Friday, June 13th, 2014
Watch Hugh Jackman and David Letterman discuss their experiences with skin cancer.
Did you know?
- Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer; an estimated 2.8 million are diagnosed annually in the US. BCCs are rarely fatal, but can be highly disfiguring if allowed to grow.
- One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.
- About 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.
Tuesday, June 10th, 2014
When a local boy got a $5 temporary tattoo in April, he never dreamed he'd end up at the doctor's office with what might end up bring a permanent scar. Now he and his mother want other families to know that henna tattoos are not necessarily risk free.
Ten-year-old Jack Whitehead was excited to get his tattoo during spring break with his family in Mexico. His excitement faded once he got home.
"It didn't show a reaction until about a week and a half later when it started getting little lumps on it," Jack said.
Over time, the lumps got bigger, and redder, and itchy.
"And then it started getting worse and I'd become kinda frantic," he said.
He learned he had an allergic reaction to a chemical commonly added to henna dye to make it black.
"Paraphenylenediamine," explained Jack's doctor, Dermatologist Erica Linnell.
Linnell and other dermatology specialists say a lot of people who get black henna tattoos have no idea they're allergic.
"It's estimated that about 5 percent of people are allergic to paraphenylenediamine, however it may be more, because I think a lot of these allergies go unreported," Linnell said.
Graphic photos posted on YouTube show severe, painful blisters caused by what the FDA calls adulterated henna dyes that are actually illegal in the United States and not approved for use on your skin. Dr. Linnell says the severity of reactions can range from a mild discoloration to large, unsightly and very painful scars.
Jack's mother, Amy Stackhouse, says had she and her husband known about the safety concerns they would never have allowed Jack and his sister to get the tattoos. Jack's sister, as it turns out, is not allergic and had no adverse reaction.
"If anything good came out of it, we know now that he's allergic to this ingredient," said Stackhouse.
It's been more than a month since getting his henna tattoo and Jack still needs a topical steroid to counteract the allergens. He and his mother want other families to know that just because it's billed as temporary, doesn't mean a henna tattoo is harmless and safe.
While some brown or red hennas can also cause allergic reactions in some people, black henna's are a special concern because of the chemical additives that are not always disclosed. The Food and Drug Administration is stepping up warnings as we get into summer- when more people are likely to try the henna alternative to permanent ink.
The FDA has also issued an import alert for foreign-made henna products intended for the skin. Regulators emphasize that henna dyes are only approved for use as a hair dye. Under federal regulation no henna dye of any kind is approved for legal use on your skin.
Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
Dr. Laurie Jacobson talks with Art from KOMO on Skin Cancer Awareness. Check it out!
Saturday, March 22nd, 2014
Monday, November 25th, 2013
Friday, September 6th, 2013
Dr. Jennifer Reichel of the Pacific Dermatology and Cosmetic Center talks about how women in Seattle are staying away from New York-sized fillers, and how Seattleites are getting natural-looking results from Botox and fillers. Here's a clue: Botox light.
Friday, August 16th, 2013
Dr. Reichel and 6 other expert cosmetic surgeons give their views on why ethnicity matters in cosmetic surgery procedures. Dr. Reichel was asked to do a series of videos for RealSelf.com as part of a hand-picked select group of her colleagues across the country. Stay tuned for more videos in the near future. Click here to view to videos or click on the link below.
Sunday, July 28th, 2013
Dr. Reichel has been chosen by her peers as one of Seattle Met's Top Doctors for 2013. Congratulations Dr. Reichel!
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
Dr. Reichel received the 2012-13 'William Baker Meritorious Service Award'. The recipient of this award is chosen by the University of Washington Dermatology Residents each year. The award is given for "Best Teaching" physician of the year. Each quarter, Dr. Reichel sponsors a "Cosmetic Procedure" teaching session with the residents. These sessions are about Botox, injecting Fillers, Chemical Peels, Lasers, and Sclerotherapy. It is the time when the residents receive actual Hands-On training in these cosmetic procedures. Dr. Reichel also has residents and fellows come to her clinic to follow her through-out a day to learn cosmetic procedures and how to perform cosmetic consultations. She received this award in 2006-2007 for her teaching skin cancer surgery to the Dermatology Residents at the VA Hospital. Congratulations Dr. Reichel!
Tuesday, May 14th, 2013