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Plastic Surgeon Offers Insider Secrets for Beautiful Skin

Arnicare is a “must” for unsightly bruise discoloration & pain

If anyone knows how time and an active lifestyle can impact a person’s body and skin, it’s a plastic surgeon. Nearly 11.7 million Americans turned to cosmetic procedures last year to improve on Mother Nature or turn back the hands of time. However, New York City-based plastic surgeon Shirley Madhère, M.D., says there are some natural things you can do to improve your skin if you are going to postpone that trip to the surgeon!

“As you age, your skin naturally becomes thinner and loses its elasticity,” says Dr. Madhère. “Since your skin does not produce as many natural oils as it once did, it also becomes a bit drier. All of these factors make your skin more prone to sagging and to wrinkling.”

Prolonged sun exposure can also contribute to premature wrinkles and skin discoloration, according to Dr. Madhère. “I can’t tell you how many procedures I have performed that could have been delayed if the client had protected his or her skin from the sun,” she says. She recommends a daily sunscreen with SPF 30 or greater, and sunless tanners and bronzers for a sun-kissed look without the skin damage.

Another known aging culprit is cigarette smoking, which saps skin of Vitamin A and may give it a sallow hue. “Quitting smoking will add years to your life and will also help prevent some lines and wrinkles from forming,” she says, adding that “if you are going to have surgery then quitting smoking six weeks beforehand will help increase the chances of a better outcome.”

Dr. Madhère advises eating fresh fruits and vegetables, which are high in antioxidants. A supervised detox plan will help eliminate toxins and clear up skin. Keeping your body well-hydrated and taking a multivitamin to compensate for nutrients you may be missing in your daily diet will also benefit your skin. “What you put into your body is clearly reflected on the outside,” she says.

Nothing ages your skin more than stress, according to Dr. Madhère. She recommends activities that help reduce stress and can keep you calm, such as yoga, exercising, meditation and creative writing. And don’t skimp on sleep—aim for 7 to 8 hours a night.

For those who do rely on a little help from their plastic surgeon, Dr. Madhère says homeopathic Arnica montana will work on bruising and swelling after a procedure. She recommends Boiron’s Arnicare Gel and Arnica montana oral pellets.

“Arnicare is a must for anyone who wants to have less downtime after a procedure or maintain an active lifestyle but not the effects of it on their skin. It reduces bruise discoloration, which can be unsightly on exposed areas like the face, legs and arms,” she says. “Arnicare is also good for treating everyday muscle aches and pain from overexertion or minor injuries, so keep it handy in your purse, briefcase or gym bag.”

Keeping your skin healthy and young looking is simple if you are willing to incorporate some natural changes into your routine and make an investment in your lifestyle, says Dr. Madhère. But most importantly, she says, “give gratitude for things you do have and try not to worry about the rest. You always have the option of improving what you don’t like. If you are relaxed and happy on the inside, it will show on the outside, and that is beautiful!”

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About Dr. Madhère: Dr. Shirley Madhère is a graduate of the Dartmouth Medical School and the Brown University School of Medicine combined program. She is an Associate Adjunct surgeon at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary and maintains two practices in the Upper East Side and SoHo. Her work is focused on aesthetic surgery of the face, breast surgery and cosmetic surgery, as well as general plastic surgery. Dr. Madhère is a sought after medical expert appearing most recently on the nationally syndicated television show Better TV and was featured as the cover story of Plastic Surgery Products magazine in May 2008.

About Boiron: Boiron, world leader in homeopathy, is a 0 million public company with 3,800 employees in more than 80 countries. Boiron is best known for its top-selling flu medicine, Oscillococcinum®, and Arnicare® line of pain relievers. For more than 75 years, Boiron has been committed to funding scientific research and educating the public and healthcare professionals on homeopathic medicines. As a pharmaceutical company, Boiron maintains the highest standards in manufacturing, complying with U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations, the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States and drug Good Manufacturing Practices.

Note to Editors: Dr. Madhère is available for interviews. Product samples and digital images of Arnicare Gel and pellets are available.


About Boiron: Boiron, world leader in homeopathic medicines, is a $852 million public company with 3,700 employees and distribution in 59 countries. It is best known for Oscillococcinum®, a top-selling flu medicine, and its Arnicare® line of pain relievers. For more than 80 years, Boiron has been committed to funding scientific research and educating the public and healthcare professionals on homeopathic medicines. As a pharmaceutical company, Boiron maintains the highest standards in manufacturing, complying with U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations, the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States and drug Good Manufacturing Practices.

Published: August, 2008