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So the compliments keep coming…

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

I keep getting told that “you look good ” “you changed your hair”. No, but thank you! My brows are lifted! I must’ve really needed that laser eye lift!

It was a pleasant surprise to get an update on my review paper of metastatic squamous cell carcinoma which was published 7 years ago. It has been cited by 135 other articles! Ask me how we can prevent this situation. It is not common but unfortunately, there are at least a few people with it every year. It’s very rare that women get them, but last year I did see the second woman of my career that had a SCC spread to her lymph nodes. The first patient I had met was mismanaged by a medical group in town and had her tumor treated numerous times without cure. She couldn’t talk or swallow by the time she met me. It was too late. The second lady had let the tumor grow too long and just had some bad luck.

Typically, the average SCC that spreads to the lymph nodes in my practice is an older white male who has had previous treatment of the lesion with radiation or liquid nitrogen. Size of the tumor, aggressive pathology, a delay of treatment and location on the upper half of the head or back of the hand are higher risk factors in my experience, and is backed up by research.

There are ways of avoiding this situation! Mainly, wear a hat and a zinc oxide-based sunblock such as Verdure. Get frequent exams and examine your own skin by looking and feeling. Talk to me about options for treating precancers that we can’t even see or may be too numerous to treat. And most of all, don’t delay seeking help.

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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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Restylane, Juvederm really do last

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

How do I know? Our practice has the largest series to date of incidental hyaluronic acid filler found during Mohs surgery years after placement. This study was presented at the recent Annual Meeting of the American College of Mohs Surgery in Phoenix last weekend. One of my patients had filler put in her lips five years prior!

That being said, patients are often afraid of looking crazy after filler. After the Oscars, which I usually do not watch, I kept hearing about Kim Novak. OK, don’t know who she is, but I later caught a clip of her on TV. Oy! It reminded me of the movie Mask. I can assure you that I keep patients looking like themselves. The best cosmetic doctors have patients who do not look done. Unfortunately in LA there tends to be a strangely unnatural aesthetic which I don’t subscribe to. Most patients only need 1-4 syringes of filler, the younger you are, the less you need. I allow the patient to see themselves as we go along to make sure we are on the same page.

I get it though. Mid-life crises, anti-aging procedures and relationships were the dominant topic of conversation in Phoenix (I reassure you, I also did learn a lot about cutaneous oncology, but that might bore you). The best part of going to the meeting was the traditional slumber party with my 2 good friends. No Wedding Planner movie in the background-this time the Golf Channel. I diagnosed more orthopedic injuries from Cipro, saved my friend’s husband’s vision, played marriage counselor, and got helpful golf tips. I am putting Korean LPGA women to shame, I am just learning now, but at least I can make contact with the ball most of the time and drive it about 90 feet. Mini golf, anyone? I rock at that…

Saving people from blindness? This blog spans more than dermatology. If you know anyone with high myopia (translate into “blind as a bat”) they are at high risk for a spontaneous retinal detachment and should be examined annually by a general ophthalmologist or retinal specialist. Sudden floaters or flashing of lights are an eye emergency. Otherwise you face placing your head down in a special chair for 6 weeks, no plane rides, and possible permanent vision loss. Fortunately, I had mine caught early on a routine exam. My friend’s husband was trying to play his own doctor, and was given the advice to come back in 3 months. I prodded him to see a retina specialist. Luckily, I met him a long time ago and he is more apt to listen to me than his own wife (hence the counseling).

I watched more TV than I had in months. CNN is still talking about the downed plane, Fox News is still talking about Benghazi. I guess I’m not missing anything? Just kidding. Our news channels are embarrassing at times. I was just happy to get away from watching shows about aliens on H2. Sadly, there may be more substance there!

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Spot your own skin cancer

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

As I was reviewing my collection of research articles, I came across an abstract that was presented by some colleagues. They found that most skin cancers they operated on in their practice were discovered by the patient themselves! Get to know what your skin looks like so you can find the subtle changes. Besides the obvious, check your feet, your privates (epidemic of genital warts among my young patients), and go get your eyes and retinas examined by an ophthalmologist if you have had a lot of sun exposure or have a lot of moles. Let a friend or loved one check your back, or if you don’t have anyone, let me do it! It is always best for the dermatologist to do an annual total body skin exam if you have never been examined, or you have a personal or family history of skin cancer.

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Happy Birthday!

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

This is Mommy, Signed Amelie aka Klimt

VIDEO: PRACTICING THE PAGEANT WAVE, CLICK HEREMy girls had a wonderful birthday party again. So glad that many of their friends from school and beyond were able to make it. Mom worked hard on the party. I even made the skyline in the background after a full day of surgery. I would love to live in the Michael’s store if I had a chance, but alas, that is another life. Mom and her best friend wrapped 56 water bottles in Spiderman duct tape and went a little crazy on Etsy. I’m sure my kids will have no recollection or appreciation for this when they get older.

Thank you for putting up with my annual pilgrimage to San Diego for teaching skin cancer reconstruction. It was nice to meet doctors from Europe and the US, as well as getting some fresher air down there. We enjoyed our first trip to Legoland and the new Legoland Hotel. It comes with a disco in the elevator. I’d give the food a solid B, service very friendly, a little confused, but friendly. The highlight of my trip was a Tony Hawk sighting at dinner in Carlsbad while chowing down on Maine lobster and oysters, and seeing my cousin and his family with my parents, whom I flew out to join us. Too bad Didi was too young to appreciate that he was sitting right next to us. She is constantly asking me about skateboards.

I will not be leaving town as far as I know until early September, though a brief trip may happen in August. It has been a busy time, so please plan accordingly! Looking forward to my trip to NYC right after Labor Day ALL BY MYSELF!!! I love to travel by myself, but unfortunately, I have gotten more and more chicken as I get older. My social calender is already full and I can’t wait to grab a cup of coffee from one of those street stands and pound the pavement and re-explore all the old neighborhoods at my own pace. I have been working really hard this summer, so I am looking forward to a little indulgence of time for myself. Cannot believe I have only been there once since I left in ‘98. I will look forward to all of your NYC tips. First stop will be Ess-A-Bagel for the whitefish salad!

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Our new waiting room

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

Thanks to our loyal patients for putting up with our waiting room in Suite 570 for all these years. Here’s the new look! Also, I know some people loved the stained glass ceiling in Suite 520, some thought it was god awful. It is now gone because we needed better lighting and I had a patient who loved to have it, thankfully. I didn’t want it to go to waste.

Melanoma rates in children have risen. Melanoma deaths in male baby boomers is twice that of female baby boomers. An article of mine on sun and melanoma was recently cited in a new article in the June 2013 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology entitled, “Melanoma Death Prevention.”

Recently I had a patient come in after 7 years. It has been that kind of year. Luckily for him, he came in. I found a melanoma in-situ on his back. His prognosis is excellent. I love my job!

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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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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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Melanoma Monday

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Mayo Clinic just announced results of a long study on residents in Minnesota. Between 1970 and 2009, the incidence of melanoma went up 9 times for young women, and 4 times for young men. Also, the Skin Cancer Foundation announced that one person dies of melanoma every hour.

A skin cancer exam is a very important part of one’s general health check-up. Many melanomas can be subtle or very small.

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Did you know?

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

There may be a link between UV light used during manicures and skin cancer? A recent study mentioned by the American Academy of Dermatology this week may have found a link? Next time, consider just letting your nails dry naturally.

Also, I cannot stress enough how important it is to protect your lower legs from sun exposure, especially to the women out there. I have a number of lovely senior ladies who now suffer from squamous cell cancer after squamous cell cancer due to the sun damage they’ve received as well as recent trauma. There are enough fake tanners/sprays out there!

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