We are very excited to announce the addition of a new dermatologist to our practice. Dr. Sarah Sung received her specialty training in dermatology at Johns Hopkins Hospital after performing a research fellowship at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital. She attended medical school at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine. Upon graduation, she served four years in the United States Air Force as a General Medical Officer after interning at the David Grant Medical Center on Travis Air Force Base. She has a strong interest in all aspects of medical and procedural dermatology.
Dr. Sung was born in Southern California and, after travelling the country for training, she and her husband have recently settled in Seattle with their two sons. She enjoys chasing her two little boys, culinary tourism, and books of all genres.
Dr. Sung is now seeing patients at Westside Dermatology!
It’s finally Summer and the garden is in full bloom. That can mean long hours out in the yard and in the garden. Avoid common skin problems due to exposure from the elements and gardening chemicals with these tips on how to best protect your epidermis while tending to the plants.
Keep Track of Time & Sun Exposure
Time flies when you’re having fun in the garden. But sunscreen doesn’t last all day. Re-apply sunscreen if it’s been over two hours. The sun’s rays are strongest mid-day, so at the very least, re-apply after lunch. If gardening means perspiring, it’s a great idea to use a water-resistant sunscreen. And every gardener needs a hat. Nothing says you’re a serious gardener – and serious about protecting your skin – like a special gardening hat. Hats aren’t only stylish, they help prevent skin cancers on the scalp and face – two places you really don’t want to have surgery.
Keep A First Aid Kit Handy
Every rose has its thorn, but don’t let minor cuts, bruises or scrapes turn in to something serious. Nip potential infections in the bud by treating minor injuries with a little rubbing alcohol and fresh bandages when they happen. Don’t try and tough it out. You’ll just get an infection. And bleeding all over the plants won’t prove to them how much you love them.
Always Wash Up
Fertilizer is great for the greens, but not our bodies. Wear gloves no matter what when spreading fertilizer, and always, always, always wash up afterward. Shower if you must. And don’t let potentially harmful bacteria infest garden gloves and other equipment. Wash garden gloves with a little chlorine bleach to disinfect them. If your garden gloves are like ours, they can often wind up as the oven gloves, the firewood gloves, or used for unscrewing hot light bulbs. Do you really want all these covered in fertilizer? Just wash them.
Treat Rashes Seriously
Pruning, weeding and tackling pesky vines can mean exposing yourself to some of nature’s more irritating vegetation – especially for your skin. Just because poison ivy is fairly rare in these parts, that doesn’t mean you aren’t susceptible to developing a rash from more common shrubs. Rashes and inflammation can be dangerous, and in some extreme cases, fatal. Pay attention to what your skin is telling you. If you start to develop hives, welts, or any other type of redness, back away from the sticker bush! Antihistamines and ointments can help, but if your rash persists seek dermatologic care.
Just like hydrangeas, humans require a lot of water. Drink lots. The body distributes water to the skin last, so if you have dry skin, your body might be telling you it’s time to up the internal irrigation. Staying hydrated will also increase your gardening stamina.
Keep An Eye On Others
Grandma loves to garden, and she’s been doing it for close to a hundred years now, but even she might not know her limit. Keep an eye on the elderly. Watch for rashes, sunburns and other warning signs that they’ve had too much. Take breaks, seek the shade and cool off.
Provide Shade For Guests
Throwing an evening dinner party just so you can show off our posies? Get out the table umbrella! The sun can stick around well in to the evening, so its a good idea to provide your backyard guests some shade. After all, nobody likes a sunburn as a party favor.
Garden At Night
No, this isn’t a joke. If you’re sensitive to sun and burn easily, but can’t stand the idea of not being out in the garden, switch to the night shift. Completely eliminate your sun exposure risk by gardening in the evening or before sunrise. Compact LED headlamps make it possible to do many gardening activities when the sun is down. You might even catch the mysterious critter that’s been munching on the arugula.
New procedure targets aging, acne scarring and stretch marks
Many patients come to us wanting to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pore size, skin laxity, stretch marks, certain types of pigmentation, as well as acne scarring. All of these concerns come from years of internal and external stressors that damage the skin’s collagen fibers, leaving them disorganized and loose. Various treatment options, including topical prescriptions and laser procedures, have been used to treat these concerns. Now a new procedure, known as Collagen Induction Therapy, or “microneedling,” can target all seven of these skin concerns in just one treatment.
Microneedling is a process in which tiny needles are used to create micro-injuries in the skin. This is done using a special device that is sterile and contains 12 micro-needles. The device is gently pressed against the skin. As it glides across the surface of the skin it creates the micro-injuries need to prompt your own body’s repair response. This process allows for the rebuilding and restructuring of the collagen fibers, giving the skin a smoother and firmer appearance. Treatments take between 15 and 30 minutes. Prior to the treatment a topical anesthetic can be used to enhance comfort during and after the treatment. The skin appears swollen and red for about 24 hours after the treatment.
Because collagen takes 3-6 months to mature, multiple microneedling treatments are recommended. Results are also enhanced by the use of topical growth factors, like those found in Neocutis products, which assist in the rebuilding of collagen.
Dr. Krejci brings 20 years of experience to our clinic
Westside Dermatology is very excited to announce the addition of Dr. Sonja Krejci to the practice. Dr. Krejci, formerly of the Polyclinic in downtown Seattle, brings 20 years of experience in adult and pediatric dermatology to Westside Dermatology. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Washington in 1987.
Dr. Krejci was born in Innsbruck, Austria and was raised in Alaska. She and her husband have lived in Seattle since 1995 and are the parents of twin 13 year old boys. She is an enthusiastic supporter of her boys in their various sports endeavors. She enjoys baking, accumulating kitchen gadgets and occasionally exercising.
By adding another dermatologist to the practice we hope to reduce wait times for appointments. Just like Dr. Wilske who joined Westside Dermatology in 2013, Dr. Krejci will focus 100% on medical dermatology.
To learn more about Dr. Sonja Krejci, click here.
Dr. Krejci begins seeing patients at Westside Dermatology on March 17, 2015.