Could Your Thanksgiving Meal Impact Your Skin?

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Get ready for Turkey Day!

Is what you eat this Thanksgiving Day going to impact your skin? Well, it might. Antioxidants can be beneficial for the skin and many of the foods that are typically eaten on Thanksgiving Day are loaded with antioxidants. Antioxidants work by combatting the harmful effects of free radicals. Ultraviolet light from the sun and pollution are two causes of free radicals. Eating lots of antioxidants may help to protect your skin cells from free radicals such as those caused by the ultraviolet sunlight. Here are some Thanksgiving Day foods that are high in antioxidants:

  • Pumpkin (the real stuff, not canned!)
  • Cranberries
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Red wine (but not too much!)

Go ahead and eat up!  Your skin will thank you!

Acne Scar Treatments


Acne Scar Treatments: Tried-And-Tested Cosmetic Procedures


What Causes Acne?

While no one knows exactly what causes acne, according to Dr. Emmy Graber, MBA, founder and president of The Dermatology Institute of Boston, possible sources include hormones, bacteria on the skin, the immune system, oil production, genetics, and stress – or a combination of any or all of these factors. …”

Why would I want microneedling?

Microneedling is considered to be one of the safest treatment methods for skincare and it can help improve acne scars, wrinkles and minimize large pores. Microneedling is suitable for all skin types, even thin and sensitive skin on any body part.  Unlike lasers, there is no fear of hyperpigmentation or laser burns.


Microneedling employs the use of a special micropen containing 12 precisely spaced micro needles in a small cartridge to create invisible, vertical, micro perforations into the epidermis and the top layer of the dermis. As this micropen moves across the skin, the needles create tiny holes within the skin.  As a result, the skin shifts it’s natural repair mechanism into high gear and starts producing collagen and elastin to repair these micro-perforations. The self-repairing property of the skin is a 100% natural form of skin renewal from the inside out.

Microneedling is a revolutionary procedure, in that it will act the same as other lasers and ablative methods by increasing the production of collagen, but without damaging the protective layer of skin.


What will Microneedling do for you?

✓ Minimizes pore size

✓ Reduces fine lines and wrinkles

✓ Lifts, tightens, rejuvenates skin

✓ Improves appearance of stretch marks

✓ Improves the appearance of scars

✓ Improves the appearance of acne scarring


Change Your Chin and Jawline Shape With A Simple Treatment

Looking for a more rounded jawline?  Feeling that your face looks too square?  A simple office treatment can help!

The masseter muscle is a large muscle in the face that can sometimes become thickened.  When the masseter muscle becomes thick, it can give the face a square, box-like appearance.  Tooth grinding (also known as bruxism) can cause the masseter muscle to become thick and enlarged and this is called “masseter hypertrophy”.  Some people are naturally born with a large masseter muscle.

Whether you were born with a large masseter muscle, or if you developed masseter hypertrophy, there is a simple treatment that your dermatologist can do to help lessen the size of the masseter muscle.  Reducing the size of the masseter muscle will give the face a more rounded, less square, appearance. 

With simple, safe injections of Botox® or Dysport®, your dermatologist can reduce the size of your masseter muscle for several months.  The injections are not painful and the treatment takes under 5 minutes to do.  You can go right back to work or school after the treatment.  Within a few days after treatment, you will notice that your jawline looks more rounded and natural.

Relax your wrinkles with neuromodulators

Neuromodulators are types of injection treatments performed by your dermatologist to get rid of wrinkles and lines.  There are three different neuromodulators available: Botox®, Dysport® and Xeomin®.  They are all used to lessen or even eliminate of the lines on the forehead, between the eyebrows and around the eyes.  These wrinkles are also popularly referred to as: worry lines, 11 lines, or Crow’s feet.  Neuromodulators work by softening the muscles that are responsible for creating wrinkles in the first place. After treatment, the muscles become relaxed and thereby permit the overlying skin to smoothen and unwrinkle.

Botox®, Dysport® and Xeomin® are different brands neuromodulators that work in similar ways.

1. At what age should I start doing Botox®, Dysport® and Xeomin® ?
There is no exact age that is right or wrong to start doing these treatments. Some people start doing neuromodulator treatments when they first notice wrinkles appearing. Other people do them to prevent wrinkles. Whether you are 25 or 65, you are the right age to start doing a neuromodulator treatment.


2. How long does the procedure last?
Less than five minutes! No numbing medicine is needed. A series of injections with a very tiny needle are done in the areas of the wrinkles.

3. Can I go back to work right afterwards?
Yes!  No one will know that you just had the treatment done.

4. Can I exercise after the procedure?
Yes! You are not restricted in any way.

5. How long do the results last last?
The muscle remains relaxed, and the wrinkles are gone for three to four months. When it wears off, the wrinkles come back. Therefore, to keep wrinkles gone for good, a neuromodulator treatment needs to be done every 3 – 4 months.

6. Do people like it?
Yes, one study looking specifically at Botox® demonstrated a 97% satisfaction rate.

7. Will it start to work immediately after the procedure?
The muscles will soften 2 – 10 days after treatment and the wrinkles will start to go away at this time.

8. Is Botox®, Dysport® and Xeomin® safe?
Yes! It is very safe. There have been ZERO serious problems ever reported from cosmetic use of these products.

Non-Ablative Laser Skin Resurfacing

After some time, chronic sun exposure and aging contribute to the major changes in the skin, for example, wrinkles and textural changes.

Non-ablative lasers are restorative options for skin rejuvenation that are very safe and can treat different signs of chronic sun exposure and aging. Acne scars can also be safely and effectively treated with non-ablative laser skin rejuvenation.

This laser system creates new collagen in the skin without removing or damaging the top layer of skin. This additionally minimizes the potential complications, for example scarring, infections and pigmentation changes.  Several non-ablative laser treatment sessions are required to see results.

The skin should be treated at intervals of 4-6 weeks, for around 4-6 times to accomplish the best results. Recovery time is about 2 days.  After treatment the skin feels like a sunburn for 1-2 hours and is red.  The redness may last for 2 days and there may be some swelling.

In summary, non-ablative laser skin resurfacing:

  • Can be used for wrinkles, textural changes and acne scars
  • Is safe
  • Requires several treatments
  • Has a recovery time of about 2 days

Addicted to Lip Balm…?

Can You Really Become Addicted to Lip Balm?

So, what’s the deal? Well, it’s a bit of a vicious cycle. “Some people will use lip balm so frequently that they develop a sensitivity to one of the ingredients,” says Boston dermatologist Emmy Graber. 

Over time, their lips begin to feel irritated and sensitive – and what do they do to treat them? They slather on more balm, explains Graber. …”

Patient Access Problems


Patient Access Problems Get Under Her Skin — Everseat Sits Down with Boston Dermatologist Dr. Emmy Graber

Memorial Day weekend is here and that means more sun and more time exposing your skin to its pleasing but also potentially harmful rays. In fact, May is Melanoma Awareness Month and a good time to reflect on the challenge of getting an appointment with a dermatologist – not an easy task.

A survey of 7,499 patients who saw U.S. dermatologists from 2011-2012 found that 31% of patients reported a problem with scheduling their appointment. Of those who had an appointment problem, 47% said it took too long to get an appointment.

Cities across the United States consistently show long wait times for getting dermatology appointments. According to the Commonwealth Fund, the average wait time for a dermatology appointment in Philadelphia is 47 days; in Minneapolis the average wait time is 56 days; and in Boston, it is 72 days.

Everseat asked highly regarded Boston Dermatologist Dr. Emmy Graber for her perspective on the challenge of patient access in dermatology. The following are our questions and her answers, edited only for clarity …”


Top 5 places you forget to put sunscreen

While applying sunscreen, numerous people have a tendency to go part by part – first the shoulders, then the upper arms, then the lower arms and finally the face. Sorry to say that in this procedure some body parts get disregarded.


Here are 5 such body parts where people frequently neglect to apply sunscreen.

  1. Behind the Knees

Many people neglect to apply sunscreen behind the knees. People may apply sunscreen to their lower leg, knee and thigh, yet the back of the knee generally gets snubbed. This particularly happens when you apply sunscreen to your legs while you are sitting. In any case, even when you are standing outside in the sun, the harmful sun rays can cause sunburn to that uncovered places.

  1. Feet

Do you have a flip-flop tan? Well this is for the most part because you neglect to apply sunscreen on your feet. Know that feet are generally as at danger for skin cancer as the rest of the body.

  1. Hands

When you apply sunscreen, your palms and fingers may be full of sunscreen, however you frequently neglect to apply sunscreen to the backs of your hands. This consistent uncovering put you at danger for developing skin cancer and UV rays can harm the fingernails.

  1. Ears

When you apply sunscreen to your face, you give concentrate on the nose, cheeks and temple and regularly disregard the ears. The tops of the ears can be hitdirectly by the sun. Men with short hair or ladies who wear their hair up are especially at danger for an ear burn.

  1. Scalp

Those who are bald must put on a cap or put sunscreen on their head to shield it from the harmful rays of the sun. Indeed, even people with hair, who are not wearing a cap, need to apply sunscreen. To apply sunscreen you may choose a gel sunscreen that doesn’t make your hair greasy. Give careful consideration to any bald spots to keep it shielded from the sun rays.