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Welcome to my blog!

Welcome to my blog! My goal here is to get more personal – and simply share stuff with my friends, family, and patients!  You can expect some posts on the latest advances in cosmetic surgery (although it seems like there’ll be a fair amount of music-related posts – they’re too much fun to make!) I also expect that we’ll have more contests and free stuff, special events and even very special guests!

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Doctors in the Desert postcard

Dr. Weiss performs at concert to benefit students

If you’ve been a patient of Dr. Weiss’, you already know he’s an accomplished musician. So we’re extremely honored to be invited to perform at the “Doctors in the Desert” concert put on by the Steinway Society of Riverside County “Doctors in the Desert” is a fundraiser for piano lesson scholarships for deserving students. The concert will take place on March 25 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Scott McNealy (of Sun Microsystems fame!), and will feature (in addition to Dr. Weiss and others) guest artist Dr. Jungwon Jin from USC and Julliard School of Music. A big thank you to the Steinway Society of Riverside County for allowing us to give back to the community and have fun doing so!

Who needs sunscreen? YOU do!

Who should use sunscreen? Everyone should use sunscreen! Although people with darker skin tones have some built-in protection, it isn’t enough. Everyone needs to be protected from the harmful rays of the sun, everyday. How does sunscreen work? Most sun protection products work by absorbing, reflecting or scattering sunlight. They contain chemicals and minerals that interact with the skin to protect it from UV rays. Broad-spectrum sunscreens protect against both UVA and UVB rays. What is the difference between the rays? Sunlight has of two types of harmful rays– ultraviolet A (UVA) rays and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Overexposure to either can lead to skin cancer. In addition to causing skin cancer, here’s what each of these rays do: UVA rays – UVA rays can prematurely age your skin, causing wrinkles and age spots, and can pass through window glass. Tinted automobile windows do not protect you. UVB rays – UVB rays are the primary cause of sunburn. Unfortunately, there is no safe way to tan. Every time you tan, you damage your skin. As this damage builds, you speed up the aging of your skin and increase your risk for all types of skin damage So when should I […]

Eight Eyes

Andy Warhol, “Eight Eyes”, c. 1953, ink and graphite on paper.  21.6 x 12.7 cm  Copyright The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Inc.

Eyes of the World

Priscilla Hopper was inspired by the One World Sight Project to create a lovely art piece about the eyes. Priscilla is the daughter of one of our favorite musicians, the amazingly talented Jimmy Hopper, who has helped us cure blindness with his singing many times!  We’re so proud to feature Priscilla’s drawing here! 2010, Crayon on Paper.

Van Gogh Self Portrait – detail of the eye

Van Gogh painted this self-portrait in the winter of 1887–1888, when he had been living in Paris for nearly two years. Since his arrival in the city he had devoted much study to the dotted Pointillist technique, thereby learning how he might apply it in his own fashion. His use of brushstrokes running in a variety of directions created a self-portrait with a halo-like circle round his head. This variation and the dynamics it created were Van Gogh’s own contribution to the new style of painting. (Van Gogh Museum notice)

Winter Skin Care Tips!

Winter is coming to a close, but it’s never too late for some great winter skin tips, right? Even if you’re already pulling out the flip flops and the tankini, humor Mother Nature and give these tips a read (or just bookmark them for when Old Man Winter drops by again next year)! 1.  Cleanse twice daily (more is not better). 2.  Exfoliate 1-2 times weekly with a gentle exfoliator. Up to 3 times a week during the warmer months depending on skin type. 3.  The vitamins we take orally and get in our food are not enough to keep out exterior looking its best!  Applying topical vitamin serums help to stimulate collagen and elasticity and keep skin looking fresh. 4.  Hydrate! Drinking lots of water is great for our entire body including our skin, and using moisturizer helps to seal in that moisture and serums. 5. Protect! Use sunscreen daily. Make it a habit, just like brushing your teeth. The sun’s rays don’t seem as strong in the winter months so many of us feel it’s ok to go without protection during these months. Not true! Even though we are not as active outdoors in the winter, the rays […]

The Human Touch

A fascinating talk about the importance of the human touch and interaction in a world where medicine is increasingly focused on technology and data points.  Definitely worth a watch if you’re a physician or if you’ve ever seen one (yes, that’s everyone)!  Hopefully you’ll understand why to this day, Dr. Weiss demands seeing every single consultation himself.  Thanks to Deborah Leyva at the Healthcare and Technology blog for the link.

When Grandpa asks to play Call of Duty, let him!

The old cliché is that “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”. Turns out, a little Call of Duty might not be too bad either! Okay, maybe an online frag fest with your grandfather might still be a bit of a stretch, but recent research has shown that a little virtual world exercise gaming helped prevent mental decline in seniors compared to traditional stationary biking. The study compared elderly adults who rode normal stationary bikes to those that rode bikes equipped with a screen that simulated different environments as well as other bikers. The seniors who had the virtual world screen performed better on mental tasks like counting backwards and connecting dots by color. Nintendo helped usher in the “geriatric gamers” with its revolutionary Wii console, so the concept of video games and health benefits for the elderly is not entirely new. Nonetheless, the findings are certainly exciting for those of us who have grown up with a controller in hand!