New Solution Offered at Our Center for Heavy Periods - Endometrial Ablation
Dana Shanis, M.D. Gynecologist

Many women across the US suffer from heavy periods.  For some it is only an inconvenience, but for other women it can interfere with their daily activities or lead to health issues like anemia. Heavy bleeding can be a sign of a benign growth in the uterus, such as a polyp or fibroid (pictured, top right).  While some women experience a normal increase in menstrual bleeding as they get older, heavy or increasing bleeding should be evaluated to rule out abnormal growth in the uterus that could lead to cancer over time. 

There are several medical treatments that can help with heavy bleeding, but typically this response is temporary.  Many women are looking for more definitive treatment to help control their cycles. In the past, women with heavy periods that have completed childbearing were often treated by a hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus), which has significant risk of complication and often requires a hospital stay.  As a result, lower risk procedures have been created for women who wish to keep their uterus, avoid major surgery or who are not good surgical candidates.

To learn more about this new solution for heavy bleeding, click here

The Medical Treatment of Acne
Lauren O'Brien, M.D.

Everyday I have patients ask me, "Why am I still breaking out?  I thought acne was just for teenagers!". Unfortunately, this is a myth and more and more women are dealing with acne into the 20s, 30s, and 40s.  Skin specialists are not sure what is causing this increase in acne, but it is our new reality.
Why do we treat acne?
Acne can have a huge impact on a woman's self esteem so early treatment is paramount.  These days, almost all cases of acne can be treated successfully.  The best results occur when treated early.  If left untreated, scarring and hyperpigmentation can occur which can be permanent.
What treatments and solutions do we have for you?
Our DermaCenter medical spa can treat acne with chemical peels such as Environ's Tca peel, which can combat acne by killing bacteria in the skin, controlling oil production and removing dead skin cells from the surface which will break up congestion allowing the skin to breath and products to penetrate more effectively.  For best results Environ's TCA peels should be done 3-4 weeks apart. We also have Environ's Sebu line which includes various products specifically designed to treat acneic skin. 
What can I do at home?
There are many over the counter products geared at treating acne.  If you have mild-moderate acne, these over the counter regimens can be very helpful.  Ingredients to look for include:
Benzoyl peroxide - kills the bacteria responsible for acne
Salicylic acid - helps breakdown blackheads and whiteheads. Also helps cut down the shedding of cells lining the hair follicle.

To learn more about the medical treatment of acne, click here.


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 McGintyMSN, FNP-BC,  is a board certified family nurse practitioner. She is available for botox injections from 12:30pm-4:00pm. For more information on Catherine McGinty, click here

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

Food and Your Skin

The skin is the largest organ in the human body and its main function is to act as protection for internal organs from external factors such as pollution, toxins, and the environment. Diet is an important factor in the health and overall appearance of your skin - while some foods may be beneficial for your skin, paying attention to how your skin reacts to certain foods is your body's way of alerting you that you may be allergic or intolerant. Believe it or not, there is a difference. A food intolerance is often mislabeled as a food allergy; however, the reaction does not involve the immune system and is often delayed in response.
A food allergy occurs when your immune system overreacts to a food or substance in a food, identifying it as a danger and triggering a protective, usually immediate, response. Symptoms of a food allergy may include but is not limited to tingling sensation of the mouth, swelling of the tongue and/or throat, hives, skin rashes, abdominal cramps, diarrhea and more. Severe reactions known as anaphylaxis can result in death. 

To learn more about food and your skin, click here.

The New York Times: White House Acts to Roll Back Birth-Control Mandate for Religious Employers

Federal officials are coming together with President Trump to draft a rule to 
expunge a federal requirement that religious employers provide birth control coverage in health insurance plans for their employees.

"Tom Price, the secretary of health and human services, welcomed the opportunity to re-examine the preventive-services mandate. "We will be taking action in short order to follow the president's instruction to safeguard the deeply held religious beliefs of Americans who provide health insurance to their employees," he said this month."

Read more about the roll back on birth-control for religious employers here.

Deanna Stevenson is a medical aesthetician at DermaCenter Medical Spa. With over 15 years of experience, Ms. Stevenson is a wonderful addition to the DermaCenter team. She received her license and board certification in 2002 and has advanced skills in the medical skin care field.

She is highly skilled in many procedures including: laser hair removal, photofacials, body contouring services and much more!  At DermaCenter™ Medical Spa, Ms. Stevenson plans on using her capabilities to offer her clients the best individualized care possible. 

To read more about Ms. Stevenson, click here

To schedule an appointment, call 215-735-7990.

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.

IPL Photofacial Pacakge of 4 for $800
(Reg. $1,200)

Photofacial treatments minimize redness, veins, broken capillaries, acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, age spots and other related flaws around the nose, cheeks and decollete. 

(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.

As a healthcare facility, we would like to encourage our employees and patients to exercise more while also promoting health related charities. Our next health walk(s) we will be attending:

Team Kidney 5k - Pennsauken, NJ
June 17th, 2017

5300 N Park Dr
Pennsauken Township, NJ  08109

Gary Papa 5k Run/ 1 Mile Fun Walk
June 18th, 2017

Martin Luther King Drive 
(adjacent to the entrance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art)

We look forward to seeing you there!

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