A Complete Approach to Women's Health
May 2015 Newsletter

Congratulations, DermaCenter!


Congratulations to DermaCenter for winning Best Medical Spa in Philadelphia and thank you to our loyal patients and voters!

May Awareness: Melanoma 

By: Lauren O'Brien, MD


Spring has sprung. and soon those long, hot days of summer will be upon us. We are all ready to enjoy the warmer, days the sun has in store for us, so this is the perfect time to reflect on the potential hazards that can come with all of that UV exposure. May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, so let's review some important skin cancer



As a group, skin cancers are the most common cancers of humans. Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer. The overall lifetime risk of melanoma is 1:50, but it represents the most common cancer in women aged 25-29 and the second most common cancer in women 30-34.



Melanoma can affect ANYONE, but there are certain people who are at greater risk.

1) Caucasians have a higher risk than other races
2) If you have >50 moles, or large/atypical moles!you are at higher risk.

ABCDE's of Melanoma


The biggest prevention tool for melanoma is knowing your skin and noticing any changes that occur. To help understand changes, you can use 'the ABCDE's of Melanoma: Asymmetry, Borders, Color, Diameter, Evolution


Read more about Melanoma detection and prevention here.


Spring Cleaning...For Your Pantry

By: Audrey Hasse, Registered Dietitian




The time for the big spring clean is upon us once again, thank goodness!  In your quest to rid your house of all things winter and start fresh this spring, don't neglect your pantry.  Take advantage of this fresh start to purge your pantry, fridge, drawers, and other secret hiding spaces of all the junk that has accumulated over the past few months (or years). 


Here are a few tips to help you purge your kitchen of the unhealthy items and replace them with whole, fresh, healthy foods.


Check the labels:  As a rule, you should always check the nutrition label and ingredient list before buying any foods, condiments, drinks, etc.  If the item is high in sugar, high in sodium, or has trans fat, get rid of it.  Always check the serving size.  Although a container may appear to be one serving, make sure you check to see just how many servings it contains. The following additives are a big red flag and a good indicator to purge that item from your pantry.

  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Artificial colors
  • Artificial flavors
  • Artificial sugars
  • Anything with a number
  • Enriched wheat
  • Hydrogenated oil
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
  • Preservatives (such as BHA, BHT, potassium sorbate)
Continue reading tips on how to spring clean your pantry.

Attention Dr. Perilstein Patients



Effective immediately, Dr. Perilstein will be seeing patients at: 

1518 Walnut Street Suite 1202, Philadelphia, PA


The office entrance is directly next to the "GUESS" store on the 1500 block of Walnut Street.  Please continue to call our office at 215-735-7992 to schedule an appointment with her as usual.  Dr. Perilstein remains a part of the Rittenhouse Women's Wellness Center and the Walnut Street office is another RWWC location. She will continue to accept the same medical insurances. If this notice poses any questions, please call 215-735-7992 and we will be happy to assist you during this transition period.


You're Invited!

Main Line Botox & Juvederm Event

May 4th, 2015





DermaCenter Medical Spa at the Rittenhouse Women's Wellness Center would like to invite you to our Center for our popular, exclusive injectable party! All procedures are performed by certified physicians including plastic surgeon, Dr. Benjamin Lam


Every guest will receive a personalized skincare consultation from one of our Physicians in the privacy of our Medical Spa. Dr. Lam is also available for plastic surgery consultations on May 4th, 2015.   


We hope you can join us for this event! For more details and to RSVP, see below.


BOTOX® Cosmetic Event Details


With Botox treatments your skin will look smoother in a few days, giving you a younger, fresher look. These procedures take only a few minutes and are followed by no down time and minimal discomfort. 


Details: $11 per unit* Call now - Space is limited!


Click here to RSVP


Juvederm Event Details:


Restore fullness to your cheekbones or lips, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, or smooth away smile lines, worry lines and fine lines with Juvéderm™ Injectable Filler. Filler injections help to restore your youthful appearance with minimal recovery time. We use only Juvederm with lidocaine to minimize your discomfort.


Each attendee will receive $100 off each vial of Juvederm*!! 


Click here to RSVP


*Must sign up for Brilliant Distinctions program in order to receive discount.


May Specials at DermaCenter




Attention Members:

How to Access Your Patient Portal Account


Q: What is the best way to contact a doctor directly? 

A: In order to contact a doctor directly, please use your patient portal. The doctor will respond within 1 business day of your submission. Please be sure the request is non-urgent.


Q: How do I access my portal?

A: Please go to www.rwwc.com and click on "my wellness sign in" located in the top right hand corner of your screen. This will bring you to the portal log in page whereyou will need to enter your username and password that was sent to your email. 


Q: What happens if I do not have my log in information?

A: Please email info@rwwc.com and request this information directly. You will then receive an automated email with your username and password. 


Q: Once I log in, what can I do?

A: Once you log in to your patient portal account, you will be able to see any upcoming or past appointments you may have had - this will be displayed on your homepage. You can also view any previous blood work results, schedule your annual physical or GYN, request refills, referrals and ask your doctor any private questions that you may have. You can access these options on the left hand side of your screen.


To request your new  patient portal log in and password, please email info@rwwc.com




Request Your Patient Portal Information Today!


Our patient portal allows patients to be able to view your labs, print your radiology prescriptions, reference your visit summary, schedule routine appointments, request prescription refills, request referrals and more.


To request your new patient portal login and password, please email: info@rwwc.com.  



Rittenhouse Women's Wellness Centers

Philadelphia: 215-735-7992

Main Line: 610-668-7992


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