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Dr. Reichel on Chat With Women

Dr. Reichel appeared on Chat With Women!

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Does Ultherapy Really Turn Back Time?


Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center now offers Ultherapy!

Call 206.859.5777 or email to schedule a consultation or have your questions answered by one of our laser experts!







"The hottest option available" according to the Wall Street Journal

Last week, Ulthera's treatment, Ultherapy, was featured in the Wall Street Journal touted as "the hottest option available." Also stated:

" especially effective for sagging..."

"Ultherapy penetrates...under the skin to treat...a layer of fibrous tissue that helps give the face its shape."

Ultherapy is micro-focused Ultrasound for lifting, tightening and firming  of lax skin.  A great treatment option for the upcoming holiday season to look and feel your best!  Please call our office at 206.859.5777 to schedule a consultation.

Is Mixing Skin-Care Products Dangerous?

Every dermatologist and skin-care professional has their own opinion when it comes to combining ingredients. Some doctors say strong ingredients should never be mixed together and should be used solely on their own, while others disagree, saying it’s safe to use them together as long as they’re applied at different times of the day. Before you layer product on top of product, seek out the advice of your dermatologist to reduce your risk of irritation.

Don’t mix vitamin C with:

1. Alphahydroxy Acids (AHAs): Overloading your skin with too many acid based-ingredients (both vitamin C and AHAs are acid-based) increases your chances of redness, peeling and irritation. “Some AHAs come with instructions to wash it off after a certain amount of time so that the skin can accommodate and tolerate it,” says Seattle dermatologist Jennifer Reichel, MD.

2. Copper Peptides: Copper peptides help to encourage elastin and collagen formation, making it necessary for wound healing. But when used with vitamin C, the effects of each are cancelled out, rendering the benefits useless.

3. Retinol: Many experts will say that super-strength concentrations of vitamin C and retinol shouldn’t be applied to the skin together, or only with extreme caution, since both are very powerful and can cause the skin to become dry. However, there are some topical products that contain both ingredients, but chances are they contain low concentrations of each, making them safe to use.

Don’t mix retinol with...

1. Benzoyl Peroxide: Retinol and benzoyl peroxide can ward off acne and prevent the formation of new blemishes, but when used simultaneously, they can counteract each other’s benefits. “Both are drying, exfoliating, peeling agents, and when they’re mixed together, they can cause excessive peeling, unwanted pigment, lasting redness and even blistering and scarring,” explains Dr. Reichel.

2. AHAs: Both retinol and AHAs can help to generate new collagen, but be careful when using them together. “It’s okay to use both as long as you are not too sensitive to the combination,” says Dr. Reichel. “Women with sensitive skin need to alternate, applying the AHA in the morning and retinol at night for the first few weeks so tolerance can be built.” If you’re using either a retinoid or AHA, it’s essential to use a daily sunscreen as well, since both cause UV sensitivity.

Seattle's Best Dermatologist...Dr. Reichel takes TopDoc Award!

Dr. Jennifer Reichel has won Seattle Met Magazine's 2012 Top Doctor's Award as one of Seattle's Best Dermatologists.  Seattle Met teamed with professional ratings company, Avvo, to select the top four percent of practitioners in 72 specialties.  This year a record number of doctors, almost 4,500, provided information to Avvo including education, training, special honors or positions held, and peer endorsements.  The results appear in the August 2012 issue alongside in-depth coverage of health and medical issues written in the Seattle Met.  The issue is always a best seller!  On Newsstands now!

Something to keep in mind as we watch the 2012 Summer Olympics!

Skincare Advice for Athletes
Every four years we look forward to cheering on Team USA. These Olympians are the best of the best – swimming, diving, volleyball, running, you name it. But whether you are athletic or an athlete you sweat and sweating decreases your skin's natural protection against the sun’s harmful rays. You might not have as much skin in the game as Team USA but here are some tips to help you achieve fresh, glowing skin.
Slow it down … A recent study conducted by Berlin researchers showed that strenuous physical exertion actually produces oxidative stress that depletes the skin of antioxidants and makes it more vulnerable to skin damage. They found mild to moderate exercise actually has the opposite effect.
Cover up … If you can't give up your run or walk outside invest in some sun-protective clothing and always wear a hat and sunglasses. Also avoid working out during peak hours (10-2pm).
Go liquid … Liquid sunscreen has a high alcohol content and can keep you pimple free. Also stick with sunscreens that are hypoallergenic and oil-free. Prickly heat (otherwise known as heat rash) is a common disorder in athletes so avoiding certain types of SPF’s should help you avoid these types of skin complications.
Hydrate … Drink plenty of water and moisturize daily. Cetaphil® is a great everyday moisturizer that you can buy over the counter. If you are looking for something that can hydrate your skin and slow the aging process Skinceuticals is a great product line that will help turn back the clock.
Wash Off … Shower after working out. It helps cleanse your skin of bacteria, oil and dirt. We recommend using a mild soap to open up the pores and prevent breakouts. Exfoliating a few times a week will also give you that added glow.
It’s never too early to start thinking about your fall treatment plans including non-invasive procedures such as chemical peels or photofacials or a dermal filler like Restylane or Juvederm. Call us at 206.859.5777 to schedule a consultation or book your next treatment.



Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Kim Kardashian Loves Lasers and Here's Why!

Posted Thursday, July 12, 2012 by Anna Jimenez, Senior Interactive Editor

Yes, it's true. Kim Kardashian has gorgeous skin. Being that she is 31 and has a seemingly limitless amount of resources to keep her face a flawless canvas, no one should be surprised by this fact. But that doesn't mean we don't want to know exactly which products and procedures she is doing to get her skin looking its absolute best, as many a starlet has the means she does, but not quite the complexion.

Well, the cat's out of the bag. She recently told Oprah that she frequently gets Fraxel laser treatments to keep her skin glowing and line-free. She's not the first to admit love for this fractional laser that resurfaces the skin. Jennifer Aniston and Ellen Barker also openly fawn over the treatment, and for good reason. It provides dramatic improvement in the skin with very little downtime (aka stars don't have to hide behind closed doors for up to two weeks like they used to with non-fractionating lasers).

The Fraxel re:pair CO2 laser is a favorite among dermatologist and plastic surgeons alike. "What I love about Fraxel is that it can improve multiple skin issues at once," says Seattle, WA, dermatologist Jennifer Reichel. "It treats spotting, wrinkling, mild jowling and gives us a great foundation to work with so that when we do injectable treatments, the results look even better.”

Patients can see the difference they want after a single treatment and "it's unique in that on a microscopic level, it is basically ablative, so it tends to offer the best of both worlds, a shorter down time with same results as an ablative laser," says Dr. Reichel.

It costs anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000 for continued session and patients are usually advised to do multiple treatments to get Kim Kardashian-worthy results.

LightSheer® DUET™ Laser Hair Removal

LightSheer® DUET™ Laser Hair Removal Becoming Go-To Summer Treatment, Reports Dr. Jennifer Reichel

Founder and director of Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center, Dr. Jennifer Reichel, is seeing a growing number of patients “prepping for summer” with laser hair removal.

Prominent dermatologist, Dr. Jennifer Reichel, is seeing a significant new trend at her thriving Seattle practice: more patients choosing laser hair removal for summertime.  Utilizing the “gold standard” in permanent hair reduction, Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center offers the cutting-edge LightSheer® DUET™ laser.

“Summer is the time we’re hitting the pool, wearing lighter clothing, and out and about for the world to see,” explains Dr. Reichel.  “It’s no surprise that laser hair removal would see such a boom this time of year.”  Unlike older hair-removal methods like waxing and depilatories, laser hair removal uses special light energy to permanently reduce hair.

“And, since it is summer, patients are looking to treat areas that will be visible at the pool and the beach,” notes Dr. Reichel.  “This includes the underarms, the bikini area and the legs.”  Other common sites for laser hair removal include the face, the neck, the arms and the back.

Asked to speculate on the particular popularity of the LightSheer DUET, Dr. Reichel offered a few possibilities.  “For one, the DUET uses a special vacuum technology that gently draws the skin into the handpiece, making the procedure more efficient for all skin types,” explains Dr. Reichel.  “Moreover, the DUET completely eliminates the need for topical anesthetics and messy gels.”

When asked about the future of laser hair removal, Dr. Reichel was optimistic.  “Unwanted hair doesn’t just look unattractive, but it can affect a person’s confidence and self esteem,” explains Dr. Reichel.  “Now, we have the technology to remove and permanently reduce that hair quickly, easily and comfortably.  I can only predict the LightSheer DUET growing even more popular going forward.”

About Dr. Reichel

Dr. Jennifer Reichel is the founder and director of Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center in Seattle. As a board certified dermatologist, Dr. Reichel has advanced fellowship training in Mohs micrographic skin cancer surgery, liposuction, facial rejuvenation, eyelid lifts, BOTOX®, tissue fillers and lasers. Dr. Reichel is also fully trained in leg vein treatment.

After attending the University of Colorado for both her undergraduate degree and her doctorate of medicine, she then underwent residency training in dermatology at the University of Washington.  This was followed by a postgraduate fellowship in Mohs micrographic skin cancer surgery and cosmetic surgery.

Dr. Reichel is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), The American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS), the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS), the Women’s Dermatologic Society (WDS), and the Seattle and Washington Dermatologic Societies.

Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center can be reached at 206-859-5777 or

4th Annual "Save the Girls" Show

The 4th annual "Save The Girls" Designer Bra Show hit the runway at the Pink Ultra Lounge in Seattle as people spent Father's Day helping raise money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center was delighted to be front and center again this year by designing a bra to help raise money in the fight against breast cancer.  We are so excited to have won "Most Artistic" this year, created by our wonderful staff.

PD&CC's 4th Annual "Save The Girls" designer bra show Winner!

The 4th annual "Save The Girls" Designer Bra Show hit the runway at the Pink Ultra Lounge in Seattle as people spent Father's Day helping raise money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

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