Thursday, 03 December 2015 19:18

Tighten, Tone and Transform with EndyMed

When it comes to getting rid of embarrassing loose skin and cellulite, surgery doesn't have to be the only option. EndyMed offers a safe, non-invasive and effective solution for all skin types with an FDA-approved, body-contouring and skin-tightening machine. It uses a radiofrequency energy called 3DEEP technology that heats the skin and underlying fascia past the epidermis and into the dermis and sub-dermal layers. This painless deep heat triggers the body to heal and form new collagen while smoothing out wrinkles and improving overall skin quality. The energy flow is controlled and targeted for maximum effectiveness with minimal flow to the skin's surface, eliminating the need for active cooling. Real-time tissue sensors and feedback mechanisms mean every treatment can be personalized to each patient's individual skin characteristics. EndyMed treatments can be performed on the majority of the body, and work best for those with a proper diet and exercise routine. For optimal results, treatments should be done once a week for six weeks.
Let Dermani Medspa be there in your pursuit of becoming a healthier and more beautiful you. www.dermanimedspa.com


Dermani Medspa services include laser hair removal, customizable chemical peels, microneedling, IPL photofacials, microdermabrasion, body contouring and skin tightening. In addition, we provide the injectables Botox, Juvéderm, and Voluma. Our medical emphasis ensures that our staff is highly trained, our high tech equipment is the latest on the market, and our products contain pharmaceutical-grade ingredients. We make beauty affordable for our clients through our competitive prices and membership programs (EndyMed programs starting at $120 per week). Stop by our Johns Creek, Buckhead, Sandy Springs, or Mall of Georgia location so that we can help you achieve the beautiful skin you deserve.

(770) 212-2242
www.dermanimedspa.com

Johns Creek Location  |  11720 Medlock Bridge Road  |  Suite 170  |  Johns Creek, Ga. 30097

Sandy Springs Location  |  227 Sandy Springs Place NE  |  Suite 378  |  Atlanta, Ga 30328

Buckhead Location  |  2140 Peachtree Road  |  Suite 315  |  Atlanta, Ga. 30309

Mall of Georgia Location  |  3310 Buford Drive NE  |  Suite 33  |  Buford, Ga. 30519

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 19:35

Steve Hightower Hair Salon & Day Spa

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 17:53

Meadows Surgical Arts

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 16:11

What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a condition in which the glands of the uterus (endometrial glands) and their supportive structures (stroma) are positioned outside of the uterus. This abnormally-located and inflamed endometrial tissue can cause debilitating chronic pelvic pain, infertility, bowel or urinary problems, and adhesions that bind organs together.

We heard that endometriosis grows in various tissues, yet it is not cancer?

Endometriosis can occur in any tissue that accepts endometrium. It can grow into surgical scars, the diaphragm, the lung – in one extreme case, we diagnosed endometriosis of an eye. It's no surprise that this condition was called a "mystery of the century," despite the fact this mystery involves far more than one century of extensive scientific work. It is not cancer, although rarely cancer can develop from it, especially in cases of long-term ovarian endometriotic cysts.

How does it develop?

The main question becomes, what allows the glands, arriving to the pelvis through fallopian tubes along with menstrual flow to adhere and grow and cause symptoms in all these different tissues. While there are many theories, the definitive answer to this question has not been found yet.

What are the treatment options for Endometriosis?

Endometriosis affects women and their families significantly. The emotional and physical aspects of it are at times devastating. When good communication with a patient and/or a couple is established, concerns are faced and addressed, and the healing can begin in earnest. The approach to treatment of endometriosis is complex and often involves holistic options in addition to traditional medical approaches.

Hormonal regimens may be instituted in order to suppress the growth of endometriotic lesions and reduce the formation of new ones, as well as to diminish the mechanism that triggers pain. Such treatment will not eradicate current growths or adhesions, yet, it may delay a need in surgical intervention when successful.

Another option is minimally invasive laparoscopic/endoscopic surgery that focuses on removal of endometriotic growth cysts and adhesions under laparoscopic magnification. This option applies to symptomatic women who consider pregnancy in the near future. It is also highly beneficial in women who experience pain that is unabated by hormonal medications or non-medical approaches.

Wishing you happy and joyful

Holiday Season!

Warmly,
Assia Stepanian

755 Mount Vernon Highway, NE, Suite 240  Atlanta, GA 30328  |  (404) 549-3224  |  www.academiaWomensHealth.com

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Wednesday, 25 November 2015 16:04

Botox and Filler: Putting It All Together

Growing older is a gift. Looking older is a choice.

Have you ever asked yourself what's changing as you age? Why is it that we don't confuse a beautiful mother in her early 40s with her beautiful teenage daughter? The answer is revealed in their facial shape.

About every 20 years, the facial skeleton completely turns over and each time the facial bones lose volume. Also, as we age, facial fat redistributes and in some areas gets less robust. The most common early changes are noticed at the eyelid-cheek junction, or "the tear trough", where loss of fat creates hollowness under the eye, and a visual lengthening of the lower lid. The soft, round, full cheek of youth also deflates as the cheek descends, the highlight flattens and smile lines deepen. As aging continues, these changes magnify; the cheek area becomes a series of undulating peaks and valleys and the lower face and neck become heavy. A double chin can make some look older and heavier, even if still young!

Fortunately, today we can address these issues with a number of techniques, many of which are minimally invasive. Facial injectable fillers such as Restylane®, Juvederm® and Voluma® replenish lost volume. Lasers smooth and tighten the skin; skin sagging can be diminished without incisions using ThermiRF (minimally-invasive radiofrequency) or, when necessary, surgical procedures such as minilift or facelift. For an unwanted double chin, new treatments can permanently eliminate fat, including Kybella®, an injectable medication, or CoolSculpting®, a cold therapy that sculpts the neck non-invasively.

To learn about the treatments that are best for you, visit a facial plastic surgeon for a consultation. Remember — consistently excellent, natural-looking results require a surgeon with an artist's eye for detail, meticulous surgical skill and the impeccable judgment that only comes with experience.

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Dr. Yellin’s patient on whom he performed complete facial rejuvenation: injectable facial volume, upper eyelid blepharoplasty, lower eyelid tightening, a lower face and neck lift and CO2 laser skin resurfacing.

Seth A. Yellin, MD, FACS
Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery, Laser & Aesthetics Center

Seth A. Yellin, MD, FACS is Founder and Director of Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery, Laser & Aesthetics Center. As one of Atlanta’s most well-respected facial plastic surgeons, he has treated thousands of patients during more than 20 years in practice, with the goal of enhancing his patients’ self confidence.
Dr. Yellin is nationally renowned for his expertise in creating a natural look when volumizing the face with injectable fillers and performing cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery. He believes that the ultimate test of a great plastic surgeon is the naturally beautiful appearance of the patient.
Prior to partnering with Marietta Dermatology & The Skin Cancer Center, Dr. Yellin was Director of the Emory Facial Center and Chief of Facial Plastic Surgery at Emory Healthcare for more than 12 years. As an educator, he taught the art and science of facial plastic surgery at Emory University School of Medicine.

Sponsored by:  Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery, Laser & Aesthetics Center | (770) 425-7575 | www.MariettaFacialPlastics.com
Marietta Dermatology & The Skin Cancer Center | (770) 422-1013 | www.Mariettaderm.com

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 21:45

Vitality Project

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 21:43

Southern Plastic Surgery, PC

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 21:27

Sawyer Photography

Friday, 20 November 2015 21:36

Find Your Happy

p-003By Amy Meadows

You know you should eat right and exercise to maintain good health. You know that you need to remove negativity and pursue your personal passions to bring more happiness into your life. Then why is it so hard to do these things sometimes? Well, general suggestions are great, but maybe you're looking for recommendations to enhance your mood and improve your physical well being in more measureable or tangible ways. Here, we've compiled a list of eight tips for boosting your health and happiness. You've probably heard them before — but we're backing them up with the kind of hard evidence that will convince you to apply them to your own life.

1 Just Breathe

According to Dr. Karen Tedeschi of Tedeschi Wellness, the way you breathe can be both a signal for how much stress you're under and a method for relieving that stress. "You may be holding your breath when you become stressed. So check in with yourself on an hourly basis to just see if you are holding your breath." If you are, then slow down and inhale deeply, expanding your lungs fully. Studies have reported that this type of deep breathing may increase the amount of oxygen getting to the heart, relieve congestion throughout the body, boost the immune system and even help the digestive system function more effectively.

2 Take a Walk on the Wild Side (In Nature, That Is)

It's great to take a break during the day and enjoy a short walk. If possible, however, it's even better to take your stroll where you can see trees and experience nature. Maziar Rezvani, MD, founder of AvicennaMD, which is comprised by Avicenna Integrative Medicine and Avicenna Allergy and Asthma, points to a study published in ScienceDirect indicating that, compared to an urban walk, a walk in nature results in benefits like a decrease in anxiety and an increase positive cognitive effects, such as better working memory performance. (This applies to where you live as well; Rezvani notes that studies suggest that people living in neighborhoods with a higher density of trees enjoy higher health perception and fewer cardio-metabolic conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke.)

3 Eat a Can of Tuna (Really!)

Or get out into the sunshine. Do whatever you need to do to boost your levels of Vitamin D. "Many holistic doctors and naturopaths agree that, although you might be in the normal range (commonly 30 to 100 on a blood test), you will feel your best in what we call an optimal range (60 to 80 on a blood test)," notes Debra MacIntyre, ND, of Vitality Project (formerly Natural Health Solutions). In addition to protecting you against colds and helping you fight depression, the proper levels of Vitamin D might help you balance your hormone levels, which will make you feel that much happier. Fortunately, getting more Vitamin D is pretty simple: soak up some rays (safely with sunscreen), eat fatty fish (even canned tuna), drink fortified milk or have an egg (including the yolk), among other options.

4 Laugh Till You Sweat

It's said that laughter is the best medicine, and now there's proof. "The physical act of laughter is comparable to cardiovascular exercise and shares many common physiological benefits associated with exercise," notes Celeste Greene, director of Laughter Yoga Atlanta. She recommends trying laughter yoga, a health and disease prevention program using intentional laughter interspersed with deep yogic breathing and gentle stretches. Greene tell us that scientific studies indicate that laughter not only reduces stress and anxiety, but also exercises muscles, improves respiration, stimulates circulation, boosts immune systems, elevates the pain threshold and enhances mental functioning.

P-0025 Get at Least a Half Dozen Hugs Daily

"Nothing makes me happier than a good hug from my children or my husband. And animals count too," says Tanseem Bhatia, MD, of the Atlanta Center for Holistic & Integrative Medicine. In addition to the warm and loving feeling you get from giving and receiving hugs, there are a number of physical health benefits to the act. According to Maiysha Clairborne, MD, of Mind Body Spirit Wellness, hugs release the "cuddle hormone" oxytocin, which improves mood and decreases stress levels. She recommends getting (and giving) six hugs per day, which may also reduce blood pressure and decrease heart rate.

6 Have a Girls' (or Guys') Night Out

We all know that cultivating strong friendships can make you feel happier. But there's more to it than that. "Studies have shown that people who spend more time with friends have a 50 percent less risk of dying from chronic disease within seven years," Clairborne states. "Research has shown that spending time with friends and family decreases the risk of stroke and Alzheimer's, boosts the immune system and helps to relieve pain. So schedule one day a week to do something social."

7 Do a Happy Dance

When something good happens, big or small, celebrate it! "Celebrating is critical," Tedeschi says. "Some people even do a happy dance when things go their way." In fact, you can do anything from throw a party to call a friend to commemorate an important happening. The key is to reflect on the experience, which ultimately will make you more optimistic and allow you to feel less stressed overall. Those positive psychological effects will help you feel happier as you move into the future. And the happier you are, the better you will feel physically as well.

8 Find a Sense of Purpose

"People are happiest and healthiest when they have a purpose in life," MacIntyre observes. "Only you know how to answer this one, and you might have to sit somewhere quiet and figure it out. It could be as simple as rescuing a pet or as grand as wanting to change the world. Whatever it is for you, being involved in something bigger than yourself brings a special kind of happiness." What's more, studies reveal that people who feel they have a purpose in life tend to live longer, manage pain better, maintain stronger relationships and often have a greater protection against developing heart disease or Alzheimer's.

 

Editorial Resources
Atlanta Center for Holistic & Integrative Medicine, atlantaholisticmedicine.com
AvicennaMD, avicennamd.com
Laughter Yoga Atlanta, laughteryogaatlanta.com
Mind Body Spirit Wellness, mbswellness.org
Vitality Project, myvitalityproject.com
Tedeschi Wellness, tedeschiwellness.com

 

Friday, 20 November 2015 21:27

The Second Act

By Amy Meadows

Mara Davis admits it.
"There isn't a day that goes by that I don't miss being on the radio every day," says the esteemed media personality who began her enduring and notable broadcasting career in Atlanta nearly 20 years ago doing the night show from 7 to 11 p.m. on classic rock station Z-93. She became well known for her great humor and charisma, as well as her outstanding musical taste, which translated perfectly when Davis moved to the coveted midday slot. In 2004, Z-93 changed to Dave-FM, and Davis remained as the host of the lunch hour, which encompassed her popular radio request show, "Radio Free Lunch." However, everything changed in October of 2012. Dave-FM switched formats completely and became 92.9 The Game, a 24-hour sports talk station. And Davis no longer had a full-time job in radio.

"Everyone thought my phone would be ringing off the hook, but it didn't happen. And it wasn't because I wasn't hard working or talented. The jobs just weren't there," Davis explains. "Media has changed. Just like print, the radio industry has gone through a big change with digital media coming onto the scene. I realized that I had to diversify to find work and remain relevant."

When her phone finally did ring, a rather unexpected opportunity was calling — one that brought together her professional and personal passions in a surprising new way. In early 2013, Davis was offered the chance to join the weekly television show "Atlanta Eats" with Steak Shapiro. A longtime foodie who often discussed food-related topics on her radio show, she has had her finger on the pulse of Atlanta's (and the nation's) culinary scene since long before chefs joined the ranks of today's celebrity figures. (She actually interviewed Anthony Bourdain on the radio before he became a household name.) It made her the perfect person to contribute stories to "Atlanta Eats" about local restaurants, rising chefs and a host of other topics. "It was something that was already in my universe," she notes. "I was so flattered to be a part of it, and it made sense for me."

P-01Of course, Davis was used to sitting behind a microphone — not standing in front of a camera. "I had to learn how to be a good TV host," she confesses. "I had never been on a real television shoot before. I had to learn how to do a standup, how to work with a crew and how to be on set. And I'm still learning. But with every shoot that I go on, I pick up something different. It has been the greatest gift to learn to be on TV. It's been a phenomenal opportunity, and it's been so rewarding."

While she is enjoying her entrance into the television realm, she maintains her deep affection for the career that put her on the map. "I love radio. I grew up being a fan of it. And when I first got into it, I knew right away that it was just so me," she says. "I love the intimacy of it. Most people listen to the radio in the car by themselves. So when you're listening to someone on the radio, it's like spending time with a great storyteller. That really attracted me to the industry. And I love music. So I followed my heart. It was part luck and part talent — and I had a really tremendous career."

Fortunately, "Atlanta Eats" has allowed her to employ her radio roots as well with a complementary radio show that initially aired on 640/WGST-AM; starting on December 14, it will run from 4 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays on 106.7 FM. The talk format of the show has always interested Davis although she's never pursued the avenue, mainly because most talk radio shows not only are hosted by men, but also focus on politics. "There are no women in talk radio. And there are no real radio talk shows about food," she reveals. "To me, food is like music. It's so universal, and it brings people together regardless of age, race, class or nationality. We are all connected by food. So on the show, we talk about everything, from why pumpkin spice has gotten so out of control to whether or not bacon gives you cancer... talk radio doesn't have to just be about people yelling at each other about politics!"

But her reemergence (so to speak) in radio doesn't end there. Davis also landed a gig as a music contributor for 90.1 WABE, Atlanta's NPR Station. Her show airs every Friday during the morning edition and allows her to keep her hand in the music industry. So does the fact that she has carved out a very prolific niche as an emcee for a wide variety of citywide and regional events, charity functions and music festivals, including one of her all-time favorites, the annual 30A Songwriters Festival. "That is a total dream gig," she declares. "Not only do I get to go to 30A, but I'm on the main stage for the entire weekend. It really keeps me in the business." She also has emceed everything from the Free Entrepreneurship Bootcamp with Coca-Cola and the Women's Foodservice Forum to Giada De Laurentiis' Happy Cooking Tour stop at the Fox Theatre.

SB-1Davis credits her ongoing use of social media with keeping her name out there while she forged her new path, as well as for helping her stay connected to her loyal fans, many of whom have followed her from her days at Z-93. Active on Twitter and Instagram, she believes that her work in that area has opened the door for new opportunities and she's learned to embrace the power of the medium. "Social media has been incredible for me. People tend to resist change, but you have to step outside of your comfort zone," she advises.

She's also using her voice and platforms to bring awareness to the charities that are near and dear to her heart – such as the Atlanta Community Food Bank, which distributes over 50 million pounds of donated grocery products a year to more than 600 nonprofit partner agencies that feed the hungry, The Giving Kitchen, an organization that provides emergency assistance grants for employees of the local restaurant community, and a variety of animal rescue and adoption organizations. In addition to helping those groups with social media campaigns when appropriate, Davis volunteers her time and offers her emceeing talents for events related to the causes.

SB-2Adding a philanthropic spin to her freelance work in television and radio continues to be a focus for Davis— something she was often able to do at Dave-FM. "It felt so great to show up at work and raise money for charity," she recalls of her days in commercial radio. While it's more of a challenge in public radio, she strives to find new outlets for her charitable activities. For instance, she recently introduced an innovative idea for securing donations for WABE during her Friday morning show; those who made a donation were qualified to win a multi-course dinner for four at Restaurant Eugene with herself, Chef Linton Hopkins and her co-host Steve Goss. "I am trying and pushing so hard in every area I can. It's the only way to get things done," she says.

It's that kind of persistence that has allowed Davis to turn what could have been a terrible unemployment situation into something completely amazing. "Positivity is key. Opening your mind is key," she asserts. And looking at a set of circumstances in a different light helps too. Davis now sees that her new freelance schedule brought her a truly gratifying opportunity in her personal life, allowing her to spend more time with her husband of 13 years, Michael Kane, and their 10-year-old son, Charlie. "In so many ways, I am fortunate that this career exploration happened at this time in my life," she recognizes. "To be in the carpool line and go to soccer games means so much ... I have that freedom now, and I'm thankful for that."

Additionally, Davis is grateful for some advice that she received when she was "down in the dumps" after her tenure at Dave-FM ended and she was looking for work. "Someone once told me that you have to go out of your way to figure out how you can use your resources to help other people. In turn, you're helping yourself because everything leads to something else," she observes. "You can reinvent yourself. Everyone has a second act. I'm working on my second act now."