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Time for laser hair removal?

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

Fall and winter are the ideal times to get laser hair removal because you won’t be exposing the areas to the sun. Usually you’ll start to see prolonged and reduced hair removal by month 3, but depending on the patient it can take 5-7 or more treatments to see a substantial reduction. Hair will be less dense, thinner, softer, and hopefully a lot will be gone. It depends on your genetics. Armpit and bikini hair goes away very easily, whereas peach-fuzz type hair on the sides of the face or upper lip can be more stubborn. Men can get hair removal too-back, chest, shoulders, ears. Only grey and blonde hairs generally do not respond. Underlying hormone issues, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, can also make regrowth more stubborn. How painful is it? Armpits and face-not so painful at all. Bikini hair and men’s backs tend to be the most sensitive, but we can prescribe numbing cream for this after your first consult. We generally perform this on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons, but can perform it on other days with special arrangements.

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Happy Winter!

Friday, February 24th, 2017

taken in Park City, Utah

Hope everyone is having a nice winter.

I’ve had some compliments on my looks lately, that I look “different”. People think it is my hair but actually I got a fractionated carbon dioxide laser eyelift over Xmas break. I got a little tired of using Botox to maintain this area, and theoretically over time, the weakening of these muscles may not be the best thing in the end. Downtime is about 7 days, and because this is a weaker treatment than surgery, it probably will take multiple treatments to get to where you want to be. I’m hoping to fit in another before the end of the year. Ideal for people who are younger or not ready for surgery. I got a subtle nice browlift and my eyelids are more taut than before. Believe it or not, I’ll be 50 in a few years!

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Back from Utah!

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Thank you for allowing me to take a week off! It was fun, though not very relaxing (taking care of 6.5 year old twins all by myself for 6 days-am I crazy?)

The weather was perfect. 40-50 degrees and it snowed every day. We secured a fabulous convenient condo two blocks to Deer Valley and I hope to stay there again-let me know if you want the referral. One of my daughters wanted to try snowboarding, so we went to Park City Resort-had not been in 21 years since I was an intern in Seattle when I took a trip by myself around April (and remember the slush). Taken over by Vail Resorts, the prices are steep and the service and facilities did not match up. It took an hour to get skis compared to no wait at DV, so definitely consider renting from one of the many shops on site in the mall or use one of the ski butler services. However, the ski conditions were great and the ski school for kids was also good.

However, nothing compares to Deer Valley when it came to service. I must say they have some of the KINDEST employees on the planet. Maybe it is their age/maturity, but these elderly sweethearts went the extra mile to carry all of our skis up to storage, to look for my kid’s gloves when she forgot them at school, and took the trouble to find us downstairs eating yogurt. They have a true love for the sport, the resort, and just want you to have a good time (and they take pity on moms who are by themselves schlepping all the equipment around!). The soup and salads are great at Empire Canyon Lodge as well. For the non-skiers, it’s just behind the Montage and can be reached by car.

I had an amusing time with all the powder this year. I’m a horrible powder skier and got a little too confident after making it down a run I had trouble with last year. For the record, double blue, such as Orion, at DV can mean super steep moguls. I could be wrong, but in Colorado those are always black. I know my limitations and took off my skis and had a peaceful, though exhausting walk through the trees back to Supreme-I had fantasies of some guy coming to my rescue and carrying my skis! (This actually happened once in a back bowl at Vail). I need to either take lessons or just keep being a groomer girl. You can weigh in next time you see me, but given what I do for a living, please talk me out of my inherent drive to go down difficult runs!

The trip was capped off by a new kiddie snowmobiling feature at Gorgoza Park, the best children’s book and clothing store I’ve ever been to (Children’s Hour in SLC-absolutely a must for moms and grandmas-unique stuff from Europe), and the fabulous young guy who works at Pei Wei at the airport who made my month by telling me “You’re very pretty!” when I was just meaning to order some beef with broccoli kiddie meals. OK, before you think he was trying to hit on me-he’s gay and that makes it all the more lovely. I would’ve liked to have stolen him for a personal assistant/yes man at that very moment had I had the option!

I have a new look-been rocking my glasses a lot lately, cut my hair and continue to maintain my skin with my own products. So exhausted lately, not wearing eye makeup, and somehow everyone says I look like a kid (?!). I take a lot of inspiration from some of my patients, who are 77-92 years young-these amazing women have wonderful energy, are funny and have great fashion sense. You know who you are-my heroes!

It’s been very busy in the office. Surprising since it’s April and if you look at the restaurants in LA lately, they are pretty darn empty. I’ll be taking about a week a month off every month until the end of the year (except maybe September), so please call and plan ahead so you won’t be disappointed.

Thanks also to the kind patients who have lifted me up into the Top 10 Santa Monica dermatologists on Yelp. I think Yelp is an awful concept for professional services, but I will take it!

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Happy Labor Day!

Friday, September 4th, 2015

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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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Technology can be fashionable; Ultherapy update

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

I saw a cool new device that might come in handy for the ladies out there-A UV-reading device that was designed by a jewelry designer. These bracelets look cool and pretty without even without knowing what they are for. Don’t know how shatterproof they are though (I’m thinking about when I got plowed down skiing last year)…

Click on the link below:

Stylish and practical

So it’s been 2 weeks since my Ultherapy treatment. My skin feels a little tighter on my brow, MAYBE (and I am struggling here), but my skin looks more translucent (not good). Visibly I see no change thus far. One out of 3 people in the office noticed a change. Supposed to improve over the next 3 months? We’ll see!

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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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