The Skin You're In

Get Ready for Vacation

With the warm summer months drawing nearer, many are planning their family vacations and trips to the pool. Whether you want to prepare your body for the sunshine, treat yourself to a facial or simply check in with experts to learn more about caring for your skin, Scott Grevey, M.D., and his team at Dermatology & Surgery of Southern Ohio are ready to help you gear up for the summertime.

With an office located off Cincinnati-Dayton Road in Liberty Township, this practice of four providers and more than 30 staff members offers many ways to get your body vacation-ready. No need to sweat the shorts and bikinis this summer. Their state-of-the-art laser hair removal is one of the most popular services booked during this time of year.

According to Head Nurse Kim Gildea, their brand new hair removal lasers use the latest technology to remove hair completely from the patient’s skin.

“It’s safe on all skin types, from the lightest of skin types to the darkest, and it usually only takes a few treatments,” Gildea says.

In addition to laser hair removal, the dermatology team also performs tattoo removals and leg vein treatment. Grevey has treated leg veins for more than 25 years.

“The laser technology has advanced so much that we’re now able to treat [veins] with a much quicker response with fewer side effects, and the results are quite excellent,” Grevey says.

For those who want a relaxing day before the busyness of summer hits, Dermatology & Surgery offers a relaxation room where a licensed esthetician provides a variety of facials based upon the skin type and need of the patient. From an acne facial to an exfoliating or calming facial, the team makes certain that the patient’s skin is cared for and prepped for the warmer months ahead.

According to the team, one of the most important ways to keep skin healthy throughout the year is simple: wear sunscreen.

“I feel like a broken record because I tell all of our patients this,” Grevey says, “but there is no ‘safe’ tan. A lot of patients will comment that they want a base tan before they go vacationing, but any suntan can have deleterious effects.”

Choosing a sunscreen doesn’t have to be complicated.

“The main thing with sunscreen is you have to find one you like,” Gildea says. “If you don’t like it, you won’t use it. We have products here from Skin Medica that are great. They have products for all different skin types that don’t smell like sunscreen.”

Grevey also recommends patients simply go to a pharmacy or grocery store to find a sunscreen that works for them.

“Some of the more expensive ones might feel more pleasing to the skin, but there are some over-the-counter [sunscreens] that can be great,” Grevey says.

In addition to wearing sunscreen, Nurse and Marketing Coordinator, Sara Harris, also emphasizes the importance of wearing hats, sunglasses and other protective clothing. And above all else, don’t use tanning beds.

“Tanning beds might make you look good now, but you’re going to pay for it in the long run,” says Harris. “You’re going to subject yourself to premature aging, discoloration, and of course you’re just opening yourself up to cancers in the future.”

With his team helping patients prepare for the warmer months, it’s easy to see the passion that lies within Grevey and his staff.

“We have a great team,” Grevey says. “We try hard to provide the most innovative care for our patients with the utmost respect. Helping and healing patients is really our motivating factor.”