I realize that this seems to be a no-brainer, but I am uncomfortable with how many people do not understand what is going into their bodies. If you are going to eat packaged foods, please, for goodness sake, take a moment to read what is in it!
Time and time again, people complain to me that they watch what they eat, but still can’t lose weight…
“Ok,” I say, “let’s go through your diet and take a look.”
Sure enough, packaged and processed junk that does not belong in the human body is marketed as healthy and even the most conscious among us, grab for it. Every day, millions of Americans eat items that look like food, but are merely “food-like.” All of the nutrients have been eliminated, and toxic junk has been added to “preserve freshness” or “enhance flavor.” As if they are doing us some kind of favor…
Serving size and servings per package: before you go any further, check to be sure that you are accurately assessing nutritional information. For example, a serving of boxed cereal is ¾ of a cup. Do yourself a favor and grab a measuring cup, pour out ¾ and put it in the bowl you are going to eat from. Does that look like the size you normally eat? One of my favorites is Gatorade or other sports drinks and soda. The bottle we grab at the convenience store is 2.5 servings per container. How much do you normally drink? Less than half the bottle? Didn’t think so… Multiply the nutrition facts by 2.5, there you have it.
Fat: Not the evil we were taught to believe unless its “trans-fats”. This is the yucky stuff that was developed in a factory using low quality oils (read rancid) that have been hydrogenated (extra hydrogen was added.) Companies are now required to label it, because it is SO dangerous, but they can get away with saying it has zero if it is less than one gram per serving size. Note serving size and ingredient list! No amount of Trans Fat is ok! Saturated fat depends on what it is derived from. Coconut, yes! Animal product…not so much. Unsaturated fat, also be aware…soybean, sunflower, safflower, and corn oils can all be toxic to your body in the manufactured form.
Cholesterol: Also not the bad guy in the big picture of heart disease. Animals produce it and that means you produce it. Trigycerides in your system and Trans Fats in the diet, increase production. If it is a plant based food, there is no Cholesterol, so it will always say zero. That doesn’t mean the food is healthy to eat, however. See a clinical nutritionist for details if Cholesterol is a concern for you.
Sodium: Holy moly, salt is convenient, and cheap, and therefore in all packaged foods. The salt used in preserving packaged items is the least valuable to your body because it is bleached and processed. Although there are questions about the relationship between high blood pressure and sodium intake, it is always wise to err on the side of caution and steer clear of high sodium foods.
Potassium: An important electrolyte that is required in the human body, along with many others, to help conduct the electrical charges of the heart and nervous system, and control blood pressure. (It is found most widely in fresh fruits and vegetables, which obviously won’t have a label.) Of course, since it is important to keep a vital ratio of potassium and sodium, it makes sense that the current labeling laws would include it.
Carbohydrate: You are looking for a sugar to fiber ratio here. Preferably, more fiber and less sugar will ensure a good glycemic index. Complex carbohydrates break down into sugar, so the protein and fiber content is very important! Sugar, in excess, in any form, can cause problems. Americans typically eat 10 times more than the human body needs on any given day. And we wonder why we are fat? A good rule of thumb is any serving that has more than 10-15 grams of sugar should be avoided. The only exception to this would be directly after intense or long duration bout of exercise. P.S. sugar is in everything!
Protein: Let’s just say that for the most part, protein is your friend. It is rare to over-consume it from packaged foods. Steer clear of soy based protein, it has most likely been genetically modified, and the fillers are from animal parts that you just don’t want to ingest…EW! The protein to carbohydrate ratio is important for those trying to manage insulin response, and because protein is the building blocks of healthy cells, it’s definitely a winner at dinner. Just check the ingredients to see where the heck the protein is coming from.
The vitamin percentages: The government is still using outdated RDA requirements based on a 2000 calorie a day diet. Honestly? There is no proof that this is accurate information, or that the nutrition is actually bio-available. Processing itself kills most of the nutrition, but if there is something you need to fortify or avoid, then check the label and act accordingly.
Ingredients: Here is the motherload of information you need to be aware of. Read it, and weep. Can you pronounce it? The amount of poison that can enter your body, legally, is astounding. Thank God, for the liver, and the kidneys, that have to sort through all that stuff and get it to a safe place (your fat cells), so you don’t die immediately. Packaged foods need to last a long time on a shelf and still taste good. Billions of dollars have been spent to ensure that the consumer has a pleasant taste experience upon ingesting, so companies have developed thousands of ingredients that ensure you buy the product again and again. I challenge each one of you that read this information, to take some time to google search the stuff you can’t pronounce. Better yet, have your kids do it!
Bottom line: real food should perish. It was once alive, that is what makes it food. Don’t be fooled by the package that says it’s healthy. Do your research. Know what you are eating and how much. Be responsible for knowing, because the government and the large food industries, would probably prefer you just dig right in!
SmartFem’s Phoenix plastic surgery expert Dr. Richard Joseph Brown “Dr. Rick” continues our series on plastic surgery with the topic of arm lift, or brachioplasty.
Upper arms got you feeling down? Aging doesn’t just affect the face. Unfortunately, our bodies show age in places that sometimes just don’t seem fair.
Here in Arizona, where we wear short-sleeve shirts almost year round, I frequently get consultation appointments from patients eager to do something about the sagging skin on their upper arms.
An arm lift, or brachioplasty, can remove excess skin from the arms and is often performed after massive weight loss. If the concern is fat (without excess skin), then liposuction is most likely the treatment option to consider. Most patients require a combination of both brachioplasty and liposuction to this area of the body to achieve the results they seek.
The procedure takes about two hours and is fairly straightforward. It is very difficult to perform an arm lift without visible incisions, however the incisions are placed either over the inside of the arm or over the back where they are the least noticeable with time. After surgery you will have all dissolvable sutures and will use compression garments to help decrease swelling for several weeks.
Dr. Richard Joseph Brown “Dr. Rick” is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon serving the Phoenix, AZ area with practices located in Scottsdale, Arizona, as well as Sun City West. Dr. Rick is an expert in the field of plastic surgery and frequently contributes to SmartFem.
As a skin cancer survivor I found out the hard way that what you put on your skin does truly go in but I also found some information that most people just don’t know. The United States has almost no restrictions on the cosmetic industry and companies can put just about anything in a bottle and sell it. The companies in the U.S. that manufacture these products would be in violation of the law if they were to try to sell these products in Canada or most of Europe. The United States is about 30 years behind when it comes to cosmetics as most of the ingredients we use here have been banned for decades in Europe.
Phthalates are known to cause a broad range of birth defects and reproductive problems when these chemicals are exposed during and after pregnancy, yet companies continue to use them. These Phthalates are also known to have hormone-mimicking chemicals which can disrupt the normal hormone functions and is believed to increase the risk of breast cancer.
My younger sister has suffered from cystic acne all her life and now she is enduring chemo for breast cancer. She expressed to me her anguish as she can no longer use acutane on her face and her acne is incredibly aggressive right now. In addition she cannot use cosmetics either because of the Phthalates and so she expressed her embarrassment with her hair-loss, raging acne and inability to use cosmetics. My heart ached for her and so I called Cherylanne DeVita to see if there is anything that can be done.
Although I am already a raving fan of DeVita Skincare, the founder Cherylanne DeVita has really helped me understand. DeVita is a pure vegan skincare and cosmetic firm and has nothing that will interfere with her hormones or her chemo. In addition to enlightening me she also took my sister’s address and sent her a beautiful gift set with all of the DeVita skincare products.
My sister called me and was so choked up by not only Cherylanne’s generosity but that she said it was the first time her skin felt good in months. She also went on to express how exquisite and elegant the packaging was. DeVita products are amazing and two of the women I love most, my sister and daughter, now use them. It’s rare in today’s world to find a company you can trust. I feel better knowing that there are CEO’s like Cherylanne who will take on the big cosmetic firms and do the right thing!
My Commitment to our SmartFem readers and to women everywhere is that I will only work with the very best and most trusted brands. SmartFem researches everything so that our brands are companies that I know to be safe and responsible.
I am ALWAYS skeptical when it comes to fast weight loss or instant results because my personal experience is that the weight comes on fast but goes off slow and I need concrete proof to believe otherwise. Maintaining my weight has been a struggle over the last few years as my metabolism has definitely slowed. I will be the first to admit that I cringe at the monthly gym membership fee that I pay for and don’t use. I feel the pangs of guilt daily as I drive past the gym on my way to work.
I hate to admit that despite my skepticism I still harbor a secret hope that just one will ring true. I recently heard that Imaj Institute had created a laser that melts the fat and of course inches, which makes me automatically curious and skeptical at the same time. Although I was apprehensive I was pretty excited to hear that someone had lost 7 inches during one session. Being the impatient girl that I am I had to find out for myself immediately.
My experience at Imaj Institute was fabulous, as the facility is beautiful and the staff is always warm and friendly. The women are all excited and passionate about what they do, which is always a plus when the world can be so negative sometimes.
‘I had three fabulous girls working on Me, Augustina Snowden, Nicole Good and Amanda Gardiner. Before we got started we took pictures and measurements of the problem area, your basic mid section. They took three measurements across the belly button, above the bellybutton and below.
I have gone to Imaj prior so I know that they are accredited and they have done some outstanding work on my surgical scars so I was definitely in the hope zone about the procedure. (Skeptical but still hopeful). Unlike Cool Sculpting I did not freeze and I actually had results!!!! What a concept. I am happy to report that I no longer have a muffin top and can’t wait to get into my skinny jeans.
I am a bit too shy to give you my before and after photo’s but I will give you my before and after measurements.
Belly button before 29 ½ inches After 28 ¼
Above Belly button 28 After 26 ¼
Below Belly button 31 ½ After 30
Well ladies that is almost 5…count them…5 inches in an hour and a half. My skirt was so loose I had to change it. I am so thrilled with the results and really love the special treatment and pampering that I received from Imaj Institute. I may sneak in one more treatment before the Holidays!
Stress relief remains one of the most prevalent reasons that consumers seek massage – stress from work, constant stress, holiday-related stress, etc. In today’s plugged in, always on-the-go society, stress can be found in all aspects of consumers’ lives.
While some types of stress can be healthy for the mind and body, a 2012 study from the American Psychological Association (APA) revealed deepening concerns about the connection between chronic disease and stress. Research continues to show that stress can negatively impact health by:
- Weakening the immune system, leading to common colds, sicknesses and even more critical medical problems.
- Disrupting sleep problems, leading to fatigue and even insomnia.
- Decreasing positive moods and feelings about yourself and others, leading to depression and an overall sense of unhappiness.
- Causing headaches, upset stomach or digestion, and muscular tension.
- Increasing irritability, anger, anxiety and nervousness.
Though some stress will always be present in our daily lives, incorporating regular massage into one’s wellness routine can yield significant health improvements. Therapeutic massage has been medically proven to support health and wellness and can help counter the negative above-mentioned effects.
Aside from relaxation – both physically and mentally – massage can boost immunity, helping to fight off illness. Massage is gaining popularity among physicians and their patients as consumers become more proactive about their own health. They are realizing that receiving a professional massage – with the right therapist – can help build immunity.
While Essure has been in the market for over a decade, it has not gotten as much attention as it is now, but not necessarily in a good way.
Essure is a form of permanent birth control. The alternative to tubal ligation better known as “getting your tubes tied.” The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved Essure System on November 4, 2002. It is offered all across the country to women that feel like their family is complete and do not wish on getting pregnant again. It only takes a ten-minute procedure, after that are required to wait in the office for 45-minutes and then you are allowed to go home. The Essure implants are inserted in the fallopian tubes, which blocks the pathways and prevents pregnancy. The procedure is not reversible, so women have to be sure of their decision prior to getting the procedure done.
While the procedure seems promising, there has been a lot of recent controversy. Many women have come forward stating that they regret having the procedure done. Several Facebook pages have been created with now thousands of likes where other women can get information on how severely the procedure has had an affect on their everyday life. Women are claiming to be victims, and are sharing their stories with women all across the United States to try and get the word out and, and possibly even get Essure off the market.
Social media is playing a huge role on spreading the word about the side effects of Essure. From Facebook pages, to news segments, and now even online petitions. Change.org is the largest petition site in the world. “When people start petitions on the site they are guided to share their petition via their social media networks and email, and that is the primary way they’re able to garner signatures,“ said Aften Lay, the communications manager at Change.org.
The Facebook site leads women to change.org where they can easily sign a petition to take Essure off the market. Currently the petition to get Essure off the market is at 851 supporters. With 149 more signatures needed to attempt to stop Essure Systems from being offered anymore. The petition isn’t only to try to get Essure off the market, but to try to get reimbursements for the women affected.
After being criticized in the media lately, Bayer had a lot to say about their product and what they felt was their side to the story. “At Bayer, we care about patients and take the safety of our products very seriously. We are saddened to hear of any serious health condition affecting a patient using one of our products, regardless of the cause.” Stated Mary Funk, an associate director of communications at Bayer.
As with any medical procedure, women should be very cautious of its side effects. “No form of birth control is without risk or should be considered appropriate for every woman. It is important that women discuss the risks and benefits of any birth control option with their physicians,” said Mary Funk.
The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) also had some things to say regarding Essure. “No form of birth control is 100 percent effective and scientific evidence reviewed by the FDA shows that Essure is a highly effective means of sterilization when used according to instructions.” Said Morgan Liscinsky, an FDA press officer. She continued by adding, “We will continue to monitor the safety of this product to make certain its benefits of providing women with a non-surgical sterilization choice continue to outweigh the risks of the device.” No form of birth control is without risk or should be considered appropriate for every woman.
Be cautious, be safe, be smart. Remember to read the label before taking such a big step into your future.
Self esteem is a long term process. There are many aspects of self esteem, including specific self esteem. Specific self esteem includes traits such as your eye color, hair, or what you like about yourself or appearance. Global self esteem refers to the overall feeling that a woman may have about herself, i.e. being a nice person, creative, or smart, athletic, etc.
A woman will consider cosmetic surgery if she appraises her body image as less flattering. Women take into consideration having cosmetic surgery by learning through a process through television, media, conversations with friends, and meeting with a surgeon privately.
After a woman decides to have a certain procedure, she will have a better understanding of what the surgery will entail after discussing the operation with her doctor. Often times cosmetic surgeons will discuss and give advice on healthy diet and exercise in order to receive optimal results for the patient. There may be cases where it may not matter if a woman exercises or diets depending upon her health or physical body (such as liposuction or enhancement, botox treatments, juviderm, etc.).
Women who consider surgery have identified areas in their life that they want to fix in order to achieve feelings of self worth. For some women cosmetic surgery may help them feel better about their body image. This may also contribute to self confidence and allow her to approach situations in a more positive manner.
“There were 174,851 cosmetic surgeries done on teenagers that were 18 years old or younger in 2005,” and although it may seem like a shocking statistics, it is becoming easier and easier for teens who are unhappy with their bodies to have cosmetic surgery before they are fully developed.
It is concerning that cosmetic surgery be the ultimate answer for teenagers without looking at any other options. Between the ages of 13 and 19, about 210,000 teenagers had plastic surgery in 2009 according to Surgery.org. Usually, teens are not mature enough to make decisions that can have long term effects.
MSN.com wrote in an article, “When studies focused on specific procedures, quality of life appeared to improve after nose jobs and facelifts, in particular. People rated their self-esteem higher after nose jobs and eyelid lifts and reported an improved body image after nose jobs.”
“In 2005, 2.1 million cosmetic surgical procedures were performed, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. More than 2 million women in the United States have breast implants, and this year more than 360,000 American women will undergo breast augmentation,” Psychcentral.com wrote in an article.
For most women, according to statistics on Psychcentral.com, sexual function, arousal, satisfaction, and attitudes were improved significantly after undergoing breast augmentation.
Women often need family and friends to be supportive of her when deciding to have cosmetic surgery and share in her joy and healing.
I chose to interview Dr. Richard Brown M.D. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, as an expert in how cosmetic surgery impacts a woman’s self esteem.
Linda Levin M.A.: Dr. Brown, what is the difference between cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery?
Dr. Richard Brown: All board certified plastic surgeons are cosmetic surgeons, but not all cosmetic surgeons are board certified plastic surgeons. A board certified plastic surgeon has been scrutinized by their peers and has 6-12 years of residency training. Usually 2-4 of those years of training are focused on the art of plastic and reconstructive surgery. A cosmetic surgeon can be any doctor, family practice, dentist, orthopedic surgeon, etc. who takes a weekend course on cosmetic surgery and then can then call themselves a cosmetic surgeon. The level of training is clearly different with board certified plastic surgeons with respect to plastic surgery procedures. Board certification is very important. Do your research, always use a board certified plastic surgeon who is certified by the board of plastic surgery.
LL: Of all the different surgeries, which is the most common surgery you perform?
Dr.B: Cosmetically, I perform a lot of breast and body surgery. Breast Augmentation with or without a breast lift is extremely common. I also perform reconstructive surgery. Breast cancer reconstruction and facial reconstruction after removal of skin cancer by a dermatologist are the most common reconstructive procedures. Interestingly the vast amount of reconstructive work complements my skills in the cosmetic arena because the principles of both types of surgeries overlap. The more you do the better you get!
LL: In your experience, do you take into consideration how a woman is feeling about herself/body image before you make a decision to take her on as a patient?
Dr.B: Absolutely. I turn many patients away if I do not feel that they are seeking a procedure for the right reasons. I spend a lot of time getting to know my patients at their consultation. It is pretty easy for me to determine if a specific procedure is right for a patient after I spend 15-20 minutes speaking to them. I have had a Rhinoplasty so I understand what the battles are about image. It has given me an edge on understanding why many of my patients want certain procedures performed.
LL: Do the majority of your patients appear to have self esteem issues? What is their primary motivation for seeing you?
Dr.B: I do not feel a majority of my patients have self esteem issues. We all have insecurities, it’s normal. The real trick, is understanding who has a few specific physical issues they deal with, and who just isn’t happy all together mentally or physically. When patients are all around unhappy I do not feel they are in a position to have a good result. Let me explain this, I can give a patient the best result ever physically, but if the mind is not in a place to be happy then a procedure can be irrelevant to overall happiness. It can be tricky. I have to be really good as a communicator and listener to determine if what a patient wants is what will make them happy or not.
LL: What is the age range for women coming in for surgeries
Dr.B: Honeslty, 18-80 years old. I see so many patients of all ages for reconstruction and for cosmetic procedures. There are so many preventative aging treatments like skin care, filler, and Botox type medications that many younger patients want, and I also see patients who are beyond those treatments and are ready for other procedures. Average age is around 55 years old.
LL: As a surgeon, what are you hoping to accomplish for your patients?
Dr.B: I want every patient to get the result they want whether it is cosmetic or reconstructive. I want nothing more than for patients to be happy with our service. It stays with me when a patient is not happy. I pour my heart and soul into doing a good job. I also want patients to leave my office feeling like they were educated about all of the possible options. I see myself as not only a surgeon, but as an educator. I think this is so important in the field of medicine. People just want to understand, not just be told!
LL: Can you describe the different ages, cultural groups that come into your office?
Dr.B: I see women and men of all ages and ethnicities. I do it all!
LL: After a patient recovers, what type of statements or feedback do you receive from your female patients?
Dr.B: I feel like I have touched so many lives with what I do for a living. I have helped restore confidence to so many people. Nobody has a perfect record, but overall I feel our patients are not only happy with their surgical results, but with the care they get from my entire staff. We are all here to make this an easy smooth process.
LL: Can cosmetic surgery be addictive in your experience?
Dr.B: It can be addictive, but fortunately I have not had that problem in my practice. As I alluded to in a prior question, I really spend time getting to know my patients mentally before I even look at the physical. Because of that I am able to screen for patients who I feel are seeking procedures for the right reasons. When you pick the right patient and the right procedure for them it is usually a good formula for success, and because of that I do not get too many patients that I feel are “addicted.” I do get patients back for multiple procedures because they are so happy with their results in one area and want to pursue another area.
Number one reason people make poor food choices? Drumroll please…… Lack of time. Does this come as a surprise to anyone? Of course not! We are busy, busy, busy! Food is an afterthought. More often than not, we decide what to eat once we are hungry, and then look for a convenient “fix” so that we can move on with our day.
Yes, quantity of food is important, but that does not minimize the significance of quality. Healthy food will always be in short supply when you are stuck in traffic, at the office, your kids’ practices, in a meeting, or waiting in line. By the time we get to eat, we are “starving” and grab the wrong thing simply because it is available.
These situations happen daily and they take their toll on our health as Americans. We put more thought into the type of gas we put in our cars than we do fuel for our bodies. (We even purchase them at the same place…gross!)
The following is an action plan and prevention tips. Carve out some time each week to plan your meals and snacks in advance. You should know exactly what you are going to eat and when you are going to eat it when you wake up in the morning. In this way, you are prepared for the day ahead…mentally and physically!
1. Use an hour on the weekend to cut up fresh fruits and veggies for the day. Pre-make salads and throw enough meat on the BBQ, or in the oven, for lots of leftovers for sandwiches and stir fry’s later in the week. This will cut way down on the processed junk you eat “in a pinch.”
2. Pre-pack food in appropriate portion sizes. Tupperware containers come in a variety of shapes and sizes for every member of the family. Get into the habit of “grab and go” with healthy choices.
3. Invest in coolers! Bringing a small cooler of snacks and meals filled with healthy options to work with you may get you some snide comments from co-workers…that is until they see your waistline shrinking. Purchase a medium sized cooler to keep in the trunk of your car for quick stops during commutes or kids practices to load up on produce, and fresh protein options. Keep a large cooler available for car trips, kids games, or long days away from home so you won’t be so tempted to eat take out, or garbage from the gas station.
4. Eat every 3-4 hours. Schedule it! Never let yourself get starving. It is impossible to make healthy choices once you are that hungry. Also, the human digestive machine works most efficiently when fed at regular intervals. Small meals regularly throughout the day should be a daily habit that keeps metabolism moving, energy levels consistent, and mental clarity and focus in check.
Notice that by creating a plan, you not only save time during the week, but also money. Do the math…it’s a win/win!
SmartFem’s Phoenix plastic surgery expert Dr. Richard Joseph Brown “Dr. Rick” continues our series on plastic surgery with the topic of financing plastic surgery.
So you’ve made the decision to have plastic surgery. You’ve interviewed surgeons. You’ve researched the procedures you are contemplating. You’ve even checked out a local Phoenix area plastic surgeon’s website and watched the 3D animation of your procedure (wink wink). Maybe the only thing that is holding you back is money.
Consider this: Know up front that plastic surgery will need to be paid in full prior to the procedure. If a lump sum is not an option – and for most people, it isn’t – there are two other financing options to look at.
Layaway – Not just for Kmart. All kidding aside, some of our most financially savvy patients, who are eager to get going, plan ahead. He or she picks a date in the future (within 6 months) and we work individually to take payment bi-weekly or monthly until the procedure is paid in full. Then, come surgery time, all that is left to think about is how to relax after surgery and take care of yourself so that you heal quickly.
Another financing option is called Care Credit, offered through GE Capital Retail Bank and applying is quick, easy and secure. Plus you’ll know within minutes if you qualify. Care Credit allows you to pay over time, instead of a lump sum prior to surgery. They even have a no-interest option if paid off in six months. You can finance all of your procedure, or if you have some cash saved that you’d like to use, Care Credit can cover the remainder. Care Credit offers a payment calculator on their website so that you can see right away what your monthly payments would be.
Check out CareCredit.com and call us with any questions. We’re happy to help.
Dr. Richard Joseph Brown “Dr. Rick” is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon serving the Phoenix, AZ area with practices located in Scottsdale, Arizona, as well as Sun City West. Dr. Rick is an expert in the field of plastic surgery and frequently contributes to SmartFem.
Is Laser Rejuvenation safe? Well I guess it depends on who is operating the laser. I must admit that I have had several laser treatments and they have always been absolutely fabulous. However, one of my dear friends went to her own esthetician and was horribly burned. It made me wonder… are lasers safe? After seeing my friend’s injury I decided to do a little research on the subject for SmartFem, and I was alarmed at the results.
Lasers are safe in the hands of highly trained professionals with a license. However you must be sure that your technician is indeed licensed. The medical spa industry is booming and so are the schools that train these so called technicians. However many of these schools are not accredited nor licensed. I recently had the opportunity to talk to Gary Begley, of IMAj Institute, a licensed and accredited school right here Scottsdale to find out the real facts. I was impressed with his honesty about some of the problems in the industry. you must be sure that your technician is indeed licensed
IMAj is an Arizona State Certified Laser Technician Training Course provider, as authorized by the Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency (ARRA). There are many schools that offer a certification for students with a two-week course. Gary explained to me that it simply was not enough time for the students to meet their scheduled (required?) lab hours. In 2008 Mr. Begley, the President of IMAj Institute, was appointed to the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology by Governor Janet Napolitano to provide leadership to the aesthetics community.
One of the other problems with these non-accredited schools is that they lure unsuspecting students into these expensive non-accredited programs. Which leave students with emptied bank accounts and unable to secure jobs in license facilities.
Laser resurfacing can be safe as long as it is performed in the skilled hands of someone with proper training. Also, if you or someone you know is considering a career as an esthetician or laser technician, do your due diligence as not all schools are the same.