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Fractionated laser resurfacing; skin cancer and risk of other cancers

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Fractionated carbon dioxide laser resurfacing remains the gold standard for non-surgical facial rejuvenation. I’ve given the Ultherapy the 3 month wait. In conclusion, I think I look worse on the side that was treated and so do my friends (who thought I looked younger on the un-treated side). I gave a lecture to the entire Los Angeles Metropolitan Dermatological Society last month on fractionated carbon dioxide laser resurfacing. It gave me a chance to show all of the photos I’ve collected and to show how versatile the fractionated carbon dioxide laser is. I’ve used it on surgical scars, acne scars, benign lesions, brown spots, aside from just wrinkles. The talk was well received and it gave me a chance to thank those doctors that inspired me during my residency. I can’t believe how fast time flies (I mean, that was 15 years ago now!)

Also, there is new evidence that patients with a history of non-melanoma skin cancers are at higher risk for other cancers. Sometimes these studies are hard to believe, but what I can tell you is that consistently, lymphoma and other blood cancers do come up over and over. In my practice though, I can reassure you that these cancers are still rare. The vast majority of cancers patients have are the common ones, such as prostate, breast and colon cancers. I wouldn’t lose sleep over these issues. I am more alarmed at the high incidence of thyroid disease in Los Angeles. I myself have a mild case of hypothyroidism. It seems like at least 10% of my patients are on Synthroid. Jet fuel? Smog? Don’t know!

On a lighter note, enjoy my girls singing “Let It Go” from Frozen. We are in love with the songs and music, and we all belt out the songs in the car. I really think it is the greatest thing since Sound of Music. Not quite as romantic or deep, but those songs are mighty catchy!
CLICK HERE: Watch out, Mariah!

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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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It is good to be a patient

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Score!

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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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