Study Reveals That Melanoma May Have Hidden Biomarkers

17AID07_Blog_SanfordHurnham_melanoma_72Melanoma is always a concern for those living in the Sunshine State. Not only are residents exposed to harmful rays year round, many older men and women retire to Florida to lay in the sun during their senior years. As Michael Steppie, M.D., assistant professor of dermatology at Florida State University, has often pointed out, the incidence of melanoma in men above the age of 65 is twice as high as the rate in women. By age 80, the rate triples. With older men being the largest high-risk group, melanoma prevention and early detection is especially important in reducing the mortality rate for this group. After all, research suggests that nearly 90 percent of melanomas could be preventable.

Dr. Steppie recently collaborated with Ranjan Perera, Ph.D., associate professor at Sanford Burnham Presbys Medical Discovery Institute at Lake Nona and other colleagues to study new biomarkers that could potentially provide earlier and more reliable clinical diagnostics for the deadliest form of skin cancer. In the past, many dermatologists warned vitiligo patients suffering from the disorder that generates white patches on their skin that they could be at a higher risk for skin cancer. It seemed to be a reasonable warning as sufferers lack the natural protection of the skin pigment melanin. However, more recent studies into the genetics of vitiligo revealed that the genes, which increase the risk of vitiligo may simultaneously decrease the person’s risk for melanoma.*

In the past, it was believed that vitiligo was an autoimmune disorder, but the research studies at Sanford Burnham Prebys have identified a microRNA called miR-211 as a possible culprit. The role of microRNAs are to prevent gene expression. Since damaged vitiligo skin cells are void of this RNA, it appears to be a disease involving abnormal cellular energy metabolism. While going from target to treatment could take time, identifying miR-211 and the genes it regulates could be promising therapeutic targets. Presently, Perera and Steppie are working to launch large -scale studies that could verify the promising findings published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.

As a noted Florida dermatologist and long-time advocate of melanoma prevention, Dr. Steppie offers these sun safety tips for all people who live in warm regions:

  • Remember that all skin types can develop skin cancer including people who tan easily or have naturally dark skin.
  • Generously apply sunscreen to all exposed skin — even on cloudy days — year-round.
  • Use a sunscreen that provides broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays and has a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 SPF.
  • Apply approximately one ounce of sunscreen (a shot-glassful) 15 minutes before sun exposure.
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours and after swimming or sweating.
  • Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.
  • Wear a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat (preferably sun-protective clothing, accessories and swimwear carrying a UPF 50+ label) and UV-Blocking sunglasses.
  • Seek shade when possible. The sun’s rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Water, snow and sand reflect and magnify the damaging rays of the sun, increasing your chance of sunburn. Especially during peak hours while at the beach, stay in the shade from an umbrella carrying a UPF 50+.
  • Avoid tanning beds – there is no way to get a tan through UV exposure without increasing the risk for skin cancer. Using a tanning bed before age 35 increases your risk for melanoma by 75 percent.
  • Be aware that certain prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs can increase your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight
  • Sun-proof your car windows with UVA-filtering window glass or film.

Source: Melanoma Research Foundation, American Academy of Dermatology

*NOTE: Having vitiligo does not mean you cannot get skin cancer, so it is very important for those with the disorder to use recommended forms of sun protection and visit his or her dermatologist for regular checkups. In addition to increasing the risk of skin cancer, sunburn can make vitiligo worse.

Dr. Steppie Sees Promising Results from Recent Vitiligo Study with Sanford Burnham Prebys

17AID07_Blog_SanfordHurnham_vitiligo72After participating in a study on vitiligo that was recently published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, Michael Steppie, M.D., a clinical professor of Dermatology at Florida State University College of Medicine and the President and Medical Director of Associates in Dermatology, remarked, “The promise of a treatment that cures vitiligo, rather than just dealing with the symptoms alone, is particularly exciting.”

Although vitiligo can start at any age and affects all races and both sexes equally, the white patches most often appear between twenty to thirty years of age. There is a loss of pigment in the person’s skin related to the destruction of melanocytes, which are the skin’s pigment-forming cells. Vitiligo can appear in patients of any race but is more noticeable in darker-skinned individuals. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIH), the cause of vitiligo is not known but it affects about 0.5 to 1 percent of the world’s population. Vitiligo can run in families and the children of parents with the vitiligo are more likely to develop the disorder.

What causes the patches of lighter skin appear is still somewhat a mystery, which is precisely why Ranjan Perera, Ph.D., the scientific director of Analytical Genomics and Bioinformatics at Sanford Burnham Prebys, and Dr. Steppie were eager to examine new evidence. Although medical researchers have long believed the skin disorder to be associated with autoimmune disease, Perera and Steppie (along with their colleagues) may have found another culprit. Since a microRNA called miR-211 is not found vitiligo cells, it is believed the messenger RNAs may prevent gene expression by turning off several genes linked to mitochondria creation.

Although vitiligo is not life threatening, it can be life-altering causing some people to develop low self-esteem. The chronic skin disorder is usually first seen on sun-exposed areas of the face, lips, hands and feet but can progress to other body parts including the genitalia, mouth, lips, eyeball or facial hair. Although no cure exists for vitiligo, dermatologic treatments may help to slow or stop the discoloring process. Rarely does the skin get its color back but some patients have had limited color return following his or her treatment regimen. That’s why identifying miR-211 as a possible cause means this microRNA could be a promising therapeutic target.

Both Steppie and Perera are working to launch large-scale studies so the group’s recent findings can be validated and new progress made toward identifying a cure or preventing the condition in the first place. 

TO DOWNLOAD A PDF OF ABSTRACT: http://www.jidonline.org/article/S0022-202X(17)31491-4/pdf

Skin Cancer Screenings for Melanoma Awareness Month

17AID05_Blog_skincancerscreeningAs the recurring sponsor of the daily UV Index feature on Fox 35 in Orlando, Associates in Dermatology has become well known in many of the Central Florida communities served by our 15 locations. In turn, it has become our goal to reach out to each community in hopes of saving lives through better patient outcomes for all skin cancer treatments. “The journey begins with educating key members in the community and making everyone aware of the vital role that routine screenings play in the early detection and treatment of skin cancer,” said Dr. Michael Steppie, Associates in Dermatology President and Medical Director.

May is “Melanoma Awareness Month”, a nationwide observance founded by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) to spread the word about the importance of early detection for the deadliest form of skin cancer. In addition to providing better sun-safety education through their community outreach programs, Associates in Dermatology is committed to providing FREE* skin cancer screenings at each location during May. With rates for both incidences and deaths continuing to rise, melanoma is a major health concern for everyone living in warmer climates like Florida.

Consider the statistical research collected by American Academy of Dermatology:

  • An estimated 161,790 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in 2017.
  • Melanoma affects people of every skin type.
  • On average, one American dies from melanoma every hour.
  • People with 50+ moles, atypical or large moles are at an increased risk for melanoma.
  • Before age 50, melanoma incidence rates are higher in women than men.
  • By age 65, melanoma incidence rates are twice as high in men.
  • Melanoma is the second most common form of cancer in females ages 15-29.
  • In 2017, it is estimated that 9,730 deaths will be attributed to melanoma.
  • Five-year survival rates for melanoma detected and treated early is 98 percent.
  • Each year in the U.S. over 5.4 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are treated in more than 3.3 million people.

In an article penned by Dr. Michael Steppie and published in the Skin Cancer Foundation Journal, about half of all melanoma skin cancer occurs in men over age 50. Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer in men and one of only three cancers with an increasing mortality rate for men. The incidence of melanoma in men ages 80 and older is three times higher than women of the same age.
Our dedication to promoting melanoma awareness and providing free skin cancer screenings each May has made Associates in Dermatology one of the most trusted sources for high quality care for those seeking skin cancer prevention and treatment. Remember skin cancer can strike anyone at any time and early detection is crucial to delivering life-saving treatments in a timely manner, so call to schedule your free skin cancer screening today.

*Offer applies to new patients. The patient and any other person responsible for payment has a right to refuse to pay, cancel payment, or be reimbursed for any other service, examination, or treatment that is performed as a result of and within 72 hours of responding to the advertisement for free, discounted fee, reduced fee service, examination or treatment. Existing patients: Free only applies to those who have not been seen in 3+ years.

Give Your Mom the Gift of Radiance this Mother’s Day

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Everyone believes their mom is the most beautiful in the world – And everyone is right! But truth be told, even the most gorgeous moms love an occasional beauty boost. So, for her special day, why not honor the mother you love with the gift of a radiant new look? Whether for your mom, your wife or yourself, Central Florida’s Associates in Dermatology is offering amazing Mother’s Day specials on top-shelf fillers Radiesse and BELOTERO BALANCE®throughout the month of May.

  • Radiesse:  Author Helen Steiner Rice once wrote that a mother’s smile “is like the sunshine breaking through a threatening cloud.” With age, however, those tell-tale marionette lines and pre-jowl folds form around the mouth, making moms everywhere look a bit wearied. Luckily, Radiesse offers a highly effective way to restore Mom’s look to match the youthful spark still evident in her personality. Formulated with tiny calcium-based microspheres suspended in a water-based gel, this popular dermal filler temporarily restores volume, smoothing the lines and plumping the sagging skin that forms around the smile and in the chin area. Over time, Radiesse can actually stimulate the body’s natural production of collagen, the structural protein that keeps the skin’s underlying connective tissue strong and taut. The result is a long-lasting, youthful and radiant look.
  • BELOTERO BALANCE®: Another popular solution for instantly erasing the signs of aging is BOLOTERO BALANCE. It’s infused with hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring element in the skin that binds to water, filling in wrinkles. It’s highly effective for minimizing marionette lines as well as those thin lines around the lips that so quickly betray a woman’s age. But it also plumps the lips, lending a naturally full, firm and youthful look.

Every mom deserves a bit of pampering on Mother’s Day. If you’re seeking the perfect gift for the mother you love, or if you’re a busy mom looking to treat yourself, call your nearest Associates in Dermatology location to schedule a consultation. Ask about the money-saving specials we’re offering on Radiesse and BELOTERO BALANCE throughout May or talk with your skincare provider about the full range of products and procedures we offer including laser skin resurfacing, pulsed light therapy, medical-strength chemical peels and more.

From Dr. Steppie and all of us here at Associates in Dermatology, have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Associates in Dermatology, Dr. Steppie & His Team Wish You a Happy Holiday Season and Amazing 2017

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The holidays are in full swing and a brand-new year is just weeks away. As you busily shop for gifts, plan the menu for your Christmas, Hanukkah or New Year’s Eve feasts and ponder what changes and challenges 2017 will bring, Dr. Steppie and the rest of the team here at Associates in Dermatology offer a few tips for a peaceful, productive and truly happy holiday season:

  1. Embrace being perfectly imperfect: Any lifestyle mentor will tell you emphatically that perfectionism is a myth and that the pursuit of it ultimately will cost you dearly. It will only serve to cause you stress (and stress-borne wrinkles) and likely end up putting a damper on productivity anyway. So, do your best, but cut yourself some slack if every planned detail doesn’t fall into place as expected.
  2. Let go: You may already have jotted down a few New Year’s resolutions, hoping to get a mental jumpstart on your 2017 hopes and goals. But before you can make an effective plan for the new year, you must clear your path all that stands in the way physically, emotionally and otherwise. A few examples – Clear your home, office or workspace of clutter; free up your hectic schedule by learning to delegate responsibilities, to say “no” to commitments that don’t further your own goals, and to accept only those that prove truly effective and enjoyable; forgive and forget.
  3. Indulge yourself: Let’s face it – Everyday life can be hectic, whether you’re a young professional trying to jumpstart your career; a mother struggling to maintain calm in the chaos of raising children; or a retiree wondering how you’ll navigate post-career life and create a whole new reality for yourself. Keep a healthy balance to life by making sure to relax and indulge yourself regularly. Make it a non-negotiable point to take a daily walk; spend time with friends, family and pets; read a good book; travel – whatever helps you to relax, recharge and rejuvenate.

Through it all, remember that it’s critical that you guard your health, including your skin’s health as well as your hair and nails. So, start the New Year with a consultation at your nearest Associates in Dermatology location. You’ll find a team of highly experienced dermatology providers eager to help you gain and maintain your healthiest, most vibrant look. From the top of your head to the tips of your toenails, we’ve got you covered with a full array of clinical and cosmetic dermatology services.

For those of you who have been loyal Associates in Dermatology patients over the past 25 years, helping us to grow to 15 locations in six Central Florida counties, we extend our heartfelt appreciation. To all current and prospective patients, partners and friends, we wish you a peaceful and enjoyable holiday season and a prosperous 2017.

Get a Beautiful New Look for the Holidays!

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Sparkling jewelry, comfy sweater, that designer purse you’ve been eyeing – Sure, these may make your wish list. But what do you truly want for the holidays? How about a smoother, tighter, more youthful complexion? Central Florida’s Associates in Dermatology offers three ways to give yourself the gift of beautiful skin:

  • Radiesse: It’s been said that a genuine smile is the most glamorous accessory. But those marionette lines and pre-jowl folds that form around the mouth as we age can do a number on your otherwise gorgeous grin. That’s when you need Radiesse. Formulated with tiny calcium-based microspheres suspended in a water-based gel, this popular and highly effective dermal filler temporarily restores volume, smoothing the lines and plumping the sagging skin that forms around your smile and in the chin area. Over time, Radiesse actually works to stimulate your body’s natural production of collagen, the structural protein that keeps the skin’s underlying connective tissue strong and taut. The result is a long-lasting, youthful look.
  • Xeomin: The holiday season, and life in general, can be stressful. Unfortunately, much of that stress can ultimately manifest as wrinkles and fine lines that prematurely age and mar your youthful look. Enter Xeomin, a prescription medication that utilizes Botulinum toxin type A to temporarily improve the appearance wrinkles. It’s a highly effective solution for glabellar frown lines – those two vertical lines that form between your eyebrows after years of frowning, squinting and stressing, making you look older (and angrier) than you truly are. Xeomin works by relaxing the nerve endings in your muscles, thereby preventing certain muscle fibers from contracting. Reduced muscle contraction leads to a visible smoothing of the lines and furrows that have formed in your skin over time, virtually erasing years from your look.
  • Juvederm: Each day, exposure to the sun’s damaging rays as well as a myriad of environmental pollutants subject your skin to a barrage of unhealthy and unflattering effects. Topping the potential troubles is the gradual loss of hyaluronic acid, the naturally occurring fluid in connective tissue that helps keep your skin smooth and taut. As a result, the skin becomes dehydrated and the elastin and collagen fibers lose their integrity, leaving you with dry, thin, loose and wrinkled skin. A top solution is Juvederm, a biodegradable gel that replaces hyaluronic acid, infuses collagen and elastin with new moisture and restores volume – all in less than an hour and requiring no downtime.

So, give yourself what you really want this holiday season – a youthful, healthy and vibrant look. Call today to schedule a consultation at the Associates in Dermatology location nearest you. We’ll help you decide which treatment will best help you ring in 2017 beautifully!

Associates in Dermatology to Provide FREE* Skin Cancer Screenings October 2016

As the seasons change and turn colder throughout the rest of the US, fun in the sun in Florida still has months to go.   After all, outside is a natural place to be in Central Florida, and as temperatures become more tolerant, often people become less concerned abut potential melanoma issues.   Associates in Dermatology is dedicated to raising awareness for the prevention, early detection and treatment of melanoma. Although melanoma is not the most common type of skin cancer, it is the most dangerous and kills over 10,000 people annually in the United States.  We are offering free skin cancer checks at our facilities for a short period of time in the month of October. 

Associates in Dermatology Locations

Skin cancer screenings* are available at the following 15 locations:

  • Altamonte Springs
  • Apopka
  • Celebration
  • Clermont
  • Davenport
  • Dr. Phillips
  • East Orlando
  • Hunter’s Creek
  • Kissimmee
  • Mount Dora
  • Ocoee
  • Poinciana
  • Sanford
  • St. Cloud
  • Sumterville

As a sponsor of the Daily UV Index featured on Fox 35, Associates in Dermatology has already become a trusted source for quality skincare. Through their community-wide effort, the group is offering free* skin cancer screenings at various local events as well as their 15 Orlando-area locations. Over the past decade, the prognosis for people with malignant melanomas has been steadily improving. If melanoma is recognized and treated early, it is almost always curable with a survival rate of 98%. However, once the cancer cells grow deeper into the layers of skin or spreads to other parts of the body, it becomes more life-threatening.

Dangers of Untreated Melanoma

Melanoma originates in the melanocytes, which are pigment-producing cells in the basal layer of the epidermis. Brown spots, moles and most growths on the skin are typically harmless, but not always. The first signs of the dangerous cancer can appear in one or more atypical moles. Melanomas often resemble moles and some cancerous lesions develop from moles. Although there is no reliable cure for melanoma, around three fourths of the people who have the cancerous tissue surgically removed will have no further problems. While previous sun exposure and tanning beds are established risk factors, melanoma can still arise without overexposure and on areas of the body that were not exposed to sunlight.

Everyone is at some risk for melanoma, but it is a more common occurrence in people with certain risk factors. Those with lightly pigmented skin, excessive sun exposure, atypical mole syndrome, a weakened immune system or a personal history of skin cancer are at a greater risk. The majority of melanomas are black or brown, but they can also be multi-shaded, pink, red, flesh-tone, purple, blue or white. If a mole changes its shape, border, color or size, or if you develop a lump or unusual patch on the skin that you are unsure about, it’s time to contact a doctor at Associates in Dermatology.

 

*Offer applies to new patients and existing patients who have not been seen in 3+ years. The patient and any other person responsible for payment has a right to refuse to pay, cancel payment, or be reimbursed for any other service, examination, or treatment that is performed as a result of and within 72 hours of responding to the advertisement for free, discounted fee, reduced fee service, examination or treatment. 

Understanding UV Index Numbers – Associates in Dermatology Explains

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In an effort to help educate Central Florida residents about the risks of sun exposure, Associates in Dermatology has sponsored Fox 35’s UV Index feature for four consecutive years. But do you truly understand what each of those numbered and color-coded levels mean for your safety? Here’s a rundown:

  • Green, 0-2 Low Index: A low UV Index reading means that venturing outside presents a relatively low danger from the sun’s UV rays for the average person. However, that doesn’t mean you can safety throw caution to the wind. Even on the lowest-risk days, it’s important to wear sunglasses and use a broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen every single day, no matter what the UV Index shows, especially if your skin tends to burn easily. Also, always steer clear of bright surfaces such as light-colored sand and water, as they can reflect UV rays and intensify exposure.
  • Yellow, 3 to 5 Moderate UV Index: On moderate risk days, seek shady spots when spending time outside, particularly between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm, when the sun is most directly overhead and its rays are the strongest. Wear protective clothing including a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses – fashionable and functional. Generously apply broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen every two hours, and immediately after swimming or sweating. Note that this is important even on cloudy days. Just because you can’t see the sun doesn’t mean its rays can’t find you.
  • Orange, 6 to 7 High UV Index: Protection is all the more important once the UV Index hits orange. That’s because your skin and eyes are at significant risk of harm by sun exposure. Limit your time outside, particularly between 10 am and 4pm and if you do venture out, stay in the shade. Wear protective clothing including long pants and sleeves and UV-blocking sunglasses.
  • Red, 8-10 Very High UV Index: In Hollywood films and on labels of hazardous chemicals, the color red represents danger. So, it’s a fitting hue for days when the risk of harm by sun exposure is very high. Take extra care when heading outside on red days, as unprotected skin and eyes can burn quickly, and the damage can be irreversible. Minimize your time outside, particularly during the four-hour stretch when the sun’s rays are most potent, and always wear UV-blocking sunglasses.
  • Purple, 11 or higher Extreme UV Index: When the UV Index registers in the purple, it’s best to spend your day inside, particularly during the four hottest hours. If you do venture out, double up on all recommended precautions, including wearing UV-blocking sunglasses, as unprotected skin and eyes can burn in mere minutes.

If you happen to miss the Fox 35 UV Index report, aired during the morning newscast, follow it online at http://www.myfoxorlando.com/weather. Just CLICK on the UV INDEX Tab. Also, take a cue from the iconic line from the famous 1930s crime novels and Orson Welles-narrated radio shows – “The shadow knows.” If your shadow is taller than you are, particularly during the early morning and late afternoon, your UV exposure is likely to be lower. But if it’s shorter than you are, particularly around midday, know that you’re being exposed to higher levels of UV radiation and it’s time to seek the shade.

Here in sunny Florida, sun protection is a must, even on the coldest winter day, but especially as summertime heats up. It’s something that Dr. Michael Steppie is passionate about. That’s why Associates in Dermatology offers a range of proven skin cancer treatments including Mohs micrographic surgery. Get regular screenings and, if you spot signs of skin cancer including a new or changing mole or lesion, call 800-827-SKIN to schedule a potentially life-saving consultation.

Associates in Dermatology Offers Two New Cutting Edge Treatments

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For over a decade, Orlando-based Associates in Dermatology has helped Central Florida residents protect their skin from the ravages of the sun, shave years off of their looks and beautify their complexions. Led by the nationally renowned Dr. Michael Steppie, MD, the firm is among the region’s leading skin cancer prevention and treatment providers and offers a wide array of both cosmetic and clinical dermatology. Top offerings include injectable muscle relaxers like Botox™ and Xeomin™, dermal fillers including Juvederm and Belotero Balance™, permanent hair removal, sclerotherapy, laser skin resurfacing and pulsed light therapy as well as medical strength chemical peels.

Now, Associates in Dermatology announces two new state-of-the-art laser treatment options – V Beam Pulsed Dye laser and Dot Therapy Ablative Laser Skin Resurfacing treatments.

  • V Beam Pulsed Dye Laser Treatment: This treatment uses laser energy to deliver an intense but gentle burst of light into selectively targeted areas of the skin. By precisely heating and closing off blood vessels, the light is absorbed by specific blood vessels in the dermis, while reducing the lesions and sparing healthy tissue from injury. Safely used since the 1980’s for the treatment of port wine stain birthmarks in infants and young children, V Beam Pulsed Dye Laser today is used to effectively treat redness, scars, vascular lesions and poikiloderma is a skin condition marked by red colored pigment commonly associated with sun damage. Patients can choose V Beam treatment at Associates in Dermatology’s Sand Lake location beginning Friday, May 1 and in our other 11 convenient locations in the near future.
  • Dot Therapy Ablative Laser Skin Resurfacing: This cutting-edge laser treatment deploys a pattern of tiny scanned pulses of laser energy to your skin via a controlled laser. The DOT procedure is customized to your skin with adjustments that can be tweaked throughout the treatment session. The laser precisely creates thousands of microscopic holes in your skin, stimulating collagen production, counteracting years of sun damage and acne scarring, and restoring a youthful vitality to your face. It can also shrink the appearance of pores, firm and smooth your skin by lessening the impact of fine lines and facial wrinkles. Noticeable results can be achieved in a short time with improvements to your skin’s texture as well as you skin tone. Dot Therapy is offered in all 12 Central Florida Associates in Dermatology locations.

To find out if V Beam or Dot Therapy is right for you, call 800-827-SKIN and schedule a consultation.

Click here to download an informational brochure on V Beam Pulsed Dye Laser Treatment.

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Click here to learn more about Dot Therapy Ablative Laser Skin Resurfacing.

DOT Therapy – Patient Info

 

 

Tech Neck – How Staying Connected is Aging You and How You can Fix it

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In today’s fast-paced, technology-driven world, our smartphones, laptops and tablets are constant companions. They’re our windows to the world and our links to family, friends and colleagues. But the connection and convenience they offer unfortunately comes with a downside – premature aging.

Backing up the findings of researchers involved in multiple studies, skincare specialists nationwide are seeing an increasingly frequent incidents of “tech neck,” a growing phenomenon of wrinkles and sagging of the neck and jowls appearing in patients as young as 18. Once relegated to those in their 40s and older, neck and jowl sagging and wrinkles now are affecting younger generations for one primary reason – the frequent and long-term tilting forward of the head to read screens on our mobile devices. In fact, those most at risk for tech neck are 18 to 39-year-olds, a demographic of people who own an average of three devices.

The issue of tech neck increasingly is popping up in magazines, web publications and television programs, including a recent Good Morning America segment. It’s more common in women because their wardrobe choices more often leave their necks and collar bones exposed, making the skin in those areas prone to the effects of sun and wind exposure, including premature aging. Keep in mind that the skin in the neck area is finer than in other areas, and is quickly thinned even further by sun exposure. Yet, most people’s skincare regimens focus solely on their faces, ignoring the neck and collarbone area.

The good news is that tech neck can be prevented and treated. Here are three helpful tips from Central Florida’s Associates in Dermatology:

  • Limit your time spent on your mobile devices and, when using them, position the screens at eye level with your chin held at a 70- to 90-degree angle to help avoid development of tech neck to begin with.
  • Maintain a daily skincare regimen that includes Steppie MD’s Ethereal Beauty™, an organic-based anti-aging serum that has proven highly effective for our patients.
  • Talk with an Associates in Dermatology skincare specialist about our new take-home product developed specifically to target the aging neck and clinically proven to visibly reduce sagging and wrinkles that betray your age. This breakthrough wrinkle repairing treatment is available for sale in all 12 Central Florida locations.

Don’t let staying connected cost you your looks – and remember that tech neck can affect both women and men. Call 800-827-SKIN to schedule a consultation with a dedicated skincare specialist at the Associates in Dermatology location nearest you today.