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Health & BeautyBeauty Inside & Out

Lasers have always seemed futuristic.   But they are a daily phenomenon at any plastic surgeon’s office or medical spa.  As with any technology, cosmetic laser technology advances quickly and can be challenging to keep up with. And with so many advertisements and promotional pitches, the promises of minimal downtime Read more…

Health & BeautyIncorporating Growth Factors Into Treatment Modalities

When considering factors that contribute to improving the properties of skin tightening, skin rejuvenation, wrinkle reduction, acne and acne scar reduction, smaller pores and generally fighting the effects of aging and gravity, one of the newest, most innovative treatments is the introduction of growth factor technology. A growth factor is Read more…

Health & BeautyThe Beauty of Your Genes

Since the unraveling of the human genome project concluded in 2003, genetic scientists and researchers have been studying human genes to determine how we age. The fact is, our cells age, and they begin to age from just moments after we are born. After 30 years or so, our cells Read more…

Health & BeautyThat Sneaky Desert Sun

Okay, I will admit it; I am trying to scare you. The big, bad summer is here and with it comes the threat of too much heat, too much sun, and the danger and risk that accompanies both. You might say, “I know, I know. I wear sun block” or Read more…

Health & BeautyOptions to Living Life Scarred

Scarred. It can mean a lot of things, both physical and emotional. The physical scar can remind us of an event or process that we’d rather not have experienced. Surprisingly, improvement or elimination of the scar can bring about a kind of healing and recovery that no amount of acceptance Read more…

Health & BeautyLuminous Skin at Any Age

You’ve come a long way since you were a teenager. And so has your skin. So if you haven’t changed your skincare routine since you got your driver’s license, it’s time to shake things up. In our teenage years, we experience breakouts. As we age, we experience different types of Read more…

Health & BeautyThe Body Shaping Boom Evolves

In the past decade the options for body shaping therapies have significantly increased. Seems like every day there is a new treatment guaranteed to freeze, heat, shrink, or kill fat cells in those stubborn areas like thighs, hips, tummy or arms. But according to plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt, healthy Read more…

Health & BeautyTurn Up the Volume

Plastic surgeons used to focus on “removing the problem.” Eyelid bagginess? Remove the fat. Jowls on the jaw line? Suck it out and cut away some skin. Droopy brow? Take away a strip of the scalp. But times change and new philosophies have emerged regarding facial rejuvenation. Retaining the fullness Read more…

Health & BeautyA Closer Look at That Eye

Like skin elsewhere on our bodies, our eyelids are often prone to developing small growths. Most often, these lesions are benign entities such as nevi (moles) or skin tags. Some growths, however, are cause for concern. Our beautiful weather brings with it intense ultraviolet exposure which is the most significant Read more…

Health & BeautyLet Me Introduce Myself

I am delighted to have the opportunity to present a regular column about the latest news in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. I am very passionate about my chosen field and am always striving to be better, know more, stay current, perfect technique and offer my Coachella Valley patients the newest Read more…

Health & BeautyNon-Drug Treatments for Rosacea

Rosacea (pronounced “roh-ZAY-sha”) is a chronic and potentially life-disruptive disorder primarily of the facial skin and often characterized by flare-ups and remissions. It typically begins any time after age 30 as a redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead that may come and go. In some cases, rosacea may Read more…

Health & BeautyIt’s Time to Change Your Lifestyle, Not Your Diet

If you’re like most of the population, one of your New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight. Did you know that 90% of diets fail? Dieting increases stress hormones, lowers testosterone, and causes you to store fat when it’s over.1 Let’s resolve to not ‘diet’ this year, and instead, implement Read more…

Health & BeautyLadies, Why Go Red?

Every minute in America, a woman dies of a heart attack, stroke or another form of cardiovascular disease (CVD) — and one out of every three women experiences some form of CVD in her lifetime. And yet, most of those cases are preventable if you lead a heart-healthy lifestyle. “We Read more…

Health & BeautyAn Interlude from an Ever-Present Influence

Living Wellness with Jennifer DiFrancesco

Something swept over me recently. Suddenly I felt a compulsion to step away from Facebook and the avenue of social networking. I realized that I was habitually checking Facebook every morning and evening. Conservatively, this equated to 10 minutes per day or 56 hours a year posting my life, prying Read more…

Health & BeautyWhat is Medical Micro-Needling?

Medical micro-needling, also referred to as collagen induction therapy (CIT), is a relatively new concept aimed at stimulating the body’s own collagen and elastin production to tighten, lift and rejuvenate the skin. The benefits of this treatment include the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, minimized pores, and the disappearance Read more…

Health & BeautyAchieving Beautiful Skin

There are several myths about skin care in today’s world which greatly inhibit the overall health and well-being of our skin, the body’s largest organ. Let’s take a look at some of these myths including the idea that washing one’s face several times daily will diminish acne; sunscreen is not Read more…

Health & BeautyMaking Dreams Come TRUE

Michelle Steadman had a dream. She wanted to create the perfect raw superfood meal for her family:  easy to eat on the go and packed with nutritious, organic foods. Little did she know that this dream would quickly lead to much bigger dreams which are all falling into place. When Read more…

Health & BeautyWhat are Micro Peels?

One of the more popular facial rejuvenating treatments today is the micro peel. It is a superficial chemical peel which can smooth and soften your skin, brighten your complexion, minimize pore size, and reduce discoloration, all with no social down time.   This simple 30-minute procedure should not be confused Read more…

Health & BeautyGive Your Life a Fresh Start

One of the most frequent questions my clients ask is, “How do I start over?”  Although life doesn’t come with a re-set button, you can give your life a “fresh start” any moment you choose. Life is a journey, not a destination. I believe life is 5% what happens to Read more…

Health & BeautyGluten-Free with Tiffany

Embarking on a gluten-free lifestyle has been one of the most controversial topics of the last few years. Supporters of gluten-free diets point to studies that show by limiting gluten consumption, one can improve mental clarity and digestion, and reduce inflammation; and not just those diagnosed with gluten intolerance.  Gluten Read more…