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Newsletter - January 2010

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

Face Forward 
Health & Beauty News and Tips
/Wakiki Beach at Sunset
Keep Your Skin Safe!


Sammamish Special!
This Valentine's Day!



Get your Free VIVITÉ® Defining Lip Plumper  (a $45 value) when you receive any JUVÉDERM® treatment from now through
February 14th!!

JUVÉDERM® is the only hyaluronic filler approved by the FDA to smooth out your lines and folds for up to one year with one treatment.

Call for an appointment now 425-898-1228

This coupon offer must be postmarked by Feb 14th, 2010

Sammamish Facial Offers Gift Certificates  

For Valentine's Day

Give the gift of beauty to someone you love!


A Note from
Dr. Gaboriau

nov 2009 health alert

Sometimes we may need help with building and stimulating collagen and elastin to give our skin a healthier appearance. Medical grade skin care products are composed of ingredients that have been medically proven and most are only available through a doctor. I have seen situations with patients who cause harm to their skin by overusing or misusing these products.  My advice to you: Always check with your doctor to make sure you are using skin products in a way that will truly benefit your skin! How often you use the product and the amount that you apply must be directed by your doctor. Otherwise by not following the advice of your doctor, you can cause more harm to your skin than good!--HPG


Sammamish Super Savings on Skin Care!!

The Sammamish Medical Spa is offering a discount of 25% on select products from Dr. Gaboriau's very own private skin care line

·    HPG KojiLac-C Touchstick
(bleaching stick without Hydroquinone for mild Hyperpigmentation

·    HPG KojiLac-CHQ 4% Touchstick (bleaching stick with Hydroquinone) for moderate Hyperpigmentation

·    HPG Melanage 2 Cream for more severe and extensive Hyperpigmentation

Please contact Raihana to learn more!!
These products are high-quality medical grade, have been
evaluated by Dr. Gaboriau and meet his approval. 

For a limited time only.  From now until February 28th!


Alyria logo

Sammamish Facial is now carrying the Alyria Skin Care Optimizing System!

Alyria offers the most
comprehensive and sophisticated skin optimizing system available. Alyria prides itself in its ability to provide its customers with healthier, younger-looking skin. For more information, visit
or talk to Raihana!
Here are a few of the benefits of Alyria products:
·    Reduces wrinkles and fine lines.
·    Restores skin's radiance.
·    Improves elasticity.
·    Even out skin texture.
·    Clarifies acne-prone skin.
·    Enhances moisture retention.
·    Fades away dark circles.


Henri's Wine Pick of the Crop!

Rulo Silo 2006 Syrah

Rulo Silo 2006 Syrah

This fantastic Syrah from the Rulo Winery in Walla Walla is very dark purple in color and has the exotic flavors of blueberry, smoked game, with a hint of truffles and a touch of crème de cassis. This wine is quite heavy and robust, yet at the same time it possesses a purity that redefines lightness and lingers on your tongue like an elegant dessert. Just a little note about Syrah wines in general.  This type of dry red wine is called Syrah in Europe and America, and Shiraz in Australia and it goes especially well with barbecued meats and strong cheeses.


 --Henri P. Gaboriau M.D., FACS


Sammamish Office Hours

The Medical office:
Monday: 8am- 6pm
Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
(Day is usually reserved for major surgeries only)
Wednesday: 8am- 6 pm
Thursday: 8am - 6pm
Friday: CLOSED
Saturday: CLOSED
The Medical Spa:
The spa is open from Monday through Saturday.
Hours are extended, but vary, so call to check! 425.898.1228

Issue: # 23                                         January 28,  2010

Dear Friends, Colleagues and Patients:
Greetings!   Earlier this month, I was in
Hawaii as a guest lecturer at the 29th Plastic Surgery Symposium.  This conference is held in Oahu on Waikiki Beach, where you a truly transported to another world of beautiful beaches and tropical sunsets. And while these sunsets are spectacular, I don't think they surpass the beauty of the sunsets
 that we have here in our own backyard in the Northwest.

In this issue of Face Forward, I want to make a special point about your well being and safety.  More and more spas and salons now offer both Botox and cosmetic fillers.  You might have heard last week about the owner of a Bellevue Beauty Salon who was sentenced to prison for injecting counterfeit Botox and Restylane.  Some people were scarred for life!  The salon owner was a manicurist and not a medical doctor with credentials as a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist.  In fact, he wasn't even licensed to be an aesthetician! You must exercise extreme caution and carefully research the medical background of anyone who is administering any sort of aesthetic treatments!

Another topic I want to discuss is your use of medical-grade skin care products composed of ingredients that have been medically proven and are often available only through a doctor.  For example, skin care products that contain Hydroquinone, Retinol or Retin A, Benzoyl peroxide or Neomycin and Bacitracin should only be used under a doctor's supervision. The over use or misuse of these products can be harmful to your skin. Please read more information about this topic by scrolling below.

This month we have a delicious new recipe-- my Blackberry Glazed Grilled Steak and the perfect wine to accompany it-- Rulo Silo 2006, which is a full-bodied Syrah from one of my favorite wineries in Walla Walla.  We also have some special skin

care advice from our aesthetician Raihana!

I will be out of the office on February 10th and 11th but any other time if you're in the neighborhood, please stop in to say hello!

Kindest Regards,
Henri P. Gaboriau M.D., FACS


Could your skincare be dangerous?

Dr. Gaboriau reviewed a list of products and while none of them are inherently dangerous and can benefit your skin, in order to obtain the best results they must always be used under a doctor's supervision. In most cases, problems with these products can be caused by over use or misuse.

Hydroquinone is a bleaching product that is found over the counter in one product only and it is called hydroquinone 4% with sunscreen.  The product is effective to treat hyperpigmentation or sunspots.  However, people who are unsupervised by a physician tend to over use this product by applying it more than once a day, or even applying it and going out into the sun. This trend of overusing or misusing the product is actually making symptoms grow worse. Because so many people are misusing this product, the FDA is considering banning it from being sold over the counter and without a prescription.
Retinol or Retin A is very common, widely used and bought over-the-counter.  It is best used for aging skin and for treating acne.  It successfully stimulates the production of collagen. However, people who are unsupervised by a physician tend to use it morning and night without stopping and without giving the skin a break.  It is frequently misused when people expose
themselves to the sun and end up getting sunburned.
Benzoyl peroxide is most commonly used as a drying agent used to manage acne. It can be an active ingredient in special washes and moisturizers to be used to dry-up an acne breakout.  However,
people also overuse and misuse products carrying this agent.  Only people who have inflamed acne should use products with this ingredient, and it should not be used by people with oily skin or blackheads.  The over use of it dries-out the skin.  When excessive dryness is created, the skin will over produce oil.  Breakouts are also increased.  Products containing benzoyl peroxide should only be applied to the active lesions and not the
entire face. Once a day not twice a day and stopped after several weeks.
Neomycin and Bacitracin is sold over-the-counter as Neosporin or
Triple antibiotic or triple ointment and is widely used for bruises and cuts. Up to 30% of the population uses it to treat dermatitis when instead steroids should be used to calm the inflammation. Neomycin and bacitracin products are often used for the wrong type of problems that would be better treated with an anti-fungal or steroid cream.  Neomycin and bacitracin products should only be used to treat small bacterial infections.



BEAUTY Tip: Raihana Mahan

The quest for even skin tone!

Although wrinkles are the number one aging concern among women, skin tone often plays greater importance in maintaining a youthful appearance.  Clinical research has shown that uneven skin tone can add on 10 to 15 years to a woman's perceived age.
Uneven skin tone, or Hyperpigmentation, is the result of the over production of melanin. Melanin is what gives skin its color, helps to protect it against damaging UV light and helps skin to absorb heat from the sun.  An over production of melanin can lead to a mottled, uneven skin tone.  Here are
 some of the causes of uneven skin tone:
1.    Sun exposure: When skin is repeatedly exposed to UV light, sun damage occurs. Brown spots appear as a result of too much melanin being produced to help protect skin from UV light.
2.    Hormones: Melasma is hormone-related Hyperpigmentation caused by increased hormone stimulation. It is most commonly experienced by women who are pregnant (which is why it's also known as the "pregnancy mask") or taking contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy, but it can also be a reaction to
 cosmetics or medications.
3.    Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation: Darkening of a scar such as acne lesions or skin injuries that have been exposed to the sun can also cause uneven skin tone.

Many solutions are available to treat uneven skin tone: Medical grade skin care products and chemical peels, MLP (Micro laser peel), Photo Rejuvenation treatment (IPL) and Microdermabrasion.  Ask which treatment is right for you! --RM

Our wonderful Aesthetician Raihana Mahan is a Licensed Aesthetician and professional make-up artist in the State of Washington and has extensive experience as a beauty advisor for several cosmetic lines. As a graduate of the Euro Institute, Raihana has a wide range of knowledge and skills, both technical and holistic. Her areas of expertise include skin analysis, Ayurvedic skin typing, aromatherapy, nutrition, detoxification, European facials, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, photofacial therapy, laser hair removal, acne treatments, facial and body waxing, and lash and browtinting.  Raihana is excited to offer the new HydraFacial™ to our many patients.


Henri's Wild Blackberry Grilled Steak

A thick steak cut from beef top round is basted with a wild blackberry glaze and then grilled.  It can be grilled indoors or outdoors. It is so simple, so hearty, a wonderful meal to share with your sweetheart on one of those wintry February nights around Valentine's Day. --HPG

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: about 30 minutes
Makes two-to-four servings                 


1/2 cup wild blackberry preserves
4 ounces of butter
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1/4 cup red vinegar
2 pounds boneless beef top round steak, cut 2-inches thick

1.    Melt the butter in a small saucepan.
2.    Add the preserves, pepper, mustard and vinegar into
 the pan and stir until blended.
3.    Baste the steak on both sides.  
4.    Reserve a portion to baste during grilling.
5.    Baste periodically while grilling.
6.    Serve any remaining sauce on the grilled meat for a
final coat just before serving.
7.    Grill steak, covered, over direct medium-high heat,
for 6-8 minutes or until browned, turning once. Place steak over
indirect heat and continue grilling, basting occasionally with remaining glaze, for 25-30 minutes or until steak reaches desired doneness.

This steak is delicious when sliced and served with large wedges
of sweet potatoes fries (sautéed until crisp in olive oil, sprinkled
with sea salt and dusted with the slightest touch of cardamon)
and a green salad with an assortment of strong cheeses
(a Munster, a blue cheese, or even limburger, sliced green apple)
topped with light vinaigrette and fresh blueberries! Bon Appetit!!
Henri P. Gaboriau M.D., FACS


About Henri P. Gaboriau M.D., FACS
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

Published by Sammamish Center for Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery LLC  © 2010



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