Skin Cancer – Take a Hike
New York dermatologist Ellen Marmur,MD,is doing a lot more than just talking about fighting skin cancer.In July 2014,she will take a 16,732-foot hike up the face of Mt.Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to raise funds for SPOT Skin Cancer,an education,awareness,and prevention program from the American Academy of Dermatology(AAD).
The goal of Marmur’s Skin Cancer – Take a Hike effort is to kick off a campaign to raise $1 million for the SPOT initiative.
“My epiphany came last year when I had a flash of several things I must do before I can’t. One was to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa while another was to educate others about a disease that has touched me—skin cancer. Both of these ideas have come together in a personal goal I have set by creating “Skin Cancer—Take a Hike”—where I will climb Mount Kilimanjaro with friends and use it to launch a campaign to raise $1 million for the American Academy of Dermatology’s SPOT Skin Cancer initiative,” stated Marmur.
The purpose of SPOT Skin Cancer is to prevent and detect skin cancer, and ultimately save lives. As its tagline (Prevent. Detect. Live.) implies, SPOT helps the public understand that skin cancer is easy to prevent by seeking shade, covering up, and wearing sunscreen. SPOT also emphasizes that skin cancer is easy to detect by looking for changing or new spots on your skin. Sometimes itching or bleeding can be a sign too, so don’t dismiss these symptoms and see a dermatologist.
More than 3.5 million new skin cancer cases will be detected this year. You can support early diagnoses, awareness, and prevention with a contribution to Marmur’s effort. Funds will benefit the AAD’s Skin Cancer Screening Program, Shade Structure Grant Program, and public service advertisements.
For more information visit: TAKE A HIKE.
Dr. Ellen Marmur is a unique sort of dermatologist and her new office in New York City perfectly reflects this. She believes in a holistic approach to skin care, one that involves exercise, diet, sleep, and even happiness.
“Your body is already equipped with the most amazing, sophisticated mechanisms of rejuvenation and repair. Our goal is to support those wonderful systems to optimize your body’s own natural anti-aging efforts, and to step in where needed to treat skin cancer or other areas of concern,” stated Dr. Marmur.
When you enter the new offices of Marmur Medical, you immediately sense her commitment to a holistic lifestyle. The reception desk and light fixtures are made of recycled glass and a conference table is made from a fallen redwood. It is a warm and friendly ambiance, complete with brick walls.
Dr. Marmur recently celebrated the new space with a party where she introduced guests to her team, which includes a nutritionist, mental health therapist, homeopath, and fitness expert. At the party, Aviva Drescher of The Real Housewives of New York and a Marmur Medical patient shared her own story of dealing with skin cancer, while urging everyone to have their moles and spots regularly checked by a dermatologist.
Dr. Marmur practices both medical and cosmetic dermatology, seeking the simplest and most straightforward solutions for skin needs. She is a board-certified dermatologist with fellowship training in procedures such as Mohs Micrographic Surgery for skin cancer, and cosmetic surgery including laser treatments and injectables such as wrinkle relaxing agents and fillers. Marmur Medical offers a full range of dermatologic services, including Mohs surgery, skin cancer screening and removal, acne scar removal, a variety of laser treatments, including Clear+Brilliant, Fractional CO2, and Fraxel Restore, and injections and fillers.
Marmur Medical, 12 East 87th Street, Suite 1A, New York, NY 10128, 212.996.6900
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Cool is just about the only way to possibly describe the recent Coolsculpting media event at the minus5° Ice Experience in midtown Manhattan, a bar made entirely of ice and interactive ice sculptures.
And if that’s not cool enough, the fat-freezing brand introduced guests to their newest brand ambassador – actress Debra Messing aka Grace Adler from the recently rebooted NBC sitcom Will and Grace.
The icy location couldn’t have been more perfect. Coolsculpting is a non-invasive form of fat reduction that selectively freezes fat cells, destroying them for good. It’s approved for a growing list of trouble spots including visible bulges under the chin, the thigh, the abdomen and flank, along with bra fat, back fat, and fat underneath the buttocks and upper arm. (That’s nine approvals in total.)
And Messing, for one, is a fan. “I am a bad liar so I am not a good spokesperson for any company that I don’t believe in 100%,” she told the crowd. “I was just astonished at the simplicity. I sat on the chair. I pointed to the little pouch I wanted to go away. They put the machine on and I fell asleep,” she recalled. “They woke me and said I was done.”
About one and a half months later, she noticed that her stomach had flattened. “Now, I am just hooked,” she said, telling the crowd that she was able to burn her undergarments and never feel like a sausage in them again. “It sounds too good to be true, but it is true.”
New York City Ellen Marmur, MD, was on hand as well. “Patients typically see a 20 – 25 percent reduction of fat cells in the treated area,” she said. “CoolSculpting is a great option given its short treatment time of 35 minutes, FDA-clearance on multiple body parts and the ability to treat multiple areas at once to maximize my patients’ time in the office.”
And these applications may be the tip of the iceberg (pun intended), said Brad Hauser, Vice President, R&D and General Manager for CoolSculpting, during a panel discussion “We are looking at what other body parts we can treat and how to optimize treatments to make them better and more comfortable,” he said.
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StriVectin SD, designed for wrinkles, is so popular in stores and online that one tube is sold every 59 seconds around the world. So, why tamper with perfection?
Like Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizer (this one’s the sprinter: one bottle sells every 4.87 seconds), which underwent a revitalization last year, StriVectin wanted a better “perfect” product. So the StriVectin SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate for Wrinkles and Stretch Marks was born, and hit shelves early March.
The new formula also cozies up to its star ingredient, NIA-114, a molecule spearheaded by two research scientists at the University of Arizona. But this new formulation, which addresses both wrinkles and stretch marks (the packaging is very clear about its dual purpose) also contains Collagex-CE Wrinkle Repair Complex, which aims to boost Types I and III of collagen (Type III is known as “youth collagen”).
Dr. Ellen Marmur, New York City dermatologist and author of Simple Skin Beauty agrees. “We are realizing the essential role Collagen Type III plays in regenerating the skin. Skincare products that address this offer a radically new approach to how we look at skin aging.”
While topical collagen, in many creams, cannot penetrate deep down in the dermis because of the large size of their molecules, the StriVectin’s new Collagex-CE Wrinkle Repair Complex is a lipopeptide complex paired with an energy molecule that helps sink into the skin’s layers, and what it does is target both Types I and III.
The newly-packaged product has a fresh, almost slightly minty smell and goes on well onto the skin. It’s also quite hydrating and is meant to double up as a stretch mark treatment, but a 2 oz. tube retails for $79 so that may be a bit pricey to slather on your body as well but that’s where my stretch marks are!
The brand is also embracing social media and has created a #YouthList of experiences on Gilt Group, which begins on March 6. The idea behind this cool campaign is to invite you to live in the moment, take a picture of a goal or adventure that inspires you, and share it via social media using the hashtag #YouthList. Ten winners will be chosen from the submissions to get a sample of the new large 4 fl size of the SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate that retails for $139.