Melasma: An Ongoing Battle For Many Women

What is it? Melasma (muh-LAZ-muh) is a common skin condition that causes brown to gray-brown patches on the face. It usually presents on the cheeks, bridge of their nose, forehead, chin, and above the upper lip. While Melasma does not cause any physicla symptoms, the concern is the way melasma makes the skin look. 

What causes it? Women are far more likely than men to get melasma, It is so common during pregnancy often referred to as the pregnancy mask. Hormones, birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy can trigger melasma.

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LED Light Therapy for Skin Rejuvenation

LED light therapy seem to be having a moment in the spot light these days. The steaks are set high with claims of anti-aging and acne reduction, is this magical light worth all the hype?

LED stands for Light Emitting Diode, which is a tiny computer chip encased in glass. LED light therapy delivers light energy in a similar way plants absorb light energy from the sun emitting UV-free, beneficial light rays that energize cells and stimulate the body's natural process to build new proteins and regenerate cells.

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Who is the Beauty Broker?

So how do you chose a Plastic Surgeon? Word of mouth? Customer testimonials and reviews?  I always ask my fellow OR nurses, who would they have do their face, eyes, nose, breasts, liposuction - but not everyone has access to this kind of information. The Plastic Surgeons with the best marketing team and charisma typically find their way to get information in front of consumers, but can you trust their own words?

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Lifting the Face by Filling the Temples with Sculptra

The temples are often an overlooked site that injectors and patients bypass. The temple region hollows are we age, due to bone density loss. Thinner patients often present with skeleton-like appearance as they age in the temple region and lateral face. Most patients see jowls, or sagging on the lower face and the immediate response is added cheek volume to give a lift.

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Hyperhidrosis: Best Underrated Summer Treatment with Botox

Hyperhidrosis, is another term for excessive sweating, this can be embarasssing and annoying. The remedy for this issue; BOTOX. The use of Botox to the underarms or palms of the hands is commonly used to alleviate sweating. The effect of Botox takes up to two weeks to kick in, and can last up to 6-8 months. I personally have this treatment done annually in late spring, so when summer rolls around I'm ready. The pain level is bearable and the risks are the minimal.

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B12 for your health

During a recent annual visit to my Internist, I was not so pleasantly surprised with the results of my routine blood work. My vitamin B12 was  234 - the range is 243-894. My doctor signed me up for a series of B12 injections done once a week for six weeks. I'm proud to say that now my vitamin B12 level is 814! I did some research on how this could have dropped so low; #1 I'm a vegetarian of 24 years, #2 As we age, our body's ability to absorb vitamin B12 from food slows.

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What is the Right Age to Nip and Tuck your Eyes?

During many of my cosmetic consultations, patients come to me looking for the non surgical fountain of youth. I am always sorry to inform them that there is no such thing. The best way to maintain a youthful apperaence is to have small procedures consistently starting in your mid 30's; laser resurfacing, dermal fillers, microneeding, IPLUltherapy

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May is Melanoma Awareness Month

Melanoma Awareness Month - May. Tomorrow is "Don't Fry Day!" As the Memorial Day weekend approaches, the unofficial start to summer is upon us and the American Cancer Society along with the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention is designating this Friday as “Don't Fry Day” to encourage sun safety.

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Genevieve Vielbig