What doctor can do for you!

 Recently I chatted with top Beverly Hills cosmetic surgeon Dr. Fardad Forouzanpour  While Dr. Forouzanpour is an experienced and highly-qualified surgeon he is also extremely knowledgeable about skin care. He also agreed to answer many questions readers have had about procedures.Dr. Forouzanpour

Dr. Forouzanpour was able to establish that there is no risk to Botox or dermafillers when properly done. “They can definitely make someone look more refined and refreshed,” he told me, “and there is no down side to repeating it”.
 
Dr. Forouzanpour described an exclusive new treatment his office offers called a hyaluronic acid facial. Three streams of oxygen push a thin stream of hyaluronic acid into the skin, which is exfoliated, moisturized, tightened, and plumped as a result. 
 
There is another treatment called the Oxy-Glow facial that leaves the skin glowing and translucent looking. After a gentle microbrassion, the skin is bathed in oxygen and then infused with an antioxidant serum alternating with red and blue LED light to stimulate collagen production . This is done in a series of three treatments over three weeks. Dr. Forouzanpour told me it makes the skin look luminous. I think it sounds heavenly.
 
If you plan on having plastic surgery now or in the future, you had better not smoke. According the doctor it interferes with healing and the final results. If surgery is not for you, Dr. Forouzanpour explained you can get results from other treatments that will make you can look better. Botox will last between three and five months for most people, depending on their individual muscle structure and other factors. Juviderm, a dermfiller, lasts about six months. Restylane, similar filler, lasts for about four months. Raddiesse can last for about a year. These different fillers can be used to fill lines between your nose and mouth called parenthesis or marionette lines, fill out thin lips, and even adjust lost volume in your face. Sculptra takes multiple injections to get the final results as it stimulates new collagen, but it can last for more than one year. Fat transfers using the patient’s own fat are popular. Each time it is done 20 to 30 percent of the new fat may begin to graft permanently. For more fascinating information about fat transfers see the doctor’s blog http://perfectself.wordpress.com/
 
For more about Dr. Forouzanpour, visit http://www.perfectself.com/index.html
 
 

 

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Why my dermatologist is my new BFF

According to Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, “diamonds are a girl’s best friend”. Darlings, there are few greater fans than me of Anita Loos, who penned that priceless piece of American lore —  or Marilyn Monroe, who made it her anthem. However, I propose that one of a girl’s best friends may be her dermatologist.

 
And if you are lucky enough have normal or even flawless skin you may think you can skip this item. Don’t. Eventually, we all need a dermatologist and maybe even a plastic surgeon. No darlings, this isn’t the beauty junkie speaking. After 40, you will want a skin check for dangerous moles and such. A  good doctor canbe your ticket to good skin
 
I also suggest you seek an out an expert for acne at any age. I have had acne for most of my life. As a result of fabulous doctors, I have no scars, physically or otherwise. Curing acne is a nightmare. It’s tricky. If you have an acne clinic near you go there. They are experts. Or, find a derm who really knows acne.
 
My most successful acne treatment was ClearLight. It was done at the Toronto Acne Clinic by Dr. Kevin Sliwowicz. It cleared most of my acne permanently. I now have only the occasional flare-up. ClearLight uses a type of blue light that kills acne bacteria without burning or irritating the skin. As you lie there for 20 minutes at a time, you feel nothing. This treatment has also worked for several of my acne-plagued friends.
 
My Atlanta dermatologist, Dr. Cynthia Abbott, has had good luck treating adult acne with Isolaz. It is a new FDA approved “photo pneumatic” device which combines light and suction. The light kills the acne bacteria and the vacuum cleans your pores. It is a wonder, as it clears stubborn cystic acne and rejuvenates skin at the same time. It requires no recovery time and has worked like a charm for many. Insurance won’t pay for it. I think we need to protest as they do pay for drugs that cost as much and have no better guarantee of working. It is effective in about 85 percent of cases. The Clearlight treatment that worked for me is effective in about 70 percent of cases. If you have acne, those are great odds, especially for treatments with no side effects.
 
Isolaz is expensive. Some of the celebrity beauty makers who offer it are charging up to $500 a session and the average acne patient needs at least four sessions. Dr. Abbott, who is committed to clear skin, charges $200 for the first treatment and $150 for follow-up sessions. Clearlight at the Toronto Acne Clinic costs between $420 and $875. The higher price is for more treatments and includes medical microbrasion. Dr. Cynthia Abbott
 
Large acne cysts that linger, hurt, and may scar can be also is injected with kenalog, a type of cortisone. They will then shrink almost overnight. If cysts plague you, find a derm office or clinic that gets you in fast for a quick injection. You need to see your doctor quickly.
 
Dermatologist can also help with pesky skin issues that don’t respond to over-the-counter lotions and potions. Stubborn brown patches called age spots may need stronger medicine. Those same brown patches can be caused by pregnancy and the birth control pills.
 
Your doctor can prescribe Tri-luma, a pricey cream that can fade discoloration. It contains fluocinoline, a steroid, tretinion or retin A, and hydroquinone. This potent and sometimes irritating mixture of medicines has been shown to be significantly more effective at fading discoloration than any one of these ingredients alone. A derm can also zap brown spots and broken capillaries with Intense Pulsed Light treatments. Some dermatologists can tighten up saggy faces and erase crow’s feet with the new Fraxel lasers. Fraxel lasers only treat about 20 percent of the skin at a time so there is little redness, but dramatic results are possible with several treatments. They also stimulate new collagen deep down in the epidermis. The cost can be $4,000 to take 10 years off your face, but it is cheaper and less traumatic than surgery. Many dermatologists are also artists with Botox and fillers.
 
The right doctor will work with you, help you, and find a solution you can afford.
 
To reach Dr. Abbott: http://www.skinatlanta.com/
 
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