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Newsletter - February 2008

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Health & Beauty News and Tips
"Beauty is the promise of happiness." -Stendhal


The Fountain of Youth

The fountain of youth is not a magical elixir, a myth or a strange falsehood.  The fountain of youth is really very simple---Water. If you want to look younger, the healthiest thing to do is to drink water and plenty of it.  During your day if you have already become thirsty, you are already dehydrated.  We recommend drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water every day.


The Good News About Botox®

The Most common wrinkles appear between the eyebrows, across the forehead, on the cheeks near the outer corners of the eyes "crow's feet", and around the mouth "smoker's lines".  Botox can soften and sometimes eliminate these wrinkles by weakening the muscles causing them.  The use of Botox before wrinkles get too deep can often prevent them altogether. Botox is injected into specific muscles to temporarily disable the muscle action.  The average injection will last for approximately 3-4 months.


Health & Beauty Safety Alert!

Recently there was mention of Botox® having caused death. The majority of these cases were being treated for Cerebral Palsy and other neurological disorders.  The doses being injected were given during a scientific study and were massive by cosmetic standards. Just to give you an example, the doses used in the scientific study were in the range of up to 700 units.  For cosmetic purposes we use a maximum of 75 units.  Usually we only use 20 to 40 units.  It is very important that you trust that the person who is administering Botox is using the official Botox from Allergan and not a non-FDA look-a-like product. I only approve of using the bonafide Botox® manufactured by Allergan.



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Sammamish Center Offers
"A Spectacular Gift of Beauty for you!"

New Pricing on BOTOX® and Cosmetic Fillers*
$12 per unit for BOTOX®-administered by Henri P. Gaboriau MD
$10 per unit for BOTOX®-administered by Janie Dufault ARNP, Nurse Practitioner.

Henri P. Gaboriau, M.D.
22840 NE 8th Street, Suite 103, Sammamish 98074

Sammamish Center Also home of the Medical Spa

Starting March 1st now open some Saturdays by appointment only.
*Significant discounts for cosmetic fillers.
Call for details.  425.898.1228.


Issue: #1                                                           February 2008

Dear Friends, Colleagues and Patients:

Greetings! Sammamish Center for Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery has begun publication of an electronic newsletter called "Face Forward." Each issue of "Face Forward" will explore what's new on the horizon in Health & Beauty. We will also add information about some of the latest media and books that focus on aesthetics.  No magazine is too large or too small to escape our discussion.  We will also offer tips about new trends in beauty and the latest cosmetic procedures and products.

Aside from tips on Health & Beauty, we may also mention safety. Back in 2000, right from the onset, the reason that I started the Medical Spa was so I could provide the most medically beneficial treatments to my patients.  Safety is paramount. I have always believed that Medical Spas should be part of a Medical Office that is supervised by a board certified plastic surgeon in order to ensure that a patient is receiving the safest treatment possible. 

In my private time, as many of you know, I love to cook and try fine new wines.  So don't be surprised if I include a wonderful new recipe or recommend a new wine that I hope you will enjoy.  You have my every assurance that each month we will be featuring tips and news sources that may prove interesting to you and I hope will enhance your overall health and well-being.   

Our informative and valuable newsletter is just another way for us to stay in touch with you. As always it is our aim to serve the best interest of our many wonderful patients. 

Kindest Regards,

Henri P. Gaboriau MD


The mystery surrounding Botox®

Contrary to popular belief when Botox is administered to a patient, the muscle doesn't really "atrophy" in the same sense as what happens with total paralysis. With paralysis there are NO nerve impulses coming to the muscle, with Botox, however, there are still some nerve impulses going to the muscle. The muscle is less potent but still works.  So when a patient stops using Botox the muscle activity will return. 


You are what you eat.

The way you look does have something to do with what you eat.  Over time, your daily food intake tells me a lot about the tone of your skin and the evenness of your complexion.  What you eat can affect the sheen of your hair and the whiteness of your eyes. It's okay to indulge once in awhile in rich foods or treats. After all, I am French and I love fine food! But as a daily regimen your diet should be balanced and rich in nutrients that means fresh fruit and lots of green leafy vegetables.  When I talk about a regimen I mean the foods that you eat most of the time.  Every so often it is okay to take a break from the regimen for a holiday or special occasion. Just don't overdo it.




Back in France my mother cooked hearty dishes that were simple, easy to prepare, and full of fresh and nutritious ingredients.  One of my favorites is Boeuf Bourguignon.  I personally like to serve this dish with a heavy red wine like a Burgundy or a Pinot Noir.

3 pounds well-trimmed boneless beef chuck and flank steak cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes.  I usually mix to types of beef. I cut them into small cubes.  I also add 3 to4 cubes of (pork) back fat for taste.
1 onion peeled and chopped
1 large carrot, cut into 1-inch pieces
4 large garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup of chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp of chopped fresh rosemary or two small
branches of rosemary
1/2 tsp of fresh thyme
1 to 2 tsp of grounded sage
1/4 tsp ground coriander
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp black pepper
1 to 3 whole cloves.
2 750-ml bottles red Burgundy wine

Marinade: In a large bowl combine the carrot, onion, garlic, parsley, rosemary, sage, coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper and clover.  Add the meat and cover with Burgundy wine.  Refrigerate for 24 hours.

I use a clay pot to cook, but any Dutch oven will work.  I personally do not strain the marinade (If you don't like the solids you can discard them, but I think you are losing flavor.)  Place the marinade and the meat In the pot. The wine should barely cover the meat. Put the pot in a cold oven and cook at 450F for 1 1/2 hours.  When the meat is ready I thicken the marinade with rue.  I serve my Boeuf Bourguignon with potatoes or pasta.


Wine-Henri's Pick of the Crop!

Boudreaux Cellars from Leavenworth.
Cabernet Sauvignon 2002.  
Winemaker: Rob Newsom from Louisiana!!

"I love this wine! Not only is it from a local winery the wine is bold,
great full body with a long finish. I would drink now or keep it for a good 8 to 10 years."
     --Henri P. Gaboriau M.D.



About Henri P. Gaboriau MD
Originally from France, Dr. Henri P. Gaboriau obtained his first medical degree at the School of Medicine in Paris. He then transferred to Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, La., where he received his second medical degree in 1994. He stayed at Tulane Medical Center to do his residency in the field of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. Following his residency, Dr. Gaboriau moved to Seattle to do a Fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Washington.  In 2000, he opened the Sammamish Center for Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and is currently the director of this facility. Dr. Gaboriau is expert in all aspects of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and has over 12 years of experience and expertise that ranges from the traditional face-lift, eyelid surgery, and nose surgery to the advanced endoscopic forehead lift.  (For his complete bio and list of credentials, please see http://www.sammamishfacial.com).

For questions or comments, please reply to practicemanager@sammamishfacial.com

22840 NE 8th Street, Suite 103, Sammamish 98074

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