdermabrasion; medical grade facials, micropeels and chemical peels.

South Shore Skin Center and Spa is located at One Scobee Circle, Unit 3, in Plymouth, Mass. (508) 747-0711 and at 223 Chief Justice Cushing Highway, Suite 202, in Cohasset, Mass. (781) 383-3340. For more information, visit the website at www.southshoreskincenter.com.

South Shore Skin Center and Spa Dermatologists Provide 5 Sun Protection Tips for Babies & Toddlers

Every time we go outdoors, we’re exposed to Ultraviolet (UV) rays and the repeated exposure builds over time. The delicate skin of babies and toddlers is particularly susceptible to sunburn and UV damage.

According to Dr. Ramzi W. Saad, Board Certified dermatologist and partner at South Shore Skin Center and Spa, “UV damage can happen at any age, but it begins to occur during childhood. The more frequent the exposure to Ultraviolet A (UVA) and Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays without protection, the greater the risk of developing melanoma or skin cancer as an adult. Parents and caregivers are responsible for protecting the very young, so knowing HOW to best protect them is key.”

The dermatologists at South Shore Skin Center and Spa provide the following expert advice to parents and caregivers for protecting the skin of very young children from harmful UVA/UVB rays from the sun (which are present even on cloudy days):

1. Apply a chemical-free sunscreen containing an SPF 30 or higher. Sunscreen may be applied to babies older than six months and toddlers. Look for products that are chemical free and have 10 percent micronized Zinc Oxide such as Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen Baby SPF 30+ or Solbar Shield SPF 40.

2. Dress young children in sun protective clothing. Covering up the skin with clothing is one of the most effective ways of protecting the sensitive skin of babies and toddlers. Sun hats with wide brims and flaps to shade ears and neck, lightweight long sleeved shirts, sun rompers and swim bodysuits provide good coverage. Brands such as Coolibar offer 50+ UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) clothing. Other sun protective clothing brands may be found online or at retailer REI.

3. Sunglasses help protect the delicate eye area. Skin cancer can develop anywhere on the body, including eyelids. Because sunscreen cannot be applied on or around the eyes, it’s important to shield the eye area from UV rays. For young children, opt for rubber or flexible frames and shatterproof lenses. To ensure that lenses provide UVA/UVB protection, look for the statement “100% UVA/UVB protection” label on the lense when making your purchase.

4. Seek shade. Shady areas not only offer some cool relief on a hot summer day, but some protection from UV rays.

5. Block UVA/UVB rays in babies younger than six months. Sunscreen should not be applied to babies younger than six months of age, yet exposed skin is left vulnerable without sunscreen. So, how do you protect your baby’s skin from UV rays? Follow tips 2, 3 and 4.

Dr. Saad continued, “As children become more independent, parents and caregivers have a greater challenge of ensuring their tweens and teens wear sunscreen every day, seek shade and wear protective clothing. That is one reason why it is imperative that children learn ‘sun safe’ habits at a very young age because they will have a better understanding of the importance of protecting their skin as they grow older.”

Melanoma is the most common cancer in young white women ages 25-29 and second only to breast cancer in women ages 30-34. New England has the highest concentration of melanoma cases in the United States.

“It cannot be stressed enough that one of the key ways to minimize melanoma mortality is to protect the skin from UVA and UVB rays, starting in early childhood,” noted Dr. Saad.

About South Shore Skin Center and Spa
South Shore Skin Center and Spa is one of Massachusetts’ most progressive dermatology practices offering a wide range of medical, surgical and cosmetic services.

Founded in 1984, South Shore Skin Center and Spa is a unique team of physicians, physician assistants, nurses, medical assistants, surgical assistants, and licensed estheticians who are all specialists in dermatology and share a passion for excellence and a commitment to providing the highest level of care to both children and adults in the greater Boston area. In addition to the medical dermatology office and Mohs Surgical Unit for skin cancer, South Shore Skin Center and Spa offers cosmetic dermatology treatments for wrinkles, age spots, acne scarring, birthmarks, hair removal, tattoos and more using the Fraxel re:store DUAL and Fraxel re:pair lasers, DEKA SmartXide DOT, Candela VBeam, Gentlelase, Gentle YAG, and Alex lasers. The practice also offers a full range of affordable anti-aging services including Botox, Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm and other wrinkle fillers; volumizers such as Radiesse and Sculptra; microdermabrasion; medical grade facials, micropeels and chemical peels.

South Shore Skin Center and Spa is located at One Scobee Circle, Unit 3, in Plymouth, Mass. (508) 747-0711 and at 223 Chief Justice Cushing Highway, Suite 202, in Cohasset, Mass. (781) 383-3340. For more information, visit the website at www.southshoreskincenter.com.

South Shore Skin Center Dermatologist is Guest Speaker at American Academy of Dermatology

Emily Tierney, M.D., who is a board certified dermatologist and renowned Mohs micrographic surgeon at South Shore Skin Center in Plymouth and Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Tufts University School of Medicine, recently spoke at the American Academy of Dermatology in Chicago, IL on the topic of “Controversies in Mohs Micrographic Surgery”. Dr. Tierney lectured on the advantages and disadvantages of radiation after Mohs micrographic surgery for squamous cell carcinoma with perineural invasion as well as on the advantages and disadvantages of imiquimod for superficial basal cell carcinoma skin cancer.

Dr. Tierney, who is currently on staff at South Shore Hospital and Jordan Hospital, completed her dermatology residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and her Mohs surgical and procedural dermatology fellowship at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana. She is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Tierney has received many honors and awards over the years and most recently received the Richard B. Aronsohn, M.D. Founder’s Award for the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgeons, the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery and a member of the Women’s Dermatologic Society, the American Medical Association and the American College of Mohs Surgeons.

About South Shore Skin Center

South Shore Skin Center is one of Massachusetts’ most progressive dermatology practices offering a wide range of medical, surgical and cosmetic services. South Shore Skin Center and Cosmetic Dermatology Spa occupy the 6,600 square-foot third floor of One Scobee Circle in Plymouth. South Shore Skin Center’s Mohs Surgical Unit is located on the first floor.

At South Shore Skin Center, patient care comes first. The practice’s unique team of physicians, physician assistants, and nursing staff are all specialists in dermatology who share a passion for excellence and a commitment to providing the highest level of care to both children and adults in the greater Boston area. Advanced cosmetic services offered include Fraxel re:pair and re:store; Gentle YAG, innovative Laser, IPL, Thermage and treatments for age spots, acne scarring, birth marks, tattoos and more. The practice also offers a full range of affordable anti-aging services including Botox, Radiesse, Sculptra and other wrinkle fillers, Microdermabrasion, laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels. Anti-Aging and Cosmetic treatments are both safer and more effective when administered at a physician’s office.

South Shore Skin Center is located at One Scobee Circle in Plymouth, Mass., (508) 747-0711 and at 223 Chief Justice Cushing Highway, Suite 202 in Cohasset, Mass. (781) 383-3340. For more information, visit the website at www.southshoreskincenter.com.

Emily Tierney, MD