Some Insight on Sun Spots

Dr Bruce SmallerAs laypeople we call them sun spots, but dermatologists 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 skin­toned 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.

At our practice, we 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

14 days of feb for web

$14/unit Botox® Cosmetic
Ease your fine lines away with Botox® Cosmetic at $14 per unit. 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.

We’re Going Digital – At Our Galleria Office

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Meet Pedro Martinez Our Newest Aesthetician


Pedro will be at our Houston/Galleria office: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Select Saturdays. He will be at our Katy/Cinco Ranch office on Wednesdays.

Call Today to Schedule Your Appointment! 713.850.0240

Pedro Martinez MG Edit SmallerWHERE ARE YOU FROM?  I’m a Houston native! I grew up and still live in the southwest area of town. I love this city and appreciate its vibrancy and cultural diversity.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO BECOME AN AESTHETICIAN?  I felt that this was a natural step for me given my 5-year experience here at Suzanne Bruce and Associates. Over that time I have had an opportunity to interact and help patients on their road to skin rejuvenation. Witnessing such transformations has truly motivated me to offer a “hands-on” contribution as an aesthetician.

WHAT ASPECTS DO YOU LOVE? I love technology and staying current with it. In the cosmetic industry there is always something new on the horizon. As a provider I have to stay on top of the latest and greatest so I can offer my patients the best treatments available and get the best results possible!

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE AS AN AESTHETICIAN?I have a “listen and treat” approach. I’m a perfectionist when I treat my patients. So I take extra measures to really understand their concerns so I can be sure to always address them in the best way possible.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PRACTICING AND WHERE?I have been practicing since May 2014. I studied at the Institute of Cosmetology and Esthetics in Houston. They are known for their European approach to facials and offer training in advanced procedures such as laser hair removal. Since then I have practiced under the supervision of Dr. Bruce and received detailed training in the services and procedures offered here at Suzanne Bruce and Associates. Prior to becoming an Aesthetician I was a Team Lead for the front office here. One of my responsibilities was to train front office staff members in all procedures offered at Suzanne Bruce and Associates. I guess you can say in the past few years I have unknowingly been preparing myself for my role as an aesthetician. So this has to be fate!

DO YOU HAVE A PERSONAL MOTTO?   Oh goodness, too many, but my favorite is: “Good Habits for a Great Life”. It’s something to live by.

ARE YOU ACTIVE IN THE COMMUNITY? Yes I am! I think it’s very important to be involved in the community. I volunteer for many different organizations, time permitting, but I do commit to two organizations faithfully. Every Thanksgiving morning you will find me delivering a warm meal to our wonderful elderlies through the Ho.M.E. Project (Houston Meals for the Elderly). It’s a wonderful way to say thank you and give back! I also volunteer my time with HADR (Houston Area Doberman Rescue). I adopted my precious Doberman (Zeus) from this organization four years ago. During the adoption process I was so impressed with their mission and diligence to educate and provide a better life to a misunderstood and wonderful breed. Currently Zeus and I are training to volunteer as pet therapists to help bring joy to children and adults at different facilities around town.

FINAL NOTE: I would like to thank my current patients for being so great and to all my future patients I say; welcome! I look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your skin care goals.

Meet Our Newest Addition: Dr. Jennifer Peterson!

Dr. Peterson joined Suzanne Bruce and Associates in January 2014 and has been practicing out of our Katy office. Starting January 2015 she will be splitting her time between both offices. She will be at our Galleria location on Tuesdays and Fridays. She will remain in Katy on Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.

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

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!

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