Numbing News at SBA


Do you numb for a procedure  at our office? Please read the following information regarding our numbing process.


Due to a change in FDA guidelines, effective December 1, we will no longer be able to provide topical anesthetic in the manner that we have in the past.

We ARE continuing to offer L.M.X.4® (4% lidocaine) at $39 per 15-gram tube and $59 per 30-gram tube.  We have also added Pliaglis® Cream (7% lidocaine/7% tetracaine) for topical anesthetic purposes for our various procedures.  The Pliaglis will be available at $35 per application for your convenience.  These two options are adequate to assure patient comfort for most of the procedures we do.

For those desiring a more potent topical anesthetic, we can write a prescription for you to fill at a compounding pharmacy.

Please ask your provider or anyone on our team if you need more information.

Thank you for understanding.

-Suzanne Bruce and Associates


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New Products at SBA!

We Wrote the Book or at Least the Chapter…

…on CoolSculpting® and the New CoolSmooth™ for Thighs!

Dr. Peterson has been working on medical textbooks! She recently completed a book chapter for an upcoming textbook, Cryosurgery and Cryotherapy, on CoolSculpting®, which includes the latest application of this fat-freezing technology – CoolSmooth™ for the outer thighs (saddlebags).

The chapter reviews all of the studies on the CoolSculpting device, how it works, areas that can be treated, and tips for optimizing treatment outcomes.  In early April 2014, CoolSculpting was cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treatment of the inner and outer thighs.  In the only published abstract to date, the new CoolSmooth applicator, designed specifically for the outer thigh, was tested in a clinical trial.  37 subjects completed the single-treatment study.  The results:

• 86% were satisfied with their treatment
• 86% noticed visible fat reduction
• 89% would recommend to a friend
• 97% were likely to have a second treatment

Dr. Peterson, our RN’s and aestheticians have been performing the CoolSculpting procedure since it was introduced in 2011.  We have just launched the new CoolSmooth treatment at both our offices.  Call 713.850.0240 to set up your free consultation today.

Nearly One Person Dies of Melanoma Every Hour.

We all remember going through that phase of wanting to get that golden tan.  It felt so good to feel the warm sun on our skin and it was even better to look in the mirror and see our rosy cheeks and pretty glow. Unfortunately, our love affair with the sun is something that does not go unpunished.  Hopefully by now, most of us have heard about the ugly reality behind that golden tan. Skin cancer is a ‘hot’ topic, especially during the summer: it’s on TV, talked about on the radio, and if you have ever visited our office I am pretty certain you have had the “SPF-talk” with one of us. However, here are some facts you may be a little less familiar with*:

  • One person dies of melanoma every hour.
  • 3.5 Million skin cancers in 2 Million people are diagnosed annually in the USA.
  • Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.
  • One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.
  • One in 55 people will be diagnosed with melanoma during their lifetime.
  • Melanoma is the 5th most common cancer in males and 6th most common in females.

Startling right? I think it’s also important to mention that skin cancer is not the only possible outcome of sun damage. It also breaks down fibers in our skin called elastin and collagen, leading to skin that sags, stretches, and loses its ability to heal properly.  You may also experience wrinkles, enlarged pores, and even hyperpigmentation and brown spots. Is the healthy glow really worth all of this?

Skin cancer is mostly preventable and aging can be delayed. All you have to do…is wear sunscreen every day. This will help protect you from incidental sun damage such as walking down the street, driving in your car or even going in and out of the grocery store.We recently came across an article that showed a male who had been a truck driver for 28 years. Can you guess which side of his face was by the window?

His right side literally looks 10 years younger! So, don’t forget that SPF, you’ll look younger and healthier. We also we recommend yearly skin cancer screenings apart from your SPF because, like with all cancers, early detection is key!

Check Out Our Skin Cancer and Suncreen Tips!

*Facts courtesy of  **Image courtesy of

Earth Day Savings Are Coming – Save Your Empties

Meet Our Newest Addition: Dr. Jennifer Peterson!

Suzanne Bruce and Associates would like to introduce you to our newest family member: Dr. Jennifer Peterson. She will be practicing out of our Katy/Cinco Ranch location.

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?  I am a native Houstonian! I grew up on the north side of town in the Champions area and then attended college at Texas A&M University in College Station.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO GO INTO DERMATOLOGY?  Honestly, it is a fun specialty. There are so many features of dermatology that initially drew me in: being able to care for patients of all ages and seeing patients both in the clinic and procedural settings. Lastly, I have a history of eczema and hives, so I have experienced first hand the changes to a person’s quality of life a dermatologist can make.

WHAT ASPECTS DO YOU LOVE?  I love dermatologic cosmetic surgery and research. This passion drove me to spend an extra year of training after my dermatology residency in a cosmetic dermatologic surgery program through the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery in La Jolla, CA. It’s amazing how many advances have occurred in laser surgery over the past 5-10 years. It is an exciting time to be a dermatologist.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIVE YOUR STYLE AS A DOCTOR?  I enjoy providing my patients with a warm and friendly environment so that they may feel more comfortable and at ease. I also like to be on the cutting edge of new treatments and technologies. This is why I enjoy research so much. I don’t only want my patients to have new treatments available to them; I want them to have new treatments that are proven to be safe and effective.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PRACTICING AND WHERE?  I finished my dermatology residency in Lubbock, Texas in 2009. Later that year I became a board certified dermatologist through the American Board of Dermatology and was privileged to be accepted in to a prestigious cosmetic surgery fellowship in La Jolla, CA.  I loved my time in La Jolla where I was able to pursue my dream of training with some of the world’s leaders in laser therapy, leg veins, injectable fillers, and liposuction, but I always knew I wanted to come back to Texas. I moved back to Houston in 2011 and have been practicing since then.  In 2012, I earned my second board certification in cosmetic dermatologic surgery through the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery.

HAVE YOU DONE ANY RESEARCH?  I have been fortunate to participate in over 25 clinical research trials on acne, rosacea, laser surgery, injectable fillers and botulinium products, liposuction, fat transfer, skin care products, and sclerotherapy. One of my favorite projects was treating patients with severe burn scars with fractionated CO2 laser assisted steroid delivery. It was so rewarding for me to be able to not only help these patients improve the texture and appearance of their scars but also improve their scar’s function giving the patients more flexibility and functionality in their daily routines.

DO YOU HAVE A PERSONAL MOTTO?  Never stop learning and do your best.

SOMETHING YOU FEEL PASSIONATE ABOUT…  I love spending time with my husband, family, friends and our two Great Danes. I practice aerial fabric where aerial acrobatics are performed while hanging from two pieces of silk fabric. And since I was a child, I have always been a huge lover of horses and dressage horseback riding.

Dr. Peterson is now accepting cosmetic and medical appointment at our Katy/Cinco Ranch location to schedule call 713.850.0240

A Younger, Fresher You!

Ultherapy is an innovative therapy that is used to firm, tighten and lift the skin without surgery or downtime.  It uses ultrasound energy that is focused at different depths below the surface of the skin in order to build new collagen in the skin which is the key to firming, tightening and lifting.  You’ll feel a difference immediately, but the majority of your improvement will occur over the next 6 months as new collagen forms.

Originally when Ultherapy came on the market in 2011 we used it only on the face and neck.  Now with our experience performing over 400 treatments and new device heads allowing us to reach new depths, we are treating in areas off the face with great success, including chest, arms, abdomens and above the knees.

If you are interested in learning more about giving your face or other areas a lift without surgery, then be sure to attend our seminar on October 31st at 12 p.m., where we will be offering special discounts to attendees, or you can schedule a consultation with one of our dermatologists or other Ultherapy providers.

To learn more about our lunch event on October 31st, you can either click here or call 713.850.0240 x172. If you would like to attend, please email with your name and phone number in the body of the email.

October 2013 – Katy/Cinco Ranch

We Are Now Open In The Katy/Cinco Ranch Area
(Kingsland Blvd & Grand Parkway)
23510 Kingsland Blvd., Suite 300, Katy, TX 77494

Back in September 2012 we were excited to announce our newest addition to the SBA family: a second location in the Katy area!

We officially opened our doors October, 14, 2013. 
(Check Out Picture Through Out The Whole Process Below) 

This Or That?

Have you been dancing with the idea of trying dermal fillers or two-stepping with the thought of Thermage®? Truthfully, there are A LOT of options out there when it comes to cosmetic procedures. But how do you know which one is right for you?

When it comes to big purchases and important decisions – most of us go through the typical routine:

  • Getting a new laptop? You probably visited Best Buy or Apple once or twice before heading up to the cashier.
  • Buying a Car? Most of us start on the internet; researching safety features, gas mileage & price before we even step foot on a lot with the intention to buy.
  • Taking a Vacation? It’s doubtful that you packed the car and pulled out your handy dandy paper road map, unfolded it and decided your route on the spot. Vacations take planning. While it’s even easier now-GPS, smartphones and Expedia do most of the work, but there are still decisions to be made.

Cosmetic procedures are no different. This is where our consultations come in. Most of us know the things about ourselves we’d like to change: the crepey skin on our knees or hands, the crow’s feet beginning to branch further and further out, or even the jawline that has seemed to start sagging. A consultation is the best time to discuss the concerns about your appearance that you’d like to address. Then a provider can suggest the best procedure or course of action and have you looking better in no time.

Plus when it comes to consultations, we’ve had years of experience to make the process as informative, useful and stress-free as possible. We also have 5 Patient Care Coordinators, which assist the providers and patients during and after the consultation. They make sure you have everything you may need, such as prescriptions, handouts, brochures or addressing any additional questions you may have. We recently implemented a new technical system called TouchMD®. It’s a portable touch screen that allows you to watch videos, sign paper work, see before and after’s, and interact with pictures and diagrams during the consult. The really wonderful thing about this system is you can even access it from home! We also make sure you have plenty of information to take home. Our handouts and brochures detail everything you might need to know about a procedure including cost, side effects and downtime. So even while at home, answers to your questions are close by.

We realize the importance and time it takes to decide. We encourage you to take all the information home and want you to think about it. Discuss it with your loved ones. Our best outcomes are when the patient feels comfortable with the procedure and excited about the outcomes. Our cosmetic consultations cost $85; however, this will be applied as a credit towards the cost of the procedure – if you schedule your procedure within 90 days. This month (August) we are offering FREE cosmetic consultations on Mondays and Tuesdays, all month long. So come and explore everything from facial rejuvenation to body sculpting – it’s an opportunity you won’t want to miss!

Stop by our office, so you can learn how to fandango with Fraxel® or mambo with miraDry®.

To schedule an appointment call