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Does CoolSculpting really work?

I often have patients ask me, “Does CoolSculpting really work”? And the answer is a definitive “YES”! CoolSculpting has an interesting back story, and once you hear it, you will be a believer.  There was a pediatrician several years ago who noted that some of his patients had actual fat loss in the cheeks, and when he investigated further, he determined it to be the result of over-consumption of popsicles! Additionally, a similar phenomenon was seen in horse-mounted policemen on the outer aspect of the hips and thighs because the horse body temperature would maintain the inner thigh warmth, but not the outer aspect in the cold weather. Fast forward to a company called Zeltiz who investigated ways to safely harness the fact that fat has a different freezing temperature than surrounding (an important) tissue. This company was able invent a technology that worked to freeze and eliminate only the unwanted fatty areas, but maintain the health and well-being of the overlying skin and other structures. Eventually Zeltiq was sold to Allergan, the manufacturer of Botox Cosmetic, a variety of fillers like Juvederm and Voluma, and also of breast implants. Allergan took the science a step further creating additional and […]

The Secret is out! RF Microneedling

As I was reviewing the daily dermatology updates, I came across a publication that was released by the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology stating that microneedling radiofrequency technology is both “safe and effective” for the treatment of atrophic acne facial scars. Great news is the fact that this affirms what we have seen in the Dermatology Office for the past two years since acquiring this amazing technology. Microneedling radiofrequency employs the use of finely-tipped microneedles which are introduced or injected into the skin, and as they reach the depth of penetration which can be customized to the patient depending on condition treated. At the depth of deepest penetration, there is an immediate burst of radiofrequency energy which produces heat and stimulates tissue to regenerate, specifically collagen. As with any new technology, there are different manufacturers of the product and so it best to test as many of a potential new addition to the office so that we can determine best device and best results. Our discovery of The Secret was a game changer. Not only did this particular microneedling radiofrequency device work smoothly and elegantly for the operator, but provided maximum patient comfort with best outcomes. Additionally, it was the only […]

Intermittent fasting through ProLon

Have you ever felt as though despite proper diet and exercise, you seem to hit a plateau in your weight loss program? This is a real phenomenon and can occur secondary to metabolic set points created in your brain where body regulation and metabolism begins. But how can you reset this point, and convince your brain what that your weight is actually appropriate to decrease? Thinking back to the days of early man, it was not always a given that there would be a continuous food supply, and so the human body was designed to allow for periods of intermittent fasting. Recently, there has been more research into the concept of fasting. Of course, we can look to cultures and religions who have continued to utilize fasting as a part of daily life, but until a few years ago, there were not a lot of clinical trials. Now we are able to see lots of data, and the data on fasting suggests so much more than simply weight loss. However, weight loss is one of the natural side effects of intermittent fasting.  Intermittent fasting studies have shown tremendous benefits in multiple areas. Mice studies show increased lifespan in the fasting […]

Happy Mardi Gras!

So as not to confuse you, and before you read further, just know this post has absolutely nothing to do with dermatology. However, it has something to do with this dermatologist, who was born and raised in the Crescent City of New Orleans. At the onset of the new year, the city and its’ citizens continue to celebrate the year-long party of life by celebrating the season of Mardi Gras. Stemming from calendar of the Catholic church, the season begins on the day of the arrival of the three wise men visiting Jesus in Bethlehem, and culminates on Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. The king cake itself is a light fluffy pastry bread, laced with cinnamon and sugar, and topped with icing and the three Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold, each representing the Magi. The purple has always been the color of royalty, but I have found some writing that suggests it represents justice. I like the concept of a royal baby King Jesus so I will continue in my mind to always associate it with royalty. The green represents the color of life, and the gold represents power. Within the cake itself, is a […]

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