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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Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board Feminine Rejuvenation Expert: Dr. Monte Slater

Aesthetic Body Sculpture Clinic & Center for Anti-Aging, SlaterMD.com

Dr. Monte Slater - Perfect Day Photos For millions of women that suffer from incontinence, a simple laugh, sneeze, or workout can evoke a sense of panic. Whether childbirth or time have taken a toll on your body, Dr. Monte Slater of Aesthetic Body Sculpture Clinic & Center for Anti-Aging reveals how feminine rejuvenation can help you get your life back.

What is a common misconception about feminine rejuvenation?

Many associate feminine rejuvenation with improved sexual function, and while it does offer this benefit, it also can improve urinary incontinence.

What quality-of-life benefits does feminine rejuvenation offer?

Many women who have given birth have some form of urinary leakage, most of which is not severe enough to require surgery. These women are advised by their gynecologists to double down on their Kegel exercises and wait until they become a candidate for surgery. In the meantime, women are being held hostage by this issue. Correcting pelvic dysfunction problems such as stress urinary incontinence, even if mild, can profoundly affect one’s sense of well-being and self-confidence.

What types of feminine rejuvenation are available?

We are excited to be able to offer women an alternative to surgery, improved urinary and sexual function, and a definite improvement in quality of life. Our various female rejuvenation techniques address issues of stress urinary incontinence, improved vaginal tissue health, and improved sexual and libido function. Methods we use to accomplish these include V-Lase®, a laser-based treatment, ThermiVa®, a radio-frequency based treatment, the O-Shot®, which utilizes platelet-rich plasma, and bioidentical hormone replacement for women.

 

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Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board Vein Health Expert: Dr. Louis Prevosti

VEINatlanta, VeinAtlanta.com

VEINatlanta - Perfect Day PhotosThe secret to legs you love? According to Dr. Louis Prevosti of VEINatlanta it’s maintaining their health. Here, he offers advice on how to take care of them for years to come.

What signs/symptoms should people look for as it relates to vein disease?

One out of three women experience vein disease, yet many ignore their symptoms. Symptoms may include achy, heavy, swollen or tired legs. Changes in the skin can also occur, such as redness, discoloration, itchiness, and exceptional dryness, along with a burning sensation or numbness. In advanced cases, skin breakdown and ulceration can develop.

Is there anything people can do to limit their risk for developing common vein conditions?

Some risk factors are unavoidable, i.e., family history and female gender. However, the risk of developing vein disease can be lowered by avoiding prolonged sitting or standing, exercising, eating a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight.

Why is it so important for working professionals to seek the care of a vein specialist? Many professions require prolonged sitting or standing, which can put individuals at a greater risk for developing vein disease. Vein disease is a progressive medical condition and can become worse if left untreated. A dedicated vein specialist can restore your legs, beginning with an accurate diagnosis and a customized treatment plan. Most treatments are covered by insurance. If you experience any symptoms, call VEINatlanta at 404-662-3407 or visit VEINatlanta.com for your free screening today!

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Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board Body Plastic Surgery Expert: Dr. Stanley Okoro

Georgia Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, GeorgiaPlastic.com 

You’re ready to tackle the lumps and bumps you see in the mirror, but need some direction. “What does a mommy makeover actually entail?” Dr. Stanley Okoro of Georgia Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery offers insight into how to find the right cosmetic treatment for you.

Dr. Stanley Okoro - GA Plastic - Perfect Day PhotosYou’ve spent the last 10 to 15 years concentrating on your children, and now it’s time to focus on yourself.

Mothers deserve to have their body back after pregnancy. We can do breast augmentations and/or lifts and combine them with tummy tucks to give our patients their pre-pregnancy bodies.

What should people look for when choosing a doctor?

Always pick a board-certified plastic surgeon. Real plastic surgeons have more training, and most importantly, can treat any complications that arise from their procedures.

What can people do to maximize their results?

Maintain, maintain, maintain! All patients should uphold a healthy lifestyle with a well-balanced diet and exercise routine after any procedure.

What would you tell people who are concerned about the price of cosmetic procedures?

I often tell my patients, “Do you want it done right, or do you want it done cheap?” In the long run, if patients are looking for the cheapest cosmetic option, they often end up paying more because they need revisions. People should also consider their safety over price.

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Ming Matthews - Bob Steele - Perfect Day PhotosOver 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board Hair Expert: Ming Matthews

Bob Steele Salon, BobSteele.com

Try these five tips from Ming Matthews of Bob Steele Salon for haute tresses that stand the test of time.

1. Let it Grow

Women often think that once they hit 40, it’s time to go short. Some women can pull it off, but the majority can’t. Look at the overwhelming number of Hollywood stars who are over 40, most have long to mid-length hair. If you want a new style, add color or bangs.

2. Say No to Structure

Super structured updos are a big no-no. This can create an old-fashioned look.

3. Don’t Keep Your Cool

Ashy hair color has a cool undertone that often appears gray. Sometimes, this cool tone makes skin look pale and sickly.

4. Add Moisture 

Healthy hair should routinely include products like the Kérastase Densifique Densimorphose Thickening Treatment Mousse, which creates density without weight. Products like these allow moisture to be held in the hair, making it look plump and hydrated.

5. Talk it Out
If there is a look you desire, talk about it with your stylist. Discuss the length in detail—an inch is always an inch but show the stylist what you think an inch will be. As far as color, bring photos. Be open to discussing the possibility that your hair may or may not be able to change on the first try. Often, we can achieve your goal, but it may take a few months as not to damage your hair.

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