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Our dermatology offices serve Charleston and the surrounding area.  We offer state-of-the-art dermatology services and a comprehensive range of medical and cosmetic dermatological care. Board certified doctors are here to solve your medical skin problem or help you look your best.   We have a range of tools, techniques and strategies that will rejuvenate your skin and help you look 20 years younger. We are committed to providing you with the highest quality of care for your skin. We pledge to provide you with superior, individualized, and confidential care starting with a comprehensive consultation and ending with natural looking results.  We run an efficient and pleasant practice believing your time is just as valuable as ours.  So, call and set up an appointment.  That’s the first step toward looking your best.

We have mulitiple treatments that are just right for you

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CoolScuplting

CoolSculpting is a non-surgical procedure that freeze and destroys fat below the surface of the skin. It is applied with a hand held device. Patience can experience some weight loss but it it's purpose is more to contour the shape in combination with a healthy diet and exercise. Men and women can be good candidates for CoolSculpting. The procedure uses cool temperatures so you should not undergo the procedure if you cryoglobulinemia, paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria, or cold agglutinin disease. Some plastic surgeons and dermatologist use CoolSculpting in combination with other body contouring procedures like liposuction. Ask your physician which options are best for the cosmetic goals you are trying to accomplish.

The procedure

The treatment area will be pinched into the CoolSculpting applicator. You should not feel pain, only some pressure and suction for the first few minutes of the treatment. After that, the target area will become numb to the cold. The treatment will last roughly 60 minutes, during which you can read, check email, watch a movie, or even nap. After the applicator process if it feels like there is “extra love handles underneath the skin” this fat will be sucked up by the applicator. Your provider will massage the site, and the lump should quickly disappear. As this is a no-downtime procedure, you’ll be free to continue with your regular activities right away.

What happens to the fat?

The fat cells are removed permanently. As adults, we don’t produce new fat cells, so the number of cells destroyed and removed from the body remains permanent. That said, when we gain weight, our fat cells expand. Gaining weight after CoolSculpting could still mean an increase in the size of the remaining fat cells.

What the difference between liposuction and Coolsculpting?

Liposuction can produce dramatic results and sometime requires general anesthesia. Coolsculpting does not require anesthesia but produces less dramatic results.

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Shingles

Shingles is a painful rash that is usually on one side of the face or body. Shingles symptoms include a rash that can cause blisters that usually scab after 7-10 days. Shingles is related to Chicken Pox, and is caused by the varicella zoster virus. The risk of getting Shingles increases as people age especially after age 60. Call a board certified dermatologist.

Is Shingles contagious?

Shingles is not contagious but it can be spread from some with an active case to someone who has never had Chicken Pox. The virus is spread by fluid from the blister to another but once the blister develops a crust it is no longer contagious. This should answer the question: “Are shingles contagious?”

Shingles symptoms

Shingles can have debilitating symptoms; Pain, numbness and burning on the skin Skin that is sensitive to the touch Red rash that appears after the pain appears Severe itching Blisters with fluid that break open and form a crust

Shingles treatment

Shingles can be effectively treated with antiviral medicines—acyclovir, valacyclovir, and famciclovir. However, to be most effective the medication must be applied at the beginning of the out break.

Shingles vaccine

To avoid contracting shingles, men and women over age 60 may consider a shingles vaccination. The CDC recommends and the FDA has approved shingles vaccine. Call a board certified dermatologist to get your Shingles vaccine. Shingles is sometimes called Zoster Herpes, it is NOT related to the same virus that causes genital herpes which is a sexually transmitted disease. Mole Removal
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