South County Dermatology

Posts for: September, 2016

September 15, 2016
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Chemical Peels  

Chemical PeelsIf you’re bothered by fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring or an uneven skin tone, or if you are looking for a simple way to rejuvenate your skin, chemical peels may be a good option for you.

A chemical peel is a cosmetic procedure performed by your dermatologist. This in-office treatment involves applying an acid solution to remove damaged outer layers of skin, erasing imperfections and improving skin tone and texture. As the old, outer layer of skin is exfoliated and removed, it stimulates the growth of new, healthy skin cells that are smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.

This time-tested, non-invasive procedure is quick—in most cases less than an hour—and yields fast results. It can drastically improve the appearance of skin marked by wrinkles, scars and other signs of aging or sun damage.

Chemical peels can improve the appearance of:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Uneven skin pigmentation
  • Acne scarring
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Age spots
  • Freckling

Chemical peels can be applied to many parts of the body including the face, neck, chest and hands and are available in several different strengths. Our office can help you determine the type of chemical used depending on your skin type and desired results. The best candidate for a chemical peel is a person with fair skin and light hair, although darker skin types can also achieve good results depending on their specific problem and treatment goals.

How many treatments are necessary depends on the severity of skin damage and the patient’s goals. With each treatment, scarring and other imperfections typically diminish more and more.

At your dermatologist's office, we can help you achieve your most radiant, youthful skin. Visit to learn more about cosmetic dermatology and to find out if you are a candidate for chemical peels.

September 14, 2016
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Botox   Wrinkles  

It may be impossible to avoid lines and wrinkles, but you can take steps to make them much less noticeable. Dr. Robert Dyer and Dr. botoxVincent Criscione, your East Greenwich, RI dermatologists, explain how Botox treatment can help you.

Botox softens wrinkles

Botox injections prevents muscles in your face from contracting by blocking the impulses that travel between your nerves and facial muscles. When you can't frown or make other common facial expressions, the muscles relax, allowing lines and wrinkles to relax and soften. Botox is a toxin that comes from the Clostridium botulinum bacteria. Since the toxin is purified, it's perfectly safe for cosmetic treatments.

How do doctors use Botox?

Botox is used to:

  • Relax the vertical lines between the eyes that can make you look tired
  • Improve the appearance of wrinkles around your mouth
  • Minimize crow's feet around your eyes
  • Smooth horizontal forehead wrinkles

In addition to minimizing lines and wrinkles, Botox is also used to:

  • Treat chronic migraines
  • Reduce eyelid spasms and severe neck spasms
  • Improve the appearance of crossed eyes
  • Treat overactive bladder
  • Prevent excessive underarm perspiration

What happens during Botox treatment in East Greenwich?

Because the needle used to inject Botox is very thin, injections are not usually painful. Before treatment begins, your doctor will use a local anesthetic and ice packs to numb your skin and increase your comfort. He will then inject small amounts of Botox under your skin in strategic locations. It takes some time for Botox to begin to work, but over the course of the next week, you should see a gradual softening of your wrinkles.

Does Botox offer a permanent solution to lines and wrinkles?

The effects of Botox treatments usually last approximately three to six months. The amount of time you can expect maintain your results varies depending on the area of the face that was treated. If you don't make a follow up appointment, your lines and wrinkles will gradually return.

Botox offers a simple way to improve your appearance. Call Dr. Dyer and Dr. Criscione, your East Greenwich, RI dermatologists, at (401) 471-3376 to find out if you're a good candidate for Botox.

September 01, 2016
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Hands  

Keep Your Hands Looking YoungWhile the face may be the first to show signs of aging, a person’s hands can make someone appear older than they feel. In a person’s lifetime, the hands are exposed to sunlight, extreme temperatures and a lot of wear and tear. It’s no wonder the skin on our hands becomes thinner, develops wrinkles and sun spots and loses its radiance over time.     

The good news is that you can reduce signs of aging on your hands with improved care at home and the help of your dermatologist.   

Basic tips for improved hand care include:

  • Keep your hands moisturized. Dry, cracked hands appear dull and older. Applying a cream periodically throughout the day will give your hands a healthy glow and a more youthful appearance.
  • Protect your hands from the sun.  The back of the hands are extremely vulnerable to UV damage because they are almost always exposed to sun light. Take extra precautions by applying sunscreen.
  • Wear gloves. Do this during household chores or yard work to protect your hands. Also wear gloves in the winter to protect hands from cold, harsh temperatures.
  • Avoid frequent hand washing.  When you do wash, use a mild soap with warm water.

In some cases, a dermatologist may recommend rejuvenation techniques that have long been successful in treating the face.These procedures add volume to the hand and remove discoloration, wrinkles and damage to reverse telltale signs of aging. Visit your dermatologist to find out if these treatments are offered and recommended options for you.

Because we put so much emphasis on our facial skin care, the hands are often overlooked. The hands can be even more susceptible to the effects of aging, which means they need extra care and attention. Today, there are many procedures available to minimize the appearance of an aging hand. Prevention is the best medicine, but your dermatologist is also an excellent source for advice and professional treatment options.