Dr. Klenke of Pinnacle Medical Group Launches Plastic Surgery and Skincare Podcast
(BLUFFTON, SOUTH CAROLINA) Dr. Audrey Klenke, plastic surgeon and principal of Pinnacle Medical Group in Bluffton and Beaufort, South Carolina, has launched a podcast that talks about the trends on all things plastic and cosmetic surgery, skincare and overall wellness.
“Sharing information is an enormous part of practicing medicine today, and the ‘Plastics Make Perfect’ podcast provides an easy, user-friendly tool for that,” said Klenke. “In a short, manageable chunk of time, people can find out more about critical health questions.”
The first session focuses on new technology for the practice of dermatology, confocal microscopy, which a process that produces diagnostic images of suspicious moles or skin areas without invasive procedures such as biopsies.
“It’s totally painless and there’s no chance of scarring, so patients are pretty excited about this new technology,” Klenke said.
The podcast can be accessed on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher and other sites. View the first installment at https://youtu.be/FydAauXAQmo. New podcasts will be posted at regular intervals.
ABOUT THE PINNACLE MEDICAL GROUP
The Pinnacle Medical Group is the locally owned and operated parent company of Pinnacle Plastic Surgery, PURE Medical Spa and Beaufort Dermatology. Principal, Dr. Audrey Klenke is the only board-certified female plastic surgeon in Bluffton, South Carolina and is affiliated with multiple outpatient centers in the area, as well as, Beaufort Memorial Hospital and Hilton Head Hospital. Pinnacle Plastic Surgery and PURE Medical Spa are located at 7 Mallet Way, Bluffton, SC 29910. Beaufort Dermatology is located at 1096 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, SC 29902. For more information, please call (843) 815- 6699, or visit http://pinnaclemd.com/, http://pinnacleplasticsurgery.com/, http://puremedspamd.com/ and http://www.beaufortdermatology.com/.
Beaufort Dermatology Reopens Under New Management
The practice’s parent company brings the latest in technology to the region, including the ability to diagnose skin cancer non-invasively.
Dr. Audrey Klenke, the plastic surgeon who owns and leads the parent company of Beaufort Dermatology, Pinnacle Medical Group, was on hand for the festivities. Joining her were Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling, Beaufort councilman Philip E. Cromer, Beaufort Councilwoman Alice Howard, Jose Casey, Field Representative for Congressman Joe Cunningham South Carolina First District, Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce representatives and Trevor Klenke, Dr. Klenke’s husband.
“Pinnacle Medical Group is delighted to keep this medical specialty available in Beaufort, where our outdoor lifestyle makes skin health a matter of such critical importance,” Dr. Klenke told the audience. “Plus, we are able to offer elegant spa services at this site in addition to critical dermatology services.”
Klenke acquired the original practice from two retiring dermatologists and added it to Pinnacle Medical Group’s holdings, which include Pinnacle Plastic Surgery and PURE Medical Spa in Bluffton, South Carolina.
A full-time dermatologist will join the practice after a national search is completed. Meanwhile, Jo Ann Cullen, an advanced practice nurse practitioner, will serve as the physician extender. Assisting her will be medical assistants Aylin Flores and Jessica Fico and patient concierge, Katie Bruns.
After the brief ribbon-cutting ceremony, the audience was invited to tour the practice where they could see new skin cancer technology such as the Vivascope 1500, which allows a diagnosis to be made without removing any tissue. Pinnacle is the only practice in the area to offer this option.
“Less invasive approaches to testing and treatment are on the medical forefront, and dermatology is no exception,” said Cullen. “With this device, we’ll be able to determine whether a suspicious skin feature is cancerous or just calls for careful monitoring. That means less pain, less expense and less likelihood of unnecessary scarring.”
After the tours, guests were offered discounts on Beaufort Dermatology’s retail products and spa services.
ABOUT THE PINNACLE MEDICAL GROUP
The Pinnacle Medical Group is the locally owned and operated parent company of Pinnacle Plastic Surgery, PURE Medical Spa and Beaufort Dermatology. Principal, Dr. Audrey Klenke is the only board-certified female plastic surgeon in Beaufort County, South Carolina, and is affiliated with multiple outpatient centers in the area as well as Beaufort Memorial Hospital and Hilton Head Hospital. Pinnacle Plastic Surgery and PURE Medical Spa are located at 7 Mallet Way, Bluffton, SC 29910. Beaufort Dermatology is located at 1096 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, SC 29902. For more information, please call (843) 815-6699, or visit http://pinnaclemd.com/ and http://www.beaufortdermatology.com/.
Beaufort Dermatology Innovates With Non-Invasive Skin Exam Technology
(BEAUFORT, SOUTH CAROLINA) Beaufort Dermatologyof Pinnacle Medical Groupis thrilled to present Vivascope 1500, the newest in skin cancer technology allowing the provider to make a diagnosis without removing any tissue. Pinnacleis the only practice in the area offering this advanced technology.
In-vivo reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM) is a non-invasive skin imaging modality for detecting diseases of the skin such as melanoma and other cancers. It can be used in place of biopsies in certain cases and is effective in viewing large skin lesions where a biopsy of the entire spot might be difficult.
Additionally, it is useful in defining the margins of an area for surgical excision and can be useful in evaluating the results of treatment. Among its advantages is the ability to avoid potential scarring from biopsies and also provides a safe, painless option for children or those who may be nervous about procedures.
“Medical research and development shape a modern medical practice,” said owner Dr. Audrey A. Klenke, MD, FACS. “We are so excited to be the first to offer Vivascope 1500, which can decipher a lesion that needs to be removed versus one that can be safely monitored. In the Lowcountry, our fun-in-the-sun lifestyle makes it critical to prioritize skin health.”
Dr. Klenke adds, “The fact that procedures are becoming increasingly less invasive without losing the ability to accurately diagnose and treat is great news for patient care.”
ABOUT THE PINNACLE MEDICAL GROUP
The Pinnacle Medical Groupis the locally owned and operated parent company of Pinnacle Plastic Surgery, PURE Medical Spaand Beaufort Dermatology. Principal, Dr. Audrey Klenke is the only board-certified female plastic surgeon in Beaufort County, South Carolina, and is affiliated with multiple outpatient centers in the area as well as Beaufort Memorial Hospitaland Hilton Head Hospital. Pinnacle Plastic Surgeryand PURE Medical Spaare located at 7 Mallet Way, Bluffton, SC 29910. Beaufort Dermatologyis located at 1096 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, SC 29902. For more information, please call (843) 815-6699, or visit http://pinnaclemd.com/and http://www.beaufortdermatology.com/.
Low Country Dermatology Expands with Construction of New Complex
(SAVANNAH, GA) Low Country Dermatology, owned by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Corinne Howington, will expand to a new aesthetic center and professional offices on Waters Avenue to accommodate the needs of its growing practice.
A ceremonial groundbreaking will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 12, at 6510 Waters Ave. The project is scheduled to be finished in October, and the first patients are expected in November.
“We have simply outgrown our present facilities on Eisenhower Drive,” Howington said. “With the new, purpose-built location, we’ll be able to treat our patients in a more spacious and convenient location.”
The new facility will include eight procedure and examination rooms, two aesthetic rooms for laser, as well as, chemical peels and facials, a cosmetic consult room and two clinical research rooms.
Howington said she attributes the expansion of the practice to an increased awareness of skin cancer and a growing and repeat demand for cosmetic services.
“With the public having a greater awareness of skin cancer’s risks, especially in this climate, patients are more likely to come in for evaluations,” she said. “Cosmetic patients are definitely returning more frequently, and our wait times for an appointment are increasing. We want to expand our esthetic side so that our patients can have easier access to our treatments and procedures.”
ABOUT LOW COUNTRY DERMATOLOGY
Low Country Dermatologyspecializes in the treatment of adult and pediatric diseases of the skin, hair and nails. Dr. Corinne Howington is a board certified dermatologist, with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Low Country Dermatologyis currently located at 310 Eisenhower Dr. Suite 12A Savannah, GA 31406, pending construction of expanded offices. For more information, call 912-354-1018 or visit lcderm.com. To connect on Facebook, visit https://www.facebook.com/LowCountryDermatology
New Treatment to be Unveiled at Low Country Dermatology Open House
Dr. Corinne Howington Holds School Supply Drive for Communities in Schools of Savannah
(SAVANNAH, GA) A new treatment designed to stimulate and remodel collagen and address common signs of aging will be announced by Low Country Dermatologyduring an open house on Thursday, Nov. 8.
Low Country Dermatologyis the only dermatologist office in the area certified to offer this new treatment known as CuteraSecret RF. The Secret RF microneedling device delivers heat into the deeper layers of the skin using controlled RF energy. This targeted energy revitalizes, rebuilds, and effectively remodeling collagen, improving mild wrinkles and diminishing scars while leaving the outer layer of skin intact.
The open house will take place from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Low Country Dermatologyoffice at 310 Eisenhower Drive, Suite 12A.
Dr. Corinne Howington, of Low Country Dermatology, will perform live demonstrations to display how the new treatment is performed and consultations will be available. The other lasers will also be available for demonstrations and consultations.
“Every patient is unique, and because Secret RF is so versatile, we can work with each patient to customize their treatment,” Howington said. “There is something powerful in seeing the way this technology affects your skin, which is why we wanted to have demonstrations for people.”
Guests are encouraged to bring donations for the Communities in Schools (CIS) of Savannah Kid’s Closet. Wishlist requests include school supplies, basic needs items such as child-size boys/girls underwear, socks, undershirts, white uniform tops and khaki uniform bottoms. Sizes are from Children’s size 6 – 14. All clothing items must be new and not used.
The CIS Kid’s Closet was created to make sure that children in need have the uniforms, basic undergarments, school supplies, and personal hygiene products they need to attend school comfortably, and with dignity, so they may focus on learning. The organization currently serves over 400 students at Haven Elementary school and remains a resource to area middle schools and high schools.
Guests who bring a donation to CIS will receive a 10 percent discount on their first Secret RF treatment, and there will be giveaways for other treatments and skincare items. Light refreshments will be served.
For more information, please call (912) 354-1018 or visit lcderm.com.
ABOUT LOW COUNTRY DERMATOLOGY
Low Country Dermatologyspecializes in the treatment of adult and pediatric diseases of the skin, hair and nails. Dr. Corinne Howington is a board-certified dermatologist with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Low Country Dermatologyis located at 310 Eisenhower Dr. Suite 12A Savannah, GA 31406. For more information, call (912) 354-1018 or visit lcderm.com.
Brisbane, California-based Cuterais a leading provider of laser and other energy-based aesthetic systems for practitioners worldwide. Since 1998, Cuterahas been developing innovative, easy-to-use products that enable physicians and other qualified practitioners to offer safe and effective aesthetic treatments to their patients. For more information, call 1-888-4CUTERA or visit www.cutera.com.
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How to Recognize Melanoma Warning Signs
by Dr. Corinne Howington
With beach season upon us, our coastal locals start taking time to soak up the sun, but these long, light-filled days often mean overexposure to the day’s dangerous ultraviolet (UV) rays.
With more than three million cases of skin cancer diagnosed annually, beachgoers need to be more mindful than ever as more than 95 percent of all skin cancers are associated with sun exposure. Regular daily use of an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen reduces the risk of developing skin cancer by almost 50 percent.
Designated by the American Academy of Dermatology, National Melanoma Skin Cancer Awareness Monthis set for the month of May to try to raise awareness about skin cancer and increase the chances of early detection.
Here at home, we must be committed to raising awareness and encouraging action to prevent melanoma.
The American Cancer Societyreports that more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined. About 9,320 people are expected to die from this disease in 2018. The good news is that skin cancer is not only preventable but is the most curable form of cancer.
Our goal for the month of May is to bring attention to skin disease and to get people to talk about an uncomfortable topic.
Education is the key to fighting this form of cancer. If the disease is caught early and treated, the cure rate is extremely high.
Be aware of any spots on your skin that are different from the others or anything that’s changing, itching or bleeding. When checking your skin, you should look for the ABCDE’s of melanoma:
One half of your dark spot is unlike the other half.
An irregular, scalloped or poorly defined border is around your dark spot.
The hue is varied from one area to another; your dark spot has shades of tan, brown or black or is sometimes white, red or blue.
Melanoma spots are usually greater than the size of a pencil eraser when diagnosed, but they can be smaller.
A mole or dark spot that looks unusual or is changing in size, shape or color.
As a note, not all melanomas will look like moles but may appear to be a bruise or spot that doesn’t heal.
Early detection remains the best way to fight melanoma. Patients whose melanoma is treated before it spreads to the lymph nodes or other organs have a five-year survival rate of 99 percent. This drops to 63 percent when the disease spreads to the lymph nodes and other nearby organs and 20 percent when it spreads to distant organs according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
It is recommended that everyone perform regular skin self-exams. Prevention is the best form of medicine. So this May, add a healthy dose of sunscreen to your skin.
Dr. Corinne Howington, of Low Country Dermatology, is a board certified dermatologist, with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. For more information, call (912) 354-1018or visit www.lcderm.com.
Low Country Dermatology Presents $500 to St. Joseph’s/Candler Foundations for Nancy N. and J. C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion
(SAVANNAH, GA) Dr. Corinne Howington of Low Country Dermatology presented $500 to the St. Joseph’s/Candler Foundations for the Nancy N. and J. C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion. This donation was made in honor of National Melanoma Skin Cancer Awareness Month which is designated by the American Academy of Dermatology.
“Through supporting institutions like the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer Pavilion, we hope not only to educate people on ways to prevent skin cancer by teaching people how to protect themselves from harmful UV rays,” said Dr. Howington, “but also to support those organizations, who are fighting cancer’s devastating effects every day.”
The Nancy N. and J.C Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion provides cancer screening, diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, support services and long-term follow-up for cancer patients. Their disease management teams specialize in breast, colorectal, urology, melanoma, thoracic, head and neck, upper gastrointestinal, and gynecologic cancers.
Dr. Howington is a board-certified dermatologist with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. She and her staff also distributed SPF 30 sunscreen, which has been shown to prevent the onset of some types of skin cancer by 80 percent.
ABOUT LOW COUNTRY DERMATOLOGY
Low Country Dermatology specializes in the treatment of adult and pediatric diseases of the skin, hair and nails. Dr. Corinne Howington is a board-certified dermatologist with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Low Country Dermatology is located at 310 Eisenhower Dr. Suite 12A Savannah, GA 31406. For more information, visit lcderm.com.