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Cosmetic Surgery Blog Santa Monica

The bugs living in your guts might save you!

Published on July 10, 2018

The importance of which specific bugs you have in your body, your “microbiome” , is becoming increasingly recognized. Now a study has show that patients’ repose to an immune therapy used in advanced melanoma, varied based on their specific microbiome.

Eyes and Melanoma

Published on June 1, 2018

Take a closer look at your eyes. What can your eyes tell you about your melanoma risk? Well we already know that people with light colored eyes, blue or green tend to have a higher risk of skin cancer in

Meat and Melanoma

Published on May 15, 2018

Maybe red meat is not all bad! A recent study looked for a link between consumption of red and processed meat and melanoma. They used data from over 75,000 women and 48,000 men from the Nurse Health Study and Health

Alzheimer’s or Skin Cancer?

Published on May 9, 2018

What is the link between cancer and Alzheimer’s? A little know fact is that there seems to be a decreased risk of Alzheimer’s disease (a common form of dementia) in patients with various cancers. A recent study looked looked for

Dermatologists do it better!

Published on May 1, 2018

When concerned about the possibility of skin cancer often the dermatologist can reassure the patient that the lesion is not worrisome, and save the patient the anxiety, scar and cost associated with a biopsy. However sometimes the lesion will be

Skin Cancer Screen Exams Matter.

Published on May 1, 2018

You may have expected it, but now its confirmed, having a full body skin cancer screening exam by a physician increases the chances of detecting an early rather than late melanoma. But what you may not have realized is the

Marriage and Melanoma

Published on April 23, 2018

Marriage just may save you from having a more advanced melanoma! A study from the University of Pennsylvania looked back at the marital status of over 50,000 patients diagnosed with melanoma. Married patients were more likely to be diagnosed with

BRCA affects men too!

Published on April 19, 2018

When most of us think of the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 mutations we think of women and breast cancer. However BRCA mutations can increase the risk of other malignancies including melanoma. A recent study from Israel has show that

In one year over 50% of young adults get a sunburn!

Published on March 20, 2018

A study from from the CDC in Atlanta examined the prevalence of sun protection use and sunburn in a 31,162 U.S. adults in 2015. The researchers found that 34.2 % of participants experienced sunburn in 2015. The prevalence was higher

Botox may help surgical scars heal better!

Published on March 14, 2018

A recent publication suggests that injecting botox around a sutured wound may allow them to heal with less scaring. The study was small, only 14 patients and the differences were not huge. However the differences were significant enough to be

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