Tips for Reviving Skin, Hair & Nails After the Dry Winter Months

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The practice of dermatology involves improving and maintaining not only the appearance but also the health of your skin, hair, and nails. That can seem a tall order in the springtime, after the frigid winter months have left you with a dry, brittle and ashen look. Perhaps you’ve noticed changes like these over the past few months:

  • HEALTHY SKIN: As the humidity decreases in the winter months our skin becomes dry, irritated and even itchy. A hot shower may seem a go-to respite for warmth, but prolonged heat can actually do more harm than good because it disrupts the skin barrier, which serves as physical protection and an immune defense, and further dehydrates the skin. In order to nourish and restore the skin and its protective functions, it is important to use mild cleansers and avoid overuse of harsh scrubs. While cleansing, use lukewarm to prevent stripping the skin of its natural fats and oils that provide it with moisture. Immediately after bathing, the skin should be patted (never rubbed) dry and a gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer should be applied.
  • HEALTHY SCALP: Just as with the skin on your face and hands, the winter cold, the dry, artificial heat generated by heating systems in homes and buildings can sap the moisture from your scalp and hair. Thus, it’s common to experience a dry, itchy scalp as the weather turns colder and you seek warmth indoors. This condition is most commonly caused by seborrheic dermatitis and is characterized by red and flaky patches on the scalp which may resemble dandruff. The best way to combat this problem is by washing hair on a daily basis and using medicated shampoos that deposit a layer of medicine on the scalp which remains and continues to work even after rinsing.
  • HEALTHY NAILS: Your nails can become dry, brittle, and split during winter as well. It is essential to avoid using harsh soaps when washing hands as this will remove the protective natural oils found in your nails. Also avoid nail hardeners as the chemicals found in these products can actually damage your nails, leaving them weak and brittle over time. After washing hands, apply a high quality moisturizer and be sure to rub it into the cuticles and nails to restore their strength and flexibility.

It’s clear that wintertime can wreak havoc on your look. While they may seem tempting, quick fixes that address only the appearance of your skin and nails, ignoring underlying health factors, will only allow for further damage. For instance, hiding unsightly nail fungus beneath colorful nail polish or buying a harsh, drugstore shampoo and conditioner based solely on the promises made in the packaging will simply mask or even exacerbate the issues.

While your look is understandably important, your health is all the more critical. After all – you deserve more than just a makeover. You deserve a thorough audit and treatment of any and all health issues that may affect your look and your life. Ensure the health and vibrancy of your skin, hair and/or nails by scheduling a consultation with Central Florida’s Associates in Dermatology. Our experienced team of providers including board-certified dermatologists, paramedical assistants and nurse practitioners have the expertise to identify and effectively treat a range of skin, hair and nail related conditions or diseases and we accept most health plans.

Remember – Spring is a time of renewal and the warm summer months are just around the corner. Get a healthy start to the new season with a call to your nearest Associates in Dermatology location.

For more information on our services to treat specific skin, hair and nail diseases and conditions, click here.

Wishing You a Healthy, Happy Holiday Season from Associates in Dermatology and Dr. Steppie

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As 2015 winds down, no doubt you’re busily wrapping holiday gifts, preparing feasts and doing a bit of last-minute decorating to assure loved ones have a memorable time. December is a festive time for families and friends, but it also can be a hectic time. That’s why Dr. Steppie and his team at Associates in Dermatology want to make sure you remember to take a little time for yourself, too.

Dr. Michael Steppie, MD and the staff at Associates in Dermatology have dedicated their careers to helping Central Florida residents protect their health and beauty. They know that the truest of both begins within. So, throughout the festivities, consider these recommendations:

  • Take time to reflect on all the blessings and accomplishments of 2015 and your hopes for 2016.
  • Set goals for the next year and carefully plan the steps needed to reach those goals.
  • Commit to spending a little more quality time with family and friends than you did in 2015.
  • Reconnect with a long lost friend.
  • If you haven’t already, adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes plenty of exercise, a nutritious diet and, of course, a daily, high-quality skincare routine.
  • Make a point to take time for out for purely enjoyable activities at least once a week – Walks in the park, afternoons curled up in your favorite chair with a good book or a classic film, evenings out on the town with friends or your significant other and daytrips to area attractions you’ve been planning to visit.

If a healthy, vibrant new look is among your wishes for 2016, Associates in Dermatology can help. Dr. Steppie and his staff are committed to treating patients with the same quality care they’d give their own families. You can trust our dedicated and highly experienced team with all of your cosmetic and clinical skincare needs. Call today to schedule an appointment at one of our 12 Central Florida locations.

From Dr. Steppie, his family and the entire Associates in Dermatology team, here’s wishing you a happy holiday season and a healthy and prosperous New Year.

Get Your Skin Holiday-Ready with DOT Laser Treatment

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As the holiday season gets underway and 2015 begins to wind down, chances are you’re reflecting upon the ups and downs of the year and looking forward to the changes, triumphs and wonders that 2016 may bring. Now is a great time to capture a little of that hopeful holiday glow for a healthy, radiant look to your skin. And a great way to do just that is with DOT Therapy laser treatment by Associates in Dermatology.

While you can’t stop the hands of time, there are ways to significantly improve the look and youthfulness of your skin without having to undergo costly surgery. Among the newest and most effective non-invasive skincare options is DOT (Dermal Optical Thermolysis) laser therapy, a cutting-edge treatment that reverses signs of aging, sun damage and acne scarring. Via a controlled laser, DOT Therapy deploys a customized pattern of tiny scanned pulses of energy to your skin. This creates thousands of precisely placed microscopic punctures in your skin, stimulating the natural production of collagen. New collagen helps to reduce the appearance of pores, facial wrinkles and fine lines, leaving you with smoother, firmer, evenly-toned and younger-looking skin.

Available at all 12 Central Florida Associates in Dermatology locations, DOT Therapy laser resurfacing is perfect for improving your overall complexion or targeted areas like the neck and under-eye or upper lip areas. You’ll see marked improvement with just one treatment, but your health care provider may recommend several additional treatments to achieve your unique goals.

But don’t take it from us. Here’s what actual patients are saying about DOT Therapy:

“My friends and family noticed the difference and commented how radiant and glowing my skin was. And now, a month after the procedure, I couldn’t be happier with how soft and healthy my skin feels. DOT Therapy definitely delivered!” –Aimee

“I was shocked to see that the fine lines around my eyes and mouth had been replaced with smoother looking skin.” –Michelle,

“My skin’s pore size really decreased after the DOT Therapy treatment, leaving me with a glowing, youthful complexion! What more could you ask for?” –Charlotte

Because the sun’s rays are much gentler this time of year, now is the perfect opportunity to find out just how DOT Therapy or our new V Beam Pulsed Dye Laser treatment can help you achieve that gorgeous glow to your skin just in time for the holidays. Call 800-827-SKIN (7546) to schedule a consultation at the Associates in Dermatology location nearest you today.

Want Beautiful Skin? Associates in Dermatology Has Just the Formula for You

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Any artist will tell you that it takes just the right tools – the right paint brush, the right color palette, the right canvas – to create a beautiful painting. Such is the case when you’re looking to get beautiful, healthy skin. That’s why Dr. Michael Steppie and Orlando’s Associates in Dermatology offer a range of skincare products targeting a range of skin health issues. You’ll find only top-quality, highly researched and expertly developed formulas at our 12 area locations.

For years, patients from throughout Central Florida and beyond have trusted Dr. Steppie and his team of highly specialized and dedicated skincare professionals to safely and effectively treat them and their entire families. From children experiencing skin conditions such as eczema to young adults learning to keep acne at bay to elders looking to turn back the clock a bit, Associates in Dermatology has you covered. Our skin health professionals can prescribe highly targeted medications or topical creams and ointments; recommend appropriate over-the counter products; or even provide cutting-edge formulas from the exclusive STEPPIE MD skin care line, available in all Associates in Dermatology locations.

Many of our patients report excellent, visibly noticeable results using our intensive serums designed to help resurface the skin texture, minimize age spots and pigmentation, and visibly minimize tell-tale wrinkles that can make one look older than he or she feels. On-site treatments such as medial-grade chemical peels and laser anti-aging resurfacing can help to reset the clock on your appearance, while prescribed at-home regiments help to prolong the effects of these customized treatments.

Associates in Dermatology’s skincare products feature targeted and highly potent, yet gentle formulas for cleansing care, moisturizing care and protective care, including two state-of-the-art sunscreen formulas. Following is a brief overview of the numerous top-quality, targeted treatments and take-home skincare products we offer:

Cleansing Care / Refresh · Purify

TONIC RITUAL – GENTLE BOTANICAL CLEANSER
This ultra-gentle botanical cleanser forms a creamy lather that washes away environmental pollutants, excess oil and make-up while leaving skin pristinely clean and refreshed. It is enriched with skin-conditioning ingredients and anti-oxidants. Soap and alcohol-free. Ph balanced. Non comedogenic. Paraben free.

FLAWLESS SKIN – medicated CLEANSERS 1 & 2
These medicated cleansers contain an ultra pure glycolic acid available in 5% or 10% coupled with the proven acne fighting ingredient salicylic acid used at a 2% concentration.
Both help clear and prevent acne, reduce breakouts and clogged pores. These may also help with enlarged pores, folliculitis and keratosis pilaris while boosting the removal of dead skin cells

Moisturizing Care / Protect · Hydrate · Nourish

INFINITY UV DEFENSE – BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 50+ | Tube
Free from chemical sunscreens, this weightless SPF 50 sunscreen offers the highest level of UVA/UVB protection. Its moisturizing formula is also enriched with 5 essential anti-oxidants and emollients.
Ideal for all skin types and especially gentle on sensitive and acne-prone skin. Oil-free. Alcohol-free. Paraben-free. Fragrance-free. Fast absorbing. Non-comedogenic. Non-whitening.

INFINITY UV DEFENSE – BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 50+ | Spray
This lightweight micronized zinc oxide sunscreen offers the same benefits as the tube version and this spray is ideal to cover larger body areas such as arms and décolleté, but also the face if swimming or sweating while outdoors. Water-resistant (40 minutes).

bb cream- antioxidant oil control sunscreen BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 50+
A skin-perfecting tinted BB cream that evens skin tone and powerfully protects your face from sun damage. This silky smooth, multi-tasking formula can either be worn alone or under foundation. It offers a SPF 50 protection with a superior physical sunscreen – Zinc Oxide-, oil control and is enriched with moisturizers and anti-oxidants. Its sheer tint visibly helps conceal minor skin imperfections on all skin tones. Fragrance-Free, Oil-Free, Paraben-Free and Gluten-Free.

SMOOTH RADIANCE – INTENSIVE MOISTURIZING SERUM
This lightweight moisturizing serum replenishes the skin with 18% hyaluronic acid and 2 cutting-edge complexes plus Niacinamide. Ideal for all skin types, including oily skin. Oil and fragrance-free. Non comedogenic.

ETERNAL BLISS – LUXURIOUS REPLENISHING CREAM
A sumptuous wrinkle-defying cream enriched with, phyto stem cells, repairing anti-oxidants and a unique skin-identical lipid concentrate. It helps supports matrix repair throughout the night and restores skin’s comfort and youthful velvety texture.

Intensive Care / Renew · Treat · Repair

DIVINE APPEAL – RETINOL RENEWAL 1
This potent active retinol serum is available without a prescription. Retinol is a form of Vitamin A, a time-tested ingredient which promotes flawless skin while boosting exfoliation to improve the appearance of skin texture, pores, pigmentation, as well as its youthfulness.

DIVINE APPEAL – RETINOL RENEWAL 2
This highly intensive retinol serum delivers great results. It is twice as potent as Retinol Renewal 1 and must be handled with care. Follow the instructions for our Associates in Dermatology’s health care provider.

IN THE LIGHT – INTENSIVE SKIN BRIGHTENER
Target UV damage and visibly fade away pigmentation spots! To assure maximum potency, this formula is freshly mixed upon purchase. A potent dose of 6% vitamin C, 4% kojic acid and alpha arbutin -therapeutically equivalent to 4% Hydroquinone-, is added in the serum. These ingredients all act in synergy with other natural skin brighteners and protective antioxidants that further help fortify the skin’s cellular matrix and repair UV damage.

ETHEREAL BEAUTY™ – ANTI-AGING CELLULAR SERUM
A breakthrough, needle-free serum powered by the Pro Organic Complex™, formulated and developed by Dr. Steppie. It is supercharged with potent sequoia leaf native cells* and a rejuvenating kelp extract** paired with replenishing olive oil blend that deliver exceptional anti-aging results. 95% organic. Premium aloe vera replaces water in the formula.
90% found an improvement in skin firmness**
85% found an improvement in the skin texture and hydration**

*/** In-vitro tests. **Self-evaluation: 2x/day application for 28 days. Study performed on 20 volunteers under dermatological control.

FLAWLESS SKIN – medicated PADS
Ultra pure 5% glycolic acid powerfully exfoliates dead cells and surface grime while helping boost the penetration of the proven, OTC drug acne fighting ingredient salicylic acid used at the maximum strength, 2% concentration. Helps clear and prevent acne, reduce breakouts and clogged pores. These pads may also help with enlarged pores, folliculitis and keratosis pilaris while boosting the removal of dead skin cells.

VIRTUOUS EYES – INTENSIVE EYE REPAIR
This clinically proven formula visibly rejuvenates the eye contour. Boosted with a patented complex, 8 anti-puffiness and dark circle ingredients, 7 moisture boosters and 8 anti-oxidants! Clinically proven to reduce dark circles and puffiness and to minimize lines and wrinkles depth and volume.

All Steppie MD products are produced and manufactured in the USA in state-of-the-art, FDA registered facilities. So, if you’re looking to improve your skin’s appearance for a smooth, vibrant, picture-perfect look, visit your nearest Associates in Dermatology location for a customized treatment plan and at-home skincare regiment. Our targeted formulas are designed to meet your specific needs, so be sure to ask your healthcare provider which products will work best for you.

New Study Reveals Simple Way to Cut Melanoma Risk in Half

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Everyone knows that too much sun exposure can have a range of effects from premature aging to skin cancer. But for those who live in regions with near year-round high temperatures, the risk rises. Here in sunny Florida, where days spent lingering at the beach, by the pool or on the golf course are frequent, melanoma (the deadliest and most common form of skin cancer) is responsible for 75 percent of all skin cancer deaths statewide. Since 1975, the skin cancer death rate among Florida residents over age 50 had doubled. Research shows those living in St. Johns County are at highest risk, with a melanoma death rate 96 percent higher than the national average.

Yet, there is a simple way to dramatically reduce your risk of developing melanoma. Results of an Australian study show that daily application of an SPF 16 sunscreen to the head, neck, arms and hands can cut melanoma incidence by half. Researchers studied more than 1,600 study participants for over a decade, half of whom used sunscreen daily while the other half did not. At the end of the study, only 11 melanomas were reported among the participants who used sunscreen daily, compared with 22 melanomas that developed in the control group.

But while it’s critical to apply sunscreen every day, it’s also important to understand that not all sunscreens are created equal. That’s because many of the sunscreens found on store shelves are filled with chemical sun filters that can actually do more to harm than help your skin. These chemical-based sunscreens can actually trigger pigmentation, making your complexion look uneven and aged. More importantly, chemical work by absorbing or scattering UV rays. This offers far less protection against developing melanoma or other skin cancers than physical sunscreens, which reflect harmful UV rays off the skin.

That’s why Dr. Michael Steppie developed Infinity UV Defense Sunscreens, offering anti-oxidant, broad spectrum, SPF 50+ protection. Available in cream and spray forms, these formulas stand out from others by offering a pure physical sunscreen – micronized zinc oxide, which leaves a transparent finish while providing up to 50 times your skin’s natural protection from sunburn. Other key benefits include:

  • Reflection of most UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays away from your skin’s surface;
  • Antioxidants and emollients that provide optimal protection from free radical damage;
  • Weightless, fast-absorbing and residue-free formulas;
  • Water resistance of up to 40 minutes (Spray Version);
  • Ideal for all skin types, gentle on sensitive and acne-prone skin.

Florida’s near year-round high temperatures mean lots of time spent outside. If you live in or frequently visit the sunshine state, Infinity UV Defense Sunscreens should be an integral part of your daily skincare ritual. Safeguard your skin’s health and prevent premature aging with a visit to one of Associate’s in Dermatology’s 12 Central Florida locations or by calling 800-827-SKIN (7546) to purchase yours today.

Learn more about skin cancer: http://www.dermorlando.com/what-is-skin-cancer

See more informative tips about playing it safe in the sun: http://www.dermorlando.com/skin-cancer-defense

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.

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month – Do You Know the Risks?

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Among the latest media stories to go viral is that of Tawny Willoughby, a beautiful blonde wife and mother with a heartfelt message about the dangers of sunbathing and tanning beds. To see her smiling social media photos, one would assume that the bubbly 27-year-old is the picture of health – far too young to be at risk for a serious health issue like cancer. Yet, that’s exactly what she is facing right now, and she wants to help people like you avoid her plight by sharing her story just in time for Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

Last month, Willoughby posted a heart-wrenching photo of her face covered in painful-looking scabs, along with the post: “If anyone needs a little motivation to not lay in the tanning bed and sun here ya go! This is what skin cancer treatment can look like.”

Willoughby’s selfie and post since have gone viral and her story has been covered by multiple media outlets including CNN, CBS News, Good Morning America, People magazine and Huffington Post. But while her images are striking, they’re certainly not rare. In fact, one in five Americans is diagnosed with skin cancer at some point in their lives, statistics show.

Willoughby’s story is much like that of many teens and young adults. She tanned four to five times a week in high school, both in the sun and in tanning beds, which often are erroneously thought to be safer than the sun’s harmful UV rays. She has been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma once and basal cell carcinoma five times since her first diagnosis at age 21, though she considers herself fortunate to have never been diagnosed with melanoma, the most prevalent and deadliest form of skin cancer which claims the lives of some 9,000 Americans each year (1 person dies of it every hour!).

She is much like the typical skin cancer patient we see here daily at each of Central Florida’s 12 Associates in Dermatology locations. For more than 25 years, our dedicated team, led by nationally renowned skin cancer specialist Dr. Michael Steppie, has helped to educate residents about the risks of skin cancer by providing free-of-charge skin cancer screenings*, sponsoring Fox 35’s UV Index feature for several consecutive years and regularly contributing to print, television and online media coverage of skin cancer issues, including in the Skin Cancer Foundation Journal. No doubt, you’ve seen some of this coverage in local media outlets like Osceola Health, Osceola Woman Newspaper, Insight Magazine, Apopka Chief, The Planter, Solavita Reflections, Poinciana Pioneer, Life at Hunter’s Creek, Celebration News, News Leader/Four Corners, Better Living

With springtime wrapping up and summer just around the corner, remember that while the warm rays of the sun seem tempting, they also pose a range of risks from premature aging of your skin to potentially deadly skin cancer. We here at Associates in Dermatology urge you to adopt sun-smart practices including avoiding the sun especially between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM, applying a high-SPF, broad-spectrum sun block to your skin; donning long sleeves and pants as well as broad-brimmed hats and sunglasses; and seeking shady areas when spending time outside. Also, get regular skin cancer screenings and, if you spot suspicious moles and skin lesions, schedule a consultation at your nearest Associates in Dermatology, where we offer comprehensive skin cancer treatment options.

Find out more on the various forms of skin cancer:
http://www.dermorlando.com/what-is-skin-cancer

Find out more on melanoma & tips to spot it:
http://www.dermorlando.com/skin-cancer-warning-signs

*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.

Dr. Michael Steppie Wins Vitals Patients’ Choice Award for the 3rd consecutive year!

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For more than 25 years, Associates in Dermatology has helped thousands of Central Florida residents fight the ravages of skin cancer and improve the health and appearance of their skin. Over the last few years, for his valiant efforts, Dr. Steppie has received multiple top-tier awards. Now, he has earned another prestigious award to add to his list of accolades.

Vitals, a leader in providing online transparency tools and data that help consumers find top doctors and make informed decisions about their medical care, recently honored Dr. Steppie with the 2014 Vitals Patients’ Choice Award for the third consecutive year. The Award, now in its seventh year, is a widely recognized distinction bestowed on doctors not by their peers or by industry leaders, but by a far more important audience – the very people they care for.

Throughout the year, Vitals collects millions of patient-reported physician ratings covering multiple components of a healthcare providers’ work. Factors include doctors’ bedside manner, the amount of time they spend and engage with patients, diagnostic accuracy and the quality of treatment and follow up care. To be considered, finalists for the award must receive an overall rating of at least 3.5 or higher (out of 4.0) and have a medical license in good standing with no sanctions. Of the nation’s 1 million active physicians and dentists, just 5% qualified for this honor in 2014.

In addition to the Patient’s Choice Award Dr. Steppie also was recognized in Vitals’ Top 10 Doctors program as one of the most revered physicians in the Orlando area in the Dermatology Specialist category. To be considered for this particular honor, candidates must be among a significant number of highly-rated physicians practicing the same specialty within a neighborhood and must rank in the top ten among eligible physicians practicing the same specialty within a neighborhood. Top 10 Doctors winners also are chosen via patients’ reports on physicians and their practices covering multiple factors including bedside manner, follow-up care, ease of appointment setting, courtesy of office staff and overall appointment experience. Only about 20,000 doctors – less than 3% of all doctors nationally – meet the criteria for Top 10 Doctor honors each year.

“I am deeply honored as providing patients high quality care is our number one priority,” said Dr. Steppie, a board-certified physician and nationally renowned MOHS micrographic skin cancer surgeon. Dr. Steppie also is a dedicated member of the prestigious Amonette Circle of Skin Cancer Foundation and has been honored with multiple American Medical Association Physician Recognition Awards.

“Doctors recognized with a Vitals Patients’ Choice Award are committed to the patient experience,” added Mitch Rothschild, CEO of Vitals. “We commend these doctors for bringing both compassion and expertise to the practice of medicine.”

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.