Saturday, October 7, 2017


I recently had the privilege to receive a threading demonstration treatment as shown in the video below, from a top South Korean doctor, Hanjin Kwon M.D.  It hurts no more than filler treatment, and topical numbing cream can be used before starting.  Recovery is very similar to filler with temporary bruising, swelling, soreness for about a week.  I had bruises that looked like stripes on my face for at least a week.  I covered them with makeup, no big deal.  Bruising is less if you avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, fish oil supplements, St. John's Wort, wine and any other blood thinning medications for at least ten days before the treatment.

I know you are probably asking, is it better than filler?  My answer is, No, just another option to achieve similar results.   One possible advantage of threading is the risk of intravascular occlusion seen with filler injection is not present.  The results may be more delayed than filler.  Pricing is similar to filler and depends on number of areas treated.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Winter Fashion 2017/2018

My assistants at the office and I just love to pair our great skin with great fashion.  I am excited to begin sharing with you our latest fashion faves.

Gunmetal blue/gray polish winter nails with mystic topaz ring

This is a great holiday gift.  This all-in-one make-up palette is unique in being compact/small and having everything:  eyes, lips, cheeks.

This is Olivia, Master Aesthetician and model wearing this adorable deep blue velvet mini backpack from Mudd brand available at Kohls.  Her long wavy hair goes well with the mini pack. We are loving the velvet craze and want velvet everything.

Model:  Karen Stolman, M.D.   Photographer:  Olivia Anderson, M.A.

Velvet in green and Pink

Crushed velvet is showing up everywhere this season.   It is great mixed in with other textures or on its own.  
The green tee is from Nordstrom Rack, and the pink tee shirt dress is from Forever 21.

These are super comfy olive green suede low heel boots with gold chain detail on the heel, and inside zip, from Michael Kors.
See link below to purchase at Dillards.  They are also available at Macys

This is a lovely floral dress from Zara.  It has the high prairie collar.  I credit my good friend Abby for wearing it first at a recent Western wedding I attended.

Model:  Karen Stolman, M.D., Photographer:  Olivia Anderson, Master Aesthetician

To purchase dress, try this link...

We loved the corset look that is popular this fall.  This 3/4 sleeve top is from Express, and comes in white and red.  It is just adorable and goes well with skirt or pants.
The high/low, satin, pastel green skirt is from Forever 21.  

Model:  Karen Stolman, M.D.,  Photographer:  Olivia Anderson, Master Aesthetician.

Mule slides above

The Mule slides are made by STEVE MADDEN, and were purchased at Nordstrom Rack
The ankle boots are made by and purchased at ZARA

I wear a women's 8-8.5, if you are wondering.
To purchase ankle boots check out link below,

Model:  Olivia Anderson,  Master Aesthetician;  Photographer:  Karen Stolman, M.D.

We love these earrings that celebrate the human figure in a Picasso-like way.
You can find them at Mango

Model:  Karen Stolman, M.D.,  Photographer:  Olivia Anderson, Master Aesthetician

Pearls are really in this season.  These are multi-colored pearls to compliment my grays and browns.
This necklace is my own, and was a gift from my mother in the 90's.  It is meant to inspire and apologies that I cannot give you a link to purchase.

Model:  Karen Stolman, M.D.,   Photographer:  Oivia Anderson, M.A.

Lace with pin-stripes and bows.  So cute.
This shirt is from Zara

Model:  Karen Stolman, M.D.  Photographer:  Olivia Anderson, M.D.

More Lace detail on this paisley print blouse by "Exhiliration" from Target

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Amazing Wart Treatment for Killer Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are warts that occur on the plantar (or bottom) aspect of the foot.  They are notoriously stubborn warts.  Before I share this awesome home remedy that has worked for numerous of my patients, I want to give a little more wart background info.

Plantar warts are caused by the human papilloma virus, yes the same virus that is linked to genital warts and cervical cancer but a different strain(s).  The best way to tell if you have a wart on your foot, rather than a callus or other growth that may mimic a wart, is look for your normal skin footprint. Where the wart is present, you will see a disruption in the skin markings.  In addition, warts are very vascular or have a rich blood supply, which can be seen as brown or black dots (tips of dried blood vessels) that some people mistakenly describe as seeds.  Warts do not have roots or seeds.  Warts are passed by contact from person to person, and sometimes from infected objects like a nail file, foot pumice or buff, etc.  Warts spread to dry friction-prone areas of the skin, so to reduce spread and avoid infection, it is important to moisturize the wart-prone skin.

Warts have no perfect cure, even at the dermatologist's office, so home remedies that may work are worth looking at.  It is hopeful that someday there will be a vaccine to protect from the strains of Human Papilloma Virus that infect our feet, but for now that does not exist.

A patient of mine gave me permission to share her amazing cure photos for her son's stubborn plantar warts.  She is not the first person I have heard of succeeding with this wart busting regimen.  I have met at least two others and heard of many more.

Here is the regimen:
step 1.  Apply Dr. Bragg's or similar Apple Cider Vinegar to warts.  Try soaking cotton balls with the vinegar and tape the cotton balls to the warts for at least 15 minutes.
step 2.  Apply Oregano Essential Oil (my patient used Doterra Brand) three times a day to the warts until they clear, or completely flake off.  It takes about three weeks for plantar warts like these, maybe less time for other warts.  Note, I have advised some of my patients to purchase oregano oil for this treatment, but the only brand that consistently seems to work is Doterra.   I do not work for Doterra.

Here are the pictures, Day 1 or first day of treatment, ending with post-treatment cure!
We are looking at the bottom of a teen boy's foot.  See the yellowish warts turn white after soaking with the apple cider vinegar, and then more white after days of treatment with the oregano oil.

The "octopus sucker" look as my patient described

Hallellujah !!
This looks like a cure !!

Disclaimer:  This is what doctor's like to term a case report of a successful treatment.  I am not aware of a controlled study with a significant sample size of patients to confirm that this home remedy works as well as in-office treatments like liquid nitrogen or laser or chemotherapy injections or candida injections or even other home remedies like duct tape, but it seems worth trying. I do not work for Doterra or Dr. Bragg.