Dr. Daniel Lee

Dr. Daniel J. Lee

Under the guidance of Dr. Ken Anderson, founder of the award-winning Anderson Center for Hair and a four-time Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board member, patients can now turn to his protégé, hair restoration surgeon Dr. Daniel J. Lee, for life-changing procedures. Using state-of-the-art techniques, Dr. Anderson has equipped Dr. Lee with the tools needed to helm the Center’s original Sandy Springs office.

Did you always know you wanted to be in this field? What inspired you to pursue this path?

I have been a general surgeon for about 25 years. Several years ago, I decided that I wanted to help people and put my skills to use in a different way. Hair restoration surgery allows me to get to know my patients and help them regain their self-confidence.

5 Hair Restoration Treatments That Actually Work

1. Hair restoration surgery. In this procedure, hair follicles are removed (extracted) from the back and sides of the scalp. The follicles are then implanted into the areas of the scalp in which hair is desired. These hairs will then begin to grow over the next year.

2. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. By injecting a concentrated solution of platelets into the scalp, it has been shown to slow or stop further hair loss and, in some cases, thicken thinning hairs.

3. Low-level laser therapy (LLLT). It has been shown that the cells in the hair follicle absorb light of a specific wavelength. The light that is emitted by the laser source (in hair restoration, a cap is used) is absorbed by the mitochondria of the cells and helps develop stronger and thicker hairs.

4. Finasteride. Finasteride is a medication that is most often taken orally (we also provide it topically) to block the formation of dihydrotestosterone (DHT). One of the effects of DHT is that it causes miniaturization of hair in susceptible areas such as the front, top, and crown of your head.

5. Minoxidil. Minoxidil is a drug that causes vasodilation of blood vessels. It has been shown that by applying the drug to the scalp, the blood flow to the follicle is increased, delivering more oxygen and nutrients. This helps the hair follicle to produce thicker hairs in a new growth phase.

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By Michael Siciliano, MD

Not all platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is created equal, but first, let’s recap some basics.

PRP has been around for decades but in the past few years it had explosive growth mostly due to the public’s desire for treatments that address the root cause of the problem rather than mask it with potentially harmful drugs, not to mention an increasing population eager to avoid the pitfalls of surgery. Our blood contains platelets that are essentially little packets of powerful growth factors floating in the bloodstream. These growth factors (GF) come in many forms and with very medical-sounding names. It is those growth factors that run to the aid of damaged tissue in order to repair it. Whenever you cut yourself, they not only clot the bleeding, but also repair the damaged areas. This is why PRP can be so incredibly effective, however, you must understand that not all PRP is created equal!

As you probably already know, PRP is harvested by collecting a small sample of the patient’s blood and processing it in order to extract and concentrate the platelets. This concentrate is then injected into the affected area, promoting cellular regrowth to help heal degenerated and damaged tendons, ligaments, discs, cartilage, and even nerves in some cases.

Screen Shot 2019-03-25 at 6.06.10 PMAmongst practices that offer PRP treatments for musculoskeletal conditions, the vast majority are limited to concentrations of two to five times, which is called regular PRP. However, it is possible to concentrate PRP to 20 times normal levels and even higher concentration can be achieved with the right equipment and training. This is called super concentrated PRP or SC-PRP and is not available everywhere.

The more horsepower you give a sports car, the faster and more powerful it will be. The same applies with PRP. The more concentrated the platelets are, the more growth factor packets, and thus the more powerful the healing potential. the PRP concentrations were increased but cell food and oxygen were not. To better illustrate this, car engines need more fuel to go faster but if oxygen intake is not increased proportionately, the engine may sputter and die. The good news is that in several well- designed studies, including one presented However, it is possible to concentrate PRP to 20 times normal levels and even higher concentration can be achieved with the right equipment and training.

So, why doesn’t everyone do this?

Many of the PRP studies conducted to determine the optimal PRP concentration for healing appeared to show that anything over four times concentration seemed to bring less healing. These flawed studies were the impetus for everyone to jump on that bandwagon, citing these flawed studies, including most of the PRP equipment manufacturers. Subsequently, most of the PRP systems sold to doctor’s offices are designed only for regular PRP. Most of these studies were performed in-vivo (basically in a test tube) and not in the human body. Platelets, growth factors, tissue remodeling, and healing do not operate by themselves and require oxygen, cell food and nutrition, namely carbs, glucose, vitamins and minerals. Think of it as a healthy nutritious soup to feed the biochemistry needed for PRP to do its job. During these flawed studies, at the Interventional Orthopedic Foundation (IOF), it was demonstrated that concentrating PRP up to 40 times with the needed cell food, netted increasing healing properties.

Why settle?

SC-PRP with added oxygen and nutrients is created by using special equipment and training that the average PRP doctor does not have. When you consider that growth factor levels in normal blood negatively correlate with increasing age (as we age, growth factors decrease), it is important to use SC-PRP to achieve the best possible outcome, especially if the patient is older than 40.

To find out more or to see if you are a candidate, even if you have tried PRP before with lackluster results, call or email.

Norcross 770-416-9995 | Sandy Springs 678-467-5212 | [email protected] | TotalHealthMed.com

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By Marianna Kovitch, DMD, FICOI

According to National Healthy Sleep Awareness project, obstructive sleep apnea affects 25 million adults in the U.S. including 26% of adults between 30-70 years old. Common warning signs include snoring, gasping, and silent breathing pauses during sleep.

Screen Shot 2019-03-25 at 4.00.41 PMHow does Sleep Apnea occur?

During sleep, the muscles in your mouth and throat relax, which, for a variety of anatomical reasons, can cause the airway to collapse, blocking air flow to the lungs. The harder your body tries to breathe, the tighter the airway seals, until the brain partially wakes up and reorganizes the jaw, tongue, and throat to a position more conducive to normal breathing. This sleep/wake pattern may occur for hours throughout the night, preventing a good night’s sleep, which may cause a myriad of health problems. The most widely used treatment for sleep apnea involves using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine to deliver constant and steady air pressure to the airway via a hose and mask worn over the nose. However, drawbacks and limitations of the CPAP machine have made way for more modern treatment alternatives, including oral appliance therapy. Atlanta Smiles & Wellness, a comprehensive dental practice in Atlanta, has helped hundreds of sleep apnea patients get a good night’s rest with oral appliance therapy.

What is an oral appliance, and how does it work?

An oral appliance is similar to the retainers you wear after getting your braces removed, but a bit larger and much more sophisticated. There are several different designs, but the most common type of oral appliance is a mandibular advancement device. Its function is to stabilize and slightly protrude the mandible (jaw) in order to maintain an open airway during sleep. Holding the mandible in a forward position prevents displacement of the tongue into the airway. Mandibular advancement devices are created using physical or digital impressions and models of a patient’s oral structures, and custom fabricated using state of the art high-quality materials. Latex-free and metal-free appliances are available for individuals with allergies.

What are the benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy?

No. 1: Portability. Oral appliances are small and discreet, and are very easy to move and travel with. They do not need batteries or electricity to operate.

A close second: Comfort. Mandibular advancement devices are actually comfortable to wear and sleep in, and noise is not a factor, making it more likely that you will use it, and experience sound and uninterrupted sleep.

What do you do if you suspect you have sleep apnea?

If you have sleep apnea, or suspect that you may have it, Atlanta Smiles & Wellness encourages you to speak to a board certified Sleep Physician. Speak to a member of our friendly team by calling (404) 262-7733 or emailing us today.

Dr. Marianna Kovitch

Dr. Marianna Kovitch

Dr. Marianna Kovitch is a qualified dentist in dental sleep medicine, a distinction awarded by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Kovitch completed her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the Medical College of Georgia after earning her Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Chemistry and recognition in research publication in biochemistry from Georgia State University. Dr. Kovitch has been an active board member of the Academy of General Dentistry since 2013 and has been a contributor to the development of dentistry excellence in Georgia.

Marianna Kovitch, DMD, FICOI • Atlanta Smiles & Wellness • AtlantaSmiles.com • 404.262.7733

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By Trip Baisden

How did you get started with fitness?

I have always been an athlete. I love to compete and I love the mental challenges of athletics. When I was pregnant with my second child, I decided I was going to work out throughout my entire pregnancy and while the motivation came from having a healthier pregnancy, I realized that I needed it mentally the most. I needed that outlet, something for myself, and that time for myself. It was 60 minutes to focus and listen to my body. My last barre class was when I was 40 weeks pregnant and that’s how I started becoming a fit mother—both in mind and body.

Screen Shot 2019-03-25 at 2.41.46 PMWhat led you to become a fitness instructor?

A year ago, I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin follicular lymphoma. I was in the best shape I had ever been in. The news was devastating. I made a promise to myself that I wasn’t going to stop working out—because I needed it more now than ever before. I needed to do this for my husband, my two girls, and to show the medical world that my mind and physical strength can truly overcome matter! I would work out around treatments, blood draws, and nauseousness, and I pushed through the challenges life had presented to me. Windy Hill Athletic Club was my outlet, escape, and home away from home. I had a wonderful support group there cheering me on. After being declared “in remission” in November 2018, I knew what I wanted to do. I wanted to offer support for others in fitness who were going through challenges as well. I wanted to be on the other side, but I realized it was going to take a lot of work! I will never forget the process of becoming an instructor. It was the most humbling, emotional, and physically exhausting experience, and I would do it all over again. Learning choreography, timing, and layers of instructing, while perfecting your form is a challenge in itself.

What do you enjoy most about teaching classes?

Watching people show up at various hours of the day for classes and work around their daily schedules to make it to a group fitness class brings me so much joy. Witnessing participants in class work so hard and be mentally “in the moment” is so rewarding.

What do you want people to take away from your classes?

I want my classes to bring a level of energy, comfort, and intensity that makes people want to come back for more. I want people to realize I am just like them and that we are in the same room together working toward a goal. We all have days where we are faced with challenges but I became an instructor because I wanted to be there consistently for others and to deliver a class where they leave filled with confidence and pride because they made time in their day to work out.

Windy Hill Athletic Club • WindyHillClub.com

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By Paul R. Jeffords, MD

Metro Atlanta is home to many great golf courses and many people will be getting ready to head out in the nice weather and hit the links. As an orthopaedic spine surgeon, I see many patients who suffer from back pain that keeps them from playing golf. Here are some tips for decreasing your risk for low back pain and helping you finish your 18 holes.

1) Warm-Up

Screen Shot 2019-03-25 at 1.56.54 PMJust like any physical activity, golf requires a good warm-up routine beforehand to relax the muscles and help them become accustomed to the motions they will be performing. This is important for your low back, which takes the brunt of the stress when you tee off at each hole. Try stretching your low back by bending to touch the ground, turning gently from side to side and using one of your clubs to gently perform a golf swing. Taking time to stretch before you tee off on the first hole can help save your low back during your round.

2) Use the Proper Posture

With an improper stance, not only will your score suffer, but your spine will as well. That’s because an awkward golf swing will result in unnecessary twisting of the spine and the small muscles that support it. The lumbar region is especially susceptible to injuries from improper posture. If you adopt the correct stance when taking your swing, you’ll be less likely to hurt your back, and you’ll have an easier time staying on the fairway.

3) Choose the Proper Golf Bag

Another cause of back injuries on the golf course is carrying a heavy bag. Try selecting a bag with a built-in stand that will save you trouble having to lift it. Dual straps are also a good idea, as they will ensure your load is spread evenly across your body while walking. Another thought? Don’t carry more clubs than you need. You know which clubs you use most often, and which ones rarely make their way out of the bag. If you find yourself always using the same clubs, leave the rest at home to save your back.

Screen Shot 2019-03-25 at 2.01.37 PM4) Work on Your Swing

The perfect swing is difficult to achieve, and unfortunately, a poor swing can cause low back pain. Many golfers make the mistake of swinging too hard, which not only will send your ball sailing off the fairway, it can also pull the muscles in your low back. Taking the time to perfect your swing can help lower your score and your back pain.

Playing golf is a great way to challenge yourself while exercising outdoors and getting some fresh air. Whether you are a scratch golfer or someone who is aspiring to take up the sport this year, I hope these tips help you prevent low back pain during your game.

Resurgens Spine Center • Non-surgical & Surgical Spine Care • 24 Convenient Atlanta Locations • ResurgensSpine.com

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By Dr. Kavita Kongara

Q: How does our digestive health impact our mental health?

A: The strong relationship between the mind and digestive system is both a physical and a chemical one that involves two-way communication.

Screen Shot 2019-03-25 at 12.34.31 PMOur digestive system contains millions of neurons in its lining giving it the nickname “second brain.” Like the brain in our heads, it sends and receives impulses, records experiences, and responds to emotions. At the same time, it is managing the elaborate process of moving food through our system and nourishing our bodies.

As many have experienced, stress or neurological disorders can interrupt the natural rhythm of digestion causing symptoms of nausea, constipation, diarrhea, or bloating. In turn, irritations originating in the digestive tract may trigger mood changes.

New research is finding a growing percentage of people who are diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and functional bowel problems also may develop anxiety or depression over time or there might be an overlap between these conditions.

In addition, there has been a lot of attention on how the health of our “gut microbiome” – or the bacteria and other microbes that live in our digestive tract – impacts our mental health. According to the American Psychological Association, the bacteria in our gut produce neurochemicals that our brains use for functions like learning, memory, and overall mood regulation.

Finding and treating the root cause of any digestive symptom – whether physical, chemical, or nutritional – can positively impact our overall health.

Dr. Kongara is a board-certified gastroenterologist with Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates who specializes in motility and functional GI disorders.

1.866.GO.TO.AGA [468.6242], AtlantaGastro.com

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By Alex McCray

If you love the look of false eyelashes but don’t feel like putting a pair on every day or you’d love to simply skip the mascara part of your makeup routine, then eyelash extensions may be a fit for you.

Screen Shot 2019-08-01 at 4.01.47 PMI recently took a trip to Deka Lash Decatur to receive my first set of eyelash extensions, just in time for my engagement photo shoot. That location was the closest to me but there are also convenient locations in Chamblee, Roswell, Marietta, and Johns Creek.

Once I arrived at the modern chic studio, I was quickly checked in and taken over to my station. Each section has a comfortable lounge chair for you to lay on while your extensions are carefully applied by your lash artist. All you have to do is relax and enjoy the process. It’s the perfect time to catch up on a podcast or listen to a new album. I also appreciated the added perks that are available, like a plush blanket in case you get cold and calming aromatherapy.

In terms of the look you want, there are various ones to choose from, everything from wispy to cat eye. I chose to keep it natural, which still added plenty of flair. Once the extensions were applied (the process took around two hours), my artist explained to me how to care for them and make them last. She even gave me a little tool kit to help keep my extensions in pristine condition.

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The look was exactly what I needed to make my eyes pop in my engagement photos and the extensions lasted for over two weeks!

Whether you have an important event coming up or you just want an extra dose of glam for everyday life, eyelash extensions are definitely the way to go.

Details: 1545 Church St., Bldg. 300, Ste. 330, Decatur, GA; dekalash.com

 

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As the occasional warm and sunny day comingles with those late winter weeks, the anticipation of spring draws us to the outdoors. Although the new year is well underway, spring marks the renewal of our favorite lifestyle activities. But have our good habits hibernated for the winter?

Senior man cutting veggies.Clearing the clutter in our health routines should be at the top of the spring cleaning list. Here are a few suggestions to start you on your way:

  • Set up your annual wellness exam if you have not yet done so. Remember, it can often take a month or two to set up this lengthy appointment.
  • Schedule a dentist appointment. Poor dental hygiene is associated with cardiovascular disease. Your mouth harbors bacteria that— when the gums are not healthy—can travel through your bloodstream and damage the vessel walls.
  • Don’t forget about your yearly eye exam, even if you see fine. Your eye doctor can detect early signs of eye diseases before they become noticeable. This exam not only includes a vision test, but also measurement of eye pressure and examination of the retina (back wall of the eye). An eye doctor can also detect early signs of other diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
  • Take inventory of your mental health boosters. Streamline your daily routines, especially at the beginning and end of each day. Also, set aside some time to foster the relationships you have with friends and family.
  • Make a good night’s sleep a priority. Spring is also a good time to rotate and clean your mattress per the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Check your medicine cabinet for expired medications.
  • Stock up on sunscreen. Even when the sun is not glaring, we need to protect our skin.
  • Buy a pair of new shoes. You don’t realize that your athletic shoes have exceeded their lifespan until you buy your next pair. A new pair will also motivate you to exercise a little extra.

Screen Shot 2019-03-25 at 11.01.29 AMSpending more time outside will hopefully increase your activity level. Now would be a good time to revamp your exercise routine to include a balance of strength, aerobic, and flexibility training. Check all of these boxes and you’ll be sure to have a spring in your step.

Look for my article on “Men’s Health Recipe: The Secret Ingredient” in the next issue.

Scott D. Miller, MD, is the Medical Director of Robotic Surgery at WellStar North Fulton Hospital. He is a urologist with WellStar Urology in Roswell and has practiced in Atlanta for over 20 years. WellStar North Fulton Hospital offers the Know Your Heart Screening that can determine your risk of heart disease, stroke, and other serious conditions. Call 770-956-STAR (7827) to learn more or schedule an appointment.

Scott D. Miller, MD WellStar North Fulton Hospital • (470) 956-4230 • ScottDMillerMD.com

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By Sheldon Lincenberg, MD

One of Dr. Lincenberg's Mommy Makeover patients who got her pre-pregnancy figure back.

One of Dr. Lincenberg’s Mommy Makeover patients who got her pre-pregnancy figure back.

The physical effects of childbirth take a toll on a woman’s body. While many mothers work-out to lose pregnancy weight and hope to tighten up the stretched skin, there’s often only so much that weight loss and exercise can do. Many women are having Mommy Makeovers today and they are doing so at an earlier age – in their 30s and early 40s – because they want their body to look like it did before their first pregnancy.

What procedures are involved in a Mommy Makeover?
The Mommy Makeover consists of breast augmentation and abdominal shaping and tightening. The actual abdominal procedures would be either a full tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck of the abdomen or liposuction of the abdomen or other areas of the torso. Restoring youthfulness to your breasts may involve breast lift, breast enlargement, a combination of both, or even breast reduction.

Mommy Makeovers are very customized procedures based on your body’s needs. Be sure to be specific about your post-baby body goals during your consult so I can recommend the most appropriate procedures to meet those goals.

How do I know if the Mommy Makeover is for me?
Women coming for Mommy Makeovers cite a stretched-out tummy, a “muffin top,” sagging breasts and other body issues. These issues need help beyond what a healthy diet and exercise have been able to do.

When is the right time to have a Mommy Makeover?
You should wait at least six months after having your last child. If you plan to have more children, wait. Vertical muscles in the abdomen which are tightened during a tummy tuck can re-separate. Also, to optimize the final outcome, if you are trying to lose weight, do so before your Mommy Makeover.

Who’s a candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
The perfect candidate for a Mommy Makeover is someone who has finished having children and is currently pursuing her physical goals through diet and exercise. Sometimes diet and exercise aren’t enough to transform the body into the shape it was in before the pregnancy. I’ve given hundreds of mothers the bodies they imagine, helping them achieve their body image goals. The perfect candidate for a mommy makeover will use this procedure to help her reach her self-image goal, but continue to exercise and eat well to maintain her new body.

Sheldon Lincenberg, MD, is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who trained at the prestigious Mayo Clinic. He has 27 years of experience helping patients achieve their facial and body plastic surgery goals using techniques that are proven to give the safest and longest-lasting results attainable. 

Details: Sheldon Lincenberg, MD. One Glenlake Pkwy., Ste. 950., Sandy Springs; 770.730.8222. DrLincenberg.com

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What is the HydraFacial and why is it so incredibly popular?

DG HeadshotThe HydraFacial is a gentle, medical-grade treatment that removes dead skin cells and extracts impurities while bathing the skin with active ingredients that help hydrate, brighten, and protect. According to Dr. Leslie Gray of Dermatology Center of Atlanta, this hydradermabrasion treatment is gentler than traditional microdermabrasion and can be customized for all skin types. —Leslie C. Gray, MD

Details: Dermatology Center of Atlanta, 770-497-0699 9900, Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek, GA 30097

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