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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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December has arrived!

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Eh gads! Another year has sped by. I just saw a patient yesterday for laser hair removal. I could swear I saw her only a few months ago, but no, it was January!

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving week. My parents spent the week at our new house and my mom and I had fun finding out that the garbage disposers were not hooked up. Then, I tried to make that homemade green bean casserole with cream of mushroom soup/ fried onions on top dish. I followed a five star recipe, but cooking sour cream on the stove did not intuitively sound right. It curdled and it looked like someone vomited on the green beans. My yams were perfect though. I went all Paula Deen on them (i.e. “stick uh butta”). Thank you Bristol Farms for the best turkey ever. There was no way I was going to experiment on all my relatives this year with that one! It was cute to see my kids prepare the beans with my dad. I am in the reflection in the picture, kind of like Goya and Velazquez in those famous portraits. Next year, I am just going to use good old Campbell’s soup.

I hope you can all find the time to look out for those who might not have somewhere to spend the holidays. A lot of my elderly patients have no children or many of their friends and relatives have either died or moved away. It can be a really hard time for them.

I am looking forward to getting my face fraxelled again. It’s a good thing I don’t go out on New Year’s Eve anymore! A lot of you ask how I keep looking like I’m in my 20’s, well, say hello to Verdure glycolic acid products and the fractionated CO2 laser. I am approaching my 50’s (gasp!), in 6 years, so I need to do everything possible to keep my full Korean face from sagging!

The holiday schedule is quite full. I apologize for any delay in your care. If you feel something is urgent, or you just really want to come in this month, please notify my assistants and we will do our best to accommodate you.CLICK HERE TO SEE A WINTER WONDERLAND AT THE GROVE

Trying to beat the odds!

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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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Belotero and Xeomin

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

There are 2 new products on the block. Belotero is another hyalaronic acid filler and Xeomin is another version of Botox. If you read my previous posts, I tend to be a late adopter. However, these products are very similar to Restylane and Botox, respectively, but slightly less expensive. Therefore, I am passing the savings on to you, the patients. So far, so good. I flew through a bunch of Belotero in the pasr month, everyone is happy. Longevity remains to be seen, the jury is still out.

Hope everyone is enjoying the June gloom. I absolutely love the cooler, more overcast weather! Beating hot sun is not my idea of fun! Please note that during the first half of July, I will be out of the office quite a bit, so please plan accordingly.

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I guess I’ve made it

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Upon checking up on Verdure Botanoceuticals Skin Care on Google, I came across “Verdure Care” from India. There’s a whole line of skin care products! At first I was enraged, then i just laughed. Kind of like how a female celebrity might find a fake nude photo of themselves on the internet. I just came across a story in Bloomberg BusinessWeek about piracy of beauty care in India. There are lots of look-alike, sound-alike knockoffs of Procter and Gamble products with millions of dollars of losses to their brands. Lil’ ole’ me couldn’t afford to trademark my brand in India, though it is protected in Canada, the EU and Australia. For now, I will just consider it flattering. I compliment Bloomberg BusinessWeek for its timely, useful and interesting stories! Every time I cancel my subscription, I find another reason why I should renew!

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Dangers in fake tanning?

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

A recent study found phthalate chemicals in fake tanners. These chemicals can be found in a variety of skin care products, most notably from fragrances, are considered to be “endocrine disruptors” which have estrogenic effects, and may be linked to obesity.

Ask the company that makes your fake tanner, or the tanning salon you go to for the name of the brand of fake tanner they use, and ask if they contain phthalates. Get the info from the company directly. Avoid fragranced products if possible, and look for phthalate-free products. Verdure products are phthalate-free skin care products.

I don’t get it. No offense to anyone, but tans to me look strange. I have a number of pale friends and I think they have beautiful milky white skin. One of my best friends, whose heritage is Norwegian/English, is one of the only true blonds I know and can’t tan whatsoever. Her skin is great! In the old days, the classier the person you were, the paler you were. Certainly in Asian cultures, that’s the way it is. Plus, tans just age your skin so you’ll look saggy someday. The patients with the best skin are usually a bit plump and pale. They also rarely get skin cancer. Interesting, no?

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Pomegranate Power!

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Eat your pomegranates (or your Pom Juice)! There was a very interesting article I read with solid basic science about the antioxidant benefits of pomegranates. Topically you can find it in Verdure Rejuvenating Masque Peel which is great for acne-prone and aging skin

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