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The Doctors Roundtable With O’Donoghue Dermatology

We sat down and talked with the specialists of O'Donoghue Dermatology to discuss some of the most current issues in dermatology today.

Dr. J Morgan O'Donoghue, Physicians Assistants Nathaniel Swartz, PA-C and Amy Fenenga, PA-C have a combined 35 years in the specialty of medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. They gave us an insight into some of the most important topics in this interesting specialty.

Q: Oxybenzone is rumored to be an unsafe ingredient and is widely used in most sunscreens, what advice would you give to your patients when choosing a sunscreen with Oxybenzone?

A: Dr. O'Donoghue: I think the jury is still out in regards to Oxybenzone. I still believe the most effective ingredients to have in a sunscreen are Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide which are inert minerals and have proven to be very safe. In our office we offer several Oxybenzone-free options including an oil-free SPF 30 and a broad-spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen.

Swartz, PA-C: The problem with these rumors is that they are using information from studies involving mice that received doses of these chemicals that a person would never receive from the normal use of sunscreens. Although Oxybenzone is most likely safe to use, I still think your best bet is to use a sunblock that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as the active ingredients and with at least an SPF 30.

Fenenga, PA-C: There were a few poorly done studies stating that Oxybenzone "could" be unsafe. The truth is it has been FDA approved since 1980. It is an excellent sunscreen that blocks UVA and UVB rays and is cosmetically elegant. I recommend also wearing sun protective clothing and avoiding the sun between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Q: Skin cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in the world; some say it is an epidemic. What do the O'Donoghue Dermatology esteemed specialists' feel is the most important information that everyone should know to prevent this common form of cancer?

A: Dr. O'Donoghue: Skin cancer really is an epidemic. Nearly one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. I try to stress to my patients to have a thorough examination by a board-certified dermatologist at least once a year and perform regular monthly self-examinations at home. Early detection of skin cancer is the key.

Swartz, PA-C: Regular examinations at your dermatology office are key in preventing skin cancer. Skin cancer can be dangerous if not detect and treated early. We are able to identify spots before they become cancerous and treat them with the latest technology to avoid having to undergo surgical intervention.

Fenenga; PA-C: Prevention is the key: wear sunscreen, never go to tanning beds, and wear protective clothing. Once you have a history of sun damage the key is surveillance.

Q: More people are looking for less invasive cosmetic procedures. What procedures are available with today's technology and how long is the healing time? Also, what advice would be helpful in maintaining healthy skin?

A: Dr. O'Donoghue: The world of cosmetic dermatology is at very exciting time. One of my favorite procedures to help rejuvenate skin is the combination of wrinkle fillers followed by fractional CO2 laser. This combination of treatments can be done safely in the office with topical anesthesia. There is very little downtime and the results last for many years.

Swartz, PA-C: There are so many ways to help maintain that youthful look to your Skin. Every person's needs are different and we are able to personalize a treatment plan specific for you. We have a variety of the latest lasers and injectables that have minimal downtime to meet those goals. A great topical routine that patients can use to maintain healthy looking skin is a sunblock and antioxidant-rich moisturizer during the day and retinol serum at night.

Fenenga, PA-C: Botox, dermal fillers, and lasers are all great options that have little or no downtime. If you are going to spend money on these procedures, it is good to have a maintenance program to maintain the quality of your skin. We can customize a successful regimen for you with our Juvenus product line.

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Top Sarasota Dermatologist to Preside over Florida Society of Dermatologic Surgeons

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Dr. J. Morgan O’Donoghue of O’Donoghue Dermatology has just been elected President of the largest state organization of dermatologic surgeons in the nation.

SARASOTA, Florida (October 6, 2015) – In a ceremony held this past Saturday, October 3rd, during the 34th Annual Meeting of the Florida Society of Dermatologic Surgeon

s (FSDS) at the Boca Raton Resort and Club, Dr. J. Morgan O’Donoghue was installed as President of the FSDS.

The news of the FSDS presidency comes on the heels of another exciting announcement; Dr. O’Donoghue will be heading the Dermatology Department of the new Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) Internal Medicine Residency Program. This is the first program for newly-graduated doctors in Sarasota and it is the final step in Sarasota Memorial’s transformation into a nationally-recognized teaching hospital.

National Surveys show that physicians are more likely to establish themselves where they completed their residency than where they attended medical school. “With an increasing population and a retiring workforce, Florida is facing a serious physician shortage. We need residency programs like this one to help keep young doctors from leaving the area” said Dr. O’Donoghue

“I am honored to have been selected by my peers to preside over an organization that raises the bar for dermatologic surgeons and I am really looking forward to helping shape the next generation of doctors as Chief of the Dermatology Department of the new SMH residency program” he continued.

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O’Donoghue Dermatology Now Offers 3D Digital Skin Analysis

Photo of Reveal ImagerDriven by their commitment to offering patients the most advanced treatment options available, O'Donoghue Dermatology, one of the area's leading medical and cosmetic dermatology practices, is pleased to announce the addition of 3D digital skin analysis assisted by the Reveal® Imager to their newly renovated 1952 Field Road, Sarasota office.

The Reveal® Imager uses Canfield Scientific's exclusive RBX technology to uncover skin damage undetectable to the naked eye. This state-of-the-art technology uses cross-polarized filters to produce a digital image that shows the unique color signatures of red and brown skin components below the skin surface.

Red areas can represent a variety of conditions including acne, inflammation, rosacea, and spider veins. In contrast, brown areas which are caused by an excess in melanin, and are often associated with sun damage, represent lesions such as hyperpigmentation, freckles, lentigines or melasma on or below the skin surface.

"In just a few minutes, the Reveal® Imager produces a report that allows us to analyze hyperpigmentation, photo damage, vascular disorders, rosacea, acne, texture and wrinkles so that we can develop a skin care regimen that specifically targets the patient's needs" said Dr. O'Donoghue.

Dr. J. Morgan O'Donoghue is a graduate of the prestigious Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington D.C. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA and went on to do his residency in Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. Dr. O'Donoghue has had numerous scientific articles published in national peer-reviewed dermatology journals and he is currently completing his first book on the topic of skin cancer prevention.

Dr. O'Donoghue is certified by the American Board of Dermatology, he is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, and a board member and fellow of the Florida Society of Dermatologic Surgeons. He is a proud member of the American Medical Association and the Sarasota County Medical Association, and he is a staff member at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. His many accolades include 'Americas Top Physicians', 'Patients Choice Award', 'Best Dermatologist in Sarasota', 'Americas Top Dermatologist', and 'Most Compassionate Doctor Award'.

About O'Donoghue Dermatology

Serving the Sarasota area since 2000, O'Donoghue Dermatology (www.dermatologyexperts.com) specializes in the treatment of skin cancer and other diseases of the skin, hair and nails as well as cosmetic services including laser skin resurfacing, sclerotherapy, chemical peels and injectable fillers.

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Dr. J. Morgan O'Donoghue is now Vice President of the Florida Society of Dermatologic Surgeons

One of "America's Top Dermatologists" has just been elected as the Vice President of the largest state organization of dermatologic surgeons in the country.

SARASOTA, Florida (September 23, 2014) – In a ceremony held this past Saturday, September 20th, during the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Florida Society of Dermatologic Surgeons (FSDS) at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Dr. J. Morgan O'Donoghue was elected Vice President of the FSDS. While at the meeting, Dr. O'Donoghue presented a lecture entitled: "Office Efficiency: Lowering Overhead While Enhancing Patient Satisfaction in Your Surgical Practice."

The mission of the FSDS is to promote the highest possible standard of dermatologic surgery, provide continuing education for the purpose of ensuring the highest professional quality of dermatologic surgery, provide a forum for the exchange of ideas & methodology for dermatologic surgery & related basic sciences, and to recognize those physicians who have become proficient in dermatologic surgery.

"It's an honor to serve on the board of the largest state organization of dermatologic surgeons in the country and I'm proud of the work that I have done as a member of the board and as a part of their educational faculty" said Dr. O'Donoghue.

Dr. J. Morgan O'Donoghue is a graduate of the prestigious Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington D.C. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Tulane University in New Orleans and went on to do his residency in Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. Dr. O'Donoghue has had numerous scientific articles published in national peer-reviewed dermatology journals and is currently working on his a book about skin cancer prevention.

Dr. O'Donoghue is certified by the American Board of Dermatology, he is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, and a board member and fellow of the Florida Society of Dermatologic Surgeons. He is a proud member of the American Medical Association and the Sarasota County Medical Association, and he is a staff member at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. His many accolades include "America's Top Physicians", "Patients' Choice Award", "Best Dermatologist in Sarasota", "America's Top Dermatologist", and "Most Compassionate Doctor Award".

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Melanoma Awareness Month Seminar 2014

One of the many advantages of our newly renovated office is an expanded reception area which is equipped with a projection screen that allows us to host educational seminars.

With this great space at our disposal, we decided to start an O'Donoghue Dermatology tradition to celebrate Melanoma Awareness Month. On May 9th we hosted our 1st Annual Melanoma Awareness Seminar. Patients and guests in attendance enjoyed FREE Skin Cancer Screenings, UV Facial Analysis, giveaways, and refreshments.

If you missed the first event, you can catch some of the highlights in the video section of our site.  Stay tuned for information about our next Melanoma Awareness Seminar and lectures on topics such as the prevention and treatment of diseases of the skin, the latest advancements in skin care products and technology, and how to take care of our skin in order to age gracefully.

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O'Donoghue Dermatology now offers the state-of-the-art LightSheer™ Diode Laser System

Leading dermatology practice sets a new standard for laser hair removal in Sarasota.

SARASOTA, Florida (January 16, 2014) – In response to their patient's ever-increasing demand for the removal of unwanted hair, O'Donoghue Dermatology, one of the area's top medical and cosmetic dermatology practices, has recently purchased the new LightSheer™ Diode Laser System. This high-powered laser is the most versatile and pain-free long-term hair removal system available today.

With a library of clinically documented successes, the LightSheer™ Diode Laser System sets a new standard in permanent hair reduction technology and it can safely and effectively treat all skin tones and virtually any area of the body. The LightSheer's patented Chill Tip™ hand piece minimizes patient discomfort by providing a cooling, anesthetic effect while compressing the skin with its integrated sapphire tip to allow the laser to come closer to the base of the hair follicle without causing thermal damage to the surrounding skin.

The LightSheer™ Diode Laser System emits a nearly infrared laser light that is pulsed for a fraction of a second, just long enough to damage the hair follicle without damaging the surrounding epidermis. "This revolutionary laser system was specifically designed to remove unwanted hair faster, more comfortably and with fewer visits than any other product on the market, and it works on any skin tone because you can adjust the fluence and pulse width of the laser." said Dr. O'Donoghue.

 

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O'Donoghue Dermatology Doubles in Size

Leading Sarasota dermatology practice announces the completion of a major renovation and expansion to their Field Road office.

SARASOTA, Florida (June 25, 2013) – Driven by continued growth and their commitment to offering the most advanced treatment options available, O'Donoghue Dermatology, one of the area's top medical and cosmetic dermatology practices, is pleased to announce the completion of a major renovation and expansion to their 1952 Field Road office which nearly doubles its square footage.

The expansion includes a separate waiting room where patients undergoing Mohs surgery for the treatment of skin cancer can relax between stages, a phototherapy room for the treatment of chronic skin disorders like psoriasis, vitiligo and eczema, and an aesthetician suite for cosmetic procedures including chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and dermaplaning.

The expansion also includes 2 new patient rooms, an additional on-premise sterilization laboratory, a physician assistant office, and a larger reception area which is equipped with a projection screen and can comfortably accommodate 25 patients.

"The newly renovated reception area will allow us to offer regular dermatology lectures and free educational seminars on topics such as the prevention and treatment of diseases of the skin, the latest advancements in skin care products and technology, and how to take care of our skin in order to age gracefully" said Dr. O'Donoghue.

 

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Dr. O'Donoghue elected to the board of the Florida Society of Dermatologic Surgery

We are proud to announce that Dr. J Morgan O'Donoghue has just been elected to the board of the Florida Society of Dermatologic Surgery (FSDS) as Secretary-Treasurer.

The FSDS is a non-profit educational society composed of dynamic and dedicated dermatologic surgeons in academics and private practice who are interested in making a positive impact on their specialty by maintaining the highest ethical standards, a collegial relationship with colleagues, and dedication to the patients who trust in their knowledge and expertise.

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Burnt and broken hair, and sensitive burnt scalp may be symptoms of your hair smoothing treatment

Dr. O'Donoghue was quoted in an article on WWSB MySuncoast

Posted on October 17, 2013 by Alix Redmonde

Hair products can contain a tremendous number of chemicals in them.

Sarasota dermatologist, J Morgan O'Donoghue, M.D. said chemicals in these products can cause a number of health risks. "An airborne or an irritant reaction which can cause wheezing, dry eyes, irritated eyes, even headaches."

Be cautious of certain products says Fred Romano of Doctors Hospital of Sarasota because they may contain ingredients hazardous to your health causing these symptoms and others."Sometimes pain, shortness of breath, just wheezing, difficulty catching your breath." He explained why some of us have such reactions to these hair products. "Anything that's artificial doesn't exactly work well with the body especially with some of these, I think they do use formaldehyde."

Yes, formaldehyde is in some hair straightening and smoothing treatments, and there may be other reactions to direct contact with some products.

"A red, itchy, scaly rash usually in the areas where the product is being used or close to those areas" Said Dr. O'Donoghue may be symptoms of dermatitis. And, you can also develop an irritating, red, scaly rash from sensitivity to overuse. "If the dermatitis is severe enough or chronic enough, that can lead to a deeper process and ultimately lead to a burn like rash or a scar." he concluded.

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Coffee To Rejuvenate Your Skin

Coffee To Rejuvenate Your SkinRecent studies reveal that, when applied directly to the skin of mice, caffeine reduced cancerous skin tumors by 72%.

Although human studies have not been completed, caffeine acts as an anti-inflammatory and may prevent sunburns from causing tumors in later years.

Our Retinol Plus Serum contains caffeine, anti-oxidants and green tea to keep your skin looking smother, firmer and more even toned.

Click here to read more about our Retinol 10 X Serum

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Avoid Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.

It is also the most preventable and, if diagnosed early, the most curable. Here are my top 10 skin cancer prevention tips:

1.    Wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more
2.    Do outdoor activities before 10 am or after 4 pm
3.    Reapply sunscreen after perspiring or swimming
4.    Wear protective clothing and hats
5.    Wear polarized sunglasses
6.    Avoid tanning and tanning beds
7.    Examine your skin monthly
8.    See your dermatologist regularly
9.    Make sure your dermatologist is board-certified
10.  Make sure your dermatologist examines you from head to toe.

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The benefits of vitamin D

Vitamin D has many health benefits. It helps the intestine absorb nutrients like calcium and phosphorus for strong bones and a strong immune system. It prevents rickets, regulates blood pressure, reduces stress, helps fight depression, improves skin health, and countless other benefits.

The benefits of vitamin D can be derived from consuming foods that are naturally rich in vitamin D like salmon and tuna or vitamin D fortified foods like milk and breakfast cereal. The same benefits can be derived from vitamin D supplements and exposure to sunlight.

Exposure to sunlight is the most unreliable source because it depends on factors like the angle of the sun, the pigmentation of your skin and the use of sunscreen products. Exposure to sunlight is also the most dangerous source of vitamin D because it increases your chances of developing skin cancer.

For my patients who are vitamin D deficient, I recommend a diet high in vitamin D rich foods like milk, cheese, and fish. If that is insufficient, I recommend a supplemental oral vitamin spray that is easy to take and readily absorbed. Only as a last resort do I recommend exposure to the harmful rays of the sun.

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Choosing the Right SPF Number for You

With so many sunscreen products on the market, choosing the right one for you may be difficult. This information will help you make an informed decision when choosing a sunscreen product.

The first thing to consider is how long you are going to be exposed to the sun. The longer you are in the sun or by a window, the higher the SPF number you should use. It is important to note that, normal glass blocks UVB rays, but allows damaging UVA rays through. Some modern windows block as much as 99.9% of UVA and UVB rays.

Sunscreen products are meant to be applied liberally and reapplied every couple of hours or after sweating or swimming. If you are not planning to use a liberal amount of sunscreen, opt for the higher SPF number than you normally would to ensure that you are getting as much of the protective ingredients as possible on your skin.

If you are going to be swimming or perspiring heavily, choose a sunscreen that is labeled as "water resistant" or "very water resistant" and reapply frequently, especially after toweling off. Keep in mind that no sunscreen can be "water proof", if you have a sunscreen product that is labeled as such; it was purchased before the new FDA labeling requirements went into effect in December of 2012 and it should not be trusted.

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and, if the word "factor" reminds you of math class, there is a reason for that. The SPF number is multiplied by the amount of time (in minutes) in which you typically burn when you are not wearing sunscreen to figure out how long it will take to burn with protection. If you typically burn within 20 minutes and you are using SPF 15, 20 min. x 15 SPF = 300 min. or 5 hours.

Very fair skin will typically burns within 20 minutes of sun exposure. Light to medium or olive skin usually burns within about 40 minutes. Medium to tan skin will typically tan before it burns, but it is still at risk of burning after about 60 minutes. Darker skin tans easily and is less likely to burn but, even though the effects of the sun are less evident, the damage is still occurring.

Individuals with very fair skin should use an SPF of 35 or more while exposed to the sun and additional protection like a hat is recommended when exposed to the sun for extended periods of time. Individuals with medium to tan skin should use products with an SPF of 25 or above and darker skin individuals should use an SPF of 20 or greater while out in the sun.

New FDA labeling requirements ensure that products do what they say they do, but the trick is in the proper application of the products. As previously stated, these products are intended to be lathered on. You should use about 1 ounce of sunscreen on your body and using half as much sunscreen does not give you half the protection. Using half as much sunscreen actually gives you the square root of the protection, half the recommended amount of SPF 70 will give you an SPF of about 8.4 not an SPF of 35.

It is not enough to apply a little bit of a high SPF product in the morning and keep going all day.

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New FDA Sunscreen Label Requirements

Sunscreens protect our skin from painful sunburns and they reduce our risk of developing skin cancer from long term exposure, but like most products that are designed to make a profit in a competitor filled arena, the claims made by these products evolved into mere hype geared towards gaining market share.

SPF numbers and terms like "broad spectrum" were being used to make all products sound protective but, when put to the test, many of them did not offer the level of protection they promised so the FDA had to step in and force changes that guard consumers from false claims.

The mandated changes took effect in December of 2012 so, if you have a product that was purchased before that time, it is not certain that the packaging reflects the content. These new label requirements will help you make an informed decision:

Sun Protection Factor

Sun Protection Factor or "SPF" refers to the product's ability to keep your skin from getting red. It tells you how long you have before you start to burn, but the redness is just an indication of a sunburn or sun poisoning, the SPF in and of itself does not protect you from developing skin cancer.

UVA and UVB Blockage

The sun emits two types of rays, UVA and UVB, and we need to protect our skin from both types of radiation because both of them can cause skin cancer.

Broad Spectrum

Broad Spectrum means that the product blocks both UVA and UVB rays and therefore protects against skin cancer. Prior to the 2012 labeling changes, many sunscreens claimed to be "broad spectrum" even though they contained very little of UVA or UVB protection. Products that use the term "broad spectrum" now must prove that they offer high levels of both types of protection.
Waterproof, Sweatproof or Water Resistant

No sunscreen is truly waterproof or sweatproof so they are no longer allowed to make these claims. Sunscreens may only claim to be "water resistant" and they must provide information regarding when to reapply the product (between 40 and 80 minutes).

Sunscreen Products

Sunscreen products come in a variety of forms including lotions, sprays, wipes, shampoos and it is now commonly found in makeup. The new labeling requirements only apply to products that are specifically intended to protect against the sun, nothing else. This means that a sunscreen lotion or a sunscreen wipe is regulated; shampoos or other multi-function cosmetics are not so, do not rely on these products as your primary source of protection.

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O’Donoghue Dermatology Doubles in Size

Leading Sarasota dermatology practice announces the completion of a major renovation and expansion to their Field Road office.

SARASOTA, Florida (June 25, 2013) – Driven by continued growth and their commitment to offering the most advanced treatment options available, O'Donoghue Dermatology, one of the area's top medical and cosmetic dermatology practices, is pleased to announce the completion of a major renovation and expansion to their 1952 Field Road office which nearly doubles its square footage.

The expansion includes a separate waiting room where patients undergoing Mohs surgery for the treatment of skin cancer can relax between stages, a phototherapy room for the treatment of chronic skin disorders like psoriasis, vitiligo and eczema, and an aesthetician suite for cosmetic procedures including chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and dermaplaning.
The expansion also includes 2 new patient rooms, an additional on-premise sterilization laboratory, a physician assistant office, and a larger reception area which is equipped with a projection screen and can comfortably accommodate 25 patients.

"The newly renovated reception area will allow us to offer regular dermatology lectures and free educational seminars on topics such as the prevention and treatment of diseases of the skin, the latest advancements in skin care products and technology, and how to take care of our skin in order to age gracefully" said Dr. O'Donoghue.

Dr. J. Morgan O'Donoghue is a graduate of the prestigious Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington D.C. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA and went on to do his residency in Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. Dr. O'Donoghue has had numerous scientific articles published in national peer-reviewed dermatology journals and he is currently completing his first book on the topic of skin cancer prevention.

Dr. O'Donoghue is certified by the American Board of Dermatology, he is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, and a board member and fellow of the Florida Society of Dermatologic Surgeons. He is a proud member of the American Medical Association and the Sarasota County Medical Association, and he is a staff member at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. His many accolades include 'Americas Top Physicians', 'Patients Choice Award', 'Best Dermatologist in Sarasota', 'Americas Top Dermatologist', and 'Most Compassionate Doctor Award'.

About O'Donoghue Dermatology

Serving the Sarasota area since 2000, O'Donoghue Dermatology specializes in the treatment of skin cancer and other diseases of the skin, hair and nails as well as cosmetic services including laser skin resurfacing, sclerotherapy, chemical peels and injectable fillers.

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GentleLASE Laser Hair Reduction

If you or a loved one have unsightly or unwanted hair on any part of your body, or if you have experimented with other methods of hair removal or reduction that were tedious, painful or not as long-lasting as you had hoped, the GentleLASE Laser may just be the solution you have been waiting for.

The GentleLASE laser emits an invisible beam of light that interacts with the pigment or melanin in the hair follicle destroying it at the root while preserving the surrounding skin. Because the laser energy interacts with the melanin in the hair root, the treatment is not well suited for patients with red, blonde or gray hair, and patients should not use any other form of epilation for at least 6 weeks prior to the treatment in order to ensure that the follicle is present.

The laser also interacts with the pigment in your skin so tanning should be avoided for 6 weeks before and after the treatment and patients with very dark skin are not good candidates for the procedure because the active melanin in their skin could cause them to have a reaction to the treatment. Before the area is treated, excess hair will be shaved off in order to reduce the risk of burning from singed surface hair and so the laser energy is focused on the root of the follicle.

This effective, long-lasting treatment for the removal of unwanted hair is gentle, safe and fast so it is ideal for larger areas where hair removal would be too painful with other forms of epilation like waxing and electrolysis. To give you an idea of the speed of this treatment, an entire back can be treated in as little as 20 minutes.

Laser hair removal can be safely performed on any part of the body, with the exception of eyebrows and eyelashes because of the proximity to the eyes, and protective eyewear must be worn by everyone in the treatment room whenever the laser is in use.

O'Donoghue Dermatology brings in a GentleLASE Laser every 6 weeks. This allows our patients to schedule their treatments on a 6 weeks cycle so the hair has sufficient time grow and we can treat as much hair as possible on each visit. Most patients will require 6 to 8 treatments for truly lasting results and you can expect to come in for a touch up once or twice a year. O'Donoghue Dermatology offers a discount to patients who book 4 or more treatments at one time.

If you have any questions about the GentleLASE laser or to find out if you are a good candidate for this revolutionary procedure, feel free to contact O'Donoghue Dermatology at (941) 926-7546.

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3D digital skin analysis

O'Donoghue Dermatology now offers 3D digital skin analysis aided by the Reveal® Imager to uncover skin damage undetectable to the naked eye.

This state-of-the-art technology uses cross-polarized filters to produce a digital image that shows the unique color signatures of red and brown skin components below the skin surface.

Red areas can represent a variety of conditions including acne, inflammation, rosacea, and spider veins. In contrast, brown areas which are caused by an excess in melanin, often associated with sun damage, represent lesions such as hyperpigmentation, freckles, lentigines or melasma on or below the skin surface.

In just a few minutes, the Reveal® Imager produces a report that allows us to analyze hyperpigmentation, photo damage, vascular disorders, rosacea, acne, texture and wrinkles so that we can develop a skin care regimen that specifically targets your individual needs.

For more information about the Reveal® Imager or to schedule a consultation, call O'Donoghue Dermatology at (941) 926-7546.

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Nail Fungus?

Onychomycosis or nail fungus can occur on fingernails or toenails, but it is far more common on toenails because, like other fungi, onychomycosis thrives in dark, moist environments like the environment that results from feet perspiring in shoes and socks all day.

Nail fungus can grow underneath or on top of the nail, and it forces the nail up off of the nail bed making the nail thick, crumbly and discolored. The discoloration can range from yellow to brown and it can easily spread from the infected nail to the other nails on the foot.

There are a number of over the counter treatments that can be applied directly to the affected area and do not have the side effects of oral medications that are on the market, but it is always best to have a dermatologist examine the condition to ensure that it is not some other type of nail disease mimicking onychomycosis.

If you are tired of hiding thick, crumbly and discolored toenails, contact O'Donoghue Dermatology today to schedule a consultation.

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Winter Itch

Winter itch is a type of eczema or very dry skin which is exacerbated by the lower humidity of the winter months.

This condition can be alleviated by applying moisturizer to wet, freshly showered skin and avoiding long, hot showers which can deplete skin of its natural oils. Diets rich in vitamins A, C, E, flaxseed, canola and fresh vegetable will enhance the skin's ability to retain moisture, and running a humidifier in the bedroom while you sleep is also helpful.

If your winter itch proves too much for these home remedies, contact O'Donoghue Dermatology so that we can determine the best treatment for you.

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Sebaceous Cysts

A sebaceous cyst is a bump that develops under the skin, typically in the neck, face or trunk area.

They are often referred to as wens, keratin cysts, epidermal cysts or epidermoid cysts and they usually come out of hair follicles, but they can be caused by trauma to the skin.

The bump is formed by a closed sack filled with an oily or cheese-like matter and it is usually painless, but it can become inflamed and tender. If a small cyst becomes inflamed, your dermatologist can inject it with an anti-inflammatory medication to reduce the swelling or just surgically remove the cyst.

Most cysts are benign, but it is important to differentiate them from other malignant bumps that may look like cysts. In some cases, your dermatologist may determine that a biopsy is necessary to rule out potentially malignant conditions.

If you are concerned about a bump on your skin, contact O'Donoghue Dermatology so that we can determine if it is a benign cyst or something worthy of concern.

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