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Ezine 245 July 2023

Skin Care Tip  

Burnout Is Running Rampant In Medicine!

Burnout can leave you feeling like someone you're not. You're exhausted and feel like your best is no longer good enough. Most physicians have been there at one point in their careers. I know I have.

Burnout can persist for years and can lead to depression and anxiety.

Most doctors attribute their burnout to unnecessary paperwork, although a third claim their co-workers disrespect them. Of course, doctors suffering from burnout can negatively affect their workplaces, colleagues and patients.

Experts who have studied burnout and depression say the conditions are vastly different — burnout is an occupational syndrome whereas depression is a medical condition. However, if burnout is left untreated, it does contribute to depression. 66% of doctors say job burnout was the top reason for their depression, followed by world events (43%), and then being a doctor (30%).

You know what makes matters worse? Only 14% of doctors said they would openly talk about their problems to others but half said they would confide in close friends or family. Why? Because most doctors are afraid others will think less of their professional abilities and they're petrified that their medical board or employer will find out. That's kind of understandable I guess but so sad isn't it?

All of us doctors are trained early on to sacrifice our own health and emotional needs in order to care for patients. But it doesn't have to be this way.

Please seek help if you're feeling burned out and don't be embarrassed about it! Whatever your profession is!

Anti-Aging Tip

Honey May Improve Your Heart Health

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According to recent research, honey may improve your heart health. Cholesterol and blood sugar levels can benefit the most from raw honey. If its it’s from a single source, this is even better and will provide the most health benefits.

Does this surprise you because honey is about 80% sugar?

Science and nutrition experts have long yelled at us that a sugar is a sugar. Yeah maybe it is sugar, but it's also a complex mixture of common and rare sugars, proteins, organic acids and other bioactive compounds. Each one of these or maybe the combination are now proving to have a lot of health benefits. You've seen bee videos right? You know how hard a swarm of bees work their little butts off to make a tiny amount of honey. I always feel bad we’re taking it from them. So let’s appreciate all their hard work.

So please remember these newer studies revealed that honey helps to lower fasting blood glucose, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, and markers of fatty liver while increasing HDL cholesterol. 

No one is saying you should start consuming honey nonstop but the takeaway is if you’re using table sugar, a sweetener, or syrup, why not try switching those for honey. Your heart might prefer it.

Plastic Surgery Tip

Is There A Difference Between A Male And Female Facelift?

Why yes there is a difference! Men overall from our society’s data account for about 15% of facelift patients. Did you know there’s been a 30% jump in male plastic surgery since 2000. When considering a facelift, you have to talk your surgeon about what you’re looking for, to make sure your expectations are healthy. 

So let’s talk about some of the differences. Probably the biggest differences is men have facial hair and their skin and muscle thickness as well as bone density is different. The 1st means men are usually at higher risk of a hematoma because of their beard hair and you also have to also be sensitive to balding men with regards to scar placement. The 2nd means they have different anatomical flap considerations.  

I think everyone would agree most men look a tad different than most women. Overall, the female face tends to be thinner. Men also tend to have more fibrous fat, thicker skin, and denser bone structure.

A lot of the current facelift techniques are designed to feminize the face. Creating too round or too full of a cheek can feminize the face. So be careful. Everyone’s goals are different and some people want to feminize or masculinize their faces. Talk to your surgeon to make sure you are clear with your expectations.

Women generally tend to want to restore a softer, oval shape and they often focus on elevating their midface or cheeks and brows to highlight their eyes. Men are most focused on removing jowls to create a stronger and more chiseled jawline. When tightening a man’s neck, surgeons can usually take out more fat because they don’t have to worry about emphasizing their Adam’s apple, which most women don’t prefer.

Another final important point - in male facelifts, surgery can shift their beard growth closer to the ear. Most men have a non hair-bearing area in front of the ear which gets lost with a facelift. So they will end up shaving closer, or they can have laser hair removal to try and recreate this.

To summarize, please talk to your plastic surgeon to tell them exactly what you are looking for. We can change almost any feature as long as patients are realistic and good candidates and their expectations are reasonable. And remember, earlier intervention turns back the clock sooner and that’s always a good thing.

To see before and after patient pictures, please click here.

Verify: Of the 24 recognized boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the only one that can certify a doctor in plastic surgery. Call 1-888-475-2784 or go to to verify if a doctor is a legitimate plastic surgeon. Next, verify membership in the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS).  Call (1-888-272-7711) or go to ( to verify ASAPS membership.

Get a Private Consultation.  Dr. Speron will listen to your personal cosmetic goals.  Next, he will discuss surgical and nonsurgical options, potential complications, healing time, and what benefits you can realistically expect.  

Click here to read the 7 Critical Questions to ask before agreeing to any surgical procedure.

Our office looks forward to seeing you.  You will definitely enjoy your time here.

Sam Speron, MD, FACS

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon


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