Get Clearer Skin with Clarisonic

At Jupiter Dermatology, we offer Clarisonic products to help our patients keep their skin healthy and radiant. When dead skin cells build up, it can cause the complexion to look dull and aged. These products are great tools to combat adult acne, clogged pores, and dull dead skin for a healthy glow. Read on to learn more about this product and how it works.

The Mia 2

The Mia 2 Clarisonic brush is a lightweight and portable cleansing device that gently exfoliates the skin. It comes with two different speeds, one for delicate skin and one for all skin types, so you can customize your cleansing experience. There are also interchangeable facial brush heads, which are each uniquely designed to address different skin types and conditions.

The Opal Sonic Infuser

The Opal Sonic Infuser is a smaller device, that is used to gradually build up the skin’s resilience. It works by gently tapping the skin at 200+ sonic movements per second, and is especially effective around the eyes. This product also helps the skin to absorb skincare products for maximum effect, and even comes with anti-aging sea serum to get you started.

It is important to keep your Clarisonic products clean for optimal results, as dirty brushes can spread unwanted bacteria. Also, be sure to change your cleansing brush head every three months. This is because the bristles on the brush heads become less effective over time.

If you are interested in learning more about these Clarisonic products and what they can do for you, contact Jupiter Dermatology today! We would be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

The Difference Between Fillers and Neuromodulators

Are you tired of looking in the mirror and seeing those pesky lines and wrinkles? If so, it may be time to look into treatment options for a more youthful appearance. Botox and fillers are both very popular nonsurgical treatment options to date. However, some people may not understand the differences between the two options. Read on to learn more about how these treatments differ, and what signs of aging each can address.

Neuromodulators

Neuromodulators, such as Botox, contain botulinum toxin type A, which works to temporarily relax facial muscles that cause creases and lines to form. These creases and lines are called dynamic wrinkles, and commonly appear on the forehead, between the eyebrows, and at the corners of the eyes. There is no downtime required after neuromodulator treatments, and results can last from 3-6 months.

Fillers

Fillers, unlike neuromodulator, smooth out lines and wrinkles by adding volume under the skin. They are commonly made up of hyaluronic acid, a naturally-occurring substance that attracts and binds water to create youthful plumpness. Fillers can be used to address smile lines, loss of facial volume, lip lines, and to plump the lips. Common fillers include Sculptra, Voluma, Volbella, Radiesse, Juvederm, Restylane, and Belotero. There is little to no downtime needed after filler injections, and results can last from six months to two years, depending on the filler formula used.

As you can see, these two treatment options are very different. If you are interested in learning more about them and which one is right for you, contact Jupiter Dermatology today to schedule your consultation.

 

ABCDE’s of Melanoma

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Learn and recognize the signs of melanoma.

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Download Dr. Mejia’s brochure about Melanoma: Melanoma ABCDE’s

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Please share this information with your friends to bring awareness of this deadly disease.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Don’t delay. Get your mole check now.

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Hunter Puglise Event

Update March 12, 2015:  We raised $18,642.71 for Hunter Puglise! See the video of Dr. Mejia the day of the event. Sorry for the quality of the video. We used a 3rd party app.

 

Dear Patients and Friends,

Hunter Puglise, age 13, was involved in a horrible ATV accident in November and suffered traumatic brain injury. Family and friends are raising funds to help defray his medical costs. Miraculously, he is slowly progressing and is in rehabilitation.

When any child is critically injured, I feel the pain that resonates throughout the community. This incident hit me close to home because he was a classmate of my son a few years back.

When any child is down, I feel that we should do what we can to lift him or her back up. It is for this reason that we are hosting this event for Hunter and the Puglise family. 100% of the proceeds on March 10 will go to them.

You can also donate on the Go Fund Me page set up by friends if you are not able to attend on March 10. They are self employed and any little help goes a long way. If you would like to attend, please call Senta or reserve your spot on the form on our website.

Sincerely,

Dr. Ricardo Mejia

There will be an after party from 6-7:30PM with light bites and raffles.
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Thanksgiving Message from Dr. Ricardo Mejia

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Thanksgiving is a special day because we take time to reflect on what really matters and to thank those we love and who have a special place in our lives.

Therefore, I would like to thank YOU, my valued patients, for all your support at Jupiter Dermatology & Hair Restoration. For me, it is not just a business, but an opportunity to serve others in many ways. I get much joy from being a Doctor even if it is as small as a smile from a patient because they look younger from a cosmetic or hair treatment; or are pleased with the plastic surgery reconstruction following MOHS skin cancer surgery; or relief from diagnosing a melanoma before it spreads.

We are grateful for our lives and I am honored God has given me gifts to help others. I am also eternally grateful for my amazing staff who works together as a great team to give you the best service possible.

This is especially a difficult Thanksgiving for my friend’s 13 year old son, Hunter, who was involved in an ATV accident and is currently in ICU. We are thankful God revived him and he was given a second chance at life. So let’s give thanks for our blessings and I ask for your special prayer for Hunter’s full recovery.

Sincerely,

Dr. Ricardo Mejia and staff

Skin Cancer Self Treatment Risks

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Skin cancer self treatment options are becoming more accessible online and the unsuspecting patient’s purchasing them have no idea how hazardous it really can be instead of beneficial.

Dr. Adam Friedman, Director of Dermatological Research at Einstein College of Medicine in NY, explains it best:

  • Now there is evidence that some of the treatment products found online may be helpful if used purposefully, safely and in the right way.
  • But when people find these treatments over the Internet and don’t know what they’re getting or what they’re doing, it can be very dangerous.
  • Medicine is not about throwing a dart at a dartboard and hoping for the best,” he said. “Because while you may end up treating a cancer, you may also end up burning a hole through your face.

Continue reading “Skin Cancer Self Treatment Risks”

Solar Keratosis Explained By Dr. Mejia

Solar Keratosis also known as Actinic Keratosis are precancerous cells that have a possibility of developing into Squamous Carcinoma.

It is important to  keep an eye on any symptoms and take care of these is because over time you are taking prevention from developing another skin caner. At Jupiter Dermatology we have a plethora of preventative therapy with various different treatments in an effort to reduce the amount of precancerous skin cells that exist on the face, arms, chest, back and other multiple areas they can be found.

The treatments for Solar Keratosis or Actinic Keratosis to help reduce the precancerous cells are some of the following:

  • Blue Light
  • Photo Dynamic Therapy (Explained in detail in this blog post)
  • Creams available at Jupiter Dermatology
  • Chemical Peels

Dr. Mejia tells his patients to think of their skin as a car engine. Many people do treatment once and think it will be enough. However if you want to keep your car in good condition, you must check the oil often times throughout the year. The same applies to your skin, depending on your history and the procedures you have done.  You and your dermatologist have to decide how many times it is necessary to check your skin. It may be only once a year or it may have to be four times a year, but it is in your best interest to have your skin as a top priority.

To prevent the progression of Solar Keratosis into Squamous cell carcinoma, at Jupiter Dermatology we advocate preventative and aggressive treatments in order to reduce that risk so hopefully you do not need to have surgery in the future.

Melanoma In Children On The Rise

 

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Although small in number,  melanoma in children has risen by two percent between 1973 and 2009 from a total of less than 250 a year to about 500 now.

According to the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, these are the warning signs for pediatric melanoma:

  • Skin: A bump that itches and bleeds.
  • Blemish: Any blemish that looks like a wart, without pigment or a pinkish color
  • Lesion: Lighter colored amelanotic lesions.
  • Moles: Any odd-looking moles, especially those larger in size.
  • Different: A mole that looks different from your child’s other moles.
  • Info: Remember these easy clues to moles that may be problematic: asymmetry, border irregularity, color, diameter (larger than 1/4 inch) and elevation.

The Houston Chronicle shared a story of a six year old girl who was diagnosed with pediatric melanoma. At first, they thought it was a wart or a pimple, but when it did not get better after treatment, the Doctor found that it was Melanoma. Thankfully, she is now in remission.

Unfortunately, melanomas in children do occur and for this reason, it is important to protect your children’s skin. Most importantly, avoid sunburns as this can increase the risk.  This is the purpose of the Hunt for Melanoma campaign. It is an opportunity for us to be aware of what a melanoma looks like and take a close inspection of the moles on our body.  View the ABCD’s and a downloadable brochure to get your first hand education on melanomas. 

Antiaging Through Exercise

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This article  in the New York Times demonstrates histological benefits of improvement of the inner layers of our skin which is composed of collagen and elastin through exercise. It cites a McMaster University study of mice to see if exercise would help in antiaging.

According to the article, these were the results:

The scientists biopsied skin samples from each volunteer and examined them microscopically. When compared strictly by age, the skin samples overall aligned with what would be expected. Older volunteers generally had thicker outer layers of skin and significantly thinner inner layers.

But those results shifted noticeably when the researchers further subdivided their samples by exercise habits. They found that after age 40, the men and women who exercised frequently had markedly thinner, healthier stratum corneums and thicker dermis layers in their skin. Their skin was much closer in composition to that of the 20- and 30-year-olds than to that of others of their age, even if they were past age 65.

 While it clearly does not demonstrate reversal of chronic sun damage and wrinkling from the South Florida environment, exercise is important to your overall skin health.

To reverse the signs of aging, we recommend our antiaging skincare program with prescription strength Tretinoin  and medical grade Skinceuticals Vitamin C  and our newest potent skin antioxidant Resveratrol.

We also are offering a new product line, Skin Medica. To learn more about this, you can contact our aesthetician, Daphne  and also about TNS growth factors and topical vitamin C  which also complement our antiaging program.

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Patients that desire a quicker faster approach can utilize the multitude of treatments including laser resurfacing, medical  microdermabrasion, and chemical peels to restore their skin to a more youthful look within a week.  In summary exercise is not only good for your heart health but for antiaging and a youthful appearance.

Skin Cancer Rise In The Hispanic Population

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According to this article at The Skin Cancer Foundation,  melanoma incidence has increased by 19% in 15 years:

From 1992 to 2008, their annual melanoma incidence increased by 19 percent. Too little use of sun safety techniques (such as seeking shade, wearing protective clothing, and using sunscreen) may have contributed to this rapid rise in melanoma and other skin cancers among Hispanics.

We see a variety of different skin cancers among different populations. It is important to realize that we are not immune to skin cancers. Some of my largest cases of skin cancers have been in the Hispanic population. Consequently, we should all heed the warnings in this article and protect our skin and be aware of the early warning signs of skin cancer, especially pain or itching.