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Welcome to Dr. Sommerville's Blog!

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

Addressing Myths About Laser Hair Removal

September 15, 2023

Laser hair removal is a powerful skin treatment that provides a more convenient option for addressing body hair. However, even as widespread as this treatment is, there are still a lot of myths that surround it. Almost all of these myths originated decades ago when laser skin treatments were still in development, long before the advanced...  read more

What Causes Rosacea Flare-Ups?

August 15, 2023

Rosacea is a type of skin condition that causes facial redness, swollen bumps, facial burning, visible veins, and more. The cause of rosacea is currently unknown, but we do know that certain things can cause flare-ups to occur. These flare-ups cause heavy symptoms to persist for days, weeks, to even months. Avoiding these flare-ups is an important...  read more

The Truth Behind SPF and Sunscreens

July 15, 2023

Summer is here but summer fun couldn’t be further away if your fun in the sun is being shadowed by questions about sunscreen. What strength do I use? How often do I reapply? What in the world do SPF numbers even mean? If I use SPF 30 and SPF 60, have I just created SPF 90?...  read more

FAQs About Chemical Peels: Your Guide to Fresher Skin

June 15, 2023

Are you looking for healthy, refined skin that glows in the summer sun? If so, chemical peels may be your answer. Many people are using chemical peels to gain youthful-looking skin. In this blog post, we will answer frequently asked questions about this skin-saving treatment. What Are Chemical Peels? Chemical peels work their magic by...  read more

The Best Treatment to Fight Spider Veins

May 15, 2023
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Spider veins can be inconvenient to many as they cause the veins in your legs, thighs, and calves to appear blue or purple in a spider web design. While they may be bothersome to look at, they are mostly harmless and painless.  Why Do I Have Spider Veins? There are many reasons why you could...  read more

Over-the-Counter Remedies and Lifestyle Changes To Improve Acne

April 15, 2023
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Acne can be a troublesome condition for men and women, teenagers and adults. Many individuals are able to control their acne with readily available treatments from the drugstore and by making a few simple changes to their lifestyles. However, when this does not provide the desired results, it may be time to talk to a...  read more

The Anti-aging Benefits of Restylane® Injections

March 15, 2023
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Restylane® is an ideal anti-aging solution for those who want to look more youthful without undergoing surgery or taking medications that can have potentially serious side effects. With its natural properties and long-lasting effects, it has become one of the more popular non-surgical solutions available today. What Is Restylane®? Restylane® is a biodegradable dermal filler...  read more

What Is Sapphire® Microdermabrasion?

February 14, 2023

If you are seeking rejuvenation of the skin that leaves it soft, supple, and youthful, you are not the only one to approach Dr. Margaret Summerville of Chevy Chase Dermatology to find an affordable and reliable solution. One treatment that might be recommended for exfoliating the skin is the Sapphire® microdermabrasion service. What Is Sapphire®...  read more

What Are the Various Types of Birthmarks?

January 15, 2023
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There are different types of birthmarks that can occur in an individual. They may affect skin color or texture at the time of birth itself, or they can appear anytime during a person's life. Some of the most common types of birthmarks include café au lait spots, moles and hemangiomas. Dr. Margaret Summerville of Chevy...  read more

Using Broadband Light Treatments to Enhance Skin Texture and Tone

December 15, 2022
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At Chevy Chase Dermatology, Dr. Margaret Summerville and her team in Chevy Chase, MD, offer BBL treatments to improve the appearance of your skin. BBL, or "broadband light," is a variety of light therapy that targets issues on the skin, including sun damage, uneven skin tone, and fine lines and wrinkles. Many patients turn to...  read more

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