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Winter Skin Care Tips

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The winter is about to begin…. Don’t forget about your skin.

“Oh the weather outside is frightful” as the popular holiday song reminds us, but there is no reason why your face needs to be.   Winter climates mean we must pay a bit more attention to our skin, if we want it to be youthful for many seasons to come and avoid the risk of permanent injury.

The rosy red cheeks we get after coming in from the cold can cause dryness tightness, flaking, cracking and inflammation of the skin called eczema.  And although the warmth from the heat or fireplace when you get inside feels great, that too is drying to the skin. If left unattended, this will lead to premature aging and potentially irreversible damage to the skin.

Here are some simple tips to keep the skin kissable, once the mistletoe is no longer around.

  1. Find a skin care specialist to help you choose the products that are right for you. All skin and skin care products are not the same. Many have little or no value, and some can actually cause injury to the skin. Our office is committed to the science of skin care programs to address the specific needs of various skin types, areas, and pigmentation. And our products will not break the bank in the process.
  2. Moisturize your skin because once the damage is done, it’s done! While you may have found a moisturizer for your skin that works in the summer, the winter is more demanding. Depending upon skin type, many lotions labeled “night creams” may be more protective to the skin and help retain moisture, in part because moisturizer is oil-based.
  3. Sunblock is not just for summer. Winter sports and snow glare make sunblock important.  Remember the rule of 30’s – SPF 30 and apply 30 minutes before you go out.  Photo-damage leads to permanent skin changes including wrinkles, deep pigment changes and skin cancer.
  4. Don’t forget about your hands. Because the skin is thinner on the hands, it is much more difficult to keep them moisturized in the winter.
  5. Avoid wet socks and gloves.  They can irritate the skin and cause cracking, drying and infection.
  6. Adding a humidifier at home can help to bring healing moisture into the air and prevent drying, cracking and ulceration of the skin.
  7. Don’t forget about your feet. Use an exfoliant to get dead skin off the feet so moisturizers will work better. And consider using a petroleum product for greater moisturizing.
  8. Avoid alcohol-based toners, cleaners and astringents, which strip protective oils from your skin. Consider cleansing milk, deep foaming cleaners or deep hydrating products we have in our office. We also carry Epionce products and often combine them to restore youthful healthy skin.

While winter is “the most wonderful time of the year” to many, it does require some preparation.  Follow these simple winter tips or call or visit our office. We’ll give you what you need to look your best. Then, “let it snow let it snow let it snow.”

The Surgeon and the General

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Dr Rochman and General Milley

General Mark A. Milley, 39th Chief of Staff of the United States Army and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, United States Department of Defense, and Dr. Guy Rochman, Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Worldpath Health and Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, discuss the importance of the Worldpath Health role in international healthcare, and agree that healthcare transcends politics and national borders.

General Milley is from Massachusetts, having attended Belmont Hill School and Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He holds a Master of Arts degree in international relations from Columbia University and the United States Naval War College. He is also a graduate of the MIT Center for International Studies.

Dr. Rochman is the founder of Worldpath Health, headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Rochman graduated “cum laude” from Harvard University and Boston University School of Medicine. He served as a General Surgery Intern and resident at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts, and completed his plastic surgery fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

Pollution: Public Enemy Number One For Your Skin

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The danger of Sun Exposure and Ultraviolet Exposure (UV-A and UV-B) has long been known. I have written about the importance of protection from the sun in numerous articles and reports both here and elsewhere.  Even on cloudy days we must respect the power of the sun’s rays both in terms of cancer as well as premature aging of the skin.

However, our industrialized society also poses signification risks and hazards by exposure of chemicals and impurities to the protective barrier to the skin.

Pollution and smog result from chemicals that have become aerosolized and thus impact upon the purity of the air.  While urban areas are generally prone to higher risks, “air pollution” can be present and look different depending upon where one lives.  Arid and desert environments have a high incidence of dust pollution, areas near forests can have air polluted by smoke from wild fires, and agricultural areas can have air polluted by chemicals used on farms.

Any time chemical particulate matter is in the air, this type of pollution will play a role in the aging of skin.  This is why it is essential to defend your skin with a well-designed skin program.

Our office has created skin care protocols and programs for both male and female skin which are uniquely designed to:

  • Reduce the visible appearing of aging
  • Clean out the pores and particulate matter and smooth the skin
  • Add anti-aging vitamins for the skin
  • Protect from UV damage
  • Provide a barrier against environmental factors that compromise the skin

The skin is the largest organ in our body, and our first line of defense against the environment.   With just a very few minutes of attention every day, our skin can remain youthful and healthy.  Contact our office for a consultation today to find out more about how to keep your skin at its best.

Remember, when it comes to sun, smog and smoke, we all have skin in the game!

Brighten up your face—have a good laugh

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“Summer time, and the livin’ is easy.  Fish are jumping, and the cotton is high.

Your daddy’s rich, and your momma’s good lookin…” Those George Gershwin lyrics from Porgy and Bess are 8 decades old, but still easy to relate to, especially as the days get shorter, the shadows get longer, and we savor the last days of our soft, short summer in Boston.

When we think of summer, we think of vacations. When my daughters were little ones, we would keep a special diary for each summer family vacation.   Everyone was encouraged to make a daily entry.  Everything was fair game.

Today, my daughters are successful and beautiful women.  And as the summer draws to a labor day close, and the academic world comes to life, we found ourselves sitting around the dinner table this past Sunday and reliving past summer holidays.   Somehow, as if by magic, those decades old vacation diaries appeared on the table, as we savored our apple pie.  The memories, dimmed by the background noise of life, seemed to jump off the pages, yellowed and wrinkled by the passage of time.   So there we sat for hours, reading our commentaries on vacations from years past. So hilarious, we laughed and laughed till our sides hurt!

I could not remember laughing so much in a long, long time. And when my eyes closed to a wonderful night, I marveled at how good I felt … invigorated, refreshed and uplifted.  How good it was to laugh

As a physician, and a surgeon, I know how important it is for our health and well-being to nourish our five senses.   Our Sunday dinner reminded me of how important it is to exercise the sixth sense— our sense of humor!

Every day we find ourselves facing difficult and trying situations. But when we laugh, somehow we are reminded that there is more than one way to look a situation.  Laughter shifts our perspectives.  It opens our minds to new possibilities

The scientific literature is replete with evidence documenting the importance of laughter in many aspects of health.  Laughter reduces the body production of numerous stress hormones.  Laughter boosts the body immune system.  Laughter increases our pain tolerance and enhances our creativity.  Humor has been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety and lessen depression. It makes us more likeable.  It’s fun. And guess what…it keeps us young!

As world-renowned associate professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. David Simon has said “discussing laughter is like talking about making love or talking about  a good meal.  The real value is not in the description but in the experience.  Let yourself get carried away with laughter”

The Changing Face of Plastic Surgery- Part One—The Millennial Factor

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America’s appetite for plastic surgery continues to grow, rising by a staggering 115% since the new millennium.  It seems, however, that some of the popular “menu items” are different. The types of procedures that patients are choosing is changing, as more specialized treatments become available.  There are several reasons for both the continued growth and the shift in trends.

We are seeing a new group of consumers entering the market place. According to a report released in April 2016 by the Pew Research Center and The United States Census Bureau, Millennial (born 1981-1997) have surpassed Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964) as America’s largest generation.   This generation came of age in the most technologically advanced time in the world, with plastic surgery as a household word. Their growing presence has helped to advance the market place in the direction of less invasive, more proactive and   more sophisticated procedures to “stay young”.

According to David H Song MD, President of the American Society of Plastic Surgery, “Patients have more options that ever before, and working closely with their surgeon, they’re able to focus on specific target areas of the body to achieve the look their desire.”

Over 1.7 million plastic surgery procedures were performed in 2015. The top 5 procedures are breast augmentation, liposuction, nose reshaping, eyelid surgery and tummy tuck.  For the first time since the year 2000, facelift surgery is not in the top 5.  Also of note is the fact that liposuction is down 37% since 2000, eyelid surgery is down 38 % since 2000.  This reflects the move toward new non- invasive or minimally invasive applications (e.g., lasers, light based procedures, ultrasonic fat reduction procedure) .

A closer look at the 15.9 million cosmetic procedures performed in the United

States in 2015 reveals that 14.2 million were minimally invasive.  Botox heads the list of the most common non-invasive procedures, up 759% since 2000.  Soft tissue fillers (e.g. Restylane, Juvederm) are the second most common procedure, up 274% since 2000.  Also on the list are non-invasive facial rejuvenation (lasers, peels etc.) and laser hair removal.  Less invasive procedures can be more affordable and appear to a broader range of patients.

Male patients now comprise about half of the cosmetic surgery market.  What is more dramatic than that number is the fact that men also account for more than 40 percent of aesthetic breast reduction surgeries.  A total of 27,465 procedures were performed on men in 2015 for reduction of male pattern breast tissue (gynecomastia) reflecting a 35% increase since 2000.

Statistics also show that 2015 was ‘the year of the rear’ with buttock implants being the most rapidly growing type of cosmetic surgery.  On average there was a buttock procedure performed every 30 minutes of every day?

The incontrovertible fact is that none of us will ever be any younger that we are this minute.  And the numbers clearly demonstrate that while the demographics may be changing, America’s love for plastic surgery remains a passionate affair.

Searching for the Fountain of Youth? Try More Sleep, Less Sun!

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One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small. And the ones that mother gives you, don’t do anything at all.” I remember those Jefferson Airplane lyrics from a past world. Somehow these words are never more relevant than today. Indeed we have many more pills, potions and solutions than ever before for what ails us. To be sure, we are all the beneficiaries of all that is new in healthcare, medication, and technology. Many of these advances have found their way into down line solutions for the challenges faced by plastic surgeons as we address the challenges of an aging population that embraces youth and vitality. Some are exciting and dramatic. Some have yet to be proven. But is seems, as we edge ever closer to Ponce De Leon’s centuries old journey for the fountain of youth, many of the up line causes for aging remain quite the same, and very preventable.

As I began a recent trip to visit my daughter, headed down Storrow Drive in Boston, for Logan International Airport. I was struck by the hundreds of young people baking in the summer sun, along the banks of the Charles River, in an area often referred to as Boston University Beach. It was a vivid illustration of how people manage to get 80% of their total lifetime sun exposure before the age of 30. The aging process was taking place right in front of me. The sun is the most insidious, sinister and preventable cause of photo aging of the skin.

While passing time with a magazine on my flight, I was fascinated by a statistic that suggested women preferred sleep to anything else on a long list of seemingly far more exciting options. Could that really be factual? To test the premise, I conducted an informal poll among my nurses and patients and indeed it was true. Without sleep, almost nothing else matters!’ In a technologically connected world, where immediate access and accountability has become the expectation, sleep has become even more elusive. Certainly there are many scientific reports of the importance of sleep as part of the body healing process. And since skin is the largest organ in the body, sleep is a critical time for damaged skin cells to repair. Without adequate sleep, the skin ages more quickly.

As a Plastic Surgeon, I am always looking for the best solutions for my patients to fix the flaws and address the signs of aging. We always embrace the latest technologies. We have state of the art lasers to erase wrinkles, simulate collagen synthesis and tighten skin. We have the best fillers to restore facial volume lost in the aging process. We have medications and ultrasound to permanently dissolve unwanted fat.

But all of our treatments work best when the skin is robust and healthy, so we should never overlook one of the most important prescriptions for men, women and children- all skin types and all ages- The magic bullets—More Sleep, Less Sun.

 

Guy M Rochman MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Chief, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital- Milton

Prominent Miami Doctor Talks Velashape

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Dr. Martin N. Zaiac from the Dermatology – General, Cosmetic and Pediatric Department of the Greater Miami Skin and Laser Center is also a fan of Velashape. Watch the video to learn about his input on one of Dr. Rochman’s most sought after procedures. Velashape is a growing technique in the world of cosmetic surgery, and Dr. Rochman is more than qualified to help you learn if the procedure is right for you, and to perform it perfectly.

WorldPath Health, Inc today announced the appointment of CEO Guy M. Rochman, M.D. as Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, CAMBRIDGE, MA, October 12, 2015, 09:17 AM:
WorldPath Health, Inc today announced the appointment of CEO Guy M. Rochman, M.D. as Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School. He will continue to serve as CEO of WorldPath Health, Inc.
Dr. Rochman is founder of WorldPath Health, Inc., a leader in international health care, and has served as CEO since its founding.  Established in 2001, WorldPath Health, Inc. provides complete and coordinated access to the highest quality healthcare to private patients, and their families from around the world through a comprehensive network of the highest rated hospitals and physicians in The United States, Great Britain, and elsewhere, covering virtually every aspect of medicine.
A graduate of Harvard College (B.A.) and Boston university (M.D.), Dr. Rochman completed Fellowship Training at Johns Hopkins University. He maintains an active practice of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Cambridge and Milton, MA.

WorldPath Health and The MOUNT AUBURN HOSPITAL today announce the dedication and naming of THE BASIL AND FARIDA EL-BAZ CENTER FOR MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS AND DEVIC’S DISEASE

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, CAMBRIDGE, MA, December 29, 2014: WorldPath Health and The MOUNT AUBURN HOSPITAL today announce the dedication and naming of THE BASIL AND FARIDA EL-BAZ CENTER FOR MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS AND DEVIC’S DISEASE which took place on Monday, January 29, 2014 at 1:00 PM at 330 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.
Basil El-Baz, through his generosity, establishes the Center with a gift of $1,000,000. Funds from Mr. EI-Baz’s generous gift will be placed into the Basil and Farida El-Baz Fund for Multiple Sclerosis and Devic’s Disease, a restricted fund to support the Center’s ongoing work.
The Center, under the direction of Linda Buchwald, MD, Chief of the Division of Neurology, will support and enhance the work of the hospital’s nationally-recognized Multiple Sclerosis clinical program. The Center includes offices for physicians specializing in MS, Devic’s Disease and related neurological disorders, private patient examination rooms, treatment areas, offices and work areas for nurses and support staff, and a conference room.
WorldPath Health, Inc. is a premier provider of international health care throughout the world. It is based in Cambridge, MA with offices in New York and London.
Basil El-Baz is an Egyptian Industrialist, entrepreneur, business executive, and philanthropist. A Harvard graduate, Mr. El-Baz is Chairman and C.E.O. of Carbon Holdings. He has served as a member of the US-Egyptian Business Council since 2009 and is Chairman of The American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt.
MOUNT AUBURN HOSPITAL is a nationally recognized center distinguished by its interdisciplinary center for patients with Multiple Sclerosis and Devic’s Disease.

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Guy Rochman, MD, Founder and CEO of WorldPath Health has been invited to Shanghai, China to expand operations

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WorldPath Clinic International, Shanghai, China

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, CAMBRIDGE, MA, September 15, 2015, 9:45 AM – Guy Rochman, MD, Founder and CEO of WorldPath Health has been invited to Shanghai, China to expand operations there. Dr. Rochman and members of the WorldPath team will travel to Shanghai to pursue expansion of WorldPath operations in China and surrounding areas.
“We are proud of the great strides that The WorldPath Clinic International in Shanghai has made over the past few years,  and we are very pleased with the impact that WorldPath name  has been able to make in China as an engram for international healthcare excellence,” said Rochman. “As we plan our trip to Shanghai for later this year, I look forward to seeing my old friends there and making new ones as well. I am grateful of Dr. Dacai Xie with whom I have worked for over 14 years for his cordial invitation and his years of ongoing support and friendship.”
In affiliation with the WorldPath Clinic, Dr. Rochman was one of the first US Plastic Surgeons licensed to practice in Shanghai. Dr. Rochman led the WorldPath Health team traveling to China and was closely involved in the formation of The WorldPath Clinic International in Shanghai China, which has become an extremely successful international healthcare center bearing the WorldPath name.