Entries by Alice Pien, MD & Asher Milgrom, PhD

Collagen Supplements – The Care and Feeding of Your Collagen

 

Now that you have read the article What is Collagen? The Basic Biology, you know that healthy collagen is key to youthful and healthy looking skin.  In fact, even for people who are un-educated about collagen, society is filled with advertisements about supplements, vitamins and products that improve skin by “boosting” your collagen. Do collagen supplements work?

Bottom line:  If you are interested in skin tightening, or a variety of other collagen boosting treatments such as; a non-surgical facelift, skin rejuvenation, laser face lift, neck lift, etc, you must understand that collagen plays a major factor in all of these treatments.

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How to Get Rid of Stretch Marks – Which Treatments Work?

 

Many people who experience stretch marks are self conscious about the appearance of their skin. Skin care providers offer a myriad of creams and treatments for stretch marks to help reduce their appearance.

While stretch marks do not look pretty, they are harmless and do fade over time. They do not require medical treatment if they are not bothersome. If they do bother you, treatment will only partially remove the stretch marks and cannot completely get rid of them.

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Shaving VS Laser Hair Removal? Which is Better?

 

Unwanted hair is often viewed as the proverbial bane of our beauty blunders. Today, there are so many different methods of hair removal available that it can be hard to choose the best option. Shaving is the long-standing winner for simplicity and convenience. But when it comes to long-lasting permanent results, laser hair removal is, more often than not, the top choice. So how can you decide which one of these hair removal options suits your needs and your lifestyle best?

Collagen – The Basic Biology – Structure, Function & Types

 

The Basic Biology of Collagen

Before we can dive into getting rid of wrinkles or sagging skin, we first need to understand the basic biology of collagen. 

However, I do understand that unless you are excited by science, you might find the next few paragraphs a tad boring… So to help keep your interest peaked, let me start by saying:

Sexy, gorgeous, lifted, toned, smooth, youthful skin – is all about collagen.

YOUR SKIN IS COMPOSED OF TWO MAIN LAYERS

What is Collagen - Your skin is comprised of 2 main layersEpidermis: Top thin layer that everybody is looking at.

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11 Amazing Functions of Your Skin

 

Before you consider what you can do to make your skin healthier and more beautiful, it is imperative that you understand the physiological nature of your skin. Hopefully, with deeper insight into the functions of the skin, you will be able to better care for it, and make better decisions regarding treatments and procedures that you might be contemplating.

The different layers of your skinFor the first three to four decades of the average person’s life, we don’t think that much about our skin, let alone how our skin functions, unless our skin presents us with something that doesn’t look good, like cystic acne or cystic acne scars.

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What is a FaceLift? – The Surgical Facelift VS The Non-Surgical Facelift

 

WHAT IS A FACELIFT?

Facelift surgery provides a method to smooth out lines on your face and give you an overall younger appearance.

No matter what you do to care for your skin, wrinkling and sagging is a natural part of aging. However, even though it’s natural, it doesn’t mean that you have to give up and succumb to looking and feeling old. There are things that can be done to bring back a young and healthy look.

Anti-Aging Foods – You Are What You Eat

 

Is there a connection between diet and wrinkled skin? Are there anti-aging foods?

Ever heard the saying: “Don’t ask a question if you are not prepared to hear the answer”?

The other side of that coin is: “Don’t illicit a question if you don’t have the answer”.

For the past 20 years, many of our patients have asked about their diets, “is there such a thing as anti-aging foods?”. What should they eat or avoid eating to keep from getting wrinkles, acne or Rosacea.  Believing that diet is critically important for the state of one’s health and wellness I have always wanted to enlighten our patients with clear and unambiguous answers.  However, whereas many serious studies have been conducted regarding diet and a variety of serious health issues, such as heart disease and numerous other conditions, there is only one notable study concerning diet and skin wrinkling: the Monash study conducted at the University of Melbourne Australia.

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What Are Stem Cells and How Do They Work?


What are Stem Cells? – 4 part lecture – Stem Cells explained

New bio-medical science has recently discovered that these stem cells can be used medically to recreate live healthy tissue to replace damaged or diseased tissue. In other words, instead of repairing a damaged liver, shoulder joint, or heart, imagine if you could simply create a new liver, shoulder joint or heart!

That is why there is so much popular “Buzz” about stem cells these days.

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Melasma Causes – What Causes the Dark Spots on My Skin?

 

Melasma is one of the most prominent skin problems in the world. Nearly 6 million Americans suffer from Melasma. The problem reveals itself in the form of dark spots on skin including the nose, cheeks, forehead, upper lip and chin. However, the dark spots of Melasma can be found in other areas that are exposed to the sun. Other common areas include the neck and forearms.

Melasma can affect a wide variety of people but women are the most likely candidates.

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DMAE Benefits – Skin Tightening Cream for Loose Skin

 

DMAE Benefits… Skin Tightening Cream?

For all those who are looking for a “quick fix” for skin tightening, DMAE benefits loose skin and sounds like a dream come true. It is marketed under the clever moniker “facelift in a jar”, which conjures up images of a 50 plus year old woman (or man) looking in the mirror, opening a jar of cream that she slathers on her face and viola!… a 35 years old face is looking back at her from the mirror.