Blood Pressure and Your Heart 

February is American Heart Month. There has been a long debate in medicine about which organ is more important, the heart or the brain. I am not sure we have reached a conclusion, but your heart is a vital organ. Prolonged elevated blood pressure is one of the main factors contributing to heart disease (as well as kidney disease). 

Your blood pressure reading is made up of two numbers. When either or both are elevated this is called hypertension. Your systolic blood pressure (the top number in your blood pressure) is a reflection of the pressure in your heart when the blood is returning to your heart. The Diastolic blood pressure (bottom number of your blood pressure reading) is a reflection of the pressure your heart is pushing against to get the blood out of your heart to the rest of your body.

Read more about blood pressure and your heart here

The Link Between Your Heart and Your Skin

Did you know February is heart health awareness month? Many people are not aware that having a healthy heart and normal blood pressure can aide in the fight against premature aging and other adult skin issues. Elevated blood pressure can lead to fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin and under eye bags. These problems may occur for a few different reasons. 

High blood pressure causes lack of oxygen to vital organs, such as the skin, and sleep disorders (lack of sleep). When the skin cells are lacking oxygen, the skin becomes dry leading to pronounced wrinkles and lines while lack of sleep does not allow the skin to naturally heal and repair itself.

Read more about the link between your heart and your skin, here.

Winter Skincare
Maria Daly, Practice Manager

Skincare doesn't end at the end of the summer! Your skin is a huge organ which protects you from the outside elements. Whether this is heat, cold, wind, water, a butter knife or a single bacterial cell - your skin has the capacity to protect you from all of these items and more.

In exchange, as with any item you value - your skin does need to be treated a certain way to 'hone' its protective properties and this treatment is a year-round process.

Depending on your climate, winter cold can be drying on the skin, so using a moisturizer on exposed areas such as your face, ears and hands can keep your skin from over drying and cracking in the cold - a process that exposes it to further damage.

Some people get cold rashes all over their body - this skin also needs to be moisturized to prevent the same consequences - overly dry skin can crack and bleed leading to further damage and possible infections. 

Read more about winter skincare practices, here

Skincare for 360-degree Health
Our  Dermacenter Medical Spa assists our patients on their journey of long-lasting skin health, by treating skin issues and maintaining healthy and beautiful skin throughout all stages of life.
Every month we highlight different services and procedures to provide our patients access to skincare as a part of a healthy lifestyle.  Click Here for more information on these monthly specials.

$350 Chemical Peel or Microdermabrasion Package 
(Reg. $400)


Microdermabrasion smooths skin texture and reduce scarring, pigmentation and wrinkles/ Chemical Peels peel away aged skin to create a more youthful appearance. Reduce blemishes, wrinkles and age spots

35% OFF  eMatrix Package


eMatrix Sublative Rejuvenation is FDA approved to clinically treat fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars and stretch marks, textural irregularities caused by excessive sun exposure, and skin tightening. This technology allows the patient to return to regular activities sooner than other Fractional laser devices.   


DermaCenter Medical Spa at the Rittenhouse Women's Wellness Center would like to invite you to our Center for our  exclusive injectable party!

Dr. Benjamin Lam, double board certified in both general surgery as well as plastic and reconstructive surgery, is our visiting plastic surgeon, available for injections and plastic surgery consultations from 8:30am-12:30pm. He specializes in both non-surgical procedures, such as Botox, Juvederm and Voluma as well as surgical procedures on the breasts, body, and face.

Dr. Lam is a pioneer in the plastic and reconstructive surgery world and one of the area's only double board-certified plastic surgeons. His surgical techniques continue to be referenced in the most prestigious national publications and emulated by leading surgeons in this field.  Call us to set up a cosmetic consultation while he is here at the DermaCenter. For more information,  click  here.

Dr. Dana Shanis, M.D.,is board certified and available for Botox, Juvederm and Voluma injections.  Dr. Shanis, who will be available from  4:00pm-8:00pm  has been injecting at our practice since she joined and has recently completed an advanced injection training which trained her on intricate filler solutions around the jaw and other locations that are cutting edge at aesthetically enhancing your appearance. For more information on Dr. Shanis,  click here.

Catherine D. McGinty, MSN, FNP-BC, is a board certified family nurse practitioner.  She will be available for botox injections from 12:30pm-4:00pm.

 *Must sign up for Brilliant Distinctions program in order to receive discount. 

We know so much about our patients and we love to see familiar faces (although preferably for well-visits), but do you ever wonder who is helping you book your follow-up appointments or draws your blood? If you do want to know more about our team, please feel free to read out "Meet the Staff" segment! We hope that getting a little more familiar with the people you see in our office will make you more comfortable and confident with the care you receive through us.

Maria Manning, 28 years old 
Medical Assistant

1) What does 'wellness' mean to you? 

Wellness is one of the most important things in my life. It means staying healthy; not only for myself but for my family.

2) How do you feel about healthcare in the U.S. and your role within the system?

Healthcare is a major part of your everyday experience. Since we never know what the future holds, it's important that we can count on the people you should trust most; your provider. Regardless of whether you're sick, hurt, or even can't sleep. My role is to make sure my patients get the care or support they need.

3) What health advice do you promote to your family? 

I always advise my family to go with their gut feeling. If they're not feeling well they should always follow up with their primary doctor; better safe than sorry.

4) Are there any lifestyle changes that have positively or negatively affected your health? 

Yes, I have changed my diet and started eating healthier. No more chips, cakes, or candies and especially no more soda. I feel better than ever!

5) What activities do you participate in? What do you you do to help you feel healthy? 

 I have a 10 year old daughter and 4 wonderful step sons so I'm always on the move. I always make sure we have walks, play at the park, or participate in other energizing activities. It keeps me energized and allows me to spend more time with them. 

6) What advice do you have for patients seeking to optimize their health? 

Follow up with your primary doctor, they will help guide you with what you need to do for your own health and well-being. Be aware of what you eat or take a walk. It's important not just for the patients but also for their loved ones.

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