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.

VISIA Complexion Analysis Now Available at South Shore Skin Center and Spa in Plymouth

Ever wonder if there was a better way to care for your skin? Looking to gain insight on the condition of your skin – above and below the surface?

South Shore Skin Center and Spa, one of the most progressive dermatology practices in Massachusetts with offices in Plymouth and Cohasset, now offers VISIA Complexion Analysis, which can identify the skin’s condition both topically and sub-surface – enabling the Spa team to provide a truly customized skin care maintenance and treatment plan.

“VISIA provides an in-depth analysis of the skin’s surface and sub-surface which enables us to individualize facial rejuvenation and skin care regimen,” noted Ramzi Saad, M.D.

“The extent of UV damage (“Ultraviolet” damage caused by the sun and tanning beds) is not visible to the naked eye, but VISIA enables us to identify UV damage and recommend products or treatments accordingly.”

With VISIA’s precise imaging, South Shore Skin Center and Spa can now monitor a patient’s complexion vitality and check the effectiveness of the patient’s skin care regimen over time. VISIA’s skin and complexion analysis measures wrinkles and the depth of pores; analyzes the skin’s condition and pigment disturbances; recognizes porphyrins from bacteria and identifies UV damage. A VISIA Complexion Analysis takes approximately 30 minutes.

A VISIA Complexion Analysis is the first step of South Shore Skin Center and Spa’s “SkinPlan” – a unique, three-step skin care consultation and analysis. Following the VISIA Complexion Analysis,

a South Shore Skin Center and Spa expert will discuss the results of the evaluation and recommend results-oriented treatments and products in a customized SkinPlan. The second step of the SkinPlan is In-Clinic Treatments utilizing South Shore Skin Center and Spa’s highly advanced suite of services to help patients obtain their ideal skin. The third step is In-Home Care, where specific corrective skin care products are recommended for use at-home to accelerate and enhance patients’ In-Clinic treatments.

VISIA Complexion Analysis is only available at South Shore Skin Center and Spa’s Plymouth location.

To schedule a complimentary VISIA Complexion Analysis, the first step in South Shore Skin Center and Spa’s SkinPlan, contact the Plymouth office (508) 747-0711.

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’s medical office and cosmetic dermatology spa occupy the 6,600 square-foot third floor of One Scobee Circle in Plymouth. South Shore Skin Center and Spa’s skin cancer unit – the Mohs Surgical Unit is located on the lower level.

At South Shore Skin Center and Spa, patient care comes first. The practice’s unique team of physicians, physician assistants, nursing and medical assistant 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 NEW ePrime; Fraxel re:store DUAL, Fraxel re:pair and other Laser Treatments; Gentle YAG, IPL, Thermage and treatments for age spots, acne scarring, birthmarks, tattoos and more. The practice also offers a full range of affordable anti-aging services including Botox, Restylane, Perlane and other wrinkle fillers, volumizers such as Radiesse and Sculptra, 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 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.

Ramzi Saad, M.D.

South Shore Skin Center will hold an Educational “Healthy Skin is Beautiful Skin” Cosmetic Seminar on November 10th

South Shore Skin Center, one of the most progressive practices for medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology in Massachusetts, will hold a “Healthy Skin is Beautiful Skin” Cosmetic Seminar on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 from 6 to 8 p.m., at their cosmetic spa located at One Scobee Circle in Plymouth.

South Shore Skin Center’s Board Certified dermatologists, cosmetic nurses and medical aestheticians will share the latest on skin care and anti-aging treatments such as Dermaplaning; Fraxel and other laser treatments; Botox; fillers and more.

Attendees will be able to ask questions about the various treatments and learn about advanced skin care products. Raffles will be held and refreshments will be served. Attendees who bring a friend will receive a $25 gift certificate.

This Cosmetic Seminar is educational and there is no cost to attend. Space is limited.

To reserve your seat, RSVP to Cheryl Packard at 508-503-8531 or email cpackard@southshoreskincenter.com.

About South Shore Skin Center

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’s medical office and the 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 lower level.

At South Shore Skin Center, patient care comes first. The practice’s unique team of physicians, physician assistants, nursing and medical assistant 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 P. Tierney, MD Joins South Shore Skin Center of Cohasset and Plymouth

Emily Tierney, M.D.

South Shore Skin Center, one of the most progressive dermatology practices in Massachusetts with offices in Cohasset and Plymouth, is pleased to announce Emily P. Tierney, M.D., a Board Certified Dermatologist and Mohs Micrographic Surgeon, has recently joined the practice.

Dr. Tierney is specialty-trained in Mohs Micrographic surgery as well as cosmetic, medical and surgical dermatology and will treat patients at South Shore Skin Center’s Cohasset and Plymouth offices. The lower level of the Scobee Circle building in Plymouth will be occupied by South Shore Skin Center’s Mohs Micrographic Surgery.

Dr. Tierney will also care for medical and cosmetic dermatology patients. The wide range of cosmetic treatments Dr. Tierney provides includes innovative Fraxel (CO2 ) Laser, Laser Skin Resurfacing, IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), Photodynamic therapy, Thermage and Gentle YAG. She will also consult with patients on anti-aging treatments such as Botox, Radiesse, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, Sculptra and other wrinkle fillers.

Dr. Tierney 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 and is currently a dermatologist on staff at Jordan Hospital in Plymouth as well as the Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Mohs Micrographic Surgery at Boston 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.

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. The practice has attained and maintained an “A” rating on Angies List Health.

Having outgrown their previous office at Resnik Road in Plymouth, South Shore Skin Center has recently relocated to the 6,600 square-foot third floor of One Scobee Circle in Plymouth.

South Shore Skin Center’s cosmetic services include Fraxel re:pair and re:store; Gentle YAG, innovative Laser, IPL (Intensive Pulse Light), 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 such as South Shore Skin Center and Spa.

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

South Shore Skin Center Dermatologists Share Insight on Foods that are Good for the Skin

The adage “beauty comes from within” doesn’t just apply to the beauty of the soul…The beauty of your skin comes from within – and what you’ve been eating. The dermatologists at South Shore Skin Center know that beautiful skin depends on a number of factors and diet plays a significant part in your skin’s health and beauty.

South Shore Skin Center practitioners share their insight on various foods that may (and those that may not) help you maintain beautiful skin:

· Foods that are rich in antioxidants, such as fruits and vegetables are highly beneficial to the skin.

· Dairy is not beneficial to the skin, but it’s not bad for it either. There has been some controversy about dairy causing acne, but the doctors at South Shore Skin Center maintain that dairy does not cause acne.

· Whole grains that are low-fat are good for the skin. Bear in mind that grains such as flaxseed are better absorbed by the body if they are ground into meal before eating them. Adding at least one teaspoon of ground flaxseed to your diet per day is sufficient.

· Good hydration is good for the skin. Beware of drinking beverages containing caffeine, which is a diuretic. Drinking a lot of caffeinated beverages is not recommended because caffeine in large amounts will have a dehydrating effect. Drinking water is best for hydration.

· Try to eat foods that are rich in Omega 3s, which are essential fatty acids and benefit all organs. A typical diet that includes soybean oil has a much higher ratio of Omega 6, which actually blocks Omega 3 absorption. It’s better to eat foods made with olive or canola oil as these have a low ratio of Omega 6 and will not block the absorption of Omega 3s.

“When it comes to the health and beauty of the skin, the foods that we eat really do play an important part,” noted Dr. Richard Eisen, a board certified dermatologist and founder of South Shore Skin Center.

South Shore Skin Center

Founded in 1984, 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’s cosmetic services include Fraxel re:pair and re:store; Gentle YAG, innovative Laser, IPL (Intensive Pulse Light), 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, wrinkle fillers, Microdermabrasion, laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels.

South Shore Skin Center offices are located at 223 Chief Justice Cushing Highway, Suite 202 in Cohasset, Mass. (781) 383-3340, and 45 Resnik Road, Suite 102 in Plymouth, Mass., (508) 747-0711.  For more information, visit their website SouthShoreSkinCenter.com.