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The Clarisonic cleansing brush has been a long time favorite among skin care profesionals, so it is no surprise that the Clarisonic Opal is a new favorite. The Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusion System helps you get the most out of your skin care products and improve the skin around your eyes.
A palm-sized sonic infusion device, the Opal is specially designed to help build skin’s resilience over time and prevent future damage around the eyes. By gently tapping the skin around your eye at 125 sonic movements per second, the Opal dispenses a specially formulated Anti-Aging Sea Serum, maximizing absorption in a way that’s not possible with your finger alone.
A blue dye was added to the eye serum to show the enhanced absorption with the Clarisonic Opal.
For me the biggest selling point is that your products will penetrate better when you use them with the Opal, and when you invest in the best skin care products you want to get all you can from them. The Opal Sonic comes with an Anti-Aging Sea Serum, but I also use it with other serums. I find it also works well with Skin Ceutical’s Hydrating B5 Gel and Obagi Elastiderm Eye Treatment Gel. I think I will also like try it with Skin Medica’s TNS Recovery Complex. I don’t limit my Opal use to around the eyes, I find it works great on the lip line too.
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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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.
Wow! Now that’s a work out! I can attest to this incredible fitness kickboxing class. I had been wanting to do a kickboxing class for a long time and after driving by Koncrete Gym every day, I finally stopped in to check it out. I decided to try a few classes, and a month later I am still enjoying these sessions! The class sizes are small which I love. Everyone there is very experienced and are always willing to help and improve your fitness goals. They also offer private training lessons for only $22 a session. Your other options are, for $79 a month, you can have unlimited fitness classes or for $99 a month unlimited classes and nutrition boot camp. See their website for other offers. www.koncretegym.com
This gym offers highly skilled, experienced world champion trainers. Its not going to be your typical Lifetime Fitness class. Learn real boxing techniques from the pros, and self defense techniques of martial arts. I even have my own pink boxing gloves (which you can purchase there, or just borrow a pair for free!) Cardio kickboxing has been rated as one of the absolute best calorie-burning workouts around. Get toned and get into shape at Koncrete gym with these cardio fitness/ boxing classes that will kick your butt and teach you how to kick butt!
Koncrete Gym is conveniently located in Scottsdale at 69th Street and Shea
6949 East Shea Blvd Ste 120
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Some nutritionists state that you could live adequately on bee pollen alone. I know that sounds crazy, but science shows that bee pollen has natural rejuvenating powers, boosts energy, extends life span, fights allergies (and possibly even cancer) and relieves digestive orders. Bee pollen bursts with easily assimilated protein and lecithin, which nourish the brain and nervous system. Who would have thought?! Honeybee pollen and raw honey are the only food on earth that contain all 22 nutrients needed by mankind for complete and perfect health.
Everyone can benefit from taking bee pollen, but check with your doctor before using if you suspect sensitivity or have an unhealthy condition or if you are in question. There are many different types of Bee pollen. I recommend buying it from your local farmers market, that way it is the freshest and purest form. Small jars are usually about $8 and medium sized jars about $15-20. It should be kept in the freezer to preserve freshness.
I have purchased my bee pollen from THE FISH HUGGER and MADE BY BEES . Both have a great selection of honey and bee pollen. Both vendors are found at a few of the farmer’s markets around town. Follow both vendors on facebook to see updates and get more info!
Its important when taking bee pollen to start with 1 to 3 granules for adults in the morning followed by water, juice or milk,and start with 1 granule for children and increase by 2 grains every day. For normal daily intake adults can take up to 1 or 2 tbsp. I don’t know how to describe the taste but it may take a little bit to get used to. Mix in yogurt, smoothie, oatmeal, or whatever you want if you don’t want to eat it out of the jar.
Bee Pollen self digests and aids the digestion of other foods. It makes fats burn faster and increases the rate of burned calories therefor aiding in weight control. Many athletes take bee pollen to help their endurance. It’s also used as an immune system builder. Since the bee pollen increases the body’s healing power, it can help build resistance to disease. Pollen brings back vitality without the dangers of artificial stimulants like caffeine, ephedra and can be taken safely at anytime. Pollen also contains active antibiotic substances, which destroy bacteria on contact. Bee pollen is useful in cases of stress and nervous endocrine system disorders due to its high content of natural B vitamins. Bee pollen increases energy and mental alertness and is believed to slow down the aging process!
Here is a list of the vitamins and minerals it contains:
Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, H, K
Sodium, titanium, zinc
Plus amino acids, fatty acids, proteins, globulins, and peptones.
There are 28 minerals that are found in the human body. 14 are vital, essential elements present in such small amounts that they are called micro-nutrients and honey bee pollen contains all 28 minerals.
Each ounce of honeybee pollen conatins 28 calories. 7 grams are carbohydrate, plus 15% lecithin, the substance that burns away fat and 25% PURE protein.
There are so many benefits and so much information on this mysterious nectar that it would be pages long if I wrote about everything!
I am not guaranteeing taking bee pollen will help or cure any health problems, nor is it recommended to live off be pollen. Please do your own research and talk with your Physician if you are in question.
When my BFF, sent me a photo from her phone of the M.A.C. counter decked out and covered with Wonder Woman products, I was totally elated. Anyone that knows me, should know I am a huge Wonder Woman fan! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it to the M.A.C. cosmetic counter for a couple weeks, and when I finely went to the M.A.C. counter at Paradise Valley Mall, I was disappointed to learn that they had sold out of almost the entire collection. Apparently, this limited edition collection was very popular. The packaging is nostalgic of the Wonder Woman from the comic book series and the cosmetic M. A. C. has even put together a series of Wonder Woman looks: Classic Wonder Woman, Defiance, Golden Lariat, Deep Truth, Mighty Aphrodite and Marine Ultra.
I was so excited and surprised, when my Aunt showed up at my house with the Wonder Woman makeup case and the cosmetic products that they still had left in the collection. I have also been getting text and Facebook messages from my friends about any of the Wonder Woman products they find. If you are looking for the Wonder Woman cosmetic collection, rumor has it that the
M. A. C. counter at the Arizona Biltmore still has some products available. I would like to send out a huge thank you to all my friends and family that have supported my Wonder Woman addiction.
“Please take my hand. I give it to you as a gesture of friendship and love, and of faith freely given. I give you my hand and welcome you into my dream.” Wonder Woman
Dr. Shapiro has had a lot of recognition for his use of the revolutionary new kind of hi-definition liposuction available exclusively at Shapiro Plastic Surgery, and recently he was featured on NBC in Los Angeles.
Pat Foley-Naumentz, R.N. Nurse and Soft Tissue Injectable Specialist at Shapiro Plastic Surgery.
Pat Foley-Naumetz is very respected by industry professionals, and her artistic eye and gentle hand has earned her the reputation as Arizona’s best injector. As a registered nurse, born and educated in Arizona, Pat has been in plastic and reconstructive surgery for the last 30 years.
Pat is an instructor for Aesthetic Advancements Inc. and Alga-Medic, which is Allergan’s Consortium of Research and Education Programs, she travels throughout the United States teaching expertise and safety principles in soft tissue filler and Botox® injection techniques to doctors, nurses and nurse practicioners.
[ Botox injections are not used to plump lips]
Shapiro Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Paradise Valley Skin Klinic
5410 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste F-100
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Rosacea is a vascular disorder that affects facial skin and eyes, causing facial redness, inflammation, broken blood vessels and red bumps known as inflammatory papules. Rosacea is a progressive disorder beginning with mild symptoms, and if left untreated can become severe. Rosacea treatment should begin as soon as possible to slow the progression, with an emphasis on treating the underlying vascular disorder. With continued treatment and avoidance of rosacea triggers, suffers can control their symptoms and slow or prevent further progression.
This post is intended for informational purposes only. Only a Doctor can diagnose rosacea, if you suspect you have rosacea you should consult with a physician, as facial flushing can be a sign of other systemic disorders. If you do have rosacea it is a good idea to begin a rosacea diary to track your specific triggers. Begin treatment as soon as possible to control your rosacea and do your best to avoid triggers.
Rosacea Stages: The progressing of symptoms
Pre-rosacea is characterized by frequent, temporary bouts of flushing and blushing. Facial redness disappears immediately after the trigger is over.
Mild rosacea is characterized by flushing and redness that lasts for an abnormally long time after trigger is over (half hour or more). Broken blood vessels (telangiectasia) may be present and skin may be sensitive to products.
Moderate rosacea is characterized by facial redness that last days or even weeks. The nose and cheeks may have a semi-permanent redness, causing a sunburned appearance. Swelling, burning, broken blood vessels, and inflammatory papules may be present. Some people may experience eye symptoms such as irritation, dryness, crusting, sensitivity to light, swelling of the eyelids, and a feeling of a foreign body in the eye.
Severe rosacea is characterized by severe flushing, inflammation, burning and swelling. Inflammatory papuals, pustules and nodules may develop. Rosacea that progresses to this point can be painful. In some cases rhinophyma may develop, this is a bulbous enlargement of the nose.
Function and Structure of normal blood vessels in facial skin
Blood vessels deliver oxygen and nutrients to the skin, as well as remove waste generated from skin cells. It is important to understand that blood vessels help regulate internal body temperature. When the body internal tempeture is high, blood flow will increase through the vessel to release heat from at the skins surface.
Vessels are made up of several layers, each of which serves a specific purpose. When discussing rosacea, we are most concerned with the middle layer which is composed of vascular smooth muscle cells, and the inner layer which is composed of endothelial cells.
The smooth cells, or the muscular layer of blood vessels serve to control blood flow through dilation and constriction. When the muscular layer contracts the blood vessel will become more narrow and decrease blood flow through the facial skin. The constriction of these vessels will cause the skin to be less red. When the muscle relaxes, the blood vessel dilates or becomes wider which will increase blood flow through the skin. The dilation of facial blood vessels will cause the skin to be more red.
The endothelial cells line the inside wall of blood vessels and release potent dilator substances. When these dilators are released they diffuse to the smooth muscles cells and cause the vascular muscle to relax or dilate. When the vessel dilates, blood flow to the skin increases causing flushing and redness.
Function and Structure of Rosacea Blood Vessels
Rosacea is primarily a facial vascular disorder in which blood vessels are functionally and structurally abnormal.
With rosacea there are functional changes that take place in vessels. The blood vessels in facial skin become hyper-responsive to internal and external stimuli. Vessels may dilate to a substance that normal blood vessels would not respond to. They may also dilate or open more widely than normal blood vessels, and stay open for an abnormally long time.
The structural changes of facial blood vessels, lead to the progression of rosacea.
– Blood vessels may become permantly dilated, this is known as telangiectasia or broken blood vessels
– The muscular layer of the vessels may be thin and damaged.
– The (endothelial cells) inner layer of vessels may be damaged and dysfunctional
– There may be an abnormal growth of new vessels
– Blood vessels may be closer to the surface of the skin
– Vessels may fuse together forming abnormally large vessels that can carry large vollumes of blood to the surface of the skin
Heat will cause blood vessels to dilate, allowing more blood to flow to the surface of the skin and causing facial flushing. Heat from both external and internal factors will cause facial flushing. In rosacea skin this reaction is exaggerated.
Although cold temperatures initially cause blood vessels to constrict, over an extended time the skin cells can become deprived from oxygen and nutrients, which can trigger the release of potent dilators. Flushing caused by cold temperatures are influenced by the how cold and for how long skin is exposed to the cold factor. For example cool air will cause less constriction than cold air and would not deprive skin of oxygen and nutrients in the same way cold air does. Cool air will not cause flushing, but cold air may.
Facial nerves play a major role in rosacea flushing. Many medical experts believe that rosacea is a neuro-vascular disorder, meaning that the facial nerves release dilators onto blood vessels which intern causes flushing.
Sympathetic nerves help regulate thermoregulatory flushing, this type of flushing helps reduce internal body temperature and serves to protect the brain from heat. If the internal body temperature is to high, the brain activates sympathetic nerves, which release neurotransmitter substances on to blood vessels, telling them to dilate and causing flushing.
Consumeing hot beverages and food, as well as exercise can activate sympathetic nerves. Even emotional stress, anger and embarrassment can trigger these nerves.
Parasympathetic nerves are partially responsible for flushing caused by certain foods, crying, facial movement, and even facial pain. It is important to note that even mild foods can cause flushing, and each person may find they respond to different triggers.
Sensory nerves release potent vascular dilators and are responsible for flushing caused by skin irritations, and environmental factors such as wind, heat and sun.
can penetrate the skin and activate sensory nerves, as well as creating heat in the skin causing facial flushing.
Clinical studies suggest that blood vessels are often the first structure encountered by free radicals and can be the hardest hit. Causing structural damage including weakening the vascular walls. In addition to the vascular damage, many free radicals are potent blood vessel dilators.
[ Read more about Free Radicals and Antioxidants]
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is used in photo-rejuvenation for the skin and hair removal treatments. Broad Band Light (BBL) is essentially the same thing as IPL and is used in the same way. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is not actually a laser. IPL emits a non coherent, broad spectrum light, rather than a monochromatic single wavelength like a laser. Basically lasers have one wavelength ( for example: 800nm) with a very specific target, and IPL uses a wide spectrum of wavelengths at the same time (for example: 500nm — 1200nm) that can target any chromophore in that range. You can think of the laser like a sniper that can precisely hit a single target with one shot, and IPL is like a grenade that hits several targets at once.
IPL uses special filters that block unwanted wavelengths. The filters can be changed to “cut off” the shorter wavelengths. The appropriate filter will depend on the depth of the intended target.
The cut off for the wavelength at the deeper end is predetermined, but can vary with each devise.
For example: Lumenis One has a wavelength of 515 – 1200nm,
and has 7 filters: 515, 560, 590,615, 640,695, and 755.
The 515 filter would block out wavelengths above and below 515nm – 1200nm, while the 560 filter would block out wavelengths above and below 560 -1200nm. The deeper wavelength, in this case 1200nm remains the same, while the “cut-off” filter can be changed to block out specific shorter wavelengths.
Each devises may use different wavelengths.
Sciton BBl: 420 -1400nm
Lumenis One: 515-1200nm
iPulse 1200: 530 – 1200nm
LimeLight: 520 – 1100nm
Cynergy XPL: 560 -950nm
IPL is well absorbed by chromophores that have color such as melanin, hemoglobin. The concentration of a specific chromophore peaks at different depths in the skin. The filter used in treatment is decided based on the depth of a desired target and the color of skin. A deeper cut off filter would be used for hair removal, while a shallow filter would be used when treating vascular issues such as rosacea. It is important to remember that IPL targets color in the skin, so tanning must be avoided before treatment. Patients with darker skin should seek treatment from someone experienced in treating their skin type, to avoid complications. IPL treatments can provide beautiful results, but can also cause serious burns. It is the patients responsibility to choose an experienced professional, be honest about sun exposure and follow all pre and post treatment instructions.