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Dangers of Using Skin Injectables at Home

Looking beautiful and youthful in all walks of life sounds desirable. However, it comes at a price – thousands and thousands of dollars to be precise. Getting under the knife is not unusual nowadays. In fact, it is encouraged in some parts of the world.

In the States, plastic surgery has been a trend for the last few years. Popular culture and reality television celebrities have majorly contributed to this trend. When asked about their beauty secrets, they have often lied about getting any surgery and pushed the narrative of being ‘natural.’

Perhaps they were telling the truth! The revolutionary dermatology injectables are, in some way, reducing the need for permanent surgery.

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Injectable treatments offer temporary facelifts, neck lifts, and more by injecting neurotoxins and fillers into the skin. These treatments help you avoid the recovery time that comes after surgery. The effects of these treatments last about 4-5 months.

According to the US FDA, neurotoxins and fillers have been categorized as prescription medication and medical devices respectively. They are to be sold and handled only by licensed healthcare providers.

These substances are expensive, and unprofessional and unlicensed injectors conducting unethical cosmetic surgeries often illegally source and use them. This can have dire consequences. It is best to avoid them.

With further developments in technology, we have reached another feat. Skin Injectables at home, exactly what the world wants, right? Cheap and convenient DIY fillers.

Skin Injectables allow you to inject fillers and neurotoxins into your skin without the supervision of an expensive doctor.

Doesn’t that sound dangerous? Well, it is extremely hazardous. When injecting yourself with chemicals without the supervision of a profession, you expose yourself to all kinds of dangers.

According to this study, neurotoxins, and filler, although generally safe, can cause vision loss, soft-tissue necrosis, embolization, and anaphylaxis, that too when administered by a licensed professional. When performed by an unqualified individual, it can even lead to death.

Self injectables have been categorized as highly dangerous and should not be used without a professional. Unfortunately, its usage has become popular due to many YouTube tutorials and various other online forums. Many young folks fall prey to this kind of false information.

The pressure of looking perfect and young all the time has led to these unethical inventions and its usage. “Some of the most common complications from unregulated cosmetic products include infection, scars, and swelling, while more severe cases can involve long-term paralysis, Bell’s palsy, blindness, and stroke,” says Dr. Galimberti.

“The problem is two-fold: you’ve got products that can’t be trusted, and you’ve got people injecting them without adequate medical training and experience. To protect your health, you should never get injections in a non-medical setting, such as a party or someone’s home.”

You might want to look like your idols but is it worth risking your life? If you are adamant about using fillers then we suggest that you try the best skincare injectables and treatments at your disposal. It is highly recommended that you seek the help of a board-certified physician.

At the end of the day, it is your body and your choice. What’s important is that you should be aware of all the possible options to choose from, and be wary of the consequences of using skin injectables at home.

Types of Doctors who Remove Skin Cancer

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Primary care physicians catch many early skin cancer growths as they examine patients most often.

Once a mole or other growth on the skin is identified as possibly cancerous, it should be looked at by an expert. Most primary care physicians or general practitioners will refer their patients to a dermatologist from that point.

Which type of doctors can remove skin cancer?

While general practitioners have been known to remove small cancers, a dermatologist is recommended for a full skin exam and removal of precancerous or cancerous growths.

Who treats more advanced or complex cancers?

Advanced cancers are often treated by surgeons or oncologists.

For squamous cell and basal cell skin cancers and melanoma, the doctors can include the following:

Surgical oncologists – diagnose and remove cancer through surgery

Medical oncologists – perform chemotherapy, hormonal therapies, and others

Radiation oncologists – perform radiotherapy for cancer treatment

*For melanoma, many patients seek out Mohs Fellowship Surgeons with specialized training in performing this treatment with precision and leaving the majority of the surrounding area untouched.

What are skin cancer treatment options?

Skin cancer treatment options are vast and vary by the type of skin cancer and stage of cancer.

Here are some options approved by the American Cancer Society:


There are many different types of surgery performed. Usually they can be done in a dermatologist’s office. Depending on the spread or risk of spread, the surgeon may recommend radiation or chemotherapy as additional treatment measures.

Cancer Surgeries

Excision – Cancer is removed with a surgical knife. A scar will likely remain.

Curettage and electrodesiccation – This surgery involves scraping the skin and using a special needle to get rid of any remaining cancer cells.

Skin grafting

Lymph node – Lymph nodes are removed and biopsied.

Mohs surgery

Non-surgical Treatments

Cryotherapy- Cancer is frozen with liquid nitrogen.

Photodynamic therapy – Procedure is used for actinic keratoses primarily.


Immunotherapy – Treatment boosts the body’s immune system.

Be informed. Discuss all treatment options with your dermatologist and learn about the details of each including risks and expected outcomes.

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends an annual screening for adults be performed by a dermatologist.

If you or a family member has been diagnosed with skin cancer or has questions about moles or other growths on the skin, ask your dermatologist or primary care physician if you suspect you or a family member may have skin cancer. A full body skin exam is the best option for a thorough review of your skin’s condition. This exam should be performed by a Board-certified dermatologist. At Suncoast Skin Solutions, Florida’s Most Trusted Dermatology, we not only have Board-Certified dermatologists, we also have several Mohs fellows who have received advance training and experience with the procedure.  Each of our dermatology site locations is accepting new appointments and can perform a thorough skin evaluation. Please call for details.

Study Finds Link Between Skin Conditions and Diabetes

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The American Academy of Dermatology Association has found a correlation between several types of skin disorders and type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Why does it matter if certain skin disorders are prevalent in people with diabetes?

The reason it matters is that your dermatologist may be able to help you or a family member get a diabetes test to determine if you have diabetes that is undiagnosed or pre-diabetes. Catching diabetes early can help you identify a treatment plan early to control it and prevent serious resulting damage to organs and lower mortality rates.

A 2016 an international study found certain skin conditions to be present in 51% or more of those diagnosed with diabetes.[1]

Ten Skin Conditions which Could Be Linked to Diabetes

  • Necrobiosis Lipoidica: This condition manifests with yellow, red or brown patches on the skin resulting in swelling and a skin hardening.
  • Acanthosis Nigricans – This skin condition presents with a dark brown or black pigmentation usually found on the neck area.
  • Skin Infections – Skin infections are common in people diagnosed with diabetes. Such infections are often fungal; they can also be bacterial (such as styes or nail infections)
  • Granuloma Annulare – This condition shows up as red or flesh-colored bumps on top of the outer later of skin. Sometimes the bumps will go away and return. That could be a sign of diabetes.
  • Skin Tags – While skin tags are common and generally harmless, the presence of multiple tags can be a warning sign of excessive insulin related to type two diabetes.
  • Diabetic Dermopathy – This condition presents as light brown or slightly reddish lines or spots usually found on the shins and often referred to as shin spots.
  • Rubeosis Faciei – This skin condition is common in diabetic patients and presents as reddening of the face, often seen as red patches.
  • Pruritus – The simple term for this condition is itchy skin.
  • Scleroderma Diabetcorum – Skin condition that is commonly seen with those who have type 2 diabetes. It presents as a thickening of the skin on the back portion of the neck, shoulders, arms, and the upper part of the back. It may be accompanied by lesion that appear red in color.
  • Bullosis Diabeticorumas – This skin disease is uncommon. It is often referred to as the Bullous Disease of diabetes. It is strongly tied to diabetes, more often occurring in patients who have had diabetes for a length of time. It shows up as blisters that are often not symmetrical on the lower extremities such as the feet and toes.

If you are diagnosed with one of the conditions above by your dermatologist, a glucose test for diabetes may be recommended.

If you or a family member has been diagnosed with one of the skin conditions listed here, ask your dermatologist or primary care physician whether a diabetes test is warranted at this time. If you are concerned about symptoms appearing on your skin, make an appointment with one of our Board-certified dermatologists at Suncoast Skin Solutions, Florida’s Most Trusted Dermatology. Each of our dermatology site locations is accepting new appointments and can perform a thorough skin evaluation. Please call for details.

[1]  de Macedo GMC, Nunes S, Barreto T. Skin disorders in diabetes mellitus: an epidemiology and physiopathology review. Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome. 2016;8: Article Number 63 doi: 10.1186/s13098-016-0176-y

Managing Lupus Skin Conditions

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How to Manage Lupus Flares

Lupus is an autoimmune disease with an extensive list of symptoms. The disease commonly affects the skin with rashes, inflammation, or lesions, and often increases sensitivity to sunlight and harmful ultraviolet rays. It can affect other tissues and organs including the nervous system, kidneys and lungs.

From a dermatology perspective the following are skin problems associated with Lupus:

Skin Lesions – Several types can result from different types and different stages of the disease.

Changes to Fingernails or Toenails – Nails may show redness or red spots, irritation and swelling below the cuticle or other areas.

Sunlight Sensitivity – The skin may be prone to sunburn and extremely sensitive to UV light, resulting in risk of sunburn or rashes. Dermatologists recommend staying out of the sun and wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 70 for lupus patients.

Flare-ups on Scalp – Hair loss may result. The hair loss may be reversed following the flare-up.

Rashes and Skin Irritation – A wide variety of skin conditions and irritations may result. They usually present themselves on the parts of the body exposed to the sun, such as the face and neck area, or arms and legs. The butterfly rash across the face is common in lupus patients.

How is Lupus treated?

Lupus is often treated with a medication known as Hydroxychloroquine, an immune-suppressive drug that is also used to treat malaria. When COVID-19 first came on the scene, it was often prescribed for patients, reducing the supply for those afflicted by lupus. Since then, the FDA has warned against its use in fighting COVID-19, which was good news for Lupus patients.

For skin problems, dermatologists often will treat the symptom with ointment or salves and medications.

While treatment is paramount in controlling lupus, there are factors within the patient’s control to reduce outbreaks.

How to Manage Lupus Skin Effects

  1. Reduce Exposure to Sun and Indoor Tanning
  2. Manage Stress – This involves raising the level of self-care, exercise, managing work/life balance, and other strategies. Therapy and counseling may also be helpful to lupus patients.
  3. Check in with Medical Professionals – When it comes to your skin, let your dermatologist know when any condition changes in your skin. Telehealth is sometimes an option for fast service.
  4. Avoid Risks of Contracting Viruses and Bacterial Infections – Stay safe and distance yourself from crowds and those who may be ill. Having an autoimmune disease places you in a higher risk category for complications from other illnesses and possibly longer recovery times. Keep a social distance from others and when indoors, consider using face masks.

If you or a family member has been diagnosed with lupus and are experiencing rashes, lesions or other skin conditions related to the disease, make an appointment with a dermatologist at Suncoast Skin Solutions, Florida’s Most Trusted Dermatology. Each of our office locations has a dermatologist on site to evaluate your skin and perform an exam. Please call for details.

Why See a Dermatologist for Skin Tag Removals

Skin tags are usually caused by friction of the surrounding area in adults. They are actually benign tumors that cause little to no harm. Children rarely have skin tags. They appear as small cylindrical shapes of soft skin, often in the same color as the rest of your skin or somewhat brown in color. When they first form, they appear as a tiny circular growth. They can expand with a maximum size of 2 inches in length and look more like a stem of skin.

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Where do Skin Tags Appear

Where are skin tags most commonly found?

Skin tags are located in the following areas:

Under arms

Underneath breasts on men or women

On the back

On eyelids

Under the folds of skin in bottom or stomach area

Groin area


Why should  you have skin tags removed?

Having skin tags removed is an optional cosmetic procedure. Dermatology patients have them removed because they don’t like the way they look on the body. Skin tags can also cause jewelry or clothing to catch on the skin and pull the tag causing discomfort, pain, and sometimes bleeding, if it actually tears. Some patients have tags removed to help them with being able to shave armpit and facial areas. Working around skin tags with a razor is a challenge. When one is cut with a razor excessive bleeding may occur, as may infection. Tag removal may not be covered by insurance. Insurance carriers are more likely to cover the cost of removal in situations where the patient is experiencing bleeding, pain, or irritation.

Should I remove my skin tags at home?

No. While there are many home remedies you may find on the web, the safest and best solution is to see a dermatologist. Many dermatologists offer Telehealth appointments where patients can easily show the doctor the tags on the skin and make a subsequent appointment for removal.

Dermatologist Removal

How are skin tags removed by a dermatologist?

Dermatologists often use one of the following methods of removal:

  • Cutting off the tag with a scalpel
  • Freezing with cryosurgery using liquid nitrogen
  • Burning it off by using an electric current to heat and burn the part of the skin that attaches the tag to the base of the skin. The benefit of this process is that it reduces or prevents bleeding.

Does it hurt?

Yes, the surgical removal of the tag can be painful. That is why the physician numbs the area prior to the procedure. In the event the tag starts bleeding, the doctor will likely apply a medication and then a bandage and pressure.

All methods offered by your dermatologist can be discussed during the Telehealth or office examination and evaluation.

If you have skin tags you would like to discuss with a dermatologist in Florida, call Suncoast Skin Solutions, Florida’s Most Trusted Dermatology. Each of our office locations has a dermatologist on site to evaluate your skin and perform an exam. Please call our dermatology locator for more information or to schedule an appointment at 813.321.1786.

How to Tell If You Are Sunburned

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A patient recently made a Telehealth appointment with us to talk about some excessive exposure to the sun her 5-year-old experienced at Clearwater Beach. This parent used broad spectrum sunscreen on the child, yet the family was out in the ocean from 10 am to 2 pm, when UV rays are often the strongest. The parent did not reapply sunscreen during this time. Redness appeared around 5:00 p.m. on the facial area, neck and shoulders. The child complained about the areas of the skin hurting and feeling hot. The parent showed the dermatologist the child’s face and shoulders and asked the following question:

How can I tell whether or not you are sunburned?

If the skin shows signs of inflammation and turns red or blisters, a sunburn likely occurred.

In this case, the doctors closely evaluated the skin and confirmed a burn resulted from too much exposure to UV rays.

To obtain sunburn relief for this child, the dermatologist recommended the following:

  • Take a bath with cold water. A shower is fine too, yet the force of the water may be painful on the skin.
  • Apply a dermatologist-recommended moisturizer. We recommended two different ones.
  • Be sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. If possible, drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.
  • Avoid the sun at least until the burn heals. If you do have to go outdoors, stay in the shade, and use broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing until healing occurs

The next question the parent asked:

Is there any treatment we can do to prevent skin cancer after a sunburn?

No. Once the skin is sunburned, the damage has already occurred. This damage cannot be reversed.

According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, sunburn is a leading cause of skin cancer. In fact, getting burned 5 times in your lifetime doubles your risk of developing melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer. If you experience one serious sunburn with blistering, this also doubles your risk of being diagnosed with melanoma.

How do I prevent sunburns?

This is easy. Some tips we recommend:

Practice sun safety measures.

Stay out of the sun when the UV index is high. Stay indoors or seek shady areas.

Use broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Reapply if active, sweating, or swimming every 80 minutes or more frequently.

Wear sun-protective clothing. Consider a hat to protect the face and neck, especially for children and infants.

Remember to protect your eyes with sunglasses that cover your entire eye area and block 100% of UVA and UVB rays.

In the event you or a family member experiences a sunburn, make a Telehealth appointment with a dermatologist at Suncoast Skin Solutions, Florida’s Most Trusted Dermatology. Each of our office locations has a dermatologist on site to evaluate your skin and perform an exam. Please call for details.

Dermatologist Recommendations to Prevent Face Mask Irritation and Rash

Face masks use in response to Covid-19 has become commonplace in the United States. Certain cities and states are mandating mask-wearing when in public. Many workplaces require it as well. The Centers for Disease Control recommends both masks and social distance protocol. Depending on the profession, some patients are required to wear masks all day long and even outdoors in the heat. This blog will share how to protect your skin according to the expert doctors on Suncoast Skin Solution’s dermatology team.

Which are the best masks to buy to avoid skin irritation?

The best mask to buy to avoid irritation is a cotton mask that fits snugly, conforms to the nose, and has a high breathability rating. Be sure the inside of the mask is also soft and made of cotton. When possible purchase a mask with the ties that go around the back of the head rather than the ears. Ties around the ears can cause irritation in a short time.

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Top 5 Tips to Protect Your Skin from Mask Rash

Mask rashes and irritation is becoming more and more common. Patients are being seen and treated in many cases using TeleHealth to avoid going to the doctor with the current virus risk. Rashes, irritation, itching and pain are being experienced by frequent mask wearers (including healthcare workers), those working outdoors in the heat, and people prone to irritation, acne, or have a condition such as rosacea or acne.

1. Keep your mask dry and clean. Skin irritants include dirt and sweat that can get trapped under a mask. If you are jogging or working out, be sure to remove your mask immediately after you are done and have another cotton mask ready to use on clean dry skin. While it may be tempting, do not remove the mask from your nose while working outside or exercising. This defeats the purpose of wearing a mask to prevent viral spread.Wash your face twice daily with a gentle cleanser. Removing trapped skin irritants is key.

2. What is the best skin cleanser to use when with face mask-wearing?

Dermatologists recommend a gentle cleaner that does a good job of cleaning the skin without stripping the skin of its natural protective barrier. Brand names that accomplish this are Cetaphil and Cerave. Avoid harsh cleansers and ingredients knows to cause harm to the skin such as parabens.

3. Apply moisturizer before wearing a mask

Create a barrier of protection before placing the mask on your face. When you do apply the mask, do so with as little pulling against across the facial skin as possible. The less friction the better, especially in situations where you are required to take it off and put it back on several times in one day. Reapply moisturizer each time you put the mask back on or replace it with another. According to the American Association of Dermatologist, you should seek a facial moisturizer that contains one of the following ingredients to create a protective barrier between mask and your face:

  • Ceramides
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Dimethicone (which can also create a barrier that helps reduce irritated skin)
      • Consult your dermatologist or skin care practitioner for recommendations on product lines based on your skin type and conditions you have.
      • Note: For those suffering from acne, there are certain moisturizers that work well, that are gel-based. Consult you skin care doctor for specific recommendations.

4. Wash mask with hot water daily, using hypoallergenic soap with no fragrance

5. Use a retinoid at night. Suncoast Skin Solutions recommends Differin Gel Adapalene .1% for the prevention and treatment of acne at night.
Other suggestions include discontinuing the use of base make-up during this time, giving your face a break by removing the mask every four hours when away from people, and continuing your regular treatment plan your dermatologist has provided.

In the event you do experience a rash or facial irritation from your mask, make a Telehealth appointment with a dermatologist at Suncoast Skin Solutions, Florida’s Most Trusted Dermatology. Each of our office locations has a dermatologist on site to evaluate your skin and perform an exam. Telehealth may be an option. Please call for details.

ALASTIN Skincare Products

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All products are paraben-free (no preservatives) and gluten-free (no wheat). Why does this matter? There are some studies that indicate parabens may have ill-effects on our bodies, including skin. ALASTIN decided to remove parabens for precautionary health reasons. Removing gluten helps our patients with celiac disease and those who are gluten-sensitive or intolerant.

They also do not experiment on animals and believe in cruelty-free testing of products.


Best Selling Eye Cream ALASTIN

The following best-selling product is featured below from the ALASTIN Skincare line:

Restorative Eye Treatment

If you are looking for reduced fine lines and wrinkles around the eye area, this product is for you. This eye cream also reduces the appearance of dark circles, swelling, and puffiness.  ALASTIN eye cream was recognized as the Best Anti-Aging Eye Cream by InStyle in 2020[1]. The dermatologists on the selection committee gave the product stellar reviews for its peptides that boost skin firmness and collagen production. Additionally, the wrinkles in the eye area were minimized including crow’s feet. The before and after photo differences are remarkable. Of course, results vary based on age, skin type, skin condition, existing damage, and use.

ALASTIN Restorative Eye Cream should be applied in the morning and evening. The results will be visible in 4 weeks or sooner.

The product may be used on both the upper and lower eyelids and on any skin type.

Be sure to share the procedures you have had previously and any upcoming procedure plans with your dermatologist to determine whether this product should be used post-procedure.

To determine the ideal ALASTIN Skincare products and daily or post-procedure regimen for your skin, ask your dermatologist. Suncoast Skin Solutions, Florida’s “Most Trusted” Dermatology, is pleased to offer our patients the ALASTIN Skincare

[1] To determine the best anti-aging products, InStyle surveyed top dermatologists, cosmetologists, makeup artists, hair stylists, and nail professionals.



Dermatologist Recommended ZO Skin Care

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About Dr. Zein Obagi

It is important to know about Dr. Obagi’s experience, expertise, and vision for skin care. Dr. Zein Obagi is a Board-Certified dermatologist who graduated from Damascus Medical School. Dr. Obagi founded Obagi Medical Products prior to developing his latest line. He serves as Director of the Obagi Skin Health Institute in Beverly Hills. and Suncoast Skin Solutions recommends ZO Skin Health’s line of products.  Health line. If you are interested in obtaining exceptional skin health and reclaiming some of your self-confidence, check out the top 13 must-have ZO skincare products below.

Daily Power Defense ZO Serum

One of the most purchased products in the Zo line is the Daily Defense serum which supports both skin repair and reduces fine lines and wrinkles. It is a lotion rich in peptides that is formulated to protect your skin against environmental damage caused by ultraviolet rays and other environmental factors. Some key ingredients include retinol, antioxidants, and DNA skin repair enzymes.

The key features of this product are the following:

  • Supplies antioxidant protection to fight the future appearance of free radical damage
  • Helps tighten and firm the skin
  • Promotes skin health
  • Helps diminish UV ray damage
  • Designed to improve skin’s elasticity
  • Ingredients include ultrasomes, roxisomes, vitamin E, Retinol, Ceramide 6, Matrixyl 3000

How to Use Daily Power Defense

Each morning, after cleansing your face and neck, apply two to three pumps of the serum over your face and neck. Massage the serum until it fully penetrates the skin. Next, apply sunscreen.

To determine the best skin care regimen for your skin type and condition, ask your dermatologist. Suncoast Skin Solutions, Florida’s “Most Trusted” Dermatology, is pleased to offer our patients the ZO skin care line of products.

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