Dr. Robert A. Colgrove, Jr. from Vinings Surgery Center answers a readers question about ThermiRF™.

Dr. Robert Colgrove

Q: What is ThermiRF™?

A: The new FDA approved TermiRF™ is an aesthetic therapy that uses temperature control technology, which is safer than laser and other RF technology currently being used. It helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and loose skin, This radio frequency treatment has been used in various medical capacities, such as cardiology and pain management, for 75 years. This technology allows physicians to precisely locate an area for treatment, then apply a specific dose of controlled radio frequency energy to a portion of the targeted area for wrinkle reduction, body contouring, lifting, relaxation of frown lines and skin tightening.

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There’s no time like the present to learn the self-defense moves you’ll need to feel safer and stronger. Catalyst Fitness will host an ongoing women’s self-defense seminar led by their executive director, Jonathan Miller, PhD, MS, CPT.Self Defense He will be going over the physical aspects of defense as well as the psychological aspects of stress and trauma. The cost is $120 for four 60-minute classes. You do not need to be a member of Catalyst to sign up.

Details: 2233 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA, (404) 856-0513, www.catalystfitness.com

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The Atlanta Humane Society‘s Sarah Chambers, president of 1873 Society Club, is here to give you her best advice on how to get the most from your downtime.

Sarah Chambers

Q: What is your favorite way to spend a day off?

A: I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, perhaps going to a local winery for lunch or working on projects around my home. I also love to travel and have been to some great places. Every day is a new adventure!

 Q: How do you make more time for yourself?

A: Sometimes it comes down to saying “no” every once in a while. It is important to take time for yourself to relax and rejuvenate. The better you treat yourself, the more you can give to others. I try to prioritize my time where I believe I can make the biggest difference.

Q: What is a must-read book on your list? 

A: “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” by Sheryl Sandberg.

Q: What advice do you have for someone who wants to have more “me” time?

A: Make yourself a priority. I find it helpful to actually schedule time in my calendar for myself.

 Q: Who do you like to spend your free time with?

A: I love to be outside, either hiking with my dogs, taking a walk or just sitting in the sun. On rainy days, I’m a sucker for movies.

Q: Who are the people that help you be your best self?

A: My family keeps me grounded and has taught me that if I can dream it, I can achieve it.

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Dr. Sudhir R. Belagaje from Pinnacle Orthopaedics answers a reader’s question about bunions. Sudhir R. Belagaje, M.D.

Q: What is a bunion and what causes them?

A: A bunion (or hallux valgus deformity) is when the big toe joint is no longer aligned with the rest of the toes and begins to angle to the outside border of the foot. Most research has shown that family history and shoe wear are the two main causes. Narrow toe box shoes, which tend to push the big tow joint to the outside, have been shown to be a cause of the problem. However, not everyone who regularly wears these types of shoes develops bunions. Therefore, genetics play an important role as well. If patients have pain or problems with a bunion, it is recommended that a foot and ankle specialist be seen so that options can be discussed and a treatment plan made.

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Serenbe’s farms manager Ashley Rodgers is here to give you her best advice about enjoying your downtime. Ashley Rodgers

Q: What is your favorite way to spend a day off?

A: On days off I really enjoy taking a Bikram yoga class. It helps realign and stretch my body from the previous week of farming and gets me energized for the week ahead.

Q: How do you make more time for yourself?

A: The best way to accomplish this is through organization. It is planning ahead, staying productive and finishing tasks that helps me secure free time.

 Q: What advice do you have for someone who wants to have more “me” time?

A: Make it a priority. Schedule it in if you have to. Sometimes it is a necessity to put aside everything else.

Q: Who do you like to spend your free time with?

A: Catching up on sleep is a large part of my free time, and my crew of cats and one dog love to snuggle. I also enjoy getting out of town to Savannah and visiting with my friend Jess.

Q: What makes you laugh?

A: I am a sucker for good one-liners. I love intelligent, witty, sarcastic humor when it’s neatly slipped into conversation.

Q: Who are the people that help you be your best self?

A: My mother continues to provide me with encouragement and support. It is the 24/7 sounding board I have in her that has always helped me be my best self. Also, my fellow farmer friends.

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Soothe and beautify your hands this winter with our best finds.

Sally B's Skin Yummies Cuticles can suffer in colder weather, becoming dry or brittle. Keeping them well hydrated can really help. Try using Sally B’s Natural Buff Cuticle Bar, which is infused with natural oils and butters to prevent hangnails and keep cuticles moisturized. This compact bar is easy to keep in your purse for use whenever you need it. $18

Details: Sally B’s Skin Yummies, 800 Miami Cir., Ste. 110, Atlanta, GA, www.sallybskinyummies.com

The BeehiveDuring cold season it’s recommend to wash your hands several times a day. You may be warding off germs, but you might also be drying out or irritating your skin. Try using soap with natural ingredients to keep hands smooth and supple. Locally made Honeysuckle Soap uses high quality oils such olive, coconut, palm, sweet almond, castor, shea butter and avocado to make their bars. Honey and all- natural vitamin E are also added in to help moisturize. $6.25

Details: The Beehive, 1250 Caroline St., Atlanta, GA, www.honeysucklesoap.com

HandsIf you want to turn back the hands of time, consider a hand rejuvenation treatment. Services can range from paraffin wax treatments to plump skin, laser peels to make sunspots fade or dermal filler injections to reduce wrinkles. Many treatments can reduce signs of aging on hands, but make sure to see a certified professional to find out which one is best for your needs.

Details: Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center, www.atlaserlights.com

HollyBeth Organics Moisturizer is key for keeping skin soft and supple, so make sure you keep a hand cream nearby. It doesn’t hurt if it also contains natural, organic ingredients. The Lavender Hand Cream by HollyBeth Organics offers a sweet smelling fragrance and the moisturizing properties of vitamin E, camellia, jojoba and sweet almond oils. $25

Details: www.hollybethorganics.com

Spa IntercontinentalWhen your hands need extra pampering, head over to the Spa InterContinental for a Renewing Hand Treatment. This service spoils your hands with warm compresses, gentle exfoliation and a balancing mask, then tops it all off with Amala’s certified organic hand cream that nourishes dry skin. 15 minutes, $35

Details: Intercontinental Buckhead Atlanta, 3315 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA, www.intercontinental.combuckhead

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Dr. Desireé McCarthy-Keith from Georgia Reproductive Specialists answers a readers question about testosterone replacements.

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Q: My doctor started me on testosterone replacement after he found that my levels were low. Could this affect my fertility?

A: Testosterone is being increasingly prescribed to men who have low energy or decreased libido. While this treatment can raise a man’s testosterone level and improve these symptoms, it can severely decrease sperm counts and lower fertility. It is important to have a thorough medical evaluation and to discuss your plans for future fertility before starting testosterone therapy. You should also consider evaluation by a urologist or fertility specialist if you have noticed a change in libido or sexual function.

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If you are looking for new, healthy recipes to try out, Cooking channel star and author Bobby Deen has a few you might like in his new cookbook coming out this month, “Bobby Deen’s Everyday Eats: 120 All New Recipes, All Under 350 Calories, All Under 30 Minutes.” Bobby Deen This book provides tasty, healthy meals you can prepare in no time. Get your book signed and meet the man himself at Barnes & Noble in Buckhead on February 13 at 7 p.m.

Details: 2900 Peachtree Road NE #310, Atlanta, GA, www.thedeenbros.com

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Day 29 of Fitness – Rock Climbing at Atlanta Rocks!

Best Self graphic designer: Miguel

For Day 29 of our 30 Days of Fitness, Best Self’s graphic designer Miguel headed to Atlanta Rocks! for a 2-hour climbing session. This indoor rock climbing gym offers more than 12,000 square feet of professionally designed climbing surface, and the price of each two-hour class includes everything you need: instruction, climbing time, shoes, harness and belay device. Here’s what Miguel had to say about the experience:

Miguel Velazquez, Cristina Villafane, Jim Wise, Diane Wise, Gabriel Paraliticci (Instructor), Joan Thomas and Pilar Osorio

Miguel Velazquez, Cristina Villafane, Jim Wise, Diane Wise, Gabriel Paraliticci (Instructor), Joan Thomas and Pilar Osorio

This is my third time indoor rock climbing but the first time at Atlanta Rocks! The instructors and friendly environment made all the difference. I took Technique 1, the class geared at new climbers who need to learn balance and climbing movements. The workout was great, and it is as physically challenging as you want to make it—I really felt it the next day. They have many options for all skill levels, and all necessary equipment is included. Gabriel Paraliticci, my instructor, was very knowledgeable and offered great technique tips. He was very friendly, and even though sometimes it was hard to mentally psych myself up to complete each climb, Gabriel helped keep me and the rest of the group motivated. I really enjoyed reaching the top of each climb and slapping the number sign of the climb. Overall, it was a great experience.

If you want to try your hand (and feet!) at rock climbing, Atlanta Rocks! has a variety of classes and climbing programs to participate in—everything from family climbs to ladies nights to discounted partner climb nights. Check out all their options here, and as soon as you can get back on the road, head to Atlanta Rocks!

Details: www.atlantarocks.com, 1019 Collier Rd NW, Ste A, Atlanta, GA, (404) 351-3009

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Combat these common symptoms of aging eyes with these tips.

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Under-eye bags. Puffiness under your eyes can be caused by a lack of sleep or an excess of sodium and alcohol. Turn in a little earlier and make sure to drink plenty of water to soothe this symptom. You can also apply an eye cream like Intensive Eye Repair from Sally B’s Skin Yummies. It contains vitamins and coffeine to reduce puffiness. $40. www.sallybskinyummies.com.

Crow’s Feet. Fine wrinkles appear in the delicate skin around your eyes as you age. To reduce their appearance, try an Anti-Aging Pulse Light Therapy treatment at Gallery Spa of Historic Roswell. This light-based facial treatment aims to boost natural collagen production without surgery. $100, www.gallerysparoswell.com.

Sparse Eyelashes. To regain fullness in your natural lashes, ask your dermatologist for a prescription eyelash treatment like Latisse. For a quicker fix, book an appointment at Luxury Lash Lounge or Atlanta Lash Addict for lash extensions. www.luxurylashlounge.com, www.atlantalashaddict.com.

Thinner eyebrows. Aging causes hair to thin, and your brows are no exception. In addition to age-related thinning, you may have been heavy handed with the tweezers over the years. Authentic Beauty’s Image Journey can help you determine the proper shape, shade and style for a youthful look. www.myimagejourney.com.

Dry eyes. A diet rich in omega-3s can help keep the moisture levels in your eyes high, so try to include more salmon, chia seeds, and even greens like spinach and basil on your plate. Or try adding a daily fish oil supplement like New Chapter’s Wholemega capsules, available at your local Whole Foods Market. $19, www.wholefoodsmarket.com.


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