South County Dermatology

Posts for: May, 2018

May 23, 2018
Tags: Botox  

Friends ask why you're frowning. Is something wrong? No, you feel fine, but wrinkles between your eyebrows have deepened, creating an older, and grumpier, look. Would you like to say goodbye to facial lines and wrinkles? You can with BOTOX Cosmetic from South County Dermatology. Your dermatologists, Dr. Robert Dyer and Dr. Vincent Criscione, offer BOTOX in East Greenwich, Narragansett, Westerly, and Barrington, RI, helping patients achieve smoother, younger looks.

What is BOTOX Cosmetic?

BOTOX Cosmetic is a very popular aesthetic facial treatment. In fact, marketing research from retail experts at Mintel says that at least one million women try BOTOX for the first time each and every year.

Made from purified botulism toxin, this FDA-approved medication limits how much facial muscles move. Your dermatologist in East Greenwich, Narragansett, Westerly, and Barrington injects BOTOX with a super-fine needle during a brief in-office procedure. He applies a numbing cream to selected areas of the face, and most patients notice only a mild stinging sensation.

Afterwards, there may be some redness, but this quickly resolves. Patients return to their normal activities right away.

As injections take effect over the subsequent two to four days, the face looks more relaxed and smoother. Dynamic wrinkling all but disappears.

What is dynamic wrinkling? It happens when your facial muscles contract to express happiness, worry, surprise or other emotions. Usually, these lines appear:

  • Across the forehead
  • At the corner's of the eyes (crow's feet)
  • Between the nose and mouth
  • Between the eyebrows

Who qualifies for BOTOX?

Many adults--both men and women--can enjoy the aesthetic benefits of BOTOX Cosmetic. The best therapeutic age range is between 25 and 65 when lines are not yet deeply set, and skin has elasticity due to collagen production.

Also, patients should have realistic expectations for their appearance. BOTOX will not reduce signs of aging by twenty years, but rather give you a refreshed, relaxed, smooth facial appearance. In other words, after you get BOTOX treatments, you'll look like you only look better.

Women who are pregnant or lactating should postpone BOTOX treatments, and as with any elective skin procedure, be sure to check with your primary care physician. Dr. Dyer and Dr. Criscione carefully evaluate their patients' skin, medical and medication history before recommending BOTOX.

Find out more

Look good and feel great. Your friends at South County Dermatology can help. Why not arrange a BOTOX Cosmetic consultation with one of our dermatologists? We have four convenient locations: East Greenwich, Narragansett, Westerly, and Barrington. Call (401) 471-3376.

May 15, 2018
Category: Skin Health
Tags: Eczema  

Eczema is a chronic skin condition that produces itchy rashes that are scaly, dry, and leathery. It can appear anywhere on the body and mostEczema often appears in the creases of the arms, legs, and face. Something that many people may not know is that there are multiple types of eczema. They all share some common symptoms but are all different depending on the nature of what triggers the reaction and the location of the rash.

Types of Eczema           

Atopic Dermatitis

This is the most frequent and common form of eczema and it’s thought to be caused by the body’s immune system functioning abnormally. It’s characterized by itchy, inflamed skin and typically runs in families. Atopic Dermatitis usually flares up and goes away intermittently throughout a person’s life.

Contact Dermatitis

This is caused when the skin comes in contact with an irritant such as certain chemicals. Finding what triggers a breakout is important so that it can be prevented in the future. Triggers may be things like laundry detergent, body soap, fabrics, poison ivy, and more.

Dyshidrotic Dermatitis

Dyshidrotic Dermatitis usually affects the palms and soles of the feet. It is characterized by clear, deep blisters that itch and burn and occurs frequently during summer months and in warm areas.


This form of eczema is a chronic skin inflammation caused by a cycle of scratching to a localized itch, such as a mosquito bite or spider bite. It’s characterized by scaly patches of skin, usually on the head, lower legs, wrists, and forearms. The skin may become thickened and leathery.

Nummular Dermatitis

This form is characterized by round patches of irritated skin that can be crusted, scaly, and very itchy. It frequently appears on the back, arms, buttocks, and lower legs.

Seborrheic Dermatitis

This is a common condition that causes yellow, oily, and scaly patches on the scalp, face, and other body parts. Dandruff is a form of Seborrheic Dermatitis. This form of eczema doesn’t always itch. Triggers can include weather, oily skin, emotional stress, and infrequent shampooing.

Stasis Dermatitis

This appears on the lower legs of older people and is related to circulation and vein problems. Symptoms can include itching and red-brown discoloration on the skin the legs. As the condition progresses it can lead to blistering, oozing, and skin lesions.

Eczema comes in all shapes and sizes and can be triggered by many things. If you have questions about eczema or want to make an appointment, call our office today!