Archive for May, 2011
I finally found the time to read ” In Stitches” a memoir of Plastic Surgeon, Anthony Youn, M.D. I am not in the habit of writing book reviews, however I have been looking forward to reading this book since it was released. Dr. Youn is recognized as a top plastic surgeon and has been seen on shows like Rachel Ray and Dr. 90210. His blog “Celebrity Cosmetic Surgery” has been hugely popular, and now he shares his personal journey to becoming a plastic surgeon in his book “In Stitches”. This is a fun, easy read, a perfect book for a relaxing summer day.
In Stitches gives a humorous inside look of the life of Anthony Youn, a boy that grew up feeling like a “nerd” who didn’t fit in, and his journey to becoming a successful Plastic Surgeon. As a teen he was insecure about his over sized jaw and had major plastic surgery to correct it. He hoped that after the surgery he would have better luck with girls, but things don’t always work out as planned. Dr. Youn shares the personal struggles he had talking to women and trying to get a date while in medical school. Honestly, I was beginning to wonder if he was EVER going to get lucky. I actually had to flip back to the photo of Dr. Youn on the inside flap several times, to see if it offered any clues to his dating challenge. I think it all comes down to confidence.
Dr. Youn said he never had an “ah-ha” moment when he instantly knew that he was going to become a plastic surgeon. Maybe he didn’t have an “ah-ha” moment, but I suspect that a night he spent in pediatrics was a major influence. It is often overlooked, that plastic surgery has it’s roots in reconstruction, we are reminded of this when an infant is brought into the emergency room in need of immediate plastic surgery to reconstruct his face.
You will have to read the book to find out exactly what happens. (Warning, this chapter is a tear jerker)
I have spent my career working with doctors, in the field of Medical Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery, so I have some idea how challenging medical school is and plastic surgery happens to be one of the most competitive fields in medicine. Youn was one of 250 qualified candidates competing for a residency in plastic surgery, with only 60 openings. After completing applications for 35 plastic surgery residency programs and 20 general surgery programs (as backups), he receives 15 interview invitations for general surgery and 8 for plastic surgery. Now begins the exhausting process of traveling around the country for residency interviews. These interviews are a bit unusual and a little comical. Finally, Match Day, the day when future doctors are matched with their residency via a process that is compared to E-Harmony.
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Achive a more youthful, toned and lifted appearance
Target signs of aging by tightening lax skin including, jowls, neck, sagging under the eyes, droopy brow, and nasolabial folds. ReFirme is a noninvasive procedure that instantly tightens skin with out any discomfort or down time, offering a fast treatment for sagging and wrinkled skin.
ReFirme is a FDA cleared non-invasive Skin Treatment procedure that enables you to comfortably achieve a more youthful, toned and lifted appearance without enduring down time.
An average treatment takes about an hour. You can see results immediately after your first treatment, however results are accumulative, so a series of treatments are recommended. A series of 5 treatments are recommended, scheduled about 3-4 weeks apart. You can expect results from a single treatment to last up to 6 weeks and after a series of 5 treatments, results last up to 6 months.
ReFirme is an ideal treatment before photo’s or special events.
There is absolutly no down time! After a treatment you look good enough for a night out, in-fact many celebrities will have a skin tightening treatment before they hit the red carpet.
ReFirme can also be used in conjunction with other skin treatments including Fotofacial, Microdermabrasion, The Oxygen Facial and Chemical Peels.
ReFirme™ is a FDA cleared non-invasive skin treatment that uses Bi-Polar Radio Frequency and Light energies to precisely heat the dermal tissue within the targeted treatment area. The precise heating ensures a safe, effective, fast treatment with no downtime. Fine wrinkles are reduced, noticeable lifting can be observed on sagging skin and the texture of your skin becomes smoother, more luminous and toned.
I know that I am supposed to be the “skin guru”, but occasionally I learn something from my clients. Years ago, one of my clients went to Israel. Before she left, she promised she was going to bring me back a little gift. Yay…I love gifts! ( I am blessed with the most amazing clients.) She returned with AHAVA mineral hand cream. She remembered that I am always looking for something to sooth my dry hands. At work I wear latex gloves and I wash my hands several times a day, as a result my hands become very dry and sensitive. I am glad that I has introduced to this line of products because I absolutely love them.
She told me about the Dead Sea and how people travel from all over the world to float in the Dead Sea and coat their bodies in mud from the Dead Sea. It has long been believed that the Dead Sea offers many health and cosmetic benefits due to the high mineral content of the water and salt.
The Dead Sea is at the lowest elevation on earth and has one of highest concentrations of salt water in the world. The high salinity of 33.7% creates an environment in which animals can’t live, which is why it is known as the Dead Sea. The salt content differs from that of the ocean, which is 97% chloride. The Dead Sea salt contents vary, but it is made up of about: 50.8% magnesium chloride, 30.4% sodium chloride, 14.4% calcium chloride, and 4.4% potassium chloride.
Dead Sea Mud
AHAVA also has a full line of products that are made with Dead Sea Mud. The mineral-rich black mud of the Dead Sea shores is scientifically proven to help soothe and repair dry sensitive skin. In addition to the Mineral Hand Cream I am currently also using the Dermud Intensive Foot cream. It is extreamly hydrating, which is great for dry feet. Better yet, you can buy 100% pure Dead Sea Mud for a full body treatment at home.
Dead Sea Salts
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You can find AHAVA at Nordstroms, ULTA, Beauty Brands and Beauty First.
Hollywood A-listers love Oxygen facials, fans include… Fergie, Sienna Miller, Heather Locklear, Donatella Versace, Gwen Stefani, Eva Longoria, Justin Timberlake, Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham, Naomi Campbell and Katy Perry. It is even rumored that Madonna is such a fan of the Oxygen treatment that she actually has two machines in her home.
So, what is all the fuss about? Oxygen infused skin treatments instantly leave the skin plump, firm, hydrated and radiant. Oxygen is an excellent nutrient for collagen and elastin, the body uses its own oxygen supply and other nutrients to increase the strength of the collagen and elastin fibers. When used topically, oxygen treatments can reduce the effects of aging by actually nourishing the skin with essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes all of which are propelled deep into the skin with pressurized pure oxygen. The result is an instant increase in the suppleness and elasticity of the skin.
What skin types benefit from oxygen treatments?
Nearly all skin types can benefit from an oxygen skin treatment regardless of age, gender or ethnicity.Oxygen treatments are especially ideal for smokers and those with acne prone skin and can be used on skin that has been treated with AHA’s, Reitn-A and Acutane.
What to expect with an oxygen skin treatment
A true Oxygen Facial uses actual pure oxygen, compared to other so called “oxygen facials” that use hydrogen peroxide. Although I do not think there is anything wrong with products that use hydrogen peroxide, it is simply a different treatment all together and can not be compared. I would like to mention that products containing hydrogen peroxide are generally not recommended for darker skin types.
A typical oxygen treatment focuses on exfoliation, hydration, and nourishing the skin, however oxygen treatments can be customized to fit needs of each persons skin. Oxygen treatments can be added to enhance the results of other skin treatments like microdermabrasion, Blue Light acne treatment and energy based skin tightening treatments. Oxygen therapy is also a great post-procedure treatment to help calm and sooth skin and promote healing.
The skin is hydrated using a unique process in which specially formulated enzymes and mineral solutions are used to help draw moisture to the skins surface, thus providing skin cells with more nourishment than ever before possible. Oxygen, in conjunction with vitamins and minerals are propelled onto the skin to nourish and revitalize the skin cells. After the treatment, you will notice a “tight” sensation of the skin, and the skin will look and feel moist to the touch.
Oxygen Acne Treatment
Bacteria thrive in an environment deprived of oxygen, when you introduce oxygen into the skin it acts to eliminate bacteria. Oxygen skin treatments also promote skin healing and reduce inflammation. A professional acne treatment system utilizing pure oxygen, along with proven acne-fighting ingredients work to kill acne causing bacteria, promote healing of acne lesions and calm and sooth inflamed skin.
My family and I had the pleasure of seeing Jordin Sparks live at the MIM Museum in Phoenix, Az. The Jordin Sparks and Friends benefit concert was to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of The MIM (Musical Instrument Museum), and to help Jordin raise money for her exciting new program called the “12/29 Music Project”. The proceeds from this concert will benefit her new program that she is so passionate about.
The 12\29 Music Project’s mission is to provide a safe working environment for young people to perfect their craft through artistry, recording music and learning the necessary skills for working inside a studio while making a difference in their community. 12\29 Music Project is a project of The M.A.D. Girls, Inc. Jordin endorses The M.A.D. Girls Inc, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, serves the community as a management group. It helps individuals or organizations identify and implement projects to benefit a cause or humanitarian effort of interest. They achieve their goals by promoting and encouraging corporate and individual social responsibility. By actively engaging in localized efforts to raise awareness, and by supporting activities that enhance the well-being of the less fortunate, we can make a difference. The campaign hopes to motivate others to find something they’re passionate about and funnel that energy into doing something to help another. It’s amazing how wonderful it feels when you know you’ve made a difference in someone’s life. For more information, please go to www.1229musicproject.com
Jordin Sparks has a phenomenal voice and she is such an inspiration! I’m so excited and thankful that we had a chance to meet her! She is truly a beautiful woman inside and out! Her voice was so mesmerizing and her performance was sensational! We need more positive influences like her that are representing and leading our youth. I am so elated after watching such a personal and intimate concert! Children are our future and we need to make sure that we expose them to positive role models such as Jordin Sparks. I am so enamored by her personality and good will. After speaking with her, I have grown even more fond of her music and her personality, talk about a real girl with a “real” personality! I absolutely love her and her music and her drive. She is so talented and I wish for my daughter to follow her as a role model.
It’s been all over the news, I am referring to the Esthetician who gave her eight year old daughter injections of Botox to treat “wrinkles”. She was motivated to do this to help give her daughter an advantage in pageants. As a mother and an Esthetician myself, I wanted to share my thoughts on this crazy story. It has already been said that she is sending the wrong message to her daughter. Lets face it, that message began with putting an eight year old in a beauty pageant.
Why Does An Eight Year Old Want Botox?
There has been discussion about why an eight year old would ask for Botox in the first place. As an Esthetician I can tell you that at that same age my son knew about many of the things we offer in the beauty industry, just from hearing me talk about it. I even remember him telling me that his teacher needed a blue peel, but for the most part he had no interest in esthetic treatments. I am sure that girls would naturally have a little more interest in esthetic and cosmetic treatments than boys, but certainly not anti-aging treatments. Just to state the obvious… children do not have wrinkles!
Mommy is an Esthetician????
The mother of the little girl is an Esthetician and claims it was her daughter that asked for Botox. As a mother and an Esthetician, I do not see how that justifies her actually injecting her daughter with Botox. My son once asked me to remove his cow lick with laser hair removal. I obviously refused and explained to him that although it would permanently rid him of his cow-lick, he would be left with a bald spot on the back of his head. He said, he would rather have a bald spot than a cow-lick. I promised him that he would feel differently later, and then changed the discussion to the pain involved. Now that he is a teenager, I know he is glad I didn’t honor his request. My first point is that children do not know what is best for them, thats why they have parents. My second point is, Estheticians have a professional responsibility, to educate clients about the benefits and risks of a treatment.
The Worst Esthetician Ever!!!
The little girl said she didn’t like wrinkles. Okay… that is fair, I don’t exactly like them either. I am going to be completely hypothetical for a moment, because I am obviously not in the business of treating or consulting children for cosmetic treatments. If I was consulting with this little girl, I would point out that she doesn’t have wrinkles and I would explain to her that children have a lot of collagen and elastin and that their skin cells turn over very fast. I would also explain that the facial muscles only become strong enough to create lines and wrinkles after many years and she could reconsider Botox in about 20 years. I would teach her that the best way to prevent wrinkles is to use a good sunblock every day. Other things she should do, is eat a healthy diet with a lot of fruits and vegetables, drink plenty of water, get enough sleep and exercise and never start smoking. I might even teach her how to properly cleanse her face, but thats about it. It is irresponsible as a skin professional to provide skin treatments that are unnecessary to anyone. I have to assume that either this esthetician doesn’t understand how the skin functions or has poor ethical and professional standards (or both). She is also working outside the scope of an Esthetic License, the only way she can inject Botox is under the direct supervision of a doctor, in which case the doctor can be held responsible for her actions. She stated that she does the injections her self, and purchases the Botox online. FYI- the internet is not a trusted source. After careful consideration, I am awarding this mom with the title of ” Worst Esthetician Ever”.
I am annoyed that this ridiculous story gives a bad reputation to Estheticians and Botox. The truth is there are “bad” Estheticians, which is why it is so important to find an Esthetician that excels in the field. I have to advocate for Botox, by saying that it is only intended for cosmetic use in consenting adults and in children to treat specifically indicated medical conditions, but not for cosmetic purpose. Botox is only sold to approved doctors, the woman in this case claims to have purchased it on line. As I have said many times before, just because you can buy something on the internet doesn’t mean you should.
Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keep friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment. – Greenville Kleisser
Best Of Both Worlds Az, recently co-hosted an event to benefit Athletes International, at Stand Up Scottsdale comedy club. We really had a great time and would like to thank everyone that came out to help us support a good cause. For those that didn’t make it, you missed a great show. The show featured Andrew Norelli as the headliner, along with the other comedians that opened the show.
Andrew has been seen on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, Comedy TV, Entertainment Studios with Byron Allen, and Comics Unleashed to name a few. He is real a top act. Not only is he funny, but he is able to make a crowd laugh out loud without using derogatory terms or offensive language. ( Which, in my opinion is a talent ) Sometime’s you watch a comedian and their style of comedy is only enjoyed by a certain targeted group, however Norelli’s act is tailored to be enjoyed by everyone in the audience. I am guessing his experience with improv has helped him to read a crowd, while working as writer for nationally syndicated television programs has given him an understanding of mainstream humor. Two thumbs up!
Stand Up Scottsdale is known for booking some of the most relevant comedians on the scene, you can expect an amazing headliner every weekend. They also have open mic on Wednesday nights. Stand Up Scottsdale! Comedy Club is located in old town Scottsdale, on 5th Ave between Goldwater and Indian School. It is the old Anderson 5th Estate building. The location is great for anyone that may want to go to dinner in Scottsdale and then a show, or enjoy Scottsdale’ night life at some of Old Town’s Dance Clubs, Bars and Restaurants. You can also enjoy food and drinks at the comedy club before, during or ofter the show, which may be a good idea because the drink prices are more affordable than most of Scottsdale’s trendy hot spots. Most shows are $15. and they offer discounts for military, studants, fire and police.
We really enjoyed working with Howard and everyone at Stand up Scottsdale Comedy Club, we will definitely be back to the club for a good laugh.
Microdermabrasion is a form of mechanical exfoliation or micro-resurfacing, that utilizes a specific mechanical medium to gently abrade the top most layer of skin along with adjustable suction. There are many mechanical mediums used for microdermabrasion including: Aluminium Oxide Crystals, Sodium Bicarbonate Crystals, Sodium Chloride Crystals, Bristle tips, natural and synthetic Diamond Tips. DiamondTome is a natural, non-partical form of microdermabrasion that utilizes natural diamond chips at various levels of coarseness attached to the tip of a wand.
DiamondTome eliminates the powders and crystals, by using the polishing action of diamond chips and the cleaning action of controlled vacuum. This non-particle form of microdermabrasion offers a clean controlled procedure.
When you have a Microdermabrasion facial treatment at Paradise Valley Skin Klinic, you will enjoy the added benefits of full custom facial and dermaplaning. The microdermabrasion procedure removes the top most layer of skin by gently exfoliating the skin with natural diamond chips while at the same time vacuuming the dead skin cells away, in a sterile and controlled manner. This exfoliation promotes the growth of healthy new skin cells. You will immediately experience cleaner, softer and smoother skin after with each treatment.
Paradise Valley Skin Klinic also offers Microdermabrasion with Sodium Bicarbonate Crystals
Why do I need Microdermabrasion?
Our skin is constanly growing, similar to our hair and nails. The normal cycle of skin cell turn over is about six weeks. This means that a new skin cell is produced, and slowly moves to the surface of the skin (stratum corneum), then is naturally sloughed or exfoliated off and replaced by a new skin cell. As the skin ages the process of skin cell turn over slows down and dead skin cells build up on the surface of the skin. As the stratum corneum becomes thick with a build up of dead skin cells, this skin will have a rough dull appearance and texture. Pigmented skin cells also becomes more dense causing hyperpigmentation, such as melasma, freckles, sun spots or any skin discoloration to look worse. Dead skin cells can also build up in the pore contributing to blackheads, whiteheads and acne breakouts.
When the skin is exfoliated with microdermabrasion the dead skin cells are immediately removed from the surface of the skin, and the fibroblast is stimulated to produce collagen. Exfoliation is a way of speeding up the process of skin cell turnover. Removing dead skin cells from the skins surface will allow for better penetration of topical skin care products, you can actually double the effectiveness of your products. Exfoliating the skin will also reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, fine lines, superficial scars and help combat acne.
Is there any discomfort or downtime?
No. Microdermabrasion with the DiamondTome is very comfortable, most people actually enjoy the way it feels. Microdermabrasion feels similar to the “scratchy” surface of a cats tongue, along with mild suction. One advantage to microdermabrasion is there isn’t any down time. You can have a microdermabrasion on your lunch break, reapply makeup and return to work.
What are the limitations of microdermabrasion?
Unfortunately, there are some exaggerated claims to microdermabrasion benefits. It’s important to have a realistic expectation for skin treatments. Microdermabrasion is a fairly superficial form of exfoliation compared to chemical peels and laser resurfacing. Each technique has unique benefits and has a special place in skin care. Microdermabrasion is intended to exfoliate the skin without downtime or discomfort. Treatments can be done on a regular basis to maintain the skin and performed between other skin treatments to expedite and enhance results.
There are limits to microdermabrasion, it does not reach skin below the stratum corneum, even if done once a week it will not have an effect on the deeper layers of skin. It is necessary to reach skin cells at deeper layers to treat many skin conditions, for this reason microdermabrasion can not be used to replace laser resurfacing procedures or chemical peels.
Microdermabrasion alone will not eliminate hyperpigmentation. Exfoliation will remove the dense layers of dead skin cells on the skins surface, by removing these layers, pigmentation will be less dense and the appearance of skin discolorations will be reduced. The discoloration is still there it just appears lighter because it is less dense. As the skin continue’s to “grow” and as the stratum corneum builds back up, the pigmentation will return. Your skin care professional can help you select topical agents to help better treat skin discolorations.
Can I get the same results with Microdermabrasion products at home
No, these products generly use crystals similar to those used in Microdermabrasion treatments. They are basiclly facial scrubs, and don’t exfoliate skin to the same level of a Profesional Microdermabrasion treatment. Proffesional treatments use equipment that allow for controll of the negetive pressure or suction used as well as the release of abrading crystals or the abrasiveness of wand. The technique used also plays a role in the effectiveness of treatment.
The Fire and Ice Facial is also known as the Innovative facial and Red Carpet Facial. This intensive facial bridges the gap between mild spa facials and chemical peels, providing immediate results without down-time. It is no surprise this clinical facial has become popular among Hollywood A-listers like Gwyneth Paltrow and Halley Berry.
Awakening your senses, this phenomenal treatment incorparates both active and soothing formulas, which display aromas of warm cinnamon and spice as well as cool peppermint. The centerpiece of this remarkable treatment system is a combination of two therapeutic masques. The Resurfacing and Rejuvenating masques are followed by a unique combinations of serums and cremes.
The rich warming Intensive Resurfacing Masque is designed to rapidly and safely exfoliate the skin, thereby reducing fine lines, smoothing, softening, promoting circulation and encouraging skin cell turnover. This professional treatment mask contains several powerful ingredients including: Glycolic Acid (15.5%), Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Malic Acid, Retinol, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), and potent antioxidants including Green Tea Extracts. This resurfacing treatment works to combat acne and aging skin, as it provides gentle exfoliation when you can’t afford the time of a chemical peel.
The briskly cooling Rejuvenating Masque is a soothing, hydrating treatment formulated with Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Vera, Green Tea Extracts, Licorice, Grape Seed Extract and Rosemary Extract. This is an excellent treatment for compromised skin.
Fire and Ice Facial, as seen on The Doctors
Fire and Ice: Home Treatment
You can continue the fire and ice treatment at home.
– Begin by cleansing the face with IS Clinical Cleansing Complex with a Clarisonic brush AM/PM
– Apply serums: Is Clinical Pro-Heal and Hydra Cool Serum (Ice) AM
Is Clinical Active Serum (Fire) PM
-Apply Cremes: Youth Complex and Youth Eye Complex AM/PM
– Apply broad spectrum SPF daily AM
* You may also want to add IS Clinical White Lightening Serum to treat hyperpigmentation.