The Science of Necking

MY NAME IS DR. KAY AND I'M A PHYSICIAN AND FACIAL PLASTIC SURGEON BASED IN LA. I LOVE HELPING PEOPLE LOOK AND FEEL THEIR BEST! CHECK OUT MY INSTAGRAM @BEAUTYBYDRKAY TO SEE SOME OF MY WORK.

The long, slender neck is a symbol of youth, beauty, and elegance. When the aging process hits the neck and lower face, it creeps silently upon us, until suddenly, one day, we notice significant neck sagging, jowling and textural skin changes. Luckly, we have new advances in the treatment of the aging of the neck that can add a nice, step-wise approach to neck rejuvenation for patients of all ages. Get your neck looking beautiful this year.

Beginning in heir thirties, patients experience the slow breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers of the skin that is responsible for the gradual sagging and loss of tone in the neck. This leads to the gravitational fall of important suspensory ligaments that hold fat in its proper location. With collagen breakdown and gravity working against youth, it is just a matter of time before the first changes of jowling and flabbiness begin to appear in the lower face and neck. 

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When textural neck changes orrcur, it is bet to begin an anti-aging regimen that encourages the stimulation of collagen production with a non-irritating retin-A based product. These vitamin A dertivatives - including gentle retinol, stronger retinoic acid, and Retin-A itself, are the only proven cosmeceutical ingredients that have been studied and proven to stimulate collagen production and thus prevent and reverse fine lines, proven to stimulate collagen production and thus prevent and reverse fine lines, wrinkles, and textural changes of the skin. The potency of Retin-A, however, also makes it quite irritating to the sun-sensitive neck. Make sure to include SPF in your skin care regimen to protect your skin from sun damage. This is essential to protect from the harsh UV light that beats down on the neck and decollete, causing poikiloderma, sun damage, and a leathery appearance. 

Platysmal bands, which cause tenting of the neck skin, and neck folds can be treated with botox. This can help with wrinkled skin, and to prevent future wrinkles. Fillers such as Restylane can be injected into deeper lines to smoothen the texture and appearance of the skin. 

Submandibular fat, commonly known as the "double chin" can be treated non-surgically with KYBELLA®, an injectable treatment containing Deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath the chin, KYBELLA®destroys fat cells, resulting in a noticeable reduction in fullness under the chin. Once destroyed, these cells can no longer store or accumulate fat, so further treatment is not expected once you reach your desired aesthetic goal. Most patients receive 3-4 treatments - and then don't have to worry about that fat coming back!

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7 Tips on How Smart Girls Study

MY NAME IS DR. KAY AND I'M A PHYSICIAN AND FACIAL PLASTIC SURGEON BASED IN LA. I LOVE HELPING PEOPLE LOOK AND FEEL THEIR BEST! CHECK OUT MY INSTAGRAM @BEAUTYBYDRKAY TO SEE SOME OF MY WORK.

Being a student can be hard. Being a woman in medicine can be even harder. But it’s so important to know that you can do it! With enough determination, and maybe just a few tips and tricks, anything is possible. I’ve compiled a list of my favorite study secrets from real students and real doctors. Learn how to study effectively from myself, the physicians who came before me, and from the new generation of pre-medical students! 

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1. Map out your time. 
It’s so important to know your schedule inside and out so that you can plan how you spend your time. When you get your syllabus at the beginning of the term, block out important due dates and exams so you know exactly what you’re working towards! From there, plan out how you’ll spend each week so that there are no surprises by exam season. 

2. Don’t cram. 
I know everyone does it, and everyone says not to do it, but it’s really so important to study your material a little bit at a time. I always found it helpful to go over a lecture the same day I heard it. I would go through all my notes to make sure I understood why the professor said everything he or she said, and why it was important for overall course understanding. This also helps to filter out unnecessary or irrelevant information from the beginning!

3. Make a study guide. 
After refining my lecture notes, I always found it helpful to make a study guide including everything I had learned about a week before an exam. This was really great for making sure I understood how all the material fit together. It also helped as another filtering step to make sure all the information I was studying was actually meaningful. 

4. Make mnemonics and make conversation. 
When study guides get to be 50+ pages and you feel like you’re drowning in material, make mnemonics! They’re fun ways to remember groups of information. Also try talking through information with a study buddy. It’s often much easier to remember a conversation than to remember a page in a textbook or study guide. 

5. Study to learn. 
Repeated exposure is key. Reading, drawing, summarizing, and writing things down is important! Learning medicine is like learning a new language, but if you change how your brain organizes material, it’ll help you get everything down. One thing that really helped me learn was reading a chapter, then closing the book and summarizing everything I learned on a blank piece of paper. 

6. Learn how to take breaks effectively. 
I made a habit out of silencing my phone and putting it away for half hour blocks. I would study really hard, with no distractions, for that half hour, and then check my phone for five minutes before going back to my work. This helped keep me accountable and prevented me from scrolling through social media instead of studying for my final. 

7. Environment is important. 
I realized after spending eight hours in the library every day studying for the MCAT, that the library actually made me miserable. I started seeking out hip new coffee shops with cool vibes, good drinks, and good wifi. I found that studying in an environment that made me happy made my studying more effective.

I hope these study secrets help you chase your dreams! Thank you so much for reading. 

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5 Questions to Ask About Your Potential Injector

MY NAME IS DR. KAY AND I'M A PHYSICIAN AND FACIAL PLASTIC SURGEON BASED IN LA. I LOVE HELPING PEOPLE LOOK AND FEEL THEIR BEST! CHECK OUT MY INSTAGRAM @BEAUTYBYDRKAY TO SEE SOME OF MY WORK.

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This post is inspired by my feature on The Skinny Confidential podcast! Check out my episode here

The world of injecting is huge! There are so many products, options, and injectors! But this means you have to be careful when making choices about who's going to be injecting for you. The human face is a fragile and delicate form that should be worked on by someone who appreciates it. An injector should also be knowledgable, experienced, and professional. Here are 5 questions that you should ask before you give someone permission to inject on your face!

1. Are they certified? 

Be sure you're seeing someone who's board certified. If you can find a physician or a surgeon, someone who has their credentials, you're more likely to avoid risks! Board certifications say a lot about the credibility of your injector. 

2. How much do they inject? 

Make sure your injector is a high volume physician! Diamond providers and platinum providers, like myself, do high volumes of treatments! Repetition is the key to good outcomes. Verify with staff how high volume your injector is. 

3. Can they show you great results? 

Look to physicians who can give you examples of their work. Do they seem confident in their photos and videos? Do they love their subject matter? Your injector should also just give you great vibes! They should make the process fun and relaxed for their clients. 

4. What's the office status like? 

Just like the injector, office staff should also be knowledgeable and friendly. They are a reflection of the injector! Find an office where you feel comfortable and welcomed. 

5. Who is the one speaking to you and addressing your concerns? 

Be sure that you speak with the injector themselves. Many places have consultants who are sales people, not medical professionals. Your injector should take the time to sit down with you and explain your treatment from a medical standpoint. 

I hope my tips help you find an injector that you love! Thanks for reading. Check out what I'm sharing on Instagram, @beautybydrkay

"How Do I Put This Stuff On?": 8 Rules for Layering Your Skincare

 

MY NAME IS DR. KAY AND I'M A PHYSICIAN AND FACIAL PLASTIC SURGEON BASED IN LA. I LOVE HELPING PEOPLE LOOK AND FEEL THEIR BEST! CHECK OUT MY INSTAGRAM @BEAUTYBYDRKAY TO SEE SOME OF MY WORK.

You've just washed your face and now you're staring at a shelf of skincare products. If this is your first time really getting into skincare, you might be confused about the "right way" to put all this stuff on. Let me walk you through the steps of layering your skincare products!
Please note - I highly suggest that you buy physician-strength skincare instead of products from CVS or Sephora. Store-bought brands only have 2% active ingredients. Products like mine have 20-30% active ingredients!

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1. Start Light: Serums, the thinnest and most active products, go on first. They deliver high-potency ingredients into the skin fast and efficiently. You want your most highly potent ingredients to absorb first! Use my KD Triple Shot Serum - with peptides and resveratrol for anti-aging & wrinkles, a green tea for redness and caffeine for tightening! Yes people! Caffeine is an instant facelifting pore tightener!

2. Add An Antioxidant - Add a layer of Vitamin C to brighten, protect against brown spots and sun damage, and promote collagen production. Vitamin C helps promote a more youthful appearance to help you shine!

3. Take a Minute - Don't just pile everything on, give a minute between products for maximum absorption and penetration. We don’t want product to pill - so brush your teeth, apply your Latisse and wait a minute in between steps. 

4. Lock It In! Now you need to lock in those amazing ingredients with moisturizer - it seals in your serums and antioxidants, making them more efficient and long lasting. 

5. Sensitive skin: Reverse the steps - If you are super sensitive to everything, use a gentle moisturizer as your first base layer and then add serums. This thin layer reduces irritation and potency. 

6. Add an Oil for Real Glow! Oils make your skin look radiant in small doses. Put them on after creams for dryness. Oils penetrate moisturizers, but not vice versa. Try my Vitamin C - it’s a delicious facial oil base that brightens! Skip the oil if you’ve got more than 3 layers- it can get greasy.

7. Time for SPF! Don’t forget sunblock! Sunscreen should be your last step, then makeup. It sits on top of your other products, otherwise it prevents other products from penetrating! My KD Ultimatte SPF 50 is the best - it’s tinted, SPF 50, with antioxidants and vitamins. Pure mineral is the best to prevent brown spots - let the light bounce right off of you!

8. Add that Nighttime Step - Skin rejuvenates at night, so don’t forget your Retin A, a pea sized amount mixed with a quarter size bit of moisturizer helps Retin A products to penetrate with less irritation. Retin A products are super important for cell turnover to help prevent fine lines and wrinkles. I can't emphasize how important this is for your skin!

And that is how you layer your skin care regimen!  

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