Perfect Day PhotosIt all begins with the heart

By Scott D. Miller, M.D.

We all want to be healthy. We search for the best diets, try to exercise regularly, and wonder which supplements are the most beneficial. There is an abundance of information on how to become healthier, but what is “healthy?” In order to achieve a goal, we must define it.

As a urologist, I am often asked, “What can I do to keep my kidneys healthy?” My answer is a very simple one: whatever keeps your heart healthy will keep your kidneys healthy. After all, a kidney is a specialized collection of blood vessels. Whether we want to keep our minds sharp or our “man parts” working beyond their years, it all starts with the heart. A rich flow of blood will supply us with all of the nutrients and disease-fighting elements that our body craves.

What are some measurements of a healthy heart?

The best indicator is how you feel on a daily basis. Is your energy level good throughout most of the day? Can you climb a flight
or two of stairs without becoming short of breath? Are you generally happy with the way your life is going? These subjective measurements can be the most reliable indicators of good health, but we should not ignore the following objective metrics:

• A reasonable exercise tolerance, adjusted for age and any existing medical conditions or limitations

• A sensible and realistic body weight

• A good report from your physician at your annual wellness visit, including blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels

What is HealthyWhen it comes to maintaining a healthy heart, the checklist is a simple one:

• A diet with a balanced variety of fruits, vegetables, protein, complex carbohydrates, and “good” fats

• Avoid processed foods and “simple” sugars

• Caloric intake to match your daily energy expenditure (or slightly less if you want to lose weight)

• Moderate exercise on a regular basis

• Stress reduction

• A good night’s sleep every night

• Don’t smoke

• Health screening by your primary doctor at least once a year

• Tightly manage chronic medical conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes

Of all the diet and exercise programs out there, the best ones are those that work
for you—not the other guy. Instead of searching for the latest fads, keep it simple and consistent. Not only will you keep your heart healthy, but you will also keep that male machine running smoothly for years to come. As your Partner in Health, I look forward to guiding you in disease prevention and health optimization. Look for my article on “Good Stress, Bad Stress” in the next issue.

Scott D. Miller, MD, is the Medical Director of Robotic Surgery at WellStar North Fulton Hospital. He is a urologist with WellStar Urology in Roswell and has practiced in Atlanta for over 20 years. WellStar North Fulton Hospital offers the Know Your Heart Screening that can determine your risk of heart disease, stroke and other serious conditions. Call 770-956-STAR (7827) to learn more or to schedule an appointment. 

Scott D. Miller, MD • WellStar North Fulton Hospital • (470) 956-4230 • scottdmillermd.com 

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Rafal

 

Chopin Society of Atlanta presents award-winning concert pianist, Rafał Blechacz, as he performs works by Polish-born Frédéric Chopin and more. The event, which will be held on April 15, is sponsored in part by Drs. Anna and Richard Paré, in honor of Anna’s parents who died in a car accident in Atlanta two years ago.

Details: 1280 Peachtree St. NE., Atlanta; Ticketmaster.com

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Is your teen interested in becoming a member of the Children Helping Children 2018 Junior Board of Directors? Have them fill out an online application, check the meeting dates below to ensure there are no scheduling conflicts, and email a photo of themselves to: info.chcatlantaorg@gmail.com by April 30.

Michelle Hodgson (back row, middle) and the 2017 Children Helping Children Junior Board of Directors at the 2017 Little Hands, Big LOVEFEST event.

Michelle Hodgson (back row, middle) and the 2017 Children Helping Children Junior Board of Directors at the 2017 Little Hands, Big LOVEFEST event.

June 11-15
Junior Board Training Program

July 26
Junior Board/Parent Dinner

September
Lantern Festival

Oct. 21
Little Hands…Big Lovefest!

Details: CHCAtlanta.org

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By: Annie Paschal

 After 30 days of amazing treatments, procedures, and consultations, we have come across several great options for obtaining healthy, beautiful skin. In an effort to keep your skin glowing, it’s recommended that you use quality products at home. Finding out which products are actually top quality can be hard. Over-the-counter brands seem to overpromise, but in reality, they don’t have enough active ingredients to truly make a difference.

The team at Anderson Aesthetics doesn’t just offer a boutique-style shopping experience, they also have advice and recommendations from skilled estheticians and nurses. According to Lisa Niven, beauty editor at British Vogue, “Due to their function in helping to reinforce essential proteins in the skin, peptides are powerful antiaging ingredients to include in your regimen.”

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The Viktoria De’Ann line of peptides, offered at Anderson Aesthetics, are targeted to help different problem areas. Each product below is used to correct one concern.

  1. Tone: This serum is used to help fine lines and wrinkles. It works as a neuroinhibitor similar to botox. It should be used in a select area where you want to see smoother skin.

  2. Lift: This product can be used all over the face to provide skin tightening and resurfacing.

  3. Correct HP: This is great for skin that spends a lot of time in the sun. It works by creating a “blanket” over the cells that produce excess melanin.

As always, make sure to speak with your esthetician about what products will be right for your skin.

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For more on these products, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring Courtney Pantelis of Anderson Aesthetics.

Details: 404.256.4247. AndersonAesthetics.com. 2710 Old Milton Pkwy., Ste. 150, Alpharetta, GA 30009. 5555 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd., Ste. 106, Atlanta, GA 30342.

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Day 29 of 30 Days of Healthy, Beautiful, Skin: Skin Cancer Screenings at North Atlanta Dermatology

 By: Wyndi Kappes

My brother Ben was diagnosed with skin cancer at just 20 years old. And while his cancerous growth was easily removed, the event left my family on high alert. The Kappes’ are fair-skinned people who love being outdoors, which makes our risk for skin cancer greater. We are often encouraged by doctors to screen for it regularly.

We aren’t alone though. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, skin cancer can happen to any skin type and is the most common form of cancer in the United States with one in five Americans developing it in their lifetime. An easy way to stop skin cancer in its tracks is by getting regular skin cancer screenings like the one that saved my brother’s life.

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For my most recent skin cancer screening, I visited North Atlanta Dermatology. There, Anjana Patel, a physician’s assistant, examined the mole on my face as well as the freckles on my arms and shoulders.

She explained that she looks for any abnormalities in shape, color, or texture and gave me a printout of photos (on right) and checklist so I could keep an eye on my skin at home. After she thoroughly checked my skin, she gave me the sunscreen talk, reminding me that while suntanned skin may be fashionable, it isn’t worth the risk. She then recommended that I wear zinc oxide sunscreen every day on my face, neck, and the upper part of my chest.

Anjana was knowledgeable and a pleasure to speak with and the whole process was quick and easy. My mind was put at ease knowing that I was checked out by a professional and good to go! Anjana recommended that I come back each year for a screening. And l promised her that I would do a better job when it comes to my sunscreen habits.

If you are interested in skin cancer screenings, keep an eye on North Atlanta Dermatology’s Facebook page here, where you can get the latest information on upcoming events and free screenings.

 

 

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Details: 770.814.8222. NADerm.com. North Atlanta Dermatology has four offices.

3850 Pleasant Hill Rd., Duluth, GA 30096

3370 Paddocks Pkwy., Suwanee, GA 30024

3331 Hamilton Mill, Ste. 1106, Buford, GA 30519

1230 Bald Ridge Marina Rd., Ste. 300, Cumming, GA 30041

 

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By: Amy Smith

 

When I heard that the Intense Pulsed Light or IPL treatment was good for brown spots and sun-damaged skin, I knew I would be a perfect candidate. I’ve always loved my time at the beach and neglected my sunscreen regimen in the early years.

 

The machine for the treatment works by targeting brown spots, uneven skin tone, rosacea, and more. It has similar effects to a peel but uses the intense light instead of chemicals. Anne Cease, the registered nurse that performed the treatment, says sessions come in sets of three with about four weeks in between each one. She informed me that I would see dramatic results even after the first one.

 

To start, Anne applied numbing cream to my face to make sure I was as comfortable as possible. After leaving the cream on for about 10 minutes, it was removed and my hair was tied up in a towel to keep it out of the way. Anne placed some metal goggles over my eyes to shield them from the intense light. She also wore protective eye gear.

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The treatment itself only took about 25 minutes. Overall, I did not have any discomfort. The light felt warm but the numbing cream kept me from feeling any irritation. I’m expecting my skin to start to renew itself in the next week or so. I was advised that some of my brown spots would start to look worse at first, but then my skin would peel and look refreshed.

 

As advised, I’m staying out of the sun as much as possible for the next week and can’t wait to see how I look after this first session.

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For more on this treatment, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring Anne Cease, RN, of Anderson Aesthetics.

 

Details: 404.256.4247. AndersonAesthetics.com. 2710 Old Milton Pkwy., Ste. 150, Alpharetta, GA 30009. 5555 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd., Ste. 106, Atlanta, GA 30342.

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The temperatures are warming up, which means the clothes are starting to come off. Shaving every day can be such a pain—literally. With razor burn, cuts, nicks, and more, it would be so much easier to not have to worry about hair. That is where Aesthetic Body Sculpture Clinic & Center for Anti-Aging comes into play.

 

Offering the Motus AX with Moveo Technology to its clients, this device is the first high-speed Alexandrite laser that makes it possible for skin types with a higher concentration of melanin to benefit from the effectiveness of the Alexandrite wavelength. The Motus AX device beams concentrated light into hair follicles. From there, the pigment in the follicles absorbs the light, which in turn destroys the hair follicles. The Alexandrite laser is transmitted through a cooled sapphire tip, which helps to displace the heat entering the skin, making it virtually painless.

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Because each patient is different, Dr. Monte Slater, medical director of Aesthetic Body Sculpture Clinic & Center for Anti-Aging, recommends coming in for a consultation to determine how many treatments will be needed before individuals are free of unwanted hair. The treatment can be performed on any area of the body and once completed, the results are permanent.

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For more on this treatment, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring the team at Aesthetic Body Sculpture Clinic & Center for Anti-Aging.

Details: 770.766.9684. SlaterMD.com. 4840 Roswell Rd. NE. Atlanta, GA 30342.

 

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Dr. Ken Anderson - Perfect Day PhotosOver 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board Hair Restoration and Skin Care Expert: Ken Anderson, MD, FISHRS

Anderson Center for Hair & Aesthetics, AtlantaHairSurgeon.com

 

For years, Dr. Ken Anderson of Anderson Center for Hair & Aesthetics has been a leader in the world of modern hair restoration. Now, with the addition of aesthetics, his practice is the go-to for hair loss treatment and skin that glows.

How do I get my hair back?

Are the days of hair plugs really gone? The introduction of the ARTAS® Robotic System was a technological quantum leap forward in the field of hair restoration surgery. 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, because there is no linear scarring, which is a telltale sign of traditional hair restoration surgery, it allows clients to have short haircuts.

Before and After 1What other new treatments are available for hair loss?

Hair restoration continues to evolve at a rapid pace. In addition to robotic technology, we also have stem-cell therapy and low-level laser therapy treatments available.

What will my hair restoration experience be like?

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.

How can I make my 40-year-old skin look 20 years younger?

What are some of the hottest antiaging skin care treatments?

The Fractional Antiaging Treatment is amazing and helps to build and strengthen collagen, diminish fine lines, and resurface the skin. Microneedling is also wonderful for improving pore size, and reducing sun damage and wrinkles.

Tell us more about your signature facials.

Whether you need pampering or clinical correction, we have you covered. We offer a basic facial, seasonal specialty facials, a 24K Gold Facial, the Fire and Ice Facial, and advanced clinical facials.

Before and After 2What skin care lines do you recommend?

We’re huge fans of iS Clinical’s superior quality cleansers, treatments, moisturizers, and sun protectants. These have been a mainstay of clinical skin care for more than a decade. Plus, Viktoria De’Ann Peptide Cosmeceuticals is our favorite new product for targeted corrections. It can extend the life of Botox® and treat multiple concerns such as acne, hyperpigmentation, and more.

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Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board Media/Community Ambassador: Tom Sullivan

11Alive, TomOnAir.com 

Tom Sullivan - Perfect Day PhotosTaking care of himself has always been a priority for TV host and corporate emcee Tom Sullivan. And now that he is over 40, he finds himself looking and feeling better than ever. Here’s his advice for being your best self at 40 and beyond.

 What tricks of the trade do you utilize to be your best self? 

Buckhead Elite Training Studio with Javarious Broxton keeps me in shape. Cryo Elite Therapy reduces whole-body inflammation and increases energy. The Nouveau Clinic keeps my skin in check.

What have you learned since turning 40? 

I think as you get older you become wiser and more grounded. I’ve strengthened my faith and grown as a person. I now host and emcee corporate/charity events and freelance on “Atlanta & Company” on weekdays.

What advice would you give to someone about to turn 40 or​ who is ​already over 40?

Have a grateful heart and always trust your gut!

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Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board Fitness Expert: Karen Foley

Windy Hill Athletic Club, Midtown.com/Atlanta

Windy Hill Athletic Club - Perfect Day PhotosBusyness can knock even the strictest workout warriors off their routine. Karen Foley of Windy Hill Athletic Club shares how convenience and the right environment can be crucial to building an exercise routine you can’t quit.

What’s the secret to getting the most out of a fitness routine? 

Our trainers and instructors know how to make workouts enjoyable because we believe the best way to achieve any fitness goal is to have fun doing it.

What is one of the biggest trends emerging in the fitness world?

The boutique studio trend is huge. At Windy Hill, we offer many boutique experiences with community at the heart of them all. We have over 100 free weekly group exercise classes including boxing, yoga, Pilates, barre, cycling, boot camp, Les Mills BODYPUMP™ and more. Our over-40 members also enjoy indoor and outdoor tennis, U.S. Masters Swimming, and our whirlpool, spa, and sauna.

What should people look for when searching for a fitness facility?

Every person is different with unique needs, so it’s really about the type of experience they’re looking for. Windy Hill is a clean and safe fitness oasis with group exercise, squash courts, a rock wall, an indoor track, activities for kids, a locker room with full amenities, a café, and more. Our team makes sure members feel supported and that our facility gives them everything they need to be successful. Plus, membership is actually less than what you would pay for a single boutique studio experience.

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