Dr. Taz Bhatia of CentreSpringMD shares a mocktail recipe to help alleviate the annoying sniffles, sneezing and itchy eyes that often accompany the return of spring.

“Apples are rich in quercetin and flavonoids, supporting the immune system and fighting allergies. Pineapples are high in bromelain, aiding your digestion and working as a decongestant. Local honey can be added for an immune boost along with some ginger to fight inflammation,” Dr. Taz explains.

shutterstock_455942671Apple Pineapple Tonic

2 apples, any kind, cut in slices lengthwise

1 cup of pineapple, fresh or frozen

2 teaspoons of local honey

1-2 cups of water

1 teaspoon grated ginger

Blend and pour

Details: Atlanta, 1401 Dresden Dr., Atlanta. Johns Creek, 10220 Medlock Bridge Rd., Johns Creek; centrespringmd.com

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April 20 at 6 p.m. Northside Hospital-
Cherokee, Medical Associates of North
Georgia. 320 Hospital Rd., Canton
May 18 at 6 p.m. Northside Hospital-
Atlanta, Cancer Center.
1000 Johnson Ferry Rd. NE., Atlanta
June 29 at 6 p.m. Northside Hospital-
Forsyth, Cancer Center.
1100 Northside Forsyth Dr., Cumming
July 20 at 6 p.m. Northside Hospital-
Alpharetta, 3400 Old Milton Pkwy.,
August 24 at 6 p.m. Northside Hospital-
Forsyth, Cancer Center.
1100 Northside Forsyth Dr., Cumming

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Dr. Weston Show the skin you’re in a little extra love this May in honor of Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. Weston Waxweiler, M.D., of North Atlanta Dermatology dispels skin cancer myths and shares tips for successful self-examinations.

Myth vs. Fact:

I have olive/darker skin. I don’t need to use sunscreen and am not going to get skin cancer.

False, people with darker skin can and do get skin cancer. Bob Marley died of melanoma. It can be more difficult to detect a skin cancer in these skin types so the diagnosis often is delayed, leading to worsened outcomes.

I only get sun once a year and therefore am not worried about my skin cancer risk.

Intermittent acute sun exposure (one or two bad burns a year) can raise your risk
for melanoma exponentially. Brief, intense sun exposure overwhelms your body’s DNA repair mechanisms, allowing mutations to build up in your skin cells that later lead to skin cancer.

It’s cloudy, so I don’t need to worry about sun protection.

While clouds block most of the visible spectrum of light, unfortunately, they fail to block UV light (a wavelength of the sun’s energy that is impossible to see but causes skin cancer). That means even on cloudy or winter days, we must be careful to utilize sun protection.

I don’t have moles, so I’m not at risk for skin cancer.

People with abundant moles are at higher risk for skin cancer, but that doesn’t mean everyone else is exempt. People need to watch for any changes in individual moles, or skin spots. Some skin cancers, including melanoma, can appear as just pink bumps that don’t go away.

Check Yourself:

Self-checks, as well as regular screenings with a dermatologist, can be vital in protecting yourself against skin cancer and catching it early. Be on the lookout for the following signs:

Skin Cancer• Surface appears to be changing–scaliness, oozing, bleeding, or the appearance of a raised bump or papule
• Wound/sore that does not heal after one month
• Redness or swelling beyond the border of a mole or other lesion
• Change in sensation (more itchy/painful)
• Changing mole or lesion that is growing
Details: naderm.com

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Relay Bike Share


Skip sitting in traffic and try traveling around on two wheels. Hop on one of the 100 (soon to be 500) bikes available to rent Downtown and in Midtown through Atlanta’s Relay Bike Share program. Simply reserve a bike on their Google Play or App Store app and ride around the city.

Details: Monthly basic plans start at $15. relaybikeshare.com

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Screen Shot 2017-03-29 at 5.38.15 PMWhy is ear, nose and throat health important to quality of life and anti-aging?

Dr. Aaron Fletcher of Georgia Center for Ear, Nose & Throat uncovers the potential signs of common ENT issues.

When people arrive at Georgia Center for Ear, Nose & Throat, it is usually because they are ready to put their health first. “A lot of people come in and say, ‘I just haven’t had the time to focus on my own issues,’” says Aaron Fletcher, M.D.

Once patients get long-standing issues taken care of, the difference can be dramatic. “A lot of what I do is quality of life surgery. I deal with people’s breathing, their ability to sleep and also their appearance—if someone is having difficulty breathing through their nose, once I fix that issue, it can be life changing.”

For those wondering when to see an ENT specialist,  Dr. Fletcher advises paying attention to signs that can be indicative of deeper problems. Weight gain, headaches and voice changes could be tied to the thyroid or lack of sleep could be caused by more than the inability to wind down as in sleep apnea.

With more treatments moving in-office, these common issues can be taken care of conveniently. “I’m excited to be on the cutting edge because a lot of surgery is moving toward being accessible in the office and we are one of the first ones to be on the forefront of that,” Fletcher says.

See more advice from the 2017 Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board on how to look and feel your best after 40. 

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Screen Shot 2017-03-29 at 5.34.58 PMYou have done more than 4,000 facelifts. If patients are not quite ready, what options do you recommend?

Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker of Atlanta Face & Body Center reveals the latest options for facial rejuvenation without surgery or downtime. 

When Elizabeth Whitaker, M.D. of Atlanta Face & Body Center, says she has experience, she’s serious. One can’t help but notice the exhaustive credentials lining the walls of her office. It is that knowledge that enables her to work with patients to achieve the natural rejuvenation they are looking for when the time is right with her Signature Lifts.

While face and eye lifts are some of her most popular surgeries with those over 40, “there are so many nonsurgical and minimally invasive offerings now,” says Dr. Elizabeth.

“New fillers continue to come on the market such as Juvéderm Volbella® XC for vertical lip lines and subtle plumping. Other fillers can volumize and lift the cheeks and even rejuvenate aging hands.We are the first in our area to incorporate skin boosters, which are huge in Europe. We exclusively offer Babytox to help with pores,”
Dr. Elizabeth says, “and Aqua Glow to infuse moisture and create the perfect dewy glow.”

Most of all, she enjoys seeing the impact her work has. “What’s so gratifying is seeing the difference in how patients feel about themselves, which ultimately translates into making their lives better. Helping people feel their best is what it’s all about for me.”

See more advice from the 2017 Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board on how to look and feel your best after 40. 

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Screen Shot 2017-03-29 at 5.23.58 PMIs it really true there has never been a better time to experience hair loss?

Yes, it’s true! Dr. Ken Anderson of Anderson Center for Hair reveals what you may not know about modern hair restoration.

You’ve probably seen work from Anderson Center for Hair and didn’t even realize it. And that’s the point. “The best hair transplant results in the country can fly right under the radar,” says Ken Anderson, M.D. of Anderson Center for Hair.

“It is so much different now than it was five to 10 years ago,” Anderson says. Today, the options for hair restoration are extensive. “We have stem cells, we have lasers and robots. It continues to evolve at a rapid pace.”

As the only practice in Georgia to provide artistic robotic technology for hair restoration, Dr. Anderson gets to combine his creative talent with his technical skills using the ARTAS™ robot. “When you are creating hair lines, I am literally drawing on people’s foreheads—that’s my canvas if you will. The surgical part of hair transplants is not very invasive but the results are heavily dependent on the artistic talent and passion of the surgeon.”

Dr. Anderson is passionate about modern hair restoration techniques because he has witnessed the emotional impact they can have. “One of the most treasured things that I love about the practice is how happy and satisfied the patients are when the hair grows in.

He encourages anyone thinking about hair restoration to have a consultation and find out what treatment is right for them.

See more advice from the 2017 Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board on how to look and feel your best after 40. 

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Screen Shot 2017-03-29 at 5.29.18 PMWhat should people over the age of 40 consider when it comes to dental health and aesthetics?

Dr. Dina Giesler, of Atlanta Smiles and Wellness explains the connection between oral hygiene and a beautiful smile.

Over time teeth naturally lose their luster, but that doesn’t mean it is a process that can’t be combated. “After 40, our teeth begin to show the signs of aging by wear, staining, color changes and bone loss,” says Dina Giesler, D.D.S of Atlanta Smiles and Wellness.

She advises her patients to assess the current state of their teeth and how things may have changed over the years. “Teeth begin to move because our jawbones change and previous dental work is typically in need of repair or replacement,” Giesler says.

An evaluation of the way the teeth come together (occlusion) can help determine if straightening the teeth would be beneficial. Discussions about veneers, gum grafting, examinations for periodontal disease and increased recare cleaning visits also often take place. “This is a time to really think about prevention,”
Giesler says.

Bite guards are another recommendation she suggests to protect the teeth from further wear. This coupled with good day-to-day practices can help maintain the sparkle of a smile year after year. Giesler’s bottom line? “Every day, keep your mouth clean, floss, and don’t neglect your teeth, or I promise, they will go away.”

See more advice from the 2017 Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board on how to look and feel your best after 40. 

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Screen Shot 2017-03-29 at 5.18.45 PMHow can someone over 40 look youthful and refreshed without overdoing it?

Dr. Ashley R. Curtis of Dermatology Associates of Atlanta reveals why injectables and lasers can be a hit when it comes to aging gracefully.

Laser treatments and Botox® have become what some might go so far as to call beauty necessities when it comes to anti-aging. “Hands down, the most popular treatments for patients over 40 are Botox® and laser procedures. So many patients come in after hearing friends or family members raving about their treatments, and both actually live up to the hype,” says Ashley R. Curtis, M.D. of Dermatology Associates of Atlanta (DAA).

She has seen Botox® create beautiful results time and time again in men and women of varying ages and ethnicities. “As long as you’re going to an experienced and licensed professional like a board-certified dermatologist, you can expect to look like a younger, revitalized version of yourself,” Curtis says.

Interestingly enough, the patient can play almost as big a role in the success of Botox® and laser treatments as the professional. “The people who are happiest with their results are those who have realistic expectations to begin with, and the people who actually share the same goal as the treatments they’ve chosen: to help them look younger and more well-rested, but still make sure they look like themselves.”

See more advice from the 2017 Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board on how to look and feel your best after 40. 

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Screen Shot 2017-03-29 at 5.12.59 PMCan someone really look their best ever over the age of 40?

Here’s what past Over 40 & Fabulous! Top 10 winner and media personality, Tom Sullivan, has to say.

Taking care of himself has always been a priority for TV host and corporate emcee Tom Sullivan (tomonair.com). And now that he is over 40, he finds himself looking and feeling better than ever.

He gives a lot of that credit to his personal trainer, Scott Cameron of Buckhead Elite Personal Training Studio, who also encouraged him to enter the 2016 Over 40 & Fabulous! contest. “I think the contest really put me in a group of people who celebrate who they are. People who want to continually improve who they are and live a better life just like the mission of the magazine,” says Sullivan.

Tom uses Cryo Elite Therapy weekly to reduce inflammation, increase metabolism and rid the body of toxins. He credits his youthful skin to The Nouveau Clinic, and hair to Brad Partridge from The Collective, a salon.

On the inside, Sullivan has found strength through his faith and followed his intuition to pursue his passions even further. He has taken his gift for photography and enhanced it with the help of local professional Scott Reeves and is now working with VT Estate Sales.

Like many Over 40 & Fabulous! participants, giving back is a priority for Tom. “I work with many charities…three mission trips with SERV International…and locally with SafeHouse Outreach, which is now 35 years strong. Helping others nurtures my soul to shine God’s light.”

His advice to those over 40 looking to live their best life physically, mentally and emotionally? “Celebrate who you are and listen to
your gut!”

See more advice from the 2017 Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board on how to look and feel your best after 40. 

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