South Shore Skin Center and Spa’s Recent Skin Cancer Screening Clinic Reveals Potential New Cases of Melanoma

During National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Awareness Month (May), the dermatologists at South Shore Skin Center and Spa spotted several potential cases of melanoma during their free Skin Cancer Screening clinic held at their Plymouth practice.

According to Dr. Richard F. Eisen, Board Certified Dermatologist and Founding Physician/Director of South Shore Skin Center, who took part in the screenings that evening, “Melanoma is rising rapidly in New England and in particular in the South Shore area. At our recent screening, we diagnosed one severe case of melanoma and three potential new melanoma cases which may be confirmed cases after biopsy.”

100 people from the South Shore and Plymouth areas attended the free screening evening. The event was a collaboration between 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.

Many who attended had fair skin and/or had never had their skin checked before.

South Shore Skin Center and Spa providers who were screening patients along with Dr. Eisen included Dr. Ramzi W. Saad (partner at South Shore Skin Center and organizer of the annual screening event), Dr. Emily P. Tierney, Dr. Barry M. Austin, Dr. William W. Stocker, Jessica L. Bahros PA-C, Elizabeth J. McLeish PA-C and Vanessa H. Pollard PA-C. Maryellen Maguire-Eisen, RN, MSN, Executive Director of the Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation was also on hand with the Glow Vista Skin Analyzer taking high definition profile photos which showed attendees the extent of their skin’s UV damage.

“New England has the highest concentration of melanoma cases in the United States. It is the most common cancer in young white women ages 25-29 and second only to breast cancer in women ages 30-34. This is the first time we have seen such a significant number of cases at a screening of 100 people. It is an indication of just how common and serious skin cancers are. It cannot be stressed enough – the way to minimize melanoma mortality is to protect the skin from UVA and UVB rays, to carefully perform monthly self-skin examinations and to obtain a skin cancer screening annually,” noted Dr. Saad.

South Shore Skin Center and Spa tips for preventing skin cancer:
Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun.
Avoid sunlamps and tanning beds.
Use ample amounts of sunscreen with a minimum SPF 30 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.

For concerns about the skin, contact South Shore Skin Center and Spa’s Plymouth
(508) 747-0711 or Cohasset (781) 383-3340 dermatology office.

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.

Maryellen Maguire-Eisen, RN, MSN, Executive Director of the Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation (Hingham, MA) was on hand at South Shore Skin Center and Spa's recent Skin Cancer Screening taking high definition profile photos with the Glow Vista Skin Analyzer which showed attendees the extent of their skin's UV damage.

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.