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Dear 16-Year-Old Me….a Warning to Your Future Self About Melanoma

Dear 16-year-old Me
They say, “Hind sight is 20/20”. And this film (posted on YouTube, see link below) poignantly depicts just that…..if we had only known then what we know now, maybe we would have done things differently.  This is about Malignant Melanoma, a sometimes preventable and a potentially life threatening skin cancer if not detected and treated early.  If we knew that we might be diagnosed with it in our future, would we have been more careful about sun exposure and other skin cancer preventive measures in our youth?
Many of you know I have always been a “sun worshiper” (helped my acne as a teenager, “tan fat is better than white fat” as a young adult, great source of Vitamin D as a “health conscious” adult )… better than being a smoker!  I am much better now about wearing my sunblock on my face, neck and chest, but more so for anti-aging purposes.  Am I bad to tell my patients, “Do as I say, and not as I do”?

This film is very gripping – it was made possible thanks to the generosity of real Canadians and Americans whose lives have been touched by melanoma. These are not actors and I think that you, like I was, will be touched with their personal stories.

As an aside, you may enjoy the background music of the talented Freelance Whales, a New York-based group who lent their song, Generator ^ First Floor, to the film.  After watching, please feel free to share. And as usual, if you should have any questions about the wellness of your skin or want information about skin cancer awareness and prevention, be sure to contact me.

PIP Breast Implant Alert

If you have had or know of someone who has had breast augmentation/reconstruction with PIP silicone breast implants, please be aware of a recent  “alert” by the ASAPS (American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) and the ISAPS (International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons). These breast implants, which are not FDA approved but are available in many foreign countries, are manufactured with inferior “industrial silicone” with unknown impurities and their incidence of rupture is high (possibly as high as 11% per year).  Removal (and replacement with FDA approved silicone implants) is recommended. Please see the following link or feel free to contact me for more information.

Happy New Year! Have You Tried The Crab Walk?

Happy New Year!  With the New Year comes our Resolutions to improve something about us, often a commitment to healthier eating habits (hate that word “diet”) and an active lifestyle (hate that word “exercise”). For the women out there reading this, many of us want to improve the appearance of  one of our most “unaesthetic” body areas…our butts and thighs. But there may be help that is non-surgical!  I have worked with an Image Consultant, Susan Bigsby ( who has helped many of my patients with improving their “style”, including hair, makeup, clothing and accessories.  But for the New Year, she has made a recommendation for an exercise for the lower body that can help you look better in those stylish clothes!  This recommendation is based on her personal experience which she has permitted me to share with you.  In Susan’s own words:

“I’ve struggled with too much junk in my trunk and thighs that rub together my whole life.  Last year, I was watching the “Today Show” and they featured an exercise that I now call “The Crab Walk.”  I’ve exercised for 30 years and have had personal trainers.  NOTHING has ever improved my lower body like this.  I’ve lost four (4) inches off my hips and now wear a size 2 pant or straight skirt!  Never before in my life!  I show it to all my clients, so now I’d like all of you to benefit too!  The video (in the You Tube link below)….was taken on my iPhone, so the audio is very low…I hope you get it!”  If you can’t hear the instructions well, written instructions are below.

Instructions how to do “The Crab Walk”:

Do a wide, low plie – as wide and as low as you can get.  Next, take 8 steps forward and 8 steps back – low and slow.  Do this 5 times – anywhere, anytime.  Susan does this 4 to 5 times a week.  And remember, consistency is the key to the success of any exercise program.  I intend to start the “Crab Walk” today!  How about you?  And perhaps you will reshape your lower body and won’t even need to contemplate liposuction as an alternative!  Again, Have a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!!!