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Melanoma need not be fatal... the ABCs of early detection
by Susan Stuart, MD
Melanoma need not be fatal... the ABCs of early detection All it takes is understanding some acronyms and checking one's own body frequently for the appearance of irregular moles.

Just like in grade school, one of the rudimentary lessons childrenare taught are the ABC's. One of the most important lessons adults need to learn are the ABC's of skin cancer detection, especially the warning signs of potentially cancerous moles, which can appear on any part of the body.
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Natural recipes for younger looking skin
Beauty, fitness, lifestyle blogger, and author, Donna Spangler, brings you some of her healthy wisdom for all things natural. Try making her favorite facial mask and scrub from items found in your own kitchen! Donna shows you how to have beautiful skin without stretching your pocket book!
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A self-exam that could save your life
A self-exam that could save your life With the warm rays of the summer sun giving way to the winter season, attention to our skin also may start to wane. However, because skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, any season is a good time to check your skin, and finding spots that could be cancerous is as simple as looking in a mirror. Now a new video, "Skin Self-Exam: How to Do," from the American Academy of Dermatology demonstrates how to check your skin and what to look for.
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'Back-in-the-day' sun worshipers now paying the price?
'Back-in-the-day' sun worshipers now paying the price? While education around skin cancer has increased dramatically, it doesn't help the generations of sun-worshippers for whom the damage has already been done.

We all know someone who fits the bill: fair-skinned, covered in "sun spots" after having spent their younger days soaking up the sun, getting a nice bronze tan (or sunburn) while unwittingly bathing themselves in the sun's harmful UV rays. While education around skin cancer has increased dramatically, it doesn't help the generations of sun-worshippers for whom the damage has already been done. I know, because I am an ex sun worshipper who has survived skin cancer. For these people, proactive skin care and screening is essential.
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Plastic Surgery to Repair Sun Damaged Skin?
by Ioannis P. Glavas, MD
Plastic Surgery to Repair Sun Damaged Skin? Decades of sun exposure have left many of the Boomer generation – who grew up equating “tan” with “healthy” - with moderate to severe skin damage.

When most people think of “cosmetic surgery,” they think of nose jobs and facelifts. However, some of the most popular procedures are associated with skin rejuvenation, including repairing the damage done by a lifetime of overexposure to the sun. In fact, laser skin resurfacing, dermabrasion, and chemical peels accounted for more than 20 percent of the minimally invasive cosmetic procedures in the U.S. in 2010, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
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Doctor, make me beautiful,said the fifteen year old.
by Andrew Ordon, MD
Is fifteen too young for breast implants? Absolutely. Is it too young for a nose job? Maybe. Is it too young to have your ears placed back or have a conspicuous birthmark removed? No.

An alarming trend in the United States is the increase in teenage plastic surgery. It has always seemed like children are in a rush to grow up. They have role models—young actors and singers featured in movies and regular television shows, some of whom have best selling (or downloaded) records on the pop charts. These fast living “beautiful people” are role models, whether they like it or not.
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SCAR…A four-letter word
by Andrew Ordon, MD
SCAR…A four-letter word The scar’s response to injury effectively restores the skin’s integrity. The only problem: Scars are ugly.

Scars are good. They are the body’s response to injury, and they are intended to heal over the injured area for a complete skin cover. Part of the function of skin is to keep what is inside “in” and what is outside “out.” Skin is the packaging of the body. It is our cover, our defense. The scar’s response to injury effectively restores the skin’s integrity. The only problem: Scars are ugly.
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No Sweat!
by Rebecca L. Bushong, MD
No Sweat!

There is help for hyperhidrosis

Jessica looked miserable when I walked into the exam room. “I just can’t shake your hand,” she said with a tear in her eye. “My hands are always damp, but they get dripping wet whenever I’m under stress. I hate to tell you about my perspiration problem, but I really need help. I am getting married next winter and I am afraid my sweating will ruin my day. I know I will stain my beautiful dress and have to skip the receiving line if you can’t help me.”
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Patients beware of misnomers
by Andrew Ordon, MD
Patients beware of misnomers If it is too good to be true…it probably is

I spend a good deal of my time explaining procedures and educating my patients. It’s a part of my job that I have always liked and I think I am pretty good at it. Patient information used to come entirely from doctors. Patients would often get several opinions and those opinions would usually vary only slightly. Most of the time, my colleagues and I would be on the “same page.” Well, those days are over! Enter the information age of the Internet, infomercials, and advertised “innovations.”
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Seven questions you may want to ask your doc about BOTOX®
by Scott Miller, MD
Seven questions you may want to ask your doc about BOTOX Since its FDA approval in 2002, the use of BOTOX® has soared. Botulinum toxin type A is an extremely useful tool for treating signs of aging. As its applications become clear, so do its limitations, allowing a better awareness about the drug.
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As kids head back to school…
some facts you may need to know about head lice

by Aletha Olgesby, MD
As kids head back to school…some facts you may need to know about head lice Head lice can cause uncomfortable itching and embarrassment, but do not cause serious disease.

Head lice, or Pediculosis capitus, can occur at any age, but is most common in children three to twelve years old. Parents often know little about head lice, and receive conflicting and confusing advice about what to do. Here are the answers to the questions they usually have.
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It’s not sci-fi…it’s skin-sci
by Lori Haney
It’s not sci-fi…it’s skin-sci As the technology marches forward, the manner in which we address the aging face will certainly keep pace.

When people hear the word “lasers,” they generally do not think of skin care. Many do not realize the role of medical lasers for many skin conditions that fall into the category of cosmetic dermatology. With the start of a new decade in 2010, we also recognize the 50th anniversary of lasers…an amazing technology that keeps advancing rapidly.
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What to do when your skin erupts…treatment for eczema
by Rebecca L. Bushong, MD
What to do when your skin erupts…treatment for eczema The early Greeks recognized this condition and called it “ekzein”, to break out or boil over.

“Good grief! My face feels like it is boiling over,” Linda said as I entered her exam room. I told her she couldn’t have come up with a better description for the red, oozing, and crusted rash on her cheeks. The early Greeks recognized this condition and called it “ekzein”, to break out or boil over. We call the rash “eczema.” Eczema is a broad general term that is often used interchangeably with “dermatitis.”
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A kinder, gentler lipo
by Scott Miller, MD
A kinder, gentler lipo Gentle Liposuction is an approach, which utilizes the Body-Jet to rinse, release, and remove excess, unwanted fat deposits from areas of the body. It has been used with great success overseas for several years. Now, there is a wave of enthusiasm in the U.S. for water-assisted liposuction.

Traditional liposuction, suction-assisted lipectomy (SAL), infuses large amounts of wetting solution (tumescent fluid). This solution blows up the fat cells and constricts the arteries and veins, making removal easier and less bloody. However, stretching the tissues also damages the connective fibers necessary to support skin retraction to the new, slimmer contours.
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Keeping that Youthful Look just got easier
by Scott Miller, MD
Keeping that Youthful Look just got easier The vast majority of cosmetic procedures currently performed in the United States are of the non-invasive variety, with minimal to no downtime.

Over the last decade, we have seen a significant increase in the number of patients seeking non-invasive methods of facial rejuvenation for the treatment of sun damaged and prematurely aged skin. Nonsurgical options have expanded greatly; in fact, the vast majority of cosmetic procedures currently performed in the United States are of the non-invasive variety, with minimal to no downtime. This trend is expected to continue to grow as further research leads to the development of enhanced injectables and filling agents, novel lasers and light devices, and topical prescription and non-prescription remedies to combat the signs of aging.
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Nasty Nails
by Rebecca L. Bushong, MD
Nasty Nails They are getting uncomfortable, and I can’t wear my summer sandals.

“I really hate my ugly nails,” Annie said as I walked into the exam room. “They are getting uncomfortable, and I can’t wear my summer sandals.” I told Annie I didn’t have a quick fix, but we could likely improve the situation.

I told her that we first had to find out what was causing her nail problem. Although toenail fungus infection is the most common cause of toenail problems, we had to make certain that we were not missing something else. I suggested that we start with a basic skin exam, since conditions like psoriasis and lichen planus can look just like fungal infections. Unfortunately, these conditions will not improve with fungal treatments. It is also important to look at both hands and both feet for additional clues.
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Trials, Travails & Treatment Options for Hair Loss
by Eve J Lowenstein M.D., Ph.D
Trials, Travails & Treatment Options for Hair Loss Dermatologists are the medical specialists trained to diagnose and treat hair disorders. The workup for hair loss can be involved, requiring an extensive review of medical history, nutritional and hormonal status, medications, and infectious or chemical exposures.

One of the most troubling and traumatic cosmetic problems for which patients come in for consultation to a dermatologist is alopecia, or hair loss. Hair loss can occur at different ages and for different reasons. A certain amount of hair loss is normal and programmed into the hairs’ life cycle.
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Beauty Is In the Eye of the Beholder
by Basil A. Pakeman MD, FRCSC
Beauty Is In the Eye of the Beholder Baby Boomers are faced with the situation that their appearance does not match their youthful vigor. This disconnect is often remedied by cosmetic surgery to the upper face. It is especially true with eyelid surgery.

Baby boomers are the largest and fastest growing segment of the population, and they are very concerned about their appearance. They are a lot more active than their preceding generation.
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Your Skin Biopsy. Beware
by Clay J. Cockerell, MD
Your Skin Biopsy. Beware It is estimated that approximately 1 in 50 individuals born this year will develop malignant melanoma, the most dangerous and often life threatening form of skin cancer in their lifetime.

There is a major epidemic of skin cancer in the world today. In the United States alone, well over 1 million skin cancers will be diagnosed just this year. Furthermore, it is estimated that approximately 1 in 50 individuals born this year will develop malignant melanoma, the most dangerous and often life threatening form of skin cancer in their lifetime.
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The ABC's of Chemical Peels
by Jon Mendelsohn, MD
The ABC's of Chemical Peels The variety and effectiveness of chemical peels make them one of the most important tools in skin rejuvenation and the treatment of wrinkles, scars, and skin discoloration.

Chemical peels refer to the application of different types of chemicals to the skin in order to peel the outer layers of the skin. The use of chemical peels for a more youthful look dates back to ancient times and is based on the observation that certain chemicals, such as fruit acids, when in contact with the skin, result in “exfoliation”. In addition to skin rejuvenation, there are many other indications why a physician may recommend a chemical peel. These include the removal of sunspots and other discolored lesions, the treatment of acne and acne scars, and decreasing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
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Separating the facts from fiction for skin cancer prevention
by Eve J Lowenstein M.D., Ph.D
Separating the facts from fiction for skin cancer prevention Skin cancers are most likely to occur in those with fair skin, light-colored eyes, blonde or red hair and a tendency to freckle or burn in sunlight. I call these the Barbie doll risk factors.

Skin cancer is the most prevalent cancer in the United States with over one million new cases reported annually. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in his/her lifetime, and the incidence is rising worldwide. However, most skin cancers are preventable. Much has been published on the topic, so it is imperative to clarify facts from fiction to implement prevention strategies and skin cancer risk.
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Protective Wear for fun in the Sun!
by Rebecca L. Bushong, MD
Protective Wear for fun in the Sun! Wear brimmed hats that protect the neck and ears and perhaps some of the new long sleeved, but lightweight, breathable outfits made of sun blocking fabric.
“Gosh, I feel so stupid!” Karen said, as I gently removed her top to examine her blistered back.
“I was in the garden pulling weeds and lost track of the time. I probably realized that I was burning plus turning myself into a gourmet meal for the mosquitoes, but I had just a few more rows to clean and I wanted to finish.”
This patient had bright red skin with quarter size blisters on the back of her shoulders and mosquito bite welts on her lower legs.
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Lifting the veil from Plastic Surgery
by Scott Miller, MD
Correction can improve self-esteem and self-confidence. Thus, you can not only look better, but feel better as well.

Most people agree that what is on the inside is most important, but the outside can effect how you feel about yourself as well. An unwanted feature or appearance can make you self-conscious and less confident.That is what plastic surgery is all about, not vain, narcissistic people. It is about ordinary people with problems.

These problems may be present at birth or come with age. They are problems not so much because of the way they make you look, but the way they make you feel. Correction can improve self-esteem and self-confidence.
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Spider Veins…
Are you a spiderwoman/spiderman?

by Eve J Lowenstein M.D., Ph.D
How do you know if you suffer from CVI?

While most people have good circulation of the blood down to their toes, bringing the blood back to the heart is, literally, an uphill battle. These problems of returning the blood from the legs to the heart are the result of a faulty venous circulation, known in the medical vernacular as chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). Affecting about 6 million Americans, CVI is one of the most common reasons for a person to seek medical attention.
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Enjoy Smoother Skin this Summer!!!
by Jon Mendelsohn, MD
Smoother Skin, Dermatology Lasers can now permanently remove unwanted hair with a few treatments:
Swimsuit weather has arrived and for many women this will mean more attention to shaving. Some will utilize the tried and true razor routine, while others have good results with depilatories. However, a more recent technology…laser removal... could be the answer for ridding the body of excess hair, and the results are permanent in most cases.
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A Dermatologist Speaks Frankly!
by Rebecca L. Bushong, MD
Dermatology what you need to know about sun-damaged skin...

“What can I do to avoid getting my dad’s skin cancer and my mom’s wrinkles?” asked Joan, an intelligent woman who was determined to take control of her skin care. “Basically,” I said, “the answer is simple. Prevent future damage from exposure to harmful ultraviolet rays and reduce the damage that has been done.” Joan laughed and said “The devil is in the details. Tell me how!”
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The Dangers That Lurk in Nail Salons
by Eve J Lowenstein M.D., Ph.D
The nail and hair salon industry is rapidly growing, with over 50,000 salons nationwide offering services valued at $6.4 billion annually. Many consumers patronize nail salons unaware of the risks to which they are exposing themselves. Recent findings in medical studies are calling attention to these risks and may make nail salon patrons think twice before their next pedicure, nail wrap or hair clipping.

In a recent investigation by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, 110 individuals in Northern California were identified, all of whom developed furuncles, or boils, on their legs after receiving pedicures and whirlpool footbaths at the same nail salon...
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Coping with Psoriasis
by Rebecca L. Bushong, MD
"You have given me back my voice," said Cindy, my patient with terrible psoriasis. She wiped back a tear, gave me a hug, and then explained.

Cindy has had psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis for years. She has been on more medicines, salves and potions than an average pharmacy would have stocked in a year. Unfortunately, her disease ignored the best remedies I had prescribed ...
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A Not-So-Extreme Makeover That Anyone Can Do...
by William Brender, MD
People have always wanted to improve their looks, but recently this has become a national obsession. This obsession is fueled by TV shows like "Extreme Makeover" and "The Swan". Keeping you looking good does not necessarily have to be extreme, but it does take commitment-and it can be achieved by anyone!

The Seven Step Plan
  1. The first step to maintaining your looks is to prevent the damage from happening in the first place...
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