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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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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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Verdure named a top skin mask and one of the best acne treatments

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Thank you to my colleague Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi from Washington D.C. for mentioning Verdure Rejuvenating Masque Peel in the May 2011 issue of People Style Watch! The masque is an alpha-beta hydroxy peel with antioxidants such as pomegranate and skin moisturizers like barley extract. It does a great job to improve acne-prone skin, brown spots and to help the oil-/moisture balance of combination skin. Purchase at, or in our office.

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Botox got rid of my wrinkles!

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Haven’t had Botox for 4 years. For 4 long years of trying to get pregnant I had to live with my unintentional scowl (the wrinkles between my brows).

Push came to shove when my mom commented on my photo in the new website. “You look lovely except for a few new wrinkles…” Ummm. thanks. I didn’t know what she was talking about until I noticed that my upper eyelids were heavier and bunched up. I also developed some new crow’s feet.

I have a tradition of teaching our surgical fellow the way I do Botox. For the first time, I had my crow’s feet done.

I am happy to report I do look better and it looks really natural. You’ll have to take my word for this until I publish an updated photo…

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