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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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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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It is good to be a patient

Thursday, January 17th, 2013



Hope everyone had a nice Xmas break. The blog page was corrupted for a while, so I couldn’t post anything until now. My kids enjoyed Xmas thoroughly. I think they got a little too much, considering I think I got them more in one year than I got in all Christmas’s combined. I will tell them the sad story of how mom only got one present a year from her parents and I never did get that Barbie head that you could do makeup and hair on. The above video is really amusing (IMG_1864). I call it Pulp Fiction meets Gangnam Style. Mom gets credit for the Pulp Fiction. Nanny’s friend for Gangnam Style training. Hope you enjoy it!

I spent the long holiday break cramming in lots of doctor visits and procedures. I had the pleasure of setting up the fractionated CO2 laser for Dr. Bennett and letting him “Fraxel” my face. I learned the lesson that it really does pay off to leave the numbing cream on for the full hour! My skin is really fresh and glowing and tightened up (no more jiggle!). You can see for yourself when you see me! I also had my wisdom teeth yanked, and wow, the lower one was tough. I got something called dry socket, and it is as unpleasant as it sounds.

Every time I get Botox or local anesthesia, I get to experience the pain of what my patients experience. As much as I cut on people all day and try to be gentle, it is good to be reminded how sensitive I can be to all that pain as well. I hope that just gives me a more gentle touch!

It has been a sad week though. Sad to hear about the passing of Huell Howser and Conrad Bain. I had the pleasure of meeting both of them. They were both true gentlemen, as nice in person as they seemed on TV. Mr. Bain was especially nice considering a crazed fan (ummm…that would be me) accosted him. He is a rockstar in my book. Watching those NBC shows was a true comfort in my childhood. Ironically, I’ve been lucky enough to take care of some of those people. Doubly ironic that Lydia is wearing her “Watchoo talkin’ about Willis?” T-shirt!

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The Ultimate Compliment

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Thanks again to my doctor peers for putting me on the Los Angeles Magazine Super Doctors list for 6 years in a row. Respect from my peers is the ultimate compliment next to respect from my patients.

Runner up compliment from my derm peers: that I am “young and hot.” Yeah, I looked especially hot yesterday morning frantically mopping up my kid’s pee from the floor of the Westside Pavillion food court with six diapers! We got some interesting looks from various people, my fave being the blank stare of the woman behind the McDonalds counter. I couldn’t find a custodian and all I could think of was a slip and fall by peepee traumatic brain injury. Where are those “Cuidado” signs when you need them?

Runner up compliment from a patient, “You’re too pretty to be a doctor.” I forgot to ask her what should have been my calling? News anchor? KPop sensation? Really, what? And can I call her when I have a bad day? My S.O. doesn’t even say anything remotely this flattering!

But seriously, after taking off several 3 inch wide cancers just this week, and working very, very hard, things like this make my day. Malcolm Gladwell said that it takes 10,000 hours to master something. Dr. Bennett calculated that a Mohs surgeon working several days a week would take about 12 years. That makes me a master. A Mohs surgeon working once a week or once a month, well, go figure! But no one can really be a master without being a perpetual student and keeping humble so now I will sign off.

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Happy New Year!

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Hope you all had a nice holiday. We had a nice stay-cation in LA. My daughters got more Xmas gifts in one year than I think I received my entire childhood. One of my kids already figured out I am Santa :( The Escalade seen here stayed at Toys R’Us, but gave me visions of 14 years into the future. Yikes! I am totally exhausted from one of them running into my bed every night. I guess this will go on for possibly a couple of years.

This is a good time to initiate your fractionated CO2 laser treatments, Efudex, etc. I’ve been performing a lot of laser on brown spots, wrinkles and scars with very good results. They do often take multiple treatments so this is a good time to start.

Anyone remember the Ronco Mr. Microphone commercial?

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Top Doctors in Dermatology

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Thanks again to my peers for nominating me to the 2012 Los Angeles Magazine Southern California Super Doctors and the 2011 Top Women Southern California Super Doctors list. It is nice to know that the people I work with entrust their patients with my care and that my dedication to good patient care is recognized.

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Best dermatologists in LA

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

The January 2011 issue of Los Angeles magazine came out with the list of peer nominated best dermatologists in Los Angeles. Thank you to my colleagues for entrusting me in the care of their patients!

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Los Angeles Top Dermatologists

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Thank you to my peers for again nominating me to the 2011 Los Angeles Magazine SuperDoctors list of top dermatologists in Los Angeles. This is the third year in a row and I am very honored.

I also would like to thank my patients for all of the kind referrals I have received. Lately, I have seen a number of friends and family members of patients.

I always try my hardest. I appreciate the recognition and for your trust in my care.

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