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What Age for Pneumonia Vaccine?
At what age should I have a pneumonia vaccination? Thank you!
Clitoris Changes with Age
Does the clitoris disappear with age? After 70?
Wrinkled Hands?
What kind of anti-aging treatments are available for wrinkled hands? Of course, hands are always visible and mine have begun to look splotchy and wrinkled.
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
What are the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis? How would I know if I have the disease, and how is it different from osteoarthritis?
Seborrheic Keratoses Treatment Options
I’m 75 and have keratosis on my face and upper torso. My PCP is sometimes reluctant to take care of them using LN2, since Medicare regards this as cosmetic. Does the wart remover "Freeze Away" work sufficiently or is there a better product?
Hair Loss Causes and Treatment Options
I was told by a dermatologist that I was born with ectodermal dysplasia. I’ve never had a lot of hair but it’s getting even thinner as I get older. Is there a diet or supplement that I can take to promote better hair growth, and help me keep what I have?
Body Acne Causes and Treatment
I’m a woman in my 20s who gets acne on her back and chest. What is causing this (as I rarely get acne on my face), and what can I do to treat and prevent it?
Menopause and Facial Discoloration
I’m a 54-year-old African-American woman (menopausal) who is experiencing facial discoloration, especially around my mouth and chin. My complexion is normally brown/caramel. Since menopause I have light patches of skin in this area. What can I do?
Facial Moisturizers and Serums
What does serum used under a moisturizer do and is it necessary? What is the best moisturizer?
Preventing and Treating Facial Skin Blotches
I’m 50 and don't spend a lot of time in the sun. I use sunscreen but I’ve noticed that I’m getting darker skin blotches, not like moles but damaged skin cells. My MD isn’t worried, but I don't like the look. How do I get rid of them and protect my skin?
Family History of Melanoma
I’m female (58) who was raised at a high altitude and has a fair complexion. I have sunburned many times. My family has a history of melanoma. The skin on my face has darkened in blotches and I'm worried.
Restoring Lost Facial Volume
I remember a number of years ago, before dermal fillers, cosmetic surgeons would use a patient’s fat to plump up areas on the face that had lost volume. Is this still done, and are there any advantages to this over using fillers?
Facelift Using Endoscope
I recently read about cosmetic surgeons using endoscopes to perform face lifts and brow lifts. Besides small incisions, are there any other benefits to this procedure (cost, downtime, results)? Also I’m in my 50s. Would I still be a good candidate?
Skin Tag Causes, Prevention, and Treatment
After I gave birth to my child, skin tags started to appear on my neck. At first they were on the back and the sides. Now they’re spreading to the front and other places on my body. They get painfully snagged, are unsightly, and it's affecting my life.
Facial Whiteheads Prevention and Treatment
Since pregnancy and having kids, I’ve been getting stubborn looking whiteheads on my face. They don't go away with exfoliation or being picked. They are clustered under my eyes and mouth. How can I eliminate the ones I have, and prevent new ones?
Cause and Treatment for Hyperpigmentation on Knees
What causes dark hyperpigmentation in the skin on the knees? And what can be done for this?
Cannulas for Facial Filler Application
I’ve had my lips augmented with dermal fillers and like the results, but don’t like the bruising. I read about a new technique using a “blunt tip cannula” that replaces needles. Is it available in Northern California and is it a better way to inject derma
Treating Rosacea with Lasers and Medication
Is laser treatment effective in removing the telangiectasia associated with rosacea? Also, does the use of Metrogel (or similar products) reduce the incidence of the development of telangiectasias?
Skin Treatments Using Radiofrequency or Ultrasound
I read about a new procedure that heats up layers of facial skin using radiofrequency. It's supposed to help promote collagen on wrinkles and sags. Can you tell me if this really works, is it painful, and what is the cost?
Can Coconut Oil Be Used As a Moisturizer?
I have dry skin and have read that using coconut oil can be used as a moisturizer for my face and body. Does coconut oil really have moisturizing benefits? My concern is about oily breakouts.
Cosmetic Treatment for Sagging Skin on Neck
I’m in my early 50’s and I like the results I’ve gotten from Botox and fillers. However, my neck looks old, dry and the skin is starting to sag. Is there anything I can do (short of a neck lift) to improve it?
"Gummy Bear" Breast Implants
I recently read about the new “gummy bear” breast implants. I understand that it’s a more cohesive gel, but does this make it a better choice than the regular saline or silicone types? Are there any side effects and how long do these last?
Laser Treatment for Adult Acne?
I have adult acne, but I'm also getting saggy skin now that I'm in my 40s. Would laser treatments help both?
Non-Surgical Nose Reshaping
I’ve contemplated having a nose job because of a bump on my nose. I read about a non-surgical procedure that uses fillers, like Restylane, to reshape the nose. Can you tell me more about this? Are there risks involved? How often would I need to do this?
Frequent Bruising Causes
I bruise very easily - and have since I was a child. Why am I like a banana?
Laser Treatments for Skin Rejuvenation
I’ve heard about laser skin treatments for collagen rejuvenation. Can you tell me how it works and how many treatments I’ll need? Also, does the treatment hurt and what can I expect afterwards?
Varicose Vein Treatment
I have some ugly and large varicose veins on my legs. I’ve read about laser treatments to remove them, but would like to know how many treatments it takes, does the treatment hurt, and will my insurance cover the procedure?
Menopause and Melasma (Skin Discoloration)
I’m 53 and in menopause. Since perimenopause my melasma has returned. I had it my 30's due to birth control pills. I’m using TriLuma and am fanatical about sunscreen. I'm Asian and dermatologists have told me laser or other procedures might worsen it.
What are "Hypoallergenic" Products?
What does it mean when a product is labeled “hypoallergenic”?
Aging Skin Prevention and Treatment
What can be done about aging, thinning skin on the arms and legs as we get older? Is there a best ingredient in over-the-counter products? This is happening despite excellent nutrition and otherwise very good health.
Thinning Hair
Are there any safe oral supplements you would recommend for thinning hair? I believe this is happening because of hypothyroid medication.
Nutrition for Hair Regrowth
I am a vegetarian. I have unhealthy hair, dandruff and hair loss. A recent blood test indicated my testosterone is slightly higher than normal. I started including egg and ground flaxseed powder in my diet. Can you suggest a diet to promote hair growth?
Breast Lifts Without Implants?
Is it possible to lift small breasts without needing implants to fill up the sagging skin?
Dermal Fillers
Can you give me some information about dermal fillers? How long do they typically last, and are there side effects? Of all the dermal fillers currently on the market, which one do you think is the best?
Mommy Makeovers: Plastic surgery and mommy makeovers
I'm 37 and just had my second child. I exercise and eat well, but notice a lot of sagging skin on my body after this second pregnancy. I've heard about "Mommy Makeovers". Can you tell me more about this?
Dry, Itchy Skin in Winter
What is the best way to deal with dry, itchy skin in the winter?
Botox Treatment: Appropriate Age for Treatment
I'm nearing 40 and noticing frown lines between my eyebrows and was wondering if there was an ideal age to begin Botox. Is there an age at which it is too late?
Removal of Moles
Is there any way of removing moles other than surgery?
Hair Loss in Women: Alopecia causes?
How much hair loss is too much in women? How do I know if something is wrong?
Adult Acne: Best treatments for adult acne
What are the best acne treatments for women over 35?
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