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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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New Fillers

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

Restylane Silk is a new filler which we have been using lately which has given nice results!

Everyone is confused by the names. I will decide for you, unless you have a preferred wrinkle filler. Some fillers are better for gentle enhancement of cheekbones and chins and larger areas that need filling, while some are better for finer lines and thinner skin.

Everyone is afraid of looking overdone and overfilled. No one should notice your fillers. I don’t believe people should look like they have work done!

Another common question is how long do they last? The thicker the filler, the longer it lasts. Nonetheless, results vary. I’ve had patients who maintain results for years. Indeed, we keep finding more and more patients who have had surgery around their lips, where we find microscopic filler 4-5 years out! This study has been presented at a national dermatology meeting and is awaiting publication.

Filler such as Restylane, Juvederm and Belotero can always be reversed with an enzyme. Due to my artistic vision, skill and experience, I’m proud to say I’ve NEVER had to reverse filler I’ve done on my own patients. I have, however, reversed fillers done from other doctor’s offices or medispas. Sculptra, on the other hand, cannot be reversed. It does have the advantage of lasting longer, but also has risks of nodules.

It is best to plan on having fillers at least a couple weeks before any event. Occasionally a bruise can occur. It is best to avoid alcohol and over the counter pain medicines like Aleve and Motrin prior to your procedure. That being said, bruising is not as common as one would think, and the vast majority of patients experience no bruising at all. Also, results just get better and better as the weeks go by, so even plan several months ahead of an event if you’re that organized!

Also, rest in peace, Arnold Klein, MD. He was controversial, but we dermatologists do have to thank him for making fillers popular. We are lucky that now we have fillers much longer lasting than collagen and almost never cause allergic reactions.

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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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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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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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Skin Cancer Myths and Facts

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Skin Cancer Myths and Facts

The Skin Cancer Foundation has a wonderful page about the most controversial and confusing issues regarding sun protection. Check it out! And hey, I finally figured out how to create a link on Word Press (it’s that red link above). That alone should encourage you to check it out. Woo hoo!

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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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