Another Reason to Reach for Sunscreen Daily: Your Botox Results

Your BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment may be affected by this daily factor, explained by Suzanne Bruce, M.D.

“Wear sunscreen!”

You’ve heard it before from your friends, doctors, and nearly every beauty magazine on the shelves. The importance of wearing sunscreen every day, inside or outside, is no secret. But if you’re a fan of BOTOX® Cosmetic, this news may help you remember to apply early and often.

The sun’s harmful rays can actually lessen the effects of your BOTOX treatment, according to a recent article in NewBeauty magazine. These findings could particularly be true for Houston, where we see a whopping average of 204 sunny days a year!

You may think of your skin as an impenetrable barrier against the sun, but that’s not the case. UV rays do pass through to just below of the surface of your skin, exactly where The BOTOX neurotoxin is placed. As a result, when those rays come in contact with BOTOX, the treatment’s potency may decrease more quickly. The article did a great job of explaining how UV exposure actually speeds up the metabolism of BOTOX, in other words, the way that your body breaks down and removes the product. The sun has other effects too: those same rays degrade collagen, which is necessary for healthy, even-toned skin and firmness.

I provide my BOTOX patients with an effective treatment with healthy natural-looking results. You can see some of these results below and in the before-and-after photo gallery on my website. Receiving your treatment from a qualified, experienced practitioner is critical for a good result, but it still can’t stop UV rays or prevent future sun damage.

See before-and-after images from some of Dr. Bruce's BOTOX® Cosmetic patients.


So what’s the best way to prevent exposure to damaging sun rays? Apply a medical-grade sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to your face and neck each morning and again throughout the day. Using high-quality skin care products, such as those available at my practice, will help make sure you’re getting the best ingredients and protection for your skin.

Plus, with consistent use of sunscreen, you’ll get added benefits such as preventing skin cancer and sun spots from developing, while maintaining a youthful, even skin tone. And if you are a BOTOX user, you’ll help those results last as long as possible.

Here’s a little bonus tip for our BOTOX patients: Sunscreen is important, but don’t forget the hat and sunglasses. The glare of the sun causes us to naturally squint our eyes and furrow our brows, activating the muscles that create crow’s feet and the vertical lines between our eyebrows. Those are exactly the same muscles we treat with BOTOX. Forgetting your hat and sunglasses will only cause those muscles to work harder, worsening the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes and forehead.

If you’re not a consistent sunscreen user, there’s no better time to start integrating it into your routine, especially before the summer months hit. And if you are a consistent user, remember that your sunscreen has an expiration date, and it may be time for a new bottle.

Not sure which SPF product is best for you? The skin care experts at our practice are ready to help you find the perfect fit for your lifestyle and skin type. Give us a call directly at (713) 850-0240, or request a consultation online, and we’ll help you find the perfect products for your skin!

SBA Sunscreen Tips

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Meet Heather Davis: Our Newest Aesthetician in Katy

Meet Heather, a member of the aesthetician team, supporting our dermatologist team in Houston, TX. Heather Davis – Joined us in 2013. She has been a practicing licensed aesthetician since 2010. Prior to working as an aesthetician in The SPA, she served as a Certified Medical Assistant to the dermatologist team at Suzanne Bruce and Associates in Houston. Heather receives continuing education and training in skin-care products and procedures and patient relations. She is a member of the Dermatology Nurse’s Association and Society of Dermatology Skincare Specialists.


WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO BE AN AESTHETICIAN?  I have always been interested in beauty, health, and helping people. Aesthetics combines all three!

WHAT ASPECTS DO YOU LOVE? Healthy skin is something many people take for granted. I love helping people feel better about their skin and ultimately themselves. Teaching patients how to achieve and maintain healthy, beautiful skin is one of the best and most rewarding parts.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE AS AN AESTHETICIAN? Since I am passionate about achieving healthy glowing skin, I like sharing tips and tricks with all my patients. I am friendly and like to really get to know my patients. It is important that they feel comfortable, cared for, and especially well-informed about skincare.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PRACTICING AND WHERE? I have been practicing for a little over 6 years. I love this industry so much, that I started my own private spa in Austin right after getting my license! After starting at Suzanne Bruce and Associates in 2013 as a Medical Assistant, I was exposed to all the latest cosmetic treatments on the market. Afterward I knew exactly where I wanted to practice as an Aesthetician. When a positioned opened up at Suzanne Bruce and Associates: I immediately applied. The rest, as they say is history! I am very excited for this new chapter in my life, and can’t wait to get to know all my new patients.

DO YOU HAVE A PERSONAL MOTTO? Do what you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

Introducing express65 at The SPA at SBA

Introducing express65, offering dermatologist-approved skin care treatments for Houston patients!

express65 Our express spa program offers scientifically proven treatments for your skin at a real steal! Plus, these treatments are dermatologist approved! These once-a-month, personalized treatments at our Houston office will cleanse, exfoliate and revitalize your skin in just 15 minutes and keep you glowing until your next appointment. Choose a microdermabrasion, the Gel Peel GL, or the Illuminize Peel.

HOW DOES IT WORK? We believe in the power of cumulative repetition. Our skin is constantly aging, changing and battling the elements and some of the most impactful treatments are some of the simplest, done gradually and frequently. Our medical grade spa specializes in getting the results you want as easily and conveniently as possible.

WHO IS THIS MEANT FOR? If you suffer from mild photo-damage, pigmentation, acne or the beginning signs of aging? Then express65 will be perfect to help correct, and prevent further progression. If you recently had a fotofacial, resurfacing treatment or a collage building treatment, then by joining this program you are sure to maintain your results for much longer.

Qualifying is easy! Your first treatment is at full price. Return within 4 weeks for your next treatment and you automatically qualify for express65 – a $65 per treatment pricing thereafter. The program lasts as long as you want it to, just by making sure you repeat the visit within the 4 week window after every visit. Your Aesthetician can then create an individualized treatment plan, and you can do any combination between our 3 express treatments.

MISSED A TREATMENT? If you happen to miss the four week treatment window, you can qualify again after purchasing an express65 treatment at full price you will qualify again for the express65 program again.

  • MICRODERMABRASION – Buffs and polishes the skin using a diamond tip, lifting away the topmost layer of skin leaving your face smooth & vibrant.
  • GEL PEEL GL – Combines glycolic and lactic acid to gently exfoliate and revitalize photo damaged skin and help reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles.
  • ILLUMINIZE PEEL – Utilizes alpha-hydroxy acids with phytic acid to accelerate skin exfoliation resulting in renewed, healthier looking skin & more uniform complexion.

Wondering how our skin care treatments make a difference for patients? Check out our Photo Gallery; you’ll be amazed at the results!

Call 713.850.0240 to schedule your appointment.

Want Smoother Skin in Just 15 Minutes?

Introducing A New Chapter in Hydration

Feeling the effects of dry, winter weather on your skin?  Our dermatology team is excited about SkinMedica’s new HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator.  With five different forms of skin-hydrating hyaluronic acid for immediate plumping and hydrating, and peptides and antioxidants  for skin protection and rejuvenation over the long term, all in a velvety smooth formulation your skin will love.  We are thrilled to offer a skin care product that will have Houston patients’ skin looking smoother and refreshed in no time.

• HA is a natural, “water-loving” substance found in the skin
• HA holds in moisture, keeping skin healthy, resilient, and supple

Learn about the skin care products, selected by our dermatology team, specifically for Houston patients

• As you get older, your natural HA levels decrease and your skin loses its ability to retain moisture. Your skin becomes rougher and dryer. This can lead to lines and wrinkles that can make you look older than you feel.
• By the time you are 40-50, you have lost 50% of the HA that you had at age 20

• HA5 delivers both immediate and long-term skin benefits
• Just 15 minutes after application, you’ll see the smooth difference

See the results of a skin care products selected by our dermatology team, specifically for Houston patients

Houston Marathon: Run for a Reason – Dress for Success SBA Run Team

Help our dermatology team support Dress for Success Houston

The Run for a Reason charity program provides an avenue for race participants, individuals and organizations to collect donations on behalf of an official charity of their choice. Members of our dermatology team are running in the Chevron Houston Marathon/Aramco Half Marathon – January 17, 2016. Help us support our staff members and their “RUN FOR A REASON” as they race on behalf of Dress For Success, one of Suzanne Bruce and Associates’ favorite organizations.

Stop by the office to your raffle tickets today!

$5 for 1 Ticket(s) or $10 for 3 Ticket(s)

$25 for 1 Ticket

  • 1 Cellfina Treatment ($5,000- Value) – WOW!

Can’t stop by the Houston or Katy offices? You can also donate to any of our runner’s individual page with a credit card or debit card, a $5, $10 or $25 donation and then email mgile@sba-skincare.com and we will enter your name into the drawing item of your choice.
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Meet Kenne Ogunmakin, MD: Our New Dermatologist in Houston

We are excited to announce that dermatologist Kenne Ogunmakin, MD has joined Suzanne Bruce and Associates. She will be practicing full-time out of our Katy office in suburban Houston.

Get to know Kenne Ogunmakin, MD a dermatologist at Suzanne Bruce & Associates in Katy and Houston.Where are you from & where did you grow up? I am Nigerian American.  I was born in Reading, England, but grew up in Sugar Land, Texas. I have spent most of my life in Houston and its surrounding areas. Though I loved my time in Lubbock during residency, I was definitely itching to come back to good ol’ Houston. What can I say? Home is where the heart is!

What is it about medicine that you love?  I love that medicine is a field with never-ending knowledge. We never stop learning. There is continuous research and development of new techniques, procedures, and treatments. I am grateful for this because I have many family members that have benefitted from this. My mother is a breast and ovarian cancer survivor, and she is fortunate to be here today because of the development of new chemotherapeutic agents. I constantly look forward to advancements in dermatologic therapies that I can use to treat my patients and improve their quality of life.

Why did you choose to go into dermatology?  I chose dermatology because it is a truly robust field. It gives me the opportunity to perform surgery and cosmetic and medical procedures and research new therapies. I love that I can play an investigative role when practicing medical dermatology. At times, skin changes may be the only manifestation of an underlying systemic disease. For instance, by taking the time to notice a subtle rash on the face, I may be able to diagnose systemic lupus, which will result in early initiation of appropriate therapy.  I am similarly passionate about cosmetic dermatology. I can minimize aging and improve dyspigmentation, body contour, and overall appearance with a combination of injectables, chemical peels and laser devices.  It is awesome just how much a patient’s self confidence and quality of life improve by these procedures! Most importantly, I truly love that I am afforded the opportunity to have continuity of care. As a general dermatologist, I am able to see patients of all ages, which allows me to care for an entire family and grow with each individual.

How would you describe your style as a doctor? I try to take my time to listen to all my patients. It is crucial for me to know my patients both personally and medically. Taking the time to understand what stressors a patient is confronted with may aid in developing a diagnosis and treatment plan.

Do you have a personal motto/mantra? Don’t take life for granted. Value those that you love.

What issues/organizations do you feel passionate about? I am passionate about treating skin of color. I am very excited about the new technologies that allow us to treat a variety of skin types safely. In the past, dermatologists faced limitations while treating darker-skinned patients with laser therapy, so I am excited that we now have many new options!

Something you LOVE TO DO…. I love traveling and spending time with my family. I have been to almost every continent, except South America and Antarctica.  Unfortunately, I don’t think I will ever be brave enough to make it to Antarctica. My twin sister, Taiye, is my best friend and I have been fortunate to have her as a companion during these journeys.

Your Free Skin Cancer Screening

Call 713.850.0240 to Schedule Today! Space is Limited.

Join the dermatology team at Suzanne Bruce and Associates' office outside Houston in Katy for a skin screening.

Anyone can get skin cancer, regardless of skin color. It is estimated that one in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime. Sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers, including melanoma. Follow these tips from our dermatology practice in Houston, and you can have fun in the sun and decrease your risk of skin cancer.

  • Generously apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or more to all exposed skin. Re-apply approximately every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating.
  • Wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, when possible.
  • Seek shade when appropriate, remembering that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade.

As Told By a Dermatologist: Insight Into Sun Spots

Insight on Sun Spots

Laypeople call them sun spots, but as a dermatologist in Houston, I call them actinic keratoses or AKs. AKs are dry, scaly, rough-textured patches or lesions (injured or diseased areas on the skin) that form on the outermost layer of the skin after years of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, such as sunlight.

These crusty growths occur on the bald scalp, face, ears, lips, backs of the hands and forearms, shoulders, neck or any other areas of the body frequently exposed to the sun. These lesions (diseased areas) typically range in color from skin-­toned to reddish brown and in size from that of a pinhead to larger than a quarter. AKs also appear as invisible or  subclinical lesions. Without treatment, AKs may develop into squamous cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer. It is unknown which AKs will develop into cancer, so taking action to treat existing AKs and taking future sun-protective steps, such as wearing sunscreen and sun-protective clothing and broad-brimmed hats are recommended.

Dr. Suzanne Bruce, a leading dermatologist in Houston, shares sun spot before and after.

At our practice, we offer a variety of preventative treatment options, and successfully treat AK’s with a variety of methods and our research division often conducts clinical trials at no cost to our participants. If you or someone you know has sun spots/AKs, please contact us at 713.850.0240 or check our currently enrolling trials.

The 14 Days of February

Seasonal specials on BOTOX and other services at Houston's Suzanne Bruce and Associates.

$14/unit Botox® Cosmetic
Ease your fine lines away with Botox® Cosmetic at $14 per unit at our Houston and Katy offices. Hurry, take advantage of this special before Botox® prices go up.
*Some restriction may apply. Select Providers Participating.

Receive $140 OFF when you purchase 2 syringes of Juvéderm® Ultra XC, Juvéderm® Ultra Plus XC, Belotero® Balance, or Radiesse®.
*Only valid on full priced syringes. Select Providers Participating. While supplies last .Consultation may be required. Not valid with Juvéderm Voluma. Excludes 0.4mL syringes. Only valid on  0.8cc syringes of Radiesse® Can be combined with our “14 days of February $14/unit Botox® Cosmetic Special”, but cannot be combined with any other offer. Some restrictions may apply.

Love Your Skin Event
Get that romantic glow instantly with our Valentine’s Day Prep Treatments which include special pricing on microdermabrasions and select peels. Schedule one for $70 or both for $140 on the same day! Hurry! This offer is only available on February 13th & February 14th.
*Select Peel include: Illuminize Peel™ and GL Gel Peel™

Up to 20% Off Products
On February 13th & February 14th enjoy TWO-DAYS-ONLY discounts on your product purchase:
Buy 1 = 10% OFF
Buy 2 = 15% OFF
Buy 3 = 20% OFF

*Some restriction may apply. Not valid with any other offer. Not valid on Clarisonic & SkinMedica® Kits SIB regimens excluded.

Wondering how these (and other) treatments have made a difference for our patients? Take a peek at our Photo Gallery; you’ll be amazed at the results!

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