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Top Restaurants? Top Doctors!

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

In case you missed it, the January Issue of Los Angeles Magazine featured both Dr. Bennett and me in the SuperDoctors Dermatology list. And the Top Restaurants in LA!

I am always grateful to my colleagues for nominating us. I am also appreciative of serving on the SuperDoctors Blue Ribbon Panel, which means that I have been nominated so many times, that I get to serve as a judge myself to hone down the list. I’ve served on this panel for 3 years in a row.

Our staff also deserves a shout out for all of their hard work and dedication to patient care. We are very lucky to have such energetic, courteous and caring individuals to work with us on our team in order to take care of you.

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New laser for veins!

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

Thanks for your patience while waiting to replace my beloved vascular laser. I’m here in Chicago at the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery meeting doing my due diligence.

Happy to tell you it’s on it’s way! We have a list of people waiting-we expect it to arrive in November. If you’re not sure if you were put on the list, feel free to ask for my assistants to double check.

No downtime!

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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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Just say no to Cipro…if you can

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Ahhhh, Cipro. A convenient drug to take and prescribe. I’ve learned over the years that the pharmacologic side effect/complication of tendon rupture is a REAL problem. I’ve heard a lot of stories from patients and fellow doctors who have had personal problems with it.

In fact, I just had one of my favorite jetsetting patients come in with a leg brace on. She told me a vague story of thinking she bumped her leg on her luggage. I asked, “By any chance were you on Cipro before this happened?” The answer was yes. She thought something wasn’t right, and then worked out and boom…screwed up leg.

There are often alternatives to Cipro, or Levaquin another related drug. Please have your doctor consider other drugs first and feel free to educate them about this underreported and underrecognized problem!

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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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Skin cancer incidence

Friday, January 25th, 2013

The Skin Cancer Foundation put out a statement that the incidence of skin cancers is higher than that of breast, lung, colon and prostate combined. This does not include just melanoma, but also non-melanoma skin cancers including basal cell cancer and squamous cell cancer. Preventative exams are key! Not only should you have a dermatologist look at you, but get to know what your skin looks like. This can be tough in certain places, so have a loved one help, and/or use two mirrors. Things can change fast. I just had a patient who had a full exam in August, and now has multiple suspicious moles that just popped up in the past 6 months.

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Even fish get skin cancer

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

There was an interesting story in the LA Times about Australian trout that get melanomas. Also, there is a new free app called UMskincheck which was developed at the Univ of Michigan to follow moles. I haven’t checked it out yet, but it should be interesting. Whether or not it would change biopsy rates is yet to be seen. I have biopsied moles that look scary and they’re completely benign and others that are tiny, but dark, and found melanomas or near melanomas. It is important to get a regular screening and get to know your own moles and growths to watch for changes.

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Photos

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Sorry I have not blogged in a while. Been so busy. Getting ready to move to our (not so) new house in the next few months amongst putting out fires at the office and at home constantly is taking away my free time.

Many of my patients request to see photos of my kids, which is so sweet. Unfortunately, I forget at the end of the visits. These photos were taken on Father’s Day. My dear hairdresser and friend Katja had her daughter’s bday at Annenberg Beach House, and it was a nice relaxing time. I especially enjoyed the wonderful German beet salad. My best friend when I was really young was Austrian, so German culture and food seems strangely familiar. Too bad ich habe alles vergessen (my Deutsch, that is…took 3 years of it in high school).

We’re in the midst of obtaining electronic medical records which is driving the whole office slightly insane. Also in the middle of redoing the waiting room (pardon the mess), amongst other things.

Have a wonderful 4th of July!

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Skin cancer, the gift that keeps on giving

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

…well at least it’s not genital warts (see previous post). Once you get a skin cancer, unfortunately, you often will get more. The younger you are when you get one, the more likely you will have more in your lifetime. Almost everyone we treat with Mohs surgery has had a previous skin cancer elsewhere. It is important to prevent skin cancer in the first place by avoiding prolonged sun exposure and practicing common sense sun protection. Does that mean you have to be a recluse? No, but purposefully sunbathing is not very smart.

An experienced dermatologist can often recognize a skin cancer in its earliest stages, though every dermatologist has missed something at some point in their careers. (And if they claim they have not, they are big fat liars!). Therefore, we rely on patients to do their own self exam and observe any suspicious lesions for changes in color, shape, size and border, and to come in for periodic exams. Don’t let anyone freeze any lesions more than once without discussing the possibility of a biopsy for any persistent or recurrent lesion. The person that set the record in my office for the longest time spent in Mohs surgery in one day was a celebrity in his 40’s who had had a lesion frozen twice with two different dermatologists. He pulled through wonderfully and took it very well considering, but we were both dumbfounded at the extent that this tumor had grown.

I love what I do and I get the most satisfaction from educating my patients on their skin lesions and skin cancer, but I would rather not be cutting off parts of your nose, eyelids, lips, etc for your sake. Preventative care is really important.

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Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

With Santa at the Grove


Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving! I survived 5 days with the girls on a trip to Chicago by myself, I wasn’t sure I could do it. Thankfully my mom cooked the entire time, with the exception of the sweet potatoes which I think I have down now. She had homemade kimchi ready for me and I think I consumed an entire Napa cabbage by the time the week was over. I love Thanksgiving! I must have changed nearly 100 diapers and I became “that mom” on the plane ride back. I miss my parents and hometown but it was nice to come back to 80 degree weather.

The holidays are a busy time in the office, so if you are thinking of coming in, it is best to call early as I will not be in the office between Xmas and New Years. Then again, if you are planning for anything with downtime (lasers, biopsies, surgeries, freezings) or you are traveling, you might want to put it off until January.

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