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Six SSDP Board certified dermatologists joined American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) colleagues across the country to provide free skin cancer screenings for the community in partnership with Good Samaritan Medical Center (GSMC)

SSDP dermatologists Morayo Adisa, MD, Leera M. Briceno, MD, Michelle Bush, MD, Amy S. Chang, MD, Lindsay Eminger, MD, and Viraj Shroff-Mehta, MD, examined the skin of more than 50 local residents as part of the AAD's annual 
SPOTme? Skin Cancer Screening initiative. The screenings were conducted in GSMC's Radiation Oncology Center on May 12 and 13.

In addition to free skin cancer screenings, participants received education about skin cancer prevention and referrals for follow up appointments, if needed. 

SSDP's dermatologists have volunteered their time and expertise at free Skin Cancer Screenings for the community since 2008. More than 2 million Americans are diagnosed with the disease each year. With early detection and proper treatment, the cure rate for the most common forms of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, is about 95 percent. The most deadly form of skin cancer, melanoma, also has a high cure rate if it is detected before it spreads.

"SSDP is proud to take part in the AAD's Annual Skin Cancer Screenings for the community," comments Dr. Shroff-Mehta. "As dermatologists, we are pleased to help local residents maintain their skin health by educating the public about the dangers of skin cancer and providing skin cancer screenings that may detect the disease at its early stages and prevent it from spreading."


Protect your skin from the dangers of UV radiation with a broad spectrum sunscreen from South Shore Dermatology Physicians (SSDP). Our medically-tested sun protection products are perfect for all skin types and safe for all ages, even children.

Visit the  Cosmetic Product s  section of the SSDP website or phone 508.535.3376, Option 7, to find the sunscreen that's right for you.    




By Leera M. Briceno, MD

If you've ever wished you could erase the lines and restore the youthful contours of your face, then you'll want to consider a dermal filler. These popular "liquid facelifts," offer a safe, non-invasive way to restore lost fullness to the face, hands and chest without surgery and with little or no downtime.

At South Shore Dermatology Physicians 
(SSDP), fillers are used on parts of the face where there is lost volume and/or wrinkling due to aging. These places may include flattened areas of the cheeks, folds at the sides of the nose, lines beside and below the corners of the mouth, bags beneath the eyes, and sections where wrinkles and folds have created an angry, tired or worn appearance. Fillers also may be used to plump and add fullness to the lips. 


I am never going back to looking like that again.


SSDP patient treated with a dermal filler

Fillers such as Belotero, Restylane? and Juv?derm? are made from hyaluronic acid, a type of sugar present in body tissues. When injected into the body, these fillers may be used for fine line correction and volume loss enhancement and replacement around the nose, lips and mouth. Radiesse?, a volume enhancer made from an injectable mineral found in human teeth and bones, is used to restore volume and soften moderate-to-severe wrinkles and deep folds in the cheeks and around the mouth. Sculptra is comprised of a biodegradable collagen stimulator made from Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA). When used appropriately, Sculptra can produce long-lasting rejuvenation of deep facial wrinkles and  folds around the cheeks, temples, nose, and mouth. Since the contents and use of different dermal fillers vary, your cosmetic dermatologist will help devise an appropriate treatment program for your needs.

Certain sections of the face are not appropriate for filler treatment due to high concentrations of blood vessels and the increased risk for complications. These areas, such as between the eyebrows and inside the eye sockets, may be more effectively treated with neurotoxins such as Botox and Dysport. 


Specialized knowledge, training needed

Treatment with dermal fillers requires expert training and understanding of the different products. For this reason, it is important to choose an experienced caregiver who has the knowledge to manage any problem that may arise. The American Academy of Dermatology warns against receiving filler treatment in a non-medical setting such as a spa or salon, and instead recommends seeking treatment from an experienced dermatologist who is trained in filler usage. 


When filler treatment is successful, the results can leave one looking happier, more relaxed and well-rested. A recent SSDP patient treated with Juv?derm? before her son's wedding was so thrilled with the refreshed appearance of her mid and lower face, she underwent additional treatment with Botox on the lines between her eyebrows and crow's feet to complete the picture. "I am never going back to looking like that again," she declared. 


If you are interested in learning whether you are a candidate for treatment with a dermal filler or other cosmetic dermatology procedure, phone SSDP at 508.535.3376, Option 7, or email us from the Contact Us page of the SSDP website to schedule a consultation. 


Want to learn more? Visit the Cosmetic Dermatology section of the SSDP website or the American Academy of Dermatology.

Leera M. Briceno, MD, is a Board certified dermatologist at South Shore Dermatology Physicians, with a special interest in cosmetic dermatology.