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Apr 14 2014

Get a summer glow – now

 

Don’t let spring showers drive you to a tanning salon in hopes of getting some color before summer swimsuit season. The dangers of tanning beds are well documented, and even a little suntan can increase risk for skin cancer in addition to aging skin. It’s possible to have a healthy glow without exposing yourself to harmful cancerous UV rays with my Sunless Tanning Bronzer. It is the only sunless tanning product with SPF-15, antioxidants and vitamins to leave your skin smooth and supple. You can achieve radiant skin within an hour that will last approximately one week. Here’s a tip to achieve a smooth, even appearance: use AHA Body Smoothing Lotion to exfoliate prior to applying Sunless Tanning Bronzer.

And remember to always use sunscreen!

Apr 09 2014

Molecular Diagnostics Are Leading the Way to Personalized, Precision Medicine

The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR®), the leading voice on research into the biological sex differences between women and men, is proud to announce a public awareness campaign focused on “Transforming Science: Innovations in Molecular Diagnostics.”

Diagnostics are an important part of every stage of health care, with 70 percent of medical decision-making influenced by these tests. Molecular diagnostics detect specific genetic sequences and proteins to help diagnose and monitor disease, assess risk for disease, and decide which treatments work best for individual patients.

SWHR also will focus on the impact of molecular diagnostics at a series of events this year before the medical community, health care advocates and policymakers on Capitol Hill and the administration. On May 13, SWHR will host a Congressional briefing that will feature several presentations and speakers highlighting the advances in molecular diagnostics, particularly through the patient experience.

On September 12, SWHR will host a breakfast and panel discussion on molecular diagnostics at TEDMED in Washington, D.C. TEDMED is an annual conference that brings together leading innovators and investors from the global community who share an interest in science, medicine and research. The panel of nationally recognized experts will discuss various topics related to molecular diagnostics, including the history of the field, current and future innovations, and the value of molecular diagnostics in medicine and health care.

“The Society for Women’s Health Research is the national leader in advocating for greater understanding into how diseases and conditions affect women and men differently. SWHR believes in the promise of molecular diagnostics and its ability to shape the future of health care for men and women alike,” said Phyllis Greenberger, SWHR president and CEO. “Molecular diagnostics are changing the way we diagnose and treat disease, and are helping health care professionals make individualized, more effective medical decisions for patients. These revolutionary tests are leading the way to personalized, precision medicine.”

Check out SWHR’s resource page on molecular diagnostics at SWHR.org.
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Apr 07 2014

Are you ready to bare your arms?

Get rid of your flabby arms in time for summer! Fleshy arms can make a woman look heavy, even if she isn’t. Lifts and tightening on this famously wobbly part –known familiarly as “Hi Janes” or “Bingo” arms- are particularly popular. Heavy and even moderately droopy arms can be recontoured effectively with a combination of Smart Lipo using laser beams and traditional liposuction through a tiny incision near each elbow. For a non-invasive option, Thermage® can also tighten the skin with no downtime.  Thermage® can be used not only for sagging facial, neck, and eyelid skin; but also all over the body, including flabby arms, hands, and legs. Feel confident this summer in your tank tops and strapless dresses with toned arms.

 

Mar 31 2014

Peachy Deegan & Whom You Know visit Dr. Copeland

A timely reminder from Peachy Deegan on the importance of annual skin cancer screenings, featured on Whom You Know:

Back in 2010, we were raving about the products by Dr. Michelle Copeland.  

 A Harvard-trained plastic surgeon, Dr. Copeland has a flourishing Manhattan practice that has treated thousands of people worldwide, including many celebrities. Dr. Copeland practices a full range of plastic and reconstructive surgery for both adult and pediatric patients. Dr. Copeland is a member of the teaching faculty at Mt. Sinai Medical School. In addition, she serves on the Medical Health Advisory Board for the Society for the Advancement of Women’s Health Research, advising Congress on health issues affecting women.  Peachy Deegan is not considering plastic surgery, but if you are, clearly Dr. Copeland is among the best.  We visited her recently because we’re catching up with our favorite brands that we featured earlier in our history, and we talked about skin cancer.  Though Dr. Copeland’s practice covers more complex issues, we feel this is relevant as finally, finally, finally this year the sun comes out and it becomes spring. 
 
When you do your skincheck for skin cancer, you should look for any markings that seem suspicious.  You should be especially vigilant if you have a family history, and note any changes in pigment, and once you pick this up yourself, of course you should go to your doctor.  Brown spots are warning signs particularly on fingertips and toes, and like all cancers, early detection is key.  Peachy once thought whoever is the tannest, wins, and was very dark coming back to school in September; however she abandoned that philosophy long ago.  It’s been a few years since we covered Dr. Copelands top product line but we hope to feature her again in that context and an interview as well.  
Mar 24 2014

Botox and depression

From the Sunday New York Times:

New research suggests that it is possible to treat depression by paralyzing key facial muscles with Botox, which prevents patients from frowning and having unhappy-looking faces.

In a study forthcoming in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, Eric Finzi, a cosmetic dermatologist, and Norman Rosenthal, a professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical School, randomly assigned a group of 74 patients withmajor depression to receive either Botox or saline injections in the forehead muscles whose contraction makes it possible to frown. Six weeks after the injection, 52 percent of the subjects who got Botox showed relief from depression, compared with only 15 percent of those who received the saline placebo.

More research is needed to know if the link between Botox use and depression will make it an effective treatment, but in the meantime it adds to the tried and true wisdom that says looking good leads to feeling good.

Mar 18 2014

Are you ready for spring?

It is hard to believe, but spring is just around the corner and it will be time to shed the extra layers of clothing. Are you ready?

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A great option to jump start your weight loss is ZERONA®, an FDA cleared alternative to liposuction, that reduces inches with no pain, no surgery and no downtime. My patients lose between 3.5 and 5 inches in 2 weeks and some have lost as much as 14 inches in just 4 weeks.  Give yourself the boost you deserve by losing inches in time for the warm weather and spring fashion. And, Zerona is more affordable than ever thanks to our great offer on Groupon.

Mar 05 2014

Go Red for Women 2014

Too many women die each year because they are unaware that heart disease is their No. 1 killer.  One in three women suffers in silence, and almost one woman dies every minute of this largely preventable disease.  Together, we can bring a voice to this silent killer to help save lives.  Make it your mission to speak up about heart disease.  Save lives using the power of your own voice.

The 2014 Go Red for Women Luncheon celebrates New York City women joining together to raise awareness and funds to support education and research programs specifically targeted to address heart disease and stroke in women—their No. 1 and No. 3 killers.

I participated in a panel discussion of the media and women’s heart health, and then our luncheon featured Chelsea Clinton on the Clinton Global Initiative’s efforts to support cardiac health through education on childhood obesity. Over 1,300 people attended this important event which raises awareness and funds to a great cause.

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Mar 03 2014

“Frozen” looks at the Oscars

Every year, the Oscar awards present some interesting examples of good and bad cosmetic intervention. Is it possible to have cosmetic surgery and still not look “done”? The answer is yes! We can all recognize the hallmarks of the oft-nipped-and-tucked; the eyebrows arched in perpetual surprise, the pinched nose, the waxy skin, the taut neck, the wisps of hair carefully plastered in front of the earlobes to hide the telltale scars. This is a result of two things: an insistent patient with unrealistic dreams of youth, and a surgeon less interested in a natural-looking result. Of course we want to look better, but we also want to look like ourselves, not like a different person. Plastic surgery is an art and a science. As I discuss in my book, Change Your Looks, Change Your Life, Quick Fixes and Cosmetic Surgery Solutions for Looking Younger, Feeling Healthier, and Living Better, it is one thing to change an aspect of yourself that you don’t like, but it is another to look distorted from what is normal. A patient can come every year with a procedure in mind to improve their appearance, and that is OK. But if you are still never satisfied with what you look like  your results can completely change your look. When considering plastic surgery, the changes that you make to your face or body should still look natural, but give you that self-confidence boost. In short, you must know- realistically- what you are starting with, as well as what you want to look like when surgery is done.

Choosing a procedure to fix a long-term problem that has negatively affected how you feel about yourself and interact with the world- to my mind, that’s the definition of good mental health. There’s nothing “cosmetic” about that, or vain, or neurotic. It’s practical, constructive, forward-moving, pro-active, and self-affirming.

What you are is what you are; cosmetic surgery just improves on what nature has given you.

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Feb 26 2014

New advances in cosmetic surgery fuel growth

The ASPS findings highlight the tremendous potential for new procedures. Make sure to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon if you’re considering a new technique, and ask for before and after pictures and a thorough consultation before moving forward.

American Society of Plastic Surgeons Reports 15.1 Million Cosmetic Procedures in 2013; Marks Fourth Consecutive Year of Growth

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) today released its annual procedural statistics reporting that 15.1 million cosmetic surgery procedures, including both minimally-invasive and surgical, were performed in the United States in 2013, up 3 percent since 2012. In addition, 5.7 million reconstructive surgery procedures were performed last year, up 2 percent. What’s behind the boost? New products and advances in technology may be paving the way for plastic surgery’s growth.

In 2013 alone, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved several new plastic surgery devices and products, including two form-stable silicone gel breast implants and a hyaluronic acid facial filler designed to treat mid-face volume loss. In fact, all three U.S. based breast implant manufacturers now have form-stable implants on the market.

“The demand for plastic surgery remains strong, with our statistics showing increases in both cosmetic surgical and minimally-invasive procedures,” said ASPS President Robert X. Murphy, MD. “Facial rejuvenation procedures were especially robust last year, with more Americans opting for facelifts, forehead lifts, eyelid surgery, fillers and peels. With new devices and products hitting the market each year, there are more options and choices available to consumers wanting to refresh their look or a little nip and tuck.”

Cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures increased 3 percent, to more than 13.4 million procedures in 2013. The top five minimally-invasive procedures were:

·         Botulinum toxin type A (6.3 million injections, up 3 percent)

·         Soft tissue fillers (2.2 million procedures, up 13 percent)

·         Chemical peel (1.2 million procedures, up 3 percent)

·         Laser hair removal (1.1 million procedures, down 4 percent)

·         Microdermabrasion (970,000 procedures, no change)

Feb 25 2014

“Love Your Selfie” the Today Show looks at self-image this week

The Today Show this week is discussing the relationship between  appearance and self confidence as part of “Love Your Selfie” week, which has featured TV personalities without makeup and frank accounts of body image.

A Today show survey found that most people say the age they feel the best about their bodies is 27. They survey also found that as we get older, we’re much easier on ourselves about appearance and imperfections.    This is, of course, not surprising.

How we look and how we feel are intimately related.  What’s different today is that we now have new technology to allow us to take control of our looks in a whole new way. In my book Change Your Looks, Change Your Life, I discuss how, as a cosmetic plastic surgeon, my role is to make sure that the women and men  who leave my office not only look better, but feel better. I am a scientist first, and an artist second, and use the technology at my fingertips to express what is beautiful and unique about each person, but more about this tomorrow.

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