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The Eyes Have it

       
Monday, July 25th, 2011

I’m frequently amazed at the number of patients who come to me with minor skin blemishes who waste huge sums on surgical and laser correction no one will ever notice.

Surgically, the most “bang for your buck” is simple eyelid surgery… blepharoplasty. The procedure can be done in the office under local anesthesia with, occasionally, mild IV sedation. The downtime is minimal and generally consists of wearing sunglasses for a week (not a bad idea in the summer anyway, since UV rays cause cataracts!). Furthermore, your vision will probably improve because you’ll get less “dry eye” and your eyes won’t get as tired.

Redundant skin is carefully removed, bulging fat pads can be trimmed and the results take away 5-10 years in 45 min to an hour.

The scars are concealed in normal skin creases and, are even MORE invisible because who doesn’t wear eye shadow?

Just a thought for the day.

Winter Special – 20% Off All Services

       
Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

winter witchLet’s face it, this has been a nasty winter. Cold, dry air wrecked havoc on your skin and the holiday season wasn’t kind to your waistline.

Mention “Beauty Bridge” when you make an appointment at my office and receive 20% off all services. This includes BOTOX® and fillers, Laser Resurfacing and Tightening, and the  “6-Week 20 Pound Diet Plan”.

Call  Dr. Berger’s office at 212-838-6900

Just one more advantage to shopping at Beauty Bridge!

This offer is good through February 28.

Build a Purse Sized “Emergency Makeup Kit”… and Save Your Skin!

       
Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Night at the ClubLet’s say it’s Friday night. On your way to work your route took you through dusty city streets, punctuated by a breeze wafting dried ‘wino pee dust’ and dog poop into the air. Wait! I could be wrong… it could have been dried ‘dog pee dust’ and wino poop… but let’s not split hairs.

Then, you sat at your desk all day as invisible smog, traveling through office ductwork and air vents, deposited on your skin and after that joined your BFF for dinner and an evening of clubbing.

As you entered and left the club you held your breath to avoid inhaling the haze of the dozen or so smokers who are condemned to puff outside. But the smoke still stuck to your makeup, oil and sweat.

Finally, you met “that guy”! He bought you a few drinks, chatted you up and next thing you know, you’re back at his place. God only knows, you can’t let him see you without makeup in the morning… so you just leave it on. The makeup along with the oil and sweat, pee and poop dust, smog, and cigarette smoke… just where they settled during the long day between your bed and his.

Is that disgusting or what?

Smog and smoke contain plenty of Free Radicals… so every minute of that amorous night you’re destroying collagen, widening your pores and wrinkling your precious skin.

Ask any guy-friend with his sense of smell intact. He’ll confirm that the stuff accumulated on your skin smells… even, stinks.

Ah, romance!

The solution to this dilemma is to carry an emergency skin kit; tiny bottles of your favorite cleanser, night cream and eye serum in a little plastic bag in your purse. Wash your face and apply fresh makeup, if you must. Just do NOT sleep in makeup you’ve worn all day!

SAFELY lose 20 lbs in 6 weeks. Seriously!

       
Monday, January 31st, 2011

Eric S Berger BB Blog PhotoThere’s more to looking good than smooth skin, and great hair and makeup. Carrying around an extra 20 pounds can be a real deal killer… especially if you’re obviously self-conscious about your weight.
Yo-yo dieting isn’t a sound solution, either. Forget the fact that it’s frustrating… it’s dangerous. Women whose weight constantly fluctuates, have statistically more heart disease than people with stable weight.
We can also safely ignore the unbelievable TV ads promising, “Lose pounds and inches fast. Order today and receive an extra one month supply, absolutely free!”
Fat burning pills do not work, which begs the question, “How can I safely and effectively lose fat fast?”
It’s really pretty simple. Burn stored fat, instead of food. Here’s the equation:
Calories Burned Minus Calories Eaten Equals Fat Burned
CB-CE=FB
Every time you burn 3,500 calories of fat, you lose a pound. That sounds easy enough, except you’re probably thinking, “If I don’t eat I’ll be really, really hungry!”
Not anymore.
The best diet plan for losing 20 pounds fast, without being hungry and cranky, is HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin). HCG is a water soluble hormone which selectively utilizes the stubborn stored fat in the tummy, “love handles”, butt and thighs.

woman-bikini-lying-beach
Because the process is smooth and continuous your blood sugar stays constant, so you’re not hungry even though you eat very little food.
On average, we actually need about 2,000 calories a day. People taking HCG can eat as little as 500 calories a day, so they burn 1500 calories of fat, instead. That allows them to effectively lose about 3 pounds a week… 15-18 pounds in 6 weeks. It’s simple math.
If you want to lose about 20 pounds safely and rapidly, find a physician who prescribes the 6-week HCG Diet Program. Make absolutely certain you’ll be treated by a physician and followed every week your on the diet.
You be smiling in your bikini by summer!

Vitiligo is a VERY difficult problem!

       
Thursday, March 11th, 2010


Question: I have a pervasive case of Vitiligo which has bleached my neck and throat (also up and down my arms and legs.) To top it all off, I have hyperpigmentation on my face as well. Do you have any suggestions on what I should do?  I use SPF40 daily on my face; spf 50 daily everywhere else.  But this does not take care of the makeup.?

Answer: Vitiligo is a VERY difficult problem. One never knows what, exactly, will make it worse or better. That being said, if you want to de-pigment the facial areas which still have color, it is MUCH easier than re-pigment areas which are now lightened.

A series of Laser genesis treatments… intense with topical anesthesia, followed by high level Hydroquinone might work.

If you’re in the New York area, I’d like to evaluate your case.

More questions and answers about subjects such as acne treatments, botox, cellulite and may more other conditions&concerns can be found at Dr. Berger’s section.

Question about Under-eye Puffiness?

       
Tuesday, November 24th, 2009


Question: Is there any product that actually reduces under-eye puffiness?

Answer: I like Neova Eye Therapy and Neova Advanced Refining Lift Eye GeleeMurad  Renewing Eye Cream and SkinMedica  Uplifting Eye Serum. Just remember that they are treating the APPEARANCE of puffiness… not addressing the cause of the problem. How much sleep do you get? What medications do you take?

Don’t spend a lot on eye creams. The four I suggested are reasonable priced and as effective as brands costing twice as much!

More questions and answers about subjects such as acne treatments, botox, cellulite and may more other conditions&concerns can be found at Dr. Berger’s section.

Skin Care to Beat the Bitter Cold

       
Sunday, November 15th, 2009

 

My specialty training at Albert Einstein Hospital and Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship prepared me for every surgical eventuality, but I have come to believe that cosmetic lasers, BOTOX® and a regular program of daily care are the future of anti-aging skin care.

If we begin proper care young enough, we may never need cosmetic surgery. These are promising times!

But right now the vicious bite of New York winter is close at hand and we’ll all be tightly clamped in its frigid jaws when this column appears in print. Icy wind will whip particles of dirt

and soot into our pores like microscopic bullets and rip soothing moisture from our skin.
Not a pretty picture, but it begs the question, “How can I protect my skin against the cold?”

First, Exfoliate every month. Removing dead skin and awakening fresh new surface cells will maximize the effectiveness of any other skin treatment. There are more ‘exfoliants’ at the cosmetics counter than anyone can count, but real exfoliation is accomplished by trained aestheticians using a Vibraderm™ system or specially compounded facial masks.

Vibradermabrasion™ is truly unique. Traditional crystal dermabrasion is very much like using a sand-blaster to remove dead cells… a harsh and irritating process. But Vibradermabrasion infuses healing compounds such as Copper Peptides into freshly exfoliated skin, the gently vibrating paddles stimulate collagen production and Vibraderm feels absolutely wonderful on your face or entire body!

Secondly, Cleanse and Moisturize twice a day and never, ever, go to sleep wearing makeup. When do you expect your skin to breathe? No matter how late you arrive home from holiday reverie, and how warm and inviting your bed appears, deep clean and moisturize your face before it touches the pillow… especially if other party guests were smoking? Do you really want to spend the night with cigarette smoke trapped in your pores by accumulated oils and old makeup?
Whatever your skin type, your physician or his aesthetician can help you select the best cleansing and moisturizing options. Avoid whatever is sold as the “magic ingredient du jour.” These heavily advertised products are terribly expensive and usually not as effective as doctor-recommended products which cost about 1/2 the price of commercial products… the ones that are modeled by lovely young women barely past puberty who have never actually experienced either a wrinkle or a blemish.
And don’t just moisturize the surface of your skin. Winter air is much dryer than summer air and heated indoor air is even dryer than that. During the winter, moisturize your entire body by drinking two extra glasses of water a day and use a cool-mist humidifier in the bedroom at night.
Did we forget your lips? It takes only a moment to stay kissable with Chapstick™, but it can take weeks to heal cracked, bleeding painful lips.

Finally, Protect your skin.
Winter may seem less sunny, but until they rebuild the ozone layer or build a dome over Manhattan, winter sunscreen is absolutely essential. Use SPF 30-45 every day. Sun damage is cumulative. “I’m only in the sun ten minutes between the apartment and the taxi,” is not an excuse. Ten minutes a day is 50 minutes a week… 3 hours a month… not counting weekends. “Cumulative” is the operative word.

Exfoliate, cleanse and moisturize your skin, apply sunscreen generously, drink lots of water and Santa will bring you a great complexion for the New Year.