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Sammamish Center - September 2010 Newsletter

Issue #28 September 2010

Dear Friends, Colleagues and Patients: 

Greetings! Happy September and welcome to the fall season! This is a beautiful time of the year. Trees are colorful, the days are still warm while the evenings are just a bit more breezy. It is also a busy period as we get back into our routine after a summer filled with get-togethers and vacations. Furthermore, fall is also a critical time of the year to take a minute and ensure that no unusual changes have occurred to our skin.

In this issue of Face Forward, a very important subject needs to be addressed: skin cancer. Now that the summer is over, it is important to look at your face and body carefully in order to detect any unusual changes to the appearance of moles, birthmarks or other signs of skin discoloration. I will try to clarify the different types of skin cancers and moles along with the importance of consulting a physician on this matter.

Our aesthetician Raihana will also share her September Beauty Tip: sun damaged skin and the efficacy of retinol!

After reviewing this month's specials, make sure to take a look at the recipe for my delicious sautéed shrimp and merguez over spinach along with this month's wine selection to complete this perfect meal.

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

15% discount on MicroLaserPeel and ProFractional laser treatments!
Call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gaboriau to find out which laser treatment best suits your needs!

Offer valid until October 31st, 2010

Purchase any Retinol products and receive 25% discount!

Consult with Raihana to discuss the advantages of retinol and to determine which product is best for you!

Offer valid until October 31st, 2010

To learn more about
Dr. Gaboriau's Face, Heart and Mind Foundation, please click here

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 www.sammamishfacial.com

The Sammamish Center is proud to offer medical grade skin care products for all your needs.  

This medical skincare line was designed specifically to address multiple skin concerns while providing ease-of-use. Selected by Dr. Gaboriau himself, each product is formulated with clinically proven ingredients and state-of-the-art technology to deliver visible results.

Alyria products incorporate the best ingredients and technologies that the world has to offer. Each product is formulated with proven ingredients in effective percentages and state-of-the-art technology, including patented delivery systems, to enhance the beauty of your skin.

Doctor-tested, recommended and sold, Alyria's advanced skincare products improve skin tone and texture, and noticeably reduce fine lines and even deep wrinkles.


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Sun Damage and its Various Treatment Options

"Tips to keep your skin safe and ways to decrease your cancer risk."

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Sun Damaged Skin and the Efficacy of Retinol

Retinol's antioxidant properties fight against free radicals that lead to sun damage.

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Henri's Delicious Sautéed Shrimp & Merguez over Spinach

"Merguez are North African/Middle Eastern sausages made with ground lamb with a hint of cumin and lots of spice."

Continue reading >>

Detection and Treatment of Skin Cancers
On the Eastside, skin cancer is unfortunately not rare. Many people wonder how this can be ­ it's not like Washington is known for vast amounts of sunshine. A lot of my skin cancer patients are Southern California and Midwest transplants who were exposed to a lot of sun, thanks to the beach, water sports and skiing.

However, many skin cancer patients are locals ­ more of them are young, under the age of 30 ­ due to sun exposure and increased use of tanning beds (which are even worse than the sun).

Check Your Skin

You should check your skin for anything unusual at least once a year ­ more if skin cancer, especially melanoma, runs in your family. There are three types of skin cancer to watch out for:

Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCCA)

Usually found on sun-exposed areas of the face and the body. Most common in light-skinned people. Being the most common of all skin cancers, one out of seven Caucasians will be diagnosed with it. It's usually a pearly, translucent, pink-white, dome-shaped papule. Sometimes it is like a non-healing sore.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCCA)

It is usually found on sun-exposed areas like the head and the neck and is responsible for approximately 59% of skin cancer deaths. It often appears as a hard nodule. It has a tendency to spread, or metastasize.


Melanoma is the most deadly of the three types of cancer. If diagnosed early, the survival rate could be as high as 98%, thus the importance of checking frequently for suspicious lesions.

For more detailed information and pictures click here:

"I regularly perform full face and body mole/lesion examinations as well as any necessary excisions and/or biopsies. And don' forget, both the examination and treatment are covered by insurance. Call today to schedule an appointment." - HPG


Sun Damaged Skin and the
Efficacy of Retinol:

Photo-aging affects all skin types, though paler complexions suffer more. Photo-aging is the primary cause, though not the only one, of environmental damage. More than just a cosmetic concern, photo-damage is a major precursor of skin cancer.

A common symptom of sun exposure is hyperpigmentation. A condition that can also affect any skin type however, it is more visible, once again, on those with fairer skin.

But rest assured there is a topical solution to sun damaged: skin care products formulated with retinol!

The Benefits of Retinol

Retinol has antioxidant properties, which results in its ability to fight against free radicals that lead to skin damage. This proven ingredient works by increasing the production of collagen, the skin's supporting network. As a result:

  • The appearance of fine lines and wrinkles are diminish
  • Skin is tighter, smoother and more radiant
  • Pores are cleaner, smaller, helping to diminish blemishes
  • Skin tone is evened-out
  • Discolorations are lightened

Henri's Delicious Sautéed Shrimp & Merguez over Spinach

"Merguez are North African/Middle Eastern sausages made with ground lamb with a hint of cumin and lots of spice. You could always make this dish with a milder Italian sausage if you like it, but the sweetness of the shrimp really does balance the flavors. - HPG"

Prep time:  15 minutes
Cook time: 8-10 minutes
Serves: 2


1 tablespoons of olive oil
1 small red onion, chopped
Large or medium sized shrimp (figure 1 cup/person)
2 cloves garlic, minced
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
1/2 cup fresh cilantro or oregano, chopped
4 Merguez (or other spicy sausage) cut into 1" slices
1 bag baby spinach
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add olive oil and sauté onions until soft (4-5 minutes). Add the shrimp, garlic, lemon juice, zest and toss. Cook for 4 minutes or until the shrimps have turned pink. Don't over cook them. Remove from the pan and set aside in a large bowl. Toss with cilantro or oregano.
  2. In the same skillet, sauté the Merguez over medium high heat for about 5 minutes or so. They should no longer be pink in the center. Remove and add to the shrimp.
  3. Time for the spinach. Wipe out the skillet, add a little water (1 tbsp) and heat spinach over medium heat until wilted. If the spinach is a bit bitter, simply add a pinch of sugar.
  4. Simply serve the shrimp & sausage mix over the spinach and enjoy!


Henri's Wine Pick of the Crop!

2006 Fetish Wines Shiraz The Watcher

The Watcher symbol is a being of knowledge, of understanding, of concern, of influence. At Fetish Wines, they value this level of attention to every step of the winemaking process, from the soil to the bottle. Famed winemaker Rolf Binder prides himself in crafting his wine by the subtle direction that can only be achieved through an intimate relationship with the land.

This Shiraz offers an exhilarating nose upon opening: forward with lots of spice and dark fruit of cherries and plums, hints of a little dry earthiness, some dark woodiness, and just a little heat. On the palate, surprising blueberry sweetness at first, followed by tart cherries, more blueberries, pepper, some cinnamon, and a little buttery oak. The finish is also surprisingly soft and just a little bit syrupy. A delight with this month's recipe!


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