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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month — Dr. Armstrong is a Volunteer Physician with AAFPRS FACE TO FACE Program

In honor of October as National Domestic Violence Awareness month, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) and FACE TO FACE have teamed up to share the following infographic to spotlight the important issue of Domenstic Violence. Dr. Armstrong is a volunteer for the FACE TO FACE program , which provides free […]

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When should I stop my anti-coagulation before surgery?

Anticoagulants are commonly prescribed to prevent blood clots in the heart, leg veins and lungs, especially in patients with a history of atrial fibrillation, artificial heart valves, deep venous thrombosis or pulmonary embolism.  Anticoagulants will increase the risk of bleeding with any surgical procedure.  The need for anticoagulation should be balanced against the risk of […]

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Guest Post: Learning from the Specialist – My time at Richmond ENT

By Ava Torjani – Princeton Class of 2018 When I was first offered the Princeternship at Richmond ENT, I was given the perfect reason to be excited for an otherwise lonely spring break back at Princeton. I have had previous work experience in medicine but never in the field of otolaryngology (a.k.a. ear, nose, and throat), […]

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Why should I only use a small amount of product?

Many times we put a product into our hand and spread it on the face, and it feels so good that we add a little more…and a little more…and then maybe just a bit more. As good as this may feel, it’s the equivalent of squirting your money into the trash! Your skin is permeable, […]

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Why shouldn’t I pick at my pimple?

A pimple is a hair follicle or oil gland that is clogged with sebum or oil and becomes a breeding ground for bacterial growth. As with any area that becomes infected on the body, white blood cells go to fight the invaders and swelling occurs. From the outside you see a red bump with a […]

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Eating Well for Optimal Skin Cell Renewal

Youthful skin efficiently repairs injuries and damage from the sun or pollution. As we get older, the rate at which cells are used and renewed slows down, resulting in older-looking skin. An easy, first line of defense is to pay attention to the food you eat. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and […]

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When Should I Wear Sunscreen?

When should I wear sunscreen? In short, everyday. Sun protection is crucial in preventing premature aging as well as reducing your risk for skin cancer. Even though you may only be running errands or stepping out for lunch with a friend, the sun exposure is still occurring and piling up. A helpful hint to keep […]

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What is a Toner?

What is a toner and why do I need to use one? A toner is a product that restores the pH balance of the skin after it has been disrupted by using a cleanser. The skin is naturally acidic, about 5.5 on the pH scale. Most cleansers are basic or alkaline- well above the neutral […]

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Neurotoxins… a quick and safe remedy for your unwanted lines

Laughing, frowning, squinting, chewing—i.e., facial movements— contribute to the formation of wrinkles as we age. A quick and safe remedy to reduce the appearance of these wrinkles is an injection of a neurotoxin. There are four neurotoxin products approved for use in the United States: onabotulinumtoxinA (Botox Cosmetic®, manufactured by Allergan Inc.) abobotulinumtoxinA (Dysport™, manufactured […]

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The FDA approves Sylatron

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Sylatron (peginterferon alfa-2b), an injectable drug for adjuvant treatment of melanoma, manufacturer Merck has announced. A Merck statement said Sylatron is indicated “for the adjuvant treatment of melanoma with microscopic or gross nodal involvement within 84 days of definitive surgical resection including complete lymphadenectomy.” This means that […]

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