Cheryl Huang

Your Child Needs Stitches: Optimizing the Cosmetic Outcome

July 14, 2009

skin careMarin Mommies presents another guest post by Cheryl Huang, MD FACS, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon and Marin mom.

Few of us have made it to adulthood without scars on our skin from childhood bobbles and falls. Though we all watch our children carefully, it’s likely that, at some point, your child will need stitches. Here are the answers to some important questions you should ask if your child requires stitches.

Q: What are some of the immediate things I should do at the scene of the injury?

A: STAY CALM… As a mother, I know that’s easier said than done. But one of the earliest skills I learned in my surgical training is that it is imperative to focus on the task at hand when you are the caregiver. Nix the emotional rage (“OMG, how is this going to affect her modeling career!” etc.). Rather, focus on delivering first aid. Apply direct pressure to stop bleeding. Of note, scalp wounds in particular can bleed dramatically due to their robust blood supply.

Regain Your Healthy and Beautiful Skin—A Mommy’s Guide

April 27, 2009

Skincare imageMarin Mommies presents a guest post by Cheryl Huang, MD FACS—Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

As mothers, we all delight in our babies’ skin—soft, plump and smooth. But we often forget to value our own skin. Neglecting to take proper care of this “canvas of beauty” can deprive us the opportunity to keep looking radiant and youthful for the years to come.

So many factors take a toll on our skin, from stress and hormonal changes to illness, sun exposure, air pollutants, and poor nutrition. These inflict damage on our skin, ultimately leading to the degeneration of collagen and elastin. For many, this breakdown begins during our thirties, with the appearance of fine lines under the eyes and around the corners of the mouth. Those lines may begin to deepen, and the surface of our skin may start to become dull, dry, blotchy, and discolored. 

But today we know that the earlier we start taking care our skin, the more damage we can prevent. Simple lifestyle changes and the help of a medical professional can help you make 40 the new 30. The following ideas can go a long way to restoring some of the youth and vigor to our skin.

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