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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Transition Your Skin Care Routine from Summer to Fall

You likely have your skin care routine and products that you’ve been using for as long as you can remember. But as the seasons change, your skin does too. The same way you trade in your summer flip flops for boots in the fall, you need to modify your skin care routine and products.

You should seasonally change up heavier moisturizers, Vitamin C complexes and eye creams for puffiness and dryness. Try using a serum to add additional ingredients to your skin while your sleep. Because your skin can build up tolerance to certain products after some time, it’s important to note what works and what doesn’t, as well as which products your skin has a positive reaction or a negative reaction to.

To keep your skin looking young and fresh this autumn, we recommend:
  • Exfoliating the face and body to remove the dead, dry skin from the summer 
  • Starting with moderate or aggressive treatments, such as microdermabrasion or chemical peels
  • Adding a slightly thicker moisturizer, depending on your skin type 
  • Continuing using SPF under your makeup
Moreover, if you were ever out in the sun and not completely covered up this summer, odds are that you have some sun damage. Sun damage can range from freckles to dark tans, wrinkly skin and that taut-almost-leathery look. As we head into the fall, laser treatments are popular and effective to treat sun damage and refresh your skin.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Get Fit While at Work

These days, it seems as though more and more people are working longer hours and using the old "no-time-to-exercise" excuse.

Unfortunately, this lack of physical activity can be harmful to your health, as it increases the risk of obesity, back pain, poor posture, leg cramps and tense muscles, among other things.

"The most profitable investment you can make in life is in your physical fitness," says sports medicine Michael C. Schettino, MD. "Any type of physical activity can improve an individual's health."

Wouldn't it be great if you could find a way to fit in some type of workout during those 8+ work hours?

Well, the good news is…you can. It just requires a slight change in how you work or get to work, to make a meaningful improvement.


Schedule walk-and-talk meetings. Who says a meeting needs to be held around a table? Take a brainstorming stroll with a colleague. If you need to take notes, schedule the meeting at a park where you can sit on a bench.

Avoid the elevator. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends adults get two hours and 30 minutes a week of moderate-intensity exercise to stay fit. Stair climbing for just 10 minutes, three times a day, for example, will total 30 minutes of heart-strengthening exercise, putting you well on your way to reaching that mark.

Take a stand. Set a timer to remind yourself to get out of your chair every 30 minutes. Use this time to walk to the water cooler or check in on a project.


Workout at WorkReach for the sky. Sitting at a desk all day can lead to neck pain between the shoulder blades. You can reduce the pain by reaching both arms up to the ceiling and arching your back. Then bring your arms down and stretch forward, opening the upper back. Do this every 20 minutes.

Stretch out your shoulders. Sit straight in your chair and reach one hand behind your back with your palm out. Then reach your other hand up and bend it down, trying to touch both hands. Hold for 10 seconds.

Point your fingers. Typing for eight straight hours can be harmful to your hands, wrist and forearms. Stretch one hand in front of you, pointing your fingers toward the ground. Use your other hand to gently push your fingers down and toward your body. Repeat on the other side. Then, stretch your hands upward doing the same.


Tone your arms wherever you can. A great way to sneak fitness into your day is to do a few push-ups here and there. Remember, all you need is a flat surface – and it doesn’t need to be horizontal. Simply lean against a wall, desk or other sturdy surface and get a few reps in.

Rise up out of your chair. Even if you are stuck in your chair all day, you can still get some core work in. Throughout the day, simply lift yourself off your chair with your arms.  If your chair is on wheels, it'll be even harder to hold your body still.

Get your legs up. While sitting in your chair, extend one leg out straight in front of you and hold for a few seconds. Then raise it up as high as you can and hold it again for a few seconds. Repeat with each leg multiple times.

These simple actions can significantly increase your physical health. Squeezing in a little exercise also improves concentration and could actually improve your productivity. Also, don't forget…

"The steps taken to improve physical fitness today will increase the likelihood of climbing the future steps of tomorrow," said Dr. Schettino.

Interested in more helpful tips for staying healthy? Check out our Patient Resources section.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Considering a Tummy Tuck?

While it’s great for your health, a dramatic weight loss can bring about many unwanted cosmetic changes to your body.

An abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a cosmetic procedure designed to tighten the stomach muscles and reduce excess fat and skin around the midsection. The goal of the surgery is to make the abdomen flatter and smoother and to improve its overall appearance.

Types of Abdominoplasty

There are several types of abdominoplasty procedures, which can be divided into two main groups:
  1. Complete abdominoplasty: A complete abdominoplasty involves the tightening of the muscles and a more complete re-contouring of the soft tissue of the abdomen. It can be safely performed as an outpatient procedure for the vast majority of patients. The recovery period is approximately six weeks before resuming full activity. Those in good physical condition before surgery usually recover more quickly.
  2. Partial abdominoplasty/panniculectomy: Here, surgeons make an incision similar to complete abdominoplasty, but their main goal is the removal of lower abdominal skin laxity without tightening the muscles or re-contouring the upper abdomen. The incision can sometimes be smaller. This type of surgery may be done on an outpatient basis, and the recovery period is generally shorter.
Abdominoplasty requires a horizontal incision across the pubic area and around the navel. Through the incisions, weakened abdominal muscles are repaired and sutured, while excess fat, tissue and skin are removed. Sutures, skin adhesives or clips are then used to close all incisions.

Liposuction is commonly performed in conjunction with abdominoplasty to achieve the best results.

Who is a Good Candidate for Abdominoplasty?

To undergo an abdominoplasty, you should have one or more of the following conditions or characteristics:
  • Excess or sagging abdominal skin
  • Abdominal muscles that have been separated and weakened
  • Excess fatty tissue that is concentrated in the abdomen
  • Currently at an ideal weight
  • Overall good health
  • No future pregnancies planned (if you're a woman)
Penn Medicine board-certified plastic surgeons are skilled, artistic and creative in their approach to cosmetic body contouring. Through the use of cutting-edge procedures and techniques, we help you achieve your surgical goals while recognizing your individual uniqueness. For a comprehensive approach, procedures can be combined into a single operation.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Why Primary Care Is So Important

“At Penn Medicine, our goal is to have long-term relationships that span many, many years and really give the ability for the patient and their primary care provider to bond together with the goal of ultimately giving them a good experience and great outcomes.”
Ronald Barg, MD

The relationship you build with your primary care physician is one of the most important you’ll ever have. At more than 30 locations throughout the region, Penn Medicine primary care physicians partner with patients to provide the highest level of care.

Ronald Barg, MD, Executive Director of Clinical Care Associates recently discussed, among other things, the various types of practices that fall under the primary care umbrella and how Penn Medicine is making it easier for patients of all ages to receive personalized care in their neighborhood.

You Are What You Eat: Achieving Healthy Skin From Within

Did you know that what you eat and drink can affect the health of your skin? On Wednesday, October 8, Ruth Johnson, LMA, MS, will explain the effects nutrition has on your skin at a special Skin Care Program discussion, You Are What You Eat: Achieving Healthy Skin From Within.

Ruth is an aesthetician whose passion is to help people discover new ways to achieve healthy skin. At the event, you’ll have an opportunity to meet Ruth and the skin care team, and ask all your questions. You’ll also enjoy skin care giveaways and discounts, skin care basket raffles and light refreshments.

Please Join Us!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Penn Medicine Radnor
250 King of Prussia Road
Room 203
Radnor, PA 19087

To RSVP, please call 215.662.4286.

Bring a friend and receive 10 percent off your purchase of a skin care service or product!

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