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  • An Effective Option for Melasma

    Frequently, women present to our clinic with melasma. Patches of dark pigmentation that often present symmetrically on the cheeks, upper lip and/or forehead characterize melasma. Excessive melanin production is stimulated by excessive sun exposure, heat or hormonal changes. The onset of melasma is often associated with hormonal shifts such as use ...
    Posted to Aesthetics Practice Today (Weblog) on June 4, 2014
  • Financing That Aesthetic Procedure

    Are financial reasons keeping some of your patients from proceeding with an aesthetic procedure? Many patients may be unaware of great options that are out there that could aid in obtaining the aesthetic treatments they desire. CareCredit CareCredit is a financing option for health, beauty and wellness expenses. CareCredit is a great option for ...
    Posted to Aesthetics Practice Today (Weblog) on May 29, 2014
  • Which Diseases Deserve 'Awareness'?

    May is Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month, and for my family it is also a month of loss. My family is broken by awareness of this disease and the memory of the wonderful guy we lost last week -- my cousin -- who never once complained about cystic fibrosis and the lifelong struggle he waged against it. I was supposed to start my new job yesterday ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on May 22, 2014
  • Treatment of Complications Associated With Intense Pulsed Light

    Intense pulsed light (IPL), broadband light (BBL), photorejuvenation and fotofacial are all terms that refer to a technology that has been available for several years to rejuvenate the skin. Most laser companies have their own version of this technology incorporating a broad band of non-coherent light waves that range from 560 nm to 1200 nm. ...
    Posted to Aesthetics Practice Today (Weblog) on May 13, 2014
  • The Expert Truth on Sun Exposure

     A nurse practitioner student recently emailed me on the NADNP website to ask the following: ''I am curious about sun exposure. Some small amount is good for vitamin D3 synthesis. Does your organization have a general rule about how much sun exposure is ok, and what to use for protection? For example, I always encourage folks to use zinc ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on May 8, 2014
  • Recreating the Triangle of Youth

    With new aesthetic products being introduced every year, new advanced techniques to deliver these products are also introduced. Tissue filler injection techniques have evolved from filling fine lines to liquid facelifts utilizing more volume, which in some cases resulted in the unwanted appearance of a ''pillow face'' ...
    Posted to Aesthetics Practice Today (Weblog) on April 29, 2014
  • A Sample Dermatology Protocol

      Many nurse practitioners have asked me about dermatology protocols. They are no different from other protocols and should be an outline of your practice agreement with your supervising or collaborating physician. These protocols should remain broad and general, but list important and specific aspects of your practice like prescribing ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on April 14, 2014
  • Semper Gumby!

    If there’s one thing most of us learned in our post-graduate training it was “semper Gumby” (translation: always flexible). And I have learned that lesson in my hunt for my first PA job. My last post I boasted on landing a great job serving the underserved but in the words of a good friend, “It seems like the more the organization wants ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on April 14, 2014
  • Never Give In

    ''Never give in, never give in, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.  Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.''  - Sir Winston Churchill If you are a new grad and you haven't nailed down a job yet, I ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on March 6, 2014
  • Until We Meet Again

    I sat in the airport terminal in November of 2012 and stared at my cell phone. I flicked the screen on and off as I waited out another wave of anxiety. I was about to place a call that would dictate the course of my life. At the time, I could barely comprehend the changes that would take place over the next year. It would be the year that ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on January 9, 2014
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