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Fat’s dirty little secret: Lipedema. Meet Dr. David Amron: Leading Body Contouring & Body Proportioning Specialist

May 16, 2016

before-after-01An interesting thing happened on my way to try a new body contouring instrument called SculpSure over at The Roxbury Institute , founded by Dr. David Amron. The institute is the wonderfully stunning new home to expert Beverly Hills cosmetic  surgeons Dr. David Amron, Dr. Jennifer Ahdout and Dr. Jason Emer.

Dr. Amron, the leading world expert in all things liposuction, turned me away.

I immediately loved him for it.

Rarely do you meet doctors who turn you away for a simple, painless, office treatment/procedure. Let’s be honest, these are the no-down-time devices that have become the bread and butter for so many practices. They are painless, some even feel great, are affordable and make patients happy, immediately. You can avoid surgery and get a little bit of the job done. But Dr. Amron did.

After doing a thorough and detailed investigation of my body, he looked at me and said, it’s a waste of time and money. It wouldn’t do anything. Why? It turns out that the extra fat on my body is not your normal, every day fat. Or is it?

It’s stage one Lipedema.

Lipe-what? 

Rarely talked about, the disorder known as Lipedema has affected 17 million in the United States and 370 million worldwide. A vast majority of the individuals affected by this disorder are women.

This chronic disorder affects the legs and arms, causing an abnormal accumulation of fat cells and producing a noticeably disproportionate appearance. This condition not only causes emotional distress but is also very painful and potentially debilitating.

Lipedema is commonly misdiagnosed as weight gain or lymphedema. The diagnosis of lipedema has to be done on a clinical basis. Lipedema is categorized into 3 stages:

  1. Mild
  2. Moderate
  3. Severe or Advanced

This disorder gives the individual a profound “tree-like” disproportion of the legs, where the fat fully encompasses the thighs, knees, calves and ankles. There is commonly a cuffing that occurs around the ankles that does not affect the feet. Lumpiness and cellulite are common characteristics that can occur. When the disorder gets to an advanced stage, there is a definite possibility the arms will also be affected. Pain, tenderness, decreased mobility, numbness, heaviness and easy bruising are symptoms or signs that many patients experience. Early diagnosis and treatment are important as it affects the long-term prognosis.

Lipedema strikes both thin and obese individuals alike, and generally no amount of diet or exercise can cease or prevent it. This disorder typically becomes present in an individual’s teenage years and then becomes progressively worse. However, Dr. David Amron, one of the finest best dermatologic surgeons with a specialty in liposuction, has found success for his patients through his specialized liposuction technique.

This is where things got first depressing, and then uplifting. We looked at my thighs, calves and upper arms which have started to swell over the past few years. We looked deeply at my fat and the way it lives in my body. While I am not grossly overweight and don’t have pain or bruising, I come from a long line of women affected by this and I for certain had it too. My mother, to a severe degree and my sister as well.

before-after-02 before-after-03The good news is that I was in the hands of the world expert. Ok, ok, this was comforting. He discussed his approach and it sounded incredibly tolerable. It’s second on my list after doing all things FACE (stay tuned for my article on the Liquid Lift he gave me – stunning, incredible and a fantastic gift any woman in her 40’s must give to herself!!) and the downtime in minimal.

Most importantly, this was eye-opening. I have struggled with bulges on my legs my whole life.  My now thickening quads and calves really clued me in to something being off. I wonder how many women are suffering, dieting and exercising only to watch their legs get bigger by the year? My world was rocked with this news. It was such a relief. The great news is that I have the opportunity to share this my like-minded readers, like you, who very well may have wondered “what the fuck is wrong with me?!”

The Amron Approach to Treating Lipedema

Using a highly technical and customized method of body contouring, Dr. Amron has established the most effective Lipedema treatment known today. Surgical intervention by liposuction to remove the disproportionate fat storage tissue is the only recognized treatment that can truly alter the course of lipedema. Lymphatic sparing tumescent liposuction under local anesthetic is the recommended approach by Dr. Amron.

Dr. Amron’s Philosophy On Liposuction: Addressing Disproportion Instead of Weight (in his words)

My surgical practice is exclusively dedicated to liposuction procedures. As you might imagine, my approach is very focused and methodical and I take every aspect of my work very seriously. My approach to evaluating potential candidates is stringent and exacting. At the core of my philosophy lays one important fact that every patient must understand: liposuction is not for everyone.

Regardless of how much excess weight a person may carry, body fat itself does not qualify someone as candidate for liposuction. As I often tell my patients, liposuction is about balancing one’s physique and eliminating areas of genetically disproportionate fat storage. It is a medical technique designed to treat excess fatty tissue that does not respond to traditional weight loss methods, such as diet and exercise. When a patient comes to me that does not fit into this category I never hesitate to recommend an alternate course of treatment. It is my adherence to this principle that truly distinguishes myself and my approach to liposuction surgery.

Meet Dr. David M. Amron

Best Liposuction Surgeon Los Angeles

Dr. David Amron is a board-certified, Beverly Hills dermatologic surgeon specializing in a liposuction and body contouring. For the past 20 years Dr. Amron has focused his research and practice on surgical and non-surgical liposuction and body proportioning as well as other integrative therapies relating to weight loss. Over this period of time he has gained invaluable insight into the genetic function and structural proportions of the human form and developed a refined and comprehensive approach to the art of liposculpture. In our current day and age, educated patients recognize the need for a highly tailored and scientific approach to liposuction. That’s why patients come from all over the world to see Beverly Hills liposuction specialist Dr. David M. Amron, and consider him one of the best liposuction surgeons Beverly Hills has to offer.

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450 N Roxbury Dr #400, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
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Cold and Thirsty CRYOSAUNA and JUICE!

January 1, 2016

Cold & Thirsty is the first of its kind wellness destination to bring cold-pressed juice and cryotherapy together, and the only cryosauna on the Westside. Founders Brooke and Katie have blended their passions for nutritional and holistic health to bring whole body cryotherapy and their own organic, locally sourced juices and almond “mylk” to Angelenos. Nourish yourself from the inside out all in one beautiful and centrally located storefront. www.coldandthirsty.com.​

Let me tell you I could NOT WAIT to try this! First, I had the most amazing juice tasting, ever. I am over the moon about juices they sell, not to mention the yummy raw treats. Ok, the cryo is insane. I loved it. I hated it. I loved it. I hated it. Basically, it’s amazing. I felt incredible after but it was the most challenging two minutes of my life! Another reason to love it. If you need to know more about cryo scroll down below. I think everyone should try it once and if it’s for you, you will know right away! I would for sure do it daily, because I love this kind of this. If you do fall for it, you should purchase a series to make it affordable.

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Beauty Cleanse Details:
Cold & Thirsty’s Beauty Cleanse is now available and can be purchased on their website
— 3 day cleanse: $230 (Value $270)
Cryo // Jumpstart your cleanse with a cryo session which will help boost metabolism, increase energy, tighten skin, boost collagen production and fight inflammation. Juice + mylk // Each day you receive cold pressed juice, superfood mylkshake and mylk (All organic, raw and bottled in glass)
Detox Bath Salts // Beauty Cleansers will receive exclusive detox herbal bath salts created by Fruits to the Roots 5 day cleanse:  $395  (Value $459)
All of the above + an additional cryo session (2 sessions total).
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How it works

Once in the Cryo-chamber, your bodies skin receptors send a message to your brain that you’re freezing. The body reacts by rushing all the blood in to protect your vital organs. In doing so the blood is detoxified and oxygenated. The body then sends a map of your central nervous system to the brain. Once you step out of the machine and begin acclimating to the normal temperatures, the blood rushes back out and the body focuses on healing the problematic areas.

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CRYOTHERAPY PRICING:

1 SESSION – $70
3 SESSIONS – $185
5 SESIONS – $290
10 SESSIONS – $485

COLD & THIRSTY MEMBER – $400/MONTH
*Unlimited monthly cryotherapy sessions
(1 session per day) 10% off all juices, mylks, and hot tonics

Book A Cryotherapy Session Here

For more information call:
310-280-8483

Cold & Thirsty, 12460 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90066, United States

KYBELLA: the first and only FDA-approved injectable that improves the appearance of moderate to severe fat under the chin

December 23, 2015

Have you heard the buzz? Under-the-chin FAT, like the genetic kind that doesn’t go away – EVER, no matter how much weight you lose…can now be wiped out – for GOOD! KYBELLA® has generated a lot of buzz in beauty books since its FDA approval in April 2015. Most recently it even received a “2015 Breakthrough Award” from Allure Magazine.

Here’s what you need to know:

KYBELLA® destroys fat under the chin. When injected into subcutaneous fat under the chin, KYBELLA® causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat.

Ok, so I just have a whole lotta saggy-ass-skin, so I have not been able to try this myself, but my beauty ears have been buzzing like crazy about it.  I wish I could tell you I’ve tried it – but I just need a good old face lift to deal with my under the chin issues…I digress…

But I do know of plenty of women and even more men who struggle with this and I am so happy to report there is a solution for the lack of, um, defined neck issue.

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Ok, the fine print of course is something to take note of but frankly, this is the fine print on, well, everything, so obviously do your research and consult and AWESOME doctors!!…KYBELLA® can cause serious side effects, including nerve injury in the jaw (which can cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness), or trouble swallowing. The most common side effects are swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness and formation of  areas of hardness in the treatment area.
If this sounds like it might be what your chin is telling it you needs then visit www.mykybella.com and be sure to check out the before and after pictures of patients treated with KYBELLA®.

Winter Skin Crush: PIONNIÈRE XMF WHITE Skin Translucency Cream

December 14, 2015

Luxury and science.

PHYTOMER, the pioneer in marine cosmetics, introduces PIONNIÈRE XMF WHITE Skin
Translucency Cream
, an advanced anti-aging cream combining two biotechnological marine sugars to reduce wrinkles and fine lines, erase dark spots and restore the complexion’s youthful translucency.

Phytomer exclusive ingredient XMF (Extra Marine Filler) EPS (ExoPolySaccharide), a 100% sustainable ingredient, deposits a natural, invisible film on the skin’s surface, smoothing wrinkles in 15 minutes.*

Beneath the skin’s surface, it stimulates the synthesis of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid for extended redensifying and smoothing results. EPS Whitech, Phytomer’s recent development, not only inhibits the sythesis of melanin induced by UV, but also offers the skin 71% more protection from synthesis of pollution-induced melanin*, preventing the emergence of dark spots and hyperpigmentation across the entire spectrum of lifestyle-related factors.

PIONNIÈRE XMF WHITE Skin Translucency Cream has a comfortable “second skin” texture and is enriched with plant oils for instant skin softness.

It has a fresh scent with notes of jasmine, citrus and rose.

Radiant white in color and enhanced with soft-focus powders and golden pearls, it immediately blurs wrinkles and illuminates the skin and leaves a velvety, matte finish.

Available in select spas November 2015 and at http://www.lespausa.com

Suggested retail: $247.00

The only turkey neck should be on your turkey: Enter Ultherapy

November 23, 2015

Double chins suck. Especially when you’re at the age when it’s not an issue of “excess fat”  that’s causing the waddle. Its just skin. Too young for a face life (egads!) and too old to blame it on baby fat. Yes, you can Botox the heck out of your neck to soften those strong rubberband, cord-like muscles that pull and look like tree trunks under the skin – but when it’s just skin – you can’t diet or exercise the turkey neck away. I’m in exactly that place. I have this tiny little under the chin poof that makes me crazy. It’s also the biggest give away that I’m not in my 30’s anymore. Ok, there a few other things but you can’t see them. Wink.

Historically in the world of cosmetic surgery, the only option to eliminate submental fat was surgery.

Not anymore.
Ultherapy is the only FDA cleared procedure used to lift skin in this difficult area. It utilizes the energy of ultrasound to stimulate deep structural support within the layers of the skin without disturbing the surface of the skin.

Ultherapy is very much like ultrasound imaging you get when you are pregnant – a hand piece is first placed on your skin, producing an image of the tissue beneath it. This allows our practitioners to see where they will treat your skin.

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Except with Ultherapy, this piece is used to deliver deposits of focused ultrasonic energy at the precise depth below the skin and revitalize the foundational layer of your skin typically addressed in a facelift.

I am not going to lie – it’s not super comfy 🙂 You will for sure need a muscle relaxant and pain killer to take the edge off. I have a massive pain threshold and I still stopped for a pain killer midway through – why be a hero, right? The good news is, I had an incredible nurse Cris at the esteemed office of Dr. Ava Shambam perform my procedure. I was so entranced by all her medical degrees that I just kept asking to tell me more about her education so I could continue to be blown away by her, and not think about the zaps!

Within 45 minutes we were done with my entire lower face and jowls. “We’re done?!”

“Yes, done!” Cris said.

And this happy camper went on home – zero downtime, no redness, nothing. I would say I was slightly sore for about a week. But not even Advil worthy sore. Extremely mild and it didn’t really cross my mind unless I pushed on my cheek.

Results: Here’s the fun part – I get to see them slowly evolve over the next months (beauty doesn’t happen over night, people!) In around 6 months is when the fruits of Ulthera come to fruition. It’s a natural rejuvenation from the inside out, bypassing the surface of the skin by specifically targeting deep, structural skin tissues where collagen is collected. What happens is your body’s natural regenerative response to this energy, is to recondition and gently lift the loose skin by stimulating the growth of new, fresh collagen.

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I highly recommend seeing Cris for a consultation. There is nothing to lose with Ulthera. It’s the perfect “tweener” procedure. Prices vary and you will be quoted depending on the exact parts of your face that need attention. I will follow up with you in a few months and let you know how I look!
Cris Shallenberger | MSN, RN
AVA MD | Medical & Cosmetic Dermatology
2021 Santa Monica Blvd. 600 E, Santa Monica, CA 90404 (310) 828-2282
9915 S Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212 |(310)843-9915
www.avamd.com | www.healyourskinthebook.com

Call: 310-843-9915
9915 South Santa Monica Boulevard
Beverly Hills, California 90212