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Newsletter - November 2008

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"Beauty is the promise of happiness." -Stendhal

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Health & Beauty News and Tips
Holiday Sparkle!


From now until December 30th
Holiday Special!!
10 free units of Botox with a full syringe of Radiesse

Administered by Nurse Practitioner Janie Dufault

   Radiesse $595   Botox $10 a unit

Administered by Dr. Gaboriau

   Radiesse $695   Botox $12 a unit



Sciton Contour TRL™  Laser

Introducing two of the latest, non-invasive cosmetic procedures done with our

Sciton Contour TRL ™Laser

Known as the "Weekend" Skin Peel, The MicroLaserPeel™ procedure can give you healthier, smoother, more vibrant skin.  The MicroLaserPeel is the perfect step between microdermabrasion and full skin resurfacing.  Skin conditions such as wrinkles, scars, acne scars, keratoses, or pigmentary problems have been very successfully treated with a MicroLaserPeel.

The ProFractional Laser procedure is quick and improves the appearance of your skin with little or no downtime. ProFractional can improve a wide variety of skin conditions such as Wrinkles and fine lines, Post-traumatic scars, Acne Scars, Age spots, Sun spots, Freckles, and Aging and Sun-damaged skin.  



Deluxe Skin Care Kits

Soon Dr. Gaboriau will be offering  his own skin care line.  (top secret)!

Deluxe Skin care kits will have everything you need to establish your own skin

care regimen. This kit has been especially  designed with high-grade medical skin care products. 


The MicroLaserPeel™ or the Profractional Procedure:
Which is the best one for you?

The ProFractional Laser procedure can be combined with a MicroLaserPeel™ or
other aesthetic procedures such as Botox and cosmetic fillers to further enhance your treatment results.

After careful assessment of the overall condition of your skin and the level of improvement you desire, I must look at the skin of the patient and find out what the patient wants to achieve.  I analyze my patient's skin and decide the best treatment possible.  I will personalize your treatment plan
-Henri P. Gaboriau M.D., FACS


Henri's Wine Pick of the Crop!

Santa Margherita, Valdadige, Alto-Adige, Pinot-Grigio,D.O.C,2007.

This dry white wine has an intense aroma and with just a hint of golden apple aftertaste. I find it to be an excellent accompaniment to white turkey meat and risotto
-Henri P. Gaboriau M.D., FACS


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!




Issue: # 9                                                             November 2008

Dear Friends, Colleagues and Patients:

Greetings!  I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! The Thanksgiving holiday always reminds me to stop for a moment, to take a look around, and to see all the reasons why I am thankful. Even though I am not a native to the US, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  I love the food but more important I love the feeling of being together with close friends and family. Now that we are rapidly approaching the holiday season, I wish you the very best!
This month, I am still focusing on skin and recommending some ways to put some holiday sparkle in your lives.  If you are looking for way to achieve facial rejuvenation, then consider treatment with the new Sciton Contour TRL ™Laser. This laser can get wonderful results that are long-lasting.  There is very little downtime.   This month, we are featuring a patient, Sharon L. who has recently undergone treatments with the new Sciton Laser. For Sharon's complete story, please scroll below.
This month we are happy to include a wonderful food tip from Sammamish-based nutritionist Deborah Enos.   I have also included my wine tip for the month and my recipe for a red and green pepper risotto that will make a wonderful accompaniment to any main course and especially with leftover turkey!  

During this holiday season please drive carefully and let's give thanks for all the wonderful people in our lives!

Kindest Regards,

Henri P. Gaboriau M.D., FACS


Sharon L--My experience with the new Sciton Laser

I am  almost 45 years old, a  wife, a mother of two children , co-owner of my own successful business. I was born in Maine but grew up in Florida during a time when no one really used sunblock or knew that the sun posed very harmful risks to your skin.  As I approached my mid-forties, it was clear that I had lots of sunspots, mainly on my cheeks.  To cover the sunspots, I felt like I had to wear more make-up than I really wanted to wear.  I have fair skin, dark hair and green eyes.  I have always tanned and rarely burn. And even though I had been a sun worshiper, I had always taken good care of my skin.  I didn't drink or smoke.  I had frequent facials and used high quality, medical-grade skin care products. And yet my skin didn't really show evidence of good skin care. The sunspots really bothered me.
In 2007, I moved from Florida to Sammamish, WA.  I went to a medical doctor to have a mole checked.  She referred me to a specialist-Dr. Gaboriau.  While I was getting the mole checked, I noted all of the other skin care services that his medical facility provides.  At first, I started having facials with Raihana, who did an amazing job.  I decided  to do something about removing my sunspots and decided to have PhotoFacial therapy.  The results were okay, but it really wasn't what I was expecting-the darker patches where my skin was uneven and discolored weren't really improved.  Then I heard from Dr. Gaboriau about this new laser(Sciton Contour TRL ™Laser) that can get good results with very little downtime.  He explained that this new laser can do two different kinds of procedures:  The MicroLaserPeel is a step between microdermabrasion and full skin resurfacing and can give you healthier, smoother more vibrant skin.  The ProFractional™ Laser procedure can improve a wide variety of skin conditions such as wrinkles and fine lines, post-traumatic scars, acne scars, age spots, sun spots, freckles, and aging and sun-damaged skin.
I was determined to improve my skin, so I was ready to try treatments with this new laser.  Before the procedure, Dr. Gaboriau prescribed Valtrex to avoid the risk of cold sores since he would be working so closely around my mouth.  I was also given a three-day supply of antibiotics, and pain medication just in case I needed it. Dr. Gaboriau devoted a lot of time to explaining everything, how I might feel and what to expect.  He is very patient and generous. I have to mention that Dr. Gaboriau's staff is also attentive and responsive. Every time I have been to the office, I felt very well taken care of and the office environment itself feels relaxing and nurturing.
On the day of the procedure, Wednesday, October 22nd   Dr. Gaboriau's nurse, Janie, painted my face with a thick, numbing cream.  Before they started the procedure, they wanted to make sure I was completely numb.  The first part of the procedure was the MicroLaserPeel and was very easy.  The touch from the laser felt like very light brushing and almost tickled.  The second phase or the ProFractional procedure was not as pleasant.  I could really feel the sensation, sort of like a bad sunburn. Janie continually placed cool water-soaked gauze on my face to keep me cool.  As soon as they were done, my face still felt very hot and I wanted to wait until it cooled.  To promote healing, they applied copper cream to my face and asked me to sit in front of a fan where I sat and waited until my face felt cooler. The heat lasted for another 20 or 30 minutes. Having the cool air from the fan on my face really helped. Then I drove myself home.
On Thursday my face turned to dark brown. I was no longer using the copper cream. Instead I was advised to apply another moisturizer solution.  Already my skin was beginning to peel.  On Friday, the second day after the procedure, I still looked like I was peeling a ton.  I was able to remove a lot of the skin with a face cloth.  By the third day, on Saturday morning, I could actually step outside and it would not be too noticeable.  By the fourth day, on Sunday, I was much improved!! On the 5th day, Monday, October 27th I could easily go back to work and no signs were visible except a slightly pink color which was actually healthy-looking.  One week later, on Wednesday, October 29th, I returned to Dr. Gaboriau for a follow-up and he recommended a HydraFacial treatment, which is a combination of a gentle Microdermabrasion and hydrating facial to remove the excess dead skin.  The HydraFacial also injects hydrating serums into the skin to renew its texture and to restore its natural balance.
What a difference! There is a huge improvement! When compared to the PhotoFacial, the results are just spectacular!   There are just a couple of teeny spots left that can be zapped. Overall, there is a significant difference-about 75% to 85% improvement.  My husband said I look 29! I wasn't really expecting to look younger! I just wanted to remove the sun spots, but the laser treatments also tightened my skin and minimized my wrinkles and laugh lines.  I decided to undergo the treatment because it is important for me to look my very best. I believe taking care of myself has a direct impact on my ability to also take care of other people.   I have recommended the treatment to my sister-in-law and to a friend who is a nurse who lives in Florida.  The same procedure in Florida is about twice the cost as it is here in Washington.  I would recommend this procedure to anyone-there are parts of the laser treatment that are not exactly a walk in the park, but the results are well worth it.  ---SL


Deborah Enos, Certified Nutritionist

Nutrition Tip

RE: During the Holidays Even Super Models Get that Fat Feeling            
According to certified nutritionist Deborah Enos,
Feeling bloated during the holidays is so common that most people just get used to feeling terrible. Who hasn't experienced morning after bloat? Bloat is more than just feeling fat. Symptoms include puffy eyes, pants that can't zip-up, and an overall feeling of thickening, an extra layer of flesh. Unbeknownst to many, even celebrities and supermodels get bloated. Here's a quick remedy straight from the catwalk: Eat more citrus fruit. Oranges, grapefruits and lemons can help draw the extra fluid out of your body. This works best in the eve­ning before you go to bed. Eat an orange or drink some water with lemon, and you'll wake up feeling better. This overnight remedy will eliminate excess water weight! No more bloat!."


Henri's Recipe Red and Green Risotto

This meal is so festive looking and wonderful with leftover Turkey!!

20 min prep| 45 min simmer | SERVES 4


6 to 7 cups poultry or vegetable stock
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 large red peppers, finely diced
1 large green pepper, finely diced
1 small jalapeno pepper, finely diced (optional)
Salt to taste
1 1/2 cups arborio  rice
1/2 cup dry white wine
Freshly ground pepper to taste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, or a mixture of parsley and thyme
2 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated (1/2 cup)


1. Bring the stock to a simmer in a saucepan. Season with salt.

2. Heat the olive oil in a large, wide, heavy skillet or saucepan over medium heat, and add the onions. Cook gently until they begin to soften, about three minutes. Add the garlic, peppers, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Cook, stirring, until the peppers are tender, about eight to 10 minutes.

3. Add the rice, and stir over medium heat until the grains are separate and beginning to crackle, about three minutes.

4. Stir in the wine and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. The wine should boil-up a bit, but not too quickly. When the wine has almost evaporated, stir in a cupful or two of the simmering stock (about 1/2 cup), enough just to cover the rice. The stock should boil-up slowly (adjust heat accordingly). Cook, stirring often, until the stock is just about absorbed. Add another cup or two of the stock and continue to cook not too fast and not too slowly, stirring often and adding more stock when the rice is almost dry. Continue for 25 minutes, until the rice is cooked through but still a little chewy. Taste and adjust seasoning.

5. When the rice is cooked through, add a generous amount of freshly ground pepper, and stir in another half cup of stock, the Parmesan and the herbs. Remove from the heat. The rice should be creamy; if it isn't, add a little more stock. Stir once, taste and adjust seasonings, and serve.

 Serves four to six

This wonderful risotto is almost a meal in and of itself.  I prefer it as accompaniment to leftover turkey.   I find many of the leftover turkey recipes to be boring. This risotto brings a new burst of life as a companion to leftover Turkey.  The risotto is very festive looking and makes a great side dish for any main course throughout this holiday season!! 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).

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