S. Manjula Jegasothy

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    • Title:M.D.
    • Organization:Miami Skin Institute
    • Area of Expertise:Cosmetic Dermatology, Skin Care
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    Stretch Marks: To Tattoo or Not to Tattoo?

    Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 5:30 PM [General]
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    Difference: Once the tattoos have had a chance to heal, women's skin looks smoother and more evened out (pictured)

    Stretch marks show no mercy. They are highly common and do not discriminate. Some may be proud and call them their tiger stripes, while others want to hide them away.

    This skin issue is notoriously difficult to treat. Refinery29's Erika Stalder introduces Brazilian tattoo artist, Rudolph Torres. He fills your stretch marks with ink to make stretch marks blend in to your regular skin tone.

    If you are interested in this method, top Miami aesthetic dermatologist Dr. Jegasothy shares some valuable insight with Erika Stalder: it is a legitimate procedure, however the execution must be done right. It is crucial to inspect your proposed tattoo artist and make certain of experience and ownership of a myriad of ink colors to match your skin tone. Even then, due to the nature of skin, you will not be able to see how well the stretch marks are hidden until long after the appointment ended, after the ink has a chance to settle. This could take four to five weeks for the ink to set into the skin. Until it does this, you can not be sure of the color match.

    At Miami Skin Institute, Dr. Jegasothy can deliver more confident results by erasing your stretch marks with the Fraxel laser. It is a quick and safe procedure that creates microscopic wells in skin where new collagen will form to resurface the skin.

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    Facing the Facts on Face Oils

    Friday, December 8, 2017, 3:58 PM [General]
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    Slathering oil onto your already oily skin may sound like the complete wrong thing to do, but it actually can help! In this Women's Health Magazine article by Grace Gold, Dr. Jegasothy gave all the juicy tidbits about face oils.

    "Oil-free" products used to be the standard prescription for shiny skin types, but today's face oils have come a long way in formulation sophistication, says Dr. Jegasothy, "In fact, many of the large drugstore companies have formulated oils that both serve a purpose and even feel good on oily skin,"

    But don't think you can just put olive oil on your skin and call it a day. You should use an oil that has antioxidants in it, like rosehip or grapeseed oil. And it should never feel greasy. It should be light. silky, and evaporate immediately.  Avoid mineral, stearate, and wheat germ oil. These oils can clog pores and cause pimples.

    Trust Dr. J on this. She has oily skin herself!

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    An Acne Treatment You May Have Never Heard Of!

    Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 2:13 PM [General]
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    If you've suffered from acne breakouts, you know how miserable it can be to use a product and not have it work. Thankfully, a not-so-new product may be the best solution for you!

    In Allure's October issue, Dr, Jegasothy was quoted by Jessica Chia in article about Spironolactone, the treatment you may have never tried. Originally used for blood pressure, this medication has been prescribed for over 10 years to treat acne, and it may be a safer alternative to Accutane for some patients. And like Dr. Jegasothy says in the article, there are virtually no risks for anyone who is female, healthy, and not pregnant!

    As with all medications, make sure to schedule an appointment with your dermatologist before using this to treat your acne.

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    Dr. Jegasothy is Once More Top Miami Dermatologist

    Monday, November 27, 2017, 1:38 PM [General]
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    Dr. Jegasothy and her work has been recognized by Miami Happening and been included in the Top Doctor’s Guide for Miami 2017. Not only that, Dr. Jegasothy is the only cosmetic dermatologist on the list! Dr. Jegasothy works hard to improve her skills and constantly innovate, so being recognized for this is quite an honor.

    Thank you, Miami Happening!

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    What to do Before and After Flying to Keep Skin Healthy

    Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 11:43 AM [General]
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    We’ve told you before how flying can be damaging for your skin and how to combat the negative effects during flight. This time, Dr. Jegasothy has some tips on preemptive and post care for flights.

    In this Reader’s Digest article by Alexis Farah, Dr. Jegasothy gave the key tip on what you can do before a flight to prevent breakouts: get a chemical peel. A cleansing and extracting peel before a flight will remove any debris on your face, reducing the amount during flight and resulting in less chance for inflammation aka less acne!

    After the flight, get a Fraxel® treatment. This will open the skin’s micro-channels which allows more hydration and anti-redness products, like vitamin-c, to penetrate the skin. A Fraxel® treatment will help the 1 week adjustment period your skin has after flying.

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    Going Vegan May Be Good For Your Skin!

    Monday, November 20, 2017, 1:25 PM [General]
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    Have you ever had acne and thought about going vegan? Maybe it’s time to finally give it a try, or at least cut down on your intake of meat and dairy. In Allure’s November issue, Dr. Jegasothy gave some insightful information to Meirav Devash:

    “The rates of hormonal acne I see have gone up so much,” Dr. Jegasothy said. “It’s all coming from the hormones that the animals we eat are being fed.”

    However, simply being a vegetarian may not be enough! All the dairy we consume is made with milk and this milk is intended to help a baby cow or goat grow. That means that whatever product made with milk is going to be loaded with the nutrients and hormones that will cause you to break out.

    So if you’ve been toying with the idea of becoming vegan, go ahead and give it a try. Your skin may thank you for it.

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    Your Hands are Supposed to Tell Your Future-Not Your Age

    Friday, November 17, 2017, 5:57 PM [General]
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    What are the parts of your body that get the most sun exposure? Hint: they are grabbing your steering wheel, bathing in the sun. As Dr. Jegasothy says, hands are the fastest agers. They have the least amount of subcutaneous fat (the stuff that makes gives the plump, youthful look). Using SPF on your hands will protect them from wrinkles, brown spots, and fine lines. Although it is “ideal if you started using sunscreen on your hands daily from when you’re a young adult or a middle teen”, it is never too late to start protecting your hands now.

    Rosie Naraski from Totalbeauty suggests to use a hand cream that has sunscreen. Not only are you protecting your hands against dryness, but from damage caused by the sun. There are inexpensive drugstore options so that you can stash it in your purse, desk, gym bag, or wherever you frequent for all day use and protection.

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    Attack Acne with More Than One Weapon

    Thursday, November 16, 2017, 6:31 PM [General]
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    There is not one cause for acne, so why fight the breakout war with one strategy? Acne is a widespread condition, as Leisa Goins from WebMD explains. There are many types of breakouts, such as blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pustules, and cysts. It is recommended to use salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide at night, and adapalene or another retinoid in the morning. Using these in combination will treat all breakouts and avoid antibiotic resistance.

    However, the most important weapon is utilizing your dermatologist. Dermatologists have inside knowledge about acne and access to the newest and most innovative treatments. For example, Dr. Jegasothy offers laser treatments to reduce inflammation and medical peels to unclog pores and reduce oil production. These treatments can be used alongside previously mentioned treatments. Dr. Jegasothy states “a real breakthrough in acne therapy is aldactone, which impacts hormones to reduce menstrual-related breakouts”. She also suggests using probiotic cleansers to balance the effects of taking these antibiotics.

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    Dirty Truth About Mud Masks

    Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 6:40 PM [General]
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    Mud masks are all the rage, and have been for quite some time. Turns out, there's a reason for that! In this article by Erika Stalder for Refinery29, Dr. Jegasothy points out why mud masks are a skin care staple. "Sulfur, as long as the user is not allergic to it, reduces redness and inflammation in all skin types,” Dr. Jegasothy says. Other minerals in mud, like selenium and zinc, also help and have similar benefits.

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    Get up to Speed on Melasma

    Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 2:10 PM [General]
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    Erin Lukas from Instyle teams up with Dr. Jegasothy to shed light on a common skin condition in women: melasma. It is a condition that can be mistreated, so it is important to know what it is and how to treat it. 

    Who does it affect? Women, especially in ethnic skin types, such as Latin and Asian women.

    What does it look like? It shows up as flat, brown, net-like patches on the forehead, cheeks, and jawline.

    When does it occur?  Melasma is a condition that fluctuates with estrogen and comes to surface during times of change, such as starting a hormonal birth control method, hormone therapy, or pregnancy. "Why some people develop this enhanced sensitivity to estrogen is not known. What we do know, however, is that this condition most commonly occurs after a hormonal change in the individual’s system" explains Dr. Jegasothy. 

    How can it be treated? Since it is caused by estrogen changes, discontinuing any hormonal treatments can be beneficial when dealing with melasma. Although there is no cure, it can go away on its own with time. If the melasma doesn't go away on its own, Dr. Jegasothy can help. 

    What can I do about it?  In the beginning stages of melasma, over-the-counter brightening products (kojic cream and arbutin) will work for awhile, but eventually you will need help from a dermatologist. 

    At Dr. Jegasothy's office, she will begin with brightening cream and light fruit acid peels. Light lasers such as Fraxel and Nd:YAG are used when topical treatments are not successful. "I tend to proceed cautiously with treatments, since many of my patients have darker skin and can have pigmentary problems from the treatments themselves," she explains. "As such, we use clinically studied brightening creams that are safe to use in darker skin patients, as well as light fruit-acid peels that have also been proven to be safe to use in darker skin patients. Lasers can only be used on melasma patients with lighter skin tones because they are less likely to develop hyperpigmention."

    Although this skin condition cannot be prevented from happening, it can be prevented from getting worse by avoiding the sun. "If patients are deciding to undergo melasma treatment, it is much more effective if they do not get direct sun exposure, she says. "If they are unable to comply with this, I tell them that it is still OK. We can treat their melasma, but their sun exposure may reduce the rapidity of the effectiveness of our treatment."

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