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Submitted by Admin on Wed, 12/11/2013 - 15:09

Color Code Your Food

We have heard the old adage "You are what you eat." Our skin cells turnover every 14-40 days, so there is a new you almost every month. Changes from a diet typically take about 3 months to see but they can be quite dramatic both in the way patients feel and look.

The best skin care is both from an inside and outside approach. Dr. Shah can take care of the outside with lasers, skin care products, and other procedures. You can help take care of the inside by eating healthy. The "rainbow" diet has been described as one of the best ways of eating healthy. The goal is to eat a food of each color of the rainbow every day.

Dr. Shah's secret to doing this is to use a high powered blender called a Vitamix. He mixes a new smoothie each morning. His rainbow smoothie consists of: Carrot, Spinach, Blueberries, Strawberries, Dark Grapes, Banana and Protein Mix. Please note that Skittles, Cap'n Crunch Berries cereal, and M&M's don't count.

Try a food from this color list to start your "rainbow diet."

1. Red - The key to this group is lycopene. It is found in the red and purple vegetables such as bell peppers, tomatoes, and beets. Fruits such as cranberries, apples, cherries, and raspberries also are high in lycopene. It protects the skin from sun damage by acting as a natural sun block and as an antioxidant.

2. Yellow - Lemons, pineapples, and bananas are high in minerals and antioxidants as well as beta-carotene.

3. Dark green- Green vegetables, such as spinach and kale, are high in Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps stabilize collagen and also is an antioxidant. Green vegetables also contain lutein and zeaxanthin which have antioxidant properties and have been known to prevent cancer, stroke, cardiovasculardisease and to protect your eyes.

4. Orange - The orange vegetables, such as carrots and sweet potato, contain Vitamin A. Fruits such as oranges, peaches, and apricots also contain beta-carotene. This is the same Vitamin found in Retinol. Vitamin A can help repair damaged collagen.

5. Blue- Blueberries, blackberies, eggplant, and bilberries contain high amounts of antioxidants which help stabilize collagen and decrease stress to the skin. They also contain flavonoids, phytochemicals, and anthocyanin which have both antidiabetic as well as anti-carcinogenic properties.

6. Violet Indigo- Grapes, prunes, purple cabbage and black beans are high in Vitamin D and flavonoids.

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Submitted by Admin on Thu, 12/05/2013 - 15:37

Skin Tags Chicago

We've probably all seen them either on ourselves or someone else, skin tags. The scientific name for a skin tag is an acrochordon.  They are benign growths which do not have to be removed from a medical reason, but often are removed for improved cosmesis. Though typically small, some skin tags can grow to the size of a grape.

So what causes skin tags?  Well, there is no real definitive answer here but there are definite associatons.  First of all, obesity is linked with skin tags.  Although skin tags can be found on younger patients, they are typically associated with aging.  In addition, patients with diabetes and fat levels can develop a variant of skin tags along their neck and armpits.  Fluctuations in hormones can lead to skin tags as well, making it fairly common in pregnant females.  Finally, repeated friction from clothing, skin or other materials such as crutches can lead to skin tag formation as well.

If you are unlucky enough to develop a skin tag, what do you do?  Removal of skin tags is straight forward and can be done safely in the office.

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Submitted by Admin on Wed, 11/27/2013 - 08:11

cocaine for nose jobs

Does Dr. Shah use topical Cocaine as an anesthetic in rhinoplasty?

Cocaine is one of the traditional agents used in rhinoplasty and septoplasty to both anesthetize the nose and cause vasocontriction*. The main issue with the use of cocaine is the potential for cardiac arrhythmia*. So do the pros of its use outweigh the cons?

Dr. Shah does not use cocaine as a topical anesthetic in septorhinoplasty. There are several reasons behind this. First, although studies have shown that cocaine is safe in the nose, there is still a small chance of cardiac arrhythmia. In addition, a recent study in the European Archives of Otorhinolaryngology from Queens Hospital found no benefit in the use of cocaine versus epinephrine. Modern inhalational gas anesthetic agents also cause less vasodilation than agents in the past. This makes a topical agent like cocaine unnecessary.

So what does Dr. Shah uses instead of topical cocaine?

Dr. Shah uses liodcaine with epinephrine in combination with Afrin nasal spray for vasoconstriction in rhinoplasty in concert with modern inhalation gas agents. This combination works well for both short and long nasal cases.

*Vasoconstriction - Narrowing of blood vessels. When blood vessels constrict, blood flood is slowed or blocked.

*Arrhythmia - An irregular heartbeat.

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