Posts for: November, 2011
I have several new videos on YouTube and on my website describing the CoolSculpting technique for localized fat reduction and results in individual patients. I invite you to view these videos if you want to learn more about this dramatic new method of fat reduction without surgery or significant side effects.
If you have further questions, please contact my office and speak to one of my staff, or visit me for a complementary consultation!
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Evidence presented at the World Congress of Dermatology in Seoul, South Korea this summer indicates that an important cause of extrinsic skin aging is chronic exposure to soot and other airborne particulates from car exhaust fumes. There is a strong link between living near a busy highway and increased skin wrinkling and brown spots. Smog now joins ultraviolet radiation from the sun and smoking as the third major modifiable factor causing aging of the skin.
The study followed 5000 German women for 20 years, from heavily industrialized areas of Germany as well as from areas of low levels of pollution. These particulates were also related to cognitive decline in the elderly, lung disease, diabetes, and even eczema. Once these particulates get into the lung, they can move into the systemic circulation and exert inflammatory effects in other organs such as the brain and pancreas.
Other than avoiding such exposures whenever possible, one can reduce the effects of particulate exposures by eating a diet high in antioxidants and apply potent antioxidants to the skin. In my office, we recommend Citrex C, which contain 10 to 15 % Vitamin C in the form of L-ascorbic acid at a low pH, and Replenix with 90 % green tea polyphenols. These prevent the deleterious effects of airborne pollutants as well as sunlight, while still allowing Vitamin D production.
Ask me or my staff about this unique method of protecting your skin. We would be happy to discuss it with you.
Taking Vitamin D and calcium did not change the risk of melanoma in a large group (32,282) of women studied by Stanford University researchers. But, women who had already had skin cancers like squamous cell or basal cell carcinoma, but not melanoma, developed 57 % fewer melanomas than women with similar histories who did not take the supplements over a period of seven years of follow up.
If you had had a skin cancer, would you be willing to take Vitamin D and calcium if it might reduce the chances of you developing a melanoma? Let me hear from you!
A new study suggests that taking isotretinoin (also known as Accutane) for acne can decrease levels of Vitamin D and calcium in the blood, and increase bone alklaline phosphatase levels. Further studies are needed to understand the effect of isotretinoin on Vitamin D physiology and the health of bones, but this is just another reason to consider carefully the potential side effects of this medication before it is prescribed for acne.
In my office, I am often able to get even severe nodulocystic acne under cpontrol with topical Tazarac, a Vitamin A derivative, sometime with a course of oral medication. If this does not result in complete clearing, the Cool Touch laser can be employed for permanent improvement in acne. On might argue that this is a safer way to go.
What has your experience been?