Archive for June 1st, 2010

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon Shares Fun Facts About the Human Body

Anyone who knows me is aware of my fascination with trivia. I am a fierce competitor when it comes to Trivial Pursuit, and every time I get in a taxi in New York City I pray for it to be the Cash Cab from the Discovery Channel’s game show of the same name, where the driver asks random trivia questions en route to your destination, for which you earn money if you answer correctly (that is yet to happen). So when I recently came across an email that included fascinating medical facts from board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ashkan Ghavami, I was so intrigued that I had to share some of his interesting tidbits of info, such as:

• The thinnest skin in the human body is in the upper eyelid.

• The only place in the human body that skin is stuck to skin without any fat or other tissue between them is in the nostril.

• There is a secondary sexual organ in the nose between the nostrils.

• The human liver can regenerate itself if a piece is taken, like a lizard’s tail.

• The second highest concentration of nerves, after the brain, is located in your gut.

• Bright lights can make your nose swell, and so can sexual activity.

• The first rhinoplasty was performed in 500 B.C., in India.

• Fat can easily be turned to stem cells, which means fat can be made to turn into bone and cartilage.

• Every person has a unique “tongue print” just like fingerprints.

• The average human sheds 105 pounds of skin by the time they reach 70 years old.

• The human nose can recognize 50,000 different scents.

• When you sneeze, the droplets can travel speeds of up to 100 miles/hour.

Thanks to Dr. Ghavami and his wisdom of the human body, I am foregoing the subway on my way home tonight in hopes that the Cash Cab picks me up, and the driver asks me questions related to one of these topics. Wish me luck!

An Esthetician Earns Deserved Props for Playing
a Key Role in Detecting a Client’s Skin Cancer

Covering the spa beat for more than a decade, I’m constantly hearing stories of those in the industry who are making a real difference by giving back. Last week, I was particularly touched by the following email that was sent to Lulu Rios-Hollmann, founder and esthetician of Scientifica Skincare (New York City). I hope you find it as revealing as I do as to the impact you and your spa have on the lives you touch.


Dear Lulu,

I received a wonderful facial from you about a year ago. During this facial, you were concerned about a small growth on the side of my nose and asked if anyone had ever looked at it. I told you that I had already pointed it out to my dermatologist, twice in two years, and he said it was just an enlarged pore and not to worry about it. You were quite sure that it was not an enlarged pore, and that I should have him take it off. I recently went to him, and again, he told me it was nothing. I then told him what you said, and he became quite annoyed that I was “listening to someone who gives facials and not the doctor.” Because of your reaction to this growth, it gave me the extra push I needed to demand that he remove it. As you might be suspecting now, it came back positive for basal cell cancer. I had it removed last Tuesday and had a skin graft to close up the large hole that I was left with. If it had not been for you, I would have been sent home for another year and could have lost the whole side of my nose. It’s obvious that you love what you do, and because of your attentiveness, I was saved from a disastrous outcome. I wish you all the best and hope to see you again.

Thank you,


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