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Melasma is a chronic skin disorder that causes brown discoloration on the face. This condition is more common in females and generally affects people between the ages of 20-40 years old. Melasma is caused by melanocytes producing excess pigment (melanin) in the skin which leads to blotchy brown patches. There are several triggers for melasma including sun exposure, pregnancy, genetic predisposition, hormone therapy, medications and hypothyroidism. While there is no cure for melasma, there are several treatment options to help reduce the pigmentation with the most important being sun protection and avoidance. Topical agents that treat melasma include hydroquinone, azelaic acid, kojic acid, asorbic acid (vitamin c), topical retinoids and topical corticosteroids. Peels, microneedling and laser treatment may also be effective.
Featured Procedure
Chemical Peels
Simply put, a chemical peel is a treatment in which different solutions are applied to the skin with the end goal of “peeling” away layers of the skin. These solutions often include acids such as Glycolic Acid (a.k.a. Alpha Hydroxy Acid), Salicylic Acid (a.k.a Beta Hydroxy Acid), Trichloroacetic Acid and Retinoic Acid to name a few. 

These acids are particularly effective at exfoliating the skin, bringing about newer, fresher skin to the surface. Shedding the outer layers of the skin—which is exactly what chemical peels do—uncovers skin that has enhanced tone, texture and color.

While chemical peels are especially good for reviving the skin, they are also used to treat specific skin problems. These include:

  • Hyperpigmentation/discoloration such as melasma
  • Sun spots such as freckles
  • Sun damaged skin such as actinic keratoses
  • Age spots such as seborrheic keratoses
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Acne
  • Acne scars

Peels differ in how deeply they penetrate through the skin and how much downtime is involved after the treatment. Depending on the level of the peel, there are varying degrees of redness, irritation, and flaky skin after the treatment. Often, several treatments over a period of time are needed to achieve the desired result.

This month we are featuring the VI Peel  ™  which contains a combination of powerful acids and vitamins used to improve the clarity, tone, and texture of the skin. It is specially formulated to rejuvenate the skin and treat age spots, hyperpigmentation such as melasma, acne, and acne scarring. This peel is suitable for a variety of skin types.
Ask Dr. G
Dr. Galitzer in your last email you mentioned “Global Entry”, what is that?
Global entry is a system that allows a traveler to clear U.S. customs in just a few minutes. Global Entry applications must be submitted through the Homeland Security - Trusted Traveler program website ( https://ttp.dhs.gov/ ) along with a $100 nonrefundable application fee and is good for 5 years. After you’ve received conditional approval, you’ll need to schedule and complete an interview. In different parts of the country it may take a while to schedule an interview (this is a complete list of locations: https://ttp.dhs.gov/schedulerui/schedule-interview/location?lang=en&vo=true&returnUrl=ttp-external&service=UP ) I have found that Miami International Airport usually has next day availability for interviews. If you don't want to drive down to Miami International Airport just for an interview, you can be interviewed in either Miami or Fort Lauderdale International airports after arriving on an international flight. This service is available at many other airports for a list go to: https://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/global-entry/enrollment-arrival .
When your interview day does arrive, be sure to arrive on time and bring:
  1. A print-out of your letter of conditional approval
  2. Valid passport or permanent resident card
  3. Evidence of residency (driver’s license with your current address, mortgage statement, or a recent utility bill)
During the 10- to 15-minute interview, expect to be questioned about your application, and why you want to join the Global Entry program. You may be asked to confirm some of the countries you visited recently (as listed on the application) and whether you traveled to each for business or leisure. The final steps are being fingerprinted and getting your photo taken (so make sure to brush your hair on the day of your interview). 
Once you are approved and have your card make sure you add your Global Entry number to all airplane reservations (many airlines will allow you to add it to your Profile so that it will be automatically added to your future reservations) and you will more than likely get the privilege of TSA Precheck, allowing you to go on the shorter security line, leave your laptop in its bag, and, best of all, leave on your shoes (procedures vary by airport).
My favorite benefit is that if you’re arriving to the U.S. via a cruise ship (see previous newsletter about the joys of cruising) at a port like Port Everglades presenting your Global Entry card to security will allow you to skip the long line at passport control by following the Global Entry signs.
I must admit that the process of joining Global Entry may seem cumbersome, it’s actually relatively painless with great benefits.
For those who do not travel internationally TSA Precheck offers many of the same benefits at a slightly lower cost ( https://universalenroll.dhs.gov/locator?serviceCode=11115V ).
Until next time,
Dr G  
Community Corner
Another successful year with Shawna's Basket Brigade! Thank you to all of our wonderful patients and staff members who helped us create these beautiful Thanksgiving Baskets for those in need! #Thankful
Winter Holiday Events in Broward
Winter Holiday events in Broward - Fort Lauderdale on...

Winter festivals, events with snow, Santa, boat parades and dazzling light displays are part of the seasonal festivities in Fort Lauderdale, Plantation, Pompano Beach, Sunrise, Tamarac, Deerfield Beach, and other towns in Broward. Many events are ...

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