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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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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!