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Tuesday, March 25. 2014

Category : New Treatments

Tuesday, March 25. 2014

Forever Young, Inc. APP available soon

I am delighted to announce that the Forever Young, Inc. APP is almost ready to be released.

We are waiting for Apple App store to give us clearance to go live! Google Play and Android App versions are ready as well.

Putting this APP together was quite challenging.

We had to incorporate 4 websites (www.foreveryoung.net, http://www.tuliplift.com, http://www.ultheracenter.com  and www.laserandaesthetics.com  , hundreds of pages of relevant clinical information, hundreds of photos, 20 different laser and light sources, my blog, and much much more.

My desire is for the APP to be educational and make the process of making appointments easier. The next step is to incorporate e-commerce and give my patients an easier option when choosing their skin and hair care needs.

Great way to start Spring 2014.

A. David Rahimi,MD,FAAD,FAACS.

Category : New Treatments

Tuesday, March 25. 2014

More exciting news on Stem Cells and cancer treatment

AAD Annual Meeting News 

Understanding of stem cell development helps produce skin cancer therapies

Anthony Eugene Oro, MD, PhD, discusses the effect of stem cell factors on cancers during his Marion B. Sulzberger Memorial Award and Lectureship address.

Anthony Eugene Oro, MD, PhD, discusses the effect of stem cell factors on cancers during his Marion B. Sulzberger Memorial Award and Lectureship address.

The ability of stem cells to develop in a variety of ways has led researchers to use them to inhibit cancers, but those same qualities can cause stem cells to mutate and lead to the development of cancers. Researchers, though, are overcoming that obstacle by learning more about the factors that influence stem cells so skin cancer therapies can be more effective.

“There are different kinds of hair around the body and different pigments, and the question is, ‘What determines that precise patterning?’ Cancers arise from inappropriate signaling from these key stem cell factors that pattern the body. We want to understand more about how these stem cell factors operate both normally and in cancer and use that understanding to develop novel therapies — both cell-based and small-molecule therapies,” said Anthony Eugene Oro, MD, PhD.

Dr. Oro, a professor of medicine at Stanford University Medical School, discussed these factors when he presented the Marion B. Sulzberger Memorial Award and Lectureship, “Heal Thyself: Using Stem Cell Biology for Skin Diseases,” on Sunday.

Two areas of focus for Dr. Oro and other researchers in the drive to develop cancer therapies have been the much-studied Hedgehog pathway and lesser known Polarity pathway, sometimes called an “escape pathway.”

“The mutations in the Hedgehog pathway are incredibly important for hair follicle formation in the skin — where hair follicles are and the number of hair follicles,” he said. “We spent a lot of time understanding how the body uses Hedgehog to stimulate hair follicle stem cells to grow. We also found that when you have too much of it, you get basal cell carcinoma.

“Over the past few years, we have done clinical trials with a number of companies to help put in place the first Hedgehog pathway inhibitor for advanced metastatic basal cell carcinomas as well as unfortunate patients with Gorlin’s syndrome.”

However, the molecule developed to inhibit basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) sometimes did not work because the stem cells changed.

“The cells evolve and generate resistance to the pathway. We are studying the resistance, how the tumors evolve over time, and how to develop new therapies as the cancer stem cells change,” Dr. Oro said.

A key finding in this quest was the discovery of the Polarity pathway, which helps BCCs escape the treatment.

“It is a great example of how the body uses different types of molecules on a stem cell to cause it to grow, but then in cases where it gets stressed, the body can change the stem cell and evade inhibition of a cancer. The Polarity pathway, and in particular protein kinase C (PKC) lambda, is the target for additional products we are developing to treat resistant BCCs,” Dr. Oro said, adding that his team is working to develop small peptides to block the pathway.

Another solution being studied is to remove the stem cells, purify them, and grow them for tissue regeneration. A promising complement to this research is a recent discovery that has been in the news in which mature tissue was changed to a stem cell-like state for possible tissue regeneration.

“If you don’t have the stem cells you need, you can use these stem cell pathways to make them, or if you can purify the cells you need, you can use those to return to tissue as well,” Dr. Oro said. “That is all in this concept of stem cell biology.”

For now, the focus of much cancer research is on the roles of the Hedgehog and Polarity pathways, he said. In particular, Hedgehog is linked to BCCs, medulloblastoma brain cancer, pancreatic cancer, and lung cancer.

“In the phase II clinical trials we showed that pathway inhibitors will work well in locally invasive and metastatic basal cell carcinomas,” he said. “More recently, other investigators at Stanford have used this as a surgical adjuvant for bigger, surgically difficult BCCs. The Hedgehog inhibitors may be most useful in normal practice as a surgical adjuvant for Mohs. If you have a big tumor on the face and you don’t want to have a major surgery, you can shrink the tumor quite effectively, and then have a smaller Mohs procedure. We are trying to find other drugs that can be equally or more effective for our patients.”

Friday, February 21. 2014

Category : New Treatments

Friday, February 21. 2014

We now use 3D Imiging to evaluate your skin; Canfield Vectra H1

A perfect fit for today’s aesthetic practice, the VECTRA M3 delivers extraordinary performance in an advanced 3D imaging solution. High resolution capture assures photorealistic rendering of the finest details, while the elegant design complements any setting. The VECTRA M3 is a complete solution including all necessary hardware, software, installation and training.

  • Instantly capture detailed 3D images of face, neck and decolletage
  • 36 megapixel color capture for highest quality image data
  • Compact, elegant design

http://www.canfieldsci.com/imaging_systems/facial_systems/VECTRA_M3_Imaging_System.html

Tuesday, October 1. 2013

Category : New Treatments

Tuesday, October 1. 2013

PRP (Plasma Rich Protein)

I have been treating deep Acne scarring with PRP and Dermarollers of various sizes with great results. Please visit our Facebook site for more information:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/How-To-Treat-Acne-Scarring/187751721248937?ref=hl

A. David Rahimi,MD,FAAD,FAACS.

Thursday, February 28. 2013

Category : New Treatments

Thursday, February 28. 2013

Forever Young, Inc. featured in "The Beauty Magazine"

The Film Crew from “The Beauty Magazine” was at our office all day yesterday. They conducted an interview with me and videotaped an African American patient being treated with the Clear and brilliant Permea laser. This revolutionary laser is safe and effective in patients with darker skin color. It significantly reduces fine lines, brown spots, and even tones and tightens large pores. Best of all; there is virtually no down time. Most patients will be able to resume their normal activities the next day.

 

Please look for us in the next print version of the Magazine. I will also post the video interview as it becomes available on their website.

 

Thank you.

 

http://www.solta.com/brands/clear-and-brilliant

 

 

 

 

 

A. David Rahimi, MD, FAAD, FAACS.

 

www.foreveryoung.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, November 29. 2012

Category : New Treatments

Thursday, November 29. 2012

Announcing Our New Satellite Office Location

We are proud to announce the addition of a Satellite office in Beverly Hills CA.

 

Dr. David Rahimi will schedule and see private consultations in his new Beverly Hills Location:

 

435 North Roxbury Avenue #104

 

Beverly Hills CA 90210

 

Please call our office and ask about the option of being seen in Beverly Hills for your free Cosmetic Consultation

Thank you

Zonya Villatoro

 

(Office manager- Forever Young, Inc.)

 

Wednesday, October 17. 2012

Category : New Treatments

Wednesday, October 17. 2012

New Laser at Forever Young Inc.- Permea

 

This laser looks very promissing in the treatment of Melasma.

More to come in the next few weeks-I will try to get some "before and after" phtos for you.

Dr. David Rahimi

Solta Medical, Inc. and SkinCeuticals, Inc. announced an exclusive partnership to deliver the first fractional laser treatment plus in-office and home use antioxidant skincare regimen. The partnership is the culmination of clinical research supported by Solta and SkinCeuticals exploring the beneficial effects of using Solta's Clear + Brilliant Laser System with its new handpiece named Permea and SkinCeuticals widely popular C E Ferulic antioxidant. The clinical research findings, which were presented at the 32 American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) Annual Conference in April 2012, demonstrated that patients experienced improved satisfaction with the overall appearance of their skin. Patients who received the Clear + Brilliant Permea treatment followed by C E Ferulic also perceived a more rapid reduction in post-treatment recovery time, including reduction in redness and swelling. The co-promotion includes an exclusive C E Ferulic in-office professional system and a home care recovery system that will be offered with each series of the new Clear + Brilliant Permea treatments.

Thursday, September 13. 2012

Category : New Treatments

Thursday, September 13. 2012

Wall Street Journal-9/11/2012-Ultherapy is hottest thing available!

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"The hottest option available"

according to the Wall Street Journal

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On Tuesday, Ulthera's treatment, Ultherapy, was featured in the Wall Street Journal touted as "the hottest option available." Also stated:

"Ultherapy...is especially effective for sagging..."

"Ultherapy penetrates...under the skin to treat...a layer of fibrous tissue that helps give the face its shape."

Read the article and be among the first to hear about the System's comfort management update!

Thursday, June 21. 2012

Category : New Treatments

Thursday, June 21. 2012

Gold facials:are they safe? Effective?

One of the principal rules in my practice has always been to stay away from fads and unsafe and unproven practices.

 

I was intrigued by Gold Facials! They sound great and Ritzy! But are they safe? Effective?

 

As a dermatologist I have to say that I don’t see any particular benefits in applying edible Gold to the skin for a few minutes.

 

 I have used injectable Gold for many types of auto-immune diseases such as Lupus and Pemphigus and there are risks involved with this modality.

 

And then there is the risk of allergic reactions such as contact dermatitis. Altogether, I do not believe that it is safe or effective enough to offer it at Forever Young, Inc.

 

Here is another article on the safety and efficacy of Gold Facial:

 

 

 

 

How Safe And Effective Are Gold Facials?


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Exotic and expensive spa treatments aren't necessarily the best. Regarding gold facials, concerns arise. Gold is known trigger allergic and autoimmune react

Spas worldwide are on the lookout for natural therapies to revitalize dull, dry and aging skin. In recent years, gold facials have been the high-ticket item, and gold’s association with Ayurvedic medicine gives it a certain legitimacy that may not be warranted. While gold facials are a regular menu item at spas in Japan, in the United States gold facials are available at a few select luxury spas.

Gold, Arthritis and Alchemy

Fifteenth century alchemists used gold, which has known antibacterial properties, in a number of different preparations intended to treat a wide variety of ailments including smallpox. The World Gold Council reports that gold is still widely used as a tonic in India, using 1-2 mg of gold in herbal suspensions. In the United States, colloidal gold (suspensions of gold in water) or gold salts were first used in 1927 to treat arthritis.

Until the introduction of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in the 1970s, gold was a popular arthritis remedy. Despite its popularity, not everyone responded well and side effects, which were common, included a slight risk for the development of drug-related lupus. However, by the time drug-related lupus was identified as a distinct illness, colloidal gold’s role in arthritis had become limited. Now used primarily in progressive polyarticular rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile arthritis, gold is known to induce a variety of autoimmune responses and diseases that are well documented in the medical literature (Bigazzi 1999).

Today gold is often used in implants because of its resistance to bacterial colonization. Gold implants are particularly effective for organs such as the ear, where bacterial infection could cause major problems. Gold is also used in dental fillings and crowns. In the nineteenth century, suspensions of colloidal gold were used in the United States to cure alcoholism (then called dipsomania, defined as the uncontrollable craving for alcoholic liquors), and today gold is sometimes used to reduce dependency on alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, and carbohydrates.

Allergies and Autoimmunity

Gold is recognized as one of the most common allergens. In some countries, gold is only second to nickel in the etiology of cutaneous (skin related) hypersensitivity reactions. In addition, reports of a rapidly progressive interstitial lung fibrosis in a goldsmith have raised the possibility that occupational exposure to gold may have pathologic consequences. This is especially suspect because there have been previous reports of interstitial pulmonary fibrosis in patients receiving gold therapy. Gold has a number of immune system effects that help reduce inflammation. Other immune effects include the production of autoreactive cells that react with nuclear antigens and platelets, causing a variety of autoimmune disorders.

The American Association of Autoimmune and Related Diseases reports that the possible role of exposure to various metals in autoimmune disease has been explored for the last two decades, primarily through laboratory and animal studies. It has long been known that most metals inhibit immune cell proliferation and activation, with notable exceptions. Mercury, gold, and silver, for example, can induce lymphocyte proliferation and subsequent autoimmunity. In experiments, genetically-susceptible mice develop a lupus-like condition when dosed with mercury, silver, or gold.

Gold in Facials

Advertisements for gold facials tend to report that Cleopatra used pure gold as a nightly face mask, which is claimed to be responsible for her beautiful skin. Gold is frequently reported to regenerate new cells. Gold does cause cell regeneration as a result of the skin cells exposed to gold becoming irritated. Gold’s role in the past treatment of arthritis is used to describe its anti-inflammatory effects. Gold is also reported to have antioxidant properties that help prevent premature aging of the skin and reducing melanin production, thereby presumably reducing the appearance of sunspots.

The skincare company Hylunia, which is rooted in Ayurvedic principles, introduced one of the first gold facial creams and now has a variety of gold infused serums and lotions used for facials. In 2007 the Japanese company Umo introduced a gold leaf facial known as the Luxe 24 Karat Gold Facial. Gold facials typically range from $170--$400 for a one-hour session. Because gold doesn’t penetrate the skin the way plant-based antioxidant substances do, a gold-based cream is suspended into solution and applied as nano-particles. The gold facial includes a thorough skin cleansing, an application of gold cream, which is frequently mixed with honey to exfoliate the skin, and the application of a gold gel or mask, which may be combined with aloe vera and turmeric. After the mask has set (10-20 minutes) the skin is treated to a conditioning mask and rinsed. Other ingredients often used include saffron, which helps impart a golden glow, and lavender with its own anti-inflammatory properties.

In a CBS news interview on November 29, 2007, Susan Taylor, MD, questioned whether gold could improve the skin and whether it could penetrate the skin’s layers. Others besides Dr. Taylor are skeptical and see the gold facial as more of an indulgence than an effective spa therapy.

Resources:

American Association of Autoimmune and Related Disorders. 2006. Environmental Factors, What Role In Autoimmune Disease? InFocus Newsletter, September, accessed June 1, 2010.

Bigazzi, Pierluigi, Metals and Kidney Autoimmunity. 1999. Environmental Health Perspectives, Vol 107, Supplement 5, October.



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Thursday, June 14. 2012

Category : New Treatments

Thursday, June 14. 2012

Living Longer and Healthier; great Reuters article.

Who wants to live forever? Scientist sees aging cured

An elderly couple sit on a bench next crocus flowers in a park in Duesseldorf in this March 17, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

LONDON | Mon Jul 4, 2011 2:39pm EDT

LONDON (Reuters) - If Aubrey de Grey's predictions are right, the first person who will live to see their 150th birthday has already been born. And the first person to live for 1,000 years could be less than 20 years younger.

A biomedical gerontologist and chief scientist of a foundation dedicated to longevity research, de Grey reckons that within his own lifetime doctors could have all the tools they need to "cure" aging -- banishing diseases that come with it and extending life indefinitely.

"I'd say we have a 50/50 chance of bringing aging under what I'd call a decisive level of medical control within the next 25 years or so," de Grey said in an interview before delivering a lecture at Britain's Royal Institution academy of science.

"And what I mean by decisive is the same sort of medical control that we have over most infectious diseases today."

De Grey sees a time when people will go to their doctors for regular "maintenance," which by then will include gene therapies, stem cell therapies, immune stimulation and a range of other advanced medical techniques to keep them in good shape.

De Grey lives near Cambridge University where he won his doctorate in 2000 and is chief scientific officer of the non-profit California-based SENS (Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence) Foundation, which he co-founded in 2009.

He describes aging as the lifelong accumulation of various types of molecular and cellular damage throughout the body.

"The idea is to engage in what you might call preventative geriatrics, where you go in to periodically repair that molecular and cellular damage before it gets to the level of abundance that is pathogenic," he explained.

CHALLENGE

Exactly how far and how fast life expectancy will increase in the future is a subject of some debate, but the trend is clear. An average of three months is being added to life expectancy every year at the moment and experts estimate there could be a million centenarians across the world by 2030.

To date, the world's longest-living person on record lived to 122 and in Japan alone there were more than 44,000 centenarians in 2010.

Some researchers say, however, that the trend toward longer lifespan may falter due to an epidemic of obesity now spilling over from rich nations into the developing world.

De Grey's ideas may seem far-fetched, but $20,000 offered in 2005 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Technology Review journal for any molecular biologist who showed that de Grey's SENS theory was "so wrong that it was unworthy of learned debate" was never won.

The judges on that panel were prompted into action by an angry put-down of de Grey from a group of nine leading scientists who dismissed his work as "pseudo science."

They concluded that this label was not fair, arguing instead that SENS "exists in a middle ground of yet-to-be-tested ideas that some people may find intriguing but which others are free to doubt."

CELL THERAPY

For some, the prospect of living for hundreds of years is not particularly attractive, either, as it conjures up an image of generations of sick, weak old people and societies increasingly less able to cope.

But de Grey says that's not what he's working for. Keeping the killer diseases of old age at bay is the primary focus.

"This is absolutely not a matter of keeping people alive in a bad state of health," he told Reuters. "This is about preventing people from getting sick as a result of old age. The particular therapies that we are working on will only deliver long life as a side effect of delivering better health."

De Grey divides the damage caused by aging into seven main categories for which repair techniques need to be developed if his prediction for continual maintenance is to come true.

He notes that while for some categories, the science is still in its earliest stages, there are others where it's already almost there.

"Stem cell therapy is a big part of this. It's designed to reverse one type of damage, namely the loss of cells when cells die and are not automatically replaced, and it's already in clinical trials (in humans)," he said.

Stem cell therapies are currently being trialed in people with spinal cord injuries, and de Grey and others say they may one day be used to find ways to repair disease-damaged brains and hearts.

NO AGE LIMIT

Cardiovascular diseases are the world's biggest age-related killers and de Grey says there is a long way to go on these though researchers have figured out the path to follow.

Heart diseases that cause heart failure, heart attacks and strokes are brought about by the accumulation of certain types of what de Grey calls "molecular garbage" -- byproducts of the body's metabolic processes -- which our bodies are not able to break down or excrete.

"The garbage accumulates inside the cell, and eventually it gets in the way of the cell's workings," he said.

De Grey is working with colleagues in the United States to identify enzymes in other species that can break down the garbage and clean out the cells -- and the aim then is to devise genetic therapies to give this capability to humans.

"If we could do that in the case of certain modified forms of cholesterol which accumulate in cells of the artery wall, then we simply would not get cardiovascular disease," he said.

De Grey is reluctant to make firm predictions about how long people will be able to live in future, but he does say that with each major advance in longevity, scientists will buy more time to make yet more scientific progress.

In his view, this means that the first person who will live to 1,000 is likely to be born less than 20 years after the first person to reach 150.

"I call it longevity escape velocity -- where we have a sufficiently comprehensive panel of therapies to enable us to push back the ill health of old age faster than time is passing. And that way, we buy ourselves enough time to develop more therapies further as time goes on," he said.

"What we can actually predict in terms of how long people will live is absolutely nothing, because it will be determined by the risk of death from other causes like accidents," he said.

"But there really shouldn't be any limit imposed by how long ago you were born. The whole point of maintenance is that it works indefinitely."

Thursday, October 1. 2009

Category : New Treatments, : Procedures

Thursday, October 1. 2009

Multiple Procedures – How they Dovetail

Just like all renovations – one improvement often leads to or warrants another.  Depending on the procedure, there may be two or three additional steps in order to   attain the desired effect.  This is not an up-sell technique but an important part of re-balancing and achieving symmetry...


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Saturday, March 8. 2008

Category : General Advice, : New Treatments

Saturday, March 8. 2008

Acne.org - Can Benzoyl Peroxide Cure Acne?

Recently, I was interviewed by an LA Times reporter about Acne.org. I was asked if I believed that large quantities of Benzoyl peroxide, applied topically can controll/cure acne in almost every one.

My response was that "I am very skeptical" and "It is silly to believe that Acne can be cured with Benzoyl peroxide alone." Acne is a complex condition with many different causes. It can be a normal component of puberty or part of a debilitating condition such as Poly Cystic Ovarian disease or Acne Fulminans.

Basically a 30-minute interview that included explanations about the hormonal aspects of acne, the environmental component, infectious and bacterial component, the more than 200 available medications and classes etc. was reduced to and quoted as " It's silly..."


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Tuesday, February 26. 2008

Category : Facelift / Tuliplift, : Fat Transfer, : New Treatments

Tuesday, February 26. 2008

What You Should Expect with a Facelift

The Lifestyle Lift has become very popular over the past few years and I have had several patients ask me about it. I love that more and more surgeons are performing facelifts under local anesthesia. Remember, local anesthesia is all that is needed. I have been doing my Tuliplifts under local anesthesia since 2000.

One of the things that sets the Tuliplift apart is that the area under the neck is also addressed. Excess skin and fat is removed and the neck muscle (Platysma) tightened...


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Saturday, February 16. 2008

Category : General Advice, : New Treatments, : Procedures

Saturday, February 16. 2008

Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)

Axillary and Palmar Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating) can be very distressing and interfere with daily living and ones career.

Axillary and palmar hyperhidrosis can be socially and professionally embarrassing. Here is how I approach patients with excessive sweating.


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Monday, January 28. 2008

Category : New Treatments, : Procedures, : Thermage / ThermaCool

Monday, January 28. 2008

Thermage / Thermacool Lifts are Operator Dependent

Who performs the procedures does make a difference...

Sometimes during the consulation my patients tell me that they had Thermage several years ago with little visible improvement. Upon further questioning it becomes clear that the procedure was not performed by a Board Certified Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon. These non-surgical lifts can be performed by nurses and nurse practitioners. Generally speaking these non-MDs are more conservative and results are less consistent.

At Forever Young the Thermacool/Thermage procedure is performed by Dr. A. David Rahimi and with the aid of mild sedation.

In fact, we sit our patients up half-way during the procedure and show them the immediate tightening of the skin. The third generation hand pieces and the new upgraded machine are better than ever.


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