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September 27, 2019

These last few weeks of summer weather have really pushed pumpkin lattes and woolen scarves far from my mind.  However, a glimpse in the mirror this morning was a small wake up call to get the ball rolling on my fall skin revamp.  Some brown spots, a few broken vessels, and perhaps—gasp—a hint of jowls forming along my jawline have jumpstarted my plan of attack! 

Here’s how I’m getting my glow on this fall, and how you can too. 

Brown spot...

August 19, 2019

Cosmeceuticals are a multi-billion dollar industry.  So many choices exist, both in the types of products available and the price tag each one carries. Does a higher price mean the product will work better?  Sometimes, although I can tell you that there is no product ever worth spending $300/oz. on!   What about organic or all natural vs. common drug store brands?  Unfortunately these terms are not highly regulated and do not mean the product is safer...

There are SO MANY options these days to get the waist of your dreams, how do you choose?   While there are many nuances to each procedure in terms of what kind of result you can expect, here are some guidelines. 

Coolsculpting

            What is it?  A non-invasive method of fat removal. Applicators are placed on

             the areas you want treated, and the fat is frozen.  About 3 months later on...

There are many misconceptions about sunscreen! It seems there has been a lot of bad press of late about the safety of sunscreen, and its ability to prevent cancer.   I’ve addressed some myths below using the most up to date research from reputable sources.

Sunscreen causes cancer/does not prevent melanoma

False!  Older studies found an association between sunscreen use and an increased incidence of melanoma, but association does NOT equal causation.  Thi...

I’ve noticed recently an uptick in the number of articles in beauty mags, as well as patients in my office who come in for consultation to discuss prejuvenation . The concept is sound—who doesn’t want to prevent premature aging? Stopping wrinkles before they even form sounds like the holy grail of being ageless, sign me up 🙋🏼‍♀️. But at what cost?
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Millenials have been the major driving force behind the concept of prejuvenation and I think it is smart to...

Skin Health 101: How to Get a Flawless Complexion

What does it mean to have healthy skin?   We all know someone with impossibly smooth skin, who looks “great for their age,” whose skin glows even in the dead of winter.    We know what healthy skin looks like when we see it; but what are we observing?  Simply put, healthy skin has an even tone and texture, is blemish-free, and is well hydrated with good elasticity.  

Genetics...

February 6, 2019

The Truth About Plastic Surgery Tourism

     The number of people traveling to have plastic surgery has increased dramatically over the past decade.  Cost-conscious "shoppers" are looking to get a good deal on surgery; unfortunately this can often come at an unforeseen price.  I've also had patients tell me their friends said not to have surgery in the US because doctors here do not care about their patients...WOW! 

      The truth i...

January 9, 2019

The cold weather is in full force for us in the Northeast.   With the change in seasons comes a change in our skincare needs. Ladies with dry skin at baseline will struggle even more to keep the cracked and irritated feeling at bay. For those of you with more oily skin types, you may not notice a huge difference in your skin, but a little bit of tweaking will keep you glowing ‘til warmer weather graces us again.

Some helpful tips for wint...

August 17, 2018

False! Let’s talk about breast implant safety. If you are old enough to remember the Connie Chung-induced media frenzy in the 90s, you may know that silicone implants were taken off the market after there were concerns that the silicone could go systemically and cause a whole host of immune or inflammatory illnesses. Luckily, there were rigorous studies undertaken over the following decade, which definitively concluded that silicone implants are just as saf...

The decision to undergo breast augmentation is a fairly common one, as far as plastic surgery is concerned.  Last year over 300,000 women chose to get a “boob job”, which is a 40% increase from the number of women who did so in 2000.  Why such an increase?!  Well, we are pretty far from the scare of the ‘90’s, when sensational journalism convinced women that their implants were making them sick.  [BEWARE: there are still some people out there who promote an...

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