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Welcome to Dr. Sommerville's Blog!

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June 7, 2013

Welcome to my blog! Within this regularly updated feature of my website, I will provide visitors with practice news and specials, as well as information regarding the most recent technological advances and new treatments in Dermatology. I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to visit my new blog. Please check back often to learn about...  read more


Frequently asked questions about the Sapphire 3® Photo Abrasion treatment

November 15, 2022
Perfect and clean skincare wearing natural makeup.

The Sapphire 3® Photo Abrasion treatment is a new, cutting-edge skin resurfacing treatment that can help improve the overall appearance of your skin. This treatment uses a combination of sapphire granules, red monochromatic light therapy, and blue LED lights to exfoliate the top layer of your skin, revealing smoother, healthier skin underneath. The Sapphire 3®...  read more


How does SkinTyte® work to reduce skin laxity and the early signs of aging?

October 15, 2022

SkinTyte® is a skin tightening treatment that uses a combination of broadband light energy to heat deep within the skin. This energy helps to increase natural collagen production, which in turn leads to firmer, smoother, and more youthful-looking skin. SkinTyte® can be used on various areas of the body, including the face, neck, abdomen, and...  read more


Schedule your skin cancer screening during Stand Up to Cancer Day!

September 15, 2022

Skin cancer is the most common variety of cancer, and it can be deadly if not detected early. A skin cancer screening can help catch skin cancer in its early stages when it is most treatable. Dr. Margaret Summerville of Chevy Chase Dermatology in Chevy Chase, MD, is available to help new and returning patients...  read more


Understanding skin tags

August 15, 2022
Woman with birthmark on her back, skin tags removal

At Chevy Chase Dermatology, Dr. Margaret Summerville and her team work with patients in the Chevy Chase, MD area with a wide range of medical and cosmetic dermatology needs. This includes questions about skin tags and other growths on the skin. Skin tags are common and can be removed with the assistance of a professional....  read more


The best treatment for spider and varicose veins

July 15, 2022
Young girl relaxing at home

Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure used to treat varicose veins and spider veins. A sclerosing agent is injected into the vein, causing it to scar and collapse. The treated vein then fades away, and blood is redirected to more significant, healthier leg veins. Dr. Margaret Summerville of Chevy Chase Dermatology in Chevy Chase, MD, can...  read more


Understanding allergic contact dermatitis

June 15, 2022
Dermatitis on skin, ill allergic rash dermatitis eczema

The development of a rash, along with itching and redness, may be an indication of an allergic reaction. A common type of rash is known as allergic contact dermatitis and may require the assistance of a medical professional such as a dermatologist to resolve. Dr. Margaret Summerville and her team in Chevy Chase, MD can...  read more


What is hyperhidrosis?

May 15, 2022
injections of botulinum toxin on the palms of a woman against hyperhidrosis.

If you have been diagnosed with hyperhidrosis, you know how difficult and embarrassing it can be. Many patients find that the excessive sweating cannot be controlled with antiperspirants alone. They may find themselves wearing darker clothing or layering to avoid the noticeable "pit stains" associated with this condition. With proper diagnosis and treatment, many patients...  read more


What is vitiligo and how can it be addressed?

April 15, 2022
Vitiligo on the hands

Chevy Chase, MD is home to many dermatologists, and it is not uncommon for them to interact with patients who are dealing with certain conditions such as vitiligo. Dr. Margaret Summerville is a dermatologist in the community who can help patients get a definitive diagnosis of their medical dermatology concern, as well as assistance with...  read more


What types of birthmarks are seen by dermatologists?

March 15, 2022
female with large brown spot on face under eye looking at mirror reflection

Birthmarks are a unique trait to many patients. When you are born, you may have had a mark on the skin. This mark can develop anywhere and may look different depending on the type of birthmark. At Chevy Chase Dermatology, Dr. Margaret Summerville and her team can evaluate a patient to determine the type of...  read more


Does chocolate cause acne?

February 14, 2022
Young woman with problem skin holding chocolate bar

There are many misconceptions about acne. Many think that acne is just a problem for hormonal teenagers. However, patients of all ages can get acne, even babies! And what about the myths regarding fried foods and chocolate. Do they really cause acne? Dr. Margaret Summerville and her team at Chevy Chase Dermatology in Chevy Chase,...  read more