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Posts for: September, 2014

By Robert K. Dyer, MD Dermatology, LLC
September 19, 2014
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Skin Cancer   Sun Safety  
Summer’s arrival means it’s time for swimming, picnics, vacations—and sunburns. While enjoying the outdoors this season, don’t forget to the take the necessary steps to protect you and your family from overexposure to the sun’s harmful rays. Studies have revealed that too much sun can have serious consequences on one’s health, including skin spots, wrinkles and even worse, skin cancer.

Alarming skin cancer statistics from the American Cancer Society:

  • Skin cancer is the most common—and most preventable—type of cancer.
  • Over the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.
  • More than 2 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the U.S.
  • One in five Americans will develop a form of skin cancer during a lifetime.

The good news is that skin cancer is very preventable if you take the time to practice proper sun safety.

Summer Time ImageA few easy ways to protect your skin while still enjoying the summer sun:

  • Limit midday sun. The sun’s rays are the strongest and most dangerous during the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Stay away from tanning beds. Indoor tanning lamps emit UVA and UVB rays which contribute to skin damage and skin cancer.
  • Seek shade. If you will be spending an extended amount of time in the sun, find a shaded area for relief from the rays.
  • Cover up. Wear sunglasses and protective clothing, such as hats. If you burn easily, light fitting, long sleeve shirts and long pants can provide added protection
  • Use sunscreen. Always wear sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection and with SPF 30 or higher, even on overcast days. Reapply at least every two hours or more often when swimming or sweating.
  • Protect children. Babies under six months of age should be kept our of direct sunlight. Always apply sunscreen to children, and reduce sun exposure by wearing hats and protective clothing.
Although the facts about skin cancer’s prevalence are alarming, you can take simple steps to take care of your skin this summer. Taking necessary precautions to protect your skin now can help you prevent wrinkles, sun spots and even skin cancer down the road.

Call Dr. Dyer For Any Skin Care Questions

If you have questions about sun safety or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dyer, contact our office or simply request an appointment online today!
How do you protect your skin from the sun? We would love to hear from you!

By Robert K. Dyer, MD Dermatology, LLC
September 18, 2014
Category: Dermatology
Your face shows all of your emotions to the world – laughter, sadness, anger and surprise.  A lifetime of emotions means your facial muscles have been put to the test, leading to wrinkles, crow’s feet, and even laugh lines.  All of these signs of emotion can leave you looking older than your years.  With advancements in technology, your dermatologist can significantly reduce the appearance and signs of aging on your face with Botox.  With Botox you will be able to see a visible improvement to the wrinkles on your face, creating smoother skin for months! 

What is Botox?

Unlike soft tissue fillers, such as Juvederm, that add volume to skin depressions, Botox blocks the release of a chemical called acetylcholine, which triggers the muscle contractions that create wrinkles.  Botox essentially paralyzes the muscles and stops them from contracting.  Results are visible within approximately one week after treatment, and remain for a minimum of three months. 

Botox cosmetic treatments can be used to improve:

  • Worry lines in your forehead
  • Lines between the eyebrows
  • Smile lines
  • Laugh lines—from nose to mouth
  • Crow’s feet
Anyone in generally good health, who has fairly shallow fine lines and wrinkles, may be good candidates for Botox treatments.

The Botox Procedure

Botox works to relax the contraction of muscles by blocking nerve impulses.  The result is muscles that can no longer contract, which relaxes and softens your wrinkles.  Typically, it will take two to four days to see cosmetic improvement, with results that can last anywhere from four to six months.  Most patients require retreatment to remove wrinkles and lines as they begin to reappear. However, after each injection the wrinkles return less severe as the muscles are trained to relax. 

Botox TreatmentThe procedure does not require anesthesia and usually takes just a few minutes to perform.  The protein is injected into the muscle using a fine needle to minimize discomfort and maximize accuracy. In order to minimize bruising, patients should stop using aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications about two weeks before their treatment.  You can resume normal activities immediately, but your dermatologist may advise you to stay out of the sun.

Call Robert K. Dyer, MD Dermatology, LLC Today!

Botox treatments can help both men and women rejuvenate and revitalize their appearance.  Contact our office in East Greenwich if you are interested in Botox.  We will be able to discuss the procedure and help you decide if Botox is an appropriate treatment for improving your skin’s appearance.

Do you want to know more about the process of getting a Botox? If so, call our East Greenwich dermatology office, (401) 471-3376. Have you recieved Botox at Robert K. Dyer, MD Dermatology, LLC? If so, we would love to hear about your experience below!

By Robert K Dyer, MD
September 16, 2014
Category: Uncategorized

Anti-Aging Treatments
Anti-aging cosmetics, plastic surgery and dermatological procedures are popular among Americans. Anti-aging treatments have grown to a $261Anti Aging Treatments billion dollar industry as of 2013. This is partly due to the many new technologies and procedures available to patients. Here are six common anti-aging treatments that patients ask Dr. Robert K. Dyer about when they visit his East Greenwich, RI dermatologist office.

Botox (short for Botulinum toxin) is a treatment that helps to smooth out the appearance of wrinkles and lines on the skin. The doctor administers a series of strategic injections of a drug created by a type of bacterium called Clostridium Botulinum that relaxes the muscles, providing a wrinkle-free appearance for up to 12 months. Botox is also used to prevent excessive sweating.

Chemical Peels
A chemical peel is a treatment offered by East Greenwich, RI dermatologist Dr. Dyer that speeds up the process of removing old, dead skin. A chemical solution is applied to the skin that lifts the dead skin and allows the doctor to peel it off, revealing a fresh, younger looking face.

When the skin becomes flabby and saggy due to the loss of fat in certain areas, a dermal filler is the treatment of choice. As the name suggests, it fills in the contours and creases of the skin (usually the face and hands) to give it a more youthful appearance.

Retinoids are a topical treatment prescribed by a dermatologist to treat acne, wrinkles, spots and other skin conditions. It’s applied once a day or several times per week to help improve the appearance of the skin.

Anti-Aging Treatments from Dr. Robert K. Dyer
Now that you have a fairly comprehensive idea of the various anti-aging solutions available to patients, contact East Greenwich, RI dermatologist Dr. Dyer’s office to find out which one best meets your unique needs. You can request an appointment time online or call the office directly at 401-471-DERM to speak to a friendly staff member or to ask more questions in advance of your visit.