Friday, 24 October 2014 18:56

Atlanta Gastro

A drooping brow and furrowed forehead lines are some undesirable, yet common, signs of aging. Those looking to get a fresher appearance by repositioning sagging eyebrows and removing forehead wrinkles may choose to undergo an endoscopic forehead lift or brow lift, a plastic surgery procedure that corrects expression lines and signs of aging in ways that otherwise cannot be controlled.

Endoscopic brow lifts are performed by making a series of small "keyhole" incisions behind the hairline. Then, the doctor inserts a specialized surgical telescope called an endoscope in order to see the forehead anatomy up close. The doctor incises small muscles in the forehead that cause furrows and re-drapes the tissue to fully remove wrinkles and drooping brows for an overall more youthful look.

The recovery period for an endoscopic brow lift is relatively quick. Your stitches will be removed in about two weeks, and the incision points typically heal very well. Serious problems from endoscopic brow lifts are rare, with the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reporting that less than one percent of patients experience complications. There are some common side effects after the procedure, such as forehead discomfort (which can be treated with medication), swelling (managed with head elevation) and numbness. However, these effects generally do not last more than a week, so you can be back on your feet in no time.


Q & A with Dr. Sinha

What are the benefits to getting an endoscopic brow lift?

Endoscopic surgery produces successful results without creating full-sized incisions, which helps minimize scarring and preserve the hairline.

BEFOREHow do you help a patient decide whether or not to have the procedure?

Like all cosmetic surgeries, the decision to proceed with a brow lift takes careful consideration. I offer a thorough consultation to provide patients with individualized procedure recommendations. I will take into account your personal medical history, use computer images to pinpoint your desired outlook and discuss financial assistance.

AFTERUnder what conditions is the surgery performed?

A patient can choose to undergo a brow lift/forehead lift under local or general anesthesia. Either way, I perform the surgery in an accredited and licensed ambulatory surgery center next to my Atlanta office.


Dr. Sinha is a Double Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon specializing in cosmetic and functional surgery of the head and neck. He has successfully treated thousands of patients and is highly regarded and well respected by his peers in the medical community.


The American Cancer Society says that one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman's chance of survival. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent.1

3D mammography is an advanced, clinically proven screening and diagnostic tool designed for early breast cancer detection.

With conventional digital mammography, the radiologist is viewing all the complexities of the breast in one image. Sometimes breast tissue can overlap, giving the illusion of an abnormal area, or hide a small cancer.

During the 3D mammogram, the X-ray arm sweeps over the breast taking multiple low dose images. Then, a computer produces a 3D image in one millimeter slices, decreasing tissue overlap. With the new C-View™ software, the 3D data is used to create the 2D images, eliminating the need for an additional X-ray exposure.

Researchers are finding that Hologic breast tomosynthesis combined with 2D mammography provides:

  • Greater than 25 percent improvement in overall cancer detection rates, finding 40 percent more invasive cancers than conventional 2D mammography alone.3-5
  • Better visualization of masses, distortions and asymmetric densities.6
  • Significant reduction in recall rates by up to 40 percent. 5,7
  • Lower dose and faster 3D mammography through C-View™ software, which uses 3D data to create 2D images, eliminating the 2D X-ray exposure and shorting the exam scan time.



What should I expect during the 3D mammography screening exam?

3D mammography is performed at the same time as the 2D mammogram with the same system. There is no additional compression required and the exam time may be just about the same or shorter than a 2D exam.

Is there more radiation dose?

With the lower dose 3D mammography, very low X-ray energy is used during the exam, just about the same as a standard 2D digital mammogram, and lower than a traditional film mammogram.

Who can have a 3D mammogram exam?

It is approved for all women who would be undergoing a standard mammogram, in both the screening and diagnostic settings.

MammogramWhat is the difference between a screening and a diagnostic mammogram?

A screening mammogram is your annual mammogram that is done every year. Sometimes the radiologist may ask you to come back for follow-up images, called a diagnostic mammogram, to rule out an unclear area in the breast or if there is a breast complaint that needs to be evaluated. Diagnostic mammogram focuses on the area of abnormality or the area of complaint. It is important to have the original images available if you go to a different facility for your follow-up exam.
Please call Diagnostic Radiology Ultrasound & Breast Center at (404) 252-3430 to schedule your lower dose 3D mammogram.



1 Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2011, American Cancer Society. 2 Rafferty E, Park J, Philpotts L, et al. "Assessing Radiologist Performance Using Combined Digital Mammography and Breast Tomosynthesis Compared with Digital Mammography Alone: Results of a Multicenter, Multireader Trial." Radiology. 2013 Jan; 266(1):104-13. Epub 2012 Nov 20. 3 Skaane P, Bandos A, Gullien R, et al. "Comparison of Digital Mammography Alone and Digital Mammography Plus Tomosynthesis in a Population-based Screening Program." Radiology. 2013 Apr; 267(1):47-56. Epub 2013 Jan 7. 4 Ciatto S, Houssami N, Bernardi D, et al. "Integration of 3D Digital Mammography with Tomosynthesis for Population Breast-Cancer Screening (STORM): A Prospective Comparison Study" The Lancet Oncology. Epub 2013 Apr 25. 5 Rose S, Tidwell A, Bujnock L, et al. "Implementation of Breast Tomosynthesis in a Routine Screening Practice: An Observational Study." American Journal of Roentengenology. 2013 Jun; 200(6): 1401-1408. Epub 2013 May 22. 6 Zuley M, Bandos A, Ganott M, et al. "Digital Breast Tomosynthesis versus Supplemental Diagnostic Mammographic Views for Evaluation of Noncalcified Breast Lesions." Radiology. 2013 Jan; 266(1):89-95. Epub 2012 Nov 9. 7 Conant E, Gavenonis S, Weinstein S, et al. "Early Implementation of Digital Breast Tomosynthesis: Comparison of Call-back and Cancer Detection Rates in a Clinical Screening Practice." (paper presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, Chicago, Il, November 2012).


Carolyn G. Dudley, MD
Diagnostic Radiology Ultrasound & Breast Center

Carolyn G. Dudley has over 30 years' experience in breast imaging. She attended Bryn Mawr College, Howard University and completed her Diagnostic Radiology residency at Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan. She is board certified by the American Board of Radiology and is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society.

Dr. Dudley was one of the pioneers in developing techniques to diagnose breast cancer utilizing MRI. Presently, she has a private practice in Atlanta, Georgia where she offers patients a wide range of outpatient diagnostic services in a convenient and patient-friendly environment. Her practice is the first non-hospital facility in Georgia to offer the latest advancement in mammography: 3D Mammography (breast tomosynthesis). In addition, Dr. Dudley provides 2D Digital Mammography, bone densitometry and ultrasound utilizing the most up-to-date technology available.



Q: What is the first thing you look for to recognize the wrong size?

A: The band of the bra is the sole of the fit, so that's the first thing we check. 85% of women are wearing a bra that is two bands too big and two cups too small. Since the band is the most important piece we always start there.

Q: How do you ensure that each of your customers get the perfect fitting bra?

A: Each of our bra fitters has an eye for the perfect fit. We allow our customers to try on different bra option during their fitting, giving them lots of styles to try on, and explaining to them why each style is important to their bra wardrobe. 85% of women are wearing the incorrect bra size; most are wearing two bands too big and two cups too small. We take the time during a fitting to provide an education about bra fit and breast health, answering the questions women always wondered but never thought to ask. We leave our clients with all of the knowledge that we have, understanding the fit, the importance of breast health, and why the bras they purchased are going to change the way they feel in their daily lives.

Q: Why do you think a correctly fitting bra is so important?

A: A proper fitting bra is so important for many reasons. The first and most important is general breast health. Outside of the health benefits, it also makes women look good and feel good in what they're wearing. It boosts self-esteem and makes them feel comfortable and confident in their own skin. As we always say, you change your bra, you change your life, and we truly believe in that.

Q: Do you think that an ill-fitting bra can lead to health issues?

A: Yes, an ill-fitting bra can definitely have a negative effect on you. When a bra does not fit correctly, women carry extra pressure in their shoulders, causing indentations, neck pain, and back pain and in the long term, the Dillinger's hump. If the wire rests on the breast tissue instead of flat against the rib cage, that pressure can also cause calcification of the cells within the breast tissue.

Q: How does the "Virtual Fit" on your website work?

A: Virtual Fit is a revolutionary process! We have created a way to bring our unique bra fitting technique to women all around the world from the comforts of their own home! We use Skype to reach women no matter where they are, and give them a personalized bra fitting experience. Following the fitting, our virtual fitters will walk their client through the online shopping process, helping them to navigate the site and show them what styles and products will work best for them. The fitters pass on their product knowledge and teach their clients what they need to know about bra fit and breast health, making sure they leave with some of what they want, and most of what they need.

Q: What can a woman do to extend the life of her bra?
A: There are a few things we suggest in order to keep those bras going! One of our first suggestions is to rotate through bras on a daily basis. We suggest wearing a bra every other day. Another way to extend the life of a bra is to use the right detergent. We suggest washing bras by hand or on a gentle cycle in cold water with a mild lingerie detergent. Always hang bras from the center or lay them flat to dry, never put them in the dryer or hang them by the strap.

Q: How many bras should the average woman have?
A: We suggest that each woman start their bra collection with four bras and build to seven within the span of a year. This is necessary to maintain a healthy bra wardrobe and extend the life of all of your bras.

Best-Self-Mag-Gift-Card-ButtonQ: What inspired you to start LiviRae Lingerie?
A: When we first got into the lingerie business, we worked for a company that catered to a specific type of women. Our hearts were hurting for the women we had to turn away because we didn't have product that suited their needs. We decided to create a place where we could carry bras for everybody with every body! With that, LiviRae Lingerie was created as a judgment free zone for women to come, find the products that they need and leave feeling beautiful, confident and of course lifted and gifted in their brand new bras! As our tag line states "No Bust Too Big Or Small, We Fit 'Em All" and we do just that!


LiviRae Lingerie's Double Divas

Founded by Molly Hopkins & Cynthia Decker in 2006, LiviRae Lingerie is a place where women of all shapes and sizes can shop for gorgeous lingerie in a judgment free zone. Their primary mission is to help women at any age, receive the proper education about bra fit. Carrying bra sizes from 28A – 50N, LiviRae Lingerie fits everybody with every body! Their tag line says it all, "No Bust Too Big or Small, We Fit 'Em All" ...and they do just that!

LiviRae Lingerie is located in Kennesaw, Georgia and provides a lingerie experience that helps women feel confident and comfortable through their entire shopping experience. LiviRae Lingerie specializes in bra fitting, custom lingerie, plus size bras and specialty products such as augmentation and mastectomy bras.

The ladies of LiviRae love what they do because of the difference that they are able to make in women's lives. "We believe we have a God given talent to bra fit women, and we love nothing more than to use that talent every day!"

– Molly & Cynthia


Gestational diabetes is a condition that affects eight percent of all pregnant women. There are generally no symptoms. Therefore, it is usually diagnosed as part of a screening test that measures your blood glucose levels. This test is performed on all pregnant women between 24 - 28 weeks.

For some women, this will be the first time they will be educated regarding this condition.

This is an important first step in their preventive health care planning because having gestational diabetes means an increased risk for Type 2 diabetes in their lifetime.

It is extremely important that you follow your doctor's advice regarding blood glucose level control while you are pregnant to ensure a healthy pregnancy and outcome for you and your baby.



Although the exact cause of gestational diabetes is unknown, it is believed that placental hormones, most notably Human Placental Lactogen, which peaks in mid pregnancy, creates a condition of insulin resistance, thereby making it hard for your body to produce and use the insulin it needs. When there is insufficient insulin, the blood glucose levels rise, and can cause problems with both mother and the unborn child.

The extra glucose crosses the placenta to the fetus, causing macrosomia (very large babies). This increases the risk of prolonged labor, C-sections, shoulder dystocia (an obstetrical emergency) and birth trauma. Metabolic problems that require close monitoring of the newborn are also more common. Additionally, the children born from mothers having gestational diabetes during pregnancy are also at risk for developing obesity and all of the medical conditions that accompany this condition.



The good news is that gestational diabetes can be easily diagnosed and treated, ensuring a healthy pregnancy and a wonderful outcome.

This is one of the reasons it is critically important that all women receive the proper preconception counseling as part of their women's wellness visit to see if they are at risk for gestational diabetes. Based on their history and that of their family, proper counseling can lead to prevention and early detection, which both play an important role in minimizing the impact on mother and child.

It is important to note that although recent public health guidelines suggest that Pap smears may only need to be performed every two years, they fail to convey the importance of continuing your yearly women's wellness visit. The yearly wellness check allows for your provider to screen for other conditions, do a thorough breast exam(breast cancer affects one out of seven women and early detection is key), a pelvic check for abnormal masses (a possible indicator of uterine or ovarian tumors), provide family planning advice and preconception counseling.

At Innovative, our mission is to empower women by informing, providing resources and support, thereby enabling them to make choices that will have a positive and lifelong impact on their health and that of their families and communities.

For more information on women's health issues and the women's health services we provide, please visit our website at www


Melinda Miller-Thrasher, MD, FACOG
Innovative Women's HealthCare Solutions (IWHCS)

Buckhead, Midtown, and Smyrna/Vinings

Melinda Miller Thrasher is a native of NYC and attended Cornell University, Mt. Sinai and NYU for her residency training. Her expertise includes fibroids and minimally invasive surgical procedures to treat fibroids. She is on staff at Emory University Hospital and Piedmont Hospital. Dr. Miller-Thrasher has been selected as one of Atlanta's Top Doctors each year since 2009 as listed in Atlanta Magazine, one of the Gynecologists You Love (Essence Magazine) and she is a Patients' Choice Award recipient. She is also a member of the WebMD medical review board. Her new book, "The Innovative Women's Guide To Managing Fibroids Without Hysterectomy" will be available in late 2014.



As time begins to change the face, tight necks and well defined jawlines are replaced with marionette lines, jowls and fullness in the neck. As this process unfolds, bright, youthful faces often become tired and grumpy looking. A facelift is the procedure that helps to lift the neck and cheek area restoring the youthful features back to the face. I typically see two groups of patients for facelifts. The first group often has a strong family history of double chins. These patients are usually in their late 30s to early 40s, and elect to have the lift so it is a more subtle change, but they get to enjoy it longer. The second group is usually in the 50-80+ year-old range. With these patients, the facial skin has relaxed significantly and the results are more dramatic.

The best way to understand the aging of the face is to think of the face as having several layers, similar to a cake. The aging process not only affects the outer skin layer, but the underlying fat, muscle and bone layers. Every face is unique to start with, and ages differently. Therefore, every facelift should be customized to help restore that individual's natural look.

Over the years, different types of facelifts evolved to address different features of the aging face. Some practitioners muddy the water for patients by creating cute marketing names for their procedure. Often, the more aggressive lifts lead to an unnatural, pulled look. As an educator, I explain to patients why their face is aging and propose appropriate options to help them achieve a natural look.

Because loss of volume is also a factor in making the face look hollow and older, the facelift procedure is commonly combined with fat transfer to help restore the youthful contours to the face. Patients should make certain that a facelift procedure is performed in a fully licensed and accredited facility with board-certified anesthesiologists. Recovery for most facelifts is about a week. Depending on heredity and skin type, the results of most facelifts are generally still being enjoyed
10-15 years later.


RiceL00Q & A with Dr. Maloney

I chose to specialize in surgery and rejuvenation of the face and neck. As a result, in my 27 years of practice, I have performed thousands of facelifts. I have detailed some of the advances of my cosmetic procedures in over 80 book chapters and articles which I have authored. I have also taught facelift courses across the country and internationally.

There are lots of great options to explore. Everything from fillers to liposuction and ThermiRF can help to restore a more youthful look – right in the office. During consultation, we will discuss your goals and use computer imaging to illustrate potential outcomes. We will work together to find the right "fit" specifically for you.


The "Beauty" of Giving Back
Dr. Maloney, and each member of his Maloney Center team, is committed to treating patients as "family." Patients from all over the world come to see Dr. Maloney because of his artistry and genuine compassion. It's a culture of caring that naturally spills over into the Atlanta community. Each year, The Maloney Center is pleased to host Charity Days to benefit local, Atlanta organizations.


Dr. Maloney is an award-winning, internationally recognized, double board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon.  He is the founder of the world-renowned Maloney Center for Facial Plastic Surgery located in Atlanta.  Dr. Maloney is a National Trainer for Allergan, the maker of Botox Cosmetic,® Juvederm,® Voluma,® and Latisse.®  He instructs doctors from all over the world on the latest facial cosmetic surgery procedures and has been regularly featured in national media including Discovery Health, The Learning Channel, CNN Headline News, ABC News and more.


Friday, 24 October 2014 17:35

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy



As we age and begin to approach mid-life, men and women often find themselves thinking about hormone therapy and whether it is the right thing for them to do. While traditional methods of hormone replacement have been shown to increase your risk for certain types of cancer and heart disease, there are more natural options available to you. Many people are choosing to take a more natural approach to hormone health through bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT.
BHRT offers patients who are looking for relief from their imbalanced hormones a more natural option and none of the synthetics that are found in traditional hormone therapy.


Bioidentical Hormones Defined

Bioidentical hormones are created to replicate the chemical structure of hormones in your body and come from naturally occurring sources, such as yams and soy. Specialized compounding pharmacists can determine your current hormone level and then create a bioidentical hormone regime that fits with your body and needs. Large pharmaceutical companies are unable to patent bioidentical hormones due to the fact that each patient's regimen is customized. When going through menopause or andropause, bioidentical hormones can be more appealing to patients because they are derived naturally and the body can metabolize them safely.


BHRT at BodyLogicMD

At BodyLogicMD, Dr. Donohue will assess your hormone imbalance symptoms to decide if you are an appropriate candidate for BHRT. Services for BHRT include a comprehensive review of symptoms, medical, family and personal history, accurate testing: saliva, urine and/or blood laboratory analysis, ongoing evaluations with a highly-trained physician, natural hormone balancing using bioidentical hormones, a customized fitness program, stress reduction plans and nutrition planning.
Common Hormone Imbalance Symptoms

coupleFor women:

  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Weight gain
  • Mood swings

For men:

  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Loss of energy
  • Poor mental focus
  • Weight gain


Dr. Jeff Donohue


Jeffrey A. Donohue, M.D., is the leading provider of BHRT in the Greater Atlanta Metro area. He is a member of the American Academy for Anti-Aging Medicine and has completed the fellowship in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine.

Dr. Donohue earned his medical degree from Louisiana State University (LSU) in 1992 and completed his residency in Family Practice at the University of Alabama College of Community Health Services in 1995. Dr. Donohue received the Resident Excellence in Teaching Award in 1994 and was the Chief Resident in 1994-1995. He was Board Certified as a Diplomate by the American Board of Family Practice in 1995.

Board Certifications, Associations and Training:

  • Member of BodyLogicMD, a national network of highly trained physicians specializing in Natural Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)
  • Member of the American Academy for Anti-Aging Medicine
  • Extensive training in anti-aging provided by the fellowship in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine
  • AMA Board Certified Family Practice
  • Board Certified in ABOM American Board of Obesity Medicine
  • Board Certified in Regenerative and Functional Medicine


BodyLogicMD of Atlanta

2941 Piedmont Rd. NE, Suite C | Atlanta, GA 30305
Phone: (404) 334-5781 |

Twenty-nine million—that is the number of Americans living with diabetes, and more than eight million of them don't even know it, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Chances are you have a family member who is diabetic, and those chances are multiplied if you are a minority.

So, what exactly is this disease diagnosed in nearly two million adults each year? Diabetes develops when there are abnormally high glucose or sugar levels in the blood, and it can lead to heart disease, blindness, amputations, and even death when not managed properly. But research has produced promising findings—a healthy lifestyle can cut your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, which accounts for an estimated 90 percent of diabetes cases.

Educate yourself about diabetes, its risk factors and the preventive measures you can take today to avoid a troubling diagnosis later in life.

How does diabetes affect the body?

Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are the most common forms of the disease. Your body naturally produces insulin to regulate the blood glucose level. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin. The condition, which is treated with insulin supplements, is prevalent among children and teens. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body cannot respond normally to the insulin it produces.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

Contact your doctor if you are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms:

  • frequent urination
  • excessive thirst
  • unexplained weight loss
  • extreme hunger
  • extreme fatigue
  • irritability
  • blurry vision

doctorconsultWhat are the risk factors for diabetes, and how can I lower my risk of developing the disease?

A family history of diabetes increases your risk of developing both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. While it is unclear how to prevent Type 1 diabetes, research shows that obesity is a leading risk factor for Type 2 diabetes. Lower your risk by maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet.

If I have diabetes, what steps can I take to manage it properly?

  • Keep your blood sugar (glucose) levels well controlled. Test your blood sugar to be sure it is in the target range set by you and your doctor. Take blood sugar medication as prescribed by your doctor.
  • Ask your doctor if you should take low-dose aspirin along with cholesterol or blood pressure medicine to help prevent heart attack and stroke.
  • Eat a healthy diet. The right nutrition is key to preventing and managing diabetes.
  • Stay or become more physically active. Try walking for 30 minutes at least five days a week. If you're overweight, losing as little as seven to 15 pounds can make a big difference in your health.


Richard Ellin, M.D.
Kaiser Permanente Alpharetta Medical Office

Dr. Richard Ellin is board-certified in internal medicine and practices at the Kaiser Permanente Alpharetta Medical Office. He completed medical school and his residency at Emory University. Read more about Dr. Ellin at

Did you know that Kaiser Permanente offers free healthy living classes to the public? If you have been told you have pre-diabetes or a family history of diabetes and want to learn your risks, register for our Preventing Diabetes class. This one-session class will help you understand what puts you at risk and how to take control of your future.

Visit for details or call 404-364-7117 and leave a message.


The Scoop on LLLT

Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is a non-surgical option for those with hair loss or thinning hair. A form of phototherapy, LLLT is a treatment option that can help stabilize hair loss. Clinical studies have shown that LLLT can halt the progression of hair loss, stimulate hair growth and give a patient thicker, stronger hair shafts. The treatment has also led to re-growth of hair follicles in many patients. LLLT is ideal for those who do not require surgery, or are experience thinning hair or hair loss. It is also suggested that LLLT be combined with other treatments, such as topical solutions, prescription medications and even hair transplants. Dr. Anderson often recommends that his patients get LLLT for additional stimulation after hair surgery to provide maintenance to the hair that has been transplanted and to help strengthen and help the
re-growth speed up. 

Hair Restoration and LLLT

LLLT has been around since the 1960s and was used to treat varied medical conditions in a number of different medical fields. It has now been accepted as a treatment for hair loss by hair restoration surgeons. After doing extensive research on laser light therapy, Dr. Anderson believes that the Capillus272 laser cap device is the most effective treatment that will offer his patients the long-term benefits they are looking for.

HairGuyThe Results

When applied to the patients scalps, LLLT has been shown to:

  • Increase cell metabolism and improve the health of blood vessels in the scalp that will help the patients have thicker, supple, and more resilient hair.
  • Halt the progression of hair loss.
  • In some cases, encourage the re-growth of hair.
  • Promote distribution of nutrients and oxygen to the hair roots.
  • Increase melanin production in hair follicles, sometimes darkening gray hairs.
  • Stimulate the glands for hair that looks silkier.


Dr. Anderson
Anderson Hair Sciences Center

Ken Anderson, MD, is the founder and Chief of Surgery at the Anderson Hair Sciences Center. Dr. Anderson is a double-board facial plastic surgeon who has devoted his practice to the the treatment of hair loss in men and women for over 10 years. He is a welcoming and friendly physician who has designed the Anderson Hair Sciences Center around giving his patients the most natural and permanent hair restoration results.

He is a highly experienced surgeon, and an internationally prominent educator in the field of hair restoration surgery. He has spoken to audiences in several countries, and across the United States. He received his medical degree with honors from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1996. Following medical school, he completed seven years of specialty surgical training after receiving his medical degree, including a residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (ENT surgery) and a fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Michigan Medical Center. In 2003, he joined a busy hair restoration practice in Beverly Hills, California, and also the staff at the UCLA School of Medicine. In 2008, Dr. Anderson was recruited by EMORY Healthcare to be their Hair Restoration Specialist. He held that position at EMORY until 2012, when he returned to private practice and founded the Anderson Hair
Sciences Center.


Refreshing. Flavorful. An Atlanta summer staple. These might be the descriptions that come to mind when someone mentions "King of Pops," but when Best Self Atlanta sat down with Steven Carse, the company's creator, we discovered there's even more to the product than that. In addition to being tasty treats, King of Pops products are local, sustainable and help reduce food waste.

Carse says his inspiration struck when he visited his older brother, an anthropologist doing field work in Latin America. "The model there is pretty ingenious," he says. Farmers take their produce to market, but not all of it sells. Instead of letting the food (and their potential earnings) go to waste, the farmers make the leftover fruit into popsicles called paletas. "That was something that just really made a lot of sense to me," Carse explains, citing that not only does the practice extend the life of the food, but it also creates another valuable product from a local source. But Carse had a typical 9 to 5 job at AIG, so it seemed unlikely that he would be able to bring the paletas concept to America.

WILLETT BESTSELF KINGOFPOPS-0089Sometimes the push you need comes in a pink package. Well, a pink slip, to be exact. In 2009, Carse was laid off. He says at that point, "I didn't really feel like I had anything to lose." Without a spouse or kids to consider, he dove head first into this idea that had been on his mental back burner since that family trip. "That winter, I made a ton of pops. I don't even really remember [the flavors]. I was trying every single thing I could consider and forcing it down people's throats," he jokes.
Beyond the "making pops" part of the process, though, he didn't have a grand plan. "I envisioned sitting there every day, just at North Highland and North Avenue, having a small following and someone eventually to help me in the kitchen." But the hope of laid back days was soon eclipsed by long, busy hours, thanks to overwhelming consumer demand. "It kind of took off fast," Carse admits modestly.

Soon, he asked his brother to come on board. Since his brother was leaving a lucrative law career, they made it a point to crunch the numbers and confirm that this popular idea could really be a successful business. Having a family member for a partner, Carse says, "has only been good. We have very complementary skill sets. We can be honest with each other and have each other's best interests in mind." Soon it was in the whole family's best interest to be a part of the business: now Carse's mother and father are on board. "It is kind of a family affair," Carse says. "We haven't had any bad experiences yet."

These days, Carse's vision of selling pops from one cart has expanded to six cities outside of Atlanta, with 25 carts in Atlanta alone. Originally, he reveals, "We thought the cart was going to be a very, very small part of our business. We were going to open up a shop." After putting the product out there, Carse says, he got feedback that encouraged them to change their original idea, leading to the cart-centered King of Pops Atlanta knows and loves today. "I don't think our business would have been the same if we hadn't just run with it the way we did."

WILLETT BESTSELF KINGOFPOPS-0076That attitude of adaptation serves Carse well in the off season, too. Naturally, pop sales drop off in the winter months, but instead of slowing down, the company just shifts gears. In recent years, their initiative called Tree Elves has provided a way for the team to stay busy while providing another sustainable service to Atlanta: delivering live, potted Christmas trees to Atlanta homes and then replanting them at the end of the season. This winter, Carse adds, "We're also toying around with a high-end chocolate bar for the holidays."

Even as he branches out, Carse also prioritizes staying true to the inspiration: local, sustainable ingredients for his pops. To that end, they recently purchased 68 acres of farmland west of Atlanta, near Douglasville. "The plan is to get more serious about local than we already are. We'll have bees for honey, and we will be doing our own compost. We'll be starting with berries, herbs and melons." They also want to further invest in their relationships with local farmers, emphasizing the method of using pops to preserve ingredients that would otherwise go to waste. "If these guys have extra fruit, we want to become the person that they will call."

At the end of the day, Carse says, "The more successful we are, the more help we are able to do for the local community." By purchasing from local farmers, Carse feels he's introducing every King of Pops customer to the delicious options that can be found right on Atlanta's doorstep, including the options that will eventually come from King of Pops' own farm. "One of my biggest hopes is that people can see where the food is from, taste the difference and see what it is all about." Because whether it's a wildly successful business or the local food movement itself, a tasty pop may be just the beginning.