By Victoria Trutie

In February 2018, Kennedy Morgan went to Walt Disney World® with Bert's Big Adventure. The local nonprofit provides all-expenses-paid trips to the theme park to children with chronic and terminal illnesses.

In February 2018, Kennedy Morgan went to Walt Disney World® with Bert’s Big Adventure. The local nonprofit provides all-expenses-paid trips to the theme park to children with chronic and terminal illnesses.

While most 10 year olds are busy attending sleepovers with friends, McDonough resident, Kennedy Morgan was in the hospital. It was during a six-day stay in 2015 that she was diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis, a condition that leads to liver inflammation after the body’s immune system turns against its liver cells. During the stay, Kennedy received a care package from her fifth-grade science teacher, Mrs. Cash, which left a lasting impression on her during such a difficult time.

In 2017, Kennedy’s condition worsened, requiring a four-day stay. She remembered how the care package from her teacher changed her sad state of mind to a sunny one. It was then that Kennedy decided that she was going to use this experience to do something positive for others—specifically making and sending care packages to children in situations similar to hers.

By embracing the term “Moonface”—a common side effect of the medication Prednisone, which causes fat deposits to gather around the face creating a rounded appearance—Kennedy found a way to redefine her circumstances.

Her organization, Love to the Moon, creates packages for children, ages 3 to 18, who are diagnosed with a chronic or terminal illness. Love to the Moon accepts nominations from the parents and friends of children all over the world, many of whom hear about the organization from online support groups.

Kennedy’s mother, Kristen Morgan, explains that as long as they can get the necessary information to customize a box, they will send it no matter where the child is. Some of the boxes have gone as far as the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, and even a small village in Romania.

The care packages incorporate the interests and hobbies of each child. Kristen explains, “The boxes are very intentional. We ask specific questions, and then we take all of that information and we customize every item that goes in there—from their favorite candy to their favorite restaurant.”

Kennedy hopes to continue building a community of children and families that understand each other’s struggles. Her mission is to remind kids with chronic illnesses that they are not alone. She is currently working on creating a video to better explain and spread her message and is making plans to travel to nearby states to deliver gifts to children on extended hospital stays.

Love to the Moon accepts donations through PayPal and in the form of items to be included in care packages (restaurant gift cards, washable markers, clear tumblers, stainless steel water bottles, white T-shirts, candy, and socks) to help with the cost of each box, which range in price from $75 to $100.

LoveToTheMoon.care, PayPal.me/LoveToTheMoon

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Chef MichaelFour Seasons Hotel Atlanta executive chef Michael Patria is back with another easy and healthy recipe. As chef Patria embarks on a weight loss journey this summer, each month he’s sharing a nutritious recipe that he’s been loving lately.

“This is something I like to snack on late-morning or mid-afternoon. It’s a great pick-me-up because of the natural sugars from the figs and the honey. Goat cheese is a lower fat cheese, so it keeps you full while not overdoing your calorie intake,” Patria says.

 

 

Ingredients

7 ripe figs, cut in half (with stems removed)

1 1/4 tablespoons crumbled goat cheese

3/4 tablespoon Savannah Bee Company Sourwood Honey

5 pea tendrils to garnish

Pinch of Maldon sea salt

 

Procedure

Figs and Goat CheesePlace fig halves on a plate

Sprinkle figs generously with goat cheese crumbles

Drizzle with Savannah Bee Company Sourwood Honey

Sprinkle Maldon sea salt

Garnish with pea tendrils

Enjoy as a light snack!

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Screen Shot 2018-08-06 at 12.04.46 PMQ: What are the areas, or issues, that today’s men struggle with the most?

More and more men are coming to Atlanta Face & Body to look younger, feel younger and be the best man they can be. There are several “trouble” areas that male patients want to address. They would like to lose a few inches around their waist, eliminate their double chin, remove wrinkles and lines on their face, get rid of bags under their eyes. Then, there’s the age-old problems with hair. Either they have too much hair on their body or not enough hair on their heads. We can help with all of these issues.

Q: What are the surgical procedures available to help men? 

Different areas of the body can be addressed several different ways. As far surgical procedures go, men can get a Signature Face Lift, which will help tighten up loose skin in their neck and jowls. We offer blepharoplasty to lift sagging eyelids and eliminate bags under the eye. There are also minimal invasive procedures such as SmartLipo which can remove unwanted fat in the abdomen.

Q: What are the best alternatives to surgery for men who are trying to lose a few inches?

Atlanta Face & Body offers several fat-reducing procedures that are painless, non-invasive, require no down time and are easier on the wallet. Ultherapy, typically used in the neck area, stimulates collagen production by delivering ultrasound energy to the skin and the layers beneath the skin. is jump starts the natural process of producing new collagen which lifts and tightens the skin. We also offer body-sculpting solutions like Vanquish and SculpSure®.Both of these target stubborn areas and damage fat cells in order for the body to naturally process them away. Vanquish uses radiofrequency energy and SculpSure® is a laser-treatment, light-based technology. More recently, FDA-approved SculpSure® is becoming very popular for men to reduce their double chin.

Q: What about Dermal fillers for men? What issues can these treat?

Dermal fillers are very good at reducing wrinkles and lines for men, especially on the forehead and around the eyes. I believe in these areas that “less can be more.” We can reduce signs of aging but still retain a masculine look with a conservative approach to injections. In fact, one of our most recent patients, Stan Lewis, received treatments of Radiesse® and Belotero Balance® dermal fillers for a lower face makeover. The results were so outstanding, he has been selected as one of the 5 Faces of America Grand Prize winners.

Q: Finally, what can you offer men suffering from hair loss?

Atlanta Face & Body offers Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Hair erapy for thinning hair and hair loss. PRP can improve hair health and encourage the regrowth of hair using your body’s own growth factors. is treatment is best suited to focal areas of thinning hair. e best results occur with a series of injections typically spaced a month apart. PRP appears to stimulate hair growth by re-activating dormant follicles resulting in healthier thicker hair.

 

 

 

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Atlanta Face & Body Center

678.888.3223

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Dermatology Consultants PractionersDERMATOLOGY CONSULTANTS

BUCKHEAD – (404) 351-7546

COVINGTON – (770) 784-0343

MARIETTA – (770) 971-3376

DERMATOLOGYCONSULTANTS.ORG

Dermatology Consultants is a premier medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology practice in metro Atlanta, and is proud to present EMSCULPT®, the newest treatment at its Aesthetic Body Treatment Centers. EMSCULPT® is the only procedure to help both women and men burn fat, while toning the underlying muscle. Using breakthrough medical technologies, Dermatology Consultants offers revolutionary cosmetic procedures to firm, tighten and sculpt your body. All of the practice’s innovative treatments are surgery-free, completely safe and FDA-approved. The proven results are amazing and last for a long time.

Anyone can benefit from the EMSCULPT® procedure. Treatments are 30 minutes with a minimum of 4 sessions scheduled 2 to 3 days apart. Each treatment plan is customized by a physician or licensed aesthetician to cater to the patient’s specific needs—ensuring that all of their goals and concerns are addressed. The EMSCULPT® procedure feels like an intensive workout, but you can lie down and relax during the treatment. It is a noninvasive procedure and requires no recovery time or any pre- or post-treatment preparation.

Screen Shot 2018-08-06 at 11.15.44 AMDermatology Consultants continues to be on the cutting edge of the most advanced technologies available in the industry. It is one of the first practices to offer the revolutionary, cutting-edge technology, EMSCULPT®. Dermatology Consultants continues to offer the best body enhancing solutions and technologies for its patients.

To schedule your complimentary EMSCULPT® assessment with the experts at Dermatology Consultants, please call one of its three convenient locations or visit DermatologyConsultants.org.

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Dermatology Consultants PractionersDERMATOLOGY CONSULTANTS

BUCKHEAD – (404) 351-7546

COVINGTON – (770) 784-0343

MARIETTA – (770) 971-3376

DERMATOLOGYCONSULTANTS.ORG

Dermatology Consultants is a premier medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology practice that serves three convenient metro Atlanta locations. e practice is honored to be the state’s first Diamond Crystal Certified CoolSculpting® practice. Diamond Crystal status is a distinction awarded to the most elite CoolSculpting® providers throughout the world. To date, the practice has performed over 8,500 treatments. Dermatology Consultants, led by 10 board-certified dermatologists and eight certified physician assistants, recently celebrated over 80 years in the Atlanta community and provides the highest levels of service to each patient.

Throughout the metro Atlanta area, Dermatology Consultants offers a complimentary body contouring analysis to every patient, as well as DualSculpting, at each of its three locations.

Each treatment plan is customized by a physician or licensed aesthetician to cater to the patient’s specific needs, ensuring that all of their goals and concerns are addressed. Additionally, the laser-licensed technicians at Dermatology Consultants are CoolSculpting® University graduates. Its technicians provide patients with the latest noninvasive body contouring technologies.

Screen Shot 2018-08-06 at 11.03.19 AMAnna M. Paré, MD, president of Dermatology Consultants says, “We are honored to be named the first Diamond Crystal practice in Georgia with more treatments performed than any other office in the state.”

To schedule your complimentary CoolSculpting® assessment with the experts at Dermatology Consultants, please call one of its three convenient locations or visit DermatologyConsultants.org.

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Dr. WhitemanDAVID WHITEMAN, M.D., F.R.C.S.

SOUTHERN PLASTIC SURGERY

SOUTHERNPLASTICSURGERY.COM | 770.622.9100

Although every woman ages differently, it’s a fact that our figure can be significantly changed by pregnancy, weight fluctuation, and natural aging. It’s only natural to pine for the trimmer, pre-baby body of your youth. Unfortunately, as we age, it only becomes more difficult to rejuvenate our figures with diet and exercise alone. at’s why I offer my unique Mommy Makeover procedure.

By combining a tummy tuck (using my signature Scarpa fascia waist enhancement technique), liposuction, and cosmetic breast surgery, the Mommy Makeover is designed to provide comprehensive, long-lasting body contouring results for women trying to rejuvenate their appearance and regain their younger figure. During the procedure, abdominal muscles are tightened, stubborn excess fat is removed with liposuction, and the breasts are augmented, lifted, or reduced depending on the patient’s aesthetic needs.

To help patients complement the results of their Mommy Makeover, I recommend that they undergo Viora ReactionTM skin tightening treatments at Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center. Viora uses RF energy to help achieve healthier, firmer skin by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin fiber.

The consultation phase is especially important for Mommy Makeover patients due to the highly customizable nature of this combination procedure. To schedule a Mommy Makeover with Dr. David Whiteman, please contact Southern Plastic Surgery.

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Screen Shot 2018-08-06 at 10.48.02 AMDR. DIFRANCESCO

DIFRANCESCO PLASTIC SURGERY

DRDIFRANCESCO.COM | 404.377.3474

When we hear the term “breast augmentation,” we tend to think of bigger breasts with more cleavage. Due to aging, childbirth, weight fluctuations and genetics, your body and breast shape may not reflect how you feel or want to look. Implants not only enlarge naturally small breasts, they can restore volume and symmetry in breasts that have deteriorated from pregnancy and breastfeeding or a major weight loss. This will create a more balanced and proportional look.

Now more than ever, we have more implant choices available to meet your aesthetic goals. Although the most popular remains the round silicone implant, an increasing number of patients choose an anatomically-shaped implant to create a more natural look with less cleavage. Implant style, shape and volume can all be adjusted to best fit your body.

Another option for breast augmentation is fat grafting. Fat grafting is rapidly increasing in popularity as a stand-alone option for breast augmentation or in conjunction with implants to enhance breast shape and size. While using your own fat may seem more desirable than an implant, the procedure is limited by the amount of body fat you have available for transfer to the breasts.

Screen Shot 2018-08-06 at 10.48.10 AMIn addition to augmentation, you may need a breast lift, or mastopexy, which raises and firms the breasts by removing sagging or excess skin caused by pregnancy, breastfeeding or weight loss. At DiFrancesco Plastic Surgery, we offer breast augmentation and mastopexy consultations. During your consultation, time is spent discussing your aesthetic goals and concerns. We evaluate your current breast size and shape, quality and quantity of the breast tissue, as well as the quality of your skin, and nipple/areola position. We will then come up with an exclusive plan tailored specifically to your desired look.

Contact DiFrancesco Plastic Surgery to schedule your makeover consultation. 404.377.3474

Info@DrDiFrancesco.com

www.DrDiFrancesco.com 1800 Howell Mill Rd NW Suite 400, Atlanta, GA 30318

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Dr. Elizabeth WhitakerDR. ELIZABETH WHITAKER

ATLANTA FACE & BODY CENTER

ATLANTAFACEANDBODY.COM | 678.888.3223

Permanently reducing up to 25% of stubborn fat in just
25 minutes: too good to be true? SculpSure®, the latest technological advancement in body contouring, makes it possible.

“Almost everyone, even those who exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet, can have localized areas of stubborn fat. To be able to reduce that area nonsurgically with a treatment that’s fast, safe, comfortable, effective, and with no downtime is a game-changer,” says Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker.

“One of the focuses of my practice is offering the latest technology for nonsurgical and minimally-invasive procedures, as well as my Signature surgical procedures. Atlanta Face & Body was the first plastic surgery center to bring SculpSure to Atlanta.” As a light-based treatment, SculpSure preferentially heats the fat cells to the target temperature that destroys them. The fat loss is permanent. Over time, the body eliminates these cells with results evident in 6-12 weeks. Individual results may vary, but the satisfaction rate in studies is over 90%. SculpSure has been featured on The Doctors, Dr. Oz, and Real Housewives.

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“Life is hectic, and finding downtime sometimes is the hardest thing for people to do,” says Dr. Elizabeth. “I have literally had patients go to the gym that afternoon or run a marathon the weekend after treatment! With the speed of the treatment (25 minutes), I can treat more of your problem areas in a shorter amount of time.” She also notes, “Like most technologies I choose for my practice, I and all of my staff have had the treatment, so we speak from personal experience, not just statistics. I look forward to introducing more Atlantans to this breakthrough new technology.”

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Dr. Elizabeth WhitakerDR. ELIZABETH WHITAKER
ATLANTA FACE & BODY CENTER ATLANTAFACEANDBODY.COM | 678.888.3223

Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker is a Master of Makeovers indeed, having transformed thousands of lives with her natural- looking Signature facial procedures. Dr. Elizabeth is the first female, Fellowship-Trained Double Board-Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon to practice in Atlanta. She is among the most experienced facial plastic surgeons not only in Atlanta, but the country. Unsurprisingly, she’s been selected as one of America’s Top Plastic Surgeons (Castle Connolly, 2016).

Screen Shot 2018-08-06 at 10.23.28 AMDr. Elizabeth founded Atlanta Face & Body Center to offer the latest technology for nonsurgical and minimally invasive procedures, as well as her surgical expertise. “Rather than waiting until you need a surgical procedure, you can maintain a youthful look with smaller procedures at every stage of life, which I believe is the new ‘aging gracefully,’” says Dr. Elizabeth. “That being said, one of the most rewarding procedures I perform is lifting of the face and neck. My Signature Lifts can be performed with gentle numbing and relaxation, avoiding general anesthesia, and emphasizing a natural, not overdone look.” She adds, “Enhancing appearance is just the beginning. Transforming how people feel about themselves and helping you find your Beautiful You is incredibly gratifying. My philosophy is that the best facial plastic surgery doesn’t draw attention to itself. ‘Everyone will notice, but no one will know’ is the ideal outcome, in my mind.”

 

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Dr. Monte Slater & Gail SlaterDR. MONTE SLATER AND GAIL SLATER

AESTHETIC BODY SCULPTURE CLINIC AND CENTER FOR ANTI-AGING

SLATERMD.COM | 770.777.7707

Dream Body Sculpting is now offered by Dr. Monte Slater in Buckhead, Atlanta. This “top” noninvasive treatment reduces unwanted fat in many areas—tightening and toning the skin, while removing unwanted toxins from the body. It is a great way to sculpt your body without undergoing an invasive procedure.

The best part is that it is painless, affordable, and you will see immediate results. Dr. Slater, Medical Director of Aesthetic Body Sculpture Clinic & Center for Anti-Aging, says he added “Dream Body Sculpting Treatments” to the menu of services for his patients because, “This is the best noninvasive fat reduction/ skin-tightening system I have found. We have our own patient photos to prove it! This technique destroys fat, tightens skin, and reduces toxins.”

Screen Shot 2018-08-06 at 10.08.28 AMSo many of the current treatments on the market require multiple visits, are painful with less than promised results, and have a high price tag. We utilize ultrasonic cavitation (USC) coupled with radio frequency (RF), which destroys the fat cells and tightens skin while cleaning and detoxify the fat cells from the body—achieving beautiful and permanent results.

Both men and women can get rid of unwanted fat and visibly tighten skin at the same time, with no downtime. Each session takes 90 minutes and three to four treatments are recommended for optimal results.

 

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