In Like a Lion…Out Like a Lamb!

Each month we’re here to give our fabulous followers the latest news and insider tips from deme’s team of experts. So far March has come in like a lion, but we have the health and beauty tips and tricks for you to go out like a lamb. Spring is around the corner so stock up on all the cosmetic secrets that will have you looking and feeling fresh by the time the flowers blossom!

With every wish for your continued health and fabulousness,
Your devoted team at deme.


 Skin Care

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The Simply Opulent Collection is an ensemble of Avery Graham’s premier luxury formulations offered exclusively at select institutions, including deme.

All Simply Opulent products create new level of clinical transformation, combining vital nutrients, pharmaceutical ingredients, and natural oils that target the tissue to restructure skin. Each day, brilliance ignites with enhanced hydration, firmness, and illumination with restored vitality.

To learn more about The Simply Opulent Collection, look out for featured products on our Facebook and E-Mail Newsletter throughout the month as we guide and prepare your skin for spring!


 Hair Rejuvenation

Hair Transplant Recovery Timeline and After Care Tips

Many patients at the Griffin Hair Restoration Center of Philadelphia have concerns about the recovery period following a hair transplant. Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) is an ambulatory (same-day) surgery, meaning you can return home after the procedure has been completed. Dr. Tom Griffin will send you home with written post-operative instructions, as well as any necessary pain medication and antibiotics.

Crucial Tips to Follow After Your FUT:

  • For the first few nights following your hair transplant, sleep with your head elevated
  • Do not drink alcohol for the first three days following your FUT
  • Do not smoke for the first two weeks following your FUT

Post-Operative Recovery Timeline & What to Expect

The rate of recovery depends on multiple factors:

  • Your individual healing time
  • The method your surgeon used for extraction of the hair follicles (Strip Harvesting vs. ARTAS Robotic Hair Restoration)
  • The size of the recipient region
  • And most importantly, the skill of the surgeon
Day 1 Following Surgery On the night of surgery, icing of the forehead is very important to help prevent swelling of the forehead and face.This should be done until falling asleep, 20min on 20 min off.We recommend sleeping somewhat upright on a recliner or on several pillows for the first several days.We supply a neck pillow to stabilize the head.It is possible to see mild focal bleeding but not continuous bleeding during the first night and day following surgery.Patients should notify the staff of any significant bleeding.We will see you on the day after surgery to ensure that the grafts have stayed in place over night and to clean up any residual or dried blood. Prescribed medications should be taken as directed on day one.We provide a post op kit which contains a spray which helps healing which can start on day one after surgery.We recommend leaving the grafts alone during the first several days other than using the spray and icing the forehead.
Days 2-3 Following Surgery Some swelling may occur on the forehead and possibly around the eyes and cheeks, usually on day 3 or 4.If this occurs, warm compresses are recommended which will dissipate the swelling.Soreness and numbness may persist in the donor site and recipient site.Scabs will begin to form as your scalp heals. It is crucial that you do not pick at the scabs as this will disrupt the grafts and can lead to loss of grafts. Continue the spray and on day 3-4 begin to use the soaking pads provided in the post op kit on the grafts.Use the ointment provided on the donor area.Continue soaking, spraying and taking the prescribed medication through the first week.
One Week Following Surgery At this point, most, if not all, of the residual numbness, swelling and soreness will have subsided. We will see you one week post op.Some stitches will be removed from the donor site if you had a strip procedure.The staff will try to gently remove some scabs from the grafts.Normal shampooing can resume at this time.
7-14 Days Following Surgery The scabs will be almost entirely gone and you may start to see some shedding of the small hairs in the grafts. This is part of the healing process and should not cause alarm. It is the follicles which are transplanted and these will heal and produce a new hair.
14-30 Days Following Surgery Your transplanted hair will continue to shed. At the end of one month your hair will look much like it did immediately before your surgery. If you color your hair or use topical hair growth products these may be resumed in approximately 3 weeks post op.
2-3 Months Following Surgery The transplanted hair will begin to grow. Some or all of the hair that has been shed in the prior month will grow back.
3-12 Months Following Surgery You will continue to see changes in the length, density and possibly texture of your hair. This hair is yours to groom as you please. Full results can be seen 6 to 12 monthsfollowing your hair transplantation surgery with Dr. Griffin.

 Nutrition

Natural, Vegan, Organic, Whole Grain, Gluten-Free, Kosher….what does it all mean? Looking at food labels today can be scary and confusing, but fear no more. We put together a go-to guide for navigating your health and your grocery list!

Food-labelNatural
The term “natural” can be applied to any product. In general, natural foods should not be processed and should not contain artificial coloring, added flavors, or synthetic substances. However, since there are no government regulations on the term, any product can be advertised as “all natural,” although chances are, it is not.  If you are concerned about a product’s claim, contact the manufacturer or check the company website for a list of ingredients.

Vegan
The term “vegan” refers to a vegetarian diet that eliminates all animal products including meat, dairy, and any other products containing ingredients that may have been derived from an animal. A vegan diet consists of grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits.

Organic
“Organic” is a highly regulated term and strictly enforced by the FDA. This means that any product advertised as “organic” has been inspected to earn the label. The National Organic Program follows the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 to ensure that organic farming follows “site-specific conditions by integrating cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity.” There is no use of synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers in organic farming, but some organic pesticides are approved for use under limited conditions. Generally, organic products are not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or synthetic food additives.

Zero Trans Fats
Just because a food product is labeled with “zero trans fat” does not actually mean that the product is completely free of it. If a serving of food contains 0.5 grams or less of trans fat, it may still be labeled as “zero trans fat,” according to FDA guidelines. Only a label claiming “no trans fat” can ensure that there is none present in that product. Be sure to check the nutrition facts for partially hydrogenated oils, as these are the main source of trans fat in processed foods. According to the American Heart Association, trans fat raises bad cholesterol levels and lowers good levels. It also increases the risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Whole Grain
“Whole grain” is defined by the the Whole Grains Council as a “foods containing all the essential parts and naturally-occurring nutrients of the entire grain seed in their original proportions. If the grain has been processed (e.g., cracked, crushed, rolled, extruded, and/or cooked), the food product should deliver the same rich balance of nutrients that are found in the original grain seed.” In order for a food to bear the term “whole grain,” it must meet the above definition. In other words, 100% of the original grain kernel must be present in the food in order for it to be considered whole grain. The term is regulated and can be trusted when seen on a label. However, be careful as terms like “wheat bread,” “100% wheat,” and “multigrain” are not the same as “whole grain.”

Gluten Free
The term “gluten free” was officially regulated in August 2013. The FDA defines gluten free foods as those that contain less than 20 ppm (parts per million) of gluten. Additionally, gluten free foods must not contain: an ingredient that is any type of wheat, rye, barley, or crossbreeds of these grains, an ingredient derived from these grains and that has not been processed to remove gluten, or an ingredient derived from these grains and that has been processed to remove gluten if it results in the food containing 20 or more ppm of gluten. Foods that inherently do not contain gluten, like milk, can also be labeled gluten free even if they were not tested. These FDA regulations also apply to the terms “no gluten,” “without gluten,” and “free of gluten.”

Kosher 
The term “kosher” refers to “foods that are in accord with Kashrut, the set of Jewish dietary laws that regulate how food is processed and what food is safe to eat when.” This means that kosher foods have been inspected and blessed by a rabbi to ensure that the dietary laws of Judaism are met. Food may not be considered kosher if they include ingredients derived from non-kosher animals or from kosher animals that were not properly slaughtered according to ritual. A mixture of meat and milk, wine that was not produced under proper supervision, or products prepared with non-kosher machinery can also be considered non-kosher. The symbol “K” represents a product has been inspected and approved by a kosher certifying agency while “K-D” means that a product contains dairy.


Eyebrows

nika-browperfect_afterBig things are happening in the world of brows right now. Besides the standard shaping and tinting to get you ready for spring, Ani White has expanded her current repertoire to include brow extensions and brow hair transplants.

Brow extensions use natural or synthetic hair to temporarily enhance the shape of your brows as well as add fullness, depth and length to brows that are thinning or over tweezed. This hair can be applied to the natural brow as well as to the skin so it can really change the overall shape of your brows.

If you are interested in a more permanent solution, a brow transplant might be perfect for you. This is a new and innovative service that would be ideal for the client that has hair loss due to over tweezing, chemotherapy, alopecia or just loss of fullness over time. Ani is working with Dr. Thomas Griffin of The Griffin Hair Restoration Center of Philadelphia to create the perfect brow shape for your face. If you have ever dreamed of having “the perfect brows” this is your chance to make that a reality.

Please call deme at 215-561-3363 to schedule a consultation with Ani.


Plastic Surgery

The Truth About ATX-101 by Dr. Kevin Cross

ATX-101 is the first injectable product that has FDA approval to treat fatty deposits, specifically those under the chin.  People will likely be seeing a lot of press related to ATX-101.  It was recently shown on the Today Show.

ATX-101 is able to “melt fat” by damaging fat cells in a way that allows the body to resorb the cells.  While the product does work, it is not the revolutionary new treatment that we all hoped it would be.  Many patients have seen wonderful results, but patient selection is crucial.  The fat may not dissolve evenly or predictably and often requires multiple treatment to see a result.  Furthermore, side effects like bruising, pain, and divots where fat was irregularly resorbed have been seen with some frequency.  Lastly, often the fat under the skin is helping to hide loose skin or muscle bands.  When the fat is haphazardly removed, these other problems are unmasked.

Many patients will fall into the trap of spending considerable time and money using an unpredictable product with varying results because it is “less invasive”, when a short 15 minute liposuction procedure would have been more effective and less expensive.

While ATX-101 will hopefully find a role in our list of options to treat regions of fat excess, as always, the most important thing for a patient to do is to meet with a provider that has knowledge and experience with many therapeutic options and to have an informative and candid discussion with that provider to figure out which option is best for each individual.


Psychiatry

If you have a loved one struggling with substance use, read Dr. Michael Ascher’s article from the The Huffington Post and be sure to check out this upcoming workshop “Helping Your Loved One Change Their Substance Use.” RSVP has been extended to March 15th.

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