Posts Tagged ‘doctors’

Think Pink with

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Indulge in some retail charity. This October, will launch a Breast Cancer Awareness Boutique, which will feature specialty breast cancer awareness products from beauty brands such as Becca Cosmetics, Decleor, Colorescience, SpaRitual, gloMinerals, jane iredale, Sonya Dakar and Alterna, among many others. This one stop shop is the premier destination for getting gorgeous and giving back. All the products sold in the boutique will contribute a portion of their proceeds to various breast cancer charities (iS Clinical is donating 100% of the Poly-Vitamin Serum to the National Breast Cancer Coalition!) . In addition to the donations made from the individual brands, will donate 5% of the proceeds from each unit sold in the boutique to CEW Foundation’s Cancer and Careers program, whose mission is to educate and empower people with cancer to thrive in their workplace by providing expert advice, interactive tools and educational events.

With over 25 brands and almost 50 products to choose from, this online boutique is not only a fantastic destination for limited edition Breast Cancer Awareness products but also a unique concept from, as it allows for additional funds to support this well deserving cause.  In 2009, there were over 190,000 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in American women. With each passing year, science makes life-saving advancements and brings new hope to everyone affected by this disease. With the aid of charitable donations, much like’s and its participating brands’, we are a step closer to a cure.

One shop, one purchase, two donations, thousands of lives affected.


Monday, May 17th, 2010

By Dr. Jody Levine


Substantially more than 1 million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year, more than any other form of cancer. 1 in 5 Americans will develop some form of skin cancer during their lifetime.  Skin cancer can be divided into two groups – nonmelanoma skin cancer and melanoma.  The majority of diagnosed skin cancers are nonmelanoma skin cancer of which 80% of these are basal cell carcinoma and about 20% squamous cell carcinoma.

Dangers of tanning: tanning can cause skin cancer. Photo by ~ggvic~


Exposure to ultraviolet light, from the sun and indoor tanning devices is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer.  It’s never too late to protect yourself and minimize your future risk of skin cancer. Early detection is also crucial as skin cancer can be treated if found early.  Melanoma has a 99% five year survival rate if detected and treated before it spreads to the lymph nodes. Both basal cell and squamous cell have cure rates approaching 95% if detected early and treated promptly.


Basal cell carcinoma frequently appears as a pearly bump, whereas squamous cell carcinoma often looks like a rough, red scaly area or an ulcerated bump that bleeds.  Any new growth that does not go away in a month’s time or that is bleeding, growing or changing should prompt you to see a dermatologist.  Melanoma can develop from or near an existing mole or can suddenly appear without warning.   New, rapidly growing moles, or moles that itch, bleed, change color or other surface characteristics are often early warning signs of melanoma and warrant prompt attention.


A biopsy is performed to confirm the diagnosis.  A very superficial basal cell, for example, can sometimes be treating by scraping and burning the lesion, to destroy the cancer cells. However, the general treatment for skin cancer is to excise the lesion.  This is an in-office procedure using local numbing medicine.  Depending on the method used to cut out the skin cancer, stitches will likely be placed and then removed anywhere from 5 days to 2 weeks later (depending on the part of the body where it was located).  For a localized, nonmelanoma skin cancer, there is generally no further treatment needed, except a reminder to be cautious with prevention using sun protection and early detection with routine visits to the dermatologist.  Further treatment of melanoma is dependent on the depth of the melanoma and other factors involved.

Dermatologist Dr. Jody Levine


Dr. Jody Levine is an esteemed member of the Beautyfix Panel of experts and a highly respected dermatologist. Dr. Levine is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, the Women’s Dermatologic Society, the Society for Pediatric Dermatology and the American Medical Association. Based in Manhattan, Dr. Levine is the co-founder and co-director of Plastic Surgery & Dermatology of NYC, PLLC, a comprehensive facility in Manhattan offering a full range of integrated skincare for the whole family.  Dr. Levine practices medical and surgical dermatology, specializing in cosmetic and laser surgery for pediatric and adult patients.

Dr. Levine received her M.D. from the Yale University School of Medicine, graduating with honors, and has been named one of “America’s Top Dermatologists of 2009” by the Consumer’s Research Council of America. She has published scholarly papers in prestigious journals including Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and Journal of the American Medical Association.  In addition, she is on the medical advisory board of Parents magazine and is often featured in national beauty magazines, web pages, newspapers, radio shows and television programs.  She has been quoted in W Magazine, Elle, Allure, Self, Shape, Marie Claire, New York Magazine and The New York Times.  Dr. Levine has appeared on the Martha Stewart Radio, The Montel Williams Show, Fox News, and ABC News.

Dr. Levine firmly believes in educating all patients, from youth through adulthood, on the dangers of outdoor and indoor tanning.  She stresses the importance of sun safety and appropriate skin care, capturing the beauty of youthful skin and making it available to patients of all ages.

Dr. Jody Levine lives in Manhattan with her husband Dr. Elie Levine, a Plastic Surgeon, and their four children, Skyler, Jasmine, Caitlin and William.

3 Steps to Younger Looking Skin

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

By Liz W

sun protection user Ninha Morandini

With age comes great wisdom, but unfortunately wisdom doesn’t come alone; and you might be considering a change in your skin care routine. Every year, another unwelcome candle finds its way to your birthday cake, and another even more unwelcome wrinkle appears on your smiling face. Anti aging skin care can make a huge difference in fighting the visible signs of aging. Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Chip Cole shares his skin care advice on the best things you can do keep your skin looking as youthful as possible.

Dr. Chip Cole, a quadruple board certified Oculofacial Plastic Surgeon, who specializes in facial rejuvenation and eye and facial surgery, says the secret to slowing down the signs of aging is a three step process:

“Resurface, Rejuvenate and Protect.  Resurfacing your skin with a retinol will help to address and correct sun damaged skin, acne scarring and rough or coarse texture.  More than 90% off the sun damage we attribute to aging is the result of cumulative sun damage. Rejuvenate your skin by using a topical Vitamin C.  This will help reverse much of this sun damage and help protect your skin from further damage as well.  Protect your skin daily with a hydrating sunscreen.  I recommend a minimum of SPF30 (like Canyon Ranch Your Transformation  Protect UVA/UVB SPF 30 Facial Moisturizer) that protects against both UVA and UVB rays.” –Dr. Chip Cole.

There are other paths you can take when you suddenly stop looking forward to birthdays, and realize your youth is behind you. You can accept that you are growing older, and consider each new line on your face a sign of a happy smile-filled life, and stop caring about your appearance, as your best years have passed. Or, you can start caring for your skin in a way you know you should have been since the first time you noticed your lipstick was exploring those fun little lines around your lips. We recommend taking Dr. Cole’s advice on aging gracefully.

From Botox to Plastic Surgery – Dr. Babak Azizzadeh’s “Beverly Hills Beauty Secrets” gives you the scoop on anti-aging secrets of the stars

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Ever wonder how celebs seem to age at a much slower pace than most? Ever consider getting an injectable like Botox or something more dramatic like plastic surgery? Beautyfix Panelist and Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Babak Azizzadeh co-authored a book “Beverly Hills Beauty Secrets” with Dermatologist Dr. Douglas Hamilton that gives you the 411 on just about every anti-aging procedure that’s out there.

Beverly Hills Beauty Secrets

Beverly Hills Beauty Secrets” really tells it all – from face creams to botox to chemical peels to going under the knife – after reading this book you will truly have an understanding of all of the options that are out there to look your youngest. This almost encyclopedic gem is a must-have resource for anyone considering either surgical or non-surgical facial treatments. This book stresses the importance of prevention and gives guidelines for each decade starting from your twenties and beyond. I particularly like that they discuss the psychological side of facial procedures, and encourage the reader to really think about what their goals are and why. This book actually helps you decide what to change, and breaks things down into what procedures work best for specific areas of the face. You’ll also learn how long different injectables last, alternatives to face-lifts, and the facts about plastic surgery. The doctors are also quite frank about post-procedural down time, the effectiveness of each treatment, and how much it all costs. They even give advice on how to find the right doctor.

Would you consider getting a surgical procedure to look younger?


Dr. Babak Azizzadeh is a Harvard-trained Facial Plastic Surgeon who specializes exclusively in the cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face, eyes and nose. He is the Director of The Center for Facial and Nasal Plastic Surgery (Beverly Hills, California; Greater Los Angeles Area) and board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. His expertise in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery has made him one of the most sought-after surgeons in the country. He has been featured in The Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC News, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Discovery Health, and numerous other media for his expertise in facial plastic surgery. Dr. Azizzadeh is also the Course Director of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s “Advances in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery”

After graduating from the UCLA School of Medicine with highest honors, Dr. Azizzadeh completed a six-year residency program in Head and Neck Surgery/Facial Plastic Surgery at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. He then completed a sub-specialized fellowship in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

For the past two decades, Dr. Azizzadeh has been actively engaged in clinical and basic science research helping to advance the field of facial plastic surgery. He has received many honors and awards for his research endeavors. Furthermore, he has published numerous articles, as well as, presented at the national and international level. As an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA, Dr. Azizzadeh is also actively involved in teaching facial plastic surgery to residents and medical students.

In addition to his busy surgical practice, Dr. Azizzadeh has also been actively involved in several humanitarian organizations and is the West Coast Surgical Coordinator for Medical Missions for Children.

Dr. Azizzadeh practices in Beverly Hills, California in the greater Los Angeles area.


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Discover the Best Beauty Products with Beautyfix

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Who knew glamour could be so grueling? But hey! Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was your Beautyfix kit. Here’s a sneak peek at how we pick our Official Beautyfix Selections so you can discover the best beauty products. Let the judging begin!

Massive breakouts, lipstick that looked and tasted like it belonged to your grandmother in 1955, mascara that smudges with every blink and hair products that produced results only Danny Zuko could appreciate—oh, the things we do for beauty.

So who can you thank for making sense of all the products in the world? Our panel of beauty industry experts, led by Nicole Cardi, former buyer at Fred Segal Beauty and now Beautyfix’s Brand Director, selflessly devote themselves to anything and everything beauty so only the best of the best arrives in your kit.

[So many products to choose from!]

So many products to choose from!

Once brands have submitted their products for consideration, our panelists rate, review and get up close and personal with the products—literally. The hairstylists bring the products into the salon to see how well they work with what they already use and to get additional feedback from their clients. The makeup artists test them on models at photo shoots to see how well they can hold up. The doctors research the medical aspects while

the product developers focus on the effectiveness of the ingredients. Once the winners have been separated from the losers we make our Official Beautyfix Selections!

[Step one - touch and smell everything]

Step one - touch and smell everything

Cardi is so dedicated to sorting through all these products that she’s turned her house (bathroom, kitchen, bedroom and all) into her second office—she’s botched more than one meal after she mistook a hairspray for PAM. But at the end of each season (they do this 4 times a year!) and many, many tests, it’s always worth it because you get to break out of your beauty box and experience new products and find new favorites.

[So many products to choose from!]

What will the next Beautyfix bag be?

What do you think is the best beauty product?