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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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Dermaplaning

Did you know that dermaplaning is an excellent way to removing "peach fuzz"?

Dermaplaning is a non-invasive skin resurfacing procedure that gently scrapes away the top layer of dead skin cells and painlessly remove the "peach fuzz" that can trap excess dirt and oil.

If you are looking for a safe way to get rid of your "peach fuzz", contact O'Donoghue Dermatology and schedule your appointment today.

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Natural Remedies for Skin Ailments

Did you know that there are many products right in your kitchen that can treat a variety of skin ailments?

For instance, massaging Olive Oil into wet skin is an excellent moisturizer - it's also great for brittle hair ends!

The antibacterial properties of honey can speed the healing of wounds, yogurt applied directly to the skin for 10 minutes can soothe the redness of rosacea, and lemon mixed with baking soda can combat yellowing nails – this mixture works great on teeth too!

If these home remedies are no match for your rosacea or yellowing nails, contact O'Donoghue Dermatology so that we can determine the best treatment for you.

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Narrowband UVB Therapy

Did you know that by exposing the skin narrowband UVB light treatments we can treat a number of skin conditions.

Narrow band UVB is the optimal part of the UV light spectrum and it has been shown to slow the growth of psoriasis, eczema and vitiligo lesions.

Exposure to this targeted phototherapy treatment can clear these unsightly and often painful lesions without the risk of skin cancer associated with sunlight and tanning beds.

If you suffer with psoriasis, eczema and vitiligo, contact O'Donoghue Dermatology to see if narrow band UVB treatment is right for you.

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Acne Scarring

Did you know that we no longer have to rely on aggressive chemical peals and dermabrasion to treat acne scarring?

With the new lasers available today, we can treat acne scarring in as little as 15 minutes, with no anesthesia and with minimal healing.

If you're one of the millions of people that are plagued by acne scarring, contact O'Donoghue Dermatology to see if you are a candidate for this revolutionary procedure.

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Dr O'Donoghue utilizes the latest technological advances and offers his patients the most safe and effective treatments available

One of the ways Dr. O'Donoghue can enhance your appearance is by using the MiXto SX® Fractional C02 Laser for Skin Resurfacing.

This laser combines the effectiveness of Carbon Dioxide lasers with an innovative "quadrant" fractional technology.

One 30 minute treatment with this laser will accomplish more than 3 treatments with traditional CO2 resurfacing. Treatments with this laser do not require general anesthesia and patients experience less discomfort, less downtime, and no harsh side effects.

The cost of treatment with the MiXto SX® Fractional C02 Laser is also significantly less than traditional CO2 resurfacing.

The many benefits are immediate shrinkage of damaged skin, softening of fine lines and wrinkles , removal of age and sun spots, and even new collagen production for up to one year following treatment.

Please contact us for more information.

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Many patients are concerned when they develop a bump that looks like a cyst.

This is usually a sebaceous cyst that is a closed sac found under the skin, usually on the trunk, neck, or face. They are filled with a oily or cheese-like matter and usually are painless.

In some cases, however, cysts can get inflamed and become tender to the touch. They are also called epidermal cysts, wens, keratin cysts, or epidermoid cysts. Most often, sebaceous cysts come out of hair follicles or can form as a result of trauma to the skin. Usually they are benign, but they must be differentiated from other potentially malignant bumps that can mimic cysts.

In some cases, the dermatologist will perform a biopsy to rule out certain conditions. If a small cyst becomes inflamed, a dermatologist can inject it with an anti-inflammatory medication to reduce swelling or just remove it entirely with surgery.

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Are you at risk for melanoma?

Melanoma only affects 4 percent of those diagnosed with skin cancer, but it accounts for 79 percent of all skin cancer related deaths.

Anyone who has overexposure to the sun, regardless of skin color, has a higher risk for melanoma.

Individuals with blond or red hair, and fair complexion have the highest risk for melanoma. Also if you experienced excessive sun exposure during your childhood and teen years or have a family history of melanoma, you should have a skin cancer-related checkup.

The American Cancer Society recommends a checkup every three years for people between 20 and 40 years of age, and every year for anyone 40 and older.

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What is Squamous cell carcinoma? How is it treated?

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common cancer of the skin.

Patients with fair complexions who frequently sun bathe or use tanning beds are most likely to be affected. Some SCC's arise from small sandpaper-like precancerous lesions called actinic leratoses. About 20% of these precancers can evolve into the earliest for of SCC which may present as a warty-growth or a sore that bleeds.

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What is Squamous cell carcinoma? How is it treated?

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common cancer of the skin.

Patients with fair complexions who frequently sun bathe or use tanning beds are most likely to be affected. Some SCC's arise from small sandpaper-like precancerous lesions called actinic leratoses. About 20% of these precancers can evolve into the earliest for of SCC which may present as a warty-growth or a sore that bleeds.

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What is melanoma and how is it treated?

Melanoma is a malignant tumor of melanocytes which are found predominantly ion skin. it is a serious type of skin cancer that causes the majority of skin cancer related deaths.

Although fair skinned individuals are most commonly affected, darker skinned patients who tan easily can develop melanoma as well. It is due to uncontrolled growth of pigment cells called melanocytes.

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A More Natural Approach To Acne And Rosacea Treatments

Traditional therapies have relied upon both topical and oral antibiotics. At O'Donoghue Dermatology - we prefer a more natural approach. We start many of our acne and rosacea patients on a specific all natural regimen.

Therapy begins with a homeopathic oral spray which reduces redness, inflammation and breakouts. It is followed by a series of natural, pulsed light treatments that target and can permanently shrink inflamed blood vessels.

This is also combined with a specific diet that avoids the foods most commonly associated with rosacea flares. For more information - or to book a consultation - please contact us today.

If you are a new client - please click on the menu button to the left for a coupon good for a complimentary consulation.

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Better Than Proactiv® - Special Price On Our Acne Kit

Dr. O'Donoghue includes all four of his acne products in a specially priced kit for Clients in Sarasota and the surrounding areas.

Walk-in Special: Now you can get this 4 Step Program Acne kit for $59.99!

Save $10.00 off the regular price when you pick up your Acne Kit at our office located at 1952 Field Road Sarasota. Kit includes Medicated Acne Cleaner, 10% BPO Acne Gel, SPF 30 Oil Free Sunscreen and Glycolic Antioxidant Toner.

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Dr. O'Donoghue Visits Pre Kindergarten

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Exerpt from Pre Kindergarten Newsletter
November 19, 2010

..."Our week in Pre K was filled with many special parents and community helpers. Thank you to Morgan Bentley, Blaine's dad, for telling us about being a lawyer and sharing the wooly mammoth story with us. Thank you to Dr. Morgan O'Donoghue, Kevin's dad, for explaining the importance of protecting our skin and what he does as a dermatologist. Thank you for giving us each a bottle of sunscreen."...

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Are there any new treatments for acne or rosacea?

Q: Dear Dr. O’Donoghue, Are there any new treatments for acne or rosacea? – Rose, Venice FL.

A: Dear Rose, The traditional therapies have relied upon both topical and oral antibiotics. I prefer a more natural approach, I start many of my acne and rosacea patients on a specific all natural regimen. 

Therapy begins with a homeopathic oral spray which reduces redness, inflammation and breakouts. It is followed by a series of natural, pulsed light treatments that target and can permanently shrink inflamed blood vessels.

This is also combined with a specific diet that avoids the foods most commonly associated with rosacea flares.

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How can I treat dry, scaly, and itchy skin?

Q: Dear Dr. O'Donoghue, I am constantly battling dry, scaly, and itchy skin. How can I treat this? - J.T.

A: Dear J.T.,  Dry skin is the result of an evaporation of water from the upper skin layers. To replace this loss apply thick moisturizers immediately after bathing to wet skin and then gently blot dry, don’t rub. Limit your bathing to no more than 10 minutes daily and avoid very hot water.

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Leading medical and cosmetic dermatology practice is set to complete a 3,000 sq. ft. expansion.This March, O’Donoghue Dermatology will conclude the second phase of a major expansion which began in the summer of 2013 with the addition of a phototherap...
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Q: Dear Dr. O'Donoghue, I am constantly battling dry, scaly, and itchy skin. How can I treat this? - J.T.A: Dear J.T.,  Dry skin is the result of an evaporation of water from the upper skin layer...
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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 filter...
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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 c...
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Q: Dear Dr. O’Donoghue, I am overwhelmed by the variety of sunscreens available, which is best?- JPA: Dear JP – Look for sun blocks that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide which are ingredients no...

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