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  • A Neck Like a Goddess

    A common area of concern among cosmetic patients is the wrinkling of skin along the neck and jawline. The platysma muscle is the large muscle responsible for these lines. When the entire platysma is in action, it produces a slight wrinkling of the skin. Over time this can lead to prominent bands and lines. The muscle also depresses the lower jaw ...
    Posted to Aesthetics Practice Today (Weblog) on May 22, 2012
  • When to Refer for Atypical Nevi

      This blog is brought to you by ADVANCE and DNA. Editor's note: This blog post was written by Ellen McCafferty-O'Connell, NP, who practices dermatology at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Boston. Most office appointments include a thorough review of systems, medications, past medical history, family history, healthcare ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on March 22, 2012
  • Mole Check!

    Today a patient asked me, ''When should I have my moles checked? Every few years?'' My favorite answer is: ''Check your birthday suit every year during your birthday month.'' Patients can relate to this fun and easy reminder. A full body exam means a full body exam. I start on the right side of the body and begin examining the nails, fingers and ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on March 15, 2012
  • Helping Patients Manage Dry Skin

    This blog is brought to you by ADVANCE and DNA.  Editor's note: This blog post was written by Annette Fonteneau, MSN, RNP, DCNP, who practices at School Street Dermatology in Pawtucket, R.I. Although winter's end is approaching, patients are no doubt asking for advice about treating their dry, cracked, painful skin. The heat in ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on February 23, 2012
  • An Irritating Mystery

      Lately, I have been seeing a few post-biopsy and post-excision site irritations. After every procedure in our office, I give the patient a handout that describes aftercare, along with a small packet of polysporin. There are always exceptions and modifications to post-procedure wound care, but generally the following instructions result ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on January 19, 2012
  • Dermatology in a Third World Country

    Sometimes it can be very beneficial to step outside our comfortable office and challenge our practice in a foreign setting. I left my office stocked with pharmaceutical samples, running water, electricity, my assistant, sterile supplies and everything else I took for granted during my normal workday and flew to Haiti to serve dermatology ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on December 8, 2011