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Sorry for the absence!

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Sorry for not posting a blog for months. It started with my girls’ bday party planning, and somewhere it morphed into the elementary school search.

A lot of you have been asking when Verdure sunscreen will be available again. We are really sure it will be March/April 2015. Thanks for your patience.

I hope you will enjoy getting to know my new assistants Rosa and Tracy. Once again, I have made the USC and UCLA crowds happy.

Mistakenly, I was omitted by Pasadena Magazine as a Top Doctor in Dermatology this year when the issue was published. Their editors were notified of this error. Once again, you will see my name in Los Angeles magazine as a SuperDoctor this January. Thanks again to my colleagues who have bestowed Dr. Bennett and me with this honor.

A friendly reminder that I will be out of the office as usual Thanksgiving week and between Xmas and New Years. Cosmetic treatments and appointments are very popular around this time of year so plan accordingly. The Mohs surgery schedule is also filling up, so if you decide to postpone your surgery until after the holidays (not recommended for SCC or melanoma), please make careful note of the exact location of your biopsy site and take multiple pictures with your cell phone or ask your referring dermatologist to take a picture and consider a diagram.

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So inspired!!

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

Does it seem like I’m gone once a month? Yes, that seems to be my pattern lately. This time I am in Chicago checking in on my elderly parents and attending our annual derm surgery meeting. It has been intense and fun. I have reconnected with old friends, old colleagues, and have been excited to meet new people that I have learned so much from. On top of that, this group has a sense of humor and have shown off their musical and performing talents.

Besides learning about and reinforcing advanced filler techniques and devices, we got to hear the famous Duke Coach Mike Kryzyzewski speak to us. He’s the only basketball coach I recognize besides Phil Jackson and Pat Riley (that is a big deal) We got to hear about his own insecure crush on Beyonce, but more importantly we got to learn about what qualities he looks for in young people and how he passionately motivates all of the big egos he deals with through a culture of respect. I didn’t realize he is a nice Polish boy from Chicago on top of that!

I found out that the lasers I possess are still the gold standard, despite the continual alphabet soup of new technology. I am still eager to try some new devices on myself first and see for myself what the truth is. The truth is harder to figure out at these meetings, as the lines between industry and medicine are blurred and the truth will only be told with time. You wouldn’t believe how many of the latest “hot” lasers-no pun intended- have come and gone in my career. Nonetheless, I learned a bunch and look forward to returning to LA. I miss my patients, my dog and my girlies!

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Laser Resurfacing

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Today I had the pleasure of giving a lecture to the wonderful group of USC dermatology residents, as I am an Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology and volunteer faculty member at Keck USC School of Medicine. Preparing for this lecture made me realize what a gift I was given for being a resident at the right place at the right time. The advent of laser resurfacing began while I was a resident at NYU, where I had an opportunity to learn from my attendings, Drs. Roy Geronemus, Arielle Kauvar, Robin Ashinoff and Vicki Levine. It was an exciting time in lasers, and I had a great opportunity during my fellowship to perform full-face resurfacing on a regular basis with Drs. Hugh Greenway and Vic Ross.

I have seen lasers come and go, and continue to. Patients are always asking me about the latest devices, fillers, etc. While some doctors always brag about being on the cutting edge, my philosophy is to be a late adopter. I am a complete skeptic and need good evidence to justify offering procedures to patients to ensure efficacy and safety. Ethically, I just can’t do otherwise.

No matter what you see published in women’s magazines, the newspaper, on Dr. Oz, etc, you need to realize that a lot of what is “hot” and talked about is a publicity machine for certain companies and doctors. It is not necessarily truthful or honest. It amazes me how gullible the general public can be about what they read in print or see on TV.

On a lighter note, we have a lovely derm resident from Lebanon visiting, Dr. Jihane Rahal, and we enjoy having her observe Mohs surgery and laser. After a day with me yesterday, she got her fill of fractionated carbon dioxide laser. Today I got a fill of the awesome Lebanese baklava she brought!

In my lecture to the residents, I showed pictures of both common and rare conditions the laser can be used for. I had one great case where I made a big difference. A woman in her 30’s had avoided any relationships because Kaiser told her she had a stubborn case of genital warts. A colleague of mine had diagnosed her with another condition. It just didn’t look or sound right to me. Turns out after I biopsied her, she had a very rare condition called vulvar syringomas, which are benign growths of the vulva. After several treatments, her vulva looks normal again and hopefully this will brighten her outlook on life. I am working on publishing this case in the medical literature with one of my former employees who is now in medical school. I hope someone out there with this condition finds this post so someone can help them!

Many patients have acne scars which they are ashamed about. Luckily, these lasers have made a big difference in their lives.

Lasers are not a cure all for everything, but thank god for them! (Thank you also to R. Rox Anderson, MD, the laser genius in Boston for inventing them)

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