The lymph system is the body’s natural cleansing mechanism, ridding our cells of toxic fluids. Without a functional lymphatic system, the body swells and aches, and we feel sluggish and even sick. Lymphatic drainage massage can help the lymphatic system flush these fluids, and jump start the cleansing process when the body has built up too much swelling.


San Diego Magazine recently put out its 2013 list of the Top Doctors in San Diego. Big deal you might think. After all, there are contests going on every day. Enter to win! Cast your vote here!   In fact, vote more than once! But change your IP address first! Not so with voting for Top Doctor. This “contest” is for real and put on by the San Diego County Medical Society (SDCMS). Voting is strict.


If you stay abreast of breast implant news, you have probably heard of “gummy bear” implants. No, the candy companies are not making the beloved candy anatomically correct. Rather these silicone gel implants (FDA approved in March, 2012) have earned their nickname for their form-stable consistency.


Nearly 50% of Asians are born with eyes that have “single eyelids,” in which there is no crease that forms in the top lids when the eyes are open. Some also have extra skin and fat, which creates a hooded look. There is no denying the beauty of Asian eyes, but to some women and men of Asian descent desire a more distinct fold. Double eyelid surgery or Asian blepharoplasty creates a natural crease in the eyelid that appears when the eyes are open, but not when they are closed.


With so many skin care products crowding the shelves of drug stores and department stores, it can be downright confusing on what your skin really needs. Big advertisers tell us we need this or that for acne or wrinkles or sagging or sun spots, but why? What’s the secret ingredient in the latest hocus pocus magic potion lotion?


If you’re old enough to remember Madge and her clients soaking their hands in a bowl of Palmolive Dish Soap, chances are you have old lady hands yourself. We take such precious care that our faces defy our chronological age, yet without the same attention paid to our hands they’re a dead give-away of our real age. Keeping the hands moisturized is a start but even Madge’s magic Palmolive will do nothing to improve the topography of bulging veins and knobby tendons.


Changes Plastic Surgery & Spa of San Diego is now offering incisionless surgery and skin tightening.  Using targeted radio frequency, patients can now opt to have a number of traditional plastic surgery procedures performed without incisions and without scars. Incisionless options are now available for brachioplasty (arm lift), neck lift or facelift and even breast and thigh lifts – without surgical incisions.


Before the introduction of fractional technology, the lasers of the past ablated the surface of the skin leaving it bloody and oozy and the patient with a great deal of downtime. There was also a known risk of hypopigmentation. Chemical peels, on the other hand, were more forgiving and could be reduced in potency to reduce downtime. For this reason, chemical peels remained an appealing option.


Thank goodness for evolution. Fast forward to 2012 A.C. (after collagen). Collagen products have been largely replaced by hyaluronic acid fillers, over plumped lips are on the endangered list and areas of the face not previously treated are fair game for injection.


Who doesn’t want to be able to put their best face forward for the holiday season? This year, give yourself the gift of confidence with a youthful glow. Rev up and rejuvenate for the holidays with peels and injectables in the perfect combination for a rested, ready to go appearance. There are numerous options for non-surgical beauty boosts; here’s how they each work, broadly speaking.