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August 2016 Digital Issue

Thursday, 23 June 2016 20:04

Men’s Skincare in 3 Simple Steps

Men's skin is resilient and tough, but it still requires a regimen to ensure it's ready for life's everyday events and ages gracefully. Three main products every man should have are cleanser, sunscreen, and a night treatment.

Cleansers: Gentle cleansers allow removal of dirt without the removal of all the natural oils, leaving skin hydrated yet cleaned. When suffering from acne prone or oily skin, there are different types of cleansers that may contain ingredients to combat those concerns.

Sunscreens: Sunscreens are the answer for slowing the formation of aging lines and allowing dark spots to fade. Sun is everywhere--even on overcast, cloudy, rainy, and snowy days. Wearing an SPF30+ daily can be the difference between "looking your age" and "looking beyond your years."

Night Treatment: Any cream that targets a concern, whether it's acne, dark spots, skin texture, ingrown beard hairs/bumps, or anti-aging should be applied to the skin at night--when hands are away from the face, sweating is diminished, and sun isn't around. This allows the topical treatment the most uninterrupted contact time with the skin.

Creating a personal men's skin care regimen can be an overwhelming task. Dr. Nikki Hill at the SOCAH Center can assist with creating simple yet effective regimens that are specific to skin type and skin goals. This month we are celebrating men's skin care with a free chemical peel (can be gifted to a friend or loved one) after a skin assessment! Call our office today to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Hill and learn how to maintain healthy skin everyday.


Dr. Nikki D. Hill, MD, FAAD
Concierge Dermatologist and Hair Loss Specialist

Dr. Nikki Hill is a board-certified dermatologist, hair loss specialist and founder of Atlanta's first and only concierge dermatology practice, the SOCAH Center, which brings quality care to you—conveniently.

Men’s Skincare in 3 Simple Steps






Sponsored by: SOCAH Center | 2256 Northlake Parkway Suite 300A | Tucker, GA 30084
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Thursday, 23 June 2016 16:36

High-Tech Hair Restoration

When the Silicon Valley company Restoration Robotics, Inc. introduced the ARTAS® Robotic System in 2012, the company was very selective about awarding contracts for use of the revolutionary hair transplant technology. Hair restoration surgeons across the country participated in a rigorous interview process, and only a handful of highly successful practices were chosen to receive a coveted ARTAS® surgical robot. And it's really no surprise that metro Atlanta's own Anderson Center for Hair was one of those notable practices.

"The introduction of the ARTAS® robot was a technological quantum leap forward in the field of hair restoration surgery," says Ken Anderson, MD, founder and director of the Anderson Center for Hair. "We were honored to receive Georgia's first and only ARTAS® Robotic Hair Transplant System in 2013. My center was chosen for several reasons, primarily because of my long-standing track record of success in Atlanta, as well as our boutique-style practice that is 100% dedicated to treating hair loss in both men and women. This is a world-class facility, the most prominent in the Southeast United States, and I know that Restoration Robotics felt comfortable placing one of their robots in my practice to lead the way in this region of the country."

That is exactly what Anderson and his staff of highly trained surgical technicians have done since completing Georgia's first ARTAS® robotic hair transplant surgery on September 4, 2013. People from around the world now travel to Georgia to visit the Anderson Center for Hair, which remains the only practice in the state to offer ARTAS® robot-assisted hair restoration surgery. What's more, Dr. Anderson, who is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon and renowned lecturer, has amassed an impressive list of accolades in the last few years alone, including the 2015 National Doctors' Choice Award for Plastic Surgery, and the 2015 Real Self Top 500 Award. He also was recognized as a Castle Connelly Top Doctor, and admitted to the International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons, a group that has admitted less than 70 hair transplant physicians worldwide.

"I'm the only facial plastic surgeon in the world who has exclusively practiced hair restoration surgery for over a decade," Anderson explains. "People are reluctant to come to a doctor for hair restoration surgery because they're afraid of bad hair transplant jobs. But this is not your father's hair surgery. These are not hair plugs. It's a hair-by-hair transplant, and looks completely natural because it is. During private consultations I personally show patients how we apply traditional medical principles and today's technology to hair restoration surgery."

Anderson employs the non-invasive Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) method; it involves removing hairs from the back of the head, which are immune to hormones that cause balding, and placing them into sites on top of the head, where those permanent hairs will continue to grow as if they are still in the permanent hair zone. The challenge is not only to make sure that the relocated hair looks completely natural, but also that any scars on the back of the head are virtually undetectable. The ARTAS® Robotic System allows Anderson and his team to achieve that goal. Here, Anderson answers some of the most common questions about robot-assisted hair restoration surgery and the technology that continues to change the industry.

Q: How does the ARTAS Robotic System work?

A: The ARTAS® robot features a six-jointed robotic arm with two stereoscopic cameras. It can "see" each individual hair follicle because of the two cameras and determine the exact angle of that hair follicle down to a fraction of a millimeter. Using complex computer algorithms and robotic precision, it removes one follicle at a time using a 0.80 millimeter punch—without touching any of the surrounding hairs.

Q: What are the main benefits of using the ARTAS Robotic System?

A: Compared to a traditional, linear hair extraction with a scalpel, robot-assisted hair restoration surgery is less painful and offers a quicker recovery time. Additionally, when the individual follicles are removed, we want to minimize the look of dimples on the extraction site. The 0.80 millimeter punch creates a very small hole, and those little holes heal right up with virtually undetectable scarring. And because there is no linear scarring, which is a telltale sign of traditional hair restoration surgery, it allows clients to have short haircuts. The option for wearing short haircuts is very appealing to those who just don't want to worry about a linear scar ever being seen on their heads or in their hair.

Also important is the robot's speed and efficiency. When the hair follicles are removed, they are put in a dish for preparation under special microscopes. We definitely want to limit the amount of time that the follicles spend in the holding solution. This is because as the follicles have been removed from the scalp they have no blood supply while in the dish awaiting implantation they are technically slowly perishing. We need to be able to get the follicles out and placed quickly. That efficiency means better growth rates because the grafts survive better with the robot assistance.

Q: Is the follicle extraction an automatic process with the ARTAS robot?

A: There are several machines that can do the FUE method, and the common thread with those is that they are handheld instruments. The ARTAS® is not handheld, but it is not like a carwash. We don't just set it and go. It is a complex tool, and what's important is how the tool is used. It requires a human to use it. I work the robot, and I watch every single extraction as it is done to ensure the best possible results for my patients.

Q: Does the ARTAS Robotic System also place the hair follicle back into the scalp?

A: No. The implantation is handled by me and our team of highly trained surgical technicians. Once the follicles are harvested, the grafts have to be prepared for implantation with a human touch. The surgical team trims and prepares each follicle, and I make the implantation sites personally. It's the most artistically demanding portion of a hair transplant procedure: creating the implantation sites in such a way so that the hair looks as though it has always been there, and not like some person or robot has surgically placed it there.

Q: How much pain or discomfort can be expected during a robot-assisted hair restoration surgery?

A: Very little. Every single patient is surprised how painless the entire process is. Of course, we numb the areas where the hair follicles are extracted and placed. And patients are sedated during the surgery. But overall, it's not a painful process. Many patients say that, after a procedure, it feels like a mild sunburn. Many have mentioned to me that the entire process is less intense than having your teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist.

Q: How expensive is a robot-assisted hair restoration surgery?

A: It is an investment, but results in a lifetime of new hair. Typically, clients can expect to pay between $10,000 and $20,000. And it is a worthwhile investment. There is a real psychology to hair loss. We all have hair, and when it's lost, it's distressing—for both men and women. Getting that hair back is transformational.

Q: What will my experience be like at the Anderson Center for Hair?

A: We are one of the world's premier boutique centers for hair restoration. We are a world-class center that is specifically for people with hair loss. I do all of the consultations personally, and we offer a very comfortable environment in a private facility. No patients meet face-to-face, and we only do one procedure per day. That way we can dedicate all of our time and effort to each particular case.

It's 2016, and the technology that allows this type of procedure to be done is here. Hair restoration is a very natural cosmetic procedure. And once you have it done, you're going to feel great about yourself.

In the next six to eight months, the Anderson Center for Hair will expand to include a second ARTAS® robot system here in Atlanta. For more information about robot-assisted hair restoration surgery, call 404-256-4247 or visit


Thursday, 23 June 2016 16:18

Soul of the City

John and Vivian Bencich have left their mark on Atlanta. All over Atlanta. From incredible commercial spaces to sleek retail locales to gasp-inducing restaurant designs, the Bencichs and their Square Feet Studio team elevate the cityscape with a vision that's backed by talent, ingenuity, experience and deft skill. They believe in the power of telling a story through architecture and design, of bringing to life a setting through its structural and aesthetic elements.

SB1The husband and wife duo met while in graduate school at Georgia Tech. They each worked in different architecture and design firms for over a decade before coming together in 2001 to establish Square Feet Studio. Now their Krog Street studio backs up to the BeltLine and hums with a staff of about ten—architects, interior designers, urban planners and some, like Vivian, who are schooled in both architecture and interior design. You love their work ... yes you do. From The General Muir to Kimball House, from Room & Board to R Hughes Atelier, from Sid Mashburn's to Staplehouse, from Pink Barre to Preserving Place to parts of Ponce City Market ... the list goes on and on, including some of the chicest locales ever to rise up in this metropolitan phoenix nest.

To hear the Bencichs discuss their design process and focus reveals their commitment to the city of Atlanta. A commitment recognized by awards and accolades merited through a fervent mission to "make every square foot of our designs smart, simple and sustainable by using resources that minimize the impact of our work on the environment and maximize its benefit for future generations." They respect the inherent character of a project setting and feel a sense of responsibility for what they are contributing to the area. For their own home, they chose a home ripe for renovation and surrounded by the businesses, parks and museums that add to the character of their living experience.

SB2Whether for home or for business, "There's a reason you pick the location," John says. "We try to find what's special about that location. I got into this great discussion with [some restaurant] clients of ours. They talked about how dining, well, how going out, is a way to find out more about your neighborhood and community. So the places that you can sit down—restaurants, bars, coffee shops—are the easiest places to hang out for a while. When someone picks a location, there's the immediate building as well as the ethos of the surrounding area. If you want to find out about Atlanta, what do you tell people that come to visit Atlanta to do? Tell them to check out the BeltLine and stop at Ponce City Market. Tell them to get out and discover these neighborhoods. If you're not from Atlanta, you don't know it's all there." The couple says they are drawn to parts of the city that are walk-able, enjoying long strolls through the neighborhood with their daughter
and dog.

SB3Vivian remembers, "With Atlanta, for me, having been a child of the 70s, coming down here to visit from North Carolina, you went to Underground and Crofts, and my parents had mugs from Pitty Pat's Porch. We went up to Lenox. ... The buzz was about sports teams, Buckhead, the Omni Hotel ... very disparate. The highways split it all up. Yet, there are pockets of neighborhoods."

The seemingly hidden history of Atlanta intrigues both of them. Uncovering the original use for a building or the origin of a certain purlieu fuels their creativity and pulls them in closer to the people and places that built the city. "Did you know that all the neighborhoods used to be called 'wards' and the Old Fourth Ward is the only one that's still called that?" John explains, "Old Fourth Ward was a heavy textile area, there was a cotton mill across the tracks. Many of the buildings were for storage and workers' housing. That's part of the story of that area. The Civil Rights Movement is part of it. The gentrification now, the kind of in-town living done now, all becomes part of the story."

SB4Chapters of the Atlanta story re-open throughout the city. The area around the Civic Center emerged in the 1880s as Pittsburgh, called such for its industrial feel, reminiscent of the Northern steel town. Nearby Castleberry Hill may have been a red-light district in the 1850s before becoming a thriving warehouse area. East of there, across the highway, sits Peoplestown, building up in 1885 as the Atlanta Electric Railway moved along Capitol Avenue. Behind Historic Oakland Cemetery, a landmark itself, lies Cabbagetown, which popped up near the Fulton Mill and supposedly derived its name from the pungent aroma of cabbage floating from the small cottages of the poor Scots-Irish millworkers. The list of similar histories goes on and on—Reynoldstown, Mechanicsville, King Plow, Druid Hills, Hapeville. From Jonesboro to Newnan up to Marietta Square and Roswell Mills, the "old" districts long to shine for future generations and current revitalization efforts can help them do it.

While their firm does not focus on residential work, their expertise applies to a variety of projects, as does their process for developing a stand-out project. John credits setting an "intention" for the overall project as one of the first and most crucial steps to success: "It can be tough, but it's important to find that filter to help you make good decisions. That's part of the process. It's collaborative. There are things [clients] bring to the table that we don't have and we have experiences to bring too. We talk to them about what we know, about the materials that are out there and the resources available. We can help them see things in a new way—that they have never considered. We don't tell people how to make decisions. We are steering them toward something that makes sense and is what they need."

SB5Vivian agrees, further adding her belief that establishing that strong collaborative partnership with the client enhances the creative experience. "It really is about getting a good match. What do you want to sink your teeth into? We get the initial phone call or email and then we come to the office and ask the team if they are excited about it. Ask what they think. And they give wonderful feedback. We tend to tag-team, along with the rest of the office—'look at this, read this, tell me what you think.' It comes down to looking at the projects that we connect to. We build what we want to see, what we want to visit, and try to say what our clients want to say. Sometimes clients come in firm with the directive and we get on board to make it work. Sometimes they come in and they have no idea, but we figure it out. We need to come up with a story to reflect what is here. A story that makes sense."

"Yes, the story of the place," John confirms. "There's a term in the architecture world called the genius loci and it means the 'spirit of the place'—the essence. A great architect actually said that about one of our projects when we got the ADAC award. He said, 'There's a genius loci to their work, when you go in, it feels like it should be there.' That was an incredible compliment to us."

The Bencichs and their Square Feet Studio team voice enthusiastic support of those efforts.

And they're incredible talent rallies the attention and support that encourages all of us to build new stories while honoring history.


Thursday, 23 June 2016 16:00

Guy Grooming 101

Dude, that haircut from high school and your unruly beard have got to go. Let's start with a "man"icure, because every guy should have a proud handshake, and move on from there.
Here is a rundown of what the experts say members of the male species ought to do to take care of their appearance from top to bottom.

Face Forward
Put down that soap, guys. Good grooming begins with a good skincare routine. That means you should kick off each day with a gentle face wash, hydrating moisturizer and sunblock. At night, cleanse, exfoliate up to three times a week, tone and finish with a hydrating moisturizer. In addition to developing a proper daily and weekly routine, experts recommend monthly facials to give your skin an extra boost.

Guy Grooming 101"We live in a time where being fit, healthy and staying young are in demand," says Allison Hillyer, owner of Dermani Medspa. "It's imperative to use a great skincare line at home, and to come to us as professionals—think of us as personal trainers for your skin."

Lyn Ross, a master esthetician and founder of Institut' DERMed Spa notes, "A man's skin is 20 percent thicker than a woman's skin and usually is more oily. For this reason, their skincare needs are slightly different." She also thinks that most men prefer a simple home-care regimen that might include cleanser, exfoliator and specialty creams for oil control or wrinkles.

Not sure where to begin when it comes to product selection? Patrick Pickens, co-owner and co-developer of HiQ Cosmetics, recommends going natural with products because, as our largest organ, skin absorbs whatever you put on it. "If you take care of your skin, and start at a young age, it will delay the signs of aging," says Pickens. Most importantly, wear sunblock every day and look for a product with a physical block, like zinc.

At the Root of It All
When it comes to hair, men have a lot of it; even if it's not always in the right places. Whether you need a shave, a wax, a trim or maybe to spur new growth, a solution is out there.

Let's start with manscaping. The fastest method of removing unwanted body hair is waxing, and if the thought of it makes you quiver in your man boots, Venus Simmons, licensed aesthetician and male-waxing specialist at Male Waxing Atlanta, assures us that most guys say it does not hurt as badly as they expected it to. Waxing removes hair at the root and has become popular for the back, chest and private areas—and yes, the male Brazilian wax is a thing. The best part is that you will be smooth for three to six weeks, much longer than with shaving, which removes hair at the surface. "Areas that are repeatedly waxed over long periods of time often exhibit a thinning of regrowth that is softer and lighter in color," says Simmons.

For a more permanent solution, laser hair removal uses a wide beam of light to penetrate the skin and destroy the hair follicle, which causes hair to fall out. In order to completely eliminate hair, multiple treatments are required. Laser hair removal works on darker hair only and is not recommended for blonde, gray or white hair.

After getting rid of those chest hairs that are popping out of your shirt, you'll want to catch any hair that might be peeking out of your nose or ears, too. Mary Todd Hairdressing Company recommends purchasing a quality pair of scissors with a blunt tip to help avoid accidentally cutting yourself, or even investing in nose hair clippers. "With practice, cutting those annoying nose and ear hairs with clippers is quite easy," according to Mary Todd's Steven Sloss. "Just be sure to take your time."

While you're at it, how about cleaning up those eyebrows too? "A little trimming goes a long way to make sure you're not scaring kids with your crazy brows," says Sloss. He suggests using a fine-toothed comb to lift the hair in an upward direction and then trimming excess length along the top of the brow line. Cut above the brow and not below.

Moving on up, your haircut says a lot about you. Mitchell Barnes of Carter Barnes Hair Artisan observes, "Men want to venture out, but are hesitant. An experienced stylist can choose a look to fit the client's head shape and also teach how to style it with proper tools and products." If you are seeking your perfect stylist, try asking for a recommendation from someone whose hair you like. Don't be shy!

Give Me Down to There Hair
For men who suffer from hair loss, surgical and non-surgical treatments today offer game-changing
results. Beginning with topical remedies like minoxidil or prescription oral medications, such as finasteride, hair loss can be slowed, and a small percentage of patients may even
regrow hair.

"By combining different forms of treatment into a single treatment plan, we can help all sorts of patients suffering from many different forms of hair loss to maintain or even grow new hair," says Edmond Griffin, MD, from The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research.

As for hair-transplantation surgery, the procedure has come a long way in past decades. A far cry from 20th-century "hair plugs," today, there are two approaches to hair-restoration surgery: follicular unit grafting (FUG) and follicular unit extraction (FUE). Both forms work by moving individual clusters of hair follicles—or follicular units—from full-coverage areas of the scalp to areas where hair is thinning. The difference is in how the units are removed from the donor area.

And that's not all.

"Surgical robots, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), low-level laser therapy (LLLT) and fetal growth serum treatments with micro-needling are just some of the newer advances in just the past five to six years," according to Ken Anderson, MD, with Anderson Center for Hair. However, not all treatments are created equal. "There are over 200,000 products marketed for hair loss, and there are exactly three approved by the FDA for hair loss. So most products do not aid in the treatment of hair loss at all."

SB-2To Beard or Not to Beard
From bikers to the boardroom, men have rediscovered a fondness for full-on facial hair. But don't just let your beard grow wild, make sure you keep it under control, whatever the length. "Beards are meant to enhance the face shape and jawline," according to the team at Mary Todd Hairdressing Company. They recommend keeping the edges around the earlobe and taking the underline to a point under the chin in order to avoid a "waddle" shape. You can also fade your beard into your hairline by matching the shortest length from the top of your side burn to the longer part of your earlobe. Then, take care of your beard by applying conditioner and even a beard oil. "Remember, facial hair is still hair and, because of its coarser nature, it needs even more moisture than the hair on your head."

Richie Arpino of Richie Arpino Salon often suggests his clients invest in a quality clipper and use it at the number two setting to keep a groomed beard looking clean. He also advises: "Don't let [facial hair] grow above the cheeks so it doesn't get too scruffy, but in general, beards are very back in style as seen in every major men's ad campaign."

For guys who prefer a smooth face, nothing compares to a hot-lather shave.
The man's equivalent of a spa treatment, a traditional hot-lather shave will pamper any guy, leave him feeling refreshed and looking quite dashing.

Nip and Tuck
In recent years, men have become more likely to enter the playing field when it comes to medical skincare treatments and plastic surgery in order to turn back the clock. Botox®, dermal fillers, laser hair removal, gynecomastia surgery (male breast reduction) and laser skin resurfacing are all popular procedures for males, according to Robert A. Colgrove, Jr., MD, of Vinings Surgery Center.

And men are branching out into other types of plastic surgery as well. "The most common facial procedures for men are the facelift, necklift and eyelid surgery," says Elizabeth Whitaker, MD, with Atlanta Face and Body Center. "Plastic surgery has become more accepted by men, who feel similar pressures of a culture that values youth and vitality. Maintaining a youthful, vital appearance for men can help them keep a competitive edge."

Modern men also turn to fat-reduction treatments to get rid of trouble spots that can't be beaten by a gym routine. "When we first started noticing a rise in the number of male patients, they were basically just doing Botox and laser hair removal," says Angela Sanders, spa director of operations at Gardner Dermatology & Med Spa. "However, within the last year we have seen more and more men scheduling CoolSculpting®." Other body contouring procedures include Smartlipo™ and non-invasive technologies such as SculpSure®. Thus, with today's variety of cosmetic procedures, guys can easily tighten skin, get rid of love handles or reverse sun damage without surgery.

OK, fellas, all that remains is to make sure your feet are ready
for summer. Have you booked that pedicure yet?

Dr. Ken Anderson, Anderson Center for Hair,
Richie Arpino, Richie Arpino Salon,
Mitchell Barnes, Carter Barnes Hair Artisan,
Dr. Robert A. Colgrove, Jr., Vinings Surgery Center,
Dr. Edmond Griffin and Dr. Ashley Curtis, The Griffin Center for Hair Restoration & Research,
Dr. Nikki D. Hill, Skin of Culture and Hair Center (SOCAH Center),
Allison Hillyer, Dermani Medspa,
Patrick Pickens, HiQ Cosmetics,
Lynn Ross, Institut' DERMed Spa,
Angela Sanders, Gardner Dermatology & Med Spa,
Venus Simmons, Male Waxing Atlanta,
Steven Sloss, Mary Todd Hairdressing Company,
Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker, Atlanta Face and Body Center,

Thursday, 23 June 2016 15:47

Brow-Raising Beauty

When it comes to drawing attention to your eyes, ways to use shadow and liner techniques abound, but a pair of perfectly shaped brows sets off any gaze—even on makeup-free days. To achieve and maintain the best brow looks, we've turned to some experts for their take on treatment options and grooming methods for every day.

Just like any hair growth, brows will thin over time, making you look older. "Brow hair texture, length and rate of growth are all determined by your genetics," says Pamela Jeschonek, founder of Eyebrow MBA™. "So learn to love and keep what you have." As for current trends, Jeschonek says brows are very full right now, with the latest beauty reports showing a more natural brow shape. "The most classic and flattering shape is a full, well-shaped brow," she says.

achieve and maintain the best brow looksIn order to define the right shape for your face and give a clean browline, some hair removal may be necessary. Don't even think about trying major brow artistry on yourself; seek out a pro for the best results. A brow technician can measure the exact angles right for your face and show you how to keep up the look between appointments. Some of the most common methods of brow shaping are:

Tweeze—By far the most gentle and precise method for sculpting brows, tweezing simply means removing an unwanted hair with tweezers.

Wax—Ideal for thick or bushy brows, a waxing tech spreads wax in a thin layer over the skin, then adheres a strip to the wax and quickly rips it against the direction of the hair growth to remove it from the root.

Sugaring—Similar in application to waxing, sugaring uses a natural paste of sugar, water and lemon juice to stick to hair, which is then pulled off in the same direction of hair growth, reducing irritation.

Threading—Works by twisting a cotton thread and pulling it along the skin's surface, removing the hair directly from the follicle.

SB-1While tweezing is the most common method, it lasts the least length of time. Other hair removal options, like waxing and threading, also exfoliate the skin, which can leave it red and raw. Jeschonek notes that certain medications that cause skin to be more sensitive or peel (like some antibiotics and Retin-A) make waxing a really bad idea, as it could "remove the skin in strips or chunks that can scab over and even leave a scar."

When your brows have issues that general maintenance just won't cover, specialty services are the way to go. If, for example, your brows don't match your hair color, tinting can work wonders. "Tinting is coloring the brow hairs, much like hairstylists color your head hair," explains esthetician Melody Kuck of the International SalonSpa Business Network. "Traditional hair color isn't safe for the face, so estheticians use a vegetable dye or 'tint' that fades away in three to four weeks."

SB-3For a longer-lasting way to alter eyebrows, microblading and permanent makeup are good options. "Microblading is a semi-permanent makeup procedure that allows you to dramatically correct or fully reconstruct lost eyebrows," Kuck says. "Eyebrow microblading is performed by manually depositing pigment in the basal layer of the epidermis by a special pen." Permanent makeup employs tattoos as a means of producing designs that resemble makeup, such as eyelining and eyebrows.
Perhaps most important of all, always visit a licensed salon or spa that employs licensed estheticians and cosmetologists. "Most states require that the licenses be kept on site, so never hesitate to ask to see them," Jeschonek says. "Every cosmetologist is licensed to remove brow hair, but you want to find someone who is well trained, if not an expert, at that particular service."

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Eyebrow MBA,
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Wednesday, 22 June 2016 14:54

July 2016 Digital Issue

Friday, 27 May 2016 13:06

Best Self Atlanta June 2016 Issue

Atlanta is becoming the next Hollywood and a major city for personal branding. Between selfies, digital media images and everyday social demands, your personal brand begins with your skin and hair. You have your own style, your own hairstylist/barber, but do you have direct access to a personal dermatologist to maintain the face of your brand? Clear, healthy, glowing skin emits health and translates that you are in control.

What if you could reach your personal dermatologist with the push of a button? Imagine having a personal dermatologist who is available to you 24/7 by phone, email, FaceTime, or other modality to answer your questions and treat your skin. What if your dermatologist could come to you and keep you in your everyday routine without skipping a beat?

We are SOCAH Center Concierge Dermatology Service. We put you and your brand first, providing comprehensive, personalized dermatology and hair loss care where you want it and when you need it. We allow 24/7 access to your personal dermatologist, 24-hour guaranteed appointment scheduling for virtual, home or office visits, and we keep your skin pampered with complimentary cosmetic treatments.

Whether you need to treat a condition or you value prevention and maintaining your skin, we will make sure to keep the face of your brand ready for all of life's events.


Dr. Nikki D. Hill, MD, FAAD
Concierge Dermatologist and Hair Loss Specialist

Dr. Nikki Hill is a board-certified dermatologist, hair loss specialist and founder of Atlanta's first and only concierge dermatology practice, the SOCAH Center, which brings quality care to you—conveniently.


Sponsored by: SOCAH Center | 2256 Northlake Parkway Suite 300A | Tucker, GA 30084
Phone: (404) 474-2301 | | Instagram/Twitter: @DrNikkiHill | Facebook: Socahcenter


My dear readers,

I would like to bring your attention to the importance of transvaginal ultrasounds (TV U/S). While standards of care do not include the performance of the transvaginal ultrasound, the ultrasound allows doctors to look through the pelvic structures in order to identify pathology undetectable by pelvic examination alone.

Over the past four years, our gynecology practice has diagnosed 10 asymptomatic patients with cancers of stage 1A, and over 150 patients with endometrial polyps. As requested by one of my patients, I would like to present a portion of her testimonial to you. Her full testimonial can be found on our web-site. I am deeply thankful to her and to my other patients for their kind words and desire to highlight the urgency of this issue.

"...I married late in life and never had children, so when she said something was there in my ovary, I was glib and said, "It's not a baby, is it?" She didn't laugh.

"Would you want it to be?" she asked. I said I guess not and laughed the way one does when it's still a possibility even though not a good idea.

She explained that she did not like the way something looked and she thought it should come out immediately.

She spent a good deal of time with me that morning (and I shall forever after be patient in a doctor's office, for you never know what someone else is dealing with in the next room).

Within a matter of days, I was at Northside Hospital in Atlanta for a laparoscopic surgery in which Dr. Stepanian removed the mass without disrupting it. Subsequently, I was diagnosed with Stage 1A ovarian cancer, a rare diagnosis since most ovarian cancers are not found until much later. Too much later.

Ovarian cancer will be diagnosed in approximately 22,000 women this year. Approximately 14,000 are expected to die from it. The survival rate for those whose cancer is found in Stage IA is around 94 percent. I'm one of those survivors, thanks to my doctor and the transvaginal ultrasound."


With much love,

Assia Stepanian


Dr. Assia Stepanian

Dr. Assia Stepanian grew up in Moscow, the daughter of two illustrious physicians. In fact, much of her training was supervised by her mother, Dr. Leila Adamyan, the developer of some of the most advanced techniques used today in the practice of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery.

Dr. Stepanian has authored and coauthored articles, book chapters and classifications in gynecology. She has presented nationally and internationally. Her devotion to women's health was exemplified by her 2001 creation of the first and the leading media resource with the focus of teaching minimally invasive gynecologic surgery worldwide.

Dr. Stepanian is quite candid about her devotion to her patients. "My focus is always on learning about the total woman," she says. "I spend a great deal of time talking with each patient, and I find that I am both teacher and student. It can be an emotional experience for us both. Our visits invariably end with a warm hug. I am extremely fortunate."


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