Get holiday ready at deme!

Each month we’re here to give our fabulous followers the latest news and insider tips from deme’s team of experts. It’s November, and the holiday season is upon us. The time is here for you to stuff the bird and carve some pumpkins, so you might as well look and feel great while doing it. Learn how you can take on this holiday season with beauty and poise in November’s edition of deme’s Little Black Book.

With every wish for your continued health and fabulousness,

Your devoted team at deme.

Skin Care

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Make a smooth entrance into all of your upcoming holiday gatherings with the help of Soprano ICE, the coolest new trend in laser hair removal. This new technology from Alma Lasers offers a cooler, faster treatment method for hair removal. Numerous cooling mechanisms create a virtually painless experience without anesthesia or numbing gels. No matter your skin type, Soprano ICE can work for you. Rather than exposing individual hair follicles to a single high energy pulse, which can cause trauma to skin with a high melanin count, the laser technology gradually heats the skin until the required heat energy is delivered to the hair follicle. This provides optimal safety and comfort for all, especially those with darker skin types.

Soprano ICE is clinically-proven to create smoother results while minimizing the chance of negative side effects. It is FDA-approved and safe to use on skin year round. So while the winter weather may take its toll on your skin, Soprano ICE will not!

 Cosmetic Injectables

What Ages Us Most? By Maria Schafer, RN, BSN 

During this time of year, nothing seems to cause more gray hairs and wrinkles than hosting your in-laws for a holiday dinner, but what do you think ages your appearance the most? Is it lines and wrinkles? Is it discoloration? Sagging skin? Truthfully, it is a combination of all of these factors, but there is one major underlying cause that contributes to the sagging, lines, and wrinkles that appear. The answer is a loss of fullness.

It is the cruel irony of aging that as we grow older, we seem to accumulate fat around our bellies, but we lose the fat in our faces. The youthful face presents a picture of a face with full, rounded cheeks. That is because fat plays a large part in filling out the skin and keeps our faces looking smooth and supple.

However, the loss of facial fat is not the only factor in this equation. There are also muscular and skeletal changes that affect the aging process. All of this adds up to an overall decrease in facial fullness.

So, if loss of fullness is primarily responsible for aging our faces, then why is a face lift the go-to procedure for some looking to reclaim a younger appearance? The truth is, many patients have other, more effective options. More practitioners are seeking to improve the appearance of the aging face not through stretching the skin tighter, but filling it from the inside. Enter the age of the Liquid Face Lift.

What Is a Liquid Face Lift?
A liquid face lift is the lifting, plumping, filling, smoothing, and re-contouring of the face with the use of injectable dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, Perlane, Radiesse, and Sculptra.  As part of the overall procedure, these products are often used together in addition to Botox or Dysport.

The Use of Botox or Dysport
The use of Botox or Dysport along with dermal fillers can make for better and longer-lasting results. When injected into certain areas, they effectively relax the muscles that are responsible for making certain facial expressions. These repetitive facial expressions contribute to the breakdown of collagen in certain areas, leading to deep creases and expression lines. Repeated overuse of surrounding muscles will cause the filler to breakdown more quickly. This breakdown shortens the longevity of the filler so that more injections are needed to maintain results.

Face Lift of the Future?
The liquid face lift seems to be a good option for addressing the signs of aging without going under the knife. In many ways, the risks seem less than those of a surgical approach and the results can be quite impressive from an aesthetic standpoint. However, it is important for you to decide if it’s worthwhile to go in for a touch-up periodically to maintain your results. It is important to remember that the aging process does not stop and these procedures are necessary to maintain a youthful appearance.


Healthy Holiday Recipes

Is your family sick of eating the same holiday meal year after year? Spice up your menu with fresh new recipes that will keep your family healthy and happy! deme’s nutrition expert Tracey McDermott shared her seasonal treats that make for a holiday dinner that everyone will love.

Kale and White Bean Soup 

italian white bean, potato and kale soup 2Yields 10 cups
Time: 1 hour

1⁄2 cup sun-dried tomatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1⁄2 cups chopped onions
2 garlic cloves coarsely chopped
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons ground fennel seeds
1 small fennel bulb, diced (about 2 cups)
1 cup diced carrots
1 1⁄2 cups diced potatoes
2 teaspoons dried thyme or 1 tablespoon fresh
1⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 cups chopped fresh tomatoes or one 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
3 cups cooked white beans (two 15-ounce cans drained)
4 cups water or vegetable stock
5 or 6 cups loosely packed chopped kale
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
If you don’t chop the fennel and carrots beforehand, you’ll probably have trouble keeping up with this cooking schedule. On the other hand, it doesn’t hurt to cook a little longer at each stage.

In a small bowl, soak the sun-dried tomatoes in boiling water to cover. In a covered soup pot on medium-low heat, warm the olive oil. Add the onions, garlic, and salt and cook for about 5 minutes. Add the ground fennel and diced fennel bulb and cook for about 3 minutes. Stir in the carrots, potatoes, thyme, and black pepper and cook for 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes, beans, and water or stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the potatoes are just tender. If the soup is too thick, add another cup of water. Meanwhile, remove the sun-dried tomatoes from the soaking liquid and coarsely chop. Add the kale and sun- dried tomatoes to the pot. Simmer for about 10 minutes, until the kale is tender. Stir in the lemon juice. Season with more salt and black pepper to taste. Serve with bread and cheese. Fresh fruit would be good, too. Enjoy with friends!

Excerpted with permission from The Moosewood Restaurant Favorites: 250 Most Requested, Naturally Delicious Recipes from one of America’s Best Loved Restaurants

Kabocha Squash Soup

3 1/2 pounds kabocha squash (approximately 2 medium sized squash, enough to yield 3 1/2 cups meat), halved and seeded
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 cups medium diced onion (1 medium or large onion)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt + some to taste
1 quart water
1 stick kombu (in sea vegetable section of Whole Foods, Essene, etc. Lightly rinse before using)
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon fresh ginger juice (grate fresh ginger into cheesecloth, squeeze into bowl)
umeboshi vinegar to taste (sold in sea vegetable section Whole Foods, Essene etc. Enhances flavor, use sparingly during cooking, also add dash before reheating/serving if desired)
1 to 2 scallions, sliced thinly to garnish serving bowl
pumpkin seed oil (found at Whole Foods, Essene or specialty food stores…delicious & so worth it!)

Scrape stringy fibers from squash. Steam squash in a large covered pot over boiling water until soft, 15 minutes or so. Transfer to a bowl and let cool. Heat oil over low heat in a 3-4 quart saucepan or stock pot. Add onion and salt and cook gently on low heat so onions don’t brown, very slow for about 20-30 minutes, stirring often to prevent browning. Add water and kombu to onions; bring to a boil and simmer, covered for 10 minutes. Remove kombu. Using a large spoon, scrape flesh from squash skin (there should be about 3.5 cups of flesh/orange meat). Discard skin. In several batches, combine 1/2 blender full of orange meat with 1/2 blender full of onion/water broth in high powered blender. Process until smooth and creamy. Continue until all soup is smooth and creamy but flows easily with a spoon, not in thick mounds. Pour blended soup back into soup pot if not already. Reheat and stir in ginger juice. Season to taste with salt and umeboshi vinegar. (Umeboshi is salty so drizzle in increments and taste) Garnish with drizzled pumpkin seed oil and scallions if desired.

Yields 4-6 serving, can double with exact measurements. Copyright by Jenny Matthau. All rights reserved.

 Hair Rejuvenation

Hair Transplantation

Procedure-Small1Hair transplantation is a common procedure among men and women with balding and thinning hair. At deme, Dr. Thomas Griffin of the Griffin Robotic Hair Restoration Center of Philadelphia practices the ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant, the latest advancement in hair restoration technology. Dr. Griffin answered his patients’ most frequently asked questions so you can decide for yourself if ARTAS is right for you.

How does the ARTAS Robot work?
A: The ARTAS Robotic Procedure is a minimally invasive hair restoration solution that leverages digital imaging and precision robotics to harvest healthy hair grafts for transplantation. ARTAS provides natural-looking, permanent hair by removing the patient’s own hair that is not subject to pattern baldness and transplanting each follicle individually for the most natural results. There is no need for the surgical removal of a band of tissue from the back and sides of the head, no linear scar left after surgery, and no need for stitches or staples to close the wound. The benefit is a quick recovery time and the ability to return to normal activities and work sooner. Patients are typically awake, watching a movie or listening to music while the procedure takes place.

Q: How is the ARTAS procedure different from the old hair transplant techniques?
A: The old fashioned technique of “hair plugs” required the harvesting of large patches of hair that left patients with an awkward and unnatural hair appearance once implanted. In the ARTAS Robotic Procedure, hairs are harvested in their natural groupings and then transplanted individually by the physician. Individual transplantation provides a desired look of an even hairline and a fuller head of hair.

Q: Is the procedure painful?
A: Patients experience virtually no pain, only some minor discomfort. Some may experience swelling, which usually subsides in about three days. The procedure is performed in a doctor’s office and only requires a local anesthetic.

Q: How long is the recovery time?
A: Recovery time is quick. Patients return home immediately and are typically back at work in a few days.

Q: How long does the procedure take?
A: Each patient’s needs are unique, so the ARTAS transplant usually takes anywhere from four to eight hours. Patients are comfortably seated throughout the process.

Q: Will there be visible scars after the procedure?
A: Since the ARTAS System does not require the removal large areas of hair follicles from the scalp or suturing, patients experience minimal scarring in the donor area. Your hairstyle will not be limited by having to cover up scars.


unnamedWe are very proud and excited to announce the release of The Behavioral Addictions, a new book by deme’s very own Director of Psychiatry, Dr. Michael Ascher and his colleague Dr. Petros Levounis.

The Behavioral Addictions is the first American Psychiatric Publishing title to explore the diagnosis and treatment of patients who suffer from behavioral addictions, extreme forms of which share specific characteristics with severe forms of substance use disorders. These characteristics include tolerance (the need to use the substance or perform the troublesome behavior at higher doses, or more and more frequently, in order to achieve the same effect); withdrawal (feelings of restlessness, irritability, and discontent following abrupt discontinuation of the substance or the behavior); obsessive thinking and planning that block out anything other than obtaining or engaging in the addictive agent or behavior; and accompanying external consequences in related to finances, health, interpersonal relationships, legal affairs, etc. Although not all behavioral addictions are currently recognized as such by DSM-5, both substances and behaviors can hijack a person’s pleasure-and-reward brain circuitry, causing great suffering.

This case-based volume is practical and engaging and offers many features that make it not only informative but also accessible and entertaining:

  • Behaviors covered, both those widely recognized and those less commonly accepted, involve exercise, food, gambling, Internet gaming, Internet surfing, kleptomania, love, sex, shopping, work, tanning, and e-mailing/texting.
  • Introductory chapters discuss the relationship of behavioral or process addictions to substance use disorders across many spheres, and they provide an overview of the behavioral addictions from neurobiological, theoretical, clinical, and forensic perspectives.
  • Gambling disorder is now classified in DSM-5 as a behavioral addiction, lending credence to the construct of behavioral addictions and providing precedent for future consideration of other behavioral addictions, such as those highlighted in the volume.
  • Each chapter focuses on a real-life case study of a patient with a behavioral addiction. Videos that accompany the volume demonstrate encounters between a clinician and a patient exhibiting an addiction. This puts material on assessment, treatment, etc. into a real-world context.
  • Key points for review and multiple-choice questions are included at the end of each chapter.

Not simply an exaggeration of everyday social and personal ailments, these behavioral conditions present clinicians with unique and poorly researched challenges in everyday clinical practice. The Behavioral Addictions helps the reader to determine not only where to draw the line between healthy and unhealthy levels of participation in a behavior, but also how to intervene in ways that are therapeutic, effective, and evidence-based.


 Holiday Make-Up Trends

collection-Beautiful-Holiday-Eye-Makeup-2014For the holiday season, sparkles can be your go-to look for a festive face, but a completely matte finish can be just as striking. To get that flawless, matte face for your seasonal gatherings, start by applying a primer specifically designed to soak up oils then follow up with a liquid foundation. Add a powder on top for an even finish. A bright red lip and some simple black eye liner will complete the look. If you’re feeling more daring, try a dark lipstick- but be careful to keep it glam, not goth! Balance out a deep berry shade with a heavy mascara.

For a more festive aesthetic, you can never go wrong with a little sparkle for the holidays! Apply a silver or gold metallic shadow all over your lids then add a shimmery black liner to the outer lid corners. When choosing a metallic shadow, consider products with a cream-based formula for a bold impact and keep the rest of your makeup matte so your eyes really shine. Finish off the look with some matching pink blush and lip gloss.

The key take away from this season is bold colors. Do not limit yourself to black liner. A shimmery blue-green shade is a gorgeous match for brown eyes. Green-eyed girls can try a purple liner while blue eyes will really pop with a bright magenta or reddish violet. Liquid liner works best with brighter hues since it won’t smudge as easily as a pencil. For a fresh spin on a classic cat eye, use an ultra-thin liquid or felt-tip eyeliner to draw a wing from your outer corners, angling it towards your temple. If you’re using a colored liner, again, keep the rest of your look basic with the eyes being the focal point.

If you’re having trouble choosing a color palette, purple is the eye shadow color of the season. It’s easy to wear, and so much more fun than traditional neutral shades. To keep it from feeling “costumey,” choose a light plum shadow with a slight shimmer, and stick to black mascara and liner at the waterline. If you want to go that extra mile, add a strip lash or individual lashes to create that over-the-top look. If a smoky eye feels a little too much for you, try rocking a less intense version of the trend by layering nude and light gray shadows, but skipping the eyeliner altogether. Add mascara to your top lashes only.

bronzed-Step-2-croppedIf you prefer simpler make-up, create a cool monochromatic look by sticking to one shade for your eyes, cheeks, and lips, but mix up the finish on each feature. Do a neutral shimmery eye, matte cheeks, and glossy lips to keep your look from feeling flat. Add a pretty glow this winter by swapping your blush out for bronzer. Choose a bronzer that is just a shade or two lighter than your skin tone for a pretty, natural glow. The key is to apply shimmery bronzer starting at your forehead and sweeping down to hit under your cheekbones and then your jawline. Finish off by applying an illuminating highlighter to the apples of your cheeks. Even if you aren’t headed anywhere warm over winter break, you can always fake that gorgeous glow!