Happy Thursday!!! For today and tomorrow I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Shari B. Marchbein, MD-Board Certified Dermatologist at Manhattan Dermatology! Her positivity is infectious and she is so incredibly passionate about her field- she’s wanted to become a doctor since she was a little girl, and today she’s sharing one of the conditions she is most passionate about treating: Adult Acne in Females Ashli: “Thank you SO much for taking the time to chat with me today! Acne is such a HUGE self esteem buster for those who suffer from it….” Dr. Marchbein: “Acne can affect people’s quality of life in a really severe way andRead More →

Who Are The Skin Sisters? Ever wish you had a sister, or best friend, who could give you inside access to the world of dermatology? Look no further, because Brooke & Lauren are The Skin Sisters. We are true sisters who have over a decade of professional dermatology experience. Both Brooke and Lauren are board-certified dermatology Physician Assistants and have expertise in all aspects of dermatology from skin cancer surgery to cosmetic procedures! Let The Skin Sisters be your source for the inside scoop on all things skin, hair, nails and products – no appointment necessary! What type of cosmetics derm procedures can PA-C perform?Read More →

TGIF!!! Today I am answering your burning questions about a career in Aesthetics/Medical Aesthetics! Q.Do you have to go to school for Esthetics? For how long? What “title” do you have after this? A. Like any specialized skill or training, you do have to go to school and study Aesthetics. Programs can range from 200-1000 hours depending upon your state and their requirements for licensure. This can take between 2-12 months to complete depending upon your class schedule. After you graduate you take your state board exam (in most states) which is written as well as practical (you perform a facial, waxing, and a makeupRead More →

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend! For today’s post, I wanted to share what a typical day in the clinic looks like for me. Later in the week I will answer your questions about the field of Medical Aesthetics! *please note, in order to comply with HIPPA and to protect my patients’ privacy and confidentiality, no names will be used and treatment examples will not be detailed as to reveal any patients’ identity. A Typical Day An average shift is about 6 hours (I work longer on the weekend) and this allows me to accommodate 5-7 patients per day. I arrive at leastRead More →

TGIF! Yesterday we discussed what Melasma is- today we are going to talk about different options for treatment! Your Regimen, Your First Line of Defense Repeat after me: SPF is your BFF. Melasma can be exacerbated by sun exposure and heat. What this means for you is that you need to protect your skin from direct sun as well as from heat that can get trapped in the skin. Choose a mineral sunscreen only. A mineral sunscreen is a physical block, which repels heat. The mechanism of chemical sunscreens is such that UVA and UVB rays do reach the epidermal junction where they get shattered or dispersed.Read More →

TGIF!!! Today I’m going to talk about different peels for anti-aging!  Why Peels for anti-aging? Building upon what I said yesterday– the body is exceptional at efficiency and energy conservation. If you imagine your skin as bricks and mortar, the basal layer (or the bottom layer) establishes a pattern as the skin cells are born and layered on top of one another. As we age, this process slows down significantly and we also lose our natural Collagen and Elastin cells. A peel helps to increase cell turnover rate, and, if the peel is deep enough to be registered as a controlled wound to the skin, canRead More →

Happy Thursday y’all! In this post, I’m going to give you an overview of different corrective peels for acne! What is a peel? A peel is a treatment to the skin using a chemical acid that causes the top layer of skin to be exfoliated and eventually slough off. There are different depths of peels- Light, Medium and Deep peels. For best results, peels should be done in a series of 3-4, every 2-4 weeks depending on your skin type. For today’s post we will be discussing a few medium peels for troublesome acne. Peels for Acne Retinol Peel- This type of peel utilizes Vitamin A inRead More →

Happy Thursday!! I am certain that if you haven’t yet heard of Dermaplaning, you soon will. It is quickly becoming one of the most in demand exfoliation treatments asked for, and you will soon learn why! What is Dermaplaning? Dermaplaning is an exfoliation of the skin using a 10 gauge surgical blade. The Aesthetician/PA/or RN will cleanse and de-grease your skin thoroughly before proceeding. They hold the skin taut and glide the blade along the superficial layer of the epidermis, essentially scraping off the top layer of skin in addition to vellus hair (peach fuzz). It is painless, extremely low risk, and can be done on itsRead More →

Happy Monday y’all! For today’s post, I’m going to share with you all the benefits of a mineral bath as well as a how-to, to introduce weekly rejuvenation into your life! What is a mineral bath? The average adult’s body contains 60% water. Mineral baths (typically found in the form of bath minerals or lyophilized sea water) contain trace minerals found in the sea such as calcium, magnesium and sodium. Bathing in these helps to re-mineralize the body as well as the skin! Epsom Salts, containing magnesium sulfate are also very popular. How-to take a mineral bath: Draw a tepid bath (around 98 degrees). It isRead More →

  When considering breast reconstruction, a big concern for many patients is post-operative pain. Implant vs DIEP flap: Which is less painful? Many women believe breast reconstruction with implants is less painful since the procedure is less invasive and has a shorter operative time, but studies have shown this is not the case. Although the DIEP flap procedure is more invasive and takes longer than traditional implant reconstruction, DIEP flap patients experience less pain. The DIEP flap minimizes muscle trauma and preserves all the patient’s abdominal and chest muscles. Most implant-based breast reconstruction involves placing the implant under the chest (pectoral) muscle. This requires releasingRead More →