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I gotta lose these bat wings, I need an arm lift!

Brachioplasty, or arm lift, is a common procedure after massive weight loss and for women after menopause. In both cases the upper arm skin hangs causing unwanted flapping. In some cases there is also subcutaneous fat that needs to be addressed for an optimal result. The amount of extra skin determines the orientation and length […]

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Intense Pulsed Light Can Remove Brown and Red Spots

It’s funny to think that the red and brown discolorations caused by the sun can be removed by a different kind of light, but it’s true. Intense Pulsed Light, or IPL, is a common procedure done to improve the effects of aging that sun exposure is responsible for. Often called a “photofacial”, IPL is performed […]

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Microdermabrasion; what is it? What can it do for me?

In 2013 microdermabrasion was one of the top 5 non-surgical cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons,  974,000 microdermabrasion procedures were performed in 2013, an increase of 8% from 2012. Techniques to sand the skin have been around a long time. Ancient Egyptian physicians used sandpaper to […]

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Does your finger lock up? Do you have pain at the base of your finger? You may have Trigger Finger.

Repetitive injury problems of the hand can manifest in several ways like carpal tunnel syndrome, Dequervain’s tenosynovitis and trigger finger. These entities share a common problem, a tight space around tendons. The space is defined by ligament called a pulley. Chronic pressure on the pulley causes swelling which then squeezes the tendon. In trigger finger, […]

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I Lost 100 lbs! How do I get rid of the extra skin? Will my insurance pay the bill?

Massive weight loss, often 100 lbs or more, can leave loose hanging skin on the face, arms, breasts, abdomen, buttocks, flanks and legs. Whether the weight loss is from surgery or diet and exercise, if the loose skin becomes a health problem, insurance may cover reconstructive surgery to remove it. Extra skin can fold in […]

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How Can I Avoid Skin Cancer?

The most common cause of skin cancer is exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. UV radiation is found in sunlight, tanning booths and even, in low doses, fluorescent light. Using an appropriate sunscreen, and wearing protective clothing such as hats and long-sleeved shirts can reduce your exposure to UV light. And tanning booths? Avoid them like […]

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You Want Plastic Surgery? Stop Smoking!

Everyone knows that smoking can cause heart disease and cancer. Many people also know that because smoking is a direct toxin to the skin, it can prematurely age you by, increasing wrinkles and thinning the skin. But you may not know that smoking can significantly increase your risks when having plastic surgery. A lot of […]

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Fat Grafting: What, Why, How and Where

Loss of fat from under the skin can cause both facial aging and unsightly depressions on the body. Subcutaneous fat can be lost as part of the natural aging process or from trauma or surgery. Loss of facial fat results in a loss of skin support, hollowing, deep grooves and lines. A traumatic impact can […]

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Red, Red, Go Away: How to Treat Rosacea’s Effects

Last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Mirvaso® (brimonidine) topical gel, 0.33% for the topical treatment of the facial redness of rosacea in adults 18 years of age or older. Applied once daily, Mirvaso reduces redness for up to 12 hours by constricting the blood vessels dilated by rosacea. If patients want […]

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What Makes Your Face Look Older?

Four general factors cause our faces to age over time: environmental exposure, repetitive muscle action, loss of facial volume and loss of elasticity. We are exposed to environmental factors that damage our skin every day. Sunlight is the biggest culprit. Ultraviolet light from the sun produces free radicals that damage our DNA. This damage leads […]

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