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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Redness and Rosacea

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Check out my latest segment on Studio 11 Fox discussing redness and rosacea

Women Dies after Injecting Beef Fat into Face

Want to get rid of those wrinkles without paying a lot of money? Some people take at home procedures to the next level. An Illinois woman recently died of a bacterial infection after injecting her face with hot beef fat in an apparent attempt to self-treat wrinkles, ABC news reports.

The women had appeared to a local ER complaining that her face was burning after her home injections. The women had infections and scarring due to the procedure, however a autopsy later determined she died of peritonitis.

There are many people injecting themselves at home, however I would never recommend this. Check out the video below showing a segment from Studio 11 LA where I discuss other things people inject into their own face.

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A Cure for Cankles

Do you know what “cankles” are?  If not, you probably don’t have them, but if you do, you are probably pretty conscious of them, and try to hide them most of the time.  “Cankles” is a term to describe a person who has thick ankles… in other words, their calf, which is usually the widest part of the leg below the knee, doesn’t taper down towards the ankles, so the lower legs are thicker, resembling tree trunks.  I know, that’s a terrible, but very accurate description of this condition.  Many may not know that cankles can be minimized pretty simply using liposuction under local anesthesia alone!
Watch Carmen talk about her cankles on Studio11LA on Fox 11 and see how I use liposuction to help eliminate them!

Is Kat Von D losing her hair?

Radar Online is reporting that famous tattoo artist is so stressed that she is losing her hair.

According to a close source, the stress of her recent break-up/make-up with fiancé Jesse James, along with her TLC show being canceled have attributed to her going bald at such a young age.

A source close to the tattoo artist says: “Kat totally has bald spots and it’s from stress. It’s worse than anyone her age should have. She’s started ordering wigs along with the hair pieces and extensions she already uses. I feel really bad for her because the bald spots are horrible. The stress of losing her hair is only stressing her out more and making it worse!”

If these accounts from the source are actually true there are two conditions that may be occurring with Kat. She is likely suffering from Telogen Effluvium or Alopecia Areata. Without seeing pictures of the hair loss these diagnoses are purely speculation from the above description.

Telogen Effluvium

Can stress really make your hair fall out? Absolutely! Telogen effluvium is a scalp disorder characterized by massive hair loss as a result of early entry of hairs into the telogen phase.  Emotional or physiological events may result in an alteration of the normal hair cycle. It may be due to a variety of causes, eating disorders, fever, childbirth, chronic illness, major surgery, anemia, severe emotional disorders, crash diets, hypothyroidism, and drugs. Typically a person with telogen effluvium will experience the hair loss approximately 3-4 months after the stressful event. The good news about this condition is that it is usually temporary and all of your hair will most likely grow back.

Alopecia Areata

If Kat had bald spots that are completely hair free she would most likely be suffering from a condition called Alopecia Areata. Alopecia areata is a hair loss condition where your  immune system mistakenly attacks your hair follicles. You will usually see hair fall out in clumps and are left with round patches that are completely bald. Alopecia Areata can not only affect the scalp but it can also affect facial hair such as eyebrows or beards in men. Typically hair will grow back in 6-12 months. The most common treatment for Alopecia Areata is  cortisone injections into the bald spots.

Hair loss for anyone, women especially, can be devastating. Consulting your health care provider for treatment options can be beneficial.



Workplace Divided

Are you ready for some football? We are. At our office we are a “house divided”. Myself being an USC alumni I have plenty of cardinal and gold ready to don for the football season. Dr. Lee is an UCLA alumni and has plenty of love for her bruins. We also have this guy who is a big time Jets fan. It’s that time of year for some friendly rivalry. Here are some other football paraphernalia strewn around the office.

USC Football Button

Jets sticker on our time clock

Does football season invade your office as well?

Petite Treats

 It’s Thursday, 3pm before a long holiday weekend. The end of the week is close, but not close enough. Everyone in the office is a bit sluggish. Then someone shows up with these awesome treats. Mini ice cream cones and ice cream sandwiches. Just enough for a little pick-me-up without the guilt.

How cute are these?

We all enjoyed one… well maybe two 🙂

What’s New

In The Media and Other News

Watch Dr. Sandra Lee Make Varicose Veins Disappear on The Doctors!
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Dr. Sandra Lee Discusses What To Do About Warts on Fox Studio 11 LA
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Get Rid of Sweaty Palms - Dr. Sandra Lee on Fox Studio 11
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