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Here’s a quote I found several years ago: “At 20, beauty is a given; at 30, it is a decision; at 40, it is a commitment, and at 50, it is an investment”. Hmmm. I guess I have reached the investment years. :)
I had printed out this particular piece of wisdom awhile ago, but ran across it again on a recent Saturday, while organizing some files in my office. I thought about all the years I had invested in learning about cosmetic procedures. I have long had an interest in cosmetic dermatology; the combination of science and artistry to help people look better and feel better about themselves has held an enormous appeal for me.
But, five years ago, I discovered a new passion. After a difficult personal experience led me to become disillusioned with traditional, “Western” medicine and its heavy reliance on pharmaceuticals, I discovered a movement called functional medicine. I attended my first meeting here in Austin in 2011 and I was hooked. Here was a way of practicing medicine in a personalized fashion. Practitioners of functional medicine look at the whole person, not just the organ system they happen to specialize in. Over the past 5 years, I have attended functional medicine seminars on subjects across the spectrum of health: gastrointestinal, cardiometabolic, hormones, detox, genomics and energy.
It has been a process, but I am trying to apply functional medicine principles into my daily practice of dermatology. I’ll admit; some people are more receptive to these ideas than others. :)
That is why I now educate patients about optimal gut function and its relationship to chronic inflammation, which can contribute to skin conditions like acne, rosacea, and psoriasis. And how a good diet, avoidance of sugars and refined carbs can help prevent insulin resistance, which can lead to inflammatory states, heart disease, hormonal dysfunction, etc. I hope to continue learning more of this fascinating, and more fulfilling way of practicing medicine.
So, how does functional medicine mesh with cosmetic dermatology? That’s a question I have been grappling with for a few years. I love both and want to continue practicing both. The quotation I shared above has helped me see that beauty and wellness are closely related; after all, if you’re not healthy on the inside, you’re not likely to look good on the outside. It’s all about self care. The best investment we can make is in ourselves, and that encompasses looking our best, and keeping our bodies healthy with good nutrition and exercise. Keeping our brains sharp by maintaining an open and inquisitive mind, giving 100% to whatever it is we do for a living, and nurturing our relationships with family, friends, and co-workers are also lifestyle choices that add to our overall wellbeing. And that is what aging gracefully is all about.
I hope, in future blogs, to share more of what I’ve learned through the functional medicine model, along with cosmetic and general dermatology updates. Thank you for evolving with me!
A big trend in Fall 2015 are purples and plums! Sophia created this look using Jane Iredale, the skincare makeup!
Wanna know how she achieved this look?
Sophia applied SILVER LINING (trio of eyeshadow) on her eyes and applied Liquid Minerals foundation to her face for full coverage. We recommend to keep adding layers until desired coverage has been reached. To set the foundation, Sophia applied Pure Pressed base Mineral Powder.
Time to get cheeky. Sophia contured her cheeks with SO-BRONZE and swept IN LOVE blush on the apples of her cheeks.
Highlight and brighten. Add HD Matifying powder in the color LILAC. It really comes out great in photos! Sophia applied RELISH to her lips to bring the look together.
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Welcome to my blog! Several years ago I had a small Wordpress blog, which I used as a platform from which to comment on various aspects of cosmetic dermatology. Sadly, most of the contents of that blog were lost when I transferred my domain name to my current website. I can’t say that I miss Wordpress (I found it very frustrating to work with), but I do miss the writing.
My blogs and newsletters all came to a halt in 2011, when events in my work life took a turn and left me with virtually no time for any extracurricular activities. (Group practice breakup, move to a solo practice) Now that we’re settled in the new space, there is a little more time for reflection and study.
My new practice reflects my interests and philosophy; one of the advantages of being on one’s own, I guess. I have had an interest in cosmetic dermatology for over 15 years. I love the combination of artistry (injectables, facial contouring), and science (cosmetic chemistry, laser physics, etc). I especially love helping people feel better about their appearance.
I have also gotten involved in the functional medicine movement, and have been working to incorporate some of its principles into my practice of general dermatology. I will write more about this topic in the future. For more information on functional medicine, check out the organization’s website here.
This blog will allow me to pass along some of my thoughts about topics that interest me, and hopefully my readers as well. :) I may not always stay on the topic of dermatology, but I’ll try to keep it interesting and informative. I may even engage in the occasional rant: the medical/insurance/industrial complex and the corruption of medicine by big Pharma are two topics that come to mind. In fact, I have a whole other blog, "First Do No Harm", dedicated to exposing the dangers of statin drugs (cholesterol lowering agents), which you can check out at drfarady.blogspot.com. On second thought, maybe I’ll keep my rants confined to that blog. :) We’ll keep it light here!
I welcome your comments and suggestions. Thanks for reading!
This is a test of my blog. Thank you.
Hey, I just got another article published on the Flourish Over 50 website. This one is about heat related rashes; apropos for the weather we’ve been having! The bottom line is, try to stay cool and wear loose clothing. What a brilliant insight!
To read the article, click here.