Posts for: September, 2015

By Dr. Roger Moore
September 28, 2015
Category: Lifestyle


My father once said to me, “You can make that standing on your head.” He said this to me during a phone call to him while I was in medical school. I had never heard him say such a strange saying.

You see, I was a marketing major until I decided, after my fourth knee surgery, that being a doctor and helping others was what I wanted to do. This required a mad scramble to get all the required courses out of the way and obtain a biology degree in my final two years of college. I managed to do so through shear grit and hours of studying to no end, but medical school was another story entirely.

Having changed my major so late, I was certainly not ahead of anyone in medical school in the classes we took. The first year was so over­whelming that I questioned if I could make it or not.

Many nights I would call home and tell my parents I just did not know if I could make it. Looking back, they must have had quite a bit of understanding as I re­peated the same story to them over and over like a broken record.

It was just too much and I was not sure if I could make it. My father would end our conversations each time with, “Roger, you can make that stand­ing on your head.”

Somehow his assurances and confidence helped me hang in there one day at a time. Somehow I did make it and was fortunate to graduate near the top of my class. And sure enough I made it just like he said, but without having ever stood on my head.

By DermacenterMD Team
September 21, 2015

If you've ever considered having a cosmetic procedure performed to enhance your natural beauty, you may have wondered what Dysport is and how it works.

Well, it is an advanced cosmetic product which helps in reducing wrinkles and signs of aging.  It gives a more vibrant and youthful appearance to the face.

In certain areas of the body, including the face the effects of hormones, sun damage and increasing years can lead to change we do not want.   Fortunately many of the signs which give away our years can be reversed.  To get a more youthful, happy and pleasant appearance Dysport was developed. 

It is a purified protein of Botulinum toxin which reduces the impulses sent down nerve endings to the muscles.   In doing so it causes a relaxation of the muscles which keeps them from contracting and forcing unwanted wrinkles to appear.   The product lasts about three to four months and then gradually wears off.  This allows for a very natural appearance so friends and neighbors notice improvements, but have a hard time identifying what was done.

The procedure has minimal discomfort and takes only a few minutes to perform.  At DermacenterMD Dysport and Botox injections are performed by Dr. Roger Moore.  As a board certified dermatologist he is expertly trained in the skin, aging and cosmetic procedures.   In addition to this he has gone to great lengths to advance his knowledge in these areas including advanced injector training courses only available to board certified dermatologists.   Dr. Moore’s pleasant bedside manner and excellent skills create many loyal clients.  

Call our office today at 574-522-0265  for your consultation and evaluation.   Looking and feeling your best can be only a phone call away!

By Dr. Roger Moore
September 14, 2015
Category: General Skin Care
Tags: skin cancer   protection   lips  

When you head outside, hopefully you always make it a point to put on your sunscreen. Your initial thought may be to apply sunscreen to your face and body, but what about you lips? Your lips can actually develop skin cancer. Yep, that’s right. Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, the two most common types of skin cancer, are frequently found on or around the lips. The best way to protect yourself from developing skin cancer on your lips is to protect them with sunscreen. Many people are in the habit of applying lip balm to their lips every day. This is a great way to protect your lips from the harmful rays of the sun. Many lip balms have SPF built right in. It only takes a few seconds to apply (and reapply) lip balm throughout the day. Lip balm is easy to keep with you, as well. You can slip it into your bag or carry it around in your pocket. Not only will you have healthy, beautiful and moisturized lips, you will be protecting yourself from skin cancer by applying lip balm with a built-in SPF.

Below are some great and affordable lip balms that can have built-in SPF and can be found at your local drug store:

  1. ChapStick Ultra SPF 30 
  2. Hawaiian Tropic Tropical Lip Balm SPF 45+ Sunscreen
  3. Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Lip Moisturizer SPF 15
  4. Banana Boat Aloe Vera with Vitamin E Sunscreen Lip Balm SPF 45

By Dr. Roger Moore
September 08, 2015
Category: Lifestyle

One day I entered the room for surgery and asked the patient how he was doing. The friendly response I got was, “I am sanguine.” Now I had no idea what this meant. Before I could get out the ‘Huh?’ I was thinking, my patient’s wife said, “Oh he’s at it again. It is his word of the day.”

This kind gentleman had dealt with the challenges of being an organ transplant recipient. At too young an age he had an organ fail in his body and he could not live without dialysis. He was fortunate to receive a transplant that gave him a new lease on life.

He tried to find ways to keep himself busy and optimistic. He decided to learn a word a day to expand his mind. He also put time into bowling. He actually became very good at both. So good at bowling he competed in the “Transplant games,” a competition for those who have had an organ transplant.

He told me how he had set a goal to win a medal and accomplished this goal twice. He said he was driven to get one more medal. Why? Well the medals had a purpose. They were a gift he gave away. The first was for the mother, then second for the father and the future medal was meant for the brother of the person whose organs kept him alive today. He was doing this for them.

Sanguine, he explained, meant hopeful. Although I may forget the meaning, I will never forget the acts of kindness he shared. He reminded me that each of us owe a debt of gratitude to those who have helped us along our journey to where we are today. It is through others we find our true self.