Thursday, August 14th, 2014
We are proud to announce that Katie O'Keefe has joined the practice! We interviewed dozens of applicants, waiting patiently to find the person we think can provide outstanding results for her clients while maintaining the practice standards of customer service, client education, and desire for continued improvement. Katie is all that and more! From every-day skin care programs to chemical peels, dermaplaning, and microderm, Katie would love to personalize a treatment regimen to help your skin achieve optimal health and appearance. She went to TCU, is an avid hockey fan, and loves animals. Come visit with Katie and see why we're so excited she's here!
Tuesday, July 8th, 2014
We are excited to introduce microneedling (also known as collagen induction therapy, or CIT) to the practice! This evolving technique uses an electronic device to create controlled channels or microwounds into the skin. These micro-passages stimulate the normal wound healing cascade by releasing growth factors, leading to the production of new collagen, elastin, and microscopic blood vessels (capillaries). The micro-channels may also be used to aid delivery of cosmeceuticals, growth factors, and bioactive peptides into the dermis. Microneedling has many uses, including improving scars (acne scars, surgical scars), reducing stretch marks, improving fine lines, and helping create more even skin pigmentation. Unlike laser treatments and deep chemical peels, microneedling causes minimal injury to the skin. This makes microneedling a versatile technique, being able to treat areas that lasers cannot like the neck, chest, and hands. Collagen induction therapy is an area of growing interest in cosmetic plastic surgery. Come visit and learn more about microneedling!
Thursday, June 26th, 2014
I just came back from a fantastic meeting in Las Vegas. This was a multidisciplinary meeting with plastic surgeons, dermatologists, ophthalmologists, and ENT facial surgeons from around the world. I was looking for an opportunity to see how physicians in other specialties address issues that I see as well. For instance, how do ophthalmologists who do cosmetic eyelid surgery treat patients with baggy eyelids? How do ENT facial surgeons do facelifts? I have been to many, many meetings in the past where plastic surgeons talk about how they do things; this was an opportunity to meet with many types of doctors. I spent time talking with a doctor from Dublin, Ireland who gives talks around the world about research showing that Botox may actually be medically helpful in patients with depression. Another interesting doctor I spent time with was an ophthalmologist from Beirut, Lebanon. We talked about fat grafting around the eyes, as well as life in Lebanon in general. The meeting exceeded my expectations. So much information! The only 'downside' is that now my office staff will have so many new things to integrate into the practice!
Thursday, November 7th, 2013
I love doing facelifts. There's some real art and finesse involved. Every millimeter counts. Usually a person considering facelift surgery notices loose facial skin, jowls, and a loss of the youthful neck contour. During the procedure tissues under the skin are lifted and tightened, then excess skin is trimmed away. The incisions are placed in inconspicuous areas, with the result being a refreshed, rejuvenated appearance. As with most cosmetic procedures several different techniques have been created, each technique trying to address particular anatomical areas differently. If you watch much television you've probably even seen infomercials about one of these techniques. However, no matter which technique is used, the concepts are similar: the tissues under the skin are tightened first, then the excess overlying skin is removed. This allows the fatty tissues in the jowls to be re-positioned and trimmed, neck muscles tightened, and tissues in the cheek elevated. It sounds kind of scary, but really most people have minimal pain and are very happy with their results.
If you're thinking about this type of surgery, come visit. We use Vectra 3-dimensional imaging to help identify what areas are of most concern to you. The image on the right is an example: while we can easily see the jowls and loose skin, areas of sun damage, pigment changes, and subtle contour irregularities may also be more readily assessed. You'll love the staff in the office, and we can help visually restore that beautiful inner you!
Saturday, February 4th, 2012
We are going to have another of our Girls' Night Out events this Wednesday, February 8th, from 6 to 8 pm at our 8th Avenue office. Each of our events, taking place three or four times a year, has a unique theme. The theme for this event is "Beauty with Friends". Our aesthetician, Lori Roby, will talk one-on-one with guests about some of the great products and services she offers. Our clinical nurse injector, Krista Barrington, will demonstrate Botox injections on one of our current clients. And of course, I will speak a little about surgical options over any number of topics, tailoring the discussion to the women present that evening.
These events also raise money for local organizations that provide special care and services that blend with the needs of many of our patients. Previously we have donated portions of the proceeds from these evenings to the Joan Katz Breast Center (link: http://www.wfaa.com/good-morning-texas/Celebrating-the-Opening-of-Joan-Katz-Breast-Center-92340909.html), and the local Komen Foundation ( link: http://ww5.komen.org/). For the February 2012 event, the recipient is Cuisine for Healing (link: http://www.cuisineforhealing.org/). We are excited to partner with these groups. Sue Austin from Cuisine for Healing will be present Wednesday evening and you can learn all about it from her.
Another terrific local organization that also offers special services to our breast cancer patients is Indigo Yoga (link: http://www.indigoyoga.net/). Brooke Hamblet Hinkle, Founder and Director, will also be present Wednesday. Come visit with her to learn about yoga may be of benefit to you or someone you know!
These are not just boring little wine-and-cheese events. The office staff kind of goes 'over the top' in putting these evenings together. Come join us and see for yourself. Bring a friend! Call the office and make a reservation because, darn the luck, the fire marshal only allows so many people in the building at one time!
Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
I have been doing some landscaping around my house. This spring I put a great plant in my backyard, a Japanese aralia. This plant has a tropical look to it. In the summer heat, however, it quickly lets me know when it needs to be watered. It wilts and looks a bit sickly. With just a little water, however, it perks right back up.
How is this relevant? It reminds me about people, about what really happens when we need water. Our cells crave water. The right amount of water allows all the cellular processes to take place normally. Losing just a little bit of water causes cells to shrink and all the things in them to become more compacted. The machinery just doesn't work the same.
We have had so many 100 degree days and so little rain here in North Texas this summer. Just starting your car will cause you to work up a sweat. It's easy to fall behind on your hydration. By the time you become thirsty you have probably already lost 2% of your total body fluid. Your best protection is to try to remember to drink water frequently through the day, rather than waiting until you become thirsty. This will protect you and all of your cells, particularly through this heat.
Now, imagine yourself as that Japanese aralia. Picture your skin as those drooping leaves. Maybe the best thing you can do to maintain your normal, healthy appearance this summer is to keep hydrated. Moisturizers will help, but there really is no substitute for healthy, well-lubricated cells. Don't wilt in this parched North Texas summer!