Rosacea, while not physically debilitating, may be psychologically debilitating. The red skin, unattractive bumps and pustules, bulbous or reddish nose may make you feel self-conscious. The symptoms may cause you to avoid going out in public. Or, if you do go out you may, wittingly or unwittingly, have developed habits that make you look as though you lack self-confidence. Just as someone with crooked teeth may avoid smiling, thereby leaving the impression of dourness or anger, someone with Rosacea may cover their face with their hands or look down at their feet rather than look directly into someone else’s eyes. These little “ticks” may cause you to seem unfriendly, disinterested, self-conscious or shy. It’s tough to get someone to trust you and believe in you when you can’t look at them directly. And, even in our environment of long-distance communications, sometimes a face-to-face meeting is the key to getting a job or securing a new client. If Rosacea is holding you back, it’s incumbent upon you to find the right measure to get you back on your feet and the road to personal comfort with how you look. First of all, if you have Rosacea, you are not alone. It […]


Pore Minimizing

March 3, 2014
Posted in: Anti-Aging,Skin Care

As we age, we notice changes in the surface of our skin. Large pores are a common problem, especially for those who have a history of oily skin. This becomes something that affects almost every one of us as we get older. Aging exacerbates pore size, creating a problem even for those who have always had “normal” skin. As we address wrinkles, pigmentation and other facial flaws, we increasingly focus on smaller imperfections. Pores enlarge as we age because skin turnover slows, allowing the pores to become clogged, so that over time the tiny openings stretch out. Hormonal changes also change the signal to the skin so that less collagen and elastin is produced, weakening the walls of the pores so that they begin to gape. Although topical estrogen can improve pores, it can also cause other hormonal problems and acne breakouts. Better and more reliable than estrogen for minimizing pore appearance are lasers, certain peels, such as Alumera®, exfoliating treatments and retinoid topicals. The retinoids work by signaling cells to make more collagen and elastin, as well as causing exfoliation. We now have retinoid topicals combined with antioxidants and hydrators so that the skin is less irritated and the […]


Your Eyes Are More Than The Window to Your Soul

February 5, 2014

It’s long been said that eyes are the windows to your soul. And now, scientists at Orebro University in Sweden, after comparing the eyes of 428 subjects with their personality traits, have determined that the structure of lines, dots and colors in the iris of everyone’s eyes actually may reveal the truth about a person’s soul, or at least their personality. By way of example, according to this study, denser eyes correlate to people who are warmhearted, tender, trusting, and more sympathetic while those with less density tend to be more neurotic, impulsive and likely to give way to cravings. Based on my experience as an ophthalmologist, I must admit that I have never noticed such a correlation. But, what I can tell you is that eyes, and more specifically, eyelids reveal a great deal about a person’s age. The skin around our eyes, our lower and upper lids, is very delicate and thin. Because of this characteristic, it is often the first facial feature to reveal signs of aging. It darkens, becomes lax, reveals tiny wrinkles and thins out considerably. Crows feet, bags and dark circles appear. This impacts appearance of both men and women the same way. They […]

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You Are What You Eat

December 31, 2013

It might seem as though I talk a lot about skin cancers on these pages. That’s because it is a very real, but often overlooked, potential problem. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, and women age 39 and under have a higher probability of developing its most serious form, melanoma, than they do any other invasive cancer except breast cancer. Whether it’s a matter of staying out of the sun completely, steering clear of tanning beds, wearing a hat with a wide brim (though staying under an umbrella is better!), using high SPF, or taking vitamins before prolonged sun exposure, I advocate taking proactive steps to avoid damaging your skin, thereby opening up the possibility of melanoma. Well, soon you will be able to add one more thing to your arsenal of preventive products – broccoli. Studies have shown that the compound sulforaphane – which occurs in broccoli in high concentrations – may help reduce the risk of skin cancer. Here’s the twist – the sulforaphane doesn’t help when you ingest it – but when you apply it directly to your skin. Though still in trials and studies, the sulforaphane topical product can revolutionize the […]

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Cosmetics With Chemicals

December 4, 2013

I recently received some very interesting news about certain over-the-counter products that are widely used and distributed. It’s long been known that over-the-counter products are often filled with chemicals that are not good for your body and skin. That’s one of the reasons they are sold at a low price point when compared to specialized cosmetic products with more natural and organic ingredients. It’s true – and we’ve all heard it – that these companies often spend as much or even more on expensive packaging than on the ingredients themselves. There is plenty of scientific evidence that it’s important to buy your cosmetics carefully and with an eye toward your overall health and wellbeing. Here’s a fact: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has only minimal impact upon the use of chemicals used in cosmetics because they have escaped effective regulation under the antiquated Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The results from a variety of environmental studies underscore the widespread and systemic failure of current law to protect the public from chemicals, many of which persist in the environment for decades or far longer, that are associated in animal studies with cancer, reproductive problems and behavioral effects. Therefore, as much […]

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Want a Fabulous Reaction to Your Skin and Body?

November 26, 2013

I Have the Answer. You know one thing I absolutely love? Healthy, glowing skin and a tight contoured body. Skin without cellulite, skin with contours, skin with a beautiful smooth texture and skin that is even and elastic. And, I don’t mean on an 18 year old, I mean on those of us who have a few years of experience! I notice it immediately when someone has a gorgeous complexion, their arms appear toned, their thighs are smooth and the texture of the surface of their body seems youthful, not aged. A few things about those with desirable skin tone are clear. First, almost everyone has some fat and cellulite pockets on their thighs, arms, chin, under-eyes or tummy. Second, while exercise and proper eating do create positive results, it often takes more intervention to achieve that glow and eliminate damage already caused by time and the elements. The latest innovation at the Skin & Laser Center is our new laser, the Viora Reaction®. This treatment is revolutionary. It’s the very latest laser treatment meant for tightening skin and contouring the body. We’ve tried it on our faces, lips, necks, tummies, eyes, thighs and rears and it works. In one […]

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Aesthetics for Your Physical Health

November 7, 2013

One of my many responsibilities is keeping up with the latest literature on aesthetic medicine. And, when I recently came upon a study about sleep apnea and how aesthetics can help that medical condition, I followed up. Recent studies show that sleep apnea – essentially snoring that keeps someone up or awakened throughout the night – has the side effect of making the person suffering with it less physically attractive. This only makes sense. We all know that when we don’t get a good night’s sleep, we may exhibit red and swollen eyes, dark circles, droopy looking eyelids and, in general, look tired. Our facial muscles just can’t seem to “spring” into shape if we have inadequate rest. You might even say that a sleep-deprived face looks sadder. The difference between those who have sleep apnea and the rest of us is that we can look better the next time we manage a full night of sleep. The sleep apnea patient, however, has a chronic condition, so never gets the chance to “catch up” on their sleep. For this type of problem, medical intervention is indicated for treatment, but aesthetic intervention can help reverse the physical effects of the condition. […]

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Viora Open House!

October 3, 2013

Join us Wednesday, Oct. 9 for our Viora Open House! Please join us for an evening of friends, wine and cheese, and learn about the newest member of our device family: Reaction™ by Viora. The Reaction™ is FDA cleared for non-invasive face, neck and body tightening and contouring. It is safe, painless and effective! When: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 Time: 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm Where: Aesthetic Skin & Laser Center 4424 Penn Avenue, Suite 102 Pittsburgh, PA 15224 Please RSVP by October 6 to or call (412) 683-3358. Free parking behind the building. We look forward to seeing you! Stay tuned for exclusive event specials!

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Confidence from a Youthful Appearance = Business Success

October 3, 2013

“Little is known about why there are income disparities between the good-looking and the not-so-good-looking. …We’ve found that, even accounting for intelligence, a person’s feeling of self-worth is enhanced by how attractive they are and this, in turn, results in higher pay.” Timothy Judge, PhD. One of the most established findings in social psychological research is that, compared to people with average looks, attractive people are considered to be more intelligent, more interesting, more creative, better leaders, better parents… in short: they are attributed a whole range of socially desirable traits. Psychologists call this the halo effect: the attractiveness of pretty people casts a ‘positive halo’ on their other characteristics. Let’s take some dramatic examples. Most of us think of President Jack Kennedy as dynamic, youthful and energetic. In truth, he was young, and he looked his age. Consider this. During his campaign for presidency, Kennedy got votes based on the premise that after Roosevelt, Truman and Eisenhower the country needed a youthful presence and new energy. Jack Kennedy fit the bill. The simple fact is that an important factor in landing Kennedy the job was his outward appearance. Someone older or older looking would not have been viable. The […]

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Tanning – May Be the Single Worst Thing You Can Do for Your Health Sunscreen is Not Enough

August 5, 2013

Did you ever think about what is really happening when you get a suntan? If you have realized it – and anyone who has gone from a tan to a burn knows this instinctively – you are burning the outer layers of your dermis. We don’t touch open flames, stove tops or ovens – why then would we put ourselves in danger by exposing our skin to the sun? Sure, the pain isn’t immediate so we don’t have that gut primal instinct to run away. But, we can have the intellectual insight to stay away and protect ourselves. If just using deductive reasoning isn’t a sufficient deterrent, then try these facts and note your reaction: UV radiation (yes -radiation, like an xray) damages DNA. UV radiation impairs skin function. UV radiation leads to premature skin aging and causes wrinkles, dryness, sagging and thinning. UV radiation causes immune suppression. UV radiation can result in skin cancer and skin cancer can be deadly. Because of the meltdown of the earth’s ozone layer, skin cancer rates are continuing to climb even though more of us are using sunscreen. Sunscreen: as the name implies, offers a “screen” not a total block. So if the […]

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